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We Added More Layers of Security – South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics https://southbaydental.com/we-added-more-layers-of-security-south-bay-dentistry-orthodontics/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 01:54:54 +0000 https://southbaydental.com/?p=5636 Read more]]> Due to the current pandemic, we’ve added extra levels of security to keep you, your loved ones and our staff safe. For your dental health needs now and in the future, we’re here for you.

Patient screening layer added using among other things, Handheld Fever Detectors:

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Patient Screening

According to the Federal Governments own article from NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information):

Body temperature can be measured in a number of ways. Traditionally, body temperature has been measured using contact thermometers that are placed on the forehead or in the mouth, ear, armpit or rectum. For children in particular, rectal temperature measurement is often considered to be the gold standard. Non-contact thermometers allow a person’s temperature to be taken with minimal (tympanic) or no (Non-contact infrared thermometer [NCIT], thermal scanner) contact with the person. This means temperature can be measured without the discomfort of having to sit still with a thermometer in the mouth, armpit, or rectum long enough to obtain a correct temperature reading.

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We’ve added extra sterilization process that include the UV Sterilization:

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UV Lamp Sterilization in use at South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics

According to Today’s Registered Dental Hygienist:

Contaminated surfaces, instruments, and airborne particles present in dental and medical settings are a potential health hazard to medical professionals and patients. Although these microbial populations can be minimized through preventive efforts such as pre-procedural rinses, plastics barriers and proper infection control, these microorganisms are still present in the operatory. Sterilization has been thoroughly studied for use in many medical settings and surfaces, but airborne microbes have always been a perplexing area of research. Even though all surfaces and instruments have been sterilized, the air is always a silent contaminator.

Staff and patients can benefit from the UVGI because of fast turnover time, lessened microbial population in the air, cleaner toothbrushes and a low-cost addition to room turnover. In dentistry, Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation can be utilized in conjunction with normal infection control, but can also be used while operating the ultrasonic or while operating a slow-speed handpiece, as an added step to ensuring sanitization. Pre-procedural rinses can lessen the microbial count in the patient’s mouth prior to using an ultrasonic or handpiece, but in any event, microbes may still be present. Because of this, using UVGI may help patients feel clean and comfortable in an office, knowing that an extra step was taken to purify the operatory.

 

For procedural added precaution we’ve add “External Oral Suction Device UV-C Irradiation + Plasma sterilization“:

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External Oral Suction Device UV-C Irradiation + Plasma sterilization, reduces the risk of cross infection between doctors and patients, protect respiratory health.

 

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Happy Passover & Easter https://southbaydental.com/happy-passover-easter/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 22:46:46 +0000 https://southbaydental.com/?p=5537 Happy-Passover-and-Eatster Happy Passover & Easter

Happy Passover & Easter

From all of us here at South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics we wish you all a safe and happy Passover and Easter.

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Yes we are OPEN https://southbaydental.com/yes-we-are-open/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 21:54:06 +0000 https://southbaydental.com/?p=5507 Read more]]> Yes we are OPEN with an abundance of caution to ensure you and your loved ones safety as well as of our dedicated staff during these challenging times!

We are using all precautionary measures such as Patient Screening and implementing Strict Sterilization and disinfecting procedures throughout our facilities.

Please feel free to contact us directly for more detailed information.

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Gardena Awards South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics! https://southbaydental.com/gardena-awards-south-bay-dentistry-orthodontics/ Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:44:56 +0000 https://southbaydental.com/?p=5326 image1577734531426 Gardena Awards South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics!

South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics the 2019 Gardena Awards Local Business

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Understand Teeth, Their Conditions and Treatment- 15 – What a Dental Cleaning Involves https://southbaydental.com/understand-teeth-their-conditions-and-treatment-15-what-a-dental-cleaning-involves/ Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:16:15 +0000 https://southbaydental.com/?p=5301 Read more]]> What a Dental Cleaning Involves
Routine dental cleanings prevent cavities, remove plaque and ensure that periodontal disease doesn’t develop or progress. Dental cleanings are also used to detect deeper issues, which may require additional appointments. However, these procedures used by the dental hygienist are not well-understood by many patients. Learning a few facts about the process of dental cleanings can be helpful during your next visit.

