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Celebrating 30 Years of Dentistry

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We’re proud to announce that this year, we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary! For three decades, Dr. Louie and his team have been providing world-class dental treatments from the same location in Larchmont Village, serving the entire Los Angeles metro area. We’re grateful to our family of patients, many of whom have been with us for years, for sustaining this practice and helping it prosper. Here’s to even more years of exceptional dentistry and comfortable, compassionate service.

30 Year Anniversary

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Dental Implants can Help You Reach Your Smile Goals

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No matter what your job or lifestyle, in Southern California everyone is comparing how friendly and full your smile is with the gleaming grins of celebrities on everything from billboards and social media to screens tiny and 3D.

But you may be embarrassed because of teeth that are severely chipped, ground down, not evenly spaced, or even missing. If you lost one or more teeth due to an accident or the results of not brushing or flossing adequately, you might think it’s okay just to ignore and try to chew and speak as best you can and hope this doesn’t keep happening. But that would be a serious mistake, since the neighboring teeth naturally are prone to lean in to fill the gap, causing a domino effect from other teeth, so that they become misaligned. The result is more teeth loosening and falling out.

The best way to prevent this from happening is to replace them with dental implants. An implant starts with a biocompatible titanium post (similar to a tooth root) that is anchored into the empty socket and allowed to integrate into the underlying jawbone. This is then attached to a porcelain crown that is exactly matched to the shade of your other teeth, so that no one can tell you ever had one missing.

The advantages of an implant over alternatives are that a bridge (a crown attached to neighboring teeth and not inserted into the jaw) does not last nearly as long, while dentures need to be readjusted every five years or so because of continued jawbone loss.

To find out if implants can help you reach your smile goals, call Dr. Shervin M. Louie in Los Angeles and Larchmont Village today to set an appointment for a full dental exam. If you are a good candidate, the process starts with a 3D CT Scan, which uses rotating X-rays and computers to create a full digital map of your teeth, gums, and underlying jawbone.

If a tooth is loose, it will need to be extracted and the socket allowed to heal, when an implant will be placed. A mold modeled on the digital images will enable us to create a temporary crown to allow you to chew and speak normally while waiting for the final one to be crafted by a top dental lab. Once the bone and tissues around the implant have healed, you will come back to our office to have the crown attached and adjusted.

A dental implant can be a permanent solution with proper care, a vital step towards your perfect smile

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Dental Myths: Fact or Fiction?

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There are lots of myths surrounding dental care and treatment. Inaccurate information may make you feel confused and anxious, wondering if some daily habit is destroying your teeth. In times like this, it’s good to seek out expert knowledge. Los Angeles cosmetic dentist Dr. Shervin Louie is here to put an end to these dental misconceptions and misinformation.

Myth #1: Sensitive Teeth are Signs of Dental Decay

FICTION. When you experience tooth sensitivity, it does not necessarily mean that you have a decaying tooth. Tooth sensitivity can have multiple causes, such as gum recession that exposes the tooth’s roots. You may just have naturally sensitive teeth. If you do, then it is advisable that you visit a professional dentist like Dr. Louie who will perform an examination and establish the exact cause of your tooth sensitivity. In the case of a gum recession, a filling can be done to cover the exposed root.

Myth #2: Bleeding Gums are Normal and should not be Brushed

FICTION. If you have not established a flossing habit, then your first time flossing may make your gums bleed. This is normal and your gums will build up a tolerance if you continue. But in any other case, bleeding gums are not normal. They may be a sign of gingivitis. The good news is that this condition can be treated.


There is also a misconception that bleeding gums should not be brushed and should be allowed time to heal before they can be cleaned again. But the bleeding is itself a result of not brushing. Gums that have not been brushed enough tend to develop bacteria around and beneath them that irritates the gum and makes it bleed. Regular brushing will help get rid of all the bacteria.

Myth #3: More Sugar Means More Cavities

FICTION. Whereas it is true that cavities are a result of bacteria breaking down sugary substances into harmful acids that corrode your teeth, it is not true that more sugary foods will necessarily result in tooth decay. The important factor is the amount of time that sugary substances stay on your teeth. The longer they stay, the more the chance of cavities and decay. For example, if you drink soda through a straw, the liquid bypasses your teeth and does not contribute to decay. But if you eat a bar of chocolate and allow the sticky reside to coat your teeth, cavity formation is greatly accelerated. It is always advisable to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after every meal and especially after eating sugary foods.

Myth #4: Dental Problems Lead to Bad Breath

FACT. While many factors contribute to bad breath, from the last food you ate to even what time of day it is (“morning breath” is a real phenomenon), bad teeth do lead to bad breath. Many people with bad breath resort to using breath fresheners and mouthwashes, which is treating the symptoms rather than the cause of the problem. Daily brushing and flossing will significantly reduce bad breath. But if it persists, you should visit a professional like Dr. Louie to see if you have any serious dental issues.

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What should I know about Periodontal disease?

