Baig Dental is invested in your health and wellness. We maintain high standards and modern techniques when it comes to our treatments. Our goal is to nurture each patient and create enjoyable experiences while building trust and communication with you.
- Dental Exams
- Dental Implants
- Tooth Fillings
- Same Day Crowns
- Implant Supported Dentures
- Cosmetic Dentistry
Keeping up with regular dental exams is an easy way to save time and money at the dentist’s office later. At Baig Dental, skilled dentists Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, perform regular dental exams for all of their patients in order to detect early signs of oral complications. Schedule your next comprehensive dental exam by phone or online today.
What are dental exams?
A dental exam is an in-depth investigation of your oral health that your dentist performs regularly. Sometimes dental complications appear without symptoms as they develop. A dental exam can find signs of disease or decay that you wouldn’t otherwise know about. During your dental exam at Baig Dental, the team looks over your dental history and asks about other aspects of your health. You should let them know if you have any new medications since your last appointment or if the dosages have changed at all. After reviewing your history and current health, your dentist visually examines your teeth and gums for signs of issues. They check each individual tooth and may perform oral X-rays for a more in-depth view. They might also recommend regular oral cancer screenings if your risk is high due to smoking, drinking, or a prior history of the disease. Comprehensive dental exams typically happen at the same time as a professional cleaning, which is an equally important part of preventive dentistry.
What can dental exams detect?
Dental exams can detect early signs of disease or oral health complications, even if you haven’t noticed any changes or symptoms on your own. Your dentist looks for lesions, tooth discoloration, redness, and other features that could indicate an issue with your oral health. If you’re getting dental X-rays, they can see cavities and other issues like infection directly. If you get a diagnosis during a dental exam, your dentist explains it to you in detail and offers suggestions for the next steps to take. They might recommend further testing if the results of your exam aren’t conclusive. Possible diagnoses are:
- Gum disease
- Gum recession
- Tooth infections
Dental exams can also be a key part of diagnosing certain diseases that affect your whole body, like diabetes or leukemia. Whether or not you get a diagnosis during your dental exam, the team at Baig Dental gives you tips for taking great care of your teeth outside the dentist’s office.
How often should I get dental exams?
The American Dental Association recommends scheduling your dental exams and cleanings twice a year. To space them out evenly, you should book them six months apart. Getting dental exams consistently gives you the best chance at catching oral diseases in the early stages when you can treat them most effectively. To set up an appointment for your next comprehensive dental exam, call Baig Dental or schedule online today.
Dentists in the United States place about 500,000 dental implants each year. Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, frequently place and restore implants for patients at Baig Dental. A fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Jaami Baig dedicates several hours each week to learn the latest surgical techniques for implants in order to keep his patients happy and healthy. To book a dental implant consultation, call or schedule online today.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are made to replace natural teeth, including the tooth’s root. The natural roots of your teeth anchor them to your jawbone and make them sturdy, stable features in your mouth.
Without a tooth root in a given area, your jawbone can start to deteriorate. That’s one of the reasons why dental implants are often the best option for tooth replacement.
Your dentist embeds the dental implant in your jawbone during a surgical procedure. Your bones constantly regenerate, and your jawbone fuses with the implant during a process called osseointegration. This provides a stable base for a dental restoration like a crown or bridge.
Baig Dental offers the best dental implant services in the region, including same-day implants in some cases. The team safely places your dental implant using the latest techniques and creates custom restorations that look natural and suit your smile.
Why might I need dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the most popular solutions to missing teeth. Whether you’ve lost one or several teeth, dental implants can lay the foundation for a complete and fully functional smile.
You might lose teeth due to:
- Tooth decay
- Failed root canal
- Traumatic injuries
- Gum disease
The team at Baig Dental selects the type of restoration you’ll need for your implants based on the number of teeth you’ve lost.
Single crowns can attach to implants and replace individual teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace more than one tooth, and implant dentures or overdentures replace entire rows of teeth using implants for support.
How do I maintain my dental implants?
Maintaining your dental implants and your oral health is pretty simple compared to other options for tooth replacement. If you get conventional dentures without implant support, for example, you’ll need to adopt a new routine including dietary changes, cleaning your prosthetic, and storing it at night.
With dental implants, your routine doesn’t change very much. In fact, taking care of dental implants is a lot like caring for your natural teeth. You should:
- Brush twice daily
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Use a less abrasive toothpaste
- Use an implant-specific floss or oral irrigator
- Avoid biting down on solid objects
If you have implant overdentures, your routine will change a bit more since the device is removable. The Baig Dental team teaches you to care for them effectively.
