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July 15, 2014

Tooth Colored Fillings: A Great Option in downtown Bellevue

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 8:33 am

Fillings have been around for centuries. In the early years, they consisted of materials like tin, gold, mercury, silver and copper. In subsequent decades, dentists began using other materials, including tooth colored fillings. Dr. A. Samsavar from the International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry likes to offer his patients the later for several reasons.

Today’s tooth-colored fillings help Dr. Samsavar’s patients sport white, flawless, natural-looking smiles whereas metal fillings tend to stand out like sore thumbs. That’s because the tooth-colored filings are typically made with materials like porcelain, silica fillers and plastic resins. They also have a tendency to bond well to a tooth’s natural substances, absorb stress and reduce the need for undercutting. And Dr. Samsavar knows those features go a long way in making tooth-colored filling very resilient and effective.

Subsequently, he and his International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry team utilize the tooth-colored fillings during indirect, semi-direct and direct restorative treatments. The type of tooth-colored filling procedure will depend on the patient’s unique needs, which are assessed during his or her first visit to Dr. Samsavar’s dentistry office. Direct fillings typically take the least amount of time to complete and indirect take the longest. Semi-direct fillings generally fall somewhere in between the other two dental treatments.

Once Dr. Samsavar and his International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry team put the tooth-colored filling into position, the patient will have to make sure that he or she practices excellent oral hygiene. As such, Dr. Samsavar recommends using floss, fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush on a daily basis. He also suggests that patients eat properly and return to the International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry office for routine check-ups throughout the year. There are several different foods that are great for maintaining oral health and many that are not. The list of menu items to steer away from when you have tooth-colored fillings includes hard candies, sticky fruits, alcohol and acidic, sweet drinks. To learn more about receiving and taking care of tooth-colored fillings, please contact us today.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

July 8, 2014

Porcelain Veneers Make your Smile Shine!

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 2:44 pm

Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth and are the perfect answer to transform the appearance of teeth that are irregularly shaped, damaged, crooked, gapped, stained, uneven, fractured, chipped, worn, or discolored due to root canal treatment or large resin fillings in front teeth. A bright smile is the happy result when a multitude of flaws are concealed.

Cosmetic dentistry only requires a few visits, and there is no need for invasive or uncomfortable procedures. Veneers are translucent natural looking tooth-shaped ultra-thin shells made out of a type of strong porcelain, which are bonded directly to the front of the teeth with a laser to harden the special cement that is placed between the veneer and the tooth. Earlier, a tiny amount of the natural tooth has been buffed or removed to create the proper fit in the mouth and create shapely, aligned teeth with the color adjusted to match other teeth. A mold was taken and sent to the laboratory for fabrication of the veneers.

Professional and technical skill and cosmetic detail by your cosmetic dentist is required to sculpt each veneer individually to meet your specific needs.

It is almost impossible to tell the difference between a natural tooth and a veneer. Porcelain veneers also restore tooth function and resist staining better than natural teeth. However, daily flossing and brushing maintenance is needed to keep the adjacent and underlying teeth and the gums healthy. Also, continue to see your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. The veneers can last an amazing 15 years or more if properly cared for.

You can show off your smile with confidence at the end of the procedure, which makes it all worthwhile!

To further discuss porcelain veneers or any of our other helpful procedures, please visit our website orcontact us.  Thank you!

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

July 6, 2014

Do-it-yourself Dental Drill!!!!!

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 5:56 pm

The first Do it yourself Dental drill. Laughable but very scary.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

July 1, 2014

Get a Smile You Have Always Wanted With Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 2:41 pm

Do you ever look in the mirror and wish that there was a way to change something about your smile? Maybe you want straighter teeth. Perhaps you want to get your teeth whitened, so you can finally have the smile that you’ve always wanted. Or maybe you have a tooth missing from previous dental work and you’d like to get it replaced. If any of the previous statements have gone through your mind (or if you’ve had similar thoughts), a cosmetic dentist will undoubtedly be able to create the smile that you want and deserve.

