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The Benefits of Digital Radiography Jul 1st, 2022

If you get regular dental checkups, you know that X-rays are an important part of keeping your oral health on track. Images of your teeth help your dentist identify potential problems before they happen and diagnose, treat, and monitor issues.  At Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, our experts use digital radiography...

What Your Headaches May Be Telling You About Your Oral Health Jun 1st, 2022

Experts estimate that close to half of the adults in the world had a headache at least once in the last year. Many of those headaches may have been due to oral health issues.  The dentists at Santa Monica Bay Dental see many patients who don’t realize their headaches are...

I’m Anxious About My Upcoming Dental Procedure May 1st, 2022

Experts aren’t sure exactly how many people have dental anxiety or fear, but put the number somewhere between 9% and 20%. In fact, some people have such a deep fear of the dentist, they simply don’t go — which leads to worse problems, eventually requiring more invasive procedures.  The dentists and staff at Santa Monica...

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding at Night Apr 1st, 2022

The medical name for teeth grinding is bruxism, and when it happens at night while you’re sleeping, it’s called nocturnal bruxism. The dentists at Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, sometimes discover the signs of chronic nocturnal bruxism during routine dental exams. When that happens, we help the patient understand how to protect...

What To Do If a Tooth Gets Knocked Out Mar 1st, 2022

When a tooth is knocked out, it’s startling, to put it mildly. But, it’s also not a rare occurrence, especially among people who play sports. Auto accidents, falls, and other mishaps can also result in a dislodged tooth.  The highly qualified doctors at Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica,...

Take These Steps to Keep Your Teeth White Feb 1st, 2022

There are plenty of reasons to want to preserve your bright, beautiful smile. Whether you’ve invested the money and effort in having your teeth professionally whitened, or you’re lucky enough to naturally have beautiful teeth, you probably want to keep them looking great.  At Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa...

Improving Your Dental Care with an Intraoral Camera Jan 1st, 2022

A non-compliant patient is one who doesn’t follow the recommendations of their provider. Unfortunately, dentists often have non-compliant patients, often because the patient doesn’t feel pain and so doesn’t see the need for additional procedures.  The outstanding team at Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, are great communicators,...

What’s Included in Full Mouth Reconstruction? Dec 1st, 2021

With full mouth reconstruction, your dental care team considers all aspects of your oral health, from aesthetic concerns to the health of your jawbone. At Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, our doctors want you to enjoy outstanding oral health that allows you to chew, speak, and smile...

8 Problems That Veneers Resolve Nov 1st, 2021

At Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, our dentists place great value on both your oral health and helping you feel great about how you look. Dental veneers are one of the most versatile tools at our disposal in helping you achieve your smile goals. In this post...

5 Signs of a Dental Emergency Oct 3rd, 2021

The American Dental Association reports that more than 2 million people visit emergency departments each year due to dental problems. It’s easy to understand why you might consider the emergency department in an emergency. Unfortunately, few hospitals have dentists on their emergency staffs.  Sometimes, it’s hard to know exactly what...

Cosmetic Dentistry: 5 Popular Options Sep 1st, 2021

Improving your smile is one of the easiest ways to change your appearance for the better, and it may even carry some unexpected benefits such as improved self-confidence. You probably do what you can to improve your appearance — good nutrition, exercise, caring for your hair and skin — but...

How To Make the Most of Your Dental Cleanings Aug 4th, 2021

Not everyone enjoys the process of getting their teeth cleaned, but most people do like the way it feels afterward. Having extra-clean teeth is a good feeling!  At Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, our dentists love seeing you at your regular appointments, but we want you to...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore TMJ Pain Jul 7th, 2021

Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are important. They connect your jaw to your skull, and give you the ability to move your jawbone, which is necessary to eat and talk.  When something goes wrong with your TMJ you may develop a temporomandibular disorder, or a TMD.  You may not think...

The Benefits of CEREC Same-Day Dentistry Jun 9th, 2021

If you need a crown, there’s a high likelihood that you have a serious dental issue, and you probably also have some questions about your options. Here at Santa Monica Bay Dental, in Santa Monica, California, our team of experts is always happy to answer your questions in the context...

Help! My Teeth Are Yellow May 10th, 2021

There are several reasons your teeth may not be looking as pearly as they once did, but it’s not something you just have to live with. The experts at Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, can help you enjoy flashing your bright white smile once again with professional,...

Veneers or Dentures: Which Should You Choose? Apr 5th, 2021

Most people focus on one thing they don’t really like when they look in the mirror. If you’re unhappy about your smile, it can affect your self-confidence and change how you interact with the world. Luckily, modern dentistry offers many paths to the beautiful smile you wish you had.  At...

