Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Orthodontists spend time—often years—perfecting a young adult’s mouth, making sure it is healthy and straight. During the later teenage years, as wisdom teeth begin to break through the gum line, they may not come in perfectly straight. Oftentimes, due to the lack of space in the jaw, wisdom teeth begin to erupt at an angle, which can affect the surrounding teeth.

Studio Dental Care Provides Education on Oral Health

Studio Dental Care Provides Education on Oral Health

Wisdom teeth may need to be removed if they are causing the following problems:

  • Pain or infection
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Tooth decay or gum disease

Orthodontists may also request the removal of wisdom teeth as part of the patient’s orthodontic treatment plan.

If patients experience any of the above pain or discomfort, it is important that the patient consult their dentist to discuss treatment and procedure options. Impacted wisdom teeth may be painful, cause irritation, and affect the health of the surrounding teeth.

For more information regarding impacted or unerupted teeth, please feel free to explore the American Dental Association’s website by clicking HERE.

Click HERE to read more about a wisdom teeth removal procedure.

If impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed, a dentist will perform an oral evaluation and put together a treatment plan. The oral evaluation may consist of taking x-rays to examine the mouth in greater detail. Most wisdom teeth removals are outpatient procedures and can be completed by a dentist or an oral surgeon if the case includes complications.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City, California offers consultations, oral exams, routine dentist appointments, and specialized treatments for patients of all ages. Dr. Alexander Ash provides general and cosmetic dentistry services, and happily serves new and returning patients throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, and Studio City California.

Oral Piercings and Dental Health

Individuals use piercings as a unique and artistic form of expression. However, oral piercings, such as lip and tongue piercings, may cause oral trauma. Those with oral piercings may experience early and onset receding gum lines, hypersensitivity to metal jewelry, or cracked teeth.

Studio Dental Care provides education on oral health and how to maintain a healthy mouth.

Studio Dental Care provides education on oral health and how to maintain a healthy mouth.

Receding Gumlines

According to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association, receding gumlines occur in correlation to the length of a pierced lip or tongue. A piercing affects the gumlines after consistent rubbing and irritation. Receded gumlines lead to increased sensitivity and a greater likelihood of developing cavities, and in unfortunate circumstances tooth loss. For more information regarding tongue and lip piercings in association with receding gumlines, please follow the link by clicking HERE.

Click HERE to read about a study conducted on males and females with oral piercings and the correlation to gum recession.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions to the jewelry’s metal may occur, resulting in swelling, tenderness, or bleeding.

Chipped / Cracked Teeth

With weaker gums and hard metal jewelry, it should come as no surprise that people with lip and tongue piercings may experience an increase in cracked or chipped teeth.

Difficulty Speaking and Swallowing

Mouth piercings may create difficulties speaking and swallowing. Tongue piercings may drastically alter speech, such as lisps and speech impediments.

For more information regarding oral health, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash at Studio Dental Care in Studio City, California. At his dental office, Dr. Ash strives to provide quality dentistry for a spectrum of multi-specialty services, including sleep apnea appliances, teeth whitening, routine cleanings, dental implants, and mouth guards for bruxism. For more information, please visit the official Studio Dental Care website by clicking HERE.

Invisalign Teens

Invisalign Teens, or Invisalign created specifically for teenagers, still offers the same beneficial results of discrete aligners, or “invisible braces”, with slight modifications to the treatment. Invisalign providers understand that teens have different needs than adults. While offering the same results and benefits as Invisalign, Invisalign Teens allows an alternative to traditional braces for adolescents.

Invisalign Teen at Studio Dental Care in Studio City offers a great solution to straightening teeth.

Invisalign Teen at Studio Dental Care in Studio City offers a great solution to straightening teeth.

Invisalign Teens Benefits may include:

  • Fewer diet restrictions while going through the Invisalign process of straightening teeth
  • More accessibility while brushing and flossing, giving parents and dentists peace of mind
  • Up to 6 free Invisalign aligner replacements for lost, damaged, or misplaced aligners
  • The ability to change aligners at home roughly every two weeks for accurate and consistent progress

The creators of Invisalign accounted for the differences in teenagers jaw and oral developmental stages, including the eruption of the second molars.

