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Bo Macdonald DDS Inc

West Los Angeles Dental Office

11340 West Olympic Blvd., #148, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Telephone: (310) 479 4459
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Hours:
Mon: Hours by Appointment
Tue - Fri: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat - Sun: Closed

Services Offered: Braces, Botox, Cosmetic - Invisalign, Cosmetic - One Day Crowns, Cosmetic - Veneers, Cosmetic - Whitening, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Dermal Fillers, Digital X-Rays, Endodontic - Root Canals, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Hospital Dentistry, Laser Gum Surgery, Lip Augmentation, Lumineers, Oral Cancer Screening, Oral Conscious Sedation, Oral Surgery, Orthodontic - Braces, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontal - Deep Cleaning, Periodontal - scaling and root planing, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Sedation dentistry, Teeth Extraction, TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Treatment of Sleep Apnea, Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Payment: American Express, Care Credit, Cash, Check, Debit, Discover, Financing, Mastercard, Visa

Insurance: Most insurance accepted, PPO

Languages: English, Polish, Spanish, Tagalog / Filipino

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Wellness Dentistry

Dental wellness is a state in which the mouth and the rest of our being are in balance and harmony. The mouth is a micro-environment of the body with a profound potential to reflect and influence the health of our whole person. It is an essential and even wondrous part of our anatomy.

Wellness Dentistry

Dental wellness is a state in which the mouth and the rest of our being are in balance and harmony. The mouth is a micro-environment of the body with a profound potential to reflect and influence the health of our whole person. It is an essential and even wondrous part of our anatomy.

Did you know that optimal general health starts with optimal oral health? Failure to adequately care for your teeth, gums and your bite can result in the development of medical conditions far more serious than gum disease (periodontitis) or tooth loss.

Studies suggest that a number of secondary health issues can be caused as a result of poor oral hygiene. If a person can take care of their teeth and gums they can extend their life by at least 10 years.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Our practices provide a wide range of cosmetic dental services at affordable fees that Gentle Dental patients have come to expect. We have the ability to provide nearly every type of dental service without having to refer you to specialist.

Cosmetic Dentistry

While traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person's teeth, mouth and smile. In other words restorative, general and/or family dental practices address dental problems that require necessary treatment, whereas cosmetic dentistry provides elective – or desired – treatments or services.

Cosmetic dentistry may also provide restorative benefits. For example, dental fillings are a common procedure used to treat decayed teeth. Previously, most dental fillings were composed primarily of gold, amalgam and other materials that left visible dark spots on the teeth.

Today, dental fillings may fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry, because you can select fillings made of porcelain or composite materials that closely match the color of your teeth, thus maintaining the natural appearance of your teeth and smile. Many people may choose to have their older fillings replaced with newer, tooth-colored fillings to enhance their oral appearance.

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Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of ongoing hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive dentistry combines at-home oral care by patients with chairside treatments and counseling by dental professionals.

Preventive Dentistry

If you don't take care of your teeth and properly manage your oral health, you may find yourself forking over thousands of dollars in restorative dental care. Did you know that a full mouth reconstruction can cost between $45,000 and $80,000? By practicing preventive dentistry, you can safeguard yourself from these exorbitant dental costs.

Preventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of ongoing hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive dentistry combines at-home oral care by patients with chairside treatments and counseling by dental professionals.

For example, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two dental checkups each year for professional cleaning and management of any developing conditions. Adhering to this recommendation can help your dentist stop dental disease in its earliest stages, protecting your smile and limiting your expense.

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Brushing and Flossing


Why Brush and Floss?

Brushing and flossing every day will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.  Having clean teeth also makes you look and feel better.  Your breath is fresher.  Your smile is brighter.  And your teeth feel smooth.

Fighting Plaque

Many kinds of bacteria live in your mouth.  These germs collect on your teeth and gums and quickly form a sticky film called plaque.  Plaque is the major cause of tooth decay and gum disease.  Since plaque is always forming, it needs to be removed every day.  Brushing removes plaque from the surfaces of your teeth.  Flossing breaks up plaque between your teeth and under your gums.

How to Brush

  1. Brush after meals, using a soft brush and a fluoride toothpaste.  Start at one place and work all the way around your mouth.  Brush the front, back and top of each tooth as shown below.
  2. Hold the brush at a 45° angle and gently brush the outer surfaces, using a circular or back-and-forth motion.
  3. Brush the inner surfaces of the back teeth using the same circular or back-and-forth motion.
  4. Turn the brush and use the tip to clean the inner surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth.
  5. Clean the chewing surfaces using a scrubbing motion.  Brush your tongue, then rinse well.

