How Does Pola Bleaching Work?

Fotolia_56438453_Subscription_Monthly_M4Pola bleaching is a professional teeth whitening system that offers superior results compared to over-the-counter whitening products. In just a single session, patients who visit our cosmetic dentist in Houston can have most types of stains reduced or eliminated from the surfaces of their teeth with this treatment.

The gel that forms the base of the Pola bleaching system contains hydrogen peroxide, a natural whitening agent. Our dentist applies this gel to the teeth after guarding the gums and other soft tissues with a barrier. The gel then goes to work, turning stained areas white as oxygen reacts with the formula. Patients can simply relax during the procedure and watch television or read. The procedure, which lasts for approximately one hour, may leave some patients with temporary teeth sensitivity, but this is unlikely to remain for longer than a few days. For patients whose habits cause continual dental staining, Pola bleaching may be beneficial on a regular basis.

Store-bought whitening kits, which can take weeks or months to work, will not produce results that are as dramatic or long-lasting as what can be achieved with Pola bleaching. Patients can learn more about this treatment at a consultation with our expert in Pola bleaching in Houston.


Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction Right for Me?

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Teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but for many of us, they do not. Dental accidents, gum disease, bruxism, a bad bite, tooth decay and other common problems can cause teeth to become damaged, worn or lost. If you have any of these problems, you may be a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Hanookai and our cosmetic dentist ffer, a variety of treatment options to reconstruct and restore your smile.

Is a full mouth reconstruction a good choice for you?

  1. Are you missing one or more teeth?
  2. Are your teeth badly stained or intrinsically discolored?
  3. Do you have chips, fractures or worn spots on your teeth?
  4. Are the roots of your teeth exposed?
  5. Do you have pain in the jaw joint, your face, your shoulders or your neck?
  6. Do you have multiple dental health problems or functional issues?
  7. Do you want a healthy, pretty smile again?

Many different options are available. Tooth-colored fillings, orthodontics, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, periodontal treatments, gum and bone grafts, dental bridges and other restorative and cosmetic procedures can turn back the hands of time for your smile and give you an even better smile than the one you originally had. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in full mouth reconstruction in Sherman Oaks.

Best Candidates for Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening is a popular treatment in cosmetic dentistry. It can roll back the hands of time and give you a brighter, younger-looking smile. The right teeth whitening treatments can eliminate stains from tobacco, coffee, wine and other common substances. Our West Hollywood cosmetic dentists can help you decide if whitening is right for you.

You may be a candidate for teeth whitening treatments if you:

  • Have healthy, unrestored teeth
  • Have healthy gums
  • Have yellow tones to your teeth
  • Want a brighter smile without any invasive procedures
  • Have primarily external stains from foods, drinks and other substances

Some people are not good candidates for whitening. If you are under 16, are pregnant, have a receding gumline, have untreated dental disease or have extremely sensitive teeth, you may need to consider other options.

Teeth whitening can be performed in our office during a one-hour appointment, or we can provide you with custom-fit mouth trays and prescription strength whitening agents for a convenient at-home whitening experience. We work closely with our patients to ensure the best possible results and a whiter, brighter smile that boosts their confidence and smile satisfaction. Call us to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in teeth whitening in West Hollywood.

When is a Single Dental Implant the Best Option for Replacing a Tooth?

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In the past, it was expected that everyone would lose at least one tooth throughout the course of a lifetime. Many people even lost all of their teeth. Thanks to better knowledge about dental health practices, more people than ever before are able to hang onto all of their teeth for life. But that does not mean losing a tooth is impossible. In the event of a missing tooth, talk to a Los Angeles dental implant expert about your options.
There are several ways of replacing a tooth. Dental bridges and dentures are very popular options, but many patients find success with a dental implant, which is a titanium rod that is inserted directly into your jawbone. The bone fuses with the rod, and this serves as the new tooth root. A crown is then placed on top to replace the visible portion of the tooth. The main difference between dental implants and other restorations is that the entire tooth structure is being replaced.
When several teeth have been lost, multiple dental implants will be necessary to preserve your oral health. But a single dental implant is often all that is needed when just one tooth is missing. Our expert in single dental implants in Los Angeles can evaluate your entire dental health to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

How Dental Implants Replace Teeth

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What are dental implants? The implant itself is a titanium rod that is inserted directly into the jawbone. The bone actually fuses with the implant through a process known as osseointegration, and if properly maintained, the implant can last a lifetime. Once the implant has fused with the bone, an abutment is placed over it, and a crown is placed over that to replace the visible portion of the tooth.

The main advantage dental implants have over other tooth restorations is that implants replace the entire structure of the tooth. Dental bridges and crowns only replace the part of the tooth you can see. But the root of the tooth will not be replaced, and as a result, the bone can deteriorate can cause your facial features to start to sag. For a more complete restoration, you should pay a visit to our Los Angeles dental implants doctor.

Dental implants are more invasive than other procedures. The implant needs to be placed first, and you will need to wait a few months for the implant to fuse to the bone. You will need to see your dentist against so that the crown can be placed over it. Upon completion, your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your restoration so that it will last as long as possible.

How Long Does It Take to Place Inlays or Onlays?

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Tooth decay is one of the most common dental ailments, and if our cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles detects the presence of tooth decay in your mouth, it can be treated in a number of ways. Dental fillings are the most common way of treating decay, and it is most often used in instances of very mild decay. A root canal treatment may become necessary if the decay becomes too severe. But when a person has tooth decay that falls in between these two severities, it will most likely need to be treated with inlays and onlays.

Generally, it will take two visits to the dentist to place your inlay or onlay. Inlays are used to treat tooth decay that lies within the cusp of the tooth. Onlays are used to treat teeth that have experienced decay beyond the cusp. Inlays and onlays are designed specifically for you, so during the first appointment, impressions are taken of your teeth so that your restoration can be designed in a lab. During the second appointment, your restoration will be put into place.

Inlays and onlays are completely natural-looking, and as long as you take care of your teeth, you can expect them to last up to 30 years.

What You Should Know about TMJ Syndrome


You may not know much about the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), but you rely on it every single day. Your TMJ connects the jawbone to the skull, allowing you to open and close your mouth. You need this joint to eat, speak, yawn, and laugh comfortably. Despite its necessity, nearly 15% of Americans suffer from TMJ syndrome. This occurs when the joint becomes damaged, and as a result, you are unable to open or close your mouth. Or you can move your mouth, but it is very painful to do so.

Although you might be tempted to just take pain relievers and hope the issue will go away on its own, you will most likely require treatment from an expert in TMJ in Thousand Oaks. Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ issues include pain around the jaw, ear aches, a clicking sound when opening or closing the mouth, and locking of the jaw. During your first appointment, your doctor will ask for a description of your symptoms.

The best treatment for you will depend on what exactly is causing the problem. TMJ disorders can occur as a result of stress, so you may want to try practicing relaxation techniques to feel more at ease. They can also occur from grinding your teeth too often, and in this case, you should wear a mouth guard while you sleep to protect your joints from the forces of grinding.