What are Porcelain Veneers?

What are Porcelain Veneers?

 

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that are bonded to your teeth to help you achieve the ultimate smile makeover. Porcelain dental veneers in San Diego are especially popular because they can completely transform even the most worn teeth and help you gain self-confidence. The treatment is also a life-saver for patients who rely on having a friendly, bright smile to succeed in their careers.

What to Expect When Getting Porcelain Veneers

Our traditional porcelain veneers are made from a highly durable porcelain material used to restore strength and dramatically enhance your teeth’ appearance. Veneers present little risk to your oral health and are completely biocompatible. However, it is important to keep in mind that traditional veneers are a permanent dental solution that requires alterations to your natural tooth structure.

The first step in the veneer process involves removing a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. This process is irreversible, so you should be confident that you are ready to proceed with treatment. Next, we will take molds of your teeth to create your custom veneers. Once the mold has been taken, your dentist will fit you with temporary veneers while your permanent ones are being created. Our team is equipped with an in-office lab, so your veneers will be constructed onsite in just a few days. The final step is to schedule an appointment to bond your permanent veneers to your teeth and make any final alterations to the fit.

Porcelain dental veneers in San Diego are typically as strong and durable as natural teeth. This feature allows them to make your smile not only more cosmetically beautiful but also functionally stronger as well.

Benefits of Porcelain Dental Veneers

Porcelain veneers look like natural teeth and blend in to create the perfect “Hollywood Smile” we all know and love. They can cover severely discolored or malformed teeth and provide results that would be impossible with other treatments, such as traditional whitening or teeth bonding. Although they do need to be replaced eventually, you can expect porcelain veneers to last 10-20 years before they begin showing signs of wear and tear. Porcelain veneers are also less likely to chip or fracture over time and may be beneficial for patients whose natural teeth are prone to breaking.

Because veneers require virtually no recovery time, you’ll see results immediately. Unlike other treatments, which may not be suitable for more severe or persistent cosmetic concerns, veneers can address a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Severe stains and discoloration
  • Chipped teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Misshapen/Malformed teeth
  • Misalignment (crooked teeth)
  • Gaps between teeth

What Are Same-Day Veneers?

If you’re hoping to complete your treatment soon, Fifth Avenue Dental Arts also offers same-day veneers using our CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology. Same-day veneers live up to their name and allow patients to enhance their smiles with porcelain veneers in just one visit.

To begin, your dentist will create a 3D digital image of the tooth or teeth being treated. Next, the CEREC software is used to shape your custom veneer digitally to match the 3D image of your tooth. Finally, we send the digital model to an in-office milling machine that constructs the veneer while you wait. Once the veneer is complete, your dentist will make final alterations to its shape and fit before permanently cementing it to your tooth. From start to finish, you can visit our office in the morning and leave late that same afternoon with a brand-new smile.

If you’ve been searching for a dentist that offers porcelain dental veneers near you, you may be overwhelmed with your options. At Fifth Avenue Dental Arts, we offer many treatments to enhance your smile, including Lumineers®, traditional veneers, and same-day veneers. Our highly qualified dentists will work with you to create a custom treatment plan and give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Covid Safety Protocols

Covid Safety Protocols

Thank you for continuing to trust Fifth Avenue Dental Arts with your oral health needs. While we have always taken extraordinary precautions to keep our team and patients safe, we have been hard at work these last few months updating protocols in response to COVID-19. We continue to follow all guidelines from the CDC and ADA to ensure both our patients and staff are healthy and comfortable.

At Fifth Avenue Dental Arts, your doctors and team’s top priority is your safety to help stop the spread of Covid-19. We are taking careful precautionary steps to ensure we are following CDC guidelines to provide a comfortable, yet safe and healthy environment for all our patients and staff. You can expect certain changes when you come for your dental visit.

Covid-19 Social Distancing

We request that when you arrive for your dental visit to wait inside your cars until your dental suite is ready. We are working to reduce the amount of people in the office at all times. Please call our office to inform us of your arrival and we will promptly let you know when you can enter the office. Our social distancing methods are helping keep you and others safe to prevent the spread of any infection.

No one may accompany the patient inside the clinic except for instances where the patient requires assistance (pediatric patients, people with special needs, elderly patients).

