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Dental Implants vs. Fixed Dental Bridges

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Dental implants have become the most advanced option for replacing missing teeth with natural-looking results. While more traditional, fixed dental bridges can adequately replace a missing tooth or a series of teeth, dental implants offer several important advantages to consider before deciding which method is best for you.

With dental implants, the porcelain restoration crowns are supported independently of the surrounding teeth by a titanium implant, which is fused with the jawbone. Healthy adjacent teeth do not need to be prepared for crowns (as they do during the placement of fixed dental bridges), which preserves the teeth and prevents weakening. Furthermore, pressure placed on the dental implant during chewing stimulates jawbone growth that prevents problematic bone loss. With proper care and daily maintenance, durable dental implants can outlast dental bridges, providing value long into the future.

In some cases, patients are not good candidates for dental implants, and for those individuals dental bridges may provide the the most suitable method for tooth replacement. It is important to undergo a thorough dental examination and evaluation with our dentist, Kevin Sands, DDS, to determine which restoration option will deliver the best results for you. Whichever method is selected, Dr. Sands will create a customized tooth replacement plan tailored to your needs and goals.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

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Implant dentistry can provide a functional, long-lasting solution for individuals missing a single tooth or several teeth. Whether you have lost teeth due to decay, trauma, gum disease, or other reasons, dental implants may be a viable option for replacing teeth with results that can look and feel natural.

The first step in finding out if dental implants are right for you is attending a consultation with our dentist Kevin Sands, DDS. Dr. Sands will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. During your exam, Dr. Sands will be evaluating the following aspects of your dental and oral health:

  • Are your gums healthy enough? Healthy gums are important for proper healing and to prevent the spread of gum disease during implantation. If necessary, periodontal treatments can be performed to improve your gum health.
  • Do you have adequate jaw bone density to support a dental implant? The titanium implant post must be supported by strong jawbone tissue to provide proper stability and lasting results.

Dr. Sands will also ask several questions about your physical health and medical history. It is important that you are in good overall health and have the capacity for proper healing after oral surgery. Good candidates for dental implants typically go on to enjoy exceptional results from their dental implant restorations. Most patients report that their dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
For more information about implant dentistry, we invite you to browse through answers to common questions about dental implants.

Truths Behind At-Home Treatments For Your Teeth

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In an effort to save money, many people have begun trying DIY treatments for their teeth. Ranging from quick teeth whitening tricks, makeshift alignment trays, and homemade mouthwashes, we have seen just about everything. Our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, shares his expert opinion in his latest interview with Cosmopolitan.com.

Here at his Beverly Hills practice, we offer a number of cosmetic dentistry options for your teeth that are guaranteed to be both safe and effective. Some of the popular “quick fix” treatments, although effective at first glance, can cause permanent damage to your teeth and leave lasting consequences. Before you believe everything you read and see on the Internet, Dr. Sands agrees it is always best to consult a professional.

To learn more about the dental treatments available to best benefit your smile, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands, please contact our office today.

How Much Does a Gum Lift Cost?

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A gum lift can provide many benefits: eliminating excess gum tissue, lengthening the appearance of the teeth, and improving the balance of your smile. If you feel self-conscious about the amount of gum tissue visible when you smile or laugh, you may be a good candidate for a gum lift. By recontouring the gums, Dr. Kevin Sands can effectively renew the gum line and enhance the appearance of your smile.

The cost of a gum lift varies from patient to patient since each person’s needs are unique. Factors such as the amount of excess gum tissue, the complexity of the procedure, the projected duration of the treatment, and the experience of your cosmetic dentist can all impact the final price of gum recontouring. If you are having a gum lift performed as part of a smile makeover, the cost of the procedure may also be affected. During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Sands will perform an oral examination, determine whether you are a good candidate for a gum lift, and create a customized treatment plan. A member of our team will then be able to provide you with a cost estimate for the entire procedure.

If you have questions about the cost of gum recontouring, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

How Can I Fix a “Gummy” Smile?

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Some individuals have an excess of gum tissue that shortens the appearance of their teeth. This condition, frequently referred to as a “gummy” smile, is very common and can ultimately be the source of extreme self-consciousness. Fortunately, there is an advanced treatment available at our practice that can restore balance and harmony to your smile: it’s called a gum lift.

Dr. Kevin Sands often uses the gum lift procedure to reshape the gums and alter the gum line, lengthening the appearance of the teeth and improving overall balance and symmetry. Since a gum lift is performed with a state-of-the-art laser, the procedure is often virtually painless. Laser gum lifting can also usually be completed within one hour, and involves very little recovery time. Some patients choose to incorporate a gum lift into a full smile makeover for a more comprehensive smile rejuvenation.

For more information about gum lift treatments, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sands, please contact our office today.

