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In all likelihood, when people think of impacted teeth, they think of the wisdom teeth. However, canines can also be impacted and require treatment as, unlike the wisdom teeth, they serve an essential function in the mouth and removing them is therefore impractical. The canines or ‘eye’ teeth, so called because of their position directly beneath the eyes, have thicker, more conical roots than the incisors and are attached extremely firmly to the jaw. They usually have the longest roots of all the teeth and are the last teeth to fully erupt.
Since they are the last teeth to erupt, they help to close gaps between the other teeth; additionally, their biting role is vital – they are the first teeth to touch when the jaw closes. The canine teeth are essential to the correct alignment of the other teeth; missing or impacted canines greatly affect both function and aesthetics.
Causes of impacted canines include:
- The presence of extra teeth, causing overcrowding and leaving insufficient room for the canines
- Poor alignment, which similarly leads to overcrowding and leaves the canines with insufficient room
- Growths on the gum that, while rare, can restrict the eruption of the canines, leading to impaction
Treatment may be conducted by a Torrance dentist, oral surgeon or orthodontist:
- The dentist will perform a thorough examination, complete with x-rays, and decide on a treatment plan – this may depend on the age of the patient
- Extraction may be needed if the teeth are overcrowded for any reason – following this, the gum can be opened and the canines guided into place
- An orthodontic brace may be used to create space for the canines – this is particularly successful with younger patients
Treatment for impacted canines is generally an outpatient procedure and the oral surgeon or dentist in Torrance, CA will prescribe painkillers and advise on post-operative care.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 1:47:42 AM
The Total Family Dental Group is delighted to welcome Dr. Melanie Ann Navarro, a general and cosmetic dentist in Torrance, as its newest team member. Dr. Navarro hails originally from the Philippines but has resided in Southern California from the age of seven. Dr. Navarro trained at the University of Southern California, first earning a degree in dental hygiene and later returning to pursue a doctorate in dentistry.
Torrance dentist, Dr. Navarro’s priority is to help patients achieve optimal dental health and appearance, ensuring that they maintain beautiful smiles. Her patients can expect to be treated with respect and compassion; they will receive a thorough examination and their treatment choices will be explained clearly, in layman’s language. Dr. Navarro’s focus is on preventive dentistry; she practices conservatively and offers her patients the same high level of care she would provide for her own family. She keeps up with the latest advances in her field with continuing education and a commitment to lifelong learning. To this end, she maintains memberships of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the Los Angeles Dental Association.
In her spare time, Dr. Navarro enjoys spending time with her family, cycling on the beach and pursuing new adventures.
Total Family Dental Group is a provider of comprehensive dental care, for patients of all ages. The dental team at their dental office in Torrance, CA consists of highly skilled and caring dentists and dental specialists. Their state-of-the-art dental office has the latest and most up to date technologies available; including digital 3D Cone Beam CT dental imaging. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Navarro or one of the other excellent dentists at Total Family Dental Group, please call (310) 539-5045. One of their friendly scheduling coordinators will be happy to assist you.
Friday, June 22, 2012 6:25:36 AM
The Total Family Dental Group is delighted to introduce Torrance dentist Dr. Kaori Yogi, a general and cosmetic dentist. Dr. Yogi was born in Okinawa, Japan and is fluent in Japanese; he moved to the US as a child when his father gained employment with the US government, and was raised in the South Bay area.
Dr. Yogi earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University Of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1988 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1992. He has practiced dentistry in Southern California for the last 20 years and has been a provider at Total Family Dental Group, since 2010. Dr. Yogi is a dedicated general and cosmetic dentist. He is a member of the America Dental Association (ADA) and California Dental Association (CDA) and is an active member of the Harbor Dental Society.
Like all the dentists in our Torrance, CA dental practice, Dr. Yogi takes pride in his ability to enhance his patients’ smiles; those looking for a cosmetic dentist in Torrance need look no further. However, Dr. Yogi also offers a full range of dental services, working with patients of all ages. As a Japanese-speaking dentist, he is able to offer a bilingual service to patients in Torrance and the surrounding area.