You may also notice adjustments to our office like staggered dental appointments, waiting seat chairs set apart and the removal of any commonly touched items like magazines.

Personal Protective Equipment

Our team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts has always worn some type of personal protective equipment (PPE) for patient safety, but you may notice that our staff is adhering to even stricter guidelines. You may see more patient gowns, eye shields and protection, glass barriers, and several types of KN-95 and N-95 masks on our dental team.

We also require any patient that enters the office to be wearing a face mask at all times unless they are receiving active treatment.

Office Infection Control

We conveniently have hand sanitizer available for all patients throughout the office to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and other illnesses throughout the pandemic.

Our office has also taken the initiative to install:

  • Medical grade HEPA air filters
  • Increased cleaning and sanitization, with new and improved safer and more effective disinfectants
  • Advanced suction devices for maximum dental aerosol reduction.
  • Easily accessible hand washing stations for before and after appointments.

Other Covid-19 considerations

The Fifth Avenue Dental Arts team is taking every step to ensure your safety during your dental visit. Please be cautious and advise our office if you are recently experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive. You will need to reschedule your appointment.

Patients will be required to complete a Covid-19 screening and have a contactless temperature taken at check-in.

With the combination of personal protective equipment, Covid-19 screenings, social distancing and environmental protections, we feel that we are providing the safest place to maintain your oral health and bright smiles.

Your Comprehensive Guide to Sedation Dentistry

Your Comprehensive Guide to Sedation Dentistry

 

If the idea of visiting your dentist for a six-month check-up fills you with an overwhelming sense of stress and worry, you’re not alone. In fact, you may be among the 15% of people suffering from ongoing dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is common, but don’t let it stop you from getting the regular dental attention you need. Dental anxiety is now easy to manage with sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is designed to help dental patients relax. With the help of sedation dentistry, you can complete any procedure feeling comfortable and at ease.

If you’ve been stubbornly avoiding the dentist, sedation dentistry can help you get the care you need without that knot in your stomach. 

 

A Closer Look at Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety creates fear and uneasiness about upcoming dental appointments. Some people can push through minor anxiety. But others have such severe dental anxiety that they find it too difficult to even walk in the door. 

Intense dental anxiety is considered a dental phobia. It’s triggered by irrational but uncontrollable fears about dental procedures. 

There are a few main reasons that patients unintentionally develop dental anxiety:

  1. Fear of pain: The mouth is a highly sensitive area, so it’s common for patients to feel terrified of the pain they might experience during a cavity filling or root canal. The fear and anticipation of potential pain can be even more traumatizing than the procedure itself.
  2. Fear of side effects: Patients with dental anxiety also consider the side effects of dental procedures. They start to wonder if they’re experiencing a rare side effect, even if the procedure is going smoothly. 
  3. Loss of control: Nobody likes to lose control, but those with dental anxiety feel especially helpless when laying in the dentist’s chair. It’s difficult to observe surroundings or talk during dental procedures. This leads to a sense of helplessness that quickly triggers anxiety. 
  4. Embarrassment: Other patients may fear the potential embarrassment of a dental appointment more than the work being done. This is especially true for those who don’t like other people entering their personal space. Dental work requires close contact that leads to self-conscious worries about the appearance and odor of the mouth or face. 

 

The 3 Main Types of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry aims to alleviate the effects of dental phobia by relaxing patients who feel too scared or overwhelmed to sit calmly during an exam or procedure. There are three different types of sedation dentists may employ based on patient needs and requests. Which could be best for you?

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a colorless and odorless gas used in the lightest form of sedation dentistry. Laughing gas is very popular because it’s safe and easy to control, even for children! 

Unlike other forms of sedation that require IVs or injections, laughing gas is easily administered through a face mask. As you inhale nitrous oxide, it gradually slows your body’s reaction time. Without immediate responses to pain and fear, anxiety decreases, giving you the opportunity to coast through your dental appointment feeling calm and relaxed. 

Laughing gas is also the first choice in dental sedation because it doesn’t knock you out or cause a long recovery period. You remain awake and alert while using laughing gas, but with the added benefit of feeling relaxed and unaware of pain. Nitrous oxide also wears off quickly, so you feel normal as you walk out of your procedure. 

