Suzanne Haeri DDS

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is a common procedure within the dental specialty of endodontics. Endodontics focuses on the roots or nerves of the teeth. When a patient doesn’t practice proper dental hygiene, a tooth infection can occur. If located in the roots, a root canal becomes necessary. Dr. Suzanne Haeri provides root canal therapy to her patients in Los Angeles, CA.


 


It is vital to treat tooth infections as soon as possible. If left untreated, the infection can spread throughout the mouth. It can also lead to long-term effects like bone loss in the jaw.


 


The procedure starts with your Los Angeles dentist applying a local anesthetic to the tooth. This numbs it and assures minimal discomfort. Dr. Haeri drills into the tooth, exposing the root canal. The infected materials are removed and the area is cleaned. Afterward, the dentist closes the root canal with a filling or sealant. It’s recommended for a dental crown to be placed too.


 


Overall, root canal therapy is highly successful and almost completely painless. It’s common to experience soreness the days following the procedure. Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication as needed. Follow any and all post-operative instructions given by Dr. Haeri. Your recovery highly correlates to your root canal’s success.


 


If you or a loved one are in need of root canal therapy, contact Dr. Suzanne Haeri. Our office is located in Los Angeles, CA. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 310-657-2200.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin durable shells made of porcelain that are bonded onto your natural teeth. Veneers are used to correct problems like cracked, stained, chipped, gapped, or broken teeth. Dr. Suzanne Haeri DDS understands how important your smile is. You’re going to have your smile the rest of your life, you might as well enjoy it! That’s why we offer porcelain veneers for our patients.


 


It will take 2-3 appointments with Dr. Haeri at her office in Los Angeles, CA. to complete the entire process. Your first appointment is more of a consultation than appointment. There are many different choices that come with choosing your veneers. This is why it’s recommended that you do some research individually beforehand. The major two are coloring and shape. There are two kinds of shaping, square and rounded. Many patients believe that rounded veneers are more feminine, while the square is more masculine. This is not true at all. Both shapes are available regardless of gender. The coloring is the shading of the veneers. You can choose from brightness starting at natural all the way to Hollywood levels.


 


Once you are happy with your decisions, the next part of the process can start. First, your teeth will be prepared and cleaned. We will then take an impression or mold of your teeth. This is then sent to a dental laboratory to create your customized veneers. The personalization assures that they will fit you perfectly. It will take about fourteen days for them to be created. In the meantime, you will be given temporary veneers. When the permanent veneers come back in, you will come in for your final appointment. They will then be bonded to your teeth.


 


Dr. Suzanne Haeri DDS is located in Los Angeles, CA. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 310-657-2200.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Bone Graft Procedure

Suzanne Haeri DDS offers bone grafting services to her patients in the Los Angeles, CA area. Bone grafts are needed when the jaw bone is not strong enough to house a restorative device like a dental implant. When a tooth is missing and never replaced, the bone will disintegrate. A bone graft will fix this by replacing it with healthy tissue.


 


At your first appointment with Dr. Haeri, she will examine the jaw and mouth. X-rays will determine the full condition of the bone. If you are eligible for a bone graft, the x-ray will also show us how much tissue will be needed. Tissue for the graft can be collected in various ways. It can be taken from another area of your mouth in certain cases, or areas like your hip or tibia. Tissue labs also provide materials. Once the sample has been collected and determined to be of sound quality, the next step in the procedure can start.


 


You will first be placed under general anesthesia. Dr. Haeri will start by making an incision along your jaw in the selected area. The healthy tissue will be inserted and held in place using screws, wires, etc. Afterward, Dr. Haeri will close up the area with either stitches or a suture.


 


After the procedure, follow any and all post-operative instructions given. Avoid vigorous activity while healing. The speed of your recovery is entirely dependent on your body and the size of the graft. The larger the graft the longer it will take to heal. Recovery can stem from two weeks all the way up to a full year.


 


Dr. Suzanne Haeri DDS is located in Los Angeles, CA. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 310-657-2200.


 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

DentalVibe

Are you worried about your or your loved one’s dental health, but reluctant to face needles? We at the South Carthay dental office of Dr. Suzanne Haeri understand your needs. When we need to administer a localized anesthetic, one of the tools we use is the DentalVibe. This wand allows injections to be delivered without causing a patient pain, and often without them even feeling it.


