3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist in Los Angeles because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or dental caries? I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman with Century City Aesthetic Dentistry.

Today’s post offers 3 steps to take before you arrive at our office for a consultation.

The state of your mouth is critical to your vitality both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make a positive impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our critical role in finding solutions to these issues.

Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call 855-219-8706 or visit us at 2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601 Los Angeles or online at http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/.

After you schedule a consultation with our professional and aware team members here at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:
1. Understand your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and determine what is holding you back, if anything.
2. Identify pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unnecessary with the technology and expertise available these days. Sometimes there are easy solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
3. What do you want your smile to look like?
If you can describe your prime smile, we can explore how to achieve it. There are numerous possibilities for a wonderful smile transformation as well as dental maintenance services. Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants.

We anticipate you’ll have questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, cost and time commitment for dental implants, possibility of invisible braces, the price of filling a cavity or placing a crown. We will have answers for you. We are equipped and trained in procedures perfect for your concerns and needs. We see patients for porcelain veneers, dental crowns, sedation dentistry, smile design, or Zoom whitening.

When it comes to looking for a dentist in Los Angeles or the neighboring California, Hollywood, or Century City communities please know that you will be in capable hands with me, Dr. Bill Dorfman, and my professional and aware team.

You deserve a billion dollar smile


Trust Dr. Dorfman For Accurate Dental Info

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Dental patients are more informed than ever before and it’s not surprising that much of their knowledge about oral health and dental treatment is gleaned from online sources. Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it aids in living a healthy lifestyle. We caution our friends and neighbors in the Beverly Hills area, however, not to rely on online dental information until their dentist verifies its accuracy.

Misconceptions about medical treatment in general and dentistry in particular began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous but the web has exponentially accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.

Some of the most common dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid necessary dental treatment because of something they encounter online. We encourage our patients to discuss all areas of concern with Dr. Dorfman. You can depend on Dr. Dorfman for accurate information and quality care.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we are devoted to keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Our motives are straightforward and transparent. You can’t always determine who operates and funds online dental sites, so be careful out there!

Since 1985, Century City Aesthetic Dentistry has provided distinctive general and cosmetic dental services including porcelain veneers, dental crowns, sedation dentistry, smile design, and Zoom whitening.

 

Contact Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:

855-219-8706

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
90067

 


Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease For Century City

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Here is some essential news for Beverly Hills residents: periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. Fortunately, this problem is easy to treat if it is caught in the early stages.

So, what warning signs should people be looking for?

1. Gums that bleed very easily

2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed

3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together

4. Gums that are pulling away from the teeth

5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

Hopefully, you are not experiencing any of these things. If you are not removing plaque between your teeth, however, your gums are at risk. Brushing alone is not enough – make sure you floss daily.

Regular check-ups with your dentist is another critical weapon in the fight against gum disease.

I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. My Los Angeles practice also serves the Hollywood, Century City, and California areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and attractive smile. Many of our patients wonder if a smile makeover is right for them. If you’d like to know, schedule an appointment and we’ll take a look!

Our practice offers:

sedation dentistry
Zoom whitening
porcelain veneers
smile design

Contact us at 855-219-8706 and a member of our professional and aware staff can schedule a consultation and answer any questions you might have about veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and more.

You deserve a billion dollar smile

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/a/gum_warnings.htm, accessed on July 25, 2013

 

Contact Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:

855-219-8706

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, CA
90067

 


Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth, Beverly Hills

Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth, Beverly Hills

Hi, I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman, and today in the Los Angeles dental blog we will be discussing the often misunderstood subject of wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are sometimes called the third molars because they are even farther back in the mouth than the two sets of regular molars we all have. These four teeth usually erupt when a person is eighteen or nineteen.

Many dentists in the Hollywood, Century City, and California area recommend that wisdom teeth be removed to prevent misplacement in the mouth.

If a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully erupt, it may cause an opening in the gums that can attract bacteria and become infected. Some wisdom teeth are so misplaced that they can actually cause problems with the jaw bone. Both of these conditions can cause severe pain.