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is also a simple way to combat dental anxiety and bring more comfort to each dental appointment. It involves taking a small sedative pill at a predetermined time before your appointment, so a trusted family member or friend must drive you to and from your appointment to ensure safety. 

You’ll take another sedative about an hour before your procedure to initiate the full conscious sedation process. The sedative allows you to remain conscious throughout your appointment, but you will feel entirely relaxed and at ease. 

With the use of oral conscious sedation, you’ll know what’s happening without enduring any feelings of worry or anxiety. By the time your medication wears off, your appointment- and your reasons for anxiety- will be over!

Keep in mind that oral conscious sedation can’t be used if you’re pregnant or have preexisting health conditions like impaired kidney or liver function, congestive heart failure, or glaucoma. 

Intravenous Sedation

IV sedation is the most powerful form of sedation dentistry. It’s reserved only for specific situations and procedures when laughing gas or oral conscious sedation can’t offer the level of sedation necessary. IV sedation works instantaneously to make patients less aware of their surroundings and prevent any fear or anxiety. 

Make sure that your dentist is qualified to perform intravenous sedation and follow your preparation instructions carefully. It’s best not to eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before your procedure. You can expect to feel groggy when you wake up, so it’s important to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the dentist’s office. 

 

Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?

Sedation dentistry is a valuable tool for anybody with dental anxiety that makes it harder than usual to visit the dentist and receive essential oral care. 

If you can relate to any of the following problems, talk to your dentist about the availability of sedation dentistry:

  • Trouble sleeping the night before your dental appointment
  • Nervousness, rapid heartbeat, and the temptation to cry in the dentist’s waiting room
  • Becoming nauseous at the idea of going to the dentist
  • Difficulty breathing when you think about visiting the dentist
  • Skipping appointments and treatments to avoid the dentist’s chair
  • Accepting pain, discomfort, and decay instead of making an appointment for treatment with the dentist

There’s a big difference between feeling inconvenienced by a dentist appointment and feeling too stressed or frightened to attend. Keep the lines of communication open with your dentist so that you can find the right solutions for your situation. 

 

How to Choose a Your Sedation Dentistry Provider

Many dentists offer sedation dentistry, like Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in San Diego, CA.  It’s important to choose a sedation dentist who understands the overwhelming power of dental anxiety and offers a compassionate approach to help you receive the dental treatments you need. 

Dr. Ghassemi, Dr. Mojaver, and the team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts offer a range of sedation dentistry options for patients with dental anxiety. Don’t let fear of the dentist get in the way of strong, lasting oral health. Make an appointment with Fifth Avenue Dental Arts to learn more about sedation dentistry and stop your fears in their tracks. 

Everything You Should Know About Same-Day Dental Crowns

Everything You Should Know About Same-Day Dental Crowns

There’s nothing worse than waiting, especially if you’re experiencing pain and discomfort. You wouldn’t wait a few weeks to place a cast on a broken arm, so why has the dental crown process always required multiple dentist appointments and a waiting period of days or even weeks? 

If you’re suffering from the pain, discomfort, and embarrassment of a damaged tooth, you want (and deserve!) a solution immediately. Slow technology shouldn’t stop you from getting the same day restoration you need for your damaged tooth. 

This is exactly why Fifth Avenue Dental Arts is proud to offer custom same-day CEREC dental crowns. It’s finally possible to receive the durable tooth restoration you need in a single office visit. Here’s everything you need to know to take advantage of the CEREC same-day dental crowns. 

Why Are Dental Crowns Used?

A dental crown is an important type of dental restoration. Each crown is a specially designed “cap” that mimics the exact size and structure of your tooth. It’s used to cover a damaged tooth and restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. 

Like so many other dental solutions, crowns can be constructed from many different materials, including metal, resin, and ceramic. Each material offers unique benefits. 

Some patients prefer metal crowns since they’re strong and long-lasting, but due to their unsightly appearance, mental crowns are usually reserved for out-of-sight molars. Resin crowns tooth-colored and affordable, but they don’t offer the durability of metal crowns. 

This leaves one alternative that offers a win-win for all patients: ceramic crowns. Ceramic crowns boast translucent porcelain that reflect light and look almost exactly like natural teeth. They’re also comfortable, durable, and resistant to breakage.

