ALL ABOUT DENTAL X-RAYS

Dental x-rays (also called radiographs) are a valuable part of dental treatment because they can detect damage to teeth and gums not visible during a routine visual examination.

For example, x-rays can show the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-rays can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal (gum) disease, cavities, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumors. X-rays also can show the exact location of impacted teeth and teeth that have not yet fully developed. Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. If you have a hidden tumor, x-rays may even help save your life.

X-RAY FAQ

looking-at-x-rayDo all patients have x-rays taken every six months?

No. Your x-ray schedule is based on the dentist’s assessment of your individual needs, including whether you’re a new patient or a follow-up patient, adult or child.* Dentists typically require new patients to have a full set of mouth x-rays in order to evaluate oral health status, including any underlying signs of gum disease, and for future comparison. (If you change dentists and have recently had x-rays taken, ask to have them sent to the new dentist.) Dentists may require x-rays during follow-up visits to monitor oral health.

What kind of x-rays does my dentist usually take?

The most common type of x-rays dentists take are known as bitewing x-rays. These require patients to hold or bite down on a piece of plastic with x-ray film in the center. Bitewing x-rays typically determine the presence of decay in-between teeth — one of the most common areas where decay-causing bacteria reside.

Another common dental x-ray type is the periapical x-ray, which gives the dentist an image of the entire tooth, including the roots. With periapical x-rays, dentists evaluate a particular tooth’s root structure and bone level and also can detect cysts and abscesses.

My dentist has ordered a “panoramic radiograph.” What is that?

Just as a panoramic photograph allows you to see a broad view of a large area, such as the Grand Canyon, a panoramic x-ray (also called radiograph) allows your dentist to see the entire structure of your mouth (all of your upper and lower teeth and parts of your jaw) in a single image. A common use of a panoramic x-ray, for example, is to assess teeth development in a child or teenager, especially wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth don’t erupt until the teenage years or beyond and can cause crowding or become impacted (because the teeth don’t have enough room to grow). A panoramic x-rays is also used to help evaluate dental implant placements.

Why would I need more than one type of x-ray?

What is apparent through one type of x-ray often is not visible on another. The panoramic x-ray will give your dentist a general and comprehensive view of your entire mouth on a single film, which a bitewing or periapical x-ray cannot show. On the other hand, periapical or bitewing x-rays show a detailed image of a smaller area, making it easier for your dentist to see decay or cavities between your teeth. X-rays are not prescribed indiscriminately. Your dentist has a need for the different information that each radiograph can provide to formulate a diagnosis.

Should I be concerned about exposure to radiation?

All health care providers are sensitive to patients’ concerns about exposure to radiation. Your dentist has been trained to prescribe x-rays when they are appropriate and to tailor their frequency to each patient’s individual needs. By using state-of-the-art technology and staying knowledgeable about recent advances, your dentist knows which techniques, procedures and x-ray films can minimize your exposure to radiation.  Dr. Koshki has used only digital x-ray technology since 2009 which ensures the very least amount of exposure.

Healthy Teeth for Your Holiday Feast!

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For many, Thanksgiving is the most anticipated meal of the year. Unfortunately, there are a variety of dental maladies that can put a painful damper on an otherwise delicious meal. Thankfully, Moeiz Koshki, DDS is the dentist Santa Monica trusts to diagnose and treat a variety of dental problems. Here are a few types of pain you might be experiencing when eating, and what Dr. Koshki can do to help.

  1. Temperature Sensitivity – If you’re experiencing tooth pain whenever you eat your favorite hot or cold foods, it could be a sign of basic tooth decay. Consult Dr. Koshki to see if a filling would be right in treating your pain, or ask him about certain sensitive toothpastes that will help prevent any pain when brushing.
  2. Sharp Pain when Chewing – If you feel a sharp pain when eating solid foods, it may be because of a chipped tooth or a broken filling. Visit Dr. Koshki to see if a new filling would alleviate any of the pain you’re experiencing.
  3. Missing teeth – If you have any missing teeth, you know that they can cause both emotional pain from the embarrassment of having an uneven smile, and physical pain when eating. Luckily, Dr. Koshki and his staff are experts at giving patients dental implants in Los Angeles.