But, you may be asking yourself, what exactly is cosmetic dentistry? Cosmetic dentistry is simply a form of dentistry that is dedicated to improving your smile. Cosmetic dentists can whiten teeth, bond your teeth, add veneers, as well as perform several other procedures that can make your smile a more beautiful one. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, Dr. Aalam Samsavar, DDS, is an example of an excellent cosmetic dentist that will be able to make your dream smile a reality.

Although cosmetic dentistry will be able to make your smile look a lot more attractive, what else can this type of dentistry do for you? One very important thing that cosmetic dentistry can do is fix certain types of pain associated with the mouth, gums, and teeth. Overbites, underbites, overcrowding of the teeth, and even teeth that have grown in awkward places or angles can be fixed with cosmetic dentistry.


If you are currently experience these or similar issues, it is surely a relief to learn that they can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry. However, you will undoubtedly want to know how these conditions are corrected. One condition that many individuals suffer from is an overbite. An overbite is a condition in which the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth. This condition can result in improper function of the teeth, pain, excessive wear of the lower front teeth, as well as unnatural appearance of the teeth. In mild cases of an overbite, it can be easily corrected through the use of braces which can be applied to the teeth by a cosmetic dentist. In more serious cases of an overbite, the condition may be corrected through jaw surgery and further orthodontic treatment, which can be provided by Dr. Aalam Samsavar.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

June 26, 2014

Dentistry that is Worth Being on Display!

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 1:50 pm

It’s no secret that if well taken care of, human teeth can last for millions of years. Case in point, in 2012, archaeologists uncovered a dental filling that was believed to be at least 6,500 years old. Made of beeswax, it’s now on display with other Neolithic artifacts in an Italian museum near Trieste. It isn’t the onlydentistry office’s handiwork to have received museum status either. For proof, check out the recent headlines coming out of the United Kingdom.

It seems that teeth taken from two famous, deceased singers are making the rounds to dentistry offices located throughout the country. The two stars whose teeth are the subject of the traveling exhibits are Elvis Presley and John Lennon. Elvis’s tooth features crown work that was completed in the winter of 1971 and Lennon’s molar is said to date back to sometime in the mid to late 1960s. Their public display is said to be all part of an effort to draw attention to the important role that dentistry offices play in early oral cancer detection.

Of course Italy and the United Kingdom are not the only countries where a person can admire a dentist’s skills. There are many dental museums located in the United States too. Among them are the National Museum of Dentistry (Baltimore), the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry (Michigan), Macaulay Museum of Dental History (South Carolina) and the Historical Dental Museum at Temple University (Pennsylvania). Collectively, they contain everything from former U.S. President George Washington’s dentures to a bucket of extracted teeth that were used as advertising materials by the late dentist, Edgar Randolf Rudolf “Painless” Parker.

At the International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry in Washington, we appreciate fine dental work too. However, you won’t find our handiwork sitting in glass museum cases. Instead, you’ll see it in the happy, healthy smiles of Dr. A. Samsavar’s patients. And we all know that looking into happy, smiling faces is the best way to appreciate impeccable dental work. To learn more about Dr. A. Samsavar and how our International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry staff works to help keep everyone smiling, please contact us today.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

June 21, 2014

Organic Dental Cleaning in Bellevue

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 2:45 pm

As a Bellevue dentist, Dr. A. Samsavar often fields questions about organic dental cleaning. It’s one of the many services that he provides at his cosmetic dental spa in the greater Seattle area. So today, we wanted to highlight the important benefits associated with organic oral health:

Less Chemical Exposure – One of the main benefits of choosing organic dental cleaning methods is that it limits greater Seattle residents’ exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. Take off the shelf toothpastes as examples. Many of them contain triclosan, sodium lauryl sulphates and parabens. All three of which have been associated with health problems.

Healthy Ingredients – In addition, many organic dental cleaning products are good for you too. Licorice root is a great illustration of that point. It is often used in organic dental care products to control plaque and cavities. However, it is also a known ant-bacterial agent. So it can help keep oral infections at bay as well. The list of other organic dental product ingredients that are affiliated with multiple health benefits includes hawthorn berry, amla, xylitol, bilberry root, aloe vera juice and tulsi oil.