Do You Need a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns serve a very important restorative purpose by reinforcing and protecting damaged teeth. If you can relate to any of the following, a crown may be the best solution to prevent future complications:

  • Tooth restoration after a root canal
  • Cover and enhance unattractive teeth
  • Reinforce a tooth with a large filling
  • Protect a weak tooth from future damage
  • Cover a dental implant

By placing an extra layer of protection and support over vulnerable teeth, dental crowns offer an effective way to maintain your healthy smile and keep all of your teeth intact. 

The Traditional (Long!) Dental Crown Procedure

The traditional dental crown process requires two separate office visits. During the first appointment, your dentist takes impressions of the affected tooth. These impressions are sent to a separate lab for the creation of your permanent crown. You also receive a temporary crown during this first appointment in order to protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready. 

Your next appointment isn’t scheduled until your final crown is manufactured and ready for placement.  The permanent crown is affixed to your tooth with a strong adhesive to keep it firmly in place.  

CEREC same-day dental crowns revolutionize this traditional method with cutting edge technology that completes the entire dental crown procedure in just one office visit.

CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns: The Difference

Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) crowns serve the same purpose as traditional crowns: to repair and restore damaged or weakened teeth. The difference occurs in how CEREC crowns achieve that goal. 

The CEREC procedure uses computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to perform the entire dental crown process in one office appointment. 

Here’s what the process looks like when you receive  CEREC same-day dental crowns at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in San Diego, CA: 

  • An intraoral scanner takes pictures of your teeth to create a digital impression
  • The impression moves to the CAD/CAM software machine, which creates a digital tooth restoration
  • A CEREC milling machine that mills the new crown from a block of ceramic in less than 15 minutes
  • Dr. Ghassemi or Dr. Mojaver polishes, prepares, and places the crown onto your affected tooth

This process is far more simple and efficient than the normal process of taking messy impressions and waiting for a separate lab to return the final crown for placement. 

Why Choose CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns?

You may be more familiar with the traditional method of receiving dental crowns, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best option for your overall dental health. CEREC same-day dental crowns offer unique benefits that make it easier to protect your mouth and regain confidence in your smile.

First, CEREC same-day dental crowns are quicker than ever before! Tooth restoration occurs in as little as one hour! There’s no need for pesky temporary restorations or follow-up appointments. 

Second, CEREC technology guarantees that your crown is precisely customized to your tooth. This preserves as much of your natural enamel as possible, with less pain and tenderness after your appointment. 

Of course, CEREC crowns are attractive and blend right in with your teeth, so nobody will even know that you have a crown at all. You can apply a CEREC crown to any tooth, including teeth that are highly visible, without any aesthetic concerns. 

Overall, CEREC same day dental crowns create beautiful and customized restorations that last decades. Gone are the days of taking messy impressions and dealing with temporary restorations before your final crown fitting. 

Schedule your appointment for same-day dental crowns with Dr. Ghassemi, Dr. Mojaver, and the team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in San Diego, California. 

 How to Handle the Worst Dental Emergency

 How to Handle the Worst Dental Emergency

 

You may already have your next six-month dental checkup circled on your calendar, but what happens if you suffer mouth trauma before your appointment? It’s hard to predict when a dental emergency may occur, so it’s important to know how to react when it does. 

Dental emergencies often cause extreme pain and discomfort. If you experience a dental emergency, don’t want to call your dentist for advice. Use these tips to navigate your dental emergency and get the care you need, fast. 

What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is defined as an urgent health problem involving the teeth, gums, and mouth. Most importantly, a dental emergency requires immediate attention from a dentist in order to resolve the problem.

Here are a few examples of dental emergencies:

  • Severe toothache, especially pain that prevents sleep and daily function
  • Swelling of gums, face, or neck
  • Bleeding in the mouth that doesn’t stop
  • Trauma from an injury
  • Abscessed tooth

If you’re currently suffering from any of these issues, consider it a dental emergency that requires the care of a dental professional as soon as possible. 

Are You Having a Dental Emergency?

It’s important that you can recognize the signs of dental emergencies so that you know whether to call your dentist or use home care techniques. 