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Periodontal disease is an inflammation caused by plaque that forms on your teeth. Periodontitis can affect the surrounding area of the tooth. This could range from a simple gum inflammation to a serious disease. In more advanced stages, the surrounding structures become affected and can be destroyed.

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What can I do if I don’t like my smile?

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Cosmetic Dentistry is aimed at creating positive change to your smile it does everything possible to fix any issue you may have in your teeth and make your smile healthy, bright and beautiful.

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Carbonated Drinks: Are they worth it?

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drinkMaybe you know it as soda, or maybe even pop? How ever you may identify a sugary, carbonated drink they can cause serious oral health issues. Dr. Louie, the best Dentist in Los Angeles has seen an increase of patients with erosion of the tooth enamel (protective layer of the tooth). Carbonated drinks also contain acid that eat away enamel, once enamel is gone it will not grow back. It has become one of the most effective sources of tooth decay. Targeting people of all ages, some teenagers drink as many as 13 soft drinks daily and the average American up to 45 gallons a year!

Carbonated drinks can contain over 11 teaspoons of sugar per 12 oz can! You will be prone to have dental decay and dental erosion as you continue to drink soft drinks on a daily basis. Students who sip on soda all day while studying are main targets for tooth decay. When soda is consumed in a long period of time your teeth are actually being bathed in acid!

What to do?

Dr. Louie, your LA dentist, suggests you don’t consume soda at all but he has some tips for patients who continue to drink it.

  • Don’t drink soda throughout the day
  • Limit consumption of soda to meal time
  • Brush afterwards—toothpaste with fluoride and use mouth rinse
  • Rinse with water if brushing is not possible.
  • Get professionally applied fluoride treatment: Dr. Louie can apply fluoride in gel form.

“Tooth sensitivity can become a lifetime problem, solution can be a mouth full of crowns.” Dr. Louie said “That’s harsh to the pockets, especially if there’s a solution to this and that’s limiting and possibly not drinking soda at all. By practicing good oral hygiene and with our help, you can counteract their effect and enjoy better oral health.” Depending on consumption of soda, the erosion process can be extreme.

What are the triggers for sensitivity?

Hot and cold drinks, even cold air can reach the tooth’s nerve and cause pain. Can you imagine that? Not being able to enjoy the food you love or even a specific kind of weather. We hope this information will help with your oral health, please feel free to ask us questions!

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Smoking Leads to Dental Issues

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Smoking leads to many dental issues including:

  • Bad Breath:That would be the first sign, it’s not just you who affected but it’s the people around you as well.
  • Be courteous, no one likes to talk to someone who has bad breath.
  • Teeth Discoloration:Your smile, it’s not just going to be yellow it’s all kinds of yellow brown color. Yikes!
  • INCREASED buildup of plaque and tartar. You’ll see it mainly on your lower front teeth but that’s only what you can see!
  • DELAYED healing process: Extractions, periodontal treatment and oral surgery.
  • INCREASED risk of developing oral cancer.
  • Think twice about picking up that next cigarette, is it worth your body breaking down? These are just some risk you take when smoking.
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Missing Teeth

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This is not something new, many people walk around with missing teeth. When we were younger it was something normal because our baby teeth were coming out because our “big boy/girl” teeth were on its way into the world. But that’s it you guys! THAT’S all we have left until we grow old.

Our teeth are meant to last us forever, as long as you take care of them. Sadly, things in life happen. We neglect them and now, stuck toothless and it seems like its all downhill from there. Incorrect! Just like technology, dentistry has evolved and things are looking brighter for those who are concerned about their appearance and also their health. There are a few choices for replacing a missing tooth.

  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Implants

Go to the best dentist in town and see Dr. Louie, have a consultation and see which works out for you. This will not only change your appearance but also, how you eat, your health, and just an overall a joy of knowing you have a great smile.

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Bruxism: Teeth Grinding

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Have you ever found yourself grinding your teeth? Maybe even clenching? It may not seem like a big problem now but as you get older it can cause some major damage to your teeth!

Why? Usually can be caused by stress and anxiety. Missing, and abnormal bite, crooked teeth plays a big toll as well. A lot of patients don’t even know they grind their teeth because it occurs when they’re sleeping.

How do I find out if I grind? Since it happens when you are asleep, you might wake up to constant dull headaches or sore jaw indicates of Bruxism. Often times patients find out that they grind their teeth by loved ones who hears them grinding at night. Best way to figure out if you grind is ask someone to observe you sleep.

Is it harmful? Chronic (long term) grinding can cause your teeth to loosen, tooth loss and in some case fractured as well. It’s not a pretty sight as well, your enamel will be grinded down and your teeth will become short. When this happens you will need major dental work done, Root Canal Treatment (RCT), bridges, implants, crowns, and dentures.

How to STOP? You can come in and see Dr. Louie the best dentist in LA and he can fit you with a mouth guard that protects your teeth from grinding when you sleep. Ask us more about this topic and we will be more than happy to get back to you, call us today and don’t wait!


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