Preventative and General Dental Care
Enjoying a lifetime of quality oral health means more than just having healthy teeth and gums. In recent years, a growing amount of research has discovered significant evidence linking our oral health with our overall health. Researchers have found that individuals that suffer from dental decay and disease have a higher risk of developing a range of chronic long-term health issues that include cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and cancer. While further study continues to examine what links our oral and overall health, this research clearly indicates the need to make our oral health a top priority.
Dental Exams, X-Rays, and Cleanings
Regular dental exams with the use of digital X-rays allow Dr. Zavari to gain a complete understanding of your current oral health. From there, Dr. Zavari can design a customized treatment plan that addresses your individual oral health needs. Regular exams also allow Dr. Zavari to spot any signs of dental decay or disease early on while still easily treatable. Allowing oral health issues to go untreated significantly increases the risk of further damage occurring and the need for more expensive treatments to correct the damage.
Dental cleanings allow our team of gentle dental hygienists the opportunity to remove plaque deposits from the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. When allowed to harden, plaque transforms into tartar, a yellowish substance that discolors the surface of your teeth. Tartar causes inflammation of gum tissue, which contributes to gums that bleed or become swollen, tender, or reddish. Allowing tartar to remain on your teeth greatly increases your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Tooth Color Fillings
If you require a dental filling, our team at Elite Dental Care can provide naturally colored tooth restorations. Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations that prevent tooth decay, strengthen weakened teeth, and look natural. Closely matching your natural teeth, composite fillings are made from highly durable materials designed to restore the form and function to your smile. Unlike amalgam - or metal - fillings, composite fillings blend seamlessly into your natural smile and contain no trace amounts of mercury.
Our goal at Elite Dental is to provide dental work that is indistinguishable from your existing natural smile, providing a smile that looks and feels healthy.
Dental crowns are essentially tooth-shaped “caps” that restores the appearance, shape, and strength of a tooth. They are constructed from materials such as high-grade porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain bonded to gold.
Fitting a crown requires two visits to our office. Initially, our doctors will get rid of any decay, shape the tooth as needed, and then fit the tooth with a temporary crown.
On the subsequent visit, our doctor will remove the temporary crown, replacing it with a permanent crown. Once adjusted, if necessary, the permanent crown will be cemented into place and you have a new, beautiful-looking tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a treatment designed to repair and save a badly infected or damaged tooth, and offers a potential alternative to extraction. The term "root canal" comes from the cleaning that occurs to the canals inside of the affected tooth's root. While the procedure carries the reputation as causing a lot of discomfort, advances in dentistry and local anesthetics now make root canal procedures nearly pain free. In fact, most patients experience far more discomfort living with a damaged tooth than they experience treating the underlying issue. Alternative treatments to a root canal include tooth extraction and the eventual replacement of the tooth with a dental bridge, implant, or partial denture.
Missing teeth can negatively impact your ability to eat, speak, and maintain quality oral health. Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge can be made using porcelain, gold, or a combination of these materials, and must be custom-made to fit your natural smile and bite. Fitting a dental bridge usually takes two appointments to complete.
During your first appointment, a member of our team will prepare the teeth on either side of the existing space before taking an impression that will be sent off to the lab. Between appointments, Dr. Zavari will provide a temporary bridge designed to protect your smile until your permanent bridge arrives from the lab. Once your custom-made bridge is ready, Dr. Zavari will place the bridge into position and provide tips on how to maintain your new oral appliance.
Practicing quality oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth functional and in good health. It's very important that the teeth bracketing your bridge stay healthy, as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Our teeth feature a lot of crevices that can be difficult to properly clean, especially for younger patients who lack the attention to detail and manual dexterity required to practice quality oral hygiene. To help lower the risk of tooth decay in kids, West Haven-Sylvan Dentist Dr. Bita Zavari offers the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants effectively "seal" away the hard-to-clean areas of a patient's teeth. Made from a hard plastic resin, dental sealants are easily brushed onto a patient's teeth during just one 10-minute session. Once in position, sealants act as an impenetrable barrier that prevents the development of tooth decay in the treated teeth. Sealants are incredibly effective, do not change the way a patient eats or talks, and can last for several years before a reapplication is required. If you want to know more about what dental sealants can do to protect the oral health of your child, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zavari today!
If you suffer from a tooth that has been damaged or broken as a result of dental decay, Dr. Zavari may try to repair the tooth with a filling, crown, or other treatment option. However, if too much damage has occurred to the structure of the tooth, it may not be repairable. In these cases, a tooth extraction is required.
Anxiolysis is a form of oral sedation using a light sedative, such as valium. It is not as strong as oral conscious sedation, so it is recommended for those with mild to moderate anxiety. You will remain conscious for the procedure, but any tension and anxiety will fade away. You will be able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure as well. What can be a nerve-racking experience for some is morphed into a relaxing experience.
After the procedure you will even be able to drive yourself home since anxiolysis uses a light sedative. If you have been fretting having dental work done, call us to learn about our anxiety free options for dentistry.
If the idea of going to the dentist for a procedure brings on feelings of fear or anxiety there are options to ease the anxiety. IV sedation is very safe and easy and is recommended for moderate to severe anxiety. Medication is given right into your blood stream and it works quickly and effectively. You will remain awake during your procedure, but you will be in a heightened state of relaxation. It is also possible that you will not remember part or all of your procedure afterwards.
