Have you ever noticed a discolored, swollen area in your mouth that resembled a pimple or blister? Maybe the area hurt a little bit, maybe not. Either way, it’s something that should be mentioned to Bellevue dentist, Dr. Aalam Samsavar, during your next visit to the International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry. Why is it worth mentioning? Simply put, it could be a mucocele, sialolith, ranula or something more disconcerting. They all involve soft tissue and many of the salivary glands found in the mouth.
The list of glands includes, but is not limited to the submandibular, sublingual and parotid. Over time, they may clog much like the pores on your face. When that happens, the clog creates a backup of saliva that leads to the formation of hard, little stones or soft, pus and saliva filled cysts. The stones are known as sialoliths and the other two items we mentioned earlier are classified as cysts. In some instances, Bellevue dentists will have to drain or otherwise remove them during an office visit. In others, the problem will disappear on its own.
However, many people opt to have dentists look at the pimples or cysts as soon as they form for one simple reason. They could indicate the presence of infection or an underlying disease. The list of problems that are sometimes accompanied by ranulas, sialoliths and mucoceles includes, but isn’t confined to the following:
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas
- HIV and Full-Blown Aids
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Mouth or Throat Cancer
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Salivary Gland Cancer
- Gingival Cysts
If Dr. Samsavar has concerns, he may save materials removed during the draining process and send them to a local lab for further examination. If the exam results come back indicating that infection and disease are likely to blame, he may suggest other treatments accordingly. To learn more about treating mucocele, sialoliths and ranula that may be causes for concern, please contact our Bellevue dentist today for an appointment.
White teeth are what Americans hope to see when they stand in front of a mirror and smile. However, what people hope for and what they ultimately get may be two very different things. For instance, sometimes teeth turn translucent, thereby leaving people with unusual looking smiles. The good news is see-through teeth may be revitalized with the proper care.
When we are young, our teeth have an inherent translucency to them. It shows up most often around the biting edge of the tooth and extends upward towards the gum line. This is due to the fact that that enamel is naturally opaque. The yellowish white coloring that many of us see when we smile is caused by a combination of factors, including the presence of dentin. It starts at the gum line and works its way downward. That’s why the tips of a young person’s teeth often appear more translucent than the rest.
As we march onward towards adulthood, the dentin in our teeth continues to grow until the entire tooth may appear yellowish white. It typically remains that color until something goes wrong or we approach old age. The list of other things that may cause our teeth’s dentin to deteriorate includes, but doesn’t end with the following:
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Dental Caries
- Dentinogensis Imperfecta
- Malnutrition or Bulimia
- Unsafe whitening techniques
- Injury to the Tooth’s Enamel
Cosmetic dentists can help reverse the process by protecting the remaining dentin and restoring what was lost. The protection is typically provided with the aid of tooth remineralization products, sealants and fluoride treatments. Restoration work, on the other hand, may involve the use of composite resins, porcelain veneers and crowns. To learn more about translucent teeth and how to make them appear white again, please contact us at the International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry.
For many men and women, the first signs of marionette lines are rather disturbing. On the off chance that you’ve never previously heard the term “marionette lines” before, please allow our Bellevue dentist to explain what they are and how a simple trip to Dr. Samsavar’s may help hold them at bay. Let’s start with an overview of what they are and why they form:
Marionette lines are what many people call the sagging skin that starts to appear at the corners of the mouth and other areas of the face. Considered to be a natural byproduct of aging, they normally form when our body’s bone density, collagen and elastin levels start to drop. However, they may also be caused by assorted health problems and lifestyle choices. The list of health problems that may cause the appearance of sagging skin includes, but are not limited to facial nerve palsy, cerebrovascular accidents, iatrogenic injuries, head trauma, Ramsey hunt syndrome and bell’s palsy. The assortment of lifestyle choices that may cause sagging includes tobacco smoking, prolonged UV exposure, weight loss and excessive drug use.