To learn more about dental implants and the benefits of using them to restore your smile, call Sherman Oaks Dental Care or book an appointment online today.
If your teeth are discolored, misshapen, cracked, or chipped, veneers may be the perfect solution for you. At Baig Dental, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, offer custom porcelain veneers to give you the smile makeover you desire without invasive dental procedures. Schedule an appointment at Sherman Oaks Dental Care by phone or online to find out if veneers are right for you.
What are veneers?
Veneers are made of porcelain or other tooth-colored materials that look just like your natural teeth. They are thin shells that fit over the front part of teeth to restore them, improve their shape and color, and protect teeth from future damage.
Veneers can drastically improve your smile and confidence.
What are veneers used for?
Veneers can improve the appearance of teeth that are:
- Too small
- Crooked, chipped, cracked
- Worn down or weak
Veneers are strong, long-lasting, and natural-looking. They require less tooth enamel removal than dental crowns and don’t stain easily. Baig Dental might pair veneers with other dental restorations to perfect your smile makeover.
Are veneers right for me?
To determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers, your provider at Baig Dental reviews your dental history, examines your teeth, and completes dental X-rays.
To be a good candidate for the procedure, you must have healthy teeth and gums with no decay, as well as good dental hygiene habits. If you do have tooth decay, they can treat it before veneer placement.
What is the process of getting veneers?
To prepare your teeth for veneer placement, your provider at Baig Dental removes a small portion of the enamel from the front and sides of your teeth.
They then take impressions or digital scans of your teeth so a dental lab can create custom veneers for you. You might receive temporary veneers in the meantime.
When your new veneers are ready, your provider ensures they fit properly on your teeth. They clean your teeth and permanently bond veneers to them to restore their function and appearance.
How do I care for my veneers?
Veneers are long-lasting if you care for them properly. Avoid chewing on ice, candy, and other hard objects, and don’t bite your fingernails. Brush your teeth and gums twice daily, floss every day, and attend routine dental exams and cleanings with the team at Baig Dental.
If veneers become loose or damaged, see Baig Dental right away to get them fixed and prevent complications.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, schedule an appointment by phone or online today to find out if veneers are right for you.
If your teeth or jaws are misaligned or malpositioned, Invisalign® can restore balance to your smile. This advanced orthodontic technique is safe and effective and typically provides desired outcomes in 6-12 months. At Baig Dental, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, offer Invisalign to adults. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or call the office today.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that gradually straightens crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces that use brackets and wires, Invisalign uses custom mouthpieces made from SmartTrack®.
SmartTrack is an FDA-approved thermoplastic that’s free of metal, gluten, and latex, making it safe for pregnant women and those with allergies.
What types of alignment problems can Invisalign correct?
At Baig Dental, the team uses Invisalign to correct various alignment problems, including:
- Spaces between teeth
- Malpositioned jaw
- Crooked teeth
You might also benefit from Invisalign if your teeth are crowded.
What does Invisalign treatment involve?
Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation at Baig Dental. During your appointment, the team reviews your dental health history and conducts an oral exam to assess the position and alignment of your teeth. They also take dental X-rays.
The team then uses the CEREC Primescan intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of your mouth. They upload your scans to a computer-aided design (CAD) program and develop a custom treatment plan that maps out the specific movements of your teeth and jaw.
After finalizing an orthodontic plan, the team sends your scans to a dental lab that manufactures your first set of custom oral aligners.
During Invisalign treatment, you change into a new pair of aligners every two weeks. Each pair of aligners applies slight pressure to your teeth, gradually moving them into the proper position.
To ensure a positive outcome and long-lasting results, you should wear your aligners 20-22 hours each day. Only take them out when eating or brushing your teeth.
How fast is Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign treatment typically provides stunning results in 6-12 months, but it can take up to 18 months or longer. Throughout treatment, attend each of your follow-up appointments and follow the team’s advice closely.
If you damage or lose your aligners, contact Baig Dental right away.
How do I care for my Invisalign aligners?
Taking care of your Invisalign aligners is easy. The team at Baig Dental recommends rinsing them off with cool tap water 2-3 times a day and brushing them with a soft-bristle toothbrush before going to bed.
For deeper cleanings, ask your dentist about the Invisalign cleaning system.
If you want a straighter, more attractive smile, request an Invisalign consultation at Baig Dental. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool, or call the office to speak with an administrative staff member today.
*Individual results may vary.
Tooth fillings provide a quick and convenient way to address minor tooth decay. At Baig Dental, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, use tooth fillings to preserve teeth and transform smiles. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool, or call the office today.
What are tooth fillings?