If you are in the Beverly Hills area and are wondering if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, call us today at 855-219-8706 to schedule an appointment. We can assess the condition and placement of your wisdom teeth and discuss a treatment plan.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeovers. Because there are so many quick and effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as invisible braces, veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants, anyone in Beverly Hills can have a perfect smile. I love giving my Los Angeles patients the smiles they’ve always wanted.

Thanks for visiting the Los Angeles dental blog, and keep Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in mind for your dental needs. We offer:

sedation dentistry
Zoom whitening
porcelain veneers
smile design

We hope to see you soon!


3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist in Los Angeles because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or dental caries? I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman with Century City Aesthetic Dentistry.

Today’s post offers 3 steps to take before you arrive at our office for a consultation.

The state of your mouth is critical to your vitality both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make a positive impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our critical role in finding solutions to these issues.

Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call 855-219-8706 or visit us at 2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601 Los Angeles or online at http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/.

After you schedule a consultation with our professional and aware team members here at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:
1. Understand your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and determine what is holding you back, if anything.
2. Identify pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unnecessary with the technology and expertise available these days. Sometimes there are easy solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
3. What do you want your smile to look like?
If you can describe your prime smile, we can explore how to achieve it. There are numerous possibilities for a wonderful smile transformation as well as dental maintenance services. Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants.

We anticipate you’ll have questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, cost and time commitment for dental implants, possibility of invisible braces, the price of filling a cavity or placing a crown. We will have answers for you. We are equipped and trained in procedures perfect for your concerns and needs. We see patients for porcelain veneers, dental crowns, sedation dentistry, smile design, or Zoom whitening.

When it comes to looking for a dentist in Los Angeles or the neighboring California, Hollywood, or Century City communities please know that you will be in capable hands with me, Dr. Bill Dorfman, and my professional and aware team.

You deserve a billion dollar smile


When Bad Breath Terrifies: 4 Tips

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“My neighbor’s bad breath is scaring me.”

Do you live in Los Angeles, California or nearby? Bad breath isn’t just a problem for careful brushers in Beverly Hills, California or Hollywood. Your neighbors in Century City can spend all day brushing their teeth and still come out with bad breath.

But why?

I’m Bill Dorfman with Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. In business since 1985. My specialty is cosmetic dentistry. At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry we perform Invisalign braces and dental implants regularly. As a favor to Los Angeles, California I’d like to take a few minutes to share with you some insight about bad breath and give your neighbors some places to start in improving or removing the offending odor.

Brushing just the teeth may not remove food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Bacteria can grow and stink from hidden floss-only locations. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Also, the food your neighbors are eating can affect the air they’re releasing. Onions, garlic and coffee are likely to show up on the breath no matter how much time is logged brushing.

Illness, infection, and allergies can all cause salivation issues which in turn upset the control of bacteria in the mouth. Diabetes, kidney failure, radiation therapy, liver malfunction, dry mouth or even postnasal drip can cause an odor.

Finally, dentures or a removable appliance may also carry bacteria that needs to be cleaned and freshened up on a regular basis. Bacteria balance in the mouth is ever changing.

1. Brush and floss the teeth as well as brush the tongue, gums and sides of mouth.
2. Enjoy onions and garlic a little less.
3. Stay on top of health issues.
4. Keep dentures clean.

This last one is for you:

Again, I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman. Located at 2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601 Los Angeles, California zip code 90067. We offer porcelain veneers, dental crowns, sedation dentistry, smile design, and Zoom whitening just to name a few of our fantastic dental services.

You deserve a billion dollar smile

Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067
855-219-8706
http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/


Stress Wears on Nerves and Teeth

Recent news from the London Tooth Wear Centre confirms what many dental professionals such as your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist have known for quite some time: stress isn’t good for the human body. Along with wear and tear on your nerves, it can lead to tooth loss.