IV sedation makes long or complex procedures seem shorter, allowing you to have all of your work done in a single visit in many cases. As an added precaution a local anesthetic will be given to the area that is being worked on to ensure that there is no pain. The benefit of IV sedation is that the level of medication can be adjusted during your procedure to ensure maximum comfort. Your heart rate and breathing are monitored very closely while you are being medicated because your safety is our number one concern.
Don't wait any longer to have necessary dental work performed because you are nervous. Ask your dentist about IV sedation to see if it is right for you.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If the idea of going to the dentist for a procedure brings on feelings of fear or anxiety there are options to ease the anxiety. Oral conscious sedation is as easy as taking an aspirin and you will feel relaxed and at ease. Oral conscious sedation does not "knock you out" like some other forms of anesthesia. You will remain awake during your procedure, but you will be in a heightened state of relaxation. It is also possible that you will not remember part, or all, of your procedure.
Oral conscious sedation is extremely safe and easy. It is much less expensive than other forms of sedation, and you will be able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure. It also makes long or complex procedures seem shorter, allowing you to have all of your work done in a single visit. As an added precaution a local anesthetic will be given to the area that is being worked on to ensure that there is no pain. You will need to have someone drive you to and from the office if you use oral conscious sedation for your safety.
Don't wait any longer to have necessary dental work performed because you are nervous. Ask your dentist about oral conscious sedation to see if it is right for you.
Cosmetic Dental Care
A straighter, healthier looking smile does more than just boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. Patients who suffer from crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth often suffer from higher rates of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. That's because crooked teeth that overlap are simply harder to clean when compared to a straighter smile.
If you've always wanted to get the smile of your dreams, Invisalign is the answer. Invisalign is a revolutionary tooth straightening system that offers all of the rewards of traditional metal braces without the unsightly wires and brackets that most people imagine when they think about orthodontics. Even more exciting, Invisalign treatments are typically shorter than traditional braces, which means a healthier smile in less time!
Invisalign uses custom-made plastic aligners that are designed to gradually shift your teeth into their desired position. Simply change out your aligner every few weeks until your treatment is complete. Invisalign treatment offers several advantages over traditional braces. Being able to remove your aligner during meals allows you to continue eating all of your favorite foods. Plus, brushing your teeth is just as convenient and easy as ever. Of course, the most exciting advantage to Invisalign treatment is that - due to the nearly invisible nature of the aligners - most people will never know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Zavari today, to see if Invisalign is a good fit for your oral health needs.
Just one look at the remarkable difference that a teeth-whitening treatment can make to the color and appearance of a smile, and it's easy to see why teeth whitening has become the most commonly performed cosmetic dental treatment in the U.S.
Teeth whitening is a safe and affordable treatment option for any patient who currently enjoys good oral health. Depending on your preference, Dr. Zavari can lighten your top or bottom teeth, or both.
We provide our patients with 1 hour In-Office teeth whitening or custom-made clear plastic trays that you fill with a special whitening agent designed to remove stains from the surface of your teeth. Once your teeth reach your preferred brightness, only occasional treatments are needed to maintain your beautiful new smile.
Dental Tooth Bonding
Dental tooth bonding uses a resin that is placed on teeth to lighten stains, close minor gaps, correct crooked teeth, or restore teeth impacted by decay. After a tooth has been prepared, Dr. Zavari will place a bonding resin on the desired position. The tooth is then contoured and colored to improve the appearance of your smile. As a final step, the bonded tooth is cured with a high-intensity light before the surface of the tooth is polished.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells made from ceramic that bond directly to the front of your teeth. Veneers work to correct the appearance of uneven, chipped, stained, or crooked teeth. These ultra-thin veneers are nearly unnoticeable and highly resistant to stains from substances like tea, coffee, or tobacco.
In most cases, it takes three visits to our Beaverton dental office to complete the placement of dental veneers. During your first appointment, Dr. Zavari will take an impression of your teeth to use in the creation of your custom-made veneers. The second appointment will involve Dr. Zavari preparing your teeth for the final placement of the veneers. Finally, your veneers will be polished and placed into their permanent position during your last appointment.
Dental implants are permanent fixtures made of titanium that replace the roots of a tooth. Implants are surgically placed into your jaw bone to act as an anchor for the placement of a crown or denture.
Dental implants offer a number of advantages, including increased stability and functionality. Dental implants tend to look and feel better than traditional dentures or dental bridges, while also providing the same bite force as fixed bridges. Best of all, implants can last a lifetime if properly maintained.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed, the gums are sutured.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time, you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed, it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant, it will feel just like one of your own teeth.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Over 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes a variety of long-term health consequences when left untreated that include:
- Daytime fatigue
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Chronic depression
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat collapse during rest. This causes a narrowing in the airway and a loss of oxygen to the brain. To restore airflow, the brain jolts the body out of sleep so that the throat muscles tighten and breathing returns to normal. This occurs so quickly that most people who suffer from sleep apnea never remember waking, nor do they know they have a problem. Unfortunately, this cycle of your airway collapsing, waking, and falling back to sleep can occur dozens of times each hour throughout the night. These frequent disruptions to your nightly sleep pattern prevent you from receiving the necessary amount of REM sleep your body needs to feel fully rested the next day.
If you or a bed partner snore, frequently feel tired no matter how much sleep you get the night before, or generally wake up feeling groggy, you might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. At Elite Dental Care, Dr. Zavari can help diagnose whether you suffer from sleep apnea and help determine a treatment best suited for your individual needs. Don't settle for a poor night's sleep. Get the rest you deserve by scheduling a sleep apnea consultation today.