Tooth fillings are a type of dental restoration that repair decaying enamel. They’re made of various materials — including composite resin, gold, or porcelain — and help restore your tooth to its near-original condition.
Can I benefit from tooth fillings?
The team at Baig Dental uses fillings to treat mild or moderate decay. Because cavities don’t always present obvious symptoms, it’s important to schedule routine checkups at least twice a year.
Common symptoms of tooth decay include:
- Increased sensitivity
- A visible hole in your tooth
- Persistent toothache
- A visible stain
If you suspect you have a cavity, contact the office right away.
What do tooth fillings involve?
Getting a tooth filling typically takes less than 30 minutes. At the beginning of your appointment, the team conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your symptoms. They then take oral X-rays to determine the extent of the decay.
After the team assesses your tooth, they administer a local anesthetic. Once the anesthesia sets in, they remove the decaying portion of your tooth and fill the hole with a composite resin material. They then point a special light at the resin to cure and harden it.
Gold and porcelain fillings take two appointments. The process is basically the same, but instead of filling your tooth right away, the team takes impressions and sends them to a lab that fabricates your filling.
What is recovery like after getting a tooth filling?
Following your filling appointment, you can return to normal activities like work or school right away. Once the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some mild soreness or sensitivity, but that should subside within 24 hours.
To limit discomfort, Baig Dental recommends:
- Brushing and flossing more gently than usual
- Avoiding acidic or spicy foods
- Using a desensitizing toothpaste
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication
You might also want to chew on the opposite side of your mouth when snacking or eating a meal.
How long do tooth fillings last?
Tooth fillings can last anywhere from 5-20 years, depending on the material used. To keep yours in optimal condition, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene.
The team at Baig Dental recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
To further explore the benefits of tooth fillings, request a consultation at Baig Dental by phone or online today.
Same Day Crowns
A dental crown can restore a tooth’s shape, size, or strength. At Baig Dental, dentists Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, place dental crowns atop implants or natural teeth that need restorations. Baig Dental uses Cerec PrimeScan and PrimeMill to design, fabricate and deliver custom crowns all on the same day. You can also get a dental crown as part of a dental bridge, which replaces one or more missing teeth and anchors to adjacent teeth using crowns. To start reviewing your same-day dental crown options, call or book an appointment online today.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a device made to cover a damaged tooth or attach to a dental implant. The team at Baig Dental custom designs crowns that are the exact shape of the original tooth in its entirety. This makes your smile look complete, and it feels comfortable when you bite down.
Before you get a crown, the team at Baig Dental takes X-rays to check for unforeseen damage or disease. You might need additional treatments, like a root canal, before they place your crown.
In order to place a crown over a tooth, your dentist first reduces the natural tooth’s size by safely filing down some of the outer layer, called enamel. If much of the tooth is already missing, they might restore some of the structure with a filling first.
To make a crown that fits, the team takes impressions using a digital scanner or a putty-like material. They use the impressions to mill a crown that fits correctly and doesn’t affect your bite. During your next visit, they make sure the new crown fits before permanently cementing it in place.
What are some common purposes for crowns?
The team at Baig Dental creates crowns for various purposes. Your dentist explains why a crown is the best choice for your treatment and how it will restore your smile’s form or function.
You can get a crown to:
- Support a dental bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Protect a weak or damaged tooth
- Cover a filling
- Restore a misshapen tooth
Once attached, your crown stays in place permanently or until it breaks or wears down. To help your crown serve its purpose, you should continue to maintain your oral health with teeth brushing, flossing, regular dental exams, and professional cleanings.
You should also try your best to avoid biting down on solid objects or using your teeth to rip or tear.
What are my options for dental crown materials?
Baig Dental helps you compare options for your crown material. Options include:
Metals, like gold or metal alloys, are the most effective at withstanding pressure when you bite. However, they don’t look natural, and many people prefer crowns that match the shade of their natural teeth.
Porcelain fused to metal
Crowns with porcelain fused to metal include metal for strength and porcelain for appearance. The porcelain can be made to match the shade of adjacent teeth, but you might be able to see some of the metal along your gum line.
All porcelain or ceramic
All porcelain or ceramic crowns are the most natural-looking crowns available. They match the tone and opacity of your natural teeth. You might eventually need a replacement as porcelain or ceramic can wear down over time or break if you’re not careful.
To start the process of getting a crown, call Baig Dental or book a consultation online today.
If you’re tired of wearing traditional dentures and want a more permanent solution, consider implant-supported dentures. At Baig Dental, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, use Straumann® implants to support various dental restorations, including implant-supported dentures. Dr. Jaami digitally plans implants from start to finish. He places the implant himself and designs your crown in house. This saves you a trip to the specialist to get the implant placed, and makes it easier for him to place the crown on the implant when it’s time to restore. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool or call today.
