New Protein for California Dental Implant Patients

implants Hundreds of California dental implant recipients have replaced missing teeth with jaw-bone anchored tooth implants. Unlike a dental bridge, a tooth implant consists of a titanium post inserted into the jaw bone. The bone meshes with the post to create a strong base for the natural-looking prosthetic tooth and crown that attaches to the post.

Dental implants are usually the ideal restoration for California people who want to replace a missing tooth. There is a problem, however, if the jaw bone is too thin at the implant site.

When a tooth is extracted, the bone loses the blood circulation at the former site of the root. Consequently, bone recession often occurs. If the recession is extensive, there is not enough bone to hold the dental implant post.

Bone grafting can augment the bone at the implant site and provide the bone density necessary for a successful implant. This is usually effective, but it does require time for the new bone to generate. A new discovery may provide a quicker solution for regenerating bone.

Researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine have identified a protein that quickly stimulates the production of new bone. The research team, led by Dr. Ulf M.E. Wikesjo, implanted bone morphogenetic protein in test subjects and discovered that “more new bone formed within four weeks than with conventional bone grafting.”

This protein will require extensive testing before it is available for California dental implant patients. However, I am pleased at the prospect of an additional method for making dental implants possible for my California patients with missing teeth and jaw bone recession.

For information about tooth restoration options including tooth implants, dental bridges, and porcelain crowns, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 877-703-7062.

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3 Additional Cavity Fighters For California Kids

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Most California parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Century City Aesthetic Dentistry recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

Sealants
Fluoride supplements
Oral rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied by your Beverly Hills dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some California dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are planning to get them for your kids.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your California pediatrician or talk to us at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Hollywood, Century City, or California grocery store. Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.

I recommend California children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, Beverly Hills area kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life
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Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California
(720) 306-8057
https://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/


Prevent Tooth Loss during National Safety Month in June

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Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist wants you to know that June is National Safety Month. That makes it a good time to focus on how you can prevent tooth loss.

Tooth loss may occur for many reasons. However, during the summer months when we spend more hours outdoors, it can easily involve an increase in accidents resulting in tooth loss. In fact, the American Association of Endodontists notes that children and adults have over five million teeth knocked out each year. Many of these accidents occur while participating in vigorous activities and sports.

As your Century City cosmetic dentist can tell you, to prevent tooth loss requires adults and children to be aware of their surroundings and practice safety first.

Safety First Helps Prevent Tooth Loss

Preventing tooth loss isn’t just about brushing, flossing, and seeing your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist on a regular basis.

To prevent tooth loss means reducing the risk of injuries. Falls, sports, and fights are the most common reasons for tooth loss in children. However, adults can just as easily suffer from tooth loss for these same reasons. Protect tooth loss by wearing:

  • Mouth guards. This is one of the best ways to protect your own or your child’s teeth while participating in sports.
  • Face cages. Used for sports such as baseball, they protect against trauma to the face.
  • Helmets. These are useful for many sports and physical activities, such as bike riding and skateboarding. Although they don’t specifically protect the teeth, they help protect from trauma to the head, which can affect the teeth and mouth.

As much as 40 percent of dental injuries in older children and adults occur while playing sports. Taking the proper safety precautions can help prevent tooth loss. However, if tooth loss should occur, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Limit Tooth Loss with Emergency Dental Care

While taking precautions against tooth loss is highly recommended by Century City cosmetic dentist, accidents can still happen. In this case, it is important to seek emergency dental care. Sometimes it is possible to replant permanent teeth.

For the best results before visiting your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist:

  • Avoid touching the roots of the tooth
  • Avoid rubbing or scraping the tooth to remove debris
  • Rinse the tooth gently in a bowl of tap water, not under running water
  • If possible, hold the tooth in the socket with gauze or a moist tea bag until you see your dentist
  • If the tooth doesn’t fit in the socket, place it in milk or a mild saltwater solution

Whatever you do, get immediate medical attention from your Century City cosmetic dentist or a nearby emergency room. And remember, taking the proper safety precautions is the best way to prevent tooth loss.


Dental Implants Help You Age Gracefully

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As your Century City cosmetic dentist will tell you, aging causes the human body to change. The National Institute of Health (NIH) suggests there are eight areas that frequently show the signs of aging. Among these are the skin and dental area.

As people age facial wrinkling and sagging naturally increases. However, those with missing teeth may appear to age even more rapidly. The reason is the lack of support from a strong jawbone along with the appearance of non-age-related wrinkles.

Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can help correct this problem using dental implants. Dental implants offer support as well as the pressure required to maintain a healthy jawbone.

Role Dental Implants Play in Preventing Facial Collapse

Tooth loss often results in bone loss due to the lack of chewing pressure and stimulation in that portion of the mouth. When this happens, the body reabsorbs the bone. Eventually, it becomes so severe that even dental implants may become impractical without bone grafting.