Dr. Yogi lives in Torrance with his wife and two children. He loves the outdoors and, in his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, growing vegetables, cooking and caring for his bonsai trees. An avid football fan, he is a strong supporter of the UCLA Bruins and tries to get to as many games as possible.
Torrance Dentist, Dr. Kaoru Yogi, accepts most dental insurance plans and is currently accepting new patients. Dr. Yogi understands that it is often difficult to see the dentist during the normal work week. To help his patients maintain their optimal oral healthcare, he makes himself available to treat patients by appointment on Saturdays, as well. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yogi or need a Japanese-speaking dentist, contact our office at (310) 539-5045. One of our friendly and caring scheduling coordinators will be happy to assist you.
Saturday, May 26, 2012 2:23:13 AM
Total Family Dental Group is delighted to welcome Remy Rogers, DDS back to its Torrance, CA dental office, following her recent maternity leave, and congratulates her on the birth of a healthy baby girl.
Torrance dentist, Dr. Rogers, is a general and cosmetic dentist who enjoys treating both adults and children. For her younger patients (up to 18 months of age) and their parents, she offers free baby dental wellness checks. During this time she checks the infant’s oral health, while educating parents on all aspects of their child’s oral health care and any other topics relevant to their child’s dental health. Patients looking for a children’s dentist in Torrance will find Dr. Rogers knowledgeable, understanding and warmly welcoming; she creates a comfortable atmosphere for her youngest patients that helps put them at ease.
Dr. Rogers enjoys getting to know her patients, of all ages, and working together with them to achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Cosmetic dentistry is a field that has grown exponentially in recent years and Dr. Rogers is able to offer patients a range of affordable options to enhance their smiles.
Dr. Rogers is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and earned her dental degree at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007. She then completed a general practice residency at the University of Washington, receiving additional training in general and hospital dentistry.
Growing up in Hawaii and going to school in Washington, Dr. Rogers has a passion for the outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, snowboarding, traveling and scuba diving and looks forward to the time when her daughter will be old enough to share these activities with her.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, for a free baby wellness check with Dr. Remy Rogers, please call our Torrance dental office at (310) 539-5045. One of our friendly and caring scheduling coordinators will be happy to help you.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:04:32 PM
A beautiful white smile is a tremendous confidence booster and veneers are an excellent way to transform your smile, especially if you have teeth that are worn down, discolored, stained or chipped. They can also alter the appearance of crooked teeth or teeth that are either too small or too large and can conceal spacing problems. Veneers generally require only two visits to your dental office and minimal anesthesia.
Veneers are extremely thin, durable, porcelain pieces that are custom-made to fit your teeth. From an aesthetic point of view they represent an alternative to crowns and may be the ideal solution for a less-than-perfect smile. They are prepared by a professional dental technician in a laboratory and then bonded onto the front of the teeth in the dental office.
At the first dental visit, the teeth are lightly buffed and shaped to accommodate the veneer and an impression is taken of your teeth. You and your dentist can choose a shade that will look natural. At the second visit, your teeth will be cleaned with a special liquid that will assure a long-lasting bond. Then the veneers are applied using bonding cement, which is hardened with a special light beam. Veneers can be cared for in the same way as your natural teeth; they will last longer if correct brushing and flossing techniques are used.
Veneers are not permanent but, with good care, may last up to 30 years, giving you a beautiful and confident smile. You can choose to have just a single veneer for one damaged tooth, or to treat multiple teeth. At the Total Family Dental Group our Torrance, CA Cosmetic Dentists are experienced in cosmetic dentistry, and are available to advise patients on the most suitable procedures available to them. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss ways to enhance your smile, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists or dental specialists.