What are implant-supported dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are oral prosthetics used to replace some or all of your permanent teeth. Instead of resting on your gums like traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures connect to dental implants, small metal posts that integrate with your jaw.
Implant-supported dentures feel and function like your permanent teeth. Because they connect to implants, you don’t have to remove or soak them overnight.
Caring for implant-supported dentures is easy and hassle-free. The team at Baig Dental recommends brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
Do I qualify for implant-supported dentures?
To qualify for implant-supported dentures, you need healthy gums and enough jawbone to support them.
If you have gum disease or low bone density, the team might recommend periodontal disease treatment or a bone graft before moving forward.
Let your dentist know if you have a chronic medical condition like diabetes or high blood pressure. These ailments won’t necessarily keep you from getting implant-supported dentures, but they may increase your risk of implant failure and other complications.
What does getting implant-supported dentures involve?
Getting implant-supported dentures typically takes a series of appointments spaced over the course of several months.
At your initial consultation, the team conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your goals for treatment. They then take oral X-rays to assess the health of your gums, alveolar bone, and jaw.
Dental implant placement
If there isn’t any tooth decay or gum disease present, the team places your dental implants. The number of implants you receive depends on the number of teeth you’re missing. In most cases, the team can replace a full arch of teeth with just four or six posts.
Implant-supported denture restoration
Following implant placement, you go home. After your mouth heals in several months, you return to Baig Dental. The team takes digital impressions of your mouth with the CEREC Primescan intraoral scanner. They upload your impressions to a computer-aided design (CAD) program and send them to a denture laboratory.
The denture lab uses your impressions to develop a custom set of dentures. Once they’re finished, you visit the office and try them on. After the team connects your dentures to the implants, they assess your bite. If the dentures don’t fit properly, they make adjustments as necessary.
Don’t wait to request an implant-supported dentures consultation at Baig Dental. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool, or call the office to speak with an administrative staff member today.
Some dental issues, like staining or minor chips, don’t necessarily pose a threat to your oral health. Still, you might consider them eyesores that affect your appearance. At Baig Dental, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, regularly recommend cosmetic dentistry services like veneers, teeth whitening, or Invisalign® to fix minor defects. To set up a consultation, call or book online today.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of oral health care that aims to make your smile look as beautiful, white, symmetrical, and healthy as possible.
While many cosmetic dental services don’t improve your oral health and functioning, they can offer you an unmatched boost in self-esteem by giving you a more attractive smile.
At Baig Dental, the team employs cosmetic dentistry principles in strictly cosmetic procedures as well as restorative procedures like implants and crowns. They make sure that your cosmetic procedures or repairs result in a smile that still looks like your own but better.
Which issues can cosmetic dentistry address?
Cosmetic dentistry can address natural features in your smile or new damage and discoloration. A few features that cosmetic dental services can address are:
- Chips and cracks
- Worn-down teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth that appear long due to gum recession
- A gummy smile
- Wide gaps between teeth
- Malocclusion (crooked teeth)
Treating certain cosmetic issues, like malocclusion, can ultimately improve the way your teeth fit together by aligning them to reduce pressure.
Beyond the cosmetic appeal of treating these issues, addressing them can result in functional benefits like easier teeth cleaning and more comfortable chewing.
What are some popular cosmetic dentistry services?
Baig Dental offers the latest in cosmetic dental services and advanced diagnostic procedures.
Before your treatment, the team might recommend getting digital X-rays or cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) 3D scans in order to look for underlying signs of disease that they’ll need to address beforehand.
A few available cosmetic treatments and services are:
Many people hold negative opinions about their natural tooth shade. Aging, tobacco use, and certain foods can all contribute to yellowing or staining that affects the appearance of your teeth. With teeth whitening, you can remove much of the staining to enjoy a brighter smile.
Veneers are thin, flat shells made to look like the front surface of your teeth. Your dentist attaches custom-made porcelain or ceramic veneers to the front of your teeth to mask unattractive shapes, shades, or areas of damage.
Fillings are a common treatment for cavities. To effectively cover the area of damage left by decay, you can get tooth-colored fillings that blend in with the natural shade of the tooth.
Invisalign can treat mild to moderate cases of crowding, wide gaps, overbite, underbite, and other forms of malocclusion. Unlike braces, Invisalign aims to be inconspicuous as it shifts your teeth. After meticulous planning, you’ll use a series of custom clear plastic aligners to get straighter teeth.
Optimizing your smile’s appearance with cosmetic dentistry can lead to more self-confidence and better interactions with others. To schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation, call Baig Dental or book online today.
