Implant Dentistry: Endosteal vs Subperiosteal Implants

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Dental implants are an effective way of restoring function and form to your smile. Missing or severely damaged teeth are replaced through implant dentistry with the placement of an artificial root and tooth. This method is effective as the artificial root provides a strong foundation for the composite tooth. When considering dental implants in the Beverly Hills area, there are two options for your consideration: endosteal or subperiosteal. Endosteal Implants Endosteal, or root form implants, are placed and fused directly into your jawbone. The procedure requires your restorative dentist to make an incision in your gum to expose your jawbone. He will then drill into your jawbone and insert the artificial root into it, fusing it to the bone. Your gums will then be given time to heal and secure the implant into place. On your second visit, your dentist will attach a post and artificial tooth to the implant, finishing the […]

Technological Advancements in Cosmetic Dentistry

The industry of aesthetic dentistry is constantly evolving to provide its patients with state of the art dental care. At Rifkin & Raanan, we use only the most advanced and state-of-the-art technology to get your smile looking its best. This article will cover the advanced methods and machinery we use to ensure you feel comfortable and beautiful. Cone Beam CT: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a dental imaging method that uses many x-ray produced cross sections to form a three-dimensional image. This technology is used in implant dentistry, endodontic procedures, oral surgeries, and orthodontics. During a cone beam scan, the scanner rotates around the patient’s head for a complete view of the teeth and jaw. CEREC CAD/CAM Technology: CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing technology is used in many aspects of aesthetic and restorative dentistry. This technology is used in the construction of porcelain crowns, inlays and […]

Fixing Broken Teeth in Beverly Hills

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There’s never a convenient time for broken or chipped teeth. Breaking a tooth always comes as a surprise and you’ll want an immediate fix for the situation. It is important to consider which method of tooth repair is right for you. There are several methods of restoring broken teeth based on different needs. Methods of Tooth Restoration: Porcelain Crowns: Crowns can completely restore tooth structure in cases of significant damage. They may be a suitable option if you’ve damaged visible teeth, like you central incisors, and want an aesthetically pleasing fix. Inlays & Onlays: Porcelain inlays and onlays offer a more conservative version of a dental crown, and are suitable for repairing small damage or damage to the top of your tooth. Aesthetic Bonding: Metal-free bonding offers a quick fix for chips in your teeth. The process is able to match your tooth’s natural color for a seamless look. Porcelain Veneers: […]

Why Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

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Sensitive teeth can prevent you from indulging in countless treats that may be too hot or too cold. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, tooth sensitivity affects around 40 million people in the United States. If you suffer from this condition, it is important to understand its causes and learn how to prevent it. Why are my teeth sensitive? Tooth sensitivity stems from a loss of enamel and an exposing of a tooth’s dentin. Dentin, the layer of the tooth found just below its enamel encasing, is comprised of many minuscule nerve endings. When dentin is exposed the nerves found within it are no longer protected. An exposure to certain foods and beverages (hot, cold, sticky, or acidic) can trigger the nerve endings and cause discomfort. What causes tooth sensitivity? Sensitive teeth can be the result of a number of issues including: Forceful Brushing: While brushing your teeth is essential […]

Beverly Hills Dentists: A One Stop Shop for All Your Oral Needs

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Finding the right dentist in Beverly Hills can be an arduous task. It can be even more of a headache if your needs extend beyond the realm of check-ups and cleanings and into cosmetic dentistry. There is no need to search for two separate dentists for the job as most cosmetic dentists offer services that cater to both needs. Beverly Hills dentists can be experienced in both routine dental care and aesthetic dentistry. The best cosmetic dentists care about your overall oral health while giving you a perfect smile. What Should You Expect from Your Aesthetic Dentist? A reliable cosmetic dentist, like Dr. Rodney Raanan, will offer cleaning and preventative services and treat dental conditions. Your dentist will understand that a beautiful smile involves much more than skilled cosmetic procedures. Proper oral health and aesthetics go hand in hand; why visit someone who doesn’t treat both? Make sure your mouth is in the […]

