Dr. Afsoon Gerayli offers the full range of cutting edge tooth care for patients in Tarzana and Reseda. You’ll find the ambiance of Victory Cosmetic Dentistry to be comfortable, friendly, and professional, whether you’re getting teeth whitening, fillings, crowns, dentures or implants. In addition, nitrous oxide sedation can be used for virtually any procedure to provide the patient with a more relaxing, dental experience.
The objective of general dentistry is to maintain the function and appearance of the teeth and help prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat oral cavity diseases. For example, gum disease is still a very common dental problem which comes in the milder stage, gingivitis, and the more severe stage, periodontitis. Both diseases develop in a V-shaped, shallow crevice called the sulcus which is located underneath the gumline.
The more diseased the sulcus becomes, the larger the crevice grows, which causes the gums to shrink lower from the tooth. Gum charting is a method of graph analysis used by dentists to measure your gum's height and then chart these results via of state-of-the-art technologies. This data will help your dentist analyze your gums’ health and then recommend an appropriate strategy as necessary.
You're in pain, and you need a dentist fast! Some of the severe injuries that require immediate emergency care include:
Broken, Fractured or Split Teeth- You can break your teeth when you have an underlying infection, play sports, or bite down on something too hard. Severe fractures expose nerves and cause bleeding and excruciating pain while less severe fractures could potentially become infected. A split tooth often extends from the root to the crown, and usually requires extraction (but not always) to prevent a potential infection and further loss or damage to surrounding teeth and tissues. Let Dr. Gerayli provide the necessary treatment if you have one of these injuries.
Painful Dental Work - You could be experiencing an allergic reaction, an infection or other serious complications if an older implant, filling, crown or bridge causes you pain. Please call our office today to help you get immediate relief.
Dental Abscesses- form in the tooth pulp, between the teeth or on the gum tissue as your body's way to localize an infection. They can be very painful, and can suddenly burst. Prevent an extraction and the spread of an infection by calling Dr.Gerayli immediately if you think you might have an abscessed tooth.
Regardless of the cause, lost teeth can make put a real damper on eating the foods you want to eat or even smiling when around others. An affordable option for patients to consider to improve their smile is wearing dentures. Partial dentures (partials) are typically affixed to a pink-toned base and are chosen when a patient wants to bridge the gap within a row of teeth. Complete dentures feature a full row of teeth and slip directly over the gums. Dr. Afsoon Gerayli, a top Valley cosmetic dentist, educates her patients about the two options available when getting complete dentures: strong Conventional Dentures /strong The gums need time to completely heal after the teeth are removed, so the patient must wait several months before they can get fitted for conventional dentures. Although the patient's gums and bones will continue to heal and change shape, he or she will only need to have their dentures relined about once every four years.
Immediate dentures curb a lot of the bleeding from gums that have just undergone tooth extraction. It also allows the patient enough time to get used to conversing with a mouthful of teeth again. However, immediate dentures typically only fit well for three to six months and will eventually need to be relined or replaced with permanent dentures.
Nerve tissue that was diseased or dead used to require an extraction of the tooth. Nowadays, dentists can discover a diseased or dead nerve before it infects the tooth and remove the pulp and damaged nerve by performing an endodontic treatment or root canal. The inner chamber of the tooth contains a soft membrane (called the pulp) that runs from the crown and all the way down to the root of the tooth where a network of nerve tissue is found. Once decay reaches the tooth's pulp it must be removed, through a procedure known as a root canal.
A root canal requires a patient first be put under local anesthesia. The next step involves your dental practitioner drilling a tiny opening into the tooth's root canal to reach and cut out the nerve and the pulp. The tooth is then sanitized and sculpted so that the tooth can be resealed. It may be necessary for the dental practitioner to use a disinfectant agent to kill any germs still present after he or she cleans the tooth.
The dental practitioner may insert medication inside the tooth to help it to drain. This would be performed when a severe bacterial infection has settled within the tooth; under this situation, the dental practitioner will allow the drilled hole to remain open. Once the infection clears up, the tooth's interior is closed with a filling material. The final stage of the root canal procedure is to cap the natural tooth with a crown to reinforce it's structure. Dr. Gerayli uses state-of-the-art equipment and dental approaches to create a painless, stress-free ambiance for her root canal patients.
You and Dr. Gerayli may determine that a tooth extraction is your best dental option if your teeth are too severely decayed to save or damaged beyond repair from an injury. Still others may need to be removed because they are impacted or crooked or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. In most cases, Dr. Gerayli will help the patient explore other dental services other than pulling a tooth as well as restoration methods to avoid the occurrence of shifting teeth, chewing difficulties, and jaw joint problems.
The Extraction Process
The dental practitioner will use a local anesthetic to remove the sensation in your tooth, jawbone, and gums where the extraction will take place. It is normal to feel pressure as the dentist firmly rocks the tooth to widen the socket in preparation for removal (in some cases, a tooth must be removed in sections one at a time) but you should NOT feel any pain during this stage of the procedure.