In order to track the Invisalign progress for both parents and teenagers, blue dot indicators located on the aligners fade to indicate the proper time to switch aligners for consistent results. The blue dot indicators also reassure parents that teenagers are using Invisalign properly to receive adequate results for the parents’ investment in their child’s oral health.

Follow the link to the official Invisalign website for more information about Invisalign Teens, by clicking HERE.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City proudly provides Invisalign services and Invisalign Teen for patients seeking to straighten teeth using alternate methods than traditional metal braces. Serving patients in the greater Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas, Dr. Ash offers cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry needs, including: teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, dentures, and more. For more information regarding any of the above services or Invisalign Teen, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash.

Smileography for Dentists and Patients

What is Smileography?

Smileography is a company and emerging dental imaging technology, which acts as a tool for dental professionals. Smileography allows patients to view personalized and potential realistic results to improve the cosmetic appearance of their smiles. By viewing the full potential, or the case presentations, a patient visualizes the end result of the product, thereby increasing the likelihood of moving forward with the cosmetic procedures. For more information pertaining to Smileography as an available technology and tool, please follow the link to the official site by clicking HERE.

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How Smileography works?

Smileography begins with a consultation, where a customer conveys the desire for a brighter, whiter, straighter, more perfect smile. By using professional photography equipment and high resolution images, the trained dentist takes pictures of patients for their viewing necessity. Using Smileography technology, dentists then makes appropriate changes, including softening a patient’s features, to represent the ultimate outcome from installing veneers. A patient can customize their smile, accurately, prior to having dental work completed. By minimizing an individual’s perceived imperfections including blemishes and signs of aging such as wrinkles and age spots, patients may focus on the possible improvements of a more perfect smile.

Smileography members train professional dentists and staff members with photography equipment and techniques to best serve potential and existing patients. Clients are often satisified with the results and request another “result photo” to bookend their experience and results with Smileography.

Smileography dramatically increases case acceptance rates for cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and veneers.

Who uses Smileography?

Dentists use Smilepgraphy around the world in countries including Brazil, France, and the United States. Smileography can be found in local Southern California’s Studio City in the heart of Los Angeles with Dr. Alexander Ash at Studio Dental Care. Dr. Ash offers cosmetic dental services, including professional teeth whitening and veneers. By using Smileography in office, Dr. Ash offers a full service by using digital imagery to portray potential results. But Dr. Ash achieves actual results as well. For more information or to view the gallery of Smileography results, please follow the link by clicking HERE.

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Cosmetic Dentistry and Invisalign: Why Choose Invisalign

Some people notice eyes or hair color when first meeting an acquaintance or interacting with peers/coworkers on a daily basis. For other people, teeth and a straight smile are the first things noticed. Choosing to improve oral health through cosmetic dentistry may be an important decision to consider.

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To straighten teeth after consulting a professional dentist or orthodontist, there are normally two traditional possibilities: metal braces or Invisalign.

Traditional metal braces are wirers that loop through brackets temporarily cemented to the fronts of teeth. These wires are tightened every few weeks, and are held in place by clear, or colored, medical rubber bands. Although effective, metal braces limit the types of food and beverages a patient may consume, increase the difficulty of regular cleanings, and can irritate the lips, gums, and flesh of the mouth.

Invisalign takes a different approach to correcting the spacing and alignment issues of crooked teeth. Invisalign is a system of clear aligners, or clear retainers, which are molded and personalized for each individual patient. Patients have a new set of aligners every two weeks or so to continue to correct misalignment and shifting teeth. Aligners are removable allowing patients to:

  • Effectively play sports and wear protective mouth gear
  • Clean the appliances nightly to reduce oral bacteria
  • Eat their favorite foods without limitation of wires and brackets
  • Brush, floss, and mouthrinse in order to maintain a beautiful smile
  • Remove the aligners for special occasions

Invisalign lets patients continuously straighten teeth and improve oral health without the nuisance of irritating brackets. Invisalign is great for teens and adults who can both be self-conscious during the braces process. For more information regarding Invisalign, please visit the official Invisalign website by clicking HERE. 