If you are having any of these, or a variety of other dental problems, contact Dr. Koshki and his staff at 310-395-1261 and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Economic Fortune Telling: Dental Style

In an interesting and fun development for dental patients everywhere, a Businessweek article is currently making the rounds that claims accurate economic predictions can be made based on a variety of dental trends and statistics. The article states that these metrics have reliably predicted the state of the economy for the past seven years! Though here at offices of Dr. Koskhki, we’re more interested in continuing to provide our patients with topnotch treatment options than moonlighting as economic experts, we can’t deny these metrics are certainly interesting. Here are a few factors in play at your dentist office that Businessweek states reflect the state of our economy.

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Rate of Patient Return

This one is fairly straight forward. Businessweek states that the amount of returning patients indicates the health of the economy. If patients continue to come back, times are good. If the rate starts to fall off, families may be tightening their wallets.
Rate of Supplemental Maintenance

A big part of quality dental care is supplemental maintenance. Treatments like X-rays, basic checkups, and hygiene appointments apparently begin to slide if the economy leans toward recession. People simply make the mistake of deciding they aren’t important.

Patients’ Ability to Pay on Time

Finally, Businessweek states that if dental patients are paying on time that the economy is in good shape. Interestingly enough, unlike other services, the rates of successful repayment seem to reflect the state of the economy more so in dentistry according to Businessweek.

No matter how the economy is doing, here at Dr. Koshki’s Surgical & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’d like to remind everyone that having healthy teeth, and access to good dental care is not a luxury. We all deserve topnotch treatment, and you’ll always be able to reach it at our practice!

Tooth Tips for Tiny Teeth

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Taking care of a young child can be a challenging experience for new parents, and one that’s filled with obligations and responsibilities. When it comes tending to your child’s needs, thinking about their teeth might be one of the last things on a parent’s to do list. Many parents aren’t even sure when to take their kids in for a dental checkup for the first time, or when to start oral care. As an experienced practicing dentist in the Santa Monica area, Dr. Koshki has answers parents are looking for to help them care for new teeth.

The first thing to realize is that, although young children are likely not consuming solid foods or candy that could expose them to excess sugar, that they’re still at risk for developing decay and other dental issues. To help prevent this, start providing them with oral care as soon as their teeth begin to come in. For children under 2, use a wet toothbrush without toothpaste and do some gentle brushing. For children over 2, a soft children’s toothbrush with child toothpaste will suffice.

You should care for their teeth as often as you care for your own: twice a day at least. If you start introducing sugar treats like juice into their diets, just make sure you don’t let them go to bed with anything, but water in their bottle. And remember, there is no minimum tooth number your child has to have before they have their first dental visit. It’s definitely better to do it sooner than later. For more dental tips, and for treatment from a top surgical and cosmetic dentist, the dedicated team at Dr. Koshki’s Surgical & Cosmetic Dentistry is standing by with the expertise you needs.

Clear-Correct

ClearCorrect is a clear aligner used to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional braces. Similar to other clear aligner brands (like Invisalign) available to dentists certified to offer them to their patients, ClearCorrect straightens teeth using a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually move teeth a little bit at a time, eventually correcting the alignment of teeth to elicit a new, revitalized look.  You will also be able to care for the health of your teeth and gum tissues more easily, which is perhaps the best healthy advantage to having straighter teeth. Scientists agree:  Your healthy mouth is the gateway to your healthy body.

Your ClearCorrect Process:

Are you considering treatment with ClearCorrect aligners? If so, here’s what you need to know:

Your records — including impressions, photographs and radiographs, along with a prescription for your custom-made aligners — are sent by Dr. Koshki to the ClearCorrect laboratory, where an exact 3-D model of your teeth is created. Your ClearCorrect treatment team then maps out a complete treatment plan showing the gradual realignment that will reposition your teeth from their current position to where Dr. Koshki wants them to be.