The following signs indicate that you’re most likely experiencing a dental emergency that a dentist needs to handle:

  • Severe pain
  • Infection in or around the mouth, especially with an abscess and high fever
  • A cracked or loose adult tooth
  • Unusual bleeding from the mouth

In many cases, seeking help for a dental emergency can save your tooth and prevent further health complications. Abscesses, for example, can spread toxic infection through the body if they’re not treated properly. Lost teeth also have the best chances of recovery if reattached quickly after they all out. 

Quick Tips During a Dental Emergency

If A Tooth Gets Knocked Out

If your tooth gets knocked out as a result of physical activity or an unexpected blow to the head, locate the tooth and pick it up from the crown. It is essential that you do not touch the root of the tooth. If it is covered in dirt, only saliva and milk can safely clean your tooth and prevent additional tissue damage. 

The best option after your tooth falls out is to position it back into its socket while you travel to the dentist or hospital. The saliva in your mouth will improve the chances of your tooth being successfully re-implanted. However, if it isn’t possible to put the tooth back in your mouth, store it in milk, not water, as water is unable to preserve the integrity of your tooth.

If a Tooth Breaks

It is also possible that your tooth will break or crack but not entirely fall out. This might happen if you eat hard candy or get hit in the head. In the case of a broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the affected area and use a cold compress to prevent excessive swelling. The sooner you get to the dentist, the better!

If You Have Severe Toothache Pain

Unbearable tooth pain might develop for many different reasons. Your pain indicates a serious issue that needs to be addressed quickly to prevent additional damage in the future. It is possible that your pain stems from an abscess, a lost filling, advanced periodontal disease, or decay. Use an over-the-counter pain reliever to minimize your suffering and visit your dentist as soon as possible. 

How to Find a Dental Emergency Specialist

If you have a dental emergency, don’t panic — head to Fifth Avenue Dental Arts, located in San Diego, California. Ramin Ghassemi, DDS, MS, Nina Mojaver, DMD, and the team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts offer extended office hours for patients facing dental emergencies such as knocked-out teeth, damaged tooth nerves, abscesses, and more.

During the current coronavirus pandemic, dentists nationwide have been called upon to alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments. This is why we are taking extra measures to keep our office open with same-day appointments for patients who are experiencing a dental emergency. 

If you are having a dental emergency and are nervous about treatment, we offer many sedation dentistry options as well. Thanks to safe and simple solutions like laughing gas, you can get the emergency care you need in San Diego, CA without any pain, discomfort, or anxiety. 

When you notice the first sign of a dental emergency, call (619) 391-3629 to speak to a member of our dental emergency team. We’re here to help you at a moment’s notice!

How to Find the Best Professional Teeth Whitening

How to Find the Best Professional Teeth Whitening

 

How often do you glance in the mirror and wish for more attractive teeth? You’re not the only one! Surveys show that up to 80% of Americans aged 18 to 49 wish they had a whiter smile. 

A lifetime of drinking coffee and munching on berries is bound to cause tooth discoloration, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with stained teeth forever. Thanks to advanced teeth whitening treatments, it’s easy to remove tooth discoloration and brighten your smile. 

Rather than wasting your time and money on store-bought whitening kits, ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening in San Diego. In-office treatments like Philips Zoom! achieve dramatic results in a fraction of time. 

Why Are Your Teeth Discolored?

Tooth discoloration develops gradually as the effects of food, beverages, age, and certain lifestyle habits take their toll on your smile. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening can reverse these stains and restore white, vibrant teeth. 

Tooth Discoloration From What You Eat

Food and drinks are the most common culprits of staining to the outer layer of your teeth called the enamel. Coffee, wine, soda, and other popular dark-colored drinks contain potent pigments that bond to and stain tooth enamel. Discoloration doesn’t appear immediately, but little by little your white enamel turns dark and full. 

Here are a few of the worst food and beverage culprits:

  • Black coffee and tea
  • Soda and dark juices
  • Dark condiments like soy sauce
  • Red wine
  • Dark berries

In addition to foods that directly stain your teeth with their pigments, unhealthy diet choices can also make discoloration worse. If most of your diet consists of processed foods loaded with sugar and acid, your teeth are more likely to suffer the effects of plaque, cavities, and decay.