Sunday, April 1, 2012 11:10:02 AM
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes abnormal pauses in breathing or abnormally low breathing during sleep. Pauses in breathing can last from several seconds to minutes. The brain then sends messages to the person to wake up and restart the breathing process, causing the individual to partially wake up. This disruptive breathing causes an imbalance between carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the bloodstream; too little carbon dioxide is exiting and not enough oxygen is entering. Individuals suffering from this condition may be completely unaware of the symptoms, even though they may experience fatigue as a result of their disturbed sleep. As a result, sleep apnea can go undiagnosed for a long time.
The two main types of sleep apnea are central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the necessary signals to the breathing muscles while obstructive sleep apnea occurs when air is blocked from flowing through the nose or mouth. Obstructive sleep apnea is far more common; symptoms may include morning headaches, daytime fatigue and insomnia. Skyrocketing carbon dioxide levels cause the heart to work harder and can lead to serious heart-related issues.
Obstructive sleep apnea can be easily treated by an oral surgeon. Treatment may be behavioral; for example, avoiding smoking, alcohol or tranquilizer use. Alternatively, there are comfortable dental devices that can be worn at night to prevent the tongue from blocking the airway. A simple surgical procedure can offer a more permanent solution by moving the bone that holds the tongue forward – this surgery has an impressive success rate.
Dr. Apel Keuroghlian is an oral surgeon in Torrance who loves his work and is committed to enhancing patient care. He is able to make an informed diagnosis of each individual case and recommend the best course of treatment.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:04:15 AM
Fluoride has been proven to help protect against cavities and tooth decay in children by protecting the tooth enamel against the effects of acids produced by oral bacteria. It should be part of an oral hygiene routine that includes minimizing sugary snacks, and encompasses regular brushing and flossing and six-monthly dental check-ups.
The debate about fluoridation of the water supply has caused some parents to question whether or not they should allow their children to have fluoride treatments on their teeth. Certainly, with fluoride in both community water supplies and many brands of toothpaste, it is wise to ensure children do not ingest too much. For this reason, it is recommended that infants under the age of two should use an ADA-approved non-fluoridated toothpaste while those aged two to five should use only a pea-sized portion of fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Your pediatric dentist can decide whether or not your child needs a fluoride supplement. This will depend on many factors: their dental history, the amount of sugar in their diet and other risk factors for tooth decay. Fluoride treatments can be administered as part of a regular check-up if your child’s dentist decides they are needed.
“A pediatric dentist is able to monitor the levels of fluoride that your child is receiving and can best advise parents whether or not supplements are needed,” says Alex Mascola of the Total Family Dental Group. “Our Torrance dental practice offers high-quality pediatric dental care and our children’s dentists work with you to ensure your child receives the best possible treatment.”
Torrance children’s dentists, Dr Isabel Bradley and Dr Sanah Sohrab are both pediatric specialists who are passionate about caring for children’s teeth and ensuring that every child has a positive dental experience.
Friday, March 9, 2012 1:00:11 PM
The Total Family Dental Group is delighted to welcome torrance endodontic specialist, Dr. Samar Hubbi, to its Torrance dental office and team of dental specialists. Endodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses particularly on the inside and the root of the tooth; endodontists receive additional dental training after completing dental school to enable them to perform both complex and simple procedures, including root canal therapy and root canal retreatment. Dr. Hubbi has considerable experience in microscopic root canal therapy and surgical endodontic procedures. Her specialized training includes anesthesia and pain control, so patients can be assured that their root canal treatment will involve minimal discomfort. Dr. Hubbi is a favorite with her patients due to her gentleness and her friendly nature.
Dr. Hubbi hails from New Jersey where she gained a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and then attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) where she completed her dental training. She completed a year’s general practice residency at the VA in San Diego, CA before returning to UMDNJ for specialist training in endodontics.
Dr. Hubbi stays up to date with latest developments in her field through her membership of various professional associations: the American Association of Endodontics, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the West Los Angeles and New Jersey Dental Association. She enjoys traveling, swimming and hiking in her free time.