There are various ways to prevent and minimize the appearance of sagging around the mouth. Some of those methods are very intrusive (e.g. surgery) and require lengthy, physician monitored recovery periods. Others may be completed at home or in a Bellevue dentist’s office. The list of saggy mouth treatments that may take place at our International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry includes facial exercises, nutritional counseling and Juvederm© filler injections. Of those three, the Juvederm filler injections tend to be the most popular.
The reasoning behind Juvederm© filler injections’ popularity tends to be multifaceted. Some patients love the fact that the injections are non-invasive, fast-acting, long-lasting and don’t require the completion of a complicated, post-recovery period. Others just adore the way that the Juvederm© fillers brighten up their appearance. To learn more about the injections and determine whether or not they’re right for you, please contact us today.
Happy Holidays and warmest wishes from Dr. Samsavar!
We have Cosmetic Dentist services! Get the smile you always wanted.
Dr. Samsavar has been inducted into the American Society for Dental Aesthetics and is the first person to be inducted from the Northwest. In 2007 he was named in the “Guide to America’s Top Dentists” and is trained in Oral Bioethetics and fuction from the Lee Institute. Dr. Samsavar’s background has given extensive work in full mouth reconstruction, bridgework and occlusion. He is also a clinical instructor at the University of Washington dental school and has served as a judge on numerous BEAUTY PAGENTS.
Come and see the Art & Science of a Beautiful Smile. We have many options to help you to look your best. Porcelain veneers to close spaces, teeth whitening for whiter smiles, ceramic crowns and complete smile makeovers.
At Dr, Samsavar’s, located in downtown Bellevue, Washington, we use advanced cosmetic dentistry to help our Seattle patients transform their smiles! We feature computer imaging so you can preview your porcelain veneers before we start. Call to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.
Get ready for the New Year with a New Smile. Be ready for those Holiday pictures. Isn’t it time that you invested in your legacy with a winning smile?
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Our Bellevue dentistry team knows that in recent years, there has been a lot of talk about dental x-rays and whether or not they do more harm than good. Most of the discussions started after the National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements released what’s now known as Report No. 172. Soon after, many dentists opted to err on the side of caution. They began looking into utilizing different film speeds, digital equipment, biophotonics, best practices and the like, all in an effort to reduce patients’ radiation exposure.
And as for the patients, many started to realize that there is just no escaping radiation. Why? Not only does it occur naturally, it may be found in everything from computer terminals, wrist watches and beer to airplanes, airport scanners and steaks. As such, it is now widely accepted that most of us will safely come into contact with at least 6.2 milliSieverts of it on a yearly basis. So the goal for each of us should be to ideally keep our annual exposure at, or below, that level.
With that said, it’s important that patients let our Bellevue dentistry team know if they spend a lot of time walking through airport scanners or having medical imaging related procedures completed. That way, we can keep that in mind when evaluating the need for dental x-rays. For the most part, the x-rays are typically only needed in certain circumstances. The list of circumstances includes, but is not limited to initial visits, orthodontics work and examinations designed to detect problems not visible to the naked eye (e.g. root abscesses).
If dental x-rays are needed, our Bellevue dentistry team can take precautions to ensure that you’re exposed to as little radiation as possible. To learn more about dental x-rays, common safety precautions and low radiation options, please contact us today.
All of us here at the International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry recognize that nowadays people get their oral health news from a wide variety of sources. So our Bellevue dentist, Dr. Samsavar, wasn’t sure if everyone in the Greater Seattle area happened to catch the latest reports about toothpaste. It seems that some manufacturers have been making oral health products that contain polyethylene. And that has our entire dentistry team disturbed. Polyethylene, after all, is actually a form of flammable resin.
Bellevue dentistry patients should note that the products in question have previously received both FDA and the American Dental Association’s approval. So technically, they are classified as “okay” to use. However, we’d prefer it if our patients shied away from using such products because the questionable ingredient could very well get lodged inside of cavities, gaps that may be located at the gum line and in between teeth. Plus, they could wedge in between the teeth and orthodontic wires, which are often used in the creation of partial dentures and traditional braces. But that’s not all.