Tooth Discoloration From Poor Oral Care

Poor oral care is another common cause of tooth discoloration. If you fail to brush and floss regularly, it’s all too easy for bacteria, acid, and plaque to accumulate and harden into tartar. Plaque and tartar both create an unsightly yellow coating around your teeth that leads to other issues like bad breath, decay, and tooth loss. 

Luckily, tooth discoloration from poor oral care can be reversed and prevented in the future. Simply brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist twice a year can help prevent discoloration before it begins. 

The Best Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments with Zoom

There are many whitening products and services out there, so how do you know which is best for your smile? Do your research and ask your dentist for his recommendation. Dr. Ghassemi and Dr. Mojaver at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts recommend Philips Zoom! to their patients throughout San Diego because it’s safe, effective, and reliable. 

Zoom combines the newest advances in dental technology with evidence-based chemical bleaching formulas. This makes it possible to painlessly remove stains with much more efficiency than take-home strips, bleaching toothpastes, and at-home whitening gels. 

Professional Teeth Whitening: The Bleaching Process 

Zoom removes stains by targeting outer and inner discoloration. The unique bleaching formula lightens the dentin and enamel of each tooth in your mouth. Zoom’s formula includes a 25% hydrogen peroxide component, which is strong enough to lift away stains but gentle enough not to cause pain or discomfort. 

As soon as hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles. These bubbles eliminate yellowing and staining by pulling out the dark molecules. 

Most whitening procedures stop here, but Zoom takes it a step further by using a mercury metal halide light. This light further activates the gel and expedites the whitening process. It contains a unique infrared filter that works to reduce the amount of heat on the surface of the teeth during your whitening procedure. This reduces any sensations of sensitivity that whitening procedures typically trigger. 

Overall, Zoom protects the internal structure of the teeth, so your smile remains completely healthy and intact during and after the treatment.

The Unique Benefits of Zoom

Zoom has many advantages over other whitening procedures. Thanks to the unique combination of its powerful formula and infrared light, Zoom delivers incredible results without the downsides of other treatments.

The benefits of Zoom include the following:

  • Treat all teeth together
  • Faster treatment times
  • Longer lasting results
  • Less sensitivity than other procedures
  • Remove stains from veneers, crowns, and other restorations
  • Safe treatment procedure

Since all Zoom treatments are performed by experienced and highly qualified dentists, you can trust that you’ll get the best results. 

How to Start Teeth Whitening with Zoom in San Diego, CA

The path to whiter teeth isn’t long or difficult at all! Fifth Avenue Dental Arts offers professional teeth whitening with Zoom and in-office follow-up treatments to help you keep your smile looking its best. To find out which teeth whitening option is best for you, call our office or book an appointment online today. 

All About Our Smile Savings Plan: Illumitrac

All About Our Smile Savings Plan: Illumitrac

Dental care isn’t a luxury or a “bonus”: it’s a core component of long-lasting health and wellness.

But for people without dental insurance, dental care can feel like a luxury due to its cost. The team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts offers Smile Savings Plans because we believe that every single person, regardless of insurance, should have access to high-quality, affordable dental care.

That’s exactly why we are proud to offer Illumitrac, our preventive care membership program. Illumitrac makes it easy (and affordable!) to receive the regular dental cleanings and other care you need to maintain a beautiful, vibrant smile.

Here are the details you need to know. Call our San Diego office any time to learn more! 

Adult Membership

A standard Illumitrac adult membership only costs $36 per month. Your $99 Lifetime Activation Fee includes your first month’s membership cost, so you can hit the ground running!

This is the best membership option for healthy adults without signs of existing periodontal disease. When you begin an adult membership with Illumitrac, you enjoy the following regular benefits:

  • Professional dental cleanings every six months
  • Doctor exams every six to 12 months
  • X-rays as needed
  • One emergency exam per year, if needed
  • 20% off all other treatments (some exclusions may apply)

Adult Smile Savings Plan Membership For Patients with Periodontal Disease

If you do have symptoms of periodontal disease, you may qualify for a Perio Membership for $61 per month. Just like with the standard adult membership, your $99 Lifetime Activation Fee includes your first month’s membership, so you don’t need to wait to get the care you need.