Overview of Dental Cleanings

The plaque and tarter that builds up over time isn’t removed from the teeth by routine brushing and flossing. These substances can eventually cause oral problems that get very expensive to fix. The best way to maintain your oral health is to get regularly scheduled dental cleanings, which involve several steps. It is also important to know that each dental office might use their own methods to perform the initial evaluation as well as the work.

What is Involved in a Dental Cleaning?

The first part of the dental cleaning will involve an intake form with a medical history as well as an evaluation of the teeth and gums. This can include manual procedures as well as x-rays, which are usually taken right in the office. The visual inspection includes checking for signs of inflammation or cavities. If the dental hygienist sees any serious problems, the dentist might be consulted before the dental cleaning can proceed.

After the visual examination, the patient might need to obtain digital x-rays, which can reveal deeper issues that only appear on the superficial level as symptoms. This can reveal advance tooth decay, cavities, tumors, gum diseases, excessive tooth mobility, bone loss and other oral anomalies. The dentist will usually require new patients to get these x-rays in order to create a comprehensive treatment plan.

During the Dental Cleaning

The dental cleaning is performed by a dental hygienist who will use a variety of tools as well as a mirror to navigate the areas inside the patient’s mouth. This includes using a metal scaler to scrape the areas around the gum line to remove the built-up plaque and tarter. The hygienist may also finish off the cleaning by using a high-powered electric toothbrush that makes an unpleasant grinding noise.

These are professional tools and skills that provide a deep level of cleaning. An ultrasonic vibrating tool might be used to remove residual tarter that was scraped when using the scaler. After the cleaning is completed, the hygienist might provide patient education that includes methods for brushing and flossing the teeth in order to prevent tarter and plaque build-up in the future.

Following the Treatment Plan

Each treatment plan is customized to meet the unique needs of the patient. Many of these plans will involve multiple visits, so it is important to keep all of the appointments. The process often begins with the dental cleaning as a preliminary step. Additional appointment will address other issues that get discovered during the process. The dental cleaning is a preparatory step for future work, but it is also a key for maintaining the patient’s oral hygiene.

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Thank You for Your Service https://southbaydental.com/thank-you-for-your-service/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:34:01 +0000 https://southbaydental.com/?p=5277 The Oath:

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Understand Teeth, Their Conditions and Treatment – 14 – Is Bonding as Good as Veneers https://southbaydental.com/is-bonding-as-good-as-veneers/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 01:06:46 +0000 https://southbaydental.com/?p=5226 Read more]]> Is Bonding as Good as Veneers
cosmetic_dentistry_bonded_chipped_tooth_s21 Understand Teeth, Their Conditions and Treatment - 14 - Is Bonding as Good as Veneers People seeking to improve the appearance of their teeth have a few options. Many turn first to teeth whitening, which can work strongly toward brightening up a smile that is dull, but often there are other aspects they wish to change about their smiles. Teeth that are irregularly shaped, have chips, gaps, jagged edges, and teeth that are too small are a small sampling of the things that can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry. People can have a brand-new smile, and this can be achieved often without the necessity of realigning teeth with orthodontics. This is accomplished via teeth bonding and porcelain veneers.

How Bonding and Veneers Work

Both of these techniques for smile makeovers give teeth a new surface; this is accomplished by adding materials of dental fabrication to the teeth’s fronts. It can be thought of as giving the tooth a brand new face that covers the old one. Dental bonding achieves this feat by means of dental composite resin. The same material that is used in white fillings, it is durable and strong. The expert sculpts the composite atop the tooth for the creation of contours and appearance that make the tooth blend in with its fellows. Dental veneers also cover the teeth, but they are first made in a laboratory and later affixed to the tooth in the office by the cosmetic dentist. These techniques are capable of correcting a broad range of cosmetic problems. These include the size, shape, surface appearance, and color of the tooth.

How These Techniques Differ

There are a variety of differences between this pair of cosmetic dentistry techniques. First is the price; veneers cost considerably more than their counterpart. Time is another facet. Veneers require a few weeks as well as a set of veneers for temporary use while the patient waits. Dental bonding can be accomplished in a single appointment. Then one must consider permanence; to bond is fully reversible. It can be removed. Veneers are a change to the teeth that is permanent.