The Total Family Dental Group is very happy to have Dr. Samar Hubbi join its Torrance group dental practice.
Thursday, January 12, 2012 6:35:09 AM
Tooth whitening has become the number one aesthetic concern for most patients. For many people, whitening the teeth can have a major impact in terms of enhancing their smile and increasing self-confidence; it is non-invasive, painless and generally produces dramatic results. Patients looking for tooth whitening in Torrance can choose between take-home trays, which work over a period of one to two weeks, or in-office procedures, which offer visible results in an hour or so.
In-office procedures can be arranged through a Torrance cosmetic dentist, using either Opalescence Boost or Zoom whitening procedures. Opalescence Boost is a chemically activated formula that contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, which help improve oral health by strengthening enamel, decreasing sensitivity and increasing protection against cavities. Alternatively, Zoom Whitening is an advanced tooth whitening procedure, also applied at your dentist’s office, using advanced LED whitening technology. Both offer impressive results in just one visit.
Those who prefer a take-home treatment can choose between disposable whitening trays and custom-made whitening trays. Opalescence TrèsWhite Supreme pre-filled, disposable trays contain a prescription-strength whitening gel in addition to potassium nitrate and fluoride and come in mint, melon and peach flavors. For the custom-made tray whitening system, the same prescription-strength whitening formula is used. The difference is that you will receive a pre-loaded syringe of the whitening gel that can be used to reload the trays for numerous applications. With either the disposable or custom whitening trays, you will see results in just one to two weeks.
At-home treatments involve take-home trays and generally require two office visits. At the first visit to your dental office in Torrance, impressions will be made of your teeth. At your second visit, the customized trays will be tried on for fit and adjusted as necessary. You can then use them twice a day for 30 minutes at a time, or overnight, for a period of one to two weeks.
Whitening treatments only work on natural tooth enamel, so patients who are considering crowns should complete their bleaching treatment first so that the crowns can be matched to the whiter teeth. Tooth whitening is not permanent but, unless the patient is a heavy smoker, with proper hygiene vital teeth whitened should remain lighter for years.
The Torrance cosmetic dentists at Total Family Dental Group are experienced with these various tooth whitening procedures and can assist you in achieving the whiter and brighter smile you desire. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment at their state-of-the art dental office in Torrance, please contact them at (310) 539-5045 or click here to schedule an appointment.
Thursday, December 29, 2011 2:26:25 PM
Modern dental healthcare is as much about prevention, as it is about treatment. The best thing you can do at home is take scrupulous care of your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing, with the correct technique, is vital.
Teeth should be brushed at least twice daily, in the morning and before bed. A good toothbrush is essential; a regular toothbrush should be replaced every three months while an electric toothbrush should have a new head fitted just as frequently. The head of the toothbrush must be sized appropriately so that it can access all of your teeth while the bristles should be soft enough not to damage gum tissue. Electric toothbrushes with oscillating heads are highly recommended by the American Dental Association. It is important to brush every surface of the teeth, including the backs, and to finish by brushing the tongue.
The dental hygienists at our dental office in Torrance, CA are able to show you correct flossing techniques. Floss systematically around your mouth, working the floss between the teeth and curving it in a U-shape so that you can floss under the gum line where bacteria can breed if food debris is allowed to collect. Wrap the floss around your finger and continue wrapping as you floss so that a fresh part of the floss is used for each tooth. An 18-inch length of floss should be sufficient to clean your entire mouth.
Practicing proper brushing and flossing, at least twice daily, can help prevent tooth decay, avoid bad breath and staining of the teeth and also help to prevent gingivitis or periodontal disease. Regular six-monthly cleanings by a dental hygienist are still necessary to remove plaque and tartar and checkups with a dentist are strongly recommended for the early identification of any potential problems. However, regular home cleaning is essential to maintaining good oral hygiene between visits to the dental office.