- Teeth Whitening
- Implant Overdenture
- Oral surgery
- Emergency Dentist
- Sedation Dentistry
- Tooth Extraction
- Periodontal Disease
- Implant Dentures
Stained or discolored teeth can negatively affect your confidence and self-esteem. If you regularly cover your mouth whenever you laugh or smile, consider teeth whitening. At Baig Dental, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, offer BriteSmile® teeth whitening. To see which option will most benefit you, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Why do teeth change color?
Teeth change color for various reasons, including the natural aging process. As you get older, your tooth enamel breaks down and wears away. This reveals the inner portion of your teeth called dentin. Dentin is yellow, so the more visible it becomes, the more stained your teeth appear.
Other factors that cause teeth to develop stains or discoloration include:
- Tobacco use
- Poor oral hygiene
- Taking medication with tetracycline
- Eating foods like curry, tomato sauce, or dark berries
The beverages you drink can also stain your teeth. This is especially true if you regularly consume coffee, black tea, or colas.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that minimizes the appearance of stains and tooth discoloration. It’s quick, painless, and provides stunning results.
All teeth whitening treatments on the market, including BriteSmile, are FDA approved. That means they’ve undergone extensive testing and present little risk.
Who can benefit from teeth whitening?
Anyone who feels self-conscious about the color of their teeth can benefit from teeth whitening. That said, certain factors may prevent you from undergoing treatment.
Baig Dental recommends you wait to whiten your teeth if you’re pregnant or currently wearing braces.
What does teeth whitening involve?
At Baig Dental, the team conducts BriteSmile teeth whitening onsite as an outpatient procedure. Prior to treatment, the team conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and professionally cleans and polishes your teeth.
Afterward, they cover your tongue and gums with a protective shield and carefully apply the bleaching solution to the surface of your teeth. The solution sits for about 20 minutes.
The team then points a special light at your teeth, activating a bleaching reaction. The team repeats these steps three or four times until your smile is the desired shade of white.
Are the results of teeth whitening permanent?
The results of teeth whitening treatment aren’t permanent, but they typically last an average of six months.
To maintain your results, the team at Baig Dental recommends practicing good oral hygiene. Brush two times a day, floss regularly, and visit the office twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings.
If you want a whiter, brighter smile, request a teeth whitening consultation at Baig Dental. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
*Individual results may vary.
Some people find conventional dentures difficult to use as they aren’t always secure and often make eating and speaking tricky. With implant overdentures available at Baig Dental, you can use your dentures more easily because they snap onto 2-8 dental implants. Dr. Jaami digitally plans implants from start to finish. He places the implant himself and designs your crown in house. This saves you a trip to the specialist to get the implant placed, and makes it easier for him to place the crown on the implant when it’s time to restore. To schedule your implant overdenture consultation with implant dentists Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, call or book online today.
What is an implant overdenture?
Implant overdentures latch onto dental implants, but they’re not fixed and you can remove them at will. The team at Baig Dental creates your overdentures according to the shape of your jaw and the original appearance of your smile.
Unlike conventional removable dentures, implant overdentures have more stability thanks to their ability to secure onto dental implants. This makes them easier to use and you won’t have nearly as many dietary restrictions as you would otherwise.
During surgery, the team places several implants in your jaw (usually 2-8) with even spaces in between them. They allow some time for your jawbone to grow around the implants in a process called osseointegration. During this time, your bone fuses to the implants so they remain stable.
Am I a good candidate for an implant overdenture?
n order to decide whether or not you should consider implant overdentures to replace a full arch of teeth, the team at Baig Dental performs an in-depth evaluation during your initial consultation.
First, you must be missing most or all of the teeth in the arch. If you still have one or two left, the team might recommend extractions to remove them if implant overdentures are your best option for treatment.
Additionally, you must have enough healthy bone volume in your jaw to support the series of implants. To look at your jawbone up close, the team performs a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) 3D scan. If there’s enough substantial bone, they can proceed with the treatment.
Your dentist also considers other factors of your overall health and lifestyle while making this decision.
How should I care for my implant overdenture?
Cleaning and caring for an implant overdenture isn’t the same as maintaining your natural teeth or fixed implant-supported dentures. Some people find that being able to remove the device from your mouth makes cleaning a bit easier.
To maintain your implant overdentures and your oral health, you must:
- Remove the denture and soak it in a cleaner
- Inspect the clip attachments regularly to make sure they’re in place
- Use a specialized denture brush to scrub the underside
- Always rinse the denture before placing it back in your mouth
You should also continue to clean your gums with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste while the overdenture is out. The team at Baig Dental typically recommends regular replacements for the clip attachments to keep the denture at its full functioning capacity.