ClearCorrect Treatment: How it Works

ClearCorrect treatment involves four phases of aligner therapy. Each phase requires a new set of aligners that are worn for a three-week period. The time between each phase allows for control and flexibility.

ClearCorrect aligners are worn all the time, except when eating and drinking, or while brushing and flossing. Designed with aesthetics in mind, ClearCorrect aligners are barely noticeable and won’t have an impact on your daily routine.

After wearing each aligner set, results will be noticeable as your teeth begin slowly adjusting and aligning to your desired smile. Periodic check-ups with your dentist are required so your progress can be evaluated and you can be given the next set of aligners. This sequence will continue until you have achieved your new, ClearCorrect smile.

Treatment time can vary from 6 months to two years, depending upon your specific condition and degree of misalignment. Dr. Koshki’s patients typically are in treatment for about 9 months.

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Who Can Benefit from ClearCorrect?

ClearCorrect currently is available to treat most adults and teenagers. Dr.  Koshki offers a courtesy, no obligation evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for ClearCorrect.

ClearCorrect can be used to treat the following orthodontic conditions:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Spacing between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crooked or turned (rotated) teeth

In cases where ClearCorrect is not suitable for certain misalignment cases or complex bite problems, traditional orthodontics may be recommended. Dr. Koshki can refer you to several excellent orthodontists for more traditional fixed, or bracketed orthodontics.

4 Teeth whitening FAQs

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When it comes to dental issues, teeth whitening is one of the most discussed elements of dental care, and one that receives a lot of public attention. It makes sense when you think about it; we all want to have those perfect and radiant movie star smiles. Nevertheless, there is some debate about whitening and many of us understandably have plenty of questions. To that end, here at Moeiz Koskhi Surgical & Cosmetic Dentistry, we want to make sure everyone has the right information, and we’d like to provide you with the facts when it comes to whitening. Just remember, for whitening procedures that are safe, only trust your dentist, and steer clear of home remedies.

  1. Whitening is not bad for you teeth, and will not cause permanent damage to you enamel, or any tooth structure.
  2. There has been recent concern over the toxicity of whitening agents. Though the agents used in whitening can in fact cause damage if misused, they are not inherently dangerous. This is not unlike medication and treatment provided by your doctor. In the wrong hands, many medical procedures can be harmful. That’s why it’s important to only trust a well trained professional like Dr. Koskhi.
  3. Toothpaste whiteners do work, but not as you may expect. They don’t change the color of the teeth, and only remove surface stains.
  4. Whitening typically lasts from six months to two years depending on each patient’s habits. Smoking, red wine, and coffee consumption all have a negative impact. For more information on whitening and to inquire for treatment, contact our office today!
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RELIEF OF RHINITIS FROM TOOTHPASTE?

rhinitisAllerdent, a new therapeutic toothpaste delivery system is available by prescription for people with allergic rhinitis.

Allerdent is designed for daily use as part of a normal tooth brushing regimen and enables users with allergic rhinitis to incorporate immunotherapeutic allergy treatment into their routine activity.

Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is a diagnosis associated with a group of symptoms affecting the nose. These symptoms occur when you breathe in something you are allergic to, such as dust, animal dander, or pollen. Symptoms can also occur when you eat a food that you are allergic to.

This article focuses on allergic rhinitis due to plant pollens. This type of allergic rhinitis is commonly called hay fever or seasonal allergy.

Causes

An allergen is something that triggers an allergy. When a person with allergic rhinitis breathes in anallergen such as pollen, mold, animal dander, or dust, the body releases chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.

Hay fever involves an allergic reaction to pollen.

Plants that cause hay fever are trees, grasses, and weeds. Their pollen is carried by the wind. (Flower pollen is carried by insects and does not cause hay fever.) Types of plants that cause hay fever vary from person to person and from area to area.

The amount of pollen in the air can affect whether hay fever symptoms develop.

  • Hot, dry, windy days are more likely to have a lot of pollen in the air.
  • On cool, damp, rainy days, most pollen is washed to the ground.Hay fever and allergies often run in families. If both of your parents have hay fever or other allergies, you are likely to have hay fever and allergies, too. The chance is higher if your mother has allergies.