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How Bonding Can Perfect Your Smile

Do you have chipped or cracked teeth? Are the stains on your teeth failing to respond appropriately to teeth whitening treatments? You could be a great candidate for dental bonding. Dental bonding is an affordable procedure that involves the application of special composite resin materials to the tooth to fix problems such as chips, discoloration, and gaps between the teeth.

To see a demonstration of the dental bonding procedure, watch this video. This dentist also discusses some of the many benefits of dental bonding and the various steps in this simple procedure.

To learn whether you could be a good candidate for dental bonding, call Foothill Ranch Dentist at (714) 707-6724. Our dental office in Orange County offers a comprehensive suite of dentistry services under one roof for your convenience.

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March 21, 2014

Is Your Toothbrush Covered in Germs?

Each time you visit your local dentist, you’re probably asked about your oral hygiene routine, such as how often you brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth is a critical component of any oral health plan. However, toothbrushes can actually reintroduce germs into your mouth. Talk to your dentist about storing your toothbrush properly and replacing it regularly to limit the amount of bacteria in your mouth.

Microorganisms on Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush can indeed harbor millions of various strains of bacteria and other microorganisms. When you brush your teeth, you remove food debris, bacteria, and plaque from your mouth, some of which remains on your toothbrush. If you’re ill or your gums bleed, you could transfer even more germs to your toothbrush. Researchers who analyzed uncovered toothbrushes have even found E. coli and staphylococci bacteria on them.

Possible Dangers of Germs on Toothbrushes
Despite the plethora of bacteria on your toothbrush, the good news is that it may not necessarily be harmful for you. Your mouth already contains plenty of germs; chances are good that your toothbrush isn’t introducing germs to your mouth that aren’t already there. Although you’re unlikely to become ill from germs on your toothbrush, dentists and other experts still recommend using caution to prevent an unhealthy balance of bacteria.

Storage Advice for Your Toothbrush
You can reduce the risk that germs on your toothbrush will harm you by lessening the brush’s exposure to germs. Most people store their toothbrushes in their bathrooms. However, when you flush your toilet, germs are propelled into the air. Eliminate this problem by flushing with the lid down and storing your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. Wash your hands before brushing your teeth. Rinse your toothbrush well after use and allow it to dry.

The dental team at Foothill Ranch Dentist prides itself on offering comprehensive patient education to help you maintain your oral health between visits to our dentistry office. In addition to general oral care, we also offer cosmetic dentistry services such as teeth whitening and implant dentistry. For more information about our state-of-the-art practice, call (714) 707-6724.

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March 13, 2014

Dental Implants: Frequently Asked Questions

Many people choose to have dental implants as part of a smile makeover. Cosmetic dentists often perform this procedure to replace one or more missing teeth because it offers clear advantages over temporary solutions, such as dentures. If you already have missing teeth or you’re anticipating a tooth extraction, talk to a dentist about whether implant dentistry is right for you.

Why Should I Have Dental Implants?
Having missing teeth is a serious oral health problem. Without all of your natural teeth, your gum tissue and the underlying jawbone structure begin to break down. Furthermore, missing teeth can interfere with your ability to chew food properly and articulate words clearly. Dental implants offer incredible benefits; they restore the full function and appearance of your smile. You’ll be able to chew food properly without worrying that they might become loose and you’ll be able to smile without anyone knowing that your implants aren’t real teeth.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

This procedure is performed in several steps. The length of time it will take to completion varies, depending on your unique condition. First, you’ll consult the cosmetic dentist, who will develop a customized treatment plan for your needs. If you need to have a tooth extracted, that procedure will come next. Then, you’ll receive the implant, which is a metal post that is implanted directly into your jawbone. After this procedure, you’ll need to wait for perhaps several months for the area to heal. This waiting period allows your bone to adhere firmly to the implant, a process called osseointegration. Once this is complete, the dentist can place the abutment and the crown on top of the implant.

Is It Possible for Dental Implants to Fail?

Dental implants do sometimes fail in cases in which the patient fails to maintain proper oral hygiene. Even though the implant is not a natural tooth, you’ll need to clean it by brushing and flossing. Failure of an implant is also more likely in patients who smoke.

Dr. Irvani of Foothill Ranch Dentist has extensive experience in implant dentistry and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Schedule a consultation at our practice in Orange County by calling (714) 707-6724. We also invite new and current patients to explore our extensive array of services on our website.

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March 05, 2014

Is Snap-On Smile Right for You?