The longer you wait to replace teeth, the more the jawbone recedes. Wait long enough and your Century City cosmetic dentist might not be able to repair the damage. Even a removable denture won’t stay in place due to insufficient jawbone.

Without natural or prosthetic teeth, you won’t be able to chew and eat. This could lead to malnutrition and cause additional physical and mental health problems.

Benefits of Dental Implants Now

When it comes to tooth loss, it’s to your advantage to place dental implants immediately rather than to deal with bone loss later on.

First, tooth loss in one area affects the rest of your mouth. Without teeth, your tongue spreads into the space and your face collapses. A collapse in one area affects your other healthy teeth as they take up the work of the missing teeth and try to fill in any gaps. This shifting can cause additional problems.

Next, if your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist has to rebuild your jawbone through grafting, it will take more time and cost more money. Better to get a dental implant as soon as you lose a tooth than take a chance you’ll cause further damage to your mouth.

Finally, the most obvious reason to replace missing teeth is one of aesthetics. While several missing teeth may result in facial collapse, even one missing tooth can ruin the look of your smile. “Smiles are important in helping you present a more-positive image to others, calming you, and actually making you feel happier.

 

If you have missing teeth, call your Century City cosmetic dentist for dental implants today. Help maintain a healthy mouth, prevent facial collapse, and improve your smile.


Dental Braces Do More than Improve Your Smile

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You’re never too old to improve your smile, whether that means tooth whitening, veneers, or even dental braces.

Although it’s best to reposition teeth in childhood, it seems more adults are choosing dental braces with great results. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) notes that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. There are even cases of adults opting for dental braces in their forties and fifties.

Bear in mind these statistics:

  • 96% believe a nice smile makes someone attractive
  • 74% believe an unattractive smile impacts career success
  • 69% didn’t date someone due to bad teeth
  • 54% think a good smile makes you look younger

Before you decide that you’re too old or your child is too young for dental braces, learn what your Century City cosmetic dentist has to say about them.

Benefits of Getting Dental Braces

Most dental experts, including your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, suggest getting braces to help with:

  • Dental health. Crooked teeth are harder to clean and increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Misaligned teeth. Over bites, under bites, and crooked teeth may cause excessive wear and damage to the function and enamel of your teeth. Additionally, they can lead to other health problems, such as headaches, chewing difficulty, and insomnia.
  • Aesthetics. Most people want an attractive smile. It helps with their confidence and self-esteem.

While it’s important to talk with your Century City cosmetic dentist, the AAO recommends that children have an orthodontic screening no later than the age of seven. It’s easier to take care of orthodontic problems early.

However, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist believes that adults make excellent orthodontic candidates, too. So don’t be afraid of asking about dental braces regardless of your age.

Choosing the Best Dental Braces for You

Only your Century City cosmetic dentist can tell you which dental braces will work best for your individual situation. However, here are two types to consider:

  • MicroArch® Advanced Low-profile Twin Brackets. The latest in metal brackets, these dental braces offer a comfortable rhomboid shape and advanced design. Plus, their smaller shape – approximately 30 percent smaller than traditional style brackets — improves facial proportions and appearance.
  • In-Ovation® C Self-Litigating Brackets. These functional, attractive ceramic dental braces offer high translucency to help camouflage your braces with little to no discoloration. Additionally, their design offers greater comfort along with shorter, fewer appointments and superb aesthetics.

The goal of dental braces is to offer you a great smile. However, more importantly it’s to ensure your have a good bite. That means straight teeth that fit well together.

Orthodontic treatments, including dental braces, are part of a good dental health care plan. Take good care of your teeth, gums, and mouth and they’ll take good care of you.


Mothers are Important to a Child’s Dental Health

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In honor of Mother’s Day on May 11, your Century City cosmetic dentist wanted to share how important mothers are to the dental health of their children.

Mother’s Dental Health Linked to Child’s Dental Health

Based on research in several studies, the American Dental Association concluded that most clinical studies link periodontal disease in pregnant mothers to preterm, low birth weight babies. Although there are conflicting findings, dental experts such as your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist suggest that preventive dental care during pregnancy not only improves the oral health of the mother, it improves the overall health of her unborn child.

However, a child’s dental health isn’t only linked to mom during pregnancy. Once your child is born, you need to continue to be vigilant with your own as well as your baby’s dental care.

First, your Century City cosmetic dentist can tell you that there is decades-old research that indicates that “cavity-causing bacteria” is transferrable between mother and child. Therefore, mothers should refrain from kissing their babies on the lips as well as sharing utensils and food. Specifically, because tooth decay is a bacterial infection it can spread during infancy, especially when baby’s teeth first appear.

Next, good nutrition is essential to a child’s dental health. Not only is good nutrition essential during pregnancy for the development of baby teeth, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist will tell you that it’s very important afterwards as well.

