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Expert Insights from Dr. Rifkin and Dr. Raanan

As two of the top cosmetic dentists in Beverly Hills, Dr. Raanan and Dr. Rifkin are passionate about debunking dental myths and educating others.

Here at Rifkin & Raanan, we believe that we can make a profound impact on the lives of our patients by empowering them with knowledge and insights that they don’t normally get from their dentists. As Dr. Raanan likes to say, “I believe it is very important to take my time with each patient to discuss their concerns and educate them about their teeth.” Here you will find his expert insights on cosmetic dentistry and dental health. Make sure to check back regularly to stay up to date with Dr. Raanan’s latest writings.


WHY TOOTH REPLACEMENT IS IMPORTANT

When a person has lost one or more teeth they may consider one of a few different tooth replacement options. These may be surgical or temporary and removable. There is no black and white rule about the type of tooth replacement which is better, but dentists will usually try and replace teeth using surgical implants where possible. [...]

Fixing Gapped Teeth

Treatments for gaps between the teeth include the following: Teeth Effect Bands: Teeth Effect Bands wrap around the two teeth that have a gap between them. The band is stretched out when placed on the teeth. It works like a rubber band. The band wants to be in its natural state of being. It doesn’t want to be stretched out. So it pulls the teeth toward one another. Advantages: Teeth Effects are affordable, they are [...]

Causes of Gapped Teeth

The fraenum or fraenulum that attaches the top lip to the upper portion of the gum is called the maxillary labial fraenum. An abnormally low maxillary labial fraenum is the most common cause of gapped front teeth in the upper jaw. This gap is called maxillary diastema. The abnormal fraenum is attached so low on the gum-line that it props apart the two front teeth. It is important to close your gap because a tooth [...]

Cause and Treatment of Yellow Teeth

It’s normal for people to want to look good at all times, but yellow teeth can ruin your look and smile. Discolored teeth can make people dislike you and even cause low self-esteem. People lose their confidence and become hesitant to flash a smile. Even if they do, they try to hide their teeth. [...]

Causes, Symptoms and Cure for Tooth Ache

Toothaches, also known as odontalgia, are usually caused by problems with the teeth or jaw, such as cavities, cracked teeth, a bare tooth root, gum disease, disease of the jaw, or muscle spasms.[...]

Causes of tooth sensitivity

Sensitive tooth is usually very painful and terrible. It can stop you from concentrating and even ruin your whole day with severe pains. Breathing and even touching it can bring a lot of pain. So what are the causes of sensitive teeth? Basically, when your dentist is exposed, it will lead to discomfort or pain. Dentin is the soft layer of your teeth that sits under your enamel. Receding gums can cause your dentin to [...]

Reasons tooth picking is bad for your dental health

Many people pick their teeth to dislodge food stuck in between them after eating. Some people use them as a habit after every meal. Meanwhile, most of them are oblivious of the danger involved in tooth picking.[...]

Solutions to teeth whitening pains

Some people usually experience pain after teeth whitening, bleaching and some even experience discomfort after teeth treatments. Meanwhile, it is important for you to know the solutions to all these pains that may arise from teeth whitening. Before you can avoid something, especially pains, you need to have a clear understanding of the pain itself. Some people usually don’t experience tooth sensitivity which may be as a result of the tooth’s exposure to cold liquids, [...]

Vital benefits of dental crowns

A dental crown is a custom-made covering for an entire tooth. The crown covers the chewing surface of the tooth up to the gum line. The crowns can be used either for cosmetic or medical purposes. Many people know about the dental crowns. However, they have never thought of using them. They lack the insight of how the crown can enhance the appearance and functionality of their teeth. Listed below are the advantages of using [...]

Types of Dental Crowns

The dentist usually plays a major role in maintaining good oral health for their patients. Apart from regular teeth cleaning, bonding and cavity filling procedures, they offer other complex procedures. That includes the root canal, wisdom tooth extractions, and dental crowns. The dental crowns are made in many forms. They offer a good alternative for people with missing or weak teeth. The following are the functions the crowns serve [...]

Do's And Don'ts Of Mouthwash

Mouthwash can be beneficial to your dental hygiene, but only when used properly. In this entry Rifkin Raanan will give some do's and don'ts on using mouthwash.[...]

How to Prepare your Teeth for the Holiday Season

Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and other holidays are always accompanied with a lot of eating. Are your teeth ready? The dentists at Rifkin Raanan give some recommendations about preventive procedures to consider during the holiday seasons.[...]

Is a Wisdom Tooth Useful or Useless

As extracted from Wikipedia: “A wisdom tooth, in humans, is any of the usual four third molars. Wisdom teeth generally appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Most adults have four wisdom teeth, but it is possible to have fewer or more, in which case the extras are called supernumerary teeth. Wisdom teeth commonly affect other teeth as they develop, becoming impacted or “coming in sideways.” They are often extracted when this occurs. [...]

Effects of Teeth Grinding

Grinding of teeth is more common whenever we are stressed or frustrated. This habit known as Bruxism might not pose a big problem now, but may be as we grow older. According to Dr. Rodney Raanan, “A lot of patients don’t know they grind their teeth because it happens when they are asleep.” How To Discover If You Grind As stated by the famous dentist in Beverly Hills, Dr. Raanan, grinding happens most of the [...]

Replacing Missing Teeth

During childhood, having a missing tooth is normal because it is expected since the milk teeth need to be replaced. But what about now having missing teeth when you are grown — many adults walk around with missing teeth. Permanent teeth, which replace our milk teeth are meant to last forever. Lack of care or accident may make us lose one or more of these teeth and we might be like, that is all [...]

Smoking Leads to Dental Health Complications

It does not inconvenient only you, but also people around you. Nobody likes talking to you when you have a bad breath. Teeth Discoloration Smoking discolor your teeth, and your white shinning smile will be gone. Alas! It increases plaque and tartar buildup. They be seen on your lower front teeth. Delayed Healing Process Smoking reduces the healing rate of wounds developed after extraction, periodontal treatment and oral surgery [...]

