When it comes to your oral healthcare, we strive to set the standard for excellence. It all begins with developing a personal connection with you, the patient we serve, and listening to your needs and concerns to jointly create a custom treatment plan. Our state-of-the-art facility utilizes the most advanced technology, and the finest quality materials.
Every client benefits from a comprehensive dental evaluation. While many dental offices may treat patients on a tooth-by-tooth basis, we believe in caring for the whole patient. Our skilled team considers your personal history, expectations, present conditions, and future needs. Our goal is to support you in optimal oral health and overall well-being, through preventive care and state of the art treatment.
By using a comprehensive approach that integrates the best possible occlusal or bite function with personalized esthetic treatment options, we are able to achieve a high level of treatment success and patient satisfaction.
DID YOU KNOW?
A healthy mouth can add 10-15 years to your life!
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is just as important as keeping the rest of your body healthy. In fact, healthy teeth and gums help keep your body healthy. A healthy mouth can add 10-15 years to your life!
In addition to regular brushing and flossing at home, routine dental cleanings by our hygienists remove a build-up of bacteria, what is called biofilm, to keep your teeth their sparkling best. As these cleanings clear away this harmful biofilm, plaque, and tartar build-up under the gumline, we treat and prevent a variety of problems including tooth decay and gum and bone infections. Consistent dental cleanings keep your teeth and gums healthy and can actually aid in the reduction of your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and low birth weight babies.
Our hygiene staff uses the latest technology to gently and carefully clean all tooth surfaces to improve and maintain your oral health.
Periodontal disease, sometimes called gum disease, is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. The bacteria that cause this dental disease have been linked to serious health problems such as heart problems, strokes premature and even low birth weight babies and even cancer. When we treat periodontal disease, our concern is for your overall health, not just your teeth. Even with all the advancement in prevention, 70% of all adults still have some form of gum disease present in their mouth. For this reason we always do a thorough evaluation so we can prescribe the right level of cleaning.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
The symptoms depend on the stage of disease, but generally include:
- gums that bleed when you brush your teeth or floss
- bad breath
- changes in the position of your teeth or loose teeth
- receding gums
- red, tender, or swollen gums
- buildup of plaque or tartar on your teeth
- pain when chewing
- tooth loss
- foul taste in your mouth
- inflammatory response throughout your body
Symptoms in the early stages of periodontitis are often not very noticeable. Dr. Ladani will likely be the first to point them out.
Healthy people normally have hundreds of different types of bacteria in their mouth. Most of them are completely harmless. When you don’t clean your teeth properly each day, the bacteria grow and build up on your teeth.
Periodontitis is typically caused by poor dental hygiene. When you don’t brush your teeth and clean in hard-to-reach places in your mouth, the following happens:
1. The bacteria in your mouth multiply and form a substance known as dental plaque.
2. If you don’t remove the plaque by brushing, the bacteria deposit minerals within the plaque over time.
3. This mineral deposit is known as tartar, which will encourage more bacterial growth toward the root of the tooth.
4. Your body’s immune response to this bacterial growth leads to inflammation in your gums.
5. The attachment of the gum to the root of a tooth is disrupted over time, and a periodontal pocket (gap) may form between the gum and root.
6. Harmful anaerobic bacteria colonize in the pocket and multiply, releasing toxins that can damage the gums, teeth, and supporting bone structures.
Additionally, certain factors put you at a higher risk of periodontitis, including:
- Smoking, which is one of the biggest risk factors for periodontitis
- Type 2 diabetes
- Hormonal changes in women (such as when menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause occurs), which can make the gums more sensitive
- Conditions that impact your immune system, like HIV or leukemia
- Medications that reduce the flow of saliva in your mouth
- Poor nutrition, including a deficiency in vitamin C
Our dental care team will give you instructions on how to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth, which involves keeping your teeth and gums clean. We will give you advice on how to use your tooth brush and dental floss properly, and may recommend other oral hygiene products like a water pick or mouthwash.
Here are a few tips for keeping your teeth healthy:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Consider using an electric toothbrush, which may be more effective.
- Floss at least once a day to remove plaque.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning.
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
During your professional cleaning, we will remove plaque buildup and tartar from your teeth and their roots, and then polish your teeth and treat them with fluoride. Any periodontal pockets that have formed could require deep cleaning to enable healing. A deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing will help scrape off tartar and remove any rough spots on the tooth root where bacteria tend to gather.
In some cases, Dr. Ladani will prescribe antibiotics to help with persistent gum infections that haven’t responded to cleanings. The antibiotic might be in the form of a mouthwash, gel, or an oral tablet or capsule.
Dr. Ladani will want to follow up with you after a few weeks, and then about every three to six months after that to assess your progress. If periodontal pockets are still present, they may recommend other treatment options, like surgery.
If inflammation persists in sites that are inaccessible to brushing and flossing, Dr. Ladani may recommend a surgical procedure called flap surgery to clean deposits under your gums. Under anesthesia, your gums are lifted away, and the roots of your teeth cleaned. Your gums are then sutured (stitched) back into place.
If you’ve had any bone loss, a procedure known as bone grafting may be done at the same time as flap surgery to regenerate the lost bone.
Do you have missing or fractured teeth?
Crowns (or caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function. A bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of bridge consists of crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants. Natural-looking crowns and bridges can be an ideal solution to replace or support missing or damaged teeth. Thanks to Dr. Ladani’s state-of-the-art equipment, these procedures are much simpler and the results are much more aesthetically pleasing than ever before.
A holistic approach in dentistry
There is a very good chance that if you’ve gotten fillings in your lifetime, they’re made up of dental amalgam. This silver-hued material has been used by dentists for decades, however lately it’s been looked at more closely, given the high concentration of mercury in the compound.
Low levels of mercury vapor are released over the course of the filling’s lifetime, although the amount of vapor released goes up when chewing, drinking hot or cold beverages, or grinding your teeth. A high level of exposure to mercury vapor has been linked to brain and kidney conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis. If you’re thinking about removing your amalgam fillings, Dr. Ladani can review with you his holistic approach to fillings.
A root canal is a restorative dental treatment that is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or has become infected. A tooth’s nerve and pulp may become inflamed, irritated or infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth or trauma to the mouth causing a tooth to chip and/or crack. During this procedure the tooth’s nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
While a root canal procedure is not painful, an infected tooth can be. It is important that you contact our office as soon as possible when you experience tooth pain so the issue can be addressed immediately.
Detects cavities in their earliest state
The Dexis CariVu is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to detect cracks and cavities without any exposure to radiation. This allows Dr. Ladani to see through the tooth, exposing its structure and the development of any pathology. We are able to treat our patients better and with more precision to ensure cavities are caught early-on. Dexis CariVu uses non-ionizing radiation which is ideal for children, pregnant women, and patients who are X-ray averse.
Advanced Technology Used in Our Office
At Extraordinary Smiles our patients comfort is one of our primary concerns, so we are proud to have integrated the Wand anesthesia delviery into dental office. CompuDent is a computerized local anesthesia delivery unit. The Wand is actually the pen-like hand piece that administers the anesthesia.
With The Wand, you'll discover:
- More comfortable numbing procedures
- A small hand-held device that looks like a pen
- Precise numbing of your tooth...not your face, lips and tongue
- Smaller amounts of anesthetic in your system
While our practice treats the entire family, we give special attention to dental cleanings with our younger patients. Our staff has a way with kids that puts them at ease and educates them on the importance of dental hygiene. Your children’s regular dental visits will be educational and fun, building a sound basis for a lifetime of good dental health.