One of dentists’ traditional means of soothing patients’ anxiety was to flap a patient’s lip or cheek. The vibrations overwhelm the patient’s nervous system, distracting it from its pain response to the needle. The DentalVibe is a more sophisticated way of applying this concept. Its massaging, rubbery prongs vibrate one hundred and sixty times per second, creating a pleasurable sensation. The dentist can administer the injection with their other hand, often while positioned so the patient won’t even see the syringe.


While heavier sedation may be necessary for extensive oral surgeries, the DentalVibe is perfectly suited to numbing the patient in preparation for routine care such as scaling, planing, and simple extractions. We can still provide oral sedation to nervous patients, but the DentalVibe does not cause any side effects and will not impede the patient’s cognition.


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, April 11, 2019

Asthma and Oral Health

At Dr. Suzanne Haeri’s South Carthay dental practice, we want our patients to know how to care for their general and cosmetic dental needs no matter what other health issues they may have. People with asthma can be at particular risk for developing caries, but there are steps they can take to minimize damage.


Asthma is inflammation in the upper respiratory tract. It often causes people to breathe through their mouths, putting them at risk for developing dry mouth (xerostomia). Saliva plays an important part in fighting oral infections; it washes away food that bacteria might otherwise eat and it neutralizes the acid bacteria produce. Some strategies for maintaining saliva are to drink lots of fluids, use artificial throat moisturizers, and to chew sugarfree gum. Patients may also want to talk to their asthma specialists about changing medications that cause dry mouth.


A potential issue with inhaler medications is that they may contain sugar. In that case, patients need to remember to brush their teeth in between using them and going to bed. Some asthma patients take muscle relaxants to loosen their throats, but this could also loosen the sphincter that keeps stomach acid out of the esophagus. Patients suffering from acid reflux may need topical fluoride treatments and to avoid consuming alcohol, citric acid, red meat, garlic, or chocolate before lying down.


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, April 2, 2019

National Facial Protection Month

The beginning of April marks National Facial Protection Month. As a general and cosmetic dental office, we at Dr. Suzanne Haeri’s South Carthay practice have fixed a lot of chipped and broken teeth. Although we provide naturally-colored, long-lasting restorations, we prefer that our patients maintain good oral health. Wearing mouth guards during sports is one of the most important aspects of that.


Sports leagues generally require youth participants to wear a mouthguard. (That includes wrestlers if they have braces.) Any type of mouthguard is better than none, but the best are custom-fitted. Other options include boil-and-bite models that are softened at home before being fitted to a wearer’s teeth. Keep in mind, however, that children’s teeth are changing rapidly, and a mouthguard from the beginning of the academic year may need to be refitted. This is particularly true of patients undergoing orthodontic therapy, whose teeth change positions significantly each month.


Mouthguard manufacturers will provide information on how to clean their products, but in general, they should be kept dry and out of the sun. Wearing a mouthguard is not only important during contact sports, but also during activities when a person is likely to fall, such as skating, cycling, or gymnastics. When properly fitted, a mouthguard should be comfortable and easy to breathe with. Feel free to ask us for guidance if you’ve been having trouble with yours.


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, March 27, 2019

Bite Checks

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a grave threat to a patient’s tooth structure as well as their comfort. At the South Carthay dental office of Dr. Suzanne Haeri, we inspect patients for signs of this condition during each biannual check-up. A bite check is also an opportunity to detect other chewing problems and is particularly beneficial to children.


TMD can occur when people clench their jaws or grind their teeth in their sleep. (The latter behavior is known as bruxism.) The force of their bite can cause pain that radiates to the tops of their heads and down through their necks. Particularly severe TMD can cause teeth to crack or tilt out of place. More commonly, they become eroded, resulting in a loss of vertical mouth dimension. The sensitivity from TMD makes chewing more difficult and some patients have difficulty opening their mouths.


Our hygienists are trained to look for the distinctive pattern bruxism leaves in enamel. They will also ask patients to demonstrate closing their teeth together and will ask patients about any discomfort they’ve experienced recently. Patients may not be aware they have bruxism, but they may know if they are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea or are under a lot of mental stress, both of which are contributing factors. In adults, bruxism can be countered with a custom-fitted night guard, which will protect the enamel from further erosion and relieve pressure on the jaws. Patients may also be recommended for orthodontic therapy if bruxism has pushed their teeth out of place or misalignment is contributing to their jaws’ mechanical stress.


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.