Downey, CA Dentist Discusses the Differing Types of Dentures

denturesWhat do you know about the varying types of dentures? Most people recognize the traditional removable denture, yet don’t know much else about this tooth replacement option. To explain which dentures people commonly choose, your Downey, CA dentist provides this post.

A Variety of Dentures to Choose From

  • Full dentures. The traditional full denture is the type of tooth replacement that many people who have suffered with complete tooth loss usually choose. Since they’re affordable and relatively easy to maintain, full dentures prove quite popular. Additionally, these pieces have been custom-made to fit your mouth and require daily removal.
  • Partial dentures. This denture type has three main subcategories: removable, fixed, and implant-supported. The removable partial denture is the standard partial denture, which is anchored in place with metal or rubber clasps. It’s inserted during the day and removed at bedtime to allow for an overnight soak.

    A fixed partial denture is also called a dental bridge. Rather than using anchoring clasps, the bridge is rooted in place with two bordering crowns bonded atop of healthy teeth.

    The implant-supported partial is similar to fixed partial dentures, however, the false teeth sit on an implant, which serves as a replacement tooth root. The implant allows the jaw bone to remain stimulated and deters future tooth loss from occurring.

  • Implant-supported dentures. Much like implant-supported partials, an implant-supported full denture is also available. Rather than using two implants, your Downey, CA dentist places four or five implants on either jaw. Then, a ball-retained or bar-retained full denture is placed, after the appropriate healing periods have ended.

Downey Family Dentistry Can Restore Your Smile with Dentures

If you’ve endured tooth loss and would like to have dentures serve as your tooth replacement option, talk to Dr. Hakimzadeh. He can complete an evaluation of your oral cavity and determine which denture type would work best for you. To schedule an appointment with our Downey, CA dental practice, call us at (562) 472-2433. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and to learn more about our team. We proudly treat patients from Workman, Hollydale, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, and surrounding cities.

Downey, CA Family Dentist: Signs of a Damaged Root Canal

root canal therapyThere’s a stigma that surrounds the words, root canal. Many people have negative misconceptions about the procedure. The procedure received its bad reputation back when root canal procedures were completed sans anesthesia. Nowadays, not only is the patient very comfortable throughout the treatment, the procedure helps eliminates decay and pain, while saving the tooth.

Many patients confuse cavity toothaches with a root canal toothaches; however, the two differ. To explain the symptoms that indicate a need for root canal therapy, your Downey, CA family dentist, Dr. Pasha Hakimzadeh, shares this article.

These Signs Could Indicate the Need for a Root Canal

Sign # 1 Lingering toothache.

When tooth decay has reached the tooth’s pulp, three types of pain tends to occur. The first is a low tolerance for hot and cold foods and beverages. Eating anything that isn’t a room temperature poses a problem and causes pain. Secondly, patients who need root canals oftentimes have toothaches that awaken them at night—the only method of relief stems from over-the-counter pain medication.
Lastly, if the infection has truly advanced, the pain may not strictly affect the mouth. Some patients have reported jaw, head, and even ear pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, take care to visit your
Downey, CA family dentist as soon as possible.

Sign # 2 – Increased sensitivity.

Alongside extreme hot and cold sensitivities, patients who need root canals have overall increased sensitivity. Biting and chewing may prove painful and the infection can cause the area to swell; additionally, the tooth may feel sensitive to the touch.

Sign # 3 Gum bubbles.

Bubbles on the gum line indicate an issue and usually it’s due to root canal troubles. These gum bubbles arise when the oral cavity is enduring an ailment. When pressed, these bubbles secrete blood and, in more severe cases, even pus. These issue requires immediately attention from a dentist.

Visit Downey Family Dentistry for Root Canal Therapy

For patients who have a troublesome tooth, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Hakimzadeh. He can evaluate the tooth to determine the root of the ailment. Allowing the problem to persist without treatment isn’t the answer. To schedule an appointment with your Downey, CA family dentist, call us at (562) 472-2433. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and to learn more about our team. We proudly treat patients from Workman, Hollydale, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, and surrounding cities.

Overcoming A Sensitive Gag Reflex

DO YOU SUFFER FROM A SENSITIVE GAG REFLEX? If so, receiving any kind of dental treatment may be frustrating for you. Whether the reasons for your gagging are physiological, psychological, or both… we can help. We want to be sure nothing gets in the way of caring for your healthy smile.