Can Carbonated Drink Benefit Your Dental Health?

Carbonated drink, which you may call soda or pop can cause serious oral health issues. The best dentist in Beverly Hills, Dr. Rodney Raanan said he has seen many patients with erosive of the tooth protective layers called enamel. This drink also contains acid which erodes enamel and when enamel is eroded, it does not grow back, leaving the teeth exposed — this is the major source of tooth decay. In population sampling, teenagers drink [...]

Beverly Hills Dental Emergencies Increase in Warmer Weather

In Beverly Hills, it is required to pay more attention to your health in warm weather. As you are planning your summer trip, observing your health too may save you from dental emergency. The famous dentist in Beverly Hills, Dr. Rodney Raanan, is ready to help you with essential recommendations to protect your smile in the summer. In instances where emergency may be unavoidable, it is necessary to know what to do. Dr. Raanan has [...]

Why Bleaching Might be Dangerous

It is possible for teeth bleaching products to harm your teeth, that is why an experienced dentist in Beverly Hills, Dr. Rodney Raanan said, there is a wrong way and right ways to bleach your teeth. Contact Dr. Rodney Raanan to choose the right ways to bleach your teeth If your agitation to get your teeth bleached is extreme, you might be suffering from what dental professionals called bleachorexia — a term coined to describe [...]

What Do Dental Crowns Do?

Dental crowns are an efficient way to revitalize and restore damaged teeth. Crowns are used to repair the structure of damaged teeth. A crown, or a cap, is an empty porcelain tooth that is placed over your natural tooth to mask decay or damage. The end result looks and functions like your natural tooth. In some cases, crowns can be a more cost-efficient alternative to dental implants. If you’re considering dental crowns in Beverly Hills, it is [...]

5 Fun Things to do in Beverly Hills this February

February is a magical month in Beverly Hills. Whether you have someone special to spend Valentine’s day with or are braving the month alone, there are plenty of exciting activities and events for you to partake in throughout Beverly Hills this month. With the help of Love Beverly Hills, we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do in Beverly Hills this February. Candy and Kisses Image courtesy of Sugarfina. Sweet shop, Sugarfina, is hosting [...]

Reduce Wrinkles with Cosmetic Dentistry

In the wonderful world of Beverly Hills, aging is more of a choice than an inevitability. With countless cosmetic procedures available within the area, guessing someone’s age can be a rather difficult task. While injections like Botox or Juvederm have been the popular choice for improving the look of your skin, there are other options. Rather than receiving routine injections, you can solve the root of your wrinkles with cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry can make [...]

Implant Dentistry: Endosteal Vs Subperiosteal Implants

Dental implants are an effective way of restoring function and form to your smile. Missing or severely damaged teeth are replaced through implant dentistry with the placement of an artificial root and tooth. This method is effective as the artificial root provides a strong foundation for the composite tooth. When considering dental implants in the Beverly Hills area, there are two options for your consideration: endosteal or subperiosteal. Endosteal Implants Endosteal, or root form implants, [...]

The Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water

Our bodies, and mouths, function best when we maintain balanced pH levels. If you’re unfamiliar with the definition of alkaline, it’s essentially the opposite of acidic. Substances that are alkaline have higher pH levels than things that are acidic. The idea that alkaline water may be beneficial for overall health has gained much traction over the past decade. Like most health claims, this has even extended into the world of oral health. So can your teeth [...]

5 Favorite Places to Shop Around Beverly Hills

From the upscale shops of Rodeo Drive to trendy stores on Fairfax, the LA area has a lot of great places for shopping. With a little help from Yelp, we’ve narrowed down the five favorite places for shopping in and around Beverly Hills. Two Rodeo Drive No shopping experience is complete without a stroll down Rodeo Drive. Of all the luxurious shops to spend at, the Two Rodeo Drive complex is one of our favorites. [...]

Dental Concerns And Care For Seniors

Ageing gracefully is an arduous task. In Beverly Hills, there are an abundance of cosmetic options for preserving youth, however, many seniors often neglect to care for their mouths. As we age our need for dental care increases, and it is important for seniors to maintain a healthy mouth. Dental Concerns for Seniors: Yellow Teeth: With age, our enamel wears down and stains build up, causing our teeth to inevitably yellow. Teeth whitening or porcelain veneers can [...]

Alternative Brushing Methods From Around The World

Everyone knows the importance of brushing your teeth. It is essential to maintaining good oral health and hygiene and helps to prevent tooth decay. In America, we are lucky to have easy access to toothbrushes and toothpaste, however, many cultures who don’t have found alternative methods. A significant portion of these alternative brushing methods have been around for centuries and are just as effective as the utensils you have at home. The Miswak Stick We’ve already [...]

5 Reasons You'll Love Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry and twilight anesthesia are quite common in cosmetic dentistry. It assists in easing the anxiety some patients experience when undergoing dental work. There are many options for sedation that range in levels of sedation. These include anesthesia, laughing gas, and pill-form sedation. While it’s widely understood that sedatives help reduce dentophobia, there are some other reasons why you may love sedation dentistry. Our five favorite reasons for choosing sedation dentistry are: Face Your Fears [...]

Are You Considering An Education in Cosmetic Dentistry?

Becoming a cosmetic dentist is very rewarding. You are able to bring beautiful smiles to the faces of your clients while improving their oral health. This kind of work isn’t easy and requires an extensive education. The path to becoming a cosmetic dentist begins with the completion of some sort of post-secondary education. Most dentists start with a bachelor degree. You must then attend dental school where you will earn either a Doctor of Dental [...]

Technological Advancements in Cosmetic Dentistry

The industry of aesthetic dentistry is constantly evolving to provide its patients with state of the art dental care. At Rifkin & Raanan, we use only the most advanced and state-of-the-art technology to get your smile looking its best. This article will cover the advanced methods and machinery we use to ensure you feel comfortable and beautiful. Cone Beam CT: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a dental imaging method that uses many x-ray produced cross [...]