Dr. Sands Reveals the Most Effective Methods for Whiter Teeth

shutterstock_205725535Our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, shares his expert opinion on the safest, most effective ways to get whiter teeth fast!

Hearst Magazines, one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines, has featured an article interviewing Dr. Sands in some of their largest media platforms. Take a look at the links below and learn more about Dr. Sands’ top do’s and don’ts for optimal teeth whitening.

Follow the links below to read the full interview:

Seventeen, Esquire, Woman’s Day and Cosmopolitan!

For more information about teeth whitening, or to schedule a consultation with the “dentist of the stars” himself, please don’t hesitate to contact us today

How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?

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Many of our patients desire the opportunity to achieve a more beautiful, youthful smile and are excited to learn of the benefits of a smile makeover. Since a smile makeover involves the combination of multiple cosmetic dentistry treatments to address a variety of concerns, the ultimate costs associated with the procedure vary from patient to patient.

Some of the factors that can impact the total cost of a smile makeover include:

  • Which combination of procedures you choose for your treatment plan
  • The location of the affected teeth
  • Any laboratory costs that are necessary
  • Any sedation dentistry techniques that may be requested

During the consultation process, Dr. Kevin Sands will review your smile makeover options in detail, allowing you to make an educated decision about your teeth and gums. At that time, he can begin to create your customized treatment plan. A member of our team will then come up with an overall cost estimate and talk with you about your payment options.

Dr. Sands is an extensively trained cosmetic dentist and has helped many patients completely renew their smiles! For more information about smile makeovers, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sands, please contact our office today.

What is a Smile Makeover?

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The appearance of our smiles can make a big impression when meeting people for the first time – and significantly impact our own self-confidence. A smile makeover can comprehensively rejuvenate your smile by renewing both the health and appearance of your teeth and gums. By combining a number of popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, Dr. Kevin Sands can give you the smile of your dreams.

Your smile makeover will be customized to meet your individual needs and expectations. Depending upon your unique concerns, Dr. Sands will incorporate smile makeover options that may include: Zoom!® teeth whitening, Invisalign® clear teeth aligners, tooth-colored fillings, or dental implants. Dr. Sands is also extensively trained and experienced in the use of porcelain dental veneers as part of a smile makeover, which can repair the appearance of chips, cracks, gaps, stains, and even mild tooth misalignment.

Take a look at our Smile Gallery to see before-and-after photos depicting results of many cosmetic treatment options that can be included in a total smile makeover. To learn more about your smile makeover options, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

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Porcelain veneers are one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures for improving common tooth imperfections. With the ability to cover and conceal gaps, cracks, chips, and mild tooth misalignment, dental veneers have provided many patients with a more youthful and natural-looking smile. With that in mind, how long can one expect the many benefits of porcelain veneers to last?

While there are many different types of dental veneers, porcelain veneers are considered quite durable. Though some types of dental veneers, such as composite resin veneers, may be less expensive up front, these veneers tend not to last as long. Conversely, porcelain veneers are constructed from a high-quality ceramic that can improve the appearance of your teeth for decades to come when properly cared for. During the consultation process, Dr. Kevin Sands will review the types of veneers he offers, examine your teeth, and advise you on which style of dental veneers can best meet your goals. For example, Zirconia veneers – which are stronger than traditional porcelain veneers – can be used for patients with severely damaged teeth, particularly when they are located toward the back of the mouth.

In addition to the nature of your tooth imperfections and the severity of the damage, Dr. Sands will also ask you questions about your lifestyle to help ensure that dental veneers are the best choice for you. For example, individuals who regularly engage in contact sports may not be ideal candidates for dental veneers, as the likelihood of impact increases the risk of damage to the restoration. For these patients, an alternative tooth restoration, such as a dental crown, may be more appropriate.

Regardless of which type of veneers you choose, Dr. Sands will give you detailed care instructions so your tooth restorations can last as long as possible. If you would like to learn more about our dental veneers options, please contact our office today.

Dr. Kevin Sands Shares Teeth Whitening Tips in Interview with Total Beauty

Our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, knows that significant teeth whitening can be an arduous process if not done correctly. In this most recent interview with Total Beauty, Dr. Sands details some helpful tips on how to quickly whiten your teeth and maintain that glowing smile you so desire. You’ll be surprised by some of your everyday activities that could be helping, and hurting, your efforts at getting those pearly whites!

In this interview, Dr. Sands shares some of the main perpetrators behind the yellowing of teeth.  These include some surprising foods you should continue to indulge in, as well as which to avoid, and some shocking things you could be doing (such as brushing too much!) that could be doing more harm than good to your teeth.

As always, professional opinion and consultation by a highly trained cosmetic dentist is the best route to avoid any damage to your teeth and gums. Learn more about your dental options with Dr. Sands and which treatment can best benefit your smile.

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If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.