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As this January 2016 post notes, “One of the common signs of stress is tooth grinding, which can often go unnoticed as it can happen whilst asleep, and this could lead to tooth sensitivity, gum problems, difficulty chewing, headaches and neck ache, as well as the possibility of ultimately losing teeth.”

Stress May Lead to Bruxism

While stress and anxiety may be the most common reasons of bruxism (teeth grinding), other causes may include malocclusion (misaligned teeth), sleep apnea, and acid reflux.

Regardless of whether you grind your teeth due to stress or for another reason, left untreated bruxism may eventually lead to tooth loss. If you have frequent headaches or earaches, facial or jaw pain, or tooth sensitivity, it’s important to:

Tell your dentist. Your Century City cosmetic dentist can check your teeth for signs of bruxism. Teeth that are flattened, chipped, fractured, loose, or worn may indicate bruxism. Your dentist may recommend you wear a night mouthguard to protect your teeth from further damage.

Do something relaxing before bedtime. In cases where tooth grinding is due to stress, relaxation techniques prior to sleep may help reduce the problem. A warm bath, yoga, moderate exercise, and avoiding stimulants (coffee, tea, and smoking) before bed may help.

Seek out medical care. Studies have concluded that the use of muscle relaxants from your primary care physician, assistance from a physiotherapist, or use of biofeedback techniques have all had some positive affect on reducing or eliminating bruxism.

Don’t put off speaking with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist. Otherwise, the problem could lead to tooth loss.

Fix What Stress Destroyed

Stress-related bruxism doesn’t have to ruin your smile. Along with a nightly mouthguard, your Century City cosmetic dentist has numerous dental techniques that can improve your smile.

  • Dental bonding is a simple process in which your dentist prepares the surface of your teeth with a liquid or gel before applying a bonding material shaped to look like your natural teeth.
  • Dental crowns are more involved, but can look just like your natural teeth. Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist may file the damaged tooth to prepare it before covering it with a metal or porcelain crown.
  • Dental veneers are a quick cosmetic fix for chipped, stained, or misaligned teeth using a thin ceramic shell over the front of each tooth

Whatever process you choose to repair your damaged smile, don’t put off speaking with you Century City cosmetic dentist if you have dental concerns.

 


Overcoming a Fear of the Dentist

Having a fear of the dentist can sometimes create a barrier that limits a person’s ability to get the proper dental care they need. However, there are steps you and your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can take to overcome this fear.

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Steps to Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Okay, so you have a fear of the dentist. But just how bad is this fear?

A couple of decades ago, J.H. Clarke and S. Rustvold of the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry developed the Corah’s Dental Anxiety Scale to help predict a dental patient’s level of anxiety when going to the dentist. The U.K. has a similar tool call the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale.

Understanding your level of anxiety can help your Century City cosmetic dentist choose appropriate treatment methods and better determine a good dental plan. Choosing the right approach can help you relax.

For instance, for some people understanding each procedure can greatly reduce the fear. This involves having the dentist explain and show what he is going to do before actually doing it. Incorporating signals, such as the patient raising a hand to stop the procedure, can help give control back to the fearful dental patient.

Dental patients with a higher level of anxiety might benefit from talk therapy, as described in this CBS News post. Participants in a study took part in therapy sessions with a psychologist. Many had “full-fledged dental phobia” – an “irrational severe fear” of going to the dentist. Others were merely afraid of injections or the drill. Afterwards, 79 percent had successful dental visits.

Finally, sedation dentistry can offer relief to many. Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist offers a medication known as Triazolam about an hour before your dental procedure so you are relaxed during the entire dental process. The drug has almost no side effects or interaction with other medicines you may be taking.

 

Find the Right Dentist

Probably the most important step to take to overcome your fear of the dentist is to find the right one for you. Asking friends and family can be great place to start. It’s unlikely they would refer you to someone they don’t like.