Many people are dissatisfied with cosmetic imperfections of their teeth, such as discoloration and chipping; however, they often wish to avoid extensive dental work. If this describes you, consider talking to a cosmetic dentist about Snap-On-Smile. Snap-On Smile is a revolutionary cosmetic dentistry option that allows you to instantly transform your smile. Snap-On Smile is an appliance made from a special dental resin that easily snaps on over your natural teeth.

Snap-On Smile is an affordable alternative to extensive dental work. In just two dentist visits, you can have a brand new smile! There’s no drilling or shots involved, and you won’t feel any discomfort. The dentist will not need to change the structure of your existing teeth.

One of the reasons why so many people have chosen Snap-On Smile is because of its versatility. Almost everyone is a good candidate for this cosmetic dentistry treatment. When placed over the teeth, it instantly hides imperfections such as discoloration, chipped teeth, worn down teeth, and crooked teeth. It can even be used for people who have missing teeth. This dental appliance is ideal for those who need dental implants or bridges, yet are not good candidates for those procedures. Snap-On Smile is also well-suited for people who have a removable partial denture, yet are not satisfied with the appearance or fit of the denture. There are no age requirements or restrictions to wear Snap-On Smile. However, only your dentist can definitively determine if you’re a good candidate for this dental appliance. If you have gum disease, you’ll need to undergo treatment before receiving your Snap-On Smile.

You can wear Snap-On Smile as much or as little as you prefer, with few changes in your daily routine. You’ll find that you can easily eat and drink most types of foods and beverages; however, it’s best to avoid gum and sticky foods. The device is resistant to staining.

Foothill Ranch Dentist offers comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services in one convenient location. For all of your dentistry needs, including Snap-On Smile, call our practice in Lake Forest at (714) 707-6724. We pride ourselves on our commitment to unparalleled patient care offered in a friendly, comfortable setting.

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February 27, 2014

Maintaining Your Bright Smile After Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is an effective, rapid method of beautifying your pearly whites. Consider implementing a few simple lifestyle changes to make your white smile last longer. Since smoking causes tooth discoloration, you may wish to talk to your doctor about smoking cessation methods. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily can also help the effects of teeth whitening last longer. Remember to see your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup.

Additionally, you may wish to modify your diet to keep your teeth looking their best. Avoid or limit pigmented foods and beverages such as tea, coffee, red wine, cola, and berries. Or, consider drinking pigmented beverages through a straw to minimize their contact with your front teeth. Then, drink plenty of water to rinse your mouth.

Foothill Ranch Dentist is proud to offer laser bleaching teeth whitening and Zoom one-hour teeth whitening to our patients. If you have any questions, contact us at (714) 707-6724 or visit our website to explore our services.

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February 20, 2014

How Snap-On Smile Can Help You

Snap-On Smile is a revolutionary dental appliance that allows you to completely transform your smile without extensive dental work. It’s ideal for those with tooth discoloration, chipped or worn down teeth, and gaps between the teeth. During your first dentist visit, you’ll have impressions taken of your teeth. Then, the appliance is custom-made in a lab to suit your unique bite pattern. Upon receiving your Snap-On Smile, you can insert it over your existing teeth for a dazzling, white smile!

Watch this video to learn more about the many benefits of Snap-On Smile. This dentist explains who is and isn’t a good candidate for Snap-On Smile, and why it’s important to have gum disease treated before receiving the appliance, if applicable.

If you’re interested in Snap-On Smile or other cosmetic dentistry treatments, schedule an appointment with Dr. Aria Irvani of Foothill Ranch Dentist. You can reach our cosmetic dentistry office at (714) 707-6724.

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February 13, 2014

How Stress Negatively Affects Your Smile

You may already know that stress has a number of adverse effects on your overall well-being. But did you know that significant or chronic stress can also affect your smile? Cosmetic dentists often work with patients who suffer from bruxism, mouth sores, and other dental problems that are caused or exacerbated by stress. If you notice any changes in your smile, schedule a checkup with a dentist right away.

Individuals respond in different ways to stress. Some may bite their fingernails; others may start grinding their teeth. Teeth grinding is known as bruxism. Dentists note that many patients grind their teeth during their sleep without even knowing it. If you’ve developed chipped teeth or worn down teeth, see your dentist right away. Bruxism can also lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, characterized by jaw pain, earaches, and headaches. In addition to practicing stress management techniques, your dentist may recommend wearing an oral appliance to wear while you sleep to prevent teeth grinding.