What To Do When Teeth Whitening Doesn't Work For You

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in Beverly Hills. Bleaching offers an effective solution for yellowed teeth, however, there are some instances where it doesn’t work. Teeth whitening may not be right for you if you have severe stains or damaged teeth. Not to worry, there are alternatives to give you the bright smile you deserve! Porcelain veneers are a foolproof way for getting a whiter, more beautiful smile that lasts. Why [...]

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry in Beverly Hills, you can never have too much information. It is important to ask your dentist the right questions before committing to any aesthetic dental procedure. No question is a silly question, however, we’ve compiled a list of the top five questions you should be asking when you visit a cosmetic dentist. Five Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist 1. “How can I improve my oral health?” The best [...]

How Electronic Cigarettes Can Damage Your Oral Health

Quitting smoking is a very difficult task. One of the most popular methods of “quitting” is through the use of an electronic cigarette. This alternative to smoking claims to be healthier than cigarettes, and smokers everywhere have jumped on the bandwagon. While e-cigarettes help eliminate some of the undesirable effects of smoking (like the unpleasant smell and yellowed teeth), they can have severe implications on your overall oral health. The Effects of Nicotine on Your Oral [...]

Alternative Uses For Your Old Electronic Toothbrush

Investing in an electronic toothbrush is a very smart idea that greatly benefits your oral health. Electric toothbrushes are proven to give your teeth and gums a far better scrub than their manual alternatives. Hard to clean areas are clean in a jiffy thanks to their rotating heads. The built-in timer ensures that you are brushing for the correct amount of time. Not only is an electronic toothbrush a great way to prevent gingivitis, it can [...]

A Glossary of Cosmetic Dental Terms

Dental terms can get a little confusing. We’ve comprised a glossary of terms for you to review before visiting your cosmetic dentist for dental work (or to reference in case you have no clue what he’s talking about). Popular Terms Used by Cosmetic Dentists Amalgam: a silver or mercury based alloy (blend of metals) predominantly used to fill cavities in your teeth. Bleaching: the process of whitening your teeth for aesthetic purposes using peroxide. Cariogenic: used [...]

Alternative Brushing Methods: Miswak Stick

It may seem strange but not everyone uses a toothbrush to brush their teeth. In fact, in the grand scheme of things, the toothbrush is a modern innovation in oral hygiene. With a recent resurgence of ancient customs in oral care (like oil pulling) we thought it’d be interesting to explore the phenomenon behind the Miswak stick. Mis-what Stick? The Miswak stick is a natural twig found on the Salvadora Persica tree. It is predominantly [...]

5 Reasons Why Cosmetic Dentistry is Worthwhile

While the words “cosmetic” and “aesthetic” may have connotations that are synonymous with vanity, the art of cosmetic dentistry extends far further than the look of your smile. Unlike most cosmetic procedures, cosmetic dentistry enhances more than just your appearance, it also enhances your quality of life. Cosmetic dentists in the Beverly Hills area are masters of restoring function and form to your teeth as well as beauty. Here are five reasons why you should [...]

How Dental X-Rays Can Prevent A Stroke

We’ve already explored how good health starts with your mouth, however, routine dental screenings have also been able to catch early signs of medical issues. Research published the Journal of the American Dental Association claims that dental x-rays can actually aid in preventing a stroke. Dental x-rays provide a view of the arteries in your neck and allow dentists to spot blockages that may lead to a stroke. Wide-Angle Radiography Many cosmetic dentists utilize wide-angle (or panoramic) x-ray technology [...]

The Top 5 Hotels in Beverly Hills

It’s quite obvious why Beverly Hills is home to some of the most reputable hotels in the USA. With the certainty of an A-list clientele, the area offers the very best in luxury accommodations. Whether you’re traveling to Beverly Hills for work, pleasure, or are a resident simply looking for a weekend getaway, we’ve compiled a list of the top five hotels in the area with help from Expedia. 1) The Beverly Hills Hotel You [...]

Should You Use Invisalign or Porcelain Veneers?

Whether you’ve had braces yourself or watched friends endure the lengthy process, you’re probably familiar with orthodontics. You’re more than likely familiar with train track braces, various colored elastic bands, retainers, and even dreaded headgear. If your teeth need straightening, you may be hesitant to commit to orthodontic hardware in your adult years. Luckily, there are several options available that efficiently correct misalignment without the overly complicated gear. Advancements in cosmetic dentistry have allowed for [...]

5 Tips for Good Dental Hygiene for Seniors

As we age, the importance of a meticulous oral hygiene routine significantly increases. Seniors are at a higher risk of developing severe dental issues and can have higher plaque buildup than younger people. After years of maintaining a dental hygiene routine, it is crucial for seniors to not forget to continue to care for their teeth. If you’re above the age of 55, here are some tips for good oral hygiene. Oral Hygiene Tips for [...]

5 Quick Tips For Oral Health

A squeaky-clean mouth is a foundation for good overall health. We all know the basic practices for good oral health, in case you’ve forgotten, the keys to a healthy mouth include: Brushing twice a day Flossing once a day Visiting your dentist twice a year for dental cleanings In addition to these routine practices, we’ve compiled a list of some quick and important tips to keep your oral health in good shape. Five Quick Tips [...]

The Top 10 Places to Dine in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is undoubtedly California’s best spot for all things lavish and lovely. With a wide range of luxurious and delicious restaurants, it can be a little difficult to decide where to book your dinner plans for the evening. It’s time to rid yourself of reservation and book your reservations because we’ve compiled a list of the top ten restaurants in Beverly Hills for you. The Top Ten Restaurants in Beverly Hills Image courtesy of The [...]