How to Floss

Floss at least once a day to remove plaque between the teeth and below the gums.  Start at one place and work all the way around your mouth.  Floss between each tooth as shown below.

  1. Wrap 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers.  Secure it with your index fingers and thumbs.
  2. Ease the floss between your teeth.  Press it against one side, then the other, to form a C-shape.
  3. Work the floss back and forth and up and down, going below the gum line where plaque collects.

NOTE:  If you have a bridge or wear braces, use a floss threader to get the floss under the bridge or the wires.

Children's Care

Keep Teeth Clean

  • Even before your baby’s first tooth comes in, wipe his or her gums with a wet cloth after each feeding to remove excess food and bacteria.
  • After teeth erupt, use a soft-bristled brush and warm water to clean the teeth.
  • By age 3 children should be brushing their own teeth with adult supervision.  Make sure they use just a peasized dot of toothpaste.  Start flossing your child’s teeth daily when all  the primary teeth are in or when teeth are touching each other .
  • By age 8 children are usually old enough to brush and floss by themselves with only occasional checks.
  • Make brushing and flowing a daily routine, but keep it enjoyable.  Try brushing with your child or letting him or her use a colorful toothbrush.

Avoid Baby –Bottle Tooth Decay

  • Baby-bottle tooth decay can occur when an infant is given a bottle with milk, formula, or fruit juice at bedtime, naptime, or for long periods during the day.  Extended exposure to the sugar in these liquids can cause teeth to discolor and decay.  Since breast milk contains sugar, decay also can occur when a baby falls asleep while breastfeeding.  To prevent damage, clean your child’s teeth after each feeding, and if necessary, give him or her a bottle filled only with water at bedtime or naptime.

Start Dental Visits Early

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see a dentist by his or her first birthday.  Your dentist may advise waiting longer but will probably want to see the child before all his teeth have come in.

On the first visit the dentist will:

  • Check the child’s teeth for decay and signs of early developmental problems.
  • answer questions and explain how to care for the child’s teeth.
  • Most children should see a dentist every six months.  Encourage a positive attitude toward visits by following these tips:
  • Play dentist to familiarize your youngster with what will happen.
  • Take your children with you when you go in for a checkup so that they can get used to the environment and meet the staff.
  • Avoid negative words like shot or hurt.
  • Answer questions honestly but not too specifically.  Dental professionals have special ways of explaining things to children.

Encourage Healthful Eating

  • A balanced diet is important for healthy teeth and gums. Children especially need calcium, which helps build strong teeth; some good sources are milk, cheese, and yogurt. (Research also shows that eating cheese after meals seems to inhibit the effects of decay-causing acids.)  Discourage sugary or starchy snacks.

Ask about sealants

  • When a child’s first permanent molars erupt, usually at age 6, consider protecting them with dental sealants.  A sealant is a thin plastic coating applied by your dentist to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  By filling in the teeth’s grooves, sealants create a barrier against food and bacteria that cause decay. They are nearly 100% effective in preventing decay in back teeth.

Get Enough Fluoride

  • Fluoride helps fight cavities.  Your dentist can tell whether your children are getting enough.
  • To find out whether your drinking water contains fluoride, contact your local water company or health department.
  • Other sources include fluoride toothpastes and rinses, professional treatments, or prescription tablets, drops, or gels.
Periodontal Diseases

Periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.  Mainly caused by plaque, it is usually painless.  Regular dental visits are essential to timely diagnosis and treatment.

Early and moderate periodontal disease may exhibit few, if any, symptoms.  Warning signs of advanced periodontal disease may include red, swollen or bleeding gums; persistent bad breath; permanent teeth that are loose or separating; changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.

There are many forms and stages of periodontal disease.  Most common are:

 
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Gingivitis

A mild inflammation of the gums caused by plaque build-up.  Gums may be red and/or sore, and bleed upon probing.  An anti-microbial mouth rinse may be prescribed.

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Periodontitis

If left untreated, the gum infection damages the bone and supporting tissues.  Your gum separates from the tooth and the bone level deteriorates.

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Advanced Periodontitis

Your gums recede farther and separate.  Pus may develop, bone loss continues, and your teeth may loosen or fall out.