However, whether you get a referral or find someone on your own, be sure to meet with your new dentist and the staff ahead of time. Find out about the practice – length of time in business, hours, location – and the services offered. Watch how the staff interacts with each other as well as with other dental patients. A good team environment generally results in a better patient experience.

Whatever your dental anxiety, be sure to ask your Century City cosmetic dentist for assistance. It’s important to make your dental experience a pleasant one.


Water Fluoridation In California Prevents Tooth Decay

Water Fluoridation In California Prevents Tooth Decay

Hello! Welcome to our Los Angeles family dentistry blog. Today’s message from Century City Aesthetic Dentistry concerns fluoride and California children’s dental health. I’m Bill Dorfman and I have been practicing dentistry in Los Angeles since 1985.

When I examine a new Los Angeles patient for the first time, I can usually tell whether the person drank fluoride-adjusted municipal water while growing up. Generally, their teeth are healthier than people who had lower fluoride levels in their tap water.

Ideally, adequate fluoride intake combined with proper oral hygiene, good nutrition, and regular dental visits keep teeth healthy and free of decay. However, fluoride also helps teeth remineralize if acids have already compromised the enamel. For decay prevention and teeth strengthening, adequate fluoride is indispensable.

If you have children and your California municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, you may want to consider giving your kids a fluoride supplement. The fluoride will strengthen the primary teeth that have already erupted and also the adult teeth that are forming.

The American Dental Association supports water fluoridation:

‘More than 65 years ago, on January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in its water supply. Since that time, fluoridation has dramatically improved the oral health of tens of millions of Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.’ http://www.ada.org/fluoride.aspx

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we provide exceptional dental care for all members of the family including general and cosmetic dentistry. We serve the Los Angeles, Hollywood, Century City, and California areas. Ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and short-term braces.

If you are interested in learning more about fluoride supplementation and other oral health issues, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 855-219-8706 to schedule a dental evaluation.


Is Periodontal Disease Contagious?

groupYour mouth is filled with bacteria. These bacteria form a sticky substance known as plaque. Good oral hygiene – brushing, flossing, rinsing – can help eliminate this plaque. However, without good dental care, plaque may harden and turn into tartar. When that happens, only your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can remove it.

Periodontal Disease is an Infection

Untreated plaque eventually can advance into gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis). You may not have given it much thought, however, as with other diseases periodontal disease is an infection; an infection that can destroy the bones, gums, and tissue that hold and protect your teeth.

While gum disease is an “inflammatory reaction” to the bacteria in your mouth, most dental experts believe it is not contagious. However, considering that the bacteria that causes the disease lives in your saliva, you may want to avoid mouth-to-mouth contact with any person who has periodontal disease. Additionally, your Century City cosmetic dentist recommends you refer them to your dentist.

Periodontal Disease Linked to Other Health Factors

Nearly half of all U.S. adults over 30 have chronic periodontal disease, according to the American Dental Association. Along with causing damage to your teeth, gums, and jawbone, studies suggest the inflammation caused by periodontal disease is linked to other systematic illnesses such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Particularly, researchers suggest that periodontitis has a negative effect on blood flow and blood sugar levels.

Conversely, these illnesses along with other factors such as tobacco use, genetics, and medication may increase your risk of developing gingivitis and periodontal disease. If you have any of these risk factors, be sure to discuss them with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.

Managing Periodontal Disease 

Naturally, the best way to manage gum disease is through good oral hygiene. By brushing and flossing daily, and visiting your Century City cosmetic dentist on a regular basis, you can virtually eliminate gum disease.

However, equally important is to know the warning signs of gum disease. Keep an eye on your gums. If they become red, swollen, painful, and start to bleed, see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can make a visual assessment to determine the extent of the problem. From there he may recommend several treatments including scaling and root planing. These methods of deep cleaning will remove the tartar and germs from below the gum line, where it is most difficult to reach by tooth brushing and flossing alone.

Periodontal disease doesn’t have to happen to you. If you have any questions about the care of your mouth, teeth, and gums or are concerned about gum disease, speak with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.