Monthly Archives: March 2016

Baby Teeth /Smiles on Bristol Dentistry

Baby teeth are very important to parents and to the team at Smiles On Bristol from the beginning of their existence to the end. These mini chompers   allow baby to chew and speak properly and not only that but baby teeth have a very important purpose to save space for when permanent teeth start to arrive; and also it begins a start for good oral hygiene. Baby teeth development usually begins before the baby is even born. Even if development begins before baby is born, these baby teeth are kept under the gums and don’t show up until baby is about 6 months to a year old .Teething can be as adorable and painful as it sounds. The teething is a process which can cause irritation on infant’s gums however, there are several methods which can help ease this irritation. Several things you can do to help relieve this irritation are massage your baby’s gums with a clean finger, a cool spoon, cold or wet washcloth this will all help to ease the discomfort. As the first baby teeth start to appear the brushing begins, how might brushing baby teeth are important you might ask? Well this allows the child to begin the good practices of oral

Baby teeth basics are a must, as soon as you see the eruption of a baby tooth you should begin to brush to prevent from any caries. It is never too early to start brushing your baby’s teeth. Prevent caries by also making sure baby doesn’t sleep with bottle containing any sugary drinks, milk or even breast milk, make sure baby doesn’t sleep with pacifier that has been containing any sugar. To prevent from having overcrowded or crooked teeth make sure infant isn’t going in the direction of thumb-sucking. Another care basic for baby teeth and also adult teeth, retain from allowing too many sweets, sugary drinks such as: juice, soda, etc… Floss at least once at day once all baby teeth have arrived to prevent from any build up at early childhood.

With all this in mind a good oral hygiene should begin as soon as child starts to develop the first baby teeth. Parents should begin brushing baby teeth as they begin to show up. By doing so you are creating a good oral hygiene that will come in handy once permanent teeth start to appear. This will all pay off as this will prevent any caries at a young age. Most children start losing baby teeth at age 6 starting by the front teeth and finishing with the molars. Permanent teeth should have almost all be out by ages 12 to 14 and a good oral hygiene should continue. Make sure to visit your Smiles On Bristol Dental Office as soon as your infants first baby tooth has arrived and continue your regular dental visits accompanied by well brushing and flossing, don’t forget it is never too early. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry./contact-us/

Types of Dental X-Rays / Smiles on Bristol Dentistry


Dental X-rays are very important part of a dental exam. Dental X-rays help the dentist see any problems that are going on, on your teeth, gums, and jaws. They can detect problems like tooth decay, periodontal disease, and impacted teeth. They can also detect more severe problems like bite problems or even tumors. Most of these problems are not visable to the naked eye, and therefore x-rays are taken. There are different types of x-rays that the technician take so the dentist can give a better diagnostic.

The most common type of x-ray is a bitewing x-ray. The bitewing x-ray shows how the posteriorXray-blog7 teeth occlude.In a bitewing x-ray only the crown part of the tooth will show.In this type of x-ray the dentist can check for decay in between the teeth.Decay in between the teeth is very difficult to diagnose without and x-ray. This type of x-ray can show if there is severe bone loss, or how the upper and lower teeth line up. 4 bitewing x-rays are taken in an initial full dental exam.

Another type of dental x-ray is a periapical x-ray. Periapical x-ray show the entire tooth from the crown to the end of the root. Periapical x-rays are used to help dentist diagnose for impacted teeth, abcess, bone loss, cysts, or fractures. 1395401009_5These x-rays are also taken in all intial exams and are usually 14 periapical x-rays for adult  first exams.

Occlusal x-rays are not so common but are taken in some occasions. This type of x-ray show the floor and roof of your mouth. These are use to find extra teeth in the mouth or jaw fractures. Panoramic x-rays are taken when starting orthodontic treatment. Panoramic can detect impacted teeth, abnormalities, cysts, or abcess.

At Smiles on Bristol Dentistry in Santa Ana we take digital x-rays. Digital x-rays are safer to use than traditional x-rays. The reason for it requires less radiation and less exposure time. We have up to date x-ray machines and require all our staff that operate the machine to be licensed. Our goal on Smiles on Bristol is patient safety. If you have any questions or concerns regarding dental x-rays, please feel free to contact our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari, or our office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.  /contact-us/

The Anatomy of our Teeth/Smiles on Bristol Dentistry

What do your teeth really consist of? Our teeth are broken down into two parts, the crown and the root. The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible to everyone and the root is the part of the tooth which is non able visible. The root is beneath our gum line this root helps anchor our teeth to the jawbone. Our tooth are structured of several components first comes the tooth enamel, second come the dentin and lastly comes the pulp chamber.cross-section-of-a-tooth

