Westside Dental Associates Blog

Inspiring Info: 3 Ways Dental Implants Boost Your Confidence

May 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 9:32 pm
AI rendering of a dental implant next to neighboring teeth

Regardless of how many went missing, tooth loss can greatly impact your self-esteem. It’s natural to feel self-conscious when you struggle with basic tasks that were once second nature, like chewing, speaking, and smiling. Plus, the gaps in your grin can leave you feeling anxious about your appearance.

Thankfully, your dentist can help restore your self-image with dental implants. These prosthetics are often considered the ideal replacements because of their many unique advantages. Continue reading to learn more about three ways getting them placed can rebuild your confidence!

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A Timeless Investment: How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

April 26, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 6:10 pm
Patient smiling after getting dental implants

If you’re considering dental implants to replace some of your missing teeth, you’re not alone. These small titanium marvels have revolutionized the way patients restore their smiles in a big way. However, they can be an investment both financially and with time. So, many patients wonder how long they are expected to last. Read on to learn about the factors that contribute to the longevity of dental implants.

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Smile Saver Selection: How to Choose an Emergency Dentist

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 5:22 pm
Patient shaking hands with their emergency dentist

Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them, from sudden toothaches to knocked-out teeth. In urgent situations like these, having a reliable emergency dentist to turn to can make all the difference. But what qualities should you look for when selecting an emergency dentist? Continue reading to learn how to choose the best dentist for you in case of a dental emergency.

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3 of the Most Unusual Dental Dilemmas

March 7, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 7:32 am
Stressed man

Dental emergencies can range from the common to the bizarre, from accidents to neglect-induced calamities. While most people know the importance of regular dental check-ups and professional care, some stories highlight the consequences of DIY dental solutions or delayed treatment. Here are three of the strangest dental emergencies that serve as cautionary tales for us all.

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Stowing Your Trays: How to Easily Remove Your Clear Aligners

February 15, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 11:00 am
A woman trying to remove her clear aligners

So, maybe you’ve recently started an Invisalign treatment. You’re likely pretty happy in that case – your new trays will give you a straight smile after a while! That said, Invisalign does have its unique challenges. One example is how getting the aligners off your teeth can be tricky. Still, your Los Angeles dentist can help out with that latter issue. Read on to learn four helpful ways to remove your clear aligners quickly and easily.

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5 Benefits of Metal-Free Dental Crowns

February 6, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 10:21 pm

Dental crown held in fingertips near dental moldMetals have been used for decades to create dental restorations because they are durable and effective. However, they stick out like a sore thumb and have other disadvantages. Not to mention, they alert people of your age because metals aren’t the go-to solution for dental crowns anymore. Instead, all-ceramic materials are used to create crowns that look and feel like real teeth. Here are 5 reasons to consider swapping out your metal restoration for an all-ceramic crown.

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What Does SmileDirectClub’s Bankruptcy Mean for You?

January 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 6:36 pm

Petition for bankruptcySmileDirectClub quickly soared in popularity, offering a convenient and affordable solution to fix bite and alignment issues. Despite the serious risks of mail-order aligners, you might have chosen SmileDirectClub to improve your smile. Have you heard that the company has filed for bankruptcy and is shutting down? If you’re left high and dry, don’t panic! Your cosmetic dentist can help you through the remainder of your treatment without any unnecessary risks. 

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Lost Dental Crown? Here’s What You Should Do

December 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 3:32 am

Stunned woman with her hand over her mouthA dental crown provides a long-lasting solution to protect a tooth, but it won’t last forever. Your crown may fall off over time. Don’t panic! Here’s what you should do until you see your emergency dentist.

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Wine Watch: 4 Ways to Keep it From Staining Your Teeth

December 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 4:52 pm
Woman smiling in the background with her fingers around the stem of a glass of red wine in the foreground

The holidays are here which for many people means gatherings with co-workers or parties with family and friends. Of course, it’s the time to be merry so you’ll probably be offered a glass of wine. Did you know, though, that this seasonal beverage contains tannins that can darken your teeth? Your dentist could tell you that red wine is especially infamous for staining and is a holiday favorite.  Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent damage and discoloration. Keep reading to learn about 4 of them!

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How to Find an Emergency Dentist When You Need One ASAP

November 23, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 11:15 am
A woman seeing her emergency dentist ASAP

As you might know, dental emergencies are often disruptive. They tend to happen at the worst possible times and places! Still, you can manage these incidents if you act quickly enough. All you need to do is find an emergency dentist ASAP. Once you have, your damaged smile will get much-needed care. Luckily, reaching the right dental specialist is pretty simple. Here are four crucial tips for finding an emergency dentist on short notice.

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