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care understands the sensitivity of braces and his patients’ desires of wanting a straighter smile. Through Invisalign consultations, Dr. Ash helps patients improve the appearance of smiles through different cosmetic approaches. With satisfied customers and excellent testimonials, Studio Dental Care patients recommend Dr. Ash for Invisalign and various other services. Contact Dr. Ash, his team of professional dental hygienists to schedule an appointment regarding Invisalign, routine cleanings, dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, fillings, dentures, and so much more.

Fluoride: Finding a Balance

Most aspects of life require finding a balance to ensure high benefits without added risks. Oral health care is no different.  New and innovative products and services are constantly created in order to encourage the best dental care for patients. The use of fluoride for oral care improvement has been used in the general population for decades, but not without a bit of controversy.  Prior to using fluoride as means to improving dental care, understand the benefits and risks.

Benefits of Fluoride:

Fluoride was first added to main water source supplies around 1945, and dentists saw results almost immediately. Children and adults experienced fewer cavities and less tooth decay thereby increasing the national oral health, significantly, despite socioeconomic differences. Professionals were impressed with the dramatic improvement, with minimalistic side effects, as a result of patients drinking water enriched with fluoride or using products containing fluoride. People who used fluoride consistently for an extended period of time also experienced stronger tooth enamel and overall dental health. To read more about fluoride and its benefits, the American Dental Association provides helpful resources on their website; please click HERE.

The most common side effect of fluoride use is known as fluorosis, or dental enamel fluorosis, a condition that leaves white spots or streaks on developed teeth. Once permanent teeth have broken through the surface, fluorosis can no longer occur. Fluorosis does not affect the health or function of teeth, but rather only affects the appearance during formative years. To learn more about fluorosis, or benefits of fluoride, please visit the American Dental Association’s official website by clicking HERE.

After the introduction of nationwide fluoride water supplies, people became concerned with the forced medicinal ways of the fluoride. Parts of Europe stopped the addition of fluoride to allow people to make such personal decisions. In extreme and rare cases, people experienced health risks of hypersensitivity, allergic reactions, or an overdose as a result of added fluoride content to water or products.

For more questions regarding the benefits and potential side effects of fluoride use, please consult your personal physician and dentist.

Fluoride and fluoride-enriched products have proven benefits for dental health. Dentists should provide factual information upon request to ensure patients know all the possible side effects and risks of any product or procedure. Dr. Ash of Studio Dental Care promises quality services for all patients, including those he serves in the Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, and Burbank areas. Alexander Ash offers family and general dentistry services for all patients. To maintain a healthy mouth, schedule a routine appointment today, call Dr. Ash and speak with a friendly customer care representative.

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Quadrant Scaling

Common knowledge and professional recommendations encourage patients to attend the dentist twice annually, but not everyone heeds such valuable advice. Often times a patient waits until a noticeable oral problem arises prior to visiting the dentist. During problematic times, people often need a more thorough cleaning and appointment for dental scaling and root planing. As oral procedures, dental scaling and root planing are forms of periodontal therapy, a non-surgical method to treat gum disease, such as gingivitis. Such deep cleaning methods help to remove built up plaque and tartar around and below the gum line, medically known as prophylaxis, for consistent oral health care. Prophylaxis is a definitive cleaning method, suggesting that a patient will have a fully clean mouth by the end of the appointment.

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In some cases, a patient experiences excess bacteria build up and requires multiple cleaning sessions in order to treat and remove the tartar. Dentists and hygienists may recommend quadrant scaling, a method of oral cleaning that focuses on only one fourth of the mouth during each session. Thus, four cleaning appointments are required in order to fully and thoroughly clean the mouth. The amount of plaque deposits, in addition to the condition of the gums, determines if a hygienist and dentist will administer an anesthesia to ensure comfort for the patient.

To maintain a healthy mouth, dentists recommend regular visits and a consistent daily regimen of brushing flossing and utilizing mouthrinse. Dr. Alexander Ash in Studio Dental Care located in Studio City offers procedures of general dentistry for any patient in the Los Angeles region. Dr. Ash serves customers in the Burbank, Sherman Oaks, and Toluca Lake areas offering regular routine cleanings and quadrant scaling customized for each patient. Call today and speak with a friendly customer care representative to schedule an appointment for any oral care procedure or appointment. It’s never too late for a clean mouth.

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