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Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive process that completely restores the health, functionality, and natural beauty of all your teeth. Dental reconstruction may be necessary for several reasons:

  • Missing teeth
  • Trauma to the teeth including fractured or broken teeth
  • Worn teeth as a result of erosion or grinding
  • Neuromuscular or TMJ problems

Dr. Solomon has received his reputation as Los Angeles’ top dental reconstruction dentist because of his consistently thorough patient care and excellent results. The full mouth reconstruction process is different for each patient depending on his or her individual needs. Dr. Solomon will carefully review your case with you and discuss possible treatment plans. Multiple procedures may be involved such as restorations, implants, veneers, or orthotics.

Dr. Solomon specializes in completing full mouth reconstructions in only two visits as well as neuromuscular and TMJ cases. For your comfort, our office provides partial as well as complete sleep sedation options. In addition, if you are travelling from out of town, our front desk will help make travel arrangements. Please contact us at (310)475-5598.

Why Dr. Solomon?

Dr. Solomon has been practicing for over 27 years and is known for his impeccable bedside manner. He will put you at ease by answering any and all of your questions before, during, and after every procedure. In addition, he has received specialized training in full mouth reconstruction and neuromuscular dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. His in-depth expertise of not only teeth, but also the jaw, muscles, and nerves is what sets him apart from other dentists. You can be confident that with Dr. Solomon, you will receive exceptional care and results.

A Full Mouth Reconstruction Case Study: Youn

Youn traveled all the way from Japan to receive Dr. Sid’s expertise. As a successful businessman, he wanted his smile to reflect his stature. He came to Dr. Solomon with a lackluster smile featuring yellow, decayed teeth and several missing teeth. Dr. Sid recommended a treatment plan including a deep cleaning, implants, and veneers. Youn was extremely happy with the results, exclaiming that he both looked and felt 20 years younger. Although he still lives in Japan, he still comes to Dr. Sid for hygiene visits.

See the before (top) and after (bottom) pictures for the amazing transformation:

Invisalign: Different Types of Misaligned Teeth

Straightening teeth is not only for aesthetic purposes, but is also necessary for maintaining your long-term oral health. Let’s take a look at the many different types of “crooked” teeth. Do any sound familiar? You may able to benefit from Invisalign treatment.

 

Crowding is when there is not enough space in the mouth for all the teeth. As a result, there are many nooks and crannies between the teeth where plaque and tartar can easily build up. Bacteria will be in an optimal environment to grow and multiply, increasing your risk for gum disease. Straightening crowded teeth with Invisalign will lead to better oral hygiene and prevent future tooth and bone loss caused by periodontal disease.

 

Spacing is exactly what you would expect- when there is too much space between your teeth. Food can easily get stuck in these spaces and since the gums are not protected, you will be more prone to sore or tender gums, and ultimately gum disease. Spacing is easily fixed by using Invisalign to move the teeth together and close the spaces.

 

A deep bite, otherwise known as an overbite, is when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth. The lower teeth may not even be seen at all when you bite down. Since the lower teeth make contact with the upper gum tissue in the jaw, the palate is easily damaged and the gum tissue can be eventually chewed away. In addition, lower teeth will suffer from extensive premature wear and chipping. Thus, deep bites are very important to fix for your long-term oral health.

 

A crossbite is when one or more of your teeth do not properly horizontally align with the corresponding teeth above or below. For example, one tooth may be tilted more towards the cheek or the tongue. The image shows one example of a crossbite. Excessive stress is placed on the teeth and cause abfractions, or notches, in the teeth at the gumlime. In addition, the teeth will be more likely to get chipped or suffer from premature wear. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, crossbites can be properly aligned using Invisalign.

Excessive Overjet

Excessive overjet is often confused with deep bite or overbite. Excessive overjet is when the upper front teeth are much more horizontally forward than the lower front teeth. In other words, the upper teeth protrude out much more than the lower teeth.  It can be caused by certain genetic disorders or excessive thumb sucking sucking and pacifier use at a young age. Since the front teeth protrude out, they are more prone to getting chipped, fractured, or some other tooth trauma. In some cases, it may even be difficult to chew properly. Invisalign can properly align the protruding teeth and improve your overall mouth function and health.

