The Blog of Dr. Firouzi Babak, D.D.S.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Care of Porcelain Veneers

The average set of porcelain veneers lasts from five to ten years. By following these easy care procedures, you can expand the life of your veneers to beyond ten years:

  • Treat your porcelain veneer just like any other tooth - Brush and floss regularly.
  • Take extra care of your gums - If your gum line recedes, the porcelain veneer may become visible and ruin your perfect smile.
  • Protect your veneer from sharp impacts and heavy forces - Porcelain veneers can be damaged from biting or chewing hard objects.
  • Protect your porcelain veneer when playing sports - It is always a good idea to have mouth protection when playing sports where injury to your teeth could occur.
  • Do not clench or grind your teeth - Clenching and grinding your teeth is a common way to chip or break porcelain veneers.
  • Avoid staining liquids - While porcelain veneers are stain resistant, the cement used to bond the veneer to your tooth can stain. This may cause your tooth to have a stain around the edge of the veneer.

Maintaining proper care of your porcelain veneers is relatively easy and will ensure that you get the most from your investment.

If you live in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area and want more information on porcelain veneers, please contact experienced Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist Dr. Babak Firouzi at the Center for Aesthetic Dentistry today to schedule a complimentary consultation appointment.

posted by Anonymous at 3:13 PM

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Do you have Sleep Apnea?

Is snoring a problem in your house? Millions of Americans snore. And their partners dread every single night of it. Did you hear Dr. Firouzi’s interview on the radio on this as well? Do you know that snoring and sleep apnea are associated with high blood pressure, risk of heart attack and stroke, diabetes, depression, daytime sleepiness/fatigue? You could consider throat surgery, but it’s not something that many want.

Pittsburgh Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Firouzi fabricates an oral appliance that can be worn comfortably during sleep that holds the jaw in a certain position and prevents snoring in most cases. It’s safe, AND it can save you life!

If you think you may have sleep apnea and live in the Pittsburgh Penssylvania area, contact our office today.

posted by Ashley Martin at 2:13 PM

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Preventing Gum Disease

Do you want to prevent ever getting Gum Disease? We can show you how with new techniques in gum disease prevention. Have you been told you need gum surgery? Maybe you don’t. There are now advancements in the non-surgical treatment of gum disease, with the use of our soft tissue laser, that often enable us to treat cases easily and comfortably with non-surgical treatment that would otherwise require gum surgery. Dr. Firouzi was interviewed about this topic on the radio. And if you truly do have advanced gum disease that absolutely needs surgery, we now have a new miraculous treatment that minimizes the surgical treatment and greatly enhances the re-growth of bone around the teeth – absolutely amazing!

By the way, do you suffer from frequent canker sores and cold sores? We know how annoying these can be, we have technology that can help. Our LASER can effectively treat canker sores and cold sores. It can take the pain away from canker sores instantly, and the LASER kills the viruses that cause cold sores, allowing rapid healing so that you don’t have to hide your embarrassment for the next two weeks.

Dr. Firouzi treats patients in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area; contact our dentist office today for your consultation.

posted by Ashley Martin at 2:07 PM

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Can your Headaches and Migraines be treated by a Dentist Visit?

You may have seen Pittsburgh dentist, Dr. Firouzi discuss this on TV lately. Headaches are generally classified into several basic types: Sinus, Cluster, Tension and Migraine. While headaches are typically treated by your physician, improper occlusion (your bite) may play a significant role in certain types of headaches as well as other head and neck pain. One type of headache, tension headache is by far the most common. If you only experience this type of headache occasionally, they are often controlled with over-the-counter pain medication, however, if they occur with some regularity or have persisted for a long period of time, we might be able to help. The problem may be able to be treated with neuromuscular dentistry.

If the indications are that your bite is a major factor in your development of headaches, Dr. Firouzi may recommend provisional or interim treatment. This involves fabrication of a custom made orthotic (a plastic appliance that is worn over your teeth) to adjust your bite to correct relationship. After having worn the appliance for some time, both you and Dr. Firouzi will know for sure if the new bite has resolved the headaches. If it has, you will have several options open to you for long term treatment.

To learn more about TMD and TMJ, contact out neuromuscular dentist in Pittsburgh today

posted by Ashley Martin at 2:01 PM

Friday, September 11, 2009

Laser Cavity Detection

Have you ever gone to the dentist and had him find a cavity that he didn’t see just six months before, yet when the filling was placed it was very large? Have you wondered why the filling was so large when the cavity wasn’t even present just six months before? The fact is that the cavity was there for quite some time. The dentist just couldn’t see it, and the cavity wasn’t big enough to show on the x-rays. By the time the dentist knew it was there, the cavity was already large.

The greatest technology advance in dental diagnosis since the x-ray, the Laser Scanner can detect new cavities years before any other means of cavity detection. You may have heard cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Firouzi interviewed on the radio about the Laser Scanner. The Laser Scanner shines a harmless laser beam into the tooth. If tooth decay is present, even in very small amounts, it will be reflected back at the sensor in the laser. The laser will alert the doctor to the presence of a cavity, and also provide an indication of how much tooth decay is present.

The Result? Small cavities are found.

If you live in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area, make an appointment with our dentists today.

posted by Ashley Martin at 1:54 PM

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dental Office That Treats Children

Pittsburgh Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Firouzi has always enjoyed treating the younger set. It is his goal to actually make dental visits fun for kids. Out little patients typically love to see us (and love the toys and LARGE helium balloons they leave with). Dr. Firouzi is, himself, a dental phobic. As a child he had a tremendous fear of the dentist. Because of this, it is his goal that NO CHILD should EVER develop such a fear that would carry over into adulthood.

We also provide our little athlete patients with custom-made professional mouthguards, free of charge, which fit so well that you can wear them comfortably during any sports. Don’t take a chance with your child’s teeth. We are anxious to help.

If you live in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area and would like to learn more about our office, contact us for a consultation today.

posted by Ashley Martin at 1:38 PM

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Do You Worry About the Cleanliness of Your Dental Office?

In today’s world, with all the new viruses and bacteria, we need to be concerned about the health of our family when we visit the dentist. Dr. Firouzi has long been an advocate of proper dental office sterilization and cleanliness. You may have seen him interviewed on the television and radio about this. If you are already a patient of ours, you’ve seen our diligence in protecting you.

You’ve seen all the disposables we use. You’ve seen all the instruments and drills come out of the sterilized bags. But did you know that we also go to the extent of having a dental university routinely monitor our sterilizing equipment to ensure your safety? How about the water bottles you see next to our dental chairs? Do you know what they’re for? There is a new concern about the safety of dental unit water lines (did you see the 20/20 television program where Barbara Walters presented “Dentistry’s Dirty Little Secret”?) Those very tiny water lines that lead to the dental drills and dental water spray have been found to breed bacteria over weeks, months, and years.

Our cosmetic dentist office has installed a water line disinfection system. This system uses two bottles – one for water, and the other for disinfectant. It allows us to disinfect the dental water lines each and every night, all night long! This prevents harmful bacteria from colonizing in these lines. You’ve probably heard on the TV news that there is a danger of ‘back wash’ from the suction tube that is placed in your mouth at the dentist. That’s why we have installed special valves on our system that makes it IMPOSSIBLE for contaminated fluids to splash back into your mouth.

As you can see, Dr. Firouzi and his staff go to great lengths to be certain your visit to our office is not only enjoyable, but also SAFE!

If you live in the Pittsburgh area and have more questions please contact our Cosmetic Dentist office today.

posted by Ashley Martin at 1:31 PM