Finally, a child’s dental health is important as youngsters grow. So along with good eating habits, help your child develop good dental care habits. Teach them to brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Additionally, show them how to floss properly. If you’re unsure how, talk to your Century City cosmetic dentist to learn to floss properly. And don’t forget to have your child see the dentist twice a year starting around the age of six months or when teeth first appear.

Other Tips for a Child’s Dental Health

Here are five more tips your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist recommends for taking good care of your child’s dental health.

  • Avoid x-rays during pregnancy. Make sure to notify your Century City cosmetic dentist if you’re pregnant.
  • Not only can smoking and alcohol cause problems during your pregnancy including an underweight baby, they are bad for your overall physical and dental health.
  • Make sure to include plenty of calcium in your diet to help your baby produce strong bones and healthy teeth.
  • Breast milk is one of the best foods for your baby’s overall health.
  • If your little one damages a tooth, be sure to contact your dentist immediately.

Taking care of your own health during pregnancy is vital to your child’s dental health. Talk to your medical doctor as well as your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist if you have any questions about your own or your baby’s medical or dental health.

And have a Happy Mother’s Day!


Change Amalgam Fillings for Looks, Not Safety

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There’s a long-standing controversy about whether the use of amalgam fillings is dangerous or not. There are those in the dental community who worry about the potential for mercury leakage.

However, a March 2013 press release from the American Dental Association (ADA) came out in strong support for the continued use of amalgam fillings. Here are the facts your Century City cosmetic dentist wants to share about dental fillings.

Composite vs. Amalgam Fillings

Dental amalgam fillings are composed of silver, tin, copper, mercury, and zinc. They are relatively inexpensive, strong, and durable. In fact, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist is familiar with dental patients who have 40-year-old amalgam fillings in their teeth with no side effects.

The negative side of amalgam fillings is that they tend to blacken, causing teeth to take on a gray appearance. Additionally, you’re likely to have a higher rate of cracks or fractures from the natural expansion and contraction of your teeth.

On the other hand, composite fillings allow your Century City cosmetic dentist to match your fillings to the color of your existing teeth for a more natural look. Composite fillings offer added support due to their chemical bond with teeth. Additionally, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist generally needs to remove less tooth structure along with the decay when using composite fillings.

However, composite fillings typically aren’t as durable as amalgam fillings. They also take more time for to your Century City cosmetic dentist to complete and cost more than silver fillings.

Amalgam Fillings Controversy

Amalgam fillings have been under the watchful eye of some dental professionals for many years. Many of these same people don’t support the use of fluoride in drinking water.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all agree with the ADA. Based on extensive scientific evidence, amalgam fillings are safe as well as effective. Other organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Alzheimer’s Association have also lent their support for amalgam fillings.

However, as ADA President Dr. Fajella suggests, “the best outcome is no filling at all.” To him and many other dentists worldwide (including your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist), following standard dental care practices – brushing, flossing, eating a well-balanced diet, and regular dental checkups – can go a long way in preventing tooth decay.

In the meantime, if you have silver fillings that aren’t causing problems don’t feel as if you need to change them to something else. That is unless your Century City cosmetic dentist notices problems with your teeth – like cracks and stress fractures.

If you have any concerns about your current amalgam fillings, speak with your dentist. Find out if he or she thinks it’s time to replace your old worn out silver fillings with new composites that look more natural.


Night Guards for Bruxism or TMD

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People who routinely have headaches, earaches, or jaw pain, especially upon waking, may suffer from bruxism or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Both of these problems can cause discomfort as well as tooth and jaw damage.

To find out if you would benefit from wearing a night guard, learn more about bruxism and TMD below and be sure to talk to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.

Understanding Bruxism

As your Century City cosmetic dentist, can tell you bruxism is an involuntary grinding and clenching of the teeth. It primarily occurs while sleeping. The danger is that repetitive clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth can cause teeth to crack and erode. This weakens your teeth and leads to a higher incident of tooth decay. Eventually you could end up with chipped, broken, and/or sensitive teeth.

Since most people are not aware they are clenching and grinding their teeth, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what percent of the population has bruxism. However, The Bruxism Association suggests that upwards of 10 percent of the population experience bruxism. Additionally, it is more likely to occur in 25 to 44 year olds.

Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist warns that much of the time stress can cause us to tense our jaw and grind our teeth. Those with demanding jobs or those facing difficult life challenges and frustrations, therefore, are most susceptible. Alcohol, recreational drugs, smoking, caffeine, and prescription medication use can often lead to an increase in bruxism.

Finally, keep in mind that even though enamel – the toughest substance in your body – coats your teeth, clenching and grinding can wear it down. This weakens your teeth and can lead to increased chances of tooth decay.