Edge-to-Edge Bite

Edge-to-Edge bite is when the upper and lower teeth meet in the front. Thus, the teeth have a higher risk of chipping or breaking and may result in shortened and worn down front teeth. In addition, this type of malocclusion may result in jaw joint pain. To avoid these problems, Invisalign will properly align the teeth.

Open bite is when your upper and lower teeth do not make contact with each other. The mouth may always seem open because of this space between the teeth. An open bite may impair normal chewing and jaw function and lead to improper tongue position and swallowing habits. Furthermore, you may experience afractions, or small notches in the teeth at the gulime, excessive wear of the teeth, and gum recession, loose teeth, and bone loss. Invisalign will close the bite and improve the function of your mouth as well as your long-term oral health.

Are you a candidate for Invisalign? Dr. Solomon is recognized by Invisalign as a premiere provider based on his high number of successful cases. Call (310)475-5598 today to make an appointment or personal consultation.

Veneers – The Celebrity Secret

Have you ever wondered how celebrities always have that perfect smile? Let me let you in on a little secret- veneers. But, you don’t have to be Demi Moore or a celebrity to get veneers. They are a great option for anybody that wants to finally get the smile they always wanted. Thin veneers are a great way to get an instant smile makeover because it is nonsurgical and completely painless. Whether you are looking for a dramatic change or a more subtle change, Dr. Solomon will work with you to achieve the look you want.

Thin veneers are commonly used to fix:

  • Discolored/stained teeth
  • Large gaps between teeth
  • Misaligned teeth or uneven gums
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Worn down or chipped teeth

Thin veneers are extremely thin – even thinner than a contact lens. They fit over the teeth without requiring the teeth to be shaved down. Thus, thin veneers are a great option for people who are weary of invasive procedures. The application of thin veneers is completely non-surgical and requires no injections or drilling. After only 2 painless appointments, you will be able to walk out of the dental office with a completely new smile.

Thin veneers are also great for patients who do not want to permanently change their teeth. Since the existing teeth do not have to be shaved down, the procedure is completely reversible. The veneers can be removed at any time to expose the intact teeth underneath. There is no reason to feel self conscious about your smile any longer.

Get on your way to your instant smile makeover by calling (310)475-5598 to make an appointment or personal consultation with Dr. Solomon.

Check out some other celebrities who also have veneers…

Tom Cruise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Zeta Jones

Teeth Whitening Options Demystified

Are your pearly whites not so white anymore? There are so many different options these days for whitening your teeth it is difficult to know which one to choose. We’ve decided to break down all the different whitening options so you can determine the best option for you.

In-Office Whitening

This is quickest, most effective option that will yield the most dramatic results. If you are looking for an immediately noticeable change in your tooth color without the hassle of trays or strips, this procedure may be a good option for you. Dr. Solomon offers his patients the ZOOM! 2™ in-office whitening system, which has been proven to whiten teeth 6 to 10 shades lighter in only one hour. After the ZOOM! 2™ whitening gel is applied to your teeth, sit comfortably for an hour and watch TV, listen to music, or even nap while a special light is shone on your teeth. The procedure used is only approved by American Dental Association (ADA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used in dental office so you will not be able to get the same results through the other options.

Professional At-Home Whitening

You will receive a custom-fit whitening tray and gel from your dentist that you will use yourself at home. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create a tray that fits over the exact shape of your teeth to facilitate the most comfortable and effective whitening experience. Everyday you will put some whitening gel in the tray and wear it for a certain amount of time. This option is good for those who want to whiten their teeth more gradually. Also, this may be used in conjunction with in-office whitening for those with badly discolored teeth.