Teeth Bleaching VS UV Whitening Treatments

Whitening your teeth is one of the most effective and non-invasive ways of improving your smile. It is the cosmetic dental procedure with the least amount of risk and has seen a significant influx in popularity over the last decade. People favor professional whitening, such as teeth bleaching and laser whitening, to at over the counter whitening options as it is less abrasive. Professional whitening ensures no damage is done to your enamel while removing [...]

The Most Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is home to some of the most notable people in Hollywood, and it’s easy to see why there’s a need for cosmetic procedures in the area. The field of cosmetic dentistry has seen a significant surge in the past decade and is favored by some of the most recognizable faces in the Beverly Hills area. A good cosmetic dentist cares about your overall oral health while forming customized solutions for your aesthetic issues. While [...]

Fixing Broken Teeth in Beverly Hills

There’s never a convenient time for broken or chipped teeth. Breaking a tooth always comes as a surprise and you’ll want an immediate fix for the situation. It is important to consider which method of tooth repair is right for you. There are several methods of restoring broken teeth based on different needs. Methods of Tooth Restoration: Porcelain Crowns: Crowns can completely restore tooth structure in cases of significant damage. They may be a suitable [...]

5 Reasons You'll Love Your New Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is one of the most popular beautification industries because it can improve your overall appearance while restoring form and function to your smile. If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry in Beverly Hills, consider visiting top aesthetic dentist Dr. Rodney Raanan. Our patients always leave with bright and beautiful smiles that they are proud to wear. Here are five reasons you’ll love your new smile from Dr. Rodney Raanan, DDS, MMSc: 1) Get Your Confidence Back [...]

Divine Proportion For a Divine Smile

If you’ve ever read the Da Vinci Code or watched its film adaptation, you might have an understanding of what the golden ratio is. This blend of mathematical and artistic proportion is said to quantifiably measure true beauty. It should come as no surprise that the art of cosmetic dentistry also relies heavily on this golden rule. Beverly Hills dentists consider the divine ratio while observing the distance between your pupils in relation to your [...]

Porcelain Veneers For Lucious Lips

One of the most coveted forms of beautification in Beverly Hills is increasing the fullness of your lips. With a rise in popularity of fillers and injections, it seems as though everyone has a set of luscious lips. These seemingly simple cosmetic procedures can have severe side effects such as infection, tissue loss, and ulceration. Cosmetic dentistry offers a solution for thin lips that is more permanent and natural-looking than uncomfortable injections. Porcelain veneers offer more [...]

Good Health Starts With Your Mouth

The state of your mouth can be a good indication of your overall health. Oral issues, such as infections, can travel to your organs through your bloodstream, and also affect your immune system. Avoiding the dentist can not only lead to oral health issues, it can also cause some serious health issues. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, and maintaining proper hygiene is of utmost importance to maintaining full health. [...]

Bruxism: The Effects And Causes of Tooth Grinding

We all have some sort of destructive nervous habit, whether you’re a fidgeter or a nail-biter, these habits all have some sort of negative impact on your life. Bruxism is a habit that can be detrimental to your oral health as well as the appearance of your smile. If you have an issue with grinding your teeth, there are several ways to leave the grind behind. What is Bruxism? In order to cure yourself of [...]

Why Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

Sensitive teeth can prevent you from indulging in countless treats that may be too hot or too cold. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, tooth sensitivity affects around 40 million people in the United States. If you suffer from this condition, it is important to understand its causes and learn how to prevent it. Why are my teeth sensitive? Tooth sensitivity stems from a loss of enamel and an exposing of a tooth’s dentin. [...]

What is Twilight Anesthesia

What is Twilight Anesthesia? Twilight anesthesia is a form of mild sedation in which the patient remains conscious for the length of their procedure. Many dentists use twilight anesthesia to calm patients who exhibit signs of dentophobia while undergoing dental work. While similar to medical anesthetics, anesthesia used in dental offices requires a much lower dose of medication. This lower dosage allows for the patient to enter a dreamlike state rather than submerge into complete unconsciousness. How Will [...]

To Brew or Not to Brew: The Oral Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Coffee consumption is synonymous with stained teeth, because of this your dentist may suggest you avoid drinking coffee for a brighter smile. While coffee can have a negative impact on the whiteness of your teeth, research has shown that coffee may actually be beneficial to your overall oral health. Studies in dental medicine at Boston University have proven that regular coffee intake can prevent and reverse gum disease. The Facts Coffee is known to contain both [...]

Home Remedies For a Toothache

The relentless and dull pain of a toothache can really alter your mood and ruin your day. Luckily, there are various simple solutions for toothaches that you can prepare from the comfort of your own home. Ice it One of the most common remedies for any type of pain is ice. The cooling properties of ice provide instant relief from a toothache. Simply place an ice cube in a plastic bag, wrap the bag with any [...]

How To Help Your Children Overcome Their Fear of The Dentist

Routine cleanings and prevention are crucial during the earliest years of tooth development, however, many children have issues with visiting the dentist. Getting your child out of the house and into the dental chair can sometimes feel like pulling teeth. At the office of Dr. Rodney Raanan, we have several tips and tricks for making your child’s visit to the dentist a more pleasant experience. Get Your Child Comfortable with Dentistry The best way to [...]

Cosmetic Dentistry: A history of Advancements

We all know that virtually anything is possible in our modern age, and have grown accustomed to the luxury of being able to change almost any aspect of our appearance in hardly any time. The world of cosmetic dentistry has rapidly evolved thanks to progress in medical technology. Surprisingly enough, cosmetic dentistry has been practiced for thousands of years. However, it wasn’t always as easy as a simple visit to your dentist. Early Restorative Dentistry: [...]

How to Select the Right Toothpaste

Toothpaste comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and varieties. Don’t let fancy packaging or flashy marketing campaigns fool you into an unhealthy mouth. We should all be brushing our teeth twice a day, so it is especially important to select the right toothpaste. Since every mouth is different, you should select a paste that caters specifically to your dental needs. Different Pastes for Different Needs: Some examples of different dental needs and the right toothpaste to treat [...]