Believe it or not, there are forms of bacteria that can actually live off of polyethylene. Thanks to a review of various scientific experiments, two that our Bellevue dentistry team knows about are Pseudomonas and Sphingomonas. Often found in healthcare settings, both are gram-negative bacteria that can really make people ill. You can find out more about them through places like the Center for Disease Control and publications like the Journal of Hospital Infection.
To speak with Dr. Samsavar and the rest of our cosmetic dentistry team about finding oral health products that are polyethylene free, please contact us today. We can provide deep cleaning services to help remove any polyethylene that may already exist in people’s mouths and provide recommendations on which oral health products are best to use on a daily basis.
A report that appeared in the September 2014 issue of the American Journal of Health Behavior and statistics coming out of Washington State have Bellevue dentist, Dr. A. Samsavar, and his International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry team gravely concerned about the Greater Seattle area’s senior population. Here’s why:
The report indicated that nationwide, an increasing number of America’s seniors are having a hard time accessing dental care and as a result, their oral health is suffering. One of the most frequently cited reasons for ignoring their teeth were not having a way to get back and forth from the dentist’s office. The list also included problems making appointments and issues related to navigating the dental health care system in general.
Sadly, the statistics for Washington State seem to back the researchers up. They indicate that many of our region’s seniors don’t have dental insurance and are living with troubling, unresolved health problems, like periodontal disease, cavities and missing teeth. Given that oral health has such an impact on a person’s quality of life, that’s understandably disconcerting to renowned dentists everywhere.
With that in mind, Dr. Samsavar and his team would like seniors to know that first rate, contemporary dental care is available in the Bellevue area to both the insured and the uninsured. Plus, smile makeovers are often quick and very affordable. And for those that don’t have their own way to get to and from dental appointments, there are resources available too. Among them are entities like the Eastside Easy Rider Collaborative, Senior Services Volunteer and Hopelink Transportation. So there is absolutely no need for seniors to live without healthy teeth and gums.
That said, seniors currently living with cosmetic or painful dental problems are encouraged to contact us. Our International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry team can help schedule an appointment with our Bellevue dentist and answer any questions about navigating one’s way to pain free, oral health.
July 2014 marked the reveal of a 2,000-year old archaeological site in Central Sudan that left dentistry professionals everywhere wondering, “Is there a connection between cavity-free, white teeth and wild weeds?” The question came about because the site contained the skeletal remains of several individuals and the remnants of ancient, purple nutsedge.
“What does purple nutsedge have to do with it?” According to an abstract published in PLOS One about the find, the skeletons revealed that ancient humans might have chewed on purple nutsedge to clean their teeth. Yes, that purple nutsedge, the one that modern day humans have referred to as everything but a nice weed. The same one you or a neighbor might have even paid someone to get rid of earlier this year.
Evidently our ancient contemporaries knew more about the plant than many of today’s lawn and garden experts. It seems that for centuries, certain cultures have used the weed for its nutritional, cosmetic and medicinal qualities. One of those qualities is its inherent ability to serve as an antibacterial agent. That’s the quality that makes it important to dentistry.
Now just because it was once possibly used to maintain oral health, doesn’t mean that Bellevue dentistry patients should toss their tubes of whitening toothpaste, run outside and eat wild weeds. After all, today’s environment is much different than when our ancient relatives roamed it freely. For starters, they didn’t have to deal with as much pollution or manmade, chemical herbicides as we do. So if we were to run out and eat wild weeds, we’d likely be getting much more than we bargained for.
That said, Dr. A. Samsavar heartily recommends that those seeking cavity-free, white teeth skip noshing on wild nutsedge and check out our International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry’s list of services instead. We currently offer Bellevue residents several options that they may take to achieve cavity-free, white teeth. To learn more about them, please contact us today.