To find out more about implant overdentures and their maintenance, schedule a consultation by phone or online at Baig Dental today.
Oral surgery uses specialized tools and treatment techniques to address complex problems like cavities, impacted teeth, and infected tooth pulp. At Baig Dental, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, provide oral surgery to help patients achieve healthy smiles. Dr. Jaami uses Platelet Rich Fibrin whenever a bone graft is required in order to speed up the healing process and increase the success rates of all oral surgery procedures. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool or call the office today.
What is oral surgery?
Oral surgery is a dental specialty that treats problems affecting the teeth, gums, tongue, and jaws. Oral surgeons use special instruments to address potentially serious issues, including gum recession, bone loss, and missing teeth.
The oral surgeons at Baig Dental have extensive training. They completed four years of traditional dental school followed by 4-6 years of residency and internships. Their knowledge and expertise ensure limited pain, quick recoveries, and positive patient outcomes.
What are the types of oral surgery?
At Baig Dental, the team offers several types of oral surgery, including:
Root canal therapy
Root canal therapy is a type of oral surgery that treats infected or inflamed pulp. Pulp is a soft substance made up of connective tissue, nerve endings, and blood vessels. It’s found in the center of each tooth and allows for temperature sensations like hot and cold.
During a root canal, your dentist removes the pulp from the center of your tooth. Afterward, they fill it with gutta-percha and cap it with a crown. Ultimately, this process saves your tooth, preventing the need for an extraction.
If you develop a severe cavity or your wisdom teeth are impacted, the team might recommend an extraction. During an extraction, your dentist uses a tool called an elevator to loosen your tooth. They then remove it with a pair of forceps.
For impacted teeth, the team performs a surgical extraction. To do this, they make an incision along your gum line to expose the tooth. They split the tooth into several sections and remove each piece with forceps.
Placement of dental implants
If you’re missing some or all of your teeth but don’t want a bridge or dentures, consider dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that fuse with your jaw. They provide a sturdy foundation for dental restorations like crowns and implant-supported dentures.
The team at Baig Dental offers several types of dental implants, including same-day implant placement.
If you don’t have enough jawbone to support dental implants, you might benefit from a bone graft. During this type of oral surgery, your dentist places a piece of synthetic bone material into an incision in your jaw.
Over time, the synthetic material encourages the production of new bone cells and healthy tissue.
What is recovery like after oral surgery?
Following oral surgery, it’s normal to experience some swelling, soreness, and increased sensitivity. Take all medication as prescribed and stick to soft foods for at least the first 48 hours.
To limit discomfort, take over-the-counter pain medication or apply a bag of ice to your cheek. Attend all of your post-surgical appointments and closely adhere to the team’s recovery instructions.
To further explore the benefits of oral surgery, book a consultation at Baig Dental by phone or online today.
Dental emergencies often leave little time for you to get help and save your teeth. At Baig Dental, emergency dentists Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, reserve time during the day to address unforeseen dental emergencies. If you experience severe bleeding, pain, or the loss of a tooth, book an appointment with an emergency dentist by phone or online right away.
What is an emergency dentist?
An emergency dentist can address urgent oral health issues and injuries promptly and effectively. A dental emergency can happen at any time and is often time-sensitive. Getting to an emergency dentist in time could save your natural tooth.
The team at Baig Dental reserves time slots for dental emergencies so they’re always prepared to help.
They can help you find relief for severe pain or other symptoms of a dental emergency, and they work hard to give you the best possible outcome. Even if they’re unable to save your tooth, they find a long-term solution.
If you experience a dental emergency, call Baig Dental right away. If a partial or whole tooth falls out as a result of the emergency, you should keep the tooth either in your mouth or in a glass of milk for safekeeping until you can get to the office.
When should I see an emergency dentist?
An emergency dentist can address many injuries and diseases that need immediate and effective care. The emergency dentists at Baig Dental can help you handle:
- A knocked-out tooth
- A severely cracked or broken tooth
- Severe tooth or jaw pain
- Excessive gum bleeding from periodontal disease
- Soft tissue injuries in your mouth
- Objects stuck in your mouth
It’s usually easy to distinguish a dental emergency from something that can wait because it might involve severe bleeding, unbearable pain, or tooth loss or breakage.
Certain circumstances might seem like dental emergencies, but you can wait and book an appointment to address them. They include broken dental appliances like crowns or veneers, as well as lost fillings.
How can I prevent future dental emergencies?