The results of veneers are a brand-new smile that creates a drastic change to the teeth’s appearance. The less permanent option is best for correcting a tooth or two that stand out unfortunately amidst the rest of the smile. This option also does not last as long; they may last for years, but have a greater likelihood of discoloration before veneers would.

Choosing Porcelain Veneers

The porcelain veneer consists of a thin layer of material, generally porcelain, that takes the place of enamel and is affixed to the natural tooth that underlies it. Porcelain veneers stand out as one of the best aesthetic means for the creation of a smile that is beautiful and more pleasing. A cosmetic dentist places them on one or more teeth to permit the alteration of the size, shape, and color of the tooth. Veneers, when compared to crowns, require a minimal degree of preparation to the tooth and are more conservative restorations. A bonded material, in general, does not look as good as veneers. The former tend to stain as time goes by, whereas porcelain veneers cannot. Veneers have almost double the lifespan, as well.

Choosing to Bond with Dental Composite

Composite dental bonding has three main advantages: less structure of the tooth requires alteration, a single visit can achieve the desired effect with several teeth, and it costs less than veneers given that the material is less expensive and less time is required. The bonded choice is excellent for younger patients. Whether the patient chooses veneers or their counterpart, they will need to be replaced at some point in the patient’s lifetime. This means that it is a wise idea to make use of the less expensive route in the beginning. Veneers can always be opted for in the future.

The process of bonded dental composite begins with the cosmetic dentist utilizing a shade guide; this is to choose a color of composite resin that most closely matches the patient’s natural teeth color. The surface of the tooth is then roughened. A liquid is applied that permits the adhesive agent to adhere to the tooth. The dentist then applies the resin over the liquid, shapes or molds the tooth, and finally hardens the material using an ultraviolet light. The dentist can even, if necessary, further shape the tooth once the resin has hardened. This is a fast procedure that does not require downtime. Without the need for anesthesia, a daily routine can continue as usual once the procedure is finished. This procedure typically takes from 30 to 60 minutes.

Does a Procedure to Bond Carry Risks?

There are no major risks with this procedure. It is, however, important to remember that composite resin that is utilized in this procedure does not have the strength that natural teeth can boast. This makes it possible for the surface to chip or even separate from the real tooth. These problems do not occur as often as they do with veneers, crowns, or fillings. Beware of chewing ice, pens or pencils, gnawing on fingernails, or biting down on candy or food that is hard. Also, recall that other dental materials are more stain-resistant. Discoloration may occur with the consumption of a great deal of coffee or if the patient smokes.

Bonding and veneers have different advantages and disadvantages. The procedure to bond material to teeth is as good as veneers in its specific purpose. It is less expensive, takes less time and effort, and is excellent for fixing a few teeth at a time. An improved smile offers confidence and heightened self-esteem, both of which become readily apparent in all areas of life. Veneers and the procedure to bond dental composite bring this goal into reality.

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Understand Teeth, Their Conditions and Treatment- 10 What Is a Root Canal? https://southbaydental.com/root-canal-explained/ https://southbaydental.com/root-canal-explained/#comments Sat, 20 Jul 2019 01:34:08 +0000 https://southbaydental.com/?p=5022 What To Expect From A Root Canal

A root canal is an endodontic procedure used to clean and restore an infected tooth. To this day, the term carries with it the outdated and largely inaccurate stigma of being an unpleasant and even painful experience. This simply is not the case. Having the procedure done today is quick and painless. In fact, you will likely be back to work or school the very same day.

WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?

This is a type of endodontic procedure performed in order to remove bacteria from an infected tooth and to prevent the reinfection of the tooth.

In order to better understand the procedure, it will help to know a little about the different layers that make up a tooth.

Beneath the enamel layer of our teeth is a layer of dentin, another hard material. Underneath the dentin, however, is a layer of soft-tissue containing connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. This part of the tooth is called the pulp. While the pulp is important for tooth development, it is this inside area of the tooth that is susceptible to inflammation and infection. Fortunately, teeth that are fully formed no longer need this soft-tissue layer to remain healthy and functional.