Avoid Drills With Laser Dental Fillings Mar 7th, 2021

Laser technology has transformed the health care landscape in several ways. Lasers are used to treat wounds, perform some surgeries, and even improve the appearance of skin. Now, you can experience laser dentistry, too.  At Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, we understand that many people have anxiety...

Professional Teeth Cleaning: Benefits You Can’t Get at Home Feb 9th, 2021

If you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, and you floss regularly, do you really need to have your teeth professionally cleaned? The answer is yes, especially if you want to protect your dental health and avoid developing tooth decay.  At Santa Monica Dental in...

When to Consider Dentures Jan 6th, 2021

More than 30 million Americans have dentures, but they aren’t necessarily an unavoidable part of growing older. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits can help. In some cases, though, circumstances outside your control can impact whether you need prosthetic teeth.  The experts at Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Cracked Tooth Dec 1st, 2020

Tooth decay and gum disease lead to loss of teeth. You may be surprised that next on that list is cracked teeth. Cracks are the third-leading cause of tooth loss.  The expert team at Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, wants you to enjoy healthy teeth and a...

Hybrid Dentures - What’s the Deal? Nov 12th, 2020

In 2019, slightly more than 41 million Americans used dentures. Many circumstances can lead to the loss of your teeth, and more than ever, you have options as to how to replace them.  At Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, our team of experts can help you decide...

Tips for Adjusting to Life With Dentures Oct 13th, 2020

In 2019, more than 41 million Americans used dentures. If you’re new to having dentures, you’re probably wondering about a few things — like comfort. Will dentures always feel uncomfortable?  The highly skilled dentists at Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, have helped hundreds of people get their...

Why Wait? Explore Our Same-day Dentistry Services Sep 15th, 2020

Lots of dental services can be done in a relatively short appointment. For example, your regular checkup probably doesn’t take up your whole day, and cleanings are usually pretty quick. Other services must be performed over a series of appointments and can take several weeks to complete.  Getting a crown...

5 Signs Your Gums May Be in Trouble Aug 18th, 2020

The Journal of the American Dental Association reports that there’s a high prevalence of gum disease among American adults, with nearly half having some degree of periodontitis. Gum disease is caused by bacteria and can lead to a cascade of oral health problems, beginning with bleeding or sore gums and...

Dental Bonding: The Quick, Easy Way to a Great Smile Jul 29th, 2020

If you’re unhappy with your smile, is the idea of spending hours in the dental chair stopping you from improving it? Dental bonding can be a fast and easy way to get the smile you want!  At Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, our dentists understand the impacts...

What Lifestyle Changes Help Treat TMJ? Jun 26th, 2020

At Santa Monica Bay Dental, our providers see patients with a telltale set of symptoms: jaw pain, a clicking or popping sound in the jaw, a swollen jaw, ringing in the ears. These symptoms are often an indication of a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).  Your temporomandibular joint and muscle are...

What Are Composite Dental Fillings, and Why Do You Need Them? May 26th, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30% of adults between the ages of 20 and 44 have untreated tooth decay. If you have cavities, you’re certainly not alone!  At Santa Monica Bay Dental, in Santa Monica, California, our experts are highly skilled at saving teeth...

Here’s Why Drugstore Whitening Products Don’t Work as Well as In-Office Treatments Apr 20th, 2020

Yellowing or graying teeth yellowing are a normal part of aging, but one that surprises many people. We just don’t expect our smiles to lose their sparkle! But, you can restore your smile so that it reflects how you feel better.  The experts at Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa...

The Many Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants Mar 10th, 2020

More than 175 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and around 40 million are missing all of their teeth. So, if you need replacement teeth, you’re certainly not alone.  At Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, our providers understand the social and aesthetic problems that come...

Am I a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction? Feb 1st, 2020

The dental professionals at Santa Monica Bay Dental, in Santa Monica, California, are dedicated to making sure that each patient gets the individualized care they deserve. If you choose full mouth reconstruction, our team works with you and with each other to create a plan that will result in the...

Brighten Your Smile With Our Zoom!® Teeth Whitening Treatment Jan 5th, 2020

At some point in your life, you’ve probably heard someone say that there is no beauty without pain. In a modern context this often applies to cosmetic treatments like Botox or a facelift; patients endure the pain of the treatment for the beautiful results. Or maybe you’ve heard you have...

Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers Dec 26th, 2019

Veneers are a versatile dental application that not only can transform your smile, but also can benefit your overall oral health. When you think of veneers, the sparkling, beautiful smiles they create likely come to mind, but there are non-cosmetic reasons that make veneers a good choice, too. In some...