Beverly Hills Dentists: A One Stop Shop for All your Oral Needs

Finding the right dentist in Beverly Hills can be an arduous task. It can be even more of a headache if your needs extend beyond the realm of check-ups and cleanings and into cosmetic dentistry. There is no need to search for two separate dentists for the job as most cosmetic dentists offer services that cater to both needs. Beverly Hills dentists can be experienced in both routine dental care and aesthetic dentistry. The best cosmetic [...]

Porcelain Veneers: Frequently Asked Questions

Porcelain veneers are one of Beverly Hills’ favorite corrective and cosmetic dental procedures. They enhance your smile and update your overall appearance while restoring complete functionality to your mouth. When considering veneers, patients often have several questions regarding the process, their function, and their lifespan. Some of the most frequently asked questions include: How strong are veneers? Porcelain is the most durable option for veneers. Its lifespan averages about a decade but it can sometimes [...]

How to Rebuild and Strengthen Your Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is an important component of a healthy smile that is often overlooked. Enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth and, therefore, the most susceptible to erosion. Poor oral hygiene and a lack of professional dental care can wear away your enamel. It can be difficult to rebuild and restore weakened enamel, but there are several things you can do to prevent it from wearing away. How to Strengthen Your Tooth Enamel Fluoride is [...]

Combat Cavities with These Foods

Nobody likes cavities. They’re uncomfortable, unpleasant, and you always feel a little guilty when your dentist spots one in your mouth. Luckily, cavities are preventable with a thorough oral cleaning routine and regular visits to your dentist for dental cleanings. A build-up of plaque and various bacteria in the mouth can cause tooth decay. Sugar aids the development of these bacterias ultimately causing cavities in the teeth. Research has shown that some foods actually have [...]

Why You Should Fix Crooked Teeth

Perfectly aligned teeth are one of the most fundamental aspects of a beautiful Beverly Hills smile. However, correcting crooked teeth provides more than just aesthetic benefits. Misaligned teeth can have a toll on your overall health as well as your appearance. The process of correcting tooth alignment is much more efficient than it used to be. With no pain, no hassle, and a world of gain, there’s no excuse as to why you shouldn’t have [...]

Smoking And Your Oral Health

It’s no secret that smoking cigarettes is detrimental to your overall health. Studies show that people who smoke are four times more likely to develop dental health problems. Smoking not only puts your overall health at risk, it also ruins the appearance of your teeth and gums. Tobacco products are notorious for weakening your gums and yellowing your teeth. Other side effects include horrible breath, excessive plaque buildup, a delay in oral healing, and increased [...]

How to Maintain Your Oral Health During Pregnancy

Pregnancy presents a series of changes in the female body. While you await the arrival of your bundle of joy, it is important to pay attention to your oral health. The fluctuation of hormone levels during pregnancy can cause several dental issues and impact your healthy mouth. This article explores the potential issues you may encounter during pregnancy and offers solutions on how to resolve them. Pregnancy Gingivitis: A significant share of expectant mothers experience swollen, [...]

Toxic Fillings: Why You Should Replace Your Silver Amalgam Fillings

Silver amalgam fillings have been in use for decades. The various metals used in these fillings often includes mercury, which is supple but toxic. If you are among the millions of people who has silver fillings, you should consider replacing them with metal-free bonding. Why Are Silver Fillings Harmful? Mercury is an extremely poisonous substance that certainly has no place in your mouth. Auto-immune diseases, chronic and mental illnesses, and neurological issues are some of [...]

Cosmetic Dentistry: Changing The World of Orthodontics

The word orthodontics may bring to mind images of unflattering oral hardware and the headache of extended dental treatment. By definition, it is the field of dentistry that deals with misaligned teeth and irregular bites, however, it doesn’t have to be a painful or lengthy process. Advancements in cosmetic dentistry have allowed for more speedy solutions for orthodontic issues. When considering orthodontic work, consider a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist for a perfect smile in no time [...]

Dentophobia: Overcoming Your Fear of The Dentist

One of the most common reasons that people neglect their oral health is their fear of dental work. Dentophobia shouldn’t stop you from receiving the oral treatment you both want and need. Advancements in dental care have allowed for anyone to have a comfortable experience at the dentist with sedation dentistry. This article will explore your options for having a stress-free visit to the dentist. Do Your Research: When considering any dental procedure in the [...]

The Best Teeth Whitening in Beverly Hills

Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures in Beverly Hills. Whiter teeth can make you look years younger, improve your confidence, and reinvent your overall look. While there are many remedies for yellow teeth, visiting a cosmetic dentist is the safest and most effective option for a whiter smile. What Can Teeth Whitening Do? A professional bleaching can improve your smile by reversing discoloration caused by: Aging Wearing away of the enamel Nerve damage [...]

Beverly Hills Dentistry for the Whole Family

Maintaining your own oral health can be a difficult task. When you have a family, finding the time to visit the dentist can be even harder. With the hustle and bustle of daily life in Beverly Hills, it is important to find a dentist who can treat both your needs as well as those of your entire family. The office of Dr Rodney Raanan provides a comfortable space for you and your children to receive [...]

How to Get a Celebrity Smile in Beverly Hills

With a population full of celebrities and beautiful people, it’s difficult not to develop smile envy in Beverly Hills. While our office treats some of Hollywood’s most notable smiles, we also specialize in giving you the star treatment. Achieving the smile of your dreams is a lot easier than you might think. Choosing the right cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills can take years off your look and can have you looking Oscar-worthy in no time. The Components [...]

Why is Aesthetic Metal-Free Bonding the Best Option

Tooth fillings are one of the most common procedures in modern dentistry. This restorative process is used to treat tooth decay and repair cracks or fractures in the teeth. A filling (bonding) involves the removal of the defective portion of the tooth, followed by a re-filling of the space with composite material. If you have chipped, decayed, broken, or worn out teeth, you may want to consider aesthetic metal-free bonding. Options for Filling Materials: When considering a [...]