A Few Tips On Handling A Sensitive Gag Reflex

  • As is always the case—visit with us! We always want our valued patients to express any concerns or fears. A sensitive gag reflex is actually quite common, so don’t be embarrassed! We can work with you to better ensure your comfort in handling this concern.
  • BREATHE! Yes, part of it may be that simple. Focusing on your breathing can not only help physically, but it may also focus your mind away from dentistry. Try taking deep breaths through your nose. Sometimes a nasal decongestant helps make it easier.
  • Listening to music can help you relax and redirect your focus.
  • Some studies indicate that gagging may be worse in the morning, so consider scheduling an afternoon visit.
  • Sitting up straighter seems to help some people. Let’s experiment with your position in the chair to see if that helps.
  • One study shows that folding your left thumb into the palm of your hand, then making a fist and squeezing your left thumb helps some people with their gag reflex. Try it!

Some Interesting Information About Gag Reflex

Your Complete Comfort Is Our High Priority

Determining what causes a sensitive gag reflex can be difficult. Whatever the cause, it’s important to remember that we can help. Talk with us!  If you’ve had this problem in the past and have found things that help, please share them with us! We’re always anxious to learn from the experiences of our patients. Write your answer in the comments below, or on our Facebook page!

Thank you for trusting us with your oral care! We appreciate you.

Good Morning, Sunshine! How’s Your Breath?

NO NEED TO BE EMBARRASSED! We all experience morning breath from time to time. Typically, our morning brushing routines get rid of it. But people wonder where morning breath comes from—and people wonder what to do if it continues throughout the day.

Morning Breath Is Primarily Caused By Dry Mouth

While general bad breath can have a variety of causes (diet, oral hygiene habits, even some systemic diseases), morning breath most often stems from dry mouth.

While you’re sleeping, saliva production slows. Your body does that to help you sleep—otherwise you’d be having to swallow all the time. Saliva is vital to your oral health because it rinses away food particles, makes your mouth less acidic, and helps keep mouth bacteria in check.

So when saliva stops doing its thing during sleep, the bacteria goes wild! This creates a massive amount of sulphur gas buildup that stinks! Gross, right? That’s another reason why it’s important to brush our teeth before bed—it helps at least start out our sleep period with minimal sugars and bacteria in our mouths.

More Interesting & Relevant Info About Bad Breath

Tips For Combatting Morning Breath

1. ALWAYS brush your teeth (and tongue) before going to sleep.
2. Drink some water before you go to bed, and right after you wake up.
3. Clear your sinuses. Breathing through the nose helps some people not dry out so much.

But What If Morning Breath Lasts Beyond The Morning?

If you have chronic bad breath, ask yourself if you’re up-to-date with your regular dental check-ups. Sometimes a good cleaning can help. But even more important, bad breath can actually be a symptom of more severe problems like gum disease or tooth decay, which is something we’ll definitely want to consider.

Questions? Just Ask!

We know that it can be an awkward conversation, but if you’re worried about bad breath, let us know. Our goal is always to help you in every way we can!

Thanks for being our valued patient. We appreciate you!

The Evolution Of Your Toothbrush

WHERE WOULD WE BE without our toothbrushes?! Today personal dental hygiene is easy with convenient tools like toothbrushes and floss. But have you ever wondered what people did before modern toothbrushes?

Twigs & Branches

The earliest toothbrushes were actually “chewing sticks”. That may sound rudimentary, but they were surprisingly effective. In ancient Babylon people chewed on twigs until they became shredded and fibrous. That created a “brush” that they’d use to clean their teeth. Depending on the plant used, additional antiseptic properties or naturally occurring fluoride may have even been found in those twigs.

Many cultures still use Miswak chewing sticks (made from a twig of the Salvadora persica tree) for oral hygiene.

Chinese Boar Bristle Brushes

Around the 15th century the Chinese invented one of the earliest toothbrushes, made from boar bristles pasted onto handles of bamboo or bone. These brushes worked just like modern toothbrushes do, although they were a little more harsh on one’s teeth (and a little less sanitary).

European Sponges & Cloths

Most Medieval Europeans didn’t bother with oral hygiene. However, the meticulous few would clean their teeth using a sponge or cloth dipped into a solution made of oils and salts. It was probably better than nothing!