The Perio Membership is designed to address existing gum disease and restore your teeth and gums back to health. If caught early, gum disease can be reversed and you can enjoy your strong, beautiful smile for a lifetime. This is why regular dental visits are so important!

Every Perio Membership includes the following elements to ensure you receive the comprehensive dental care you need:

  • Perio maintenance cleanings, which are more frequently than regular exams (3-4 per year)
  • Doctor exams (1-2 per year)
  • X-rays as needed
  • One emergency exam per year, if needed
  • 20% off all other treatments (some exclusions may apply)

Left untreated, periodontal disease leads to widespread infection throughout the body, tooth loss, and bone degeneration. These are serious complications that require extremely expensive treatments. If you can prevent all of that with an Illumitrac membership and a few dentist appointments a year, it’s definitely worth it!

Child Membership

The Fifth Avenue team also offers Smile Savings Plan memberships for our younger patients. The foundation for healthy teeth starts even before your child is born, so it’s never too early to consider your child’s health!

Children 12 years and younger are eligible for an Illumitrac child membership. It only costs $33 per month, plus the $99 Lifetime Activation Fee that includes the first month’s cost. The dental care provided through a child membership is everything your little one needs to protect her bright smile:

  • Professional dental cleanings every six months
  • Doctor exams (1-2 per year)
  • X-rays as needed
  • Fluoride treatment
  • One emergency exam per year, if needed
  • 20% off all other treatments (some exclusions may apply)

Other Common Questions About Illumitrac

For many families and adults, an Illumitrac membership is more affordable and useful than dental insurance. Many dental insurance policies are complicated by co-pays, annual maximums, and fine print that limits coverage on important procedures.

When you opt for an Illumitrac membership, you know exactly what benefits to expect, and you also enjoy a full 20% off discount on other treatments. It’s a smart and affordable way to receive critical preventive dental care.

The team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts is here to work with you and your family, so you can always add members to your account and schedule your appointments at your convenience. Your membership is effective immediately, so you can come see us the same day that your Smile Savings Plan membership begins if you’d like!

Call (619) 233-3338 today or sign up online to learn more about Illumitrac and how our office can help you get preventive care for a low monthly cost. Doctors Ramin Ghassemi, DDS, MS, and Nina Mojaver, DMD, are committed to the cornerstones of excellence, experience, and esthetics, so you can trust our team to deliver only the highest quality dental care, regardless of whether you have insurance! 

Five Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Invisalign®

Five Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Invisalign®

Perhaps you already know that Invisalign® is nearly invisible and a gentler alternative to a mouth full of metal braces and brackets. After all, the revolutionary teeth-straightening system has helped millions of teens and adults fix their smiles. But that’s not the only cool thing that makes Invisalign stand out. At Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in San Diego, California, Dr. Ramin GhassemiDr. Nina Mojaver, and Dr. Vicki C. Petropoulos want you to understand all the amazing benefits Invisalign has to offer.

Invisalign can fix almost any smile flaw.

If you think Invisalign can’t fix your teeth, you might want to think again. In addition to the aligners, the Invisalign system also includes SmartForce® attachments. These tiny tooth-colored blocks are affixed to specific teeth to help direct the force of the movement of your teeth, making Invisalign more effective at fixing almost any smile flaw.

Invisalign can simply make your smile straighter or fix bigger issues such as:

  • Overbite or underbite
  • Crossbite or open bite
  • Overcrowding or gapped teeth

Have a special occasion? No problem.

Maybe it’s the prom, a special date, or a wedding. Whatever the occasion, you don’t have to worry with Invisalign. While we do recommend you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day, we understand you might not want to wear your aligners for special occasions. No problem, because you can take them out and put them back in when you get home.

Of course, because the Invisalign aligners are clear and sit right below your gumline, even if you decided to keep your aligners in, no one would know.

Invisalign straightens your teeth fast.

While every mouth is different, Invisalign aligners can give you the smile you want in about 12-18 months. With braces, it may take 18 months to three years to fix your smile flaws. Of course, to keep things moving, you need to be compliant with your aligner schedule, wearing them the recommended number of hours each day and switching to your new set as we recommend.

You can eat anything you want with Invisalign.

