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Dr. Les Latner's Dental Blog

Yes, You Can – and Should – Put a Knocked Out Tooth Back In Its Socket

August 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 8:21 pm
man experiencing tooth pain

There are some things in life you just can’t plan for – and dental emergencies are certainly on that list. One of the most common urgent oral situations your dentist sees is knocked out teeth. This incident can happen a number of ways, especially from traumatic accidents or playing sports without a mouthguard. 


Can Dentures Affect My Overall Nutrition?

May 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 11:21 pm
Holding dentures.

Dentures are a viable option for missing teeth—they allow your compromised smile to look and feel natural again, letting you talk, laugh, and eat with a wide grin on your face! However, recent research has shown that dentures might actually have a negative impact on your body’s overall nutrition! Keep reading to learn more about how dentures can play a role in your body’s nourishment, and how attaching your dentures to dental implants might be a viable solution.


Could Ill-Fitting Dentures be Life-Threatening?

April 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 9:11 pm
Toothbrush cleaning partial dentures

You wouldn’t usually think of ill-fitting dentures as a dire health risk. They might be uncomfortable, or even painful, but life-threatening? Most people would call this an exaggeration at best and an outrageous lie at worst. Just how in the world could wearing dentures, however poorly fitted, threaten your life?

Below is a guide to ill-fitting or slipping dentures written by your resident Los Angeles dentist, with special focus on their health risks. Read on to learn just how dangerous they can be and what you can do to make them safer in the future!


All-On-4 Surgery: What to Eat & Drink Afterward

April 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 7:26 pm
two blueberry smoothies to drink after All-on-4 surgery

All-on-4 dental implants are a great way to replace an entire arch of one’s teeth. They work by using only four titanium screws to hold a denture in place, which makes this restoration more stable than one that doesn’t use dental implants. This allows you to easily enjoy all of your favorite foods as well as laugh, speak, and smile with friends and family without having to worry about them shifting in your mouth. However, you’ll need to slightly adjust your diet as your mouth heals from All-on-4 surgery to prevent discomfort or complications. Read to learn more about what to expect after the procedure and what foods and drinks to purchase beforehand.


Top 5 Reasons Invisalign Is Better Than DIY Clear Aligners

February 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 10:59 pm
illustration of Invisalign in Los Angeles

Having straighter teeth for an amazing smile is everyone’s dream, and it can be tempting to look for convenient, at-home aligners to get the job done. Aside from the do-it-yourself approach, there’s also your dentist who can provide Invisalign treatment. How do you know which is the better choice for you? Read on to learn the top five reasons Invisalign in Los Angeles is better than DIY clear aligners!


The Veneer Process: How Much Enamel Will Be Removed?

February 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 10:55 pm
illustration of veneers in Los Angeles

Are you considering getting a complete makeover for your teeth? If so, you might already be looking into dental veneers in Los Angeles. As you consider moving forward with this popular service, you’re probably wondering what you can expect from the entire process. Perhaps a very important detail about the procedure is the removal of some enamel. Read on to learn how much enamel will be removed and why it’s crucial.


What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers in Los Angeles?

January 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 2:21 am

A lot of people are in the market for a smile upgrade, but will they make the best choice for an improvement? If your teeth have issues like misalignment, discoloration, or a chip, you might avoid a public smile even when you want to be friendly.

Fortunately, you can always turn to porcelain veneers and make a drastic improvement. One of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry, veneers can solve all sorts of dental drama you might be facing. Keep reading to learn some benefits of porcelain veneers in Los Angeles from your cosmetic dentist.


Why Is Invisalign Better Than DIY Clear Aligners?

December 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 6:59 pm
patient holding Invisalign aligner

Are you tired of having crooked or misaligned teeth? You might feel self-conscious and try to hide them any chance you get. Luckily, there are many ways you can achieve the grin you’ve always wanted. Clear aligners are taking the world by storm, providing patients with a discreet and efficient alternative to braces. Even though do-it-yourself orthodontic treatment may be tempting (especially if you’re on a budget), you’re ultimately better off investing in Invisalign in Los Angeles. Continue reading to find out why!


6 Bad Habits to Avoid with Dental Implants

October 29, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 3:27 pm
woman biting her nails in Los Angeles

Have you had one or more dental implant placed as a solution for missing teeth? Though they’re highly durable and can last a lifetime, this is only true as long as you take good care of them. Unfortunately, many people have bad habits that can damage their dental implants so badly that they end up failing. To ensure your implants continue to provide you with a complete smile for years to come, avoid participating in these six bad habits.


How to Ease Aligner Discomfort

October 11, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 10:14 pm
woman with Invisalign discomfort in los Angeles

If you just recently started wearing Invisalign and are experiencing some discomfort, you’re not alone. Like any other orthodontic appliance, Invisalign may cause some mild irritation at first as you’re getting used to wearing it. To help ease you into it, here are a few tips that can help relieve Invisalign discomfort in Los Angeles for a more pleasant smile journey. 

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