The Benefits of Oil Pumping

The oil pulling trend has been sweeping the Beverly Hills area for years. With alleged benefits for both oral and overall health, it’s easy to see why so many people have committed to the swish. This ancient practice in oral hygiene provides people with a more holistic approach to dental care. What is Oil Pulling? Oil pulling consists of swishing a natural oil (coconut, sesame, sunflower, or olive) in your mouth for 20 minutes each [...]

Female Hormones and Oral Health

Maintaining a healthy mouth requires a consistent routine and a little bit of work, especially if you’re a woman. Inevitable hormone fluctuations in females put them at greater risk of developing dental issues and diseases particularly during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. While a surplus or deficit of hormones makes natural changes in the body, they can also detrimentally affect oral health. When is a Woman’s Oral Health at Risk? Changes in hormone production can affect oral health [...]

10 Tips for a Whiter Smile

A whiter smile is one of the most simple and coveted cosmetic improvements in Beverly Hills. While every tooth is subject to discoloration over time, there are many tips and tricks to prevent your teeth from yellowing. The most efficient way to whiter teeth involves visiting your cosmetic dentist for bi-annual cleanings and whitening treatments. 10 Tips to Whiten Your Smile: Use a non-alcoholic mouthwash before brushing to remove any particles. It is best to steer clear of colored mouthwash that [...]

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

If you are missing one or more of your teeth you have several options for reconstructing your smile. Rather than settling for dentures, you can opt for a more permanent solution like dental implants. Dental implants help rebuild a confident and natural-looking smile. They stabilize teeth allowing for a restoration of oral function. Implants even have the ability to improve and enhance facial appearance as they strengthen your gums and jaw. What is Implant Dentistry? Implant [...]

Dr Rodney Raanan: Beverly Hills Best in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry

Dr Rodney Raanan, DDS & MMSc is one of the top aesthetic and reconstructive dentists in the illustrious Beverly Hills area. He mixes his passion for perfection with his extensive background in prosthodontics for an enjoyable patient experience, making him one of the most sought-after cosmetic dentists in the 90210 zip code. Background & Education: Dr Raanan completed his Bachelor’s of Science at UCLA majoring in Anthropology. He began his education in dentistry at USC where he [...]

Choosing the Best Dentist in beverly Hills

Modern dentistry has become increasingly popular in the Beverly Hills area. The desire for dental treatments that are both effective and aesthetically pleasing extends far beyond routine cleanings and prevention. In a prominent area such as Beverly Hills, everyone wants a celebrity smile. When filtering through your many options, it is always important to select a qualified dental professional, even if your needs are strictly cosmetic. What Should You Look for When Considering a Beverly Hills Dentist? Education & [...]

The Difference Between Dental Inlays Onlays and Crowns

Dental crowns (also referred to as caps) are a traditional method for restoring worn out and broken teeth. It is estimated that millions of crowns are placed in American patients every year. While crowns have been around for quite some time, they’re not the only option for restoring decaying, broken, or cracked teeth. Evolution in restorative dentistry has allowed for less aggressive options, such as porcelain inlays and onlays, to be available. When selecting a method of [...]

New Year, New Smile: 5 Tips To Better Your Dental Health in 2017

If you still have not made a new year’s resolution, you may want to consider prioritising your oral health in 2017. Ring in the new year with a new smile by following these five easy tips: 1) Never forget to brush & floss It goes without saying that regular brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining a healthy smile. The best way to prevent tooth decay is brushing a minimum of twice a day. Don’t [...]

Stress Free Sedation Dentistry

If you are one of the many Americans that fears the dentist, you are not alone. Even people who frequently visit the dentist experience anxiety during the simplest of procedures. Luckily, sedation dentistry is a stress-free solution that allows even the most anxious of patients to have a comfortable and positive experience. What is Sedation Dentistry: For over a century, Sedation dentistry has helped people forget their fears when receiving dental treatment. It involves the use of [...]

The Benefits of Having a Smile Makeover

A smile makeover by the right cosmetic dentist can completely change your appearance and your quality of life by building overall confidence. Advancements in aesthetic dentistry allow for anyone to achieve a perfect smile comfortably and painlessly. It’s easy to see why the smile makeover is the most sought-after cosmetic procedure in the Beverly Hills area. What Can a Smile Makeover Do For You: A smile makeover can target specific issues or multiple issues at once. [...]

Perfect Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

You’re never truly dressed without a proper smile. A gleaming grin is essential for making a memorable impression and is one of the first things many people notice about you. Dental imperfections can have you hiding behind pursed lips and radiating self-consciousness rather than confidence. Not everyone is born with a perfect set of pearly whites, however, innovations in cosmetic dentistry have allowed for anyone to achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile with ease. If you’re [...]

Coconut Oil Toothpaste Alternative

You’ve probably heard about the wonderful effects of coconut oil. You can cook, clean, wash your face, condition your hair, and even prevent tooth decay with this versatile, natural product that can be found in almost any grocery store. A recent study by the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland has shown that coconut oil toothpaste alternative can serve yet another purpose as ‘an effective alternative to chemical additives in most dental hygiene [...]

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function. Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that [...]

Proper Flossing Technique

Flossing is an effective way to remove plaque and particles from the interdental regions (spaces between the teeth). Flossing is especially important for the prevention periodontal disease, as it helps to limit the depth of the gum pockets (sulcus). Since it is difficult to reach the interdental regions with a toothbrush, dental floss should be used to cleanse those spaces on a daily basis. There is a wide variety of types and even flavors of floss available. These minor details [...]

Proper Brushing Technique

Your teeth should be brushed a minimum of two times per day. A good practice is to brush in the morning and again before going to bed. The ideal toothbrush is small enough to reach all of the “nooks and crannies” of your teeth and gums, and has soft, rounded-end bristles. Be sure that the bristles are soft enough that they will not cause damage to gum tissue. It is also important that you replace your brush frequently – [...]

