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6/29/2015 12:04:00 PM | Hersal Hanasab

So you’ve been told you have a tooth infection and should consider a root canal, but what are your options? Is a root canal really the best choice or should you have the tooth extracted?

- A root canal is an endodontic treatment in which infected pulp is removed from inside the tooth. After which, the area is carefully cleaned and is then filled with a rubber-like substance and sealed.
- Tooth extraction simply removes the infected tooth.

On the surface, tooth extraction may seem a simpler option, but a root canal provides many long-term benefits and is likely a better choice for your overall dental health in the long run.

Tooth Extraction Can Take a Toll

Choosing a tooth extraction over a root canal can actually lead to further health problems later on. When a tooth is removed and not replaced, surrounding teeth slowly shift towards the open space. This movement will lead to a misaligned bite and potential jaw problems over time. When teeth shift from their original positions, their oral health may become more vulnerable to other dental or gum health issues.

In fact, after a tooth has been removed, most dentists will recommend that it be replaced in order to avoid complications. Replacing teeth is done by using a dental bridge or implant. When all is said and done, the tooth extraction, a procedure that seemedsimpler and less expensive at first, pretty quickly becomes the opposite: a more drawn out, complicated, and expensive option.

The Benefits of a Root Canal

If you have a choice, keeping your original tooth is the best option—and a root canal allows you to do just that. Root canals allow your tooth to function normally. Keeping your natural tooth comes with many advantages, including:

- Your teeth maintain their natural appearance.
- You benefit from normal sensation, biting force, and efficient chewing ability.
- You protect the surrounding teeth and gums from needless harm.

Root canals get a bad rap, when in reality, they’re a great option to maintain the function of natural teeth in a healthy way. A root canal will allow you to keep your natural smile. If cared for properly, teeth treated with a root canal can last for years—even a lifetime.

Want to Learn More?

If you’re faced with the tough choice of a root canal or extraction for an infected tooth, let us help you. The staff at Van Nuys FamilyDentistry is your trusted resource for sound dental health information and expert treatment in the North Hollywood area. We’re excited to help you achieve the healthy, happy smile you deserve. Contact us today!

6/12/2015 8:32:00 AM | Hersal Hanasab

Gum disease is one of the most common dental health problems today. Left unchecked, this disease can lead to serious dental and general health problems. Even if your oral health seems good, it’s crucial to know the signs before there are serious consequences to your gums, teeth and overall health.

Why Does it Matter?                                                          

Your Health is at Stake

Gum disease can be downright devastating to your dental health, resulting in pain, discomfort, and eventually tooth loss. But beyond that, it has been linked to a number of different conditions and chronic diseases, including heart disease, dementia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and premature birth. It is thought that the bacteria and inflammation, over time, cause problems throughout the body.

Earlier Treatment Leads to Better Outcomes

Gum disease has three stages: gingivitis, early periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. During its initial stage, gum disease is usually reversible with regular professional cleanings and daily brushing and flossing. The prognosis is good when gum disease is caught early, and your gums can be returned to a normal, healthy state.
When permitted to advance to the subsequent stages, though, more intervention is necessary, and the condition is usually not reversible. Early periodontitis and advanced periodontitis usually require care that extends beyond things you can do at home. Typically, this involves reducing the size of pockets that develop between the gums and teeth. In the most extreme cases, bone grafts may be needed to prevent tooth loss.

What Are the Signs?

It’s important to know the signs of gum disease and seek treatment promptly. A major challenge of detecting gum disease early are the seemingly unalarming symptoms early on. Often the only sign of gum disease in its early stages is bleeding gums during brushing and flossing. This may or may not be accompanied by tenderness or continuous bad breath. As the disease advances and as the gums deteriorate, bleeding may subside with no further symptoms until the teeth begin to loosen.

I Think I Might Have Gum Disease, What’s Next?

If you suspect you may have gum disease—whether in its beginning or later stages—contact Dr. Hanasab’s office in North Hollywood or Van Nuys for a consultation. Our experienced staff can help you get on the right track with your dental health. Whether your gum disease is in the early stages or has progressed beyond that, we can help you achieve a bright and healthy smile for years to come.

5/26/2015 8:43:00 AM | Hersal Hanasab

Missing teeth? Understanding your options to complete your bite is an important part of your next dental exam. Your dentist will discuss your options and will let you know the pros and cons to each. If you have never heard of dental implants before, you will. The advanced technology of dental implants make them the ultimate option when filling gaps left by missing teeth. Dental implants will substitute the roots of missing teeth; they anchor natural-looking replacement crowns, bridges or dentures. Your dentist will explore if a dental implant is an ideal solution for you.

Could a dental implant change your life? 

There are some key ways in which this dental procedure positively impacts the lives of many every day.

Dental implants promote good health, both dental and overall.

A missing tooth can result in a host of other dental problems. When a tooth is missing, other teeth are more likely to become misaligned, and your chances of developing periodontal disease – a bacteria-induced infection and inflammatory disease – are increased drastically.

Improving dental health also improves your health overall. Left untreated, periodontal disease may occur and weaken bone structure. Getting a dental implant will improve the overall health of your mouth straightaway and, in the long run, will help preserve your jaw bone.

If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, you know it can be devastating to self-esteem and confidence. Social situations that involve smiling, speaking, or eating can cause you to be self-conscious and uncomfortable. Dental implants allow for a natural smile, reducing the anxiety associated with social situations.

Furthermore, when natural teeth are missing or compromised, growth of the jawbone isn’t stimulated, creating evolving changes to the appearance of one’s face. Dental implants preserve bone and thereby prevent the deterioration of the facial structure and improve appearance.

Dental implants look and feel like your real teeth. They allow you to look your best and enjoy foods comfortably and naturally.

Dental implants are practically hassle free

As if the other life-changing benefits aren't enough, caring for dental implants is simple, as it requires the same maintenance as caring for natural teeth. Dental implants are fixed in your mouth and only a dentist can remove the prosthetic tooth – unless you were fit with removable dentures that are easily snapped on and off for a more thorough cleaning at home.

Routine appointments are still encouraged so the dentist can monitor the integrity of your teeth and the health of the rest of your mouth.

If you've been considering a dental implant, wait no longer. While it’s difficult to decide whether to move forward with a surgical dental procedure, the benefits of dental implants are clear, and it will almost certainly change your life for the better. Dr. Hanasab’s dental staff in Van Nuys is experienced with dental implant placement and restoration. A periodontist will place the implants in the best location determined for long-term health.

Contact Van Nuys Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation. 

3/30/2015 4:09:00 PM | Hersal Hanasab


3/30/2015 4:03:00 PM | Hersal Hanasab

We're excited to announce the official launch of our Hersel Hanasab DDS, Inc. blog.

We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

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