TREATMENTS

Your dentist will examine you for periodontal disease during each routine checkup.  A periodontal probe will be used to determine if there is any breakdown in the gum tissue attachment or if pockets have developed between your gums and teeth.

Treatment will depend upon the type of periodontal disease and how far the condition has progressed.  Treatment options include:

Scaling-cleans the teeth to remove deposits above and below the gumline.

Root Planing-smooths rough root surfaces so the gum can heal.  Local anesthesia may be used.

Oral Irrigation-directs anti-microbial (anti-plaque) liquid below the gumline to flush out and kill germs to allow the regeneration of healthy tissue.

If deep pockets are found and bone has been destroyed, your dentist may recommend periodontal surgery.

A proper program of brushing, flowing and regular professional cleaning will help fight plaque accumulation and gum disease, and help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

Implants


Tooth loss can have a far-reaching effect on your dental health and personal appearance.  When you lose one or more teeth, your remaining teeth can drift our of position.  This can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease. 

Dental implants can be an effective method to replace one tooth or several teeth.  Each implant consists of a metal anchor that is inserted into the jawbone, and a protruding post, which is outfitted with an artificial tooth.  Implants can also support a bridge, replace a partial denture or secure a fixed denture.  The process requires surgery and may take up to a year to complete.

 
 
Replace a missing tooth
 
Support a bridge
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Secure a removable denture
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PROCEDURES
Several steps are usually necessary to place an implant.  Depending on the type of implant, the steps may vary.  The placement of a simple tooth endosteal implant is illustrated below:
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In the first procedure under anesthesia, a metal anchor or artificial root, is placed into the jawbone.  Bone grows around the anchor.  This takes about three to six months. 
Next, a “healing cap” is placed when the implant is uncovered.
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Then, the healing cap is removed and a metal post, or abutment, may be attached to the anchor. 
When your gums and jaw-bone have healed, an artificial tooth is constructed, then screwed or cemented to the post.  Fitting your new tooth properly may take several appointments.
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Brush and floss your implant at least twice daily, just like your natural teeth.  Be sure to brush the back of the abutments and floss around the front, back and sides.  Avoid chewing on hard objects or extremely sticky food.  Proper dental care will help keep your implants and you mouth healthy.

Sensitive Teeth


If you occasionally experience a sudden flash of pain, or a mild tingly feeling when you bite
into sweet or sour foods, or drink hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive teeth.

Pain from sensitive teeth is not always constant; it can come and go.  Constant pain could be a sign of a more serious problem.  It is still important, however, to discuss your symptoms
with you dentist to determine the cause and proper treatment.
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What causes sensitive teeth?            

In healthy teeth, porous tissue called dentin is protected by your gums and your teeth’s hard enamel shell.  Microscopic holes in the dentin, called tubules, connect back to the nerve triggering pain when irritated by certain foods and beverages.  Dentin can be exposed by:

·   Receding gums caused by improper brushing or gum disease

·   Fractured or chipped teeth.

·   Clenching or grinding your teeth.

Treatment

Depending on the diagnosis, your dentist may recommend one or more of the following treatments to relieve the symptoms of sensitive teeth:

· A soft-bristle toothbrush to protect gums.

· A special toothpaste for sensitive teeth that can either block access to the nerve or insulate the nerve itself

· A fluoride rinse or gel for sensitive teeth, prescribed by your dentist.

A sensitivity toothpaste usually eases pain in about two to four weeks.  Follow your dental professional’s special home care instructions for regular use to keep pain from returning.

How can I prevent cavities?

Why do I get cavities?

            Tooth decay (or dental caries) may occur when the acids in plaque attack your teeth.  Plaque is the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on everyone’s teeth daily.  After you eat, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack the tooth enamel.  After repeated acid attacks, the enamel can break down and a cavity may form.  Children are the most cavity-prone, but adults of all ages can be affected, too.  In fact, two out of three cavities in people over 50 are a result of decay around existing fillings, and most people over 60 have root caries as result of gum diseases.

  
 
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How can I remove harmful plaque?

  To remove plaque before it leads to tooth decay, children and cavity-prone adults should try to clean their teeth after every meal and snack.

  A thorough job of brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of your teeth.  When you floss, you’ll remove plaque from between teeth and under your gumline where your toothbrush can’t reach.

Do I have to stop eating sweets?

Foods with sugar and starches, especially those that stick to your teeth, can cause plaque acids to develop and begin the process of tooth decay.  It’s better to substitute vegetables, nuts, milk, cheese, pizza and popcorn. But if you do eat sugary foods, eat them with you meal instead of as a snack.

