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Thursday, July 22, 2010 5:39:00 PM

For the past 8 weeks I have been observing and helping Dr. Khodadadi and his staff as part of my APEX program at Boston University School of Dentistry. In my short time here I have experienced and learned a great deal. Dr. K is extremely educated for a General Dentist and he has experience in a huge array of specialties that most General Dentist don’t even try to explore. What I believe really sets him apart from other dentists is his concern and patient care. Most people would trust that their dentist is competent and extremely skilled. Dr. K is all of these things along with having a sincere concern and understanding of what a patient should need and want.

People that Dr. K surrounds himself with are extremely competent and personable. No matter how good a dentist may be, there is no way he can do it all by himself. Dr. K makes everything move smoothly and provide the patients with a warmth and sense of comfort that is hard to find.

The Dental knowledge that I have gained while at Dr. K’s office will greatly help me in the future. However what I feel is the most important thing that I will take away from this experience is what it takes to run a successful practice. No matter how skilled you are as a practitioner, success will only follow if you can provide your patients with a sense of comfort and safety giving them a place that they can come to year after year.

John Greiner
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Class of 2013

Posted by Dental Group of Beverly Hills | 7/22/2010 10:39:00 AM

Friday, July 2, 2010 4:06:00 PM

Not only can braces correct teeth that are crowded or spaced, they can also improve overbites, cross bites and under bites. While braces provide a cosmetic improvement to smiles, they also serve to prevent potential dental health problems. Orthodontic treatment helps prevent inflammation of the gums resulting from crowded teeth and excessive tooth wear that often accompanies bite problems. At times, braces are utilized to correct speech problems such as lisps.

Recent orthodontic advances have resulted in improvements in patient comfort, including reduced bulkiness of the brackets. New alloys have been employed to create lighter, more flexible wires. The past decade has seen great advances in the number of options available to patients who need braces.

The creation of “clear braces,” known as Invisalign®, has provided an option for patients who desire braces but are concerned about the appearance of metal brackets. Invisalign® offers several advantages, most notably the nearly invisible appearance of the appliances. The ability to remove the trays while eating, brushing and flossing is appealing as well. Invisalign® now offers a product for teenagers which helps to eliminate the common teenage problems of broken appliances and plaque build-up surrounding metal braces. Invisalign® is typically more expensive than metal braces.

Lingual braces provide another option to disguise the appearance of braces. Lingual braces are placed on the back of teeth and are custom-fit to the individual patient. Lingual braces may be a good choice for people with sensitivity to plastics, for athletes who play contact sports and for musicians who play wind instruments.

SureSmile® has created a new orthodontic treatment option which decreases the amount of time spent in braces by up to 40%. The SureSmile® system utilizes computer software and robotic manipulation of wires to create more precise adjustments which result in shorter treatment time. SureSmile® claims that patients treated with the SureSmile® system experience less pain than traditional braces. The vast majority of braces are placed by orthodontists, but more general dentists are beginning to offer treatment options like Invisalign®.

If you are ready to explore the benefits of Invisalign, come visit our office for a consultation to see how we can help you. Call (310)289-1818.

All the best,
Dr. Soheil Khodadadi, DDS, DMD

Dental Group of Beverly Hills
99 N. La Cienega Blvd. STE 300
Beverly Hills, CA. 90211

Posted by Dental Group of Beverly Hills | 7/2/2010 9:06:00 AM

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:54:00 AM

The number of headaches caused by improper occlusion (your bite) is far more numerous then you could imagine. One of the main causes that link headaches and your teeth may be completely out of your control. Many people grind and clench their teeth while they sleep and they have no idea that this is occurring. Just like squeezing your hand into a fist for a prolonged period of time, if you bite down constantly while you are sleeping the muscles in and around your mouth and all over you face will likely become strained. This strain or tension that your bite is putting on all the muscles of your face, especially those of the forehead, will lead to a tension headache. Tension headaches have been found to be by far the most common type of headache, estimated to cause approximately 90% of all headaches.

What does that mean for your headache and the possibility of relieving it?

This means that there is a good chance that your headaches are linked to your teeth and that this is something you should discuss with your dentist. The dental related problems leading to headaches are numerous, ranging from grinding and clenching at night, to the tooth that was removed years ago causing your teeth to shift, to even the orthodontic work you had done to make your smile beautiful.

The solution to fixing your headaches and allowing all the muscles around your face and mouth to relax may simply be a night guard (also called TMJ guard). TMJ is the main joint for your jaws movement guard. A TMJ guard isn’t the big bulky mouth guard that you see worn on Sundays by football players. Rather it is a plastic piece covering either your lower or upper teeth that will act as a small cushion while you are sleeping to relax tensed jaw muscles and in turn relieve your headaches. However, If your headaches are persistent and there doesn’t seem to be an adequate solution, this is something that needs to be considered. A TMJ guard may not be the answer to your pain but what if this simple solution fixed everything…

If you feel debilitated by your headaches and are ready for a change, come visit our office for a consultation to see how we can help you. Call (310) 289-1818.

All the best,
Dr. Soheil Khodadadi, DDS, DMD

Dental Group of Beverly Hills
99 N. La Cienega Blvd. STE 300
Beverly Hills, CA. 90211

Posted by Dental Group of Beverly Hills | 6/15/2010 5:54:00 PM

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