Toxic Fillings: Why You Should Replace Your Silver Amalgam Fillings

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Silver amalgam fillings have been in use for decades. The various metals used in these fillings often includes mercury, which is supple but toxic. If you are among the millions of people who has silver fillings, you should consider replacing them with metal-free bonding. Why Are Silver Fillings Harmful? Mercury is an extremely poisonous substance that certainly has no place in your mouth. Auto-immune diseases, chronic and mental illnesses, and neurological issues are some of the effects of mercury exposure. Daily wear and tear of your fillings can further expose you to toxic mercury intake and put you and your health at risk. Several European countries have identified the risks of silver amalgam fillings and have since banned them. Aesthetic Metal-Free Bonding: Even if your silver amalgam fillings raise no concern, no filling is permanent. It is important to replace any type of dental filling every so often as they […]

Dentophobia: Overcoming Your Fear of the Dentist

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One of the most common reasons that people neglect their oral health is their fear of dental work. Dentophobia shouldn’t stop you from receiving the oral treatment you both want and need. Advancements in dental care have allowed for anyone to have a comfortable experience at the dentist with sedation dentistry. This article will explore your options for having a stress-free visit to the dentist. Do Your Research: When considering any dental procedure in the Beverly Hills area, it’s always important to do your research. Finding a comfortable setting and experienced dentist will help ease your worries. Consider reading patient reviews to see how others found their visits and avoid a negative experience. “I hadn’t had a cleaning or any preventative work done for years. Why? Because I hate visiting the dentist.  There are a host of reasons, but suffice to say, I’m not a fan of needles and drills. (Dr Raanan) sat […]

Beverly Hills Dentistry for the Whole Family

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Maintaining your own oral health can be a difficult task. When you have a family, finding the time to visit the dentist can be even harder. With the hustle and bustle of daily life in Beverly Hills, it is important to find a dentist who can treat both your needs as well as those of your entire family. The office of Dr Rodney Raanan provides a comfortable space for you and your children to receive quality dental care. Routine Cleanings and Prevention: We oftentimes neglect to give our teeth a proper cleaning. Routine cleanings and preventative services should be scheduled every six months for optimal oral health. Scheduling cleanings for the whole family at one time can keep everyone on top of their dental routine, and have the whole family smiling. Invisalign: It’s no secret that most children hate braces. Rather than visiting an orthodontist, bring your children to Dr Rodney […]

Why is Aesthetic Metal-Free Bonding the Best Option?

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Tooth fillings are one of the most common procedures in modern dentistry. This restorative process is used to treat tooth decay and repair cracks or fractures in the teeth. A filling (bonding) involves the removal of the defective portion of the tooth, followed by a re-filling of the space with composite material. If you have chipped, decayed, broken, or worn out teeth, you may want to consider aesthetic metal-free bonding. Options for Filling Materials: When considering a dental filling, you have several different options. These options include: Cast Gold Fillings: These fillings are quite durable but are typically expensive and not visually pleasing. Silver Amalgam Fillings: These fillings are common and durable but not aesthetically pleasing or natural looking and are known to discolor neighboring teeth. Silver amalgam fillings can be harmful as they contain toxins such as mercury which can cause reactions. They can also cause fractures in the teeth. Composite or […]

Onlay Restorations

Onlay restorations are custom made fillings, composed of tooth colored porcelain, composite material, or gold.  Onlays are sometimes called “partial crowns”.  Onlays are made by a professional dental laboratory, and are then permanently cemented onto the tooth by your dentist. Onlays are sometimes utilized to repair teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay, or that have large defective fillings.  Onlays are a conservative alternative to crowns (caps), because they enable your dentist to repair a tooth while removing less of the original tooth structure.  Onlays and inlays are essentially identical, except that an onlay entails repair or replacement of one or more of the chewing cusps. Like natural teeth and all forms of dental restorations, onlays are not always permanent. It may at some point be necessary to repair or replace them.  They are quite durable, though, and with proper care they should last for many years. A […]