Toothbrushes Today

Modern materials like nylon bristles and plastic handles have made toothbrushes inexpensive and accessible to nearly everyone. And now, we see all kinds of toothbrushes, from smart ones that tell you where to brush, to singing ones that make oral hygiene fun for kids.

Does The Brand Of Your Toothbrush Matter?

Many patients ask what kind of toothbrush is best. Typically it’s best to use one with soft bristles, but the kind of toothbrush you use doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you use it for two minutes, twice a day.

So how do YOU feel about your toothbrush? If your own modern toothbrush wasn’t around, which of these ancient methods would you try?

Let us know in the comments section below. And remember, if you ever have any questions about your oral health, ask us!

Thanks for being our valued patient!

Munching On Apples And Carrots At Your 100th Birthday Party

A COUPLE OF CENTURIES AGO it was very unusual for people to have their original teeth in their mouth on their 40th birthday! And as little as 50 years ago, half of the people you walked by over the age of 65 had already lost nearly all of their teeth. Today, that number has been drastically reduced.

We’re All Part Of An Amazing Trend

Despite all of the modern threats to our smiles that we often hear about (including rampant sugar use, popularized acidic beverages, etc.) overall oral health continues to improve. In most countries, at every age, we’re keeping more of our teeth than we were 20 years ago in 1994:

Modern Dentistry Is Focused On Preventive Care And Keeping Teeth

Back in the olden days when preventive care was rare, the result was a lot of toothaches. Often, the default solution for a toothache was to just pull the tooth. Today’s materials and treatment advances have made that default solution rare—especially when patients maintain regular checkups.

The gum health in a 60-year-old today is about the same as it was in a 40-year-old back in 1973. One of the contributing factors is likely the rise of regular flossing! Dental floss was patented in the late 19th century, but it has taken a long time for regular flossing to become mainstream.

What To Expect As Your Teeth Age

Our teeth change as we age. Some of these changes can make optimal oral health more difficult. You may experience:

  • Extreme Yellowing – As the white enamel layer wears down, the yellow dentin underneath becomes more visible.
  • Increased Gum Disease Risk – Our ability to naturally fight infections—like gingivitis—decreases.
  • Dry mouth – Often a side-effect of taking more medications.

Remember, we can help you with these challenges!

What NOT To Expect

  • Losing Your Teeth! Isn’t it great to know that together we may make dentures (like your grandma’s) a thing of the past?

Although oral health risks increase with age, we know how to combat them! And with good habits, your natural teeth can be around as long as you are. No denture adhesives, no living off soup everyday. So let’s put in the little bit of work now. Make sure that you brush and floss every day—and maintain cleanings and check-ups.

Now For A Fun, Retro Throwback…

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Thank you for the trust you place in us. We appreciate you.

 

We Use Social Media To Better Serve You

THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS why businesses participate in social media. First and foremost, we’re using social media to better serve you—our valued patients and friends. But unlike many businesses, our social media efforts to serve you don’t start online—they start in our practice.

Whether Online Or In Our Office…

1.) We’re listening. We want to be part of the conversation. We want to make it easy for you to connect with us. Open, honest communication with our patients both online and in person builds trust—and, we’ll never take that trust for granted.

2.) We’re doing what we can to make your visits (and life) better. As your lifelong oral health partner, our goal is to provide information that’s relevant and useful in benefitting your comfort, health, and appearance.

3.) We’re connected to YOU—not your teeth. Although your smile is our focus, we care about you. As a part of our “family”, you’re so much more than a checkup or procedure.

BTW, Do You Use Instagram?

Wow. Instagram is exploding! Are you using it? We were amazed by the thousands of photos that an Instagram search for #Dentist produced! And, it was pretty funny seeing the photos people are posting!

Next time you come in, if you’re on Instagram, pull out your smartphone and let’s take a photo together. It’ll be fun!

Social Media Bridges The Gaps

Sometimes we only see you every six months. Social media allows us to “see” (and connect with) you regularly.

Social media is also another open door to our team. If you know anyone who would benefit from connecting with us, please share this post with them or send them to our Facebook page. Our very best new patients typically come from referrals. Thanks.

We’re grateful to have friends and patients like you.