TMJ Disorders

TMJ (temporomandibular joints) are your jaw joints, located inside your jaw directly under your ears. TMJ are the most sophisticated joints in your entire body. These joints control your jaw movements during mastication (chewing), speaking and smiling. Although they are the most sophisticated, yet TMJ are also the most delicate due to their continuous use, both at day and night and the strong nature of our powerful jaw musculature. TMJ disorders (TMD) are symptom related [...]

Periodontal Disease Maintenance

In only twenty four hours, plaque that has been allowed to remain on your teeth can turn into calculus (tartar)! It’s important for you to carefully clean your teeth daily to minimize the accumulation of plaque and tartar, but every mouth has hard to reach areas that will need special attention. When your periodontal examination and / or treatment has been completed, your dental hygienist and dentist will recommend that you schedule regular maintenance cleanings [...]

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Methods of treatment for periodontal disease will depend on the type and severity of the disease. Your dental hygienist and dentist will evaluate your teeth and gums for periodontal disease, and when needed, they will recommend appropriate specialized treatment. Periodontal disease occurs when the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gum becomes filled with plaque, tartar, and bacteria. This accumulation causes irritation to the tissues surrounding the teeth. When these irritants are allowed [...]

Peridontal Disease Diagnosis

A diagnosis of periodontal disease is made by your dentist or dental hygienist in the course of a periodontal examination. Every regular dental check-up should include this sort of evaluation. To evaluate the health of the gums, a small dental instrument called a periodontal probe is gently utilized to measure the sulcus (the space or “pocket”) between the gum and each tooth. A healthy sulcus should not measure more than three millimeters, and should not [...]

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

The term “periodontal” literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease (sometimes called periodontitis or just “gum disease”) is an inflammatory condition which attacks the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the gums teeth, and (in advanced cases) even of the jawbones. Periodontal disease is usually preceded by gingivitis. This is a bacterial infection of the gum tissues. Bacterial infections are able to penetrate the gums when the toxins produced in plaque irritate and cause inflammation [...]

Periodontal Disease

The meaning of the word periodontal is “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease occurs when the gums and jaw bone deteriorate, thereby damaging the natural support for the teeth. The most common cause of periodontal disease is plaque—a sticky film composed of food debris, saliva, and bacteria. If plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth, it quickly transforms into calculus (also called “tartar”). When calculus and plaque remain on the teeth, they can cause destruction [...]

Sealants

Tooth sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surface and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth, primarily of molars and premolars. Greater than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth that have these conditions are difficult to clean making them especially susceptible to decay. In some cases, a sealant may also be recommended for a tooth with a small crack. Sealing a tooth protects [...]

Oral Hygiene Aids

Regular dental check-ups are an essential component of excellent oral hygiene. They are also crucial in recognizing / diagnosing potential problems—but they are not a “fix-all” solution. If you want to avoid future dental problems, the most important of all dental practices is the conscientious use of thorough oral homecare routines, practiced on a daily basis. Periodontal disease (also referred to as “gum disease” and “periodontitis”) is the leading cause of tooth loss in the [...]

Fluoride Treatment

Of the agents currently used for prevention of tooth decay, fluoride is generally considered the most effective. It is a naturally occurring mineral that is present in varying amounts in nearly all foods and water supplies. The beneficial impact of fluoride on tooth health have been recognized for more than 50 years, and use of fluoride in various forms is supported by a variety of health and professional organizations. Fluoride is known to work [...]

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays (digital radiography) is the most advanced form of dental X-Rays. Rather than using X-Ray film, this technique utilizes an electronic sensor that captures the digital image for storage on a computer. This is much faster than making film images, and digital images can be instantly viewed, enlarged, manipulated and transmitted, thereby enabling the dentist and dental hygienist to more readily detect and define problems. Digital X-Rays offer the additional benefit of reducing radiation [...]

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing are twin pillars that support proper oral hygiene. Along with bi-annual professional dental cleanings to remove tartar, plaque, and debris, proper home dental care practices are crucial to good dental health. Properly executed brushing and flossing will enhance the health of your mouth, maintain the sparkle in your smile, and aid in the prevention of serious diseases. Reasons that proper brushing and flossing are important: • Prevent tooth decay – One [...]

Home Care

It’s our ultimate goal in treating dental patients that each of them have a beautiful, healthy smile which will last for a lifetime. Each individual’s home care regimen plays an important role in reaching that goal. Healthy personal home care begins with eating balanced meals, reducing consumption of sugary snacks, and properly utilizing appropriate dental aids that can help to control the plaque and bacteria which typically cause dental disease. Tooth brushing – You [...]

Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. Dental x-rays may reveal: Abscesses or cysts. Bone loss. Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. Decay between the teeth. Developmental abnormalities. Poor tooth and root positions. Problems inside a tooth [...]

Dental Exams & Cleanings

During your initial dental visit, your dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam. In the course of regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist perform the following services: Diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): These investigative procedures are essential tools for detection of cysts, tumors, decay, and bone loss. X-rays are also important in determining tooth and root positions. Oral cancer screening: This process entails checking the gums, tongue, throat tissues, lips, face, and neck for any [...]

Onlay Restorations

Onlay restorations are custom made fillings, composed of tooth colored porcelain, composite material, or gold. Onlays are sometimes called “partial crowns”. Onlays are made by a professional dental laboratory, and are then permanently cemented onto the tooth by your dentist. Onlays are sometimes utilized to repair teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay, or that have large defective fillings. Onlays are a conservative alternative to crowns (caps), because they enable your dentist to [...]

Inlay Restorations

An inlay restoration is a special type of custom made filling. Inlays may be constructed of composite material, tooth-colored porcelain, or gold. Inlays are custom made by a professional dental laboratory, then permanently cemented in place by your dentist. Inlays may be utilized for repair of teeth that have large defective fillings, or that have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays offer an ideal alternative to traditional silver and composite fillings. The inlay process [...]