Understanding TMD

Often referred to as TMJ (temporomandibular joint), temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD is the result of problems with your jaw, jaw joint, and the surrounding facial muscles.

Normally, the TMJ is flexible and allows your jaw to move up and down or side to side smoothly. While injury to the jaw or parts of the joint may be the reason for TMD, your Century City cosmetic dentist suggests that sometimes it may be the prolonged result of untreated bruxism.

Those who suffer from TMD may have it for years or it can be just a temporary discomfort. According to statistics from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more women than men experience TMD and it most commonly occurs in those between the ages of 20 and 40.

One of the best ways to help eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with bruxism and TMD is by using a quality night guard. Not the kind that you buy over the counter, but one that is custom-fitted to your mouth. For more information and assistance determining if a nigh guard is right for you, talk to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist today.


Stop Thumb Sucking in Children

Thumbs Up KidAs a Century City cosmetic dentist, I frequently hear dental stories from patients. Recently a parent was explaining to me how she helped her young daughter stop sucking her thumb. It’s rather clever and I wanted to share.

Stop Thumb Sucking by Involving Your Child

Shortly before her four-year-old daughter prepared to enter kindergarten, the mother decided it was time to take action. Not wanting her daughter’s thumb sucking to become an embarrassment in school, the mother decided to provide her daughter with a way to help herself stop sucking her thumb.

The mother told her daughter that she should think of her thumb and fingers as a family. The four older brothers (her fingers) needed to protect the younger sister (her thumb) from going into the dark cave (her mouth). Whenever the young girl felt the urge to suck her thumb, instead she would wrap her four fingers tightly around her thumb to protect the “little sister.” Eventually, the daughter was able to overcome her thumb sucking.

By including her daughter, she was able to give her child a sense of control. This is important in a young child’s development.

Understanding Thumb Sucking and its Effect on Oral Health

First, understand that thumb sucking is normal for infants and young children. While it should fade gradually, usually sometime after six months of age, some children continue. It is a way of comforting themselves, especially when hungry or tired.

A problem arises when thumb sucking continues beyond the age of four or five, according to the American Dental Association. As your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can tell you, older children who suck their thumbs are at risk of dental and/or speech problems.

In addition to improperly aligned teeth (pushed outward), speech problems such as lisping, thrusting the tongue when talking, and the inability to pronounce Ts and Ds may occur.

Because thumb sucking may be tied to a child’s insecurities, your Century City cosmetic dentist suggests parents seek a home remedy, like the mother in our story above. Additionally, consider offering praise, celebrations, and rewards for the days when your child doesn’t suck his or her thumb.

You also may want to monitor when your child sucks his or her thumb in order to find other activities and distractions. You also can put away items associated with thumb sucking, such as blankets, or wrap a bandage around the thumb.

However, if you continue to have concerns or the home treatments don’t work, it’s important to speak with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist. It may require other treatment options, such as thumb or mouth devices.


Dental Sealants: What, Where, and Why to Use Them

If you’ve never heard of them, dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that protect teeth from decay. They’re usually applied to the chewing surfaces of children’s and young teen’s teeth to prevent food and germs from getting stuck in naturally occurring pits and grooves. However, adults without dental decay or fillings may benefit from sealants as well.

Your Century City cosmetic dentist can help you decide whether dental sealants are right for you or your children.

Understanding the Benefits of Dental Sealants

Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to get your child or teenager to brush his or her teeth properly. Utilizing all the dental tools available to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist – such as dental sealants, fluoride, and regular checkups – can help.

The primary benefit of dental sealants is to protect molars and premolar teeth from decay. The bristles of a toothbrush in the hands of a young person can’t always successfully clean teeth, especially the molars in the back of the mouth. Germs, bacteria, and plaque accumulate and attack the enamel. Over time cavities develop.

Placing dental sealants on the first permanent baby molars provides added protection to this area. These teeth typically have deep fissures, grooves, and/or pits. However, molars and premolars often continue to erupt until around the age of thirteen. Therefore, your Century City cosmetic dentist may suggest sealing these teeth after they have erupted beyond the gum.

Applying Dental Sealants to Teeth

To apply dental sealants, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist will clean and dry the tooth surface thoroughly. The teeth are then treated with an acid wash to create a rough surface to which the sealant will bond. Once more your Century City cosmetic dentist will dry your teeth. Finally, he will apply the liquid dental sealant, painting it onto the tooth enamel.

Sometimes dentists use a curing light to harden the sealant. Dental sealants take a very short time to apply. They may be clear, white, or slightly tinted and can last as long as ten years. They hold up well under normal chewing conditions. During regular visits to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, he will review the condition of the dental sealant and reapply as necessary.

For more information on the use of dental sealants, dental implants, veneers, sedation dentistry, or any of the other dental treatments and procedures we provide, please review our website, read our blog, and then give us a call.