Monthly Archives: July 2014

Three Easy Steps to Feeling Great In Your New Dentures

Studio City Dental Center - DenturesAnyone who has worn dentures in Los Angeles for any amount of time can tell you it takes time to get used to a new set of teeth. Just like breaking in a new pair of shoes, a new set of dentures will be awkward at first, but over time you will adapt to the change. Here are three simple steps to make it easier to eat with your new dentures, speak with your new dentures, and keep your new dentures in place.

Step 1. Ease Into Eating (Practice Makes Perfect)

Warning: I know it looks tempting, but do NOT try to jump right in and eat that big, juicy, rib eye steak. You’re eating with a new set of teeth, and you need to make sure you know what you’re doing! Start with a liquid diet first. Foods like pudding, purees, and soup broth are your friends. Be very careful with hot liquids; the insulating quality of your dentures will make it difficult to judge temperature. Distribute your food evenly on your back teeth; it will make it easier to keep your dentures stable while you eat. With your new dentures, you will be able to eat almost any type of food, but be careful with tougher, harder foods.

Step 2. Watch Your Mouth (Learning to Speak)

At first, pronouncing words with “S” or “F” sounds may cause some difficulty, but as you practice this will become easier. Practice speaking out loud while alone to become accustomed to speaking with your new set of dentures. If your dentures tend to click when you speak, try speaking at a slower pace. This will help you prevent movements that raise your lower denture. Also, be sure to swallow before speaking. This will help keep your dentures in place.

Step 3. Keep ‘Em Still (Keeping Dentures in Place)

Keeping your dentures in place can be done by applying an adhesive that will keep them from shifting. The first step is to thoroughly rinse your dentures. Next, apply the adhesive (typically, adhesives are made from powder or paste) to the dentures. Put the dentures in your mouth. Rinse out the excess paste or powder with water. Make sure your dentures are not loose. If they are loose, using powder or paste adhesives can cause your gums to become inflamed.

Getting used to a new set of dentures may be uncomfortable at first, but just as with anything else, practice makes perfect. If you follow these steps, you will find it much easier to live life normally with dentures.

Fillings Don’t Have to Hurt

Painless Cavity FillingsDid you know more than 20% of Americans have untreated cavities? That’s at least 60 million cavity-containing mouths! Yet millions go untreated every year because of a common fear of the pain associated with dental procedures.

Dental phobia is an oft-cited excuse to avoid dental visits, but there is really nothing to fear. Studio City Dental Center can assure you: getting fillings doesn’t have to be painful or ugly or terrible. In fact, local anesthesia makes the process relatively painless.

Plus, fillings can even be made to match the color of your teeth so there is no need to worry about discoloration. Your filling will be made of a composite material that matches your tooth coloration perfectly, leaving you with an even and beautiful smile.

But how do cavities occur? Every time you eat, bacteria in your mouth produces acid to break down the food. Unfortunately, the acid can have the unintended side effect of slowly breaking down your teeth as well. Therefore, while sugar isn’t exactly the cause of cavities, sugar is a carb, and any manner of carbohydrate will trigger the creation of this acid. The acid will first eat through the exterior layer of your tooth and then head into the interior tooth material where nerves and blood vessels lay, leading to severe toothache and pain.

Left untreated, the tooth can become infected. Studies have even linked untreated cavities to eventual coronary artery disease and endocarditis, two different kinds of heart disease. Considering the health dangers, and considering we can make it relatively painless, there is no good reason to delay a cavity filling! Call your local dentist in Studio City today at (818) 762-2977.

What is the Difference Between Teeth Cleaning and Teeth Whitening?

Teeth Whitening in Los AngelesMany people mistakenly believe that teeth cleaning and teeth whitening are the same thing.  Not so.  A person’s teeth may be clean, but far from white – and vice versa.  Over time, teeth may become stained for a variety of reasons, ranging from plaque buildup to certain types of food to tobacco use and more. Teeth whitening removes stains and restores the natural white of your teeth.

When it comes to teeth whitening products, the over-the-counter options seem limitless.  There are toothpastes, paint on tooth gels, mouth trays, strips, gum, and more. These products tend to be safe and offer some improvement on the whiteness of your teeth.  But by far the most effective way to get the whitest and brightest smile is to have a dental professionally whiten your teeth for you.  Having a knowledgeable and experienced professional is the surest way to guarantee both safety and optimal results.  Cosmetic dentists are trained to take care of any issues that may arise, including common side effects such as sensitive teeth, and even the less common ones, such as unknown decay, etc.

Our process is non-invasive and painless, yet still highly effective. We use whitening systems with strong agents, providing noticeable results while also protecting your tooth enamel as well as the rest of your mouth.  Plus, professional-teeth whitening gives you visible results in just one visit, rather than the gradual whitening effect of over-the-counter products.

Having a great smile is important personally and professionally.  A bright smile can make the difference between a good first impression and one that is just average, particularly in the entertainment industry, where a white smile can make or break an audition. That is why tooth whitening in Los Angeles is so important. White teeth are essential to a beautiful smile.  Regular dental hygiene, including teeth cleanings, is the easiest and surest way to prevent yellowing.  But if your teeth are a bit more yellow or brown than you’d like, tooth whitening is a must.  And the best, most effective way to do it is to let a dental professional take care of you.

A Good Dentist is Hard to Find

Studio City Dental Center TeamA good dentist can be hard to find. Even adults are afraid of getting dental treatment, and no one wants to be told they have a cavity. People may ask around or search online for a good dentist in Studio City, but how can they be sure they have found a quality provider?

Dr. Kouyoumdijian, or Dr. K. as we like to call him around here, knows that fear has become routine for many dental patients. That’s why his goal is to provide the highest quality dental care to his patients, while also being sensitive to their concerns and taking into account their individual needs.

Good dentists do more than simply care about your teeth. They care about treating you holistically and respecting your needs as a patient. People in Southern California care deeply about quality dental care, and no one is better than Dr. K. when it comes to Los Angeles dental services.

Yes, it’s hard to find a good dentist; but trust us when we say you’ve found one here. Dr. K’s office provides some of the most technologically advanced dental treatment in an environment that is welcoming and relaxing. Dr. K. will show you everything he plans to do and explain your treatment plan so you are fully informed. There are even specially situated monitors in the office, so you can relax and enjoy your favorite program while Dr. K. does the hard stuff. Taking care of your health should be a joy, not a burden, and you should never be concerned about finding quality medical professionals. Good dentists are out there…and Dr. K is one of the best.

Dr. Zareh Kouyoumdjian
12435 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, California 91604
Phone: (818) 762-2977

Fax: (818) 762-6772

Friendly staff, little to no wait, and Dr. K is professional and informative.
I always feel very comfortable during my appointments!