Mall Whitening Stands

The products offered in these kiosks are similar to over the counter products at a more expensive cost. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the safety of this whitening method so be careful and thoroughly research the company beforehand. Although the employees may advertise themselves to look like dentists, remember that they are not licensed dental professionals and are not properly trained to safely handle the materials and your teeth. Check out ABC News’ article for more information.

Store-Bought Whitening Strips

The most well-known of these is CREST Whitestrips. You are required to wear a strip on your upper and lower teeth for a certain amount of time each day. The results are gradual and you can stop whenever you want. This is a more affordable option for whitening your teeth, but is also much less powerful than professional teeth whitening. You will not see as much of a dramatic change in the shade of your teeth. This method works best for children, people with already white teeth, or for maintenance following a professional teeth whitening.

Whitening Toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes are very mild and do not whiten or change the color of the teeth. They only remove surface stains on the teeth, which may cause the teeth to look up to one shade lighter. Conversely, professional whitening procedures usually whiten teeth 3 to 8 shades lighter. Thus, whitening toothpastes work best for maintaining a white smile following a professional teeth whitening.

No matter what option you choose, it is always best to check with your dentist first. Only your dentist knows your dental background and is properly trained to safely whiten your teeth. Feel free to call Dr. Solomon at (310)475-5598 to make a personal consultation or appointment.

Is Sleep Dentistry Right For You?

Are you anxious or nervous whenever you have to go to the dentist? Do you have a bad gag reflex? Sleep dentistry may be right for you. According to WebMD, 9 to 20% of American adults avoid going to the dentist out of fear. Dr. Solomon understands that dental anxiety is a common phenomenon. Thus, he offers oral conscious sedation for his patients who may be weary of dental procedures.

Sleep dentistry allows you to get dental work done without any pain, discomfort, or anxiety. It is also safer for the patient because it ensures that the patient will stay still throughout the entire procedure. With sleep dentistry, dentists are able to perform dental procedures and effectively take care of their patients’ oral health for those who might have otherwise been reluctant.

The entire duration of your appointment will be a calm and comfortable experience. Dr. Solomon, known for his excellent bedside manner, will go the extra mile to ensure that you are at ease as well as answer any and all questions you may have. He will then give you an oral medication in the form of a small pill that will allow you to sleep through the whole procedure. Instead of an anxiety-ridden experience, you will wake up with a new smile and little or no memory of the dental procedure.

This method of sedation is very safe. You will be at a minimally depressed level of consciousness, while still being able to breathe on your own. Your vitals including oxygenation, ventilation, circulation and temperature will be monitored while you are sedated to ensure your safety. Dr. Solomon is licensed by the State of California in Adult Oral Conscious Sedation and has extensive experience and training in this field. Dr. Solomon highly values the safety of his patients and wants to make visiting the dentist a pleasant experience.

We also offer other types of sedation including:

  • Nitrous Oxide/ Oxygen Inhalation
  • Protective Stabilization
  • Mild Sedation
  • Moderate Sedation
  • Deep Sedation
  • General Anesthesia

Call our office today at (310)475-5598 to inquire about our services or make an appointment now!

Non-invasive TMJ Treatment: No More Headaches!

How exactly does Dr. Sid Solomon’s non-invasive TMJ treatment get rid of those relentless headaches and migraines? Dr. Sid Solomon, Los Angeles’ leading TMJ specialist, is dedicated to successfully combatting TMJ pain and headaches non-surgically and in the most comfortable environment possible. Dr. Solomon’s boutique office features a special relaxation room that will mentally transport you to a high-end spa. The room is conducive to not only jaw relaxation, but also full body and mind relaxation. Our goal is to create an environment where you can feel completely relaxed and even forget you’re at the dentist!

While you are in the relaxation room, an EMG will first be taken of your jaw in its current state. Dr. Solomon may tell you to alternate between clenching and relaxing. These EMG results will be analyzed to determine which muscles are overworked and see whether there are imbalances between the right and left sides. Next, Dr. Solomon will place a small piece of wax with a magnet inside your mouth between the front lower gums and the lower lip. He will then ask you to open and close your mouth so he can track your jaw movement on the computer. This information will be used to observe whether there are limitations in your movement and if the teeth are in the right place.

