Suzanne Haeri DDS

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dental Dentures


Dr. Suzanne Haeri prides herself on helping patients achieve the best, confidence-boosting smile they can get. For patients with missing teeth, she offers both full and partial dentures. Dental dentures are designed to replace missing teeth as well as the surrounding tissues. They are custom made, removable, and significantly improve the function and appearance of your smile. You can even eat and sleep with them! Dr. Haeri will ensure that your new dentures fit your mouth properly and comfortably.




Full dentures are either “conventional” or “immediate.” Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been completely removed from the gum tissue and the healing process has had a chance to begin. After that time, this type of full denture is placed in the mouth for eight to twelve weeks. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. This is a great alternative to conventional dentures because the wearer doesn’t have to go without teeth during the healing process. Partial dentures are also removable and are used when one or more teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. This type of denture requires crowns on the teeth on either side of the space to attach artificial teeth and a cemented-in bridge. Partial dentures fill in the open spaces so that the remaining teeth cannot shift and appears more natural-looking than full dentures.




Other benefits of full and partial dentures include:




- Facial muscle support


- Allows patients to eat food they couldn’t eat without teeth


- Improves the ability to chew, eat, and speak


- Improves appearance and smile


- Improves self-esteem and confidence



Suzanne Haeri DDS practices at 1100 S La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA 90035. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit suzannehaeridds.com or call 310-657-2200.


 



Thursday, November 7, 2019

Diode Laser Gum Surgery


It’s no secret that dental technology has improved over the years. For example, we can now make digital molds of our teeth over traditional putty impressions. Dr. Suzanne Haeri is dedicated to learning all she can about the advancements in dentistry. One such advancement is a laser that helps patients with periodontal problems. Dr. Haeri is thrilled to offer the Diode Soft Tissue Laser in her Los Angeles practice.




The Diode Soft Tissue Laser helps patients who suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. The laser successfully stops bleeding, seals lymphatic and nerve endings, and decreases inflammation. Your Los Angeles dentist is able to perform surgery on your gums without needles, bleeding, and stitches. The patient is also able to eat, drink, and talk after the procedure with zero discomfort. As an added bonus, the laser sterilizes the gum tissue at the restoration site.




Other benefits of using a Diode Soft Tissue Laser to help periodontal disease include:




- Added safety


- Less invasive


- Less painful post-procedure


- Better precision


- Better conservation of healthy tissue


- No bleeding


- Highly sterile


- Painless procedure


- More efficient



Suzanne Haeri DDS practices at 1100 S La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA 90035. For more information about Diode Laser Gum Surgery or to schedule an appointment, please visit suzannehaeridds.com or call 310-657-2200.


 



Thursday, October 31, 2019

Mouthguards for Protecting Teeth


While preventing head trauma is the main concern during contact sports, some people rarely consider their teeth another vital area to protect. Dr. Suzanne Haeri recommends athletes of any age to wear a mouthguard while participating in high impact sports, such as football, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, baseball/softball, and soccer. You are given only one smile unique to you, it’s up to you to take matters into your own hands and protect it!


 


In addition to mouthguards protecting the structural integrity of your teeth, they also protect against jaw damage and lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. Mouthguards have also been proven to decrease the risk of concussions. What’s better than another way to protect yourself from serious head trauma? While mouthguards are available in most sporting goods stores, these don’t always offer the best protection since they can be ill-fitting.


 


A custom made mouthguard is the best option if you want to have the highest level of comfort and protection. It is created with thin, hardened plastic specifically to fit your mouth and your mouth only. The thinness of a custom mouthguard also allows for easy breathing and communication between your teammates. To ensure optimal protection on the field, court, or rink, reach out to Dr. Haeri about how you can get a custom made mouthguard.


 


Suzanne Haeri DDS practices at 1100 S La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA 90035. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit suzannehaeridds.com or call 310-657-2200.


 



Thursday, October 17, 2019

Flossing with Braces

Brushing shouldn’t be the only part of your daily dental routine! Flossing is important too. This is especially true when you have braces. Dr. Suzanne Haeri recommends investing in flossing applicators. These different devices circumvent your braces so you can floss correctly. Flossing once a day ensures you don’t develop cavities. If you’re interested in learning more, contact our office in Los Angeles, CA.


 


When you have braces, you need to be flossing more than once a day. It’s recommended to floss after every meal. Braces give bacteria unique new areas to grow. Trapped food just attracts more germs to these areas. Being proactive is a necessity.


 


-One of the most important orthodontic flossing devices is floss threaders. These are small dental tools that move floss under the orthodontic wire. From there, you’re able to floss normally. It’s a necessary tool in every patient’s orthodontic care kit.


-Floss picks are also a viable option. These look like small, two-forked prongs. Floss is strung between the prongs. Because of their smaller size, these devices avoid the wire. Carefully move the pronged floss between your teeth to clean them.


-Lastly, consider investing in a Waterpik. These tools are similar to devices used in dental offices. The Waterpik sprays a steady stream of water at your teeth. The pressure then pushes the food and debris out. Most Waterpiks have available add-ons for orthodontic cleanings.