You take your Invisalign aligners out to eat, which means you can eat whatever you want. With braces, there’s a whole list of foods you can’t eat, such as popcorn, apples on the core, carrot sticks, chewy candy, or anything else that might break off a bracket, snap a wire, or get stuck on your teeth. We do recommend you brush your teeth after you eat before putting your aligners back in to reduce your risk of getting cavities.

Another benefit of the removable Invisalign aligner is oral hygiene without braces to work around. You can brush and floss just like you did before you started straightening your teeth to keep your mouth healthy and cavity-free.

You get to preview your new smile before you begin.

One of the coolest things about straightening your teeth with Invisalign is that you get to see your new smile at the beginning of treatment. We use a special 3-D scanner to take an image of your teeth and mouth, and use it to create the map for the movement of your teeth. The special computer program shows you exactly how we plan to move your teeth — with a preview of the final results.

If you’re ready to get a straighter smile comfortably, discreetly, and with a lot more freedom than braces allow, call our office today.

Why Root Canals Are Nothing to Fear

According to the American Association of Endodontists, American dentists perform over 41,000 root canal procedures every day. While root canals have an outdated reputation for being painful, modern dentistry has improved the treatment, so it’s a virtually pain-free method of preserving and protecting your teeth.

Here at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in San Diego, California, our gentle and experienced dentists, Ramin Ghassemi, DDS, MS, and Nina Mojaver, DMD, combine state-of-the-art dental technology and equipment with kind and compassionate care to perform root canals.

Removing damage

During a root canal, we remove damaged and decayed tissue from inside your tooth. The hard dentin and enamel of your teeth cover and protect a pulpy interior that houses the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive. If you crack or break a tooth or have a large cavity, bacteria can penetrate the interior of your tooth and eat away at your healthy tooth tissue.

Dr. Ghassemi or Dr. Mojaver begins by thoroughly numbing your tooth and the surrounding tissue and creating an opening in the tooth. Then they carefully remove the damaged pulpy tissue. Once the decayed tissue is gone, your dentist cleans the inside of your tooth and injects a bacteria-killing medication. Next, they fill your tooth with a special tooth cement and seal the little opening.

A root canal is an excellent option to help you keep your natural teeth. Often, when tooth decay reaches the pulpy interior of a tooth and is left untreated, you end up losing that tooth. With a root canal, your dentist only removes the decayed parts of your tooth and preserves the remaining healthy tooth.

Protecting teeth

In many cases, after we complete your root canal, we fit your tooth with a dental crown to protect it. To make a crown that fits your tooth perfectly, we take a digital impression that shows the shape and dimensions of your tooth. We use state-of-the-art CEREC® technology to custom-make your tooth with equipment in our office while you wait. When your crown is ready, your dentist attaches it to your tooth using a strong dental bonding agent.

Our same-day CEREC crown service allows us to complete the whole procedure during a single visit. This saves you time and money because you don’t need to come back for multiple appointments.

Minimizing pain

In addition to using the most modern dental equipment and technology, which reduces any root canal-related pain, we also offer personalized oral sedation. We know that many patients feel anxious about dental treatments. We aim to help you feel comfortable and confident while under our care, and oral sedation can keep you relaxed throughout your root canal treatment.

Additionally, we make sure to numb the tooth and the area around it completely by injecting a local anesthetic. Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised by how little pain they experience.

Signs you might need a root canal

You may need a root canal if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Severe tooth pain while eating or when you bite down
  • Continued sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or food
  • Swelling or discomfort in your gum
  • Discoloration of the tooth

It’s also possible to need a root canal but not have any pain or other symptoms. Having routine dental exams and X-rays is the best way to protect your dental health and get the treatment you need when you need it.

Make an appointment now

Ignoring tooth pain or other symptoms can often make your situation worse. A root canal can prevent damage from spreading to the healthy part of your tooth. If the decay continues to spread, the problem may become so severe that your only option is to have the tooth removed.

If you have tooth pain, temperature sensitivity, or other signs of a dental health problem, contact us here at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts. You can call our office in San Diego, California, at 619-320-1846 or book your appointment online. You can also send a message to Dr. Ghassemi, Dr. Mojaver and the team here on our website. Remember, root canals are nothing to fear.