Potential Money Savers – Because ingredients used in organic oral healthcare tend to be multipurpose and readily available, they could also prove to be cost effective for some individuals. The list of low-cost products that may help in that regard includes, but is not restricted to baking soda, clove oil, hydrogen peroxide, table salt and sage.

Holistic Approach – Finally, organic dental cleaning methods also go hand in hand with holistic approaches to oral health. A holistic approach benefits patients because it takes into account systemic causes and effects. For example, poor oral health has been linked to other conditions like osteoporosis, HIV and diabetes. Therefore, dentists that take a holistic approach to care may be able to help patients identify problems early on and slow the disease’s projected development.

To learn more about these benefits and how our Bellevue dentist’s spa services may help people naturally maintain their smiles, please contact us.

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June 19, 2014

Cosmetic Dentistry in Bellevue Discusses the Complexity of a Smile!

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 2:52 pm

Many people have come to rely on cosmetic dentists to help them obtain perfect smiles. But what exactly is a perfect smile? Is it a one size fits all kind of thing or something much more personal? Lean in close while our Greater Seattle dental team weighs in:

The act of smiling, from a physiological standpoint, is surprising complex. It requires a series of muscles and nerves to work in concert with one another. Among them are the frontalis, platysma, orbicularis oris and orbicularis oculi. And amazingly, not everyone has the same facial muscles, gum line, teeth structure or skull dimensions. So the ideal smile for one person may not be the best one for another.

That’s where the services of a cosmetic dentist like Dr. A. Samsavar can help. Dr. Samsavar is the type of cosmetic dentist that approaches the concept of a perfect smile from a broad perspective. As such, during smile makeovers, he takes into account all aspects of a person’s facial structure and lifestyle into consideration.

For some people, engaging in daily smile exercises, eating healthy foods and using organic cleaning products may be all that’s needed to create a beautiful smile. Other individuals may need extensive dental work, tongue exfoliation therapy and BOTOX injections instead. Therefore, Dr. Samsavar will only know how to truly perfect someone’s smile after meeting with him or her face-to-face.

However, there are actions that everyone can take to help improve their looks. The healthy diet and smile exercises that we mentioned earlier are just two of them. A healthy diet will help support the person’s gums, teeth, nerves and facial muscles whereas the exercises will aid in toning his or her face. Dr. Samsavar is one cosmetic dentist that is more than willing to teach his patients how to eat teeth smart and do those exercises the proper way. To learn more about those exercises and how cosmetic dentists can help people fully appreciate their own beautiful smiles, please contact us.

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Enjoy Summer Citrus Fruits in Moderation

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 1:45 pm

It is no secret that humans should consume a certain amount of fruit each day. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s published handouts, the recommended daily amounts tend to range from 1 to 2 cups. What those guidelines don’t mention is that certain fruits have a dark side too. That’s why ourBellevue dentist would like to remind everyone to enjoy summer citrus fruits in moderation.

Although they are very healthy foods, summer citrus fruits, like lemons and limes, contain acid and natural sugars. Over the years, studies have shown that those two things can harm both the coronal segment structure and surface enamel of a person’s teeth. And that can eventually result in tooth erosion and cavity formation. It generally doesn’t take long for the damage to start to occur either.

So what is a summer citrus fruit loving individual supposed to do? Dr. Aalam Samsavar suggests that patients rinse their mouths out with water immediately after eating citrus fruits. The water will help to neutralize the acid and wash away some of the sugar. It is also important for patients to wait a half hour and then thoroughly brush their teeth to remove any residue that the quick rinse left behind.

They are not the only steps that patients may take to protect their teeth from summer citrus fruits’ inherent acidic and sugary nature either. Studies have also shown that consuming citrus along with calcium or mineral supplements may help slow down the damage too. Some of today’s summer citrus fruit juices are modified to include calcium and other minerals. Others are not. So it pays to shop wisely. In the case of whole fruits, eating or drinking calcium rich dairy products before or after consuming the fruit is advised. Dairy products to consider in that regard are yogurt, cheese and milk.