Mouth Sores
Canker sores are small, round spots that are grayish or white in color, with a red border. Although the exact cause isn’t yet known, dentists believe that excessive stress and fatigue, along with immune system conditions may trigger their development. Canker sores typically resolve by themselves; however, your dentist may recommend a topical anesthetic if they’re causing discomfort. Cold sores, which usually appear on the lip area, can also be triggered by significant stress. Prescription antivirals and over-the-counter remedies are available for cold sores.

Plaque Buildup
If you’ve been feeling particularly stressed out lately, you may wish to schedule an additional dentist visit for a professional cleaning. Stress can often have an adverse effect on oral hygiene habits, which leads to the buildup of plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed, you’re at risk of gum disease and dental caries.

Have you noticed any abnormalities in your smile, such as worn down teeth or mouth sores? Schedule a checkup with Foothill Ranch Dentist and ask us about our comprehensive dentistry solutions, including treatments for teeth grinding. You can contact a friendly representative by calling (714) 707-6724.

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February 06, 2014

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea interrupts normal breathing during sleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to excessive daytime tiredness and health complications such as heart disease and high blood pressure. In cases of mild sleep apnea, lifestyle changes such as losing weight and quitting smoking can restore normal breathing patterns during sleep. If you have moderate sleep apnea, your dentist can custom-fabricate a removable oral appliance that fits in your mouth while you sleep. This dental device positions your teeth and jaws so that your airway remains open during the night. If a dental device does not alleviate your symptoms or your sleep apnea is more severe, a Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure machine may be recommended. Oral surgery is generally considered a last resort and used only in the most severe cases of sleep apnea. 

If you have questions about your sleep apnea treatment options, contact Dr. Aria Irvani of Foothill Ranch Dentist by calling (714) 707-6724. Our dental office offers oral appliances for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea in addition to general and cosmetic dental services. Click through our website to learn more!

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January 09, 2014

Tips for Getting Over Your Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a very common condition. If you feel nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist, the tips in this video can help you feel more relaxed in the dental chair.

Talk to your dentist and let him know that you are feeling anxious. Your dentist will understand your feelings and can help you find the solution that works best for you. In some cases, muscle relaxants or sedatives such as Valium and nitrous oxide may be prescribed to help you relax.

At Foothill Ranch Dentist, we want all of our patients to feel comfortable, relaxed, and safe. Our office features the latest dental technology and we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry so you can receive the dental care you need without feeling anxious. If you have questions or concerns about your dental care, please call (714) 707-6724 or visit us on the web. 

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January 02, 2014

Understanding the Risks of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is estimated to affect as many as 22 million Americans, and in many cases remains undiagnosed for years. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to drowsiness, impaired memory, and serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s important to pursue your treatment options with your dentist and doctor to address this serious condition. Sleep apnea is estimated to affect as many as 22 million Americans, and in many cases remains undiagnosed for years. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to drowsiness, impaired memory, and serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s important to pursue your treatment options with your dentist and doctor to address this serious condition. 

Excessive Tiredness
One of the first noticeable symptoms of sleep apnea is excessive daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea causes a continual cycle of waking and falling back to sleep during the night, even though you may not remember these episodes. Because you are continually woken from sleep, you experience poor quality sleep that results in fatigue during the day. A lack of healthy sleep and excessive fatigue can cause problems concentrating on tasks and remembering information. Fatigue also causes mental “fogginess” and slows your reflex time; you may even nod off at inopportune times. All of these factors can cause difficulty at work, school, and in your everyday life. If you fall asleep or have trouble concentrating while driving or handling dangerous equipment, you could injure yourself or others.

Cardiovascular Concerns
Sleep apnea causes sudden, sharp drops in the amount of oxygen in your blood when breathing pauses during sleep. Over time, wildly varying blood oxygen levels put excess strain on your cardiovascular system, leading to high blood pressure. Those who suffer from untreated sleep apnea are also more likely to experience a stroke or develop heart problems, such as atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. Additionally, sleep apnea can exacerbate existing heart conditions, significantly raising your risk of a sudden cardiac event.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your dentist can be an important participant in your treatment. Dr. Aria Irvani of Foothill Ranch Dentist offers dental treatment options such as oral appliances to help manage sleep apnea for better health. Call us at (714) 707-6724 or click through our website for more information about our comprehensive Lake Forest dental practice

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December 26, 2013