A well-balanced diet helps maintain a healthy body, and that includes your teeth, jaw bone and mouth.

How does fluoride help me?

Fluoride is a beneficial natural mineral that safely strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent decay.  In communities where fluoride has been added to the drinking water, the children have up to 65% fewer cavities!

If your water doesn’t have enough fluoride, your dentist may prescribe daily supplements, such as tablets or drops, for your children.  It’s best if they take them from birth until age 13.

For extra protection, you and your family should use dental care products containing fluoride like all Colgate® or Crest® toothpastes and Fluorigard® and Act mouthrinse.  These carry the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

What Your Dentist Can Do About Cavities

  • Your dentist can detect the early stages of decay and other diseases when he or she examines you.
  • If you do have a cavity, your dentist will fill it to help prevent further tooth damage.
  • You or your children may benefit from dental sealants,  a plastic coating applied by your dentist to protect back molars from decay.
  • Your dentist or hygienist will teach you how to brush and floss properly and explain how a well-balanced diet can promote good dental health.
  • Regular, professional cleaning will remove the plaque that forms of teeth both above and below the gumline.
  • For cavity-prone children and adults, your dentist may apply a fluoride solution on teeth.
  • If your water doesn't contain enough fluoride, your dentist may prescribe fluoride supplements.

What is bonding and what can it do?

When your dentist bonds your teeth, he or she attaches (bonds) a natural-looking material to your tooth surface.  Bonding can close a small gap between teeth, repair a chipped or fractured tooth, or cover up discolored teeth.

Bonding can be performed in one or more appointments, depending on your needs, and normally without the need for anesthesia.

  
 
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 What about stained teeth?

Sometimes teeth become badly discolored as a result of taking certain medications (like tetracycline antibiotic) during childhood.  Bonding effectively masks these stains.

A popular method used to treat moderately discolored teeth is called “bleaching.”  Bleaching is most often used on stains that cannot be removed with routine professional cleaning. Laser bleaching can take 1-2 visits and a touch-up every two to four years.  As with bonding, no anesthesia is needed during treatment.

  
 
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 Why does my dentist recommend a crown instead of bonding?

Although bonding sometimes substitutes the need for a crown (cap), severely fractured, decayed or badly damaged teeth require the strength and durability of a crown.  This is especially true with back teeth which are subject to greater wear and abrasion. 

When is bonding a dental health benefit?

Bonding can not only improve your appearance, it can also be used to prevent root decay.  As a restorative procedure, bonding will protect roots exposed by gum recession.

The value of bonding does go beyond good looks and into good dental health with its ability to restore teeth and prevent tooth decay.

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Cosmetic Dentistry:  Words To Know.

Bleaching:  A technique sometimes used to brighten stained teeth.

Bonding:  Rebuilds, reshapes, restores and covers tooth defects through the use of tooth-colored materials.

Composite resin:  The plastic material that matches the natural tooth color and is shaped to rebuild or replace the missing part of the tooth.

Crown:  Completely covers or “caps” a damaged tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size.  The healthy tooth is reduced so that the crown can fit over it properly.

 

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the final teeth to develop.  Most of us have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth.  They usually emerge during our late teens or early twenties.

Oftentimes, wisdom teeth become trapped, or impacted, in the jawbone and cause crowding, displacement, decay, infection or gum disease.  Impacted wisdom teeth can grow in many different directions-horizontally, vertically, or at an angle.

Angular, bony impaction of third molar (wisdom tooth).
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Soft tissue impaction of third molar (wisdom tooth)
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In most cases, it is recommended that impacted wisdom teeth are extracted.

Wisdom tooth surgery is performed, usually under local anesthesia, in your dentist's office, an outpatient surgical facility, or a hospital. Make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home. Plan to rest at home for the remainder of the day.

Procedure 
Incision is made and overlying bone is removed, exposing crown of impacted tooth.
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Tooth is extracted whole or surgically sectioned.  The site is sutured closed.

To ease any discomfort and promote healing:

  • Use ice packs on the cheek for swelling, alternating on and off every thirty minutes.
  • Apply biting pressure with clean gauze to stop bleeding.
     
  • Eat soft foods and drink extra liquids.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods in the tender area.
  • Brush carefully the day after surgery.
  • Take prescribed medications and follow all instructions as directed.
 
Call your doctor immediately in case of excessive bleeding or swelling, persistent, severe pain or fever.
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