 


If you’re interested in learning more about these products, reach out to our Los Angeles, CA, staff. Dr. Suzanne Haeri is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, visit her website or call 310-657-2200.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Post-Extraction Care: Dry Sockets

One of the most important aspects of a successful tooth extraction recovery is following the post-operative instructions. Otherwise, you are at risk for developing a Dry Socket. These require immediate treatment by Dr. Suzanne Haeri at her office in Los Angeles, CA. If you notice any extreme pain or sensitivity after the procedure, call us right away. Dr. Haeri will try to see you as soon as possible.


 


The full name for a dry socket is Alveolar Osteitis. In simple terms, this translates to inflammation of the tooth socket. When removing a tooth from a healthy socket, blood clots form and the healing process begins. Dry sockets happen when this healing process is hindered in some way. These can develop on both the upper and lower jaw and are more common with complicated extractions.


 


Dry socket symptoms become noticeable around three days after an extraction. It starts with sharp or throbbing pain in the affected area. You’ll notice that the pain worsens when eating or drinking. Be aware of any sensitivity.


 


Your Los Angeles, CA, dentist provides dry socket treatment. At your appointment, the area is thoroughly examined. Deep cleaning removes all bacteria and debris from the socket. In certain cases, a dressing is placed on the tooth. This removes any pain while speeding up the healing process. Afterward, symptoms alleviate within a day or so. Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling.


 


It’s important to always follow your post-operative care instructions. Doing so prevents dry sockets and other complications. If you notice any of the above symptoms, call Dr. Suzanne Haeri right away. To schedule an appointment with your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, visit her website or call 310-657-2200.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Dry Mouth

Dr. Suzanne Haeri treats a variety of dental conditions at her office in Los Angeles, CA, including Dry Mouth. This condition, also known as Xerostomia, makes it difficult to accomplish everyday tasks. Your mouth is too dry to eat, chew, and even speak. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, schedule an appointment today. Dry mouth should never be ignored. It’s often a sign of a serious medical condition.


 


Saliva isn’t just for eating and speaking! It plays a very important role in your dental health. Saliva cleans your teeth of food debris while eliminating harmful pathogens. When your salivary glands aren’t functioning correctly, you are at risk of developing serious dental conditions. Plaque and tooth decay occur more frequently. Scheduling an appointment with your Los Angeles dentist avoids any complications.


 


Determining the cause of your dry mouth is the first step. Dr. Haeri will ask about your medical history and any current medications you’re on. There are over 500 different medications that produce dry mouth. Research all daily pharmaceuticals, even ones as simple as allergy relief. You might need to talk to your general practitioner or primary care physician about switching to an alternative medication. Autoimmune disorders may also be the culprit. Certain conditions, like Sj√∂gren's syndrome, are known for causing dry mouth. This systemic disorder attacks the salivary glands. Contemplate other medical treatments you’re receiving. Chemotherapy commonly produces dry mouth.


 


Treatment depends entirely upon you. The cause of the dryness also plays a part. In general, there are a few ways to increase your saliva production. First, cut all sugary drinks and foods from your diet. Sugar is known for drying out your mouth. Eliminate drinks like soda, coffee, tea, and alcohol from your daily routines. Instead, drink water. Increasing your water intake keeps your mouth moist. Lastly, consider over-the-counter dry mouth medications. These are available at your local grocery store or supermarket. They are available in gel, mouthwash, and toothpaste form.


 


Dr. Suzanne Haeri is a dental professional located in Los Angeles, CA. To schedule an appointment with her office, visit her website or call 310-657-2200.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, no matter how careful you are! Like most emergencies, you don’t plan for them. Maybe you’re playing sports with your friends, you trip on a rug and fall, or experience a hit to the face. Dr. Suzanne Haeri will get you an appointment as soon as possible, to the best of her ability. In the meantime, it’s important to understand what you should and shouldn’t do while you wait.


 


The first step is to contact our Los Angeles office immediately. If you can’t reach us, consider going to your local emergency room. Otherwise, here is a simplified list of dental emergencies and how to treat them:


 


-Lost filling: try to locate the filling. While you wait for your replacement, use sugarless gum to protect the area from harm.


-Loose crown: if you have the crown, attempt to place it back on the tooth. If you have to wait for an appointment, over-the-counter denture cement can keep the crown in place.


-Severe toothache: the first thing you must do is check that nothing is lodged between the teeth. Caught food or debris are possible culprits. Clean the areas thoroughly. If the toothache continues, call our office right away.


-Chipped or broken tooth: rinse out your mouth, saving as much of the tooth as possible. You’ll need to keep an icepack applied to your face. This prevents further swelling. Switch these out every 15 minutes while waiting for your emergency appointment.


-Dislodged tooth: these are teeth that haven't been knocked out all the way. You mustn’t touch the tooth at all. Keep the area clean and take anti-inflammatory medication. These help with the swelling before the appointment.


-Knocked out tooth: find the tooth and clean it well. In certain cases, your dentist may re-attach it. Try to place the tooth back in the area it came from. If it doesn’t stay, place it in some cold milk or salt-water. You will need to see us right away.


 


There are other less urgent problems Dr. Haeri helps with. These include abscessed or swollen teeth, cheeks, and lips. She may also treat cut tongues or lips.


 


Contact Dr. Suzanne Haeri right away when experiencing a dental emergency. Our office in Los Angeles, CA, will get you an appointment as soon as possible. To reach us, call 310-657-2200. You can also visit our website for more information.