The best part is saved for last when the jaw muscles will be completely relaxed using a TENS machine or Myomonitor. The TENS treatment will take about an hour during which gentle electrical stimuli will massage the jaw.  During this time, many patients often doze off while taking advantage of the serene spa environment and full body massage chair. After the treatment, the jaw, in a completely relaxed state, represents the ideal bite for the patient. An impression or mold will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory for your custom-made orthotic to be created.

In about two weeks, you will return for a second appointment when the orthotic is ready and be given specific instructions. The orthotic is made out of clear acrylic and hides behind the lower front teeth. It is very comfortable, easy to wear, and not obvious. It will slowly adjust your bite to the proper alignment so your jaw muscles and TMJ joints can work harmoniously. As a result, the headaches, facial, and neck pain will all be eliminated.

Dr. Solomon also offers BOTOX treatment for TMJ, which has been proven to effectively and immediately eliminate facial pain and headaches associated with TMJ.

Stop living in pain! Call (310)475-5598 today to make an appointment or personal consultation with Dr. Solomon today.

Gum Disease & Diabetes, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Disease

Good dental hygiene is necessary to prevent periodontal disease, which can destroy bone and gums in the mouth and ultimately lead to tooth loss. But, did you know that periodontal (gum) disease is also linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity? The mouth is often overlooked as a door to the rest of your body. Thus, any ailments in your mouth can affect the rest of your body and vice versa.

A study done by the National Institutes of Craniofacial and Dental Research demonstrated that those with type 2 diabetes are more likely to also have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been an established side effect of diabetes, but it now seems like there is a two-way connection. Periodontal disease leads to inflammation in the mouth and those inflammatory proteins can travel to the body. Consequently, chronic inflammation in the body can be harmful and affect blood sugar levels and the way your body responds to insulin. Many researchers also believe that there is a three-way connection between periodontal disease, diabetes, and obesity.

There is also a suspected connection between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. A study from the American Heart Journal in 2007 showed that the incidence of coronary heart disease was increased in patients with periodontal disease. Researchers suspect that the inflammatory molecules present in the mouth spread to the rest of the body, which leads to inflammation and the build up of fatty plaques in the arteries.  Researchers also believe that oral bacteria can travel to the body and increase the chances of blood clots in the arteries.

Many researchers are currently studying the link between periodontal disease and various systemic problems. For example, researchers are trying to establish why women with gum disease are more likely to give birth prematurely. Overall, it is important to remember that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body and taking care of your teeth is very important for your overall health. Good dental hygiene at home as well as regular dental visits are necessary for maintaining a healthy smile.  Are you due for a cleaning or check up? Do you have any concerns or questions? Call Dr. Sid Solomon at (310)475-5598 to make an appointment today!

Be Active in Preventing Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month! This month we want to bring awareness to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and preventing periodontal (gum) disease through proper oral hygiene habits. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, almost 1/3 of Americans between the ages of 30 to 54 have some stage of periodontitis or gum disease. However, that also means that 2/3 of Americans in that age range have healthy smiles. Gum disease can be prevented by using regular and proper dental hygiene techniques.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by the build up of plaque. Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on teeth. It is important to remove plaque with regular brushing and flossing because after one or two days, plaque will harden into calculus or tartar. Calculus cannot be removed by a toothbrush, but must be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist with special tools. If it is not removed, the bacteria will release toxins and infect the gums causing inflammation. This causes the gums to separate from the teeth and form pockets that can fill with more plaque, which will further worsen the infection. As a result, the gum and bone surrounding the teeth will slowly be destroyed. During advanced stages of gum disease, the gums will be severely receded and may fill with pus. In addition, due to increasing bone loss, the teeth may fall out because they no longer have enough support.

How can periodontal disease be prevented? 

A large part of preventing periodontal disease is in your own hands. It is VERY important to brush and floss properly everyday to continuously remove plaque. Proper dental hygiene at home is instrumental for maintaining a healthy smile.