Post Tooth Extraction
It’s very important for a blood clot to form after tooth extraction and remain undisturbed. Your dentist will explain how to care for your mouth after the extraction, including what to eat, what activities to avoid, and what to do in case of an emergency.
Fillings are a common procedure intended to repair tooth sections riddled by small cavities, cracks and chips or physical trauma. Patients can often receive sedation to make this procedure more tolerable. The following information explains the uses, types and placement of dental fillings:
Dental Fillings Options
A variety of filling materials may be used that bear on the patient's selections, section of teeth being worked on, and treatment objectives. Modern fillings are often made of mercury amalgam, porcelain or composite resin. Silver and gold offer excellent durability but are significantly more costly than other filling options.
Dr. Afsoon Gerayli begins treatment by anesthetizing the patient’s mouth, and then thoroughly removes the damaged or decayed area of the tooth using a drill or other tool. She then cleans the area and fills it with the selected filling material.
Finally, she polishes the filling. When tooth-colored fillings are used, the material is applied in layers and is hardened with a special curing light before Dr. Gerayli trims and polishes the new filling. Schedule a consultation with Victory Cosmetic Dentistry today to explore all filling options available and how you can benefit from this treatment.
Crown and Bridges, Inlay & Onlay
Reinforcing the structure of a tooth damaged by injury or decay can be done with the application of a crown, bridge, or inlay/onlay. The application of a crown can also restore its functionality. Crowns made from porcelain are frequently chosen to:
- Repair erosion of the tooth caused from severe decay.
- Provide extra support for the tooth after a root canal.
- Provide a solid, secure surface for cracked or broken teeth.
- Enhance the tooth's appearance.
Restorative expert Dr. Afsoon Gerayli offers a complimentary exam of your teeth, jaw and bone structure along with a consultation if you need or are considering a dental bridge. She uses state-of-the art technology to perfectly design and conform your bridge to your gumline and adjoining natural teeth at Victory Cosmetic Dentistry.
Sometimes fillings are an ineffective solution for larger cavities. When this is the case, getting an inlay or onlay may be the better approach.
An inlay first requires an impression of the affected tooth and is then sent to a lab where it is constructed to conform perfectly where the newly removed cavity was. It is then affixed to the area and cemented in place.
If the decay reaches to the cusps of the tooth, an onlay is the better dental solution without covering the tooth entirely like a crown would. Porcelain inlays and onlays are much stronger than tooth colored fillings and are a long-term solution for covering larger cavities painlessly and aesthetically. Call our office today to receive more information about inlays and onlays.
New patients who have anxiety about dental treatment or dental surgery, or those that have experienced unpleasant or painful dental work in the past, can now undergo various procedures under sedation. Dr. Afsoon Gerayli uses a reliable anesthesiology team that will come to our office at your convenience.
Please have someone take you to and from our office. Ask about our transportation and hotel accommodations if you’re located outside Tarzana or Reseda. Your initial consultation is on us. It includes a comprehensive exam that will thoroughly analyze your teeth and gums, your bite, and the appearance of your whole mouth and how it functions as a whole. Moreover, we at Victory Cosmetic Dentistry want to know what you personally want to achieve as far as the aesthetics and functionality of your smile, so that we can help you reach your goals.
Anesthesia, safe sedation, and new dental techniques allow patients to get dental work done quickly with little or no discomfort or pain. The following no-pain options are now available at Victory Cosmetic Dentistry:
Topical Anesthesia-Can be used to numb the mouth for patients have a fear of needles. However, a local anesthetic can be applied once the area is numbed.
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas- Is one of the easiest ways to comfort phobic dental patients. It is inhaled through a rubber face piece and wears off quickly.
Sedation - The patient can take a sedative prescribed by their dentist one hour before their dental visit. The sedative lasts approximately 5-6 hours which requires they get a driver to take them to and from the office. The patient will be placed in a comfortable chair and covered with a warm plush blanket as their vital signs are carefully monitored.
General Anesthesia- Patients with extreme phobias can be put to sleep with general anesthesia and are awakened once the dental procedure is completed.
Whisper Jet- This decay removal system uses high pressure air and powder to remove decay from small to moderate cavities without drills and usually without anesthesia.
Occlusal Guard & Night Guard
Patients who wake up tired, have a toothache or headache, suffer from jaw joint pain or have teeth that are loose or that are worn down to a nearly flat surface more than normal may be recommended by your doctor to start wearing an occlusal guard or night guard. Occlusal guards are removable teeth appliances that help prevent the patient from gum problems, from wearing their teeth down further due to grinding and clenching while keeping the jaws relaxed. Customized occlusal guards can be fabricated from soft acrylic or light-cured composite, vinyl, and resin produced from heat-cured acrylic, of which the heat-cured acrylic is the hardest and strongest.
Two appointments must usually be scheduled for the patient to receive their guard. A replica is made of the patient's upper or bottom teeth or both and is sent to a lab which will customize the fit of the guard to your teeth. The dentist will check the fitting of the guard and explain how to wear and take care of it. It may take several weeks for a patient to comfortably adjust to the occlusal guard. Guards for children are made of softer materials to conform to the child's rapidly changing tooth and jaw sizes.