Suzanne Haeri DDS

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Peri-implantitis

Dr. Suzanne Haeri of South Carthay is not only an experienced cosmetic dentist but also a provider of implant restorations. Implants replace teeth and help to solidify the jaw bone. But implants, like natural teeth, need to be cared for, or else they will be at risk of coming loose and need to be replaced.


Gum inflammation is usually the result of a gum pocket infection. When food debris gets caught below the gum line, bacteria eat it and produce acid as a waste product. Acid gets stuck in the tooth’s plaque, causing damage to the gum tissues. The immune system causes the gums to flame up, making them red, puffy, and painful, and possibly causing them to bleed. Even worse, the bone holding the implant in place may recede. People who have implants will recall the several months it took for jawbones to grow around the implant post (a process called “osseointegration”). If too much of that bone tissue is lost, the implant will have to be replaced for the patient’s safety.


Unfortunately, gum disease is not a rare phenomenon. However, with our office’s soft tissue laser, we can remove decayed dental material, preventing the infection from advancing. When patients uphold their oral hygiene and consult with their dentist for help at the first sign of gum inflammation, implants have a 98% success rate after ten years.


Suzanne Haeri, DDS, is located at 1100 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, California, 90035. To set up an appointment, call 310-647-2200 or visit Suzanne Haeri DDS and fill out a request.


 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Back to School Check-Up

With school back in session, children will be on a regular schedule, and hopefully, be regularly eating and brushing their teeth. But the resumption of the school year also means that problems from dental caries and other oral issues will be more disruptive. If your child is due for a check-up (and they’re recommended every six months), now’s a good time to visit South Carthay’s Dr. Suzanne Haeri.


Even in baby teeth, toothaches cause a lot of problems. Children who are in pain have a harder time learning and controlling their behavior. Those who are under stress may grind their teeth in their sleep, causing jaw pain and potentially damaging their enamel. We can provide professional cleanings and replace decayed material with fillings, but check-ups are also an opportunity for prevention. We teach children better oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and chewing sugar-free gum. We also provide fluoride sealants to protect the teeth from infections.


Besides being an opportunity to do maintenance, check-ups allow us to plan for a child’s future needs. Our digital x-rays allow us to safely monitor the development of adult teeth. If it looks like a tooth is going to be impacted, we can discuss with kids and parents options such as extractions and orthodontic treatments. We can also discuss whether a child will need a night guard or to have their mouthguard refitted.


Suzanne Haeri, DDS, is located at 1100 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, California, 90035. To set up an appointment, call 310-647-2200 or visit Suzanne Haeri DDS and fill out a request.


 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tooth Colored White Fillings

If you have tooth decay that has caused a cavity (hole) in your tooth, then you are likely to benefit from a cosmetic filling. However, decay is not the only reason you may need a filling. Other reasons include cracked or broken teeth, teeth that are worn from habits such as nail-biting, as well as tooth grinding. When you schedule a professional dental cleaning with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS, she will check for these problems, and decide whether a filling is right for you.


The type of fillings we provide at the office is called composite resin, or tooth-colored (white) filling. This type of filling provides good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on both the front or back teeth and supply the patient with a more natural looking appearance.


If you think you may benefit from tooth-colored fillings, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS in Los Angeles, CA, call 310-657-2200.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Dental Instruments

There are some pretty cool instruments in a dental office. There are also some that people may be uncomfortable with. In order to help our patients’ cleanings go smoothly, we at Dr. Suzanne Haeri’s office wanted to explain what some of the most frequently used ones are for.


The two instruments patients will see us use the most are the handheld mirror and the explorer. Also known as a probe, explorers are hooked instruments that are used to assess the hardness of enamel and to break up small bits of tartar. There are many differently shaped hooks for reaching different surfaces of different teeth. Some, called scalers, are used to remove tartar from gum pockets after they’ve been probed to check for infection.


We also commonly use instruments that are for constructing and placing fillings. A drill is used to remove infected tooth enamel after the patient has been numbed. White composite filling material can then be mixed on a small spatula and applied with a burnisher, which is a blunt instrument used to contour fillings. If a tooth is broken or needs to be extracted for any other reason, we can loosen it with an elevator, which is shaped like a small, narrow spoon, before pulling it with forceps.


Suzanne Haeri, DDS, is located at 1100 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, California, 90035. To set up an appointment, call 310-647-2200 or visit Suzanne Haeri DDS and fill out a request.


 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Gum Disease and Healthy Eyes

Oral health is closely tied to the health of the rest of the body. At Dr. Suzanne Haeri’s South Carthay dental office, we don’t want our patients to miss regular cleanings or neglect their oral hygiene. One more reason to brush is the connection between gum disease and macular degeneration.


Gum disease occurs when bacteria are allowed to grow out of control in the gum pockets, triggering the immune system’s inflammation response. Bleeding gums are the result of gingivitis. Macular degeneration is an incurable eye disease that occurs when the macula, a part of the retina, thins out, has fluid leaking into it, or has blood vessels growing in it. It causes people to have blurry spots in the center of their vision.


Scientists had long observed that macular degeneration is more common in people with gingivitis, but did not know why. A new study established that one particular type of bacteria from the mouth, Porphyromonas gingivalis, can infect the tissues of the eye. When the tissue was infected, immunosuppression and growth of new blood vessel tissue were likelier. Scientists have more to learn about the association, but there’s reason to think that keeping the gums healthy can also help keep the eyes safe.


Suzanne Haeri, DDS, is located at 1100 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, California, 90035. To set up an appointment, call 310-647-2200 or visit Suzanne Haeri DDS and fill out a request.


 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Pediatric Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves removing a tooth from the bone socket and is a scary procedure for adults, let alone children. For a child, this procedure can be terrifying since he or she does not know what to expect and will often worry that the procedure will hurt. At the practice of Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS, she offers a variety of ways to ease your child’s fear before a tooth extraction.


Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS will extract a child’s tooth if it has become decayed to the point where a root canal is not an option. A child’s tooth may also be extracted if the tooth is fractured beyond repair, or if the mouth is overcrowded with teeth. If your child is getting braces, Dr. Haeri may also decide to extract one or more teeth to make room for shifting teeth. Nitrous Oxide is also available for children who find this procedure frightening; however, they will need a preliminary visit with Dr. Haeri to make sure they are an eligible candidate for nitrous sedation.


If you have questions or concerns regarding pediatric dental services, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS herself in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If you notice throbbing pain in the back of the mouth, swelling around the jaw, and/or frequent headaches, Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS, has a question for you. Are your wisdom teeth still intact? Wisdom teeth can be disruptive to daily life, and when wisdom teeth are impacted, the patient will notice that symptoms will worsen as the condition develops. Though wisdom teeth extraction isn’t always necessary, removing them will prevent further complications.


Impacted wisdom teeth remain below the gum and don’t always erupt. If they choose to erupt, they may do so on an angle. This can cause damage to surrounding teeth, resulting in pain, and because they are hard to clean, they can increase a patient’s risk of infection. To determine if your wisdom teeth are developing normally, schedule a consultation with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS to discuss questions or concerns.


If you are experiencing tooth discomfort or have questions about wisdom teeth removal, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS herself in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200.