What is tooth enamel you might ask? This is the protective covering of our teeth. Just like our skin has been designed to protect our body, our enamel has been designed with the same purpose to protect our tooth. The tooth enamel is the part of our tooth that is visible since it is the coating that makes up the crown of our teeth. This enamel is a very tough coating which protects the tooth from a everyday wear and tear. Not to mention the enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body which was intentionally made for all the chewing, biting and grinding. This tooth enamel appears to be white in most cases but it is actually translucent, which causes to be easily stained when teeth are not brushed and flossed daily. To prevent some discoloration on tooth enamel good oral hygiene should always come in hand. Tooth enamel not only helps us for chewing, biting, ect., but is also the protection for our dentin.

Dentin is another part of what our teeth consist off; this dentin is what makes up most of our teeth. Dentin is a yellow almost like bone made out of cells called odontoblast. This dentin gives our teeth the finish touch of a bright white look since our enamel is very translucent. If enamel starts to wear off, our teeth might start to look more dull and yellowish which is because only dentin is being left.Labeledandfulltooth


What comes after dentin? After dentin we have our pulp chamber in other words the heart of our teeth. Without the pulp chamber we would never be able to tell if there is anything wrong with our teeth since that is where the feeling comes out off. This pulp chamber is protected first by the enamel, and also it is also protected by dentin which covers most portions of our teeth. Without all these components our teeth would be weak and would not allow us to have proper way of chewing or biting. Also if cavities have passed the dentin to the pulp chamber that is when a root canal comes in place to kill the nerve the feeling of our teeth.

To protect all these components you must brush twice a day and floss daily, also don’t forget to visit your Santa Ana Smiles On Bristol Dentistry Office for your twice a year regular checkups.

Smoking / Smiles on Bristol Dentistry

Smoking can lead to serious health issues like lung disease, heart disease, and stroke. There are ingredients in cigarettes that attack vital organs. The most common problems smokers face is lung problems. Did you know that smoking also affects your oral health? It can lead to problems like staining of the teeth, bad breath, periodontal disease, oral cancers, and many more. It is very important to stop smoking or limit the amount of smoking because of the effects that it has on your health.Bad teeth, smoker

Smoking leads to periodontal problems. Smoking stops the salivary glands from saliva flow, causing dry mouth. The stop in saliva makes the mouth more vulnerable for plaque to build up on your teeth. The buildup affects the gum and causes them to recede. The buildup also affects your bone, and if its left for long times it causes to the bone to recede and this bone does not grow back.

Chewing tobacco or smoking can also lead to oral cancer. This is because of the ingredients that are in the cigarette or tobacco. The first signs of oral cancer are swelling or lumps inside the oral cavity, sores that do not go away within two weeks, bleeding constantly from the mouth, and difficulty swelling or chewing. There are also not visible signs and dentist use a special light to spot abnormalities. These are key signs that you should see a dentist if you have been smoking or chewing tobacco for a long time.

If you have missing teeth and are planning to replace those teeth it is very important to quit smoking. If you plan on an implant it is very difficult for an implant to be successful. The surrounding tissues will have trouble adapting to the implant causing it to fail. Dental bridges will be very difficult to match because of bone lost. Our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari gives tips to his patients on how to find alternatives to quitting. He tells them to try chewing gum if they feel the need to chew tobacco or exercise if they find an urge smoke.

If you have trouble quitting your dentist can also recommend or nicotine patches to help the urge of smoking. Smoking is an expensive habit that affects your health. If you have any questions regarding smoking, you can contact our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry./contact-us/

Dental Bridges / Smiles on Bristol Dentistry

Dental Bridges are fixed prosthodontics that are cemented on to an existing tooth or implant. Unlike removable prosthodontics the dental bridge can only be removed by a dentist after being cemented. A Dental Bridge is recommended when one or more teeth are missing.  It is highly recommended to replace a missing tooth, if a missing tooth is not replace the neighboring teeth begin to shift to the empty space. This causes more trouble in your mouth, like periodontitis or crowded or misaligned teeth.Dental-Bridge_14

Traditional Dental Bridges are the most common type of bridge. They require two teeth and they must have a gap in the middle to be able to place a fake tooth or anchor tooth.  Traditional dental bridges can restore the ability to chew properly, restore your smiles, and prevent your teeth from shifting to different positions. It also helps with distributing the bite evenly in your mouth. Our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari always gives his patients options for replacing a missing tooth.

The dental bridge procedure is usually done in two visits. The first visit a preliminary impression is taken for your temporary bridge.  After the preliminary impression is taken the dentist begins to file down your teeth to create room for your permanent bridge.  Once the filing is complete the dentist will take an impression to send to the lab to fabricate your permanent bridge.  After the impression is taken and completed the dentist or registered dental assistant will fabricate your temporary bridge. This will protect your teeth that have been filed down and your gum, meanwhile your permanent bridge is being fabricated.

The following appointment will be the delivery of the bridge.  The temporary bridge and removed and your permanent bridge will be delivered. There are a few adjustments to be made when they deliver your permanent bridge.  There can be a chance that you return one time between the impression date and delivery date for a bridge try in. On the try in date your dentist will check that all margins are correct before they finalize the bridge; some adjustments can be made in this appointment.

The dental bridge last up to five to fifteen years or more if taken care of properly. This means brushing and flossing every day and regular checkups from your dentist. The dental bridge shouldn’t change the way you talk. It does take time to get use to in the mouth. Some slight sensitivity is also normal after the treatment is completed. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation for a missing tooth, feel free to contact our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry./contact-us/

TMJ / Smiles on Bristol Dentistry


What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder also known as TMJ is a disorder in which the hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw is not working properly. This hinge connects both the upper and lower jaw allowing it to move side to side, forward and backwards. This is an important complex joint that allows the proper chewing, biting, and other movements. Often when feeling popping; or also feelings like you have gotten stuck shows that you have TMJ. This dysfunction can lead to having pain or discomfort. The determination of this exact misalignment of hinge is often impossible to determine. However, your dentist can help by taking appropriate X-rays to determine some of the factors of TMJ disorder.  However some Common treatments are bite guards or night guards, medications, and also physical therapy. At times often wisdom teeth can affect TMJ as this can lead to being overcrowded and applying pressure on both upper and lower jaw.

Some common symptoms of TMJ disorder are:

  • Headaches and Earaches
  • Feeling of jaw being “stuck” or locked out of place
  • Pain when yawning or opening mouth to wide
  • Popping when opening mouth or chewing
  • Clicking sounds when opening and closing mouth
  • Neck problems such as tenderness
  • Having regular sore throat



If you think or have any of these problems please contact our Santa Ana Dentist Danial Kalantari at Smiles On Bristol

Flossing/ Smiles on Bristol Dentistry

Flossing plays a very important role in your oral hygiene. Flossing is the only way to clean in between your teeth. You can brush three times a day, but you are still not cleaning in between your teeth if you aren’t flossing. Using your dental floss at least once a day, especially at night before going to bed can help prevent cavities. It removes plaque or food particles that are stuck between your teeth. Flossing also helps you from having bad breath, the bad breath usually comes from food that is left in between your teeth. Our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari always recommend his patients to floss between each meals, or least once a day. For children he recommends that the parents floss their kid’s teeth until they learn how to on their own. If you aren’t flossing regularly it is very common for your gums to bleed. This is gingivitis which means swelling of the gums. The way you treat gingivitis is by brushing your teeth and flossing regularly. The gums will become to turn a pink color and the bleeding stops. Flossing also prevents periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused from buildup that is under the gum. The buildup attacks the bone and gums causing them to recede. Plaque that is left on the teeth becomes to harden up with the saliva causing it to stick to your teeth. Once the buildup is stuck to your teeth it is very hard to remove with just a regular toothbrush. You will have to go to a professional to remove the buildup. There are many products in the market that help with cleaning in between your teeth, but the one that our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari recommends is regular wax dental floss. It is very affordable and easy to use. If you have braces or a dental bridge it is very important you floss with the help of a floss threader. The threader helps the floss go in the space where it’s desired to go. Brushing and flossing correctly will help you maintain a good oral hygiene. The way your floss is you pull the floss out to about 2 to 3 inches. You wrap the ends against your fingers and place it in between your teeth. When the floss reaches the gum line, rub the floss gently along your teeth and under your gums and then away from the gum line. Do not force the dental floss in between your teeth you can hurt your gums. Continue the method in between all teeth. If you have any questions regarding dental floss or flossing, please contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly dental office Smiles on Bristol Dentistry./contact-us/4429422_267894_flossing

Root Canal Treatment / Smiles on Bristol Dentistry

Root Canal Treatment a is sequence of treatments to treat an infected pulp of a tooth. When people are experiencing throbbing pain on a tooth, or wake up in the middle of the night with pain, it’s a sign that you might need a root canal treatment. What happens is that the decay affects the nerve or pulp of the tooth causing the tooth to hurt. If the decay goes untreated there’s a chance of developing an abscess. The abscess will form along the tooth that is infected. In some instances, there will be no sign of abscess but once an x-ray is taken you will be able to see a lesion at the end of