Not every injury is predictable or preventable, and a dental emergency can still happen no matter how many precautions you take. You can reduce your chances of experiencing a dental emergency by:
- Brushing and flossing diligently
- Attending regular dental exams and cleanings
- Using a mouthguard for contact sports
- Avoiding biting down on solid objects like pencils or hard candies
- Avoiding using your teeth to rip or tear
Baig Dental can help you find other ways to protect your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth that are more specific to your lifestyle.
To learn more about emergency dentists and what they can do for you, call Baig Dental or schedule a visit online today.
About 36% of people experience dental anxiety. If you’re one of them, sedation dentistry can help you relax during treatments. At Baig Dental, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, offer several types of sedation dentistry, allowing for a comfortable, stress-free experience. To learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you relax while receiving oral health care. It’s sometimes called “sleep” dentistry, but that’s not entirely accurate. Unless you’re under general anesthesia, you’re still aware of your surroundings and can follow your dentist’s instructions.
Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?
Anyone who experiences dental anxiety or fear can benefit from sedation dentistry. It’s also worth considering if you:
- Have a low pain tolerance
- Can’t sit still for long periods
- Have sensitive teeth
- Have a bad gag reflex
The team at Baig Dental might also recommend sedation dentistry if you need to undergo several dental procedures at the same time.
What are the types of sedation dentistry?
Baig Dental offers several types of sedation dentistry, including:
Inhaled minimal sedation
Inhaled minimal sedation uses nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” to help you feel relaxed and at ease. You breathe the nitrous oxide through a mask that’s placed over your nose.
Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so you can drive home following your appointment unlike with the other forms of sedation dentistry.
Oral sedation uses prescription medication like Halcion, a sedative, to make you drowsy. You take the medication about an hour prior to your appointment. Once the sedation sets in, you feel groggy and relaxed.
It’s normal to fall asleep during oral sedation, but the team can easily wake you up with a nudge.
IV moderate sedation
IV moderate sedation delivers medication into your bloodstream through a needle into a vein. Because IV sedation bypasses your digestive tract, it works much more quickly than oral sedation.
The team adjusts the level of medication throughout treatment, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free appointment.
If you have extreme dental anxiety, the team might recommend deep sedation. Deep sedation causes you to lose consciousness and fall asleep.
Following treatment, you’re moved to an observation room until the anesthesia wears off.
What type of sedation dentistry will benefit me?
To determine the type of sedation dentistry that will most benefit you, the team at Baig Dental conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks a series of questions.
During your consultation, let the team know about any prescription medication, supplements, or vitamins you take. Certain drugs may interact with the anesthesia and increase your risk of side effects.
After gathering the necessary information, the team can make recommendations that align with your needs.
To further explore sedation dentistry, request a consultation at Baig Dental by phone or online today.
Sometimes a damaged or decayed tooth just can’t be saved and must be extracted. At Baig Dental, you can trust Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, to evaluate your teeth and perform any necessary tooth extractions in the safest, most pain-free way possible. Dr. Jaami uses Platelet Rich Fibrin whenever a bone graft is required in order to speed up the healing process and increase the success rates of all oral surgery procedures. If you need treatment for a loose, decayed, or broken tooth, call the office or book an appointment online today.
When does a tooth need to be extracted?
Your tooth may need to be removed from its socket if it’s been broken or damaged by decay. However, the team at Baig Dental makes every effort to save your tooth first with a filling, crown, or other treatment.
In some cases, the tooth must be extracted in order to prevent the development and spread of infection.
Specific cases that indicate extraction is necessary to include:
- Teeth that are crowded, prevent other teeth from coming in
- Deep infections caused by radiation therapy or cancer drugs
- Baby teeth that haven’t fallen out and are blocking the eruption of permanent teeth
- Wisdom teeth that are impacted or decayed
The team at Baig Dental can determine if a tooth extraction is necessary.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
During a tooth extraction, your provider at Baig Dental administers local anesthesia, and sometimes conscious sedation and nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to relax you during the procedure and numb the treatment area.
You’ll undergo one of two types of extraction:
Your provider uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth from its socket and forceps to extract it.
This procedure is more complex, requiring an incision in your gum line. You may need a surgical extraction if a tooth has broken off at the gum line or has not yet erupted.
During a tooth extraction, you may feel some pressure but no pain. If you have painful sensations or pinching, alert the doctor immediately.
How should I care for my mouth following a tooth extraction?
You may have some residual soreness following an extraction that can easily be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Soreness resolves more quickly following a simple extraction; you may have more pain after a surgical extraction, and the team at Sherman Oaks Dental Care may give you a prescription for pain medications.
After a complex, surgical extraction, the team provides you with complete aftercare instructions, including dietary recommendations.
