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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could correct a few tooth-related issues? Cosmetic dentistry services offered in Sherman Oaks, CA, by Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group can help you makeover your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry services and treatments improve the function and appearance of your smile. If you've lost a tooth, want to change the appearance of a few teeth, or need to strengthen or restore a damaged tooth, one of these choices may be right for you:

Dental Implants: Restoring missing teeth with dental implants offers a long-term tooth loss solution. Small titanium posts implanted in your jawbone bond to the bone, becoming a permanent part of your jaw. The posts act as roots for your new teeth and are topped with dental crowns to complete the restoration of your missing teeth.

Bonding: If you have chipped or cracked teeth your dentist may recommend this treatment. Using a dental bonding material, your dentist will fill and reshape your damaged teeth. 

Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is an excellent option if your teeth have become dull and stained. Whitening can lighten teeth by three to eight shades and lasts for several years.

Veneers: Veneers offer a simple, yet ingenious, way to conceal tooth imperfections. Thin tooth-shaped shells cemented to the fronts of your teeth hide chips, cracks, discolorations, uneven surfaces, and other flaws. Veneers can also change the shape of teeth, add length to short teeth, close gaps, or whiten all of your teeth.

Renew your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Sherman Oaks, CA! Call Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group at (818) 905-5400 to schedule your appointment.

By SC Dental Group
September 13, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you ready to replace a missing tooth? Dental implants offered by your Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group, provide many benefits for your smile.

What are dental implants?

Thanks to dental implants, it's now possible to replace your entire missing tooth, not just the crown (top). The process starts when your dentist places titanium posts in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. These posts, commonly called implants, begin to osseointegrate, or bond, to your jawbone. Once the posts are firmly attached to the bone, they'll serve as sturdy roots for your new teeth. Dental crowns, synthetic restorations that replace the tops of your missing teeth, are connected to the implants, completing the restoration of your missing teeth.

What advantages do dental implants provide?

Restoring both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth with dental implants offer these benefits for Sherman Oaks, CA, area residents:

  • Natural Appearance: Your crowns are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new teeth look perfectly natural.
  • Excellent Biting Power: Your biting power can suffer if you choose a restoration method that only replaces your crowns. Adding strong roots gives your new teeth the ability to bite, grind, tear and chew a variety of foods with ease.
  • No Slipping: You won't have to worry about irritation caused by a slipping restoration when you opt for dental implants. Your new teeth won't wobble, slip or slide even if you chew hard or tough foods.
  • A Strong Jawbone: Your tooth roots press on your jawbone, which helps it stay strong. Unfortunately, stimulation decreases when you lose teeth, which can cause the bone to weaken and shrink. Eventually, you may lose teeth or notice sagging in the lower part of your face due to this issue. Adding dental implants prevents changes to your jawbone. Your implants provide constant stimulation that helps the bone stay strong.
  • Ease of Care: Caring for your new teeth is quick and simple. In fact, you'll treat them just like your natural teeth. You'll need to brush and floss every day to remove plaque. Flossing around the base of your implants is particularly important and can help you avoid an infection that could loosen them.

Replace your missing teeth with dental implants! Call your dentists in Sherman Oaks, CA, Dr. Michael Amir, and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group, at (818) 905-5400 to schedule your appointment.

By SC Dental Group
August 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

You have heard of dental implants, but are you convinced they could help your smile? At SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer offer dental implants as the premier tooth replacement choice. While nothing looks, feels, and acts as a natural tooth does, dental implants come really close to the real thing.

The specifics on dental implants

The dental implant resembles a threaded metal screw. Made of titanium, this device goes right into your jaw bone at the extraction site. Over time, the jawbone wraps around the implant through osseointegration, thereby strengthening the supporting bone.

This feature is specific to dental implants and not conventional partials or bridgework. Once healed, the implant accepts a post and porcelain crown.

Also, if you have lost a number of teeth, your dentist can place multiple devices in your jaw to support bridgework or full dentures. As such, you get back much of the chewing power, youthful facial contours and self-confidence you had with a full complement of natural teeth.

If you're interested, see your friends at SC Dental Group for an in-depth exam and implant consultation. If all is well, you'll understand the details of your implant procedure before it begins.

After placement, your jaw and incision sites will heal. Osseointegration will happen, and when you return to the office, the dentist will attach the extension post and crown or larger appliance as your care plan outlines.

That's it. You're free to enjoy your beautiful new teeth. At home, brush twice daily, floss every day and if possible, stop smoking to keep your implant sites healthy and strong. Avoid hard foods and clenching your teeth, and frankly, you should have your implants for decades, maintains the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA).

