When you think of emergencies, you might think of a house catching on fire or an elderly person taking a fall. You might not think about your teeth. In fact, if you have good oral hygiene habits, you might take it for granted that your pearly whites will stay in great condition indefinitely. Unfortunately, a dental emergency in Los Angeles can happen anytime. Here are some situations when you should contact a dentist immediately.
Dr. Les Latner's Dental Blog
August 8, 2017
July 31, 2017
Gum recession is what happens when your delicate periodontal (gum) tissue pulls away from where it should be, leaving the roots of the teeth exposed and putting you at risk for a host of oral health issues. At Westside Dental Associates, we see gum recession in adult patients of all ages — and we want to help prevent and treat receding gums in Los Angeles. Keep reading to find out more about keeping your gum tissue healthy in this week’s blog post!
July 22, 2017
Root canal (endodontic) treatment is a common restorative method for rescuing a severely decayed or damaged tooth from extraction. Have you recently been told you need a root canal in Los Angeles? It could be due to any number of factors — keep reading to find out why your Westside Dental Associates dentist, Dr. Les Latner, may recommend root canal.
June 26, 2017
Everything you put in your mouth affects both your oral and overall health—whether it’s good or bad. Everyone knows that a healthy, balanced diet can lead to better systematic health, but very few know that a healthy diet also keeps your teeth and gums strong. Hopefully, you’ll reconsider what you choose to indulge in after reading this post about foods your Los Angeles dentist, Dr. Les Latner recommends you do and don’t eat.
June 15, 2017
Have you ever felt overly stressed? That’s just you perceiving stress emotionally and coping with it. Do you know all the ways your body reacts to stress? One of the many ways your brain may signal your body to cope with a new stressor is teeth grinding—or bruxism. About 8% of American adults grind their teeth for various reasons. Consistent teeth grinding can become a severe problem if you don’t intervene. Whether your bruxism has been a lifelong habit or if it just started yesterday, your Los Angeles Dentist, Dr. Les Latner, wants you to understand when it’s time to seek professional help before your smile becomes damaged. Here are 5 signs that you may need a custom mouthguard from Westside Dental Associates.
May 12, 2017
At Westside Dental Associates, we love straight smiles just as much as you do! That’s why our award-winning dentist, Dr. Les Latner, offers Invisalign in West Los Angeles. We understand that it may be embarrassing for some patients to undergo a straightening treatment that includes metal brackets and wires. With Invisalign clear aligners, you don’t have to worry about that at all and still can reap all the benefits of a straight smile.
Dr. Les Latner Appointed to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Dr. Latner is serving on the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) Board of Trustees. Through its flagship program, Give Back a Smile, the AACDCF assists in rebuilding the smiles and lives of adults who’ve suffered dental injuries from domestic and sexual violence.
“I’m passionate about restoring smiles and lives for survivors of domestic violence and honored to lead this organization by serving on the Board of Trustees.” said Dr. Latner.
About Dr. Latner
As much as he’s known for excellence in dentistry, Les Latner is also known for his love of football. While attending UCLA in the early ’70s, he divided his time between earning his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and managing the school’s famed football team. After graduating, he received his dental degree from Washington University in St. Louis but soon returned to his old stomping grounds as the team dentist, helping the Bruin boys with their oral injuries for many years. More than 30 years later, he still can’t separate himself from the action. Dr. Latner currently keeps stats for the referees during games, staying as close to the field as he can without actually wearing a uniform and enduring bone-crunching tackles.
In addition to his pigskin endeavors, Dr. Latner graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Dental Medicine and completed a two year residency in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. However, his true passion is general dentistry. Dr. Latner is one of fewer than 10 dentists who’ve achieved both accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. Also, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, is a clinical assistant professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry, lectures regularly on esthetic dentistry, and has authored an article published in the Journal of the American College of Dentists. Fittingly, the sports-loving dentist was officially recognized by the Sports Dentistry Commission for the World Cup in 1994 and was a presenter at the 1986 Academy for Sports Dentistry National Symposium.
When away from the office, Dr. Latner spends time with his beautiful wife, Nora, and his black lab, Shaina, while missing his son who attends Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Whenever they can, they steal away to the mountains for some rejuvenating snow skiing.
About Give Back a Smile
The GBAS program was launched May 27, 1999. Since its inception, more than 1,600 smiles have been restored for a total dollar value of more than $16 million.
For complete details about the GBAS program visit www.givebackasmile.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.773.4227.
May 2, 2017
There are a countless number of patients that are unhappy with their smiles. Unfortunately, this means that there are countless people that feel less than confident about themselves. Here at Westside Dental Associates, we have a well-known cosmetic dentist in West Los Angeles that has actually built a reputation as one of the best in this area. Dr. Les Latner is here to help you choose between your next smile improvements: porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
April 16, 2017
Let’s be honest, your smile makes you frown. You’ve got a few chipped teeth, staining from all the coffee you drink, and short teeth that leave gaps in your grin. You want to upgrade your pearly whites, but you don’t want braces – and they wouldn’t fix the discoloration or chips anyway. You wish there was a way you could treat everything at once, rather than going through multiple procedures. Luckily for you, porcelain veneers can address these issues in with a single treatment method. The team at Westside Dental Associates, your award-winning cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles, educates you on this durable, natural-looking upgrade in this post.
March 24, 2017
Want to take ten years off of your age? Have your teeth whitened. Need to make a chipped tooth look whole again? For this smile flaw, there’s cosmetic bonding. And to transform an entire smile, consider porcelain veneers. Your cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles, Dr. Les Latner, offers all of these services. At this time, however, cosmetic dentistry is not generally covered by insurance. Rather, these are considered elective procedures that are an out-of-pocket expense. Nevertheless, Dr. Latner and his team know the value of an attractive smile. Therefore, we offer several ways to cover the cost of your cosmetic dentistry service. Make no mistake—anytime you put time and money into your smile, you are making a worthwhile investment that will pay you back in dividends of confidence and good looks!