Fixed Bridges

Fixed bridges are non-removable appliances. A dental fixed bridge is an excellent system to replace missing teeth. There are several different types of dental bridges. The most common type is the “traditional bridge”. This type of bridge is usually constructed of porcelain fused to a metal structure. This style of bridge is mounted to two crowns that are placed over anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) at each end of the gap. The bridge is secured to [...]

Crowns (Caps)

A crown (sometimes called a cap) is a covering that completely encases the tooth surface, thereby restoring it to the original shape and size—or in some cases, improving the original tooth’s size / shape. A crown provides strength and protection for tooth structure that can’t be effectively restored by fillings or other common procedures. There are several types of crowns, of which porcelain (tooth colored) crowns are the most popular. Porcelain is a highly durable [...]

Composite Fillings

Composite (tooth colored) fillings are used to repair teeth that have been damaged by cracking, fractures, decay, etc. In order to fill a tooth, the damaged portion of the tooth must first be removed, then the resulting opening will be filled with composite filling material. There is a broad spectrum of filling materials available today, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Your dentist will discuss with you the best options for restoring your teeth. [...]

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment that is used to change the color of natural tooth enamel. It is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. In recent years, having whiter teeth has become the primary aesthetic concern of many patients, and there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since [...]

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of durable, tooth colored porcelain that are custom made (to provide improved shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to enhance your beautiful, attractive smile. With veneers, a skilled dental professional can completely reshape your teeth and reinvent your smile. In many cases, porcelain veneers are a great alternative to crowns. Porcelain veneers offer the ideal solution for treating many dental conditions. [...]

Sedation Dentistry

Who needs to use sedation dentistry? It’s not a secret that most people don’t like going to the dentist. The truth is that many people go for years without ever having a dental check-up or even a cleaning. Some excuses (reasons?) for avoiding dentists include the following: Fear of dental instruments, needles, drills, etc. Previous experiences involving traumatic dental care Teeth that are highly sensitive or that don’t respond properly to anesthetic (numbing) treatment. Fear [...]

Whitening Dentistry

Tooth whitening (sometimes called “bleaching”) is a simple and non-invasive dental treatment that can change the color of your natural tooth enamel. For individuals whose teeth are stained, or that have unattractive color, tooth whitening offers a relatively simple way to enhance and beautify your smile. Having brighter, whiter teeth has become one of the most significant aesthetic concerns of many dental patients. There are several available methods of whitening teeth. One of the most [...]

Cleaning and Prevention

Cleanings and prevention are crucial elements of an effective preventive program—which, by definition, is a cooperative effort between the patient, dentist, and dental staff, for the purpose of preserving the patient’s natural dentition and supporting structures. This goal is achieved through active measures designed to prevent the onset, progress, and / or recurrence of adverse dental conditions and diseases. Dental disease prevention begins at home, through proper oral hygiene and a well-balanced diet. The process [...]

Dental Implants

Dental Implants provide a secure, long term alternative to removable dentures, whether partial or complete. When you are faced with the misfortune of needing to replace missing or badly damaged teeth, dental implants offer a superior option, since they provide exceptional support and stability for dental appliances. Dental Implants (usually made of titanium) serve as artificial roots. Implants are surgically placed directly into the jaw bone of the upper or lower gums. When teeth are [...]

Aesthetic Dentistry

During the past decade the field of cosmetic dentistry (also called “Aesthetic Dentistry”) has seen a dramatic surge of interest. Everyone realizes that our appearance is significantly enhanced by having a bright, beautiful smile. Thankfully, advances in modern cosmetic dentistry have made it possible to painlessly and inexpensively improve the appearance of our teeth. These advances have enabled many of us to smile with renewed confidence. Cosmetic Dental Treatments offer these options: Replace [...]

Full Mouth Reconstruction

FAQ about Full Mouth Restoration Q: What constitutes a full-mouth restoration? A: Full-mouth restoration is sometimes referred to as Full-mouth reconstruction. No matter what you call it, the process combines several dentistry procedures which, when properly integrated, will enhance and improve both your health and the appearance of your smile. Full mouth reconstruction / restoration is usually recommended for clients whose teeth are damaged, severely worn, or which are completely missing. It may also be [...]

Reclaim Your Youth With Cosmetic Dentistry

Beverly Hills is a fountain of youth with endless options for cosmetic procedures that take years off your appearance. While people target skin and wrinkles to achieve a younger look, they oftentimes forget that our smiles age too. Cosmetic dentistry can have you looking and feeling years younger in as little as two visits. The Tell-tale Signs of Oral Aging: Discoloration: Over the years, continual consumption of colored foods, beverages like coffee and wine, and [...]

Top 10 Places You Should Visit In Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is home to many rich and famous people and attracts many tourists each year. With the help of Tripadvisor, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten places to visit in Beverly Hills. 1) Rodeo Drive What’s a visit to Beverly Hills without strolling down Rodeo Drive? This infamous road is best known for its luxurious shops and high fashion. Home to some of the most expensive stores and most famous hotels in [...]

Restorations

Thanks to widespread use of fluorides and improved patient awareness, the incidence of tooth decay has been substantially diminished. In spite of these improvements, though, teeth are still susceptible to infection, breakage and decay. It’s sometimes necessary to enlist the intervention of trained professionals to restore damaged teeth to good health. By utilizing modern technology and improved methods, we can now offer more and better options for restoring a tooth to its original appearance, function [...]

How to choose the best veneers for your face shape

Porcelain Veneers have gained widespread popularity in the Beverly Hills area. Their ability to correct structural and cosmetic dental issues in a short amount of time make them the most sought after of cosmetic dental procedures. When it comes to porcelain veneers, there are endless options to choose from. Selecting the right veneers for your face can be just as important as selecting the right cosmetic dentist. [...]

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