Five reasons to consider dental implants

To sum up, you should think carefully about dental implants because:

  1. They restore your oral function, jaw bone, gum tissue and facial features to their pre-extraction size, shape and youthfulness.
  2. Dental implants have an unlimited lifespan and rarely fail or require replacing.
  3. You care for them just as you do natural teeth--no soaking, no adhesives.
  4. Most healthy people qualify for them. You need a strong jaw bone, but if it's thin, your dentist can build it up with grafting materials.
  5. Implants work because of osseointegration, the bonding process between the implant and bone. It makes an implant device a true tooth root.

Find out more

At SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, we want you to have a wonderful smile that lasts. Contact Dr. Amir or Dr. Hamer for a detailed discussion on dental implants and your oral health needs: (818) 905-5400.

By SC Dental Group
December 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

If you’ve ever been faced with a situation where you feel pressured to attend an important event, take pictures, or have an up-close conversation with someone, you know how important it is to have a full set of teeth. After all, just one missing tooth can change the entire look of your face and drain your self-confidence. If you are looking to restore your smile after tooth loss, consider receiving dental implants from your dentists, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks and Encino, CA.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants stay rooted by becoming entrenched in the naturally occurring bone tissue in your jaw. In order to be a candidate for dental implants, that bone tissue must be healthy and also be able to regenerate over a period of time. You must also be committed to taking thorough care of your teeth and gums during and after the treatment period. That includes daily brushing, flossing, and regular follow-ups with your Sherman Oaks and Encino, CA, dentists.

How Implants Restore Your Smile
A dental implant provides a new, strong tooth root that can support a dental crown. The crown is crafted by a technician to look just like the rest of your teeth in terms of color, size, and shape. The implant helps keep your bone tissue healthy while the crown fills the space between your teeth and provides support for your smile. With implants, you no longer have to worry about your teeth shifting or the gum tissue becoming infected due to exposure to food and other particles.

Long-Lasting Results with Dental Implants
After a while, you’ll likely forget that you even have a dental implant installed—it will simply become integrated with the rest of your smile. In fact, this implant can stay in place for decades without needing replacement, as long as you protect your smile from gum disease, injury, or bruxism (clenching or grinding tightly). Regular biannual dental visits will help to ensure you maintain good oral hygiene, as well.

Come in for a Dental Exam
You never know just how simple it could be to restore your smile after tooth loss until you visit a dentist at SC Dental Group. Call the office today at (818) 905-5400 to schedule a visit with Dr. Michael Amir or Dr. Larry Hamer. We are proud to serve the residents of both Sherman Oaks and Encino, CA!

By SC Dental Group
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Nothing acts or looks quite like a real tooth. However, a dental implant comes so close that patients say they cannot differentiate between their real teeth and their implants. Sounds exciting, doesn't it? if you're missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be the replacement option for you. Read below to learn more about this treatment, and if you are interested in undergoing it, contact your dentists at SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA and serving Encino, Dr. Michael Amir, and Dr. Larry Hamer.

The anatomy of a dental implant

A dental implant has three basic parts: a titanium screw or cylinder which is surgically placed into the jaw, a metal extension post, and a porcelain crown. Because the implant resides in the jaw and functions as a tooth root, it actually improves the integrity of the bone and preserves the surrounding gum tissue. Multiple implants support multi-tooth bridges or full dentures, too.

Who can receive dental implants?

Your Encino dentist will tell you if you qualify. Dr. Amir or Dr. Hamer will examine your teeth and gums and visualize your bone structure with digital X-rays and other kinds of imaging. If you have enough bone in your jaw and are in good systemic health, you can receive dental implants. If the bone is weak, there are augmentation treatments which can strengthen it beforehand.

The treatment itself is simple. The dentist inserts the implant device right into the bone during a brief in-office surgery. He closes the site and allows it to heal before completing the new tooth with the post and custom-made crown.

The key to dental implant success

Osseointegration drives the whole implant process. What is osseointegration? It's the bond which forms between the jaw bone and the titanium metal device. In response to implant placement, the bone actually grows right around the screw.

While this takes many weeks to accomplish, it practically guarantees implant success, retention, and longevity. In fact, because of osseointegration, the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness states that about 95 percent of dental implants remain healthy and in place for many decades.

Also important to implant success is sufficient healing time and clean implant sites. In other words, osseointegration cannot be rushed. Your Encino dentist will tell you when your implant is ready to bear the substantial forces of biting and chewing. Regarding oral hygiene, diligent twice daily brushing and once daily flossing will remove the harmful plaque and its bacteria. Semi-annual cleanings and examinations at SC Dental Group will also verify all is well with your new artificial tooth.

Find out more

If you are missing one or more teeth, you owe it to yourself to explore dental implants. Dr. Amir or Dr. Hamer can use these amazing devices to anchor dentures or bridgework so people with extensive tooth loss can possess attractive and functional smiles once again. Contact SC Dental for your personal consultation: (818) 905-5400.