To learn more about protecting teeth from foods like summer citrus fruits, please contact our Bellevue dentist, Dr. Aalam Samsavar, at (425) 990-8321.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

May 6, 2014

Tooth Colored Fillings make a Better Smile

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 10:13 pm

Especially if your job requires plenty of smiling and talking, or if laughing or singing is part of your profession, it is important that your teeth look appealing. Our society focuses on a bright white smile, so people want fillings that blend in with the natural look of their teeth.

Normal metal fillings are obvious and unattractive, so it is interesting news that there are now cosmetic materials that let patients have their cavities filled with a composite resin that matches the color of their teeth and looks like a natural part of the tooth.

It is an added feature that tooth-colored fillings, also called composite resins, bond to the structure of a tooth better than metal fillings and eliminate the health risks of metal fillings with mercury. They also aid in the prevention of further decay and resist fractures. These fillings are so durable that they can be used on teeth, such as molars, that absorb a large amount of pressure, and they also insulate teeth from temperature changes.

It usually takes longer to place a composite filling than it does a metal filling because this type of filling requires the tooth to be kept dry and clean while the cavity is being filled.

Direct fillings are made of small amounts of restorative materials placed into the cavity in layers which are set by the use of special lights. The filling can be completed by the time you leave the dentist’s office.

Semi-direct fillings are for larger areas and also use layers of resin. This restoration can be set outside the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. Technology lets your dental professional make a harder and more durable porcelain restoration right in the office and without having to send out a mold to a remote facility.

Indirect fillings are used for a complex or large restoration when there isn’t enough healthy tooth left to fill. The restoration has to be created to replace most of the visible tooth or to crown it. These are more involved and cannot be placed the same day.

Contact the office of Aalam Samsavar, DDS at  or see his website for more information or to ask any questions you may have.

Your smile at the end of the necessary procedure will make it all worthwhile!

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

May 4, 2014

Porcelain Veneer For a Beautiful White Smile

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 10:10 pm

ARE you wondering what porcelain veneers can do for your smile? For one, they can fill in spaces between your teeth, leaving you with a straighter smile. Another benefit of porcelain veneers is to fix a crooked or worn tooth. Lastly, porcelain veneers can brighten your smile with a new permanent shade…and give you that amazing smile you have always wanted.

Dr. Samsavar 

Does Dr. Samsavar know Cosmetic Dentistry? If he didn’t he wouldn’t be the official cosmetic dentist to Mrs. Washington Globe and Mrs. Washington America! He is also an Implant and Smile Expert and earned a certificate in Oral Bioesthetics and occlusion from the Lee Institute, and is a former clinical instructor at the University of Washington Dental School.

Recently, Dr. Samsavar was inducted into the American Society of Dental Aesthetics and is the only dentist from the Northwest. You may have heard Dr. Samsavar on the radio speaking on cosmetic dentistry, or heard about his widely acclaimed book Soft Bites.

Dr. Samsavar offers Smile Makeover Consultations where he applies a temporary material that simulates the porcelain veneers AFTER cementation. Now you can feel relaxed and confident in the outsome.

Venetian Porcelain Veneers 

A small amount of your natural tooth will be reduced to provide space for the thin porcelain veneers, which are made of a thin layer of dental ceramic material. Spaces in your smile can be closed utilizing the special ceramic facings.

An impression will be taken and sent to our master ceramist. Upon receipt of the case Dr. Samsavar will check your veneers on the models. During your appointment Dr. Samsavar will try on your veneers and make any necessary adjustments. From there it will be cemented or bonded.

If you have any questions regarding financing your porcelain veneers; need more facts on them; or want to see BEFORE and AFTER pics, view our smile gallery for amazing results!

If you have some pesky wrinkles you have been dying to get rid of, this is a great opportunity. The International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry offers BOTOX Cosmetic. A popular option is to reduce your smile lines to go along with porcelain veneers.

Please give us a call! We would love to hear from you! Our friendly staff is waiting to answer any questions and to schedule your appointment.

We are located in the emerald city of beautiful Bellevue, Washington. Home of our Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks!

If you would like to make a free Smile Makeover consultation please call (425 ) 990-8321 or contact us, ”like” us  or leave a comment on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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