It is also necessary to go to the dentist for regular exams and cleanings at least twice a year. Going to the dentist is just as important as taking care of your teeth at home because dental professionals can remove plaque and calculus that cannot be removed by a toothbrush or in hard to reach places.

Dr. Solomon is adamant in helping all his patients maintain good oral health. At your appointment, Dr. Solomon uses a periodontal probe to assess the health of your gums by measuring the pocket depths. Depending on your specific needs, he may perform differing levels of cleanings or suggest an antibiotic treatment:

  • Prophylaxis- A routine teeth cleaning and polishing.
  • Full mouth debridement- Removal of plaque and tartar above and around the gum line.
  • Scaling and root planning (deep cleaning)- The gums and teeth are cleaned down to the roots to prevent plaque from accumulating under the gums and facilitate the gums to reattach to the tooth.
  • Periodontal maintenance- To prevent the relapse or progression of periodontal disease, the area above and below the gums must be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
  • ARESTIN® treatment- ARESTIN® is an antibiotic that is locally administered between the gum and the tooth. It is completely painless and kills any bacteria left behind during the cleaning. It also continues to work progressively to kill bacteria after you’ve left the office by releasing the antibiotics gradually over time.

In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, be proactive about your oral health! Remember to always brush and floss properly and if you’re due for a cleaning or have any concerns or questions about your periodontal health call (310)475-5598 to make an appointment with Dr. Solomon today!

Invisalign and the Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

Based on his high number of successful cases, Dr. Solomon has been proudly recognized by Invisalign as one of Los Angeles’ premiere Invisalign providers. Invisalign is quickly growing in popularity as an alternative to braces for straightening teeth. It is great for patients of all ages- especially adults who are reluctant to wear braces, which can be obvious and embarrassing.

Most people are only aware of the aesthetic advantages of straight teeth, but there are also many health benefits that are often overlooked. Straight teeth have fewer corners where food and bacteria can get stuck or where plaque can accumulate. Thus, brushing and flossing will be more effective and there will be a lower chance of tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, misaligned teeth can cause an improper bite or misaligned jaw. In the long run, this can overstress the jaw muscles and cause TMJ problems.

Invisalign straightens teeth “invisibly” using a series of clear, custom-made plastic aligners or molds for your teeth, which are changed every two weeks. The first mold will be of the original position of your teeth and the final mold will be the optimal, straight position of your teeth. There will be a series of molds in between the initial and final mold that will be worn to gradually straighten your teeth.

Invisalign is great not only because the molds are clear and unnoticeable, but also because they are removable. Thus, Invisalign treatment does not interfere with normal brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking.

Get on your way to a new smile today! Call (310)475-5598 to schedule an appointment or personal consultation with Dr. Solomon.

Are You Grinding Your Teeth?

Over 20% of Americans suffer from bruxism (grinding or clenching of the teeth). However, many people are not even aware that they grind or clench their teeth until a sleeping partner hears gnashing noises at night or if their dentist observes abnormal wear of the teeth.

Some teeth grinding or clenching is normal, but frequent bruxism can cause excessive tooth wear and short-lived dental restorations. Moreover, bruxism often causes headaches, jaw or facial pain, tooth sensitivity, cracked teeth or fillings, loose teeth, and insomnia.

The cause for bruxism is not known, but stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, or an abnormal bite can all be contributing factors.

As Los Angeles’ top TMJ specialist, Dr. Sid Solomon has considerable experience with effectively treating patients suffering from bruxism. A custom-made night guard made of plastic or acrylic may be used to prevent the teeth from touching and excessive wear of the teeth. Dr. Solomon also offers highly effective BOTOX treatments that have been shown to dramatically improve bruxism. Call (310) 475-5598 to schedule an appointment or personal consultation with Dr. Solomon to find out which treatment is best for you!

Meanwhile, some other tips from Dr. Solomon to reduce teeth grinding include…

  • Cut back on caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Relax- especially at night before sleeping