During the procedure infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth. After being cleaned and disinfected, the tooth is then filled and sealed.

The advantages of having this endodontic procedure, should you need to, are significant. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Natural Tooth Appearance
  • Efficient Chewing
  • Protects Surrounding Teeth
  • Return to normal Biting and Sensation

IS IT PAINFUL?

Don’t let the fear of pain keep you from restoring your mouth to health. As mentioned earlier, the notion that this procedure is a painful one is outdated. Endodontic procedures today are performed under anesthesia. As such, you can expect to experience no more or less discomfort than you feel having a tooth filled, or having a wisdom tooth extracted.

As with the removal of a wisdom tooth, you will likely experience a mild discomfort and even soreness for a few days following the procedure.

SIGNS YOU MAY NEED ENDODONTIC WORK

A cracked tooth, irritation around an existing filling, and/or lingering sensations after eating or drinking something hot or cold can all be signs that you are in need of endodontic work. Here are a few more signs:

  • Severe Pain When Chewing and Biting
  • Darkening of Gums
  • Swollen or Tender Gums
  • Pimples on the Gums

If you are in Gardena and experiencing any of the above symptoms you should see a Gardena dentist right away to find out if you need endodontic work. An untreated tooth infection can spread to other parts of the body and even become life-threatening.

BACK TO WORK (OR SCHOOL) THE SAME DAY

Many people wonder how long it will take to recover from this procedure. Will you be able to return to work or school the next day?

While it is likely the affected area will remain numb for two to four hours following the procedure, most people are able to return to work or school the very same day. Keep in mind, though, it is not recommended that you eat or chew on anything until all of the numbness is gone.

HOW MUCH WILL THE PROCEDURE COST?

The cost of this procedure will vary based on a number of factors. Which tooth is affected, what percent of the cost your insurance will cover, and what your dentist or endodontist charges will all affect the price of the procedure.

It should be noted that the cost of this procedure is usually less expensive than opting for an extraction. Extracted teeth need to be replaced with either an implant or a bridge in order to fully restore chewing function.

If you think you need an endodontic procedure don’t let cost keep you from getting the work you need. Many Gardena dentists and endodontists (like dentist and endodontists all over the country) offer payment plans for which you may qualify. Also, it should be noted that the cost of not getting the work you need will be far more than the cost of the procedure itself.

HOW THE PROCEDURE WORKS

This is an endodontic procedure that requires a number of steps. The first step in the process is the removal of all infected and/or inflamed pulp within the tooth. Once this has been accomplished, the dentist or endodontist performs a careful cleaning and disinfection of the inside of the tooth. Next, a rubbery sealing material called Gutta Percha will be used to fill the disinfected canal. Finally, a filling or crown is placed, restoring the tooth to full function and normal appearance.

WILL MY TREATED TOOTH REQUIRE A CROWN?

Location of the treated tooth is a major factor in whether or not your treated tooth will require a crown. Teeth that are used more for chewing, molars (and premolars) for example, often require crowns. Incisors and canine teeth may not require a crown, though circumstances vary from patient to patient.

WILL MY TOOTH REQUIRE ANY ADDITIONAL TREATMENT?

Many patients wonder if any additional treatment will be required following the procedure. The vast majority of the time the answer to this question is no. While there are exceptions (such as when a small bit of pulp is left behind in a previously inaccessible curve of the canal) normally a restored tooth will last just as long as a natural tooth.

While additional treatment is usually not required, a general follow-up visit usually is. It is not uncommon to experience an uneven bite immediately following this procedure. During the follow-up visit, your endodontist can address this, any side-effects you may be experiencing as a result of medication prescribed, and any other issues you may have.

If you’re worrying because your endodontist has prescribed a root canal, you can stop. This simple and effective endodontic procedure is performed every day. Each year millions of teeth are repaired in this way. The experience, which is fast, relatively painless, and efficient, will result in a host of benefits including maintaining your natural smile and being able to continue eating the foods you enjoy. Having this procedure done when necessary will also help alleviate the need for ongoing dental work.

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