If you have a decayed or damaged tooth, consult Baig Dental to determine whether extraction is the best course of treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Periodontal disease affects more than 47% of adults aged 30 and older. When left untreated, it increases the risk of gum recession and tooth loss. At Baig Dental, California, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, diagnose and treat periodontal disease to preserve patients’ smiles. Dr. Jaami uses Platelet Rich Fibrin whenever a bone graft is required in order to speed up the healing process and increase success rates of all oral surgery procedures. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool or call the office today.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease occurs due to an infection of your gum tissue. Though common, without early intervention and treatment it can destroy the alveolar bone that supports your teeth.
There are several types of gum disease, but the team at Baig Dental focuses on two in particular:
Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that occurs due to plaque buildup. Plaque is a thin film composed of bacteria, food particles, and saliva. As more plaque collects beneath your gum line, it causes them to become swollen, red, and irritated. When caught early, it’s possible to reverse and treat.
Periodontitis occurs if gingivitis is left untreated. Periodontitis is more serious and causes your gums to recede and pull away from your teeth. As your gums recede, pockets form, allowing harmful bacteria to collect. Over time, this can result in loose teeth and ultimately, tooth loss.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Loose teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Increased sensitivity
- Gums that bleed
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Bad breath
If you have periodontal disease, you might also notice that your gums no longer fit snugly around your teeth.
How is periodontal disease diagnosed?
The team at Baig Dental diagnoses periodontal disease by reviewing your dental health history and conducting a comprehensive oral exam.
During your exam, the team uses a small ruler to probe your teeth and check for inflammation. Normal, healthy gums have a depth of between 1-3 millimeters.
After probing your teeth, the team takes X-rays to assess the health of your tooth roots and alveolar bone. If Baig Dental determines that you’re at risk, they develop a custom treatment plan during the same appointment.
How is periodontal disease treated?
Treatment of periodontal disease depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, Baig Dental uses conservative, noninvasive measures.
Some of the most common treatments for periodontal disease include:
- Deep cleaning (scaling and root planing)
- Antibiotic therapy
- Antiseptic mouthwash
- Flap surgery
If you have a severe case of periodontal disease, the team might recommend a bone or soft-tissue graft.
Don’t wait to receive treatment for periodontal disease. Schedule an appointment at Baig Dental by phone or online today.
Implant dentures have a number of advantages over conventional dentures, the main one being the added stability of attaching to implants in your jaw. At Baig Dental, implant dentists Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, place four dental implants and attach your custom denture onto them. Dr. Jaami digitally plans implants from start to finish. He places the implant himself and designs your crown in house. This saves you a trip to the specialist to get the implant placed, and makes it easier for him to place the crown on the implant when it’s time to restore. To find out more about implant dentures and if you’re a candidate for them, call or book a consultation online today.
What are implant dentures?
Implant dentures are fixed onto dental implants in your upper or lower jawbone. They replace the full row of teeth and you can’t remove them at will. Their attachment to implants makes them a much more stable — and easier to use — alternative to conventional dentures.
While you’ll eventually adjust to conventional dentures that are held in place with suction and the muscles in your mouth, implant dentures allow you to replace many of your teeth without the need to relearn oral care.
Unlike implants that support crowns, implant dentures don’t need to use one implant per tooth. Instead, they typically rely on four evenly spaced implants that the team at Baig Dental surgically places in your jawbone using the latest implant surgery techniques.
When should I consider getting implant dentures?
There are several reasons why you might consider getting implant dentures. In order to be a candidate, you should be missing most or all of your teeth in either your upper arch, lower arch, or both.
If you still have one or two remaining healthy teeth, your dentist might recommend removing them to make way for implant dentures if it’s your best treatment option.
You might consider implant dentures your best option for treatment because of their many benefits:
- The prevention of bone loss in your jaw
- Easy cleaning and care
- No dietary restrictions
- No adhesives to keep the dentures in place
It’s important to first get a comprehensive dental exam at Baig Dental. The team views your jawbone using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) 3D imaging and can tell you whether you might need a bone graft before getting implant dentures or if you’re better off going with another option. They also use these scans to plan the surgery.
How should I care for my implant dentures?
Since your implant dentures are fixed, caring for them at home requires only small and simple adjustments to your regular oral care routine.
You can brush your dentures and gums as you would your natural teeth. This is important because prosthetic teeth, like natural teeth, can accumulate plaque and tartar.
You should also continue attending your twice-a-year dental examinations and cleanings. The team checks to make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth at home and can identify early signs of issues you might not have noticed.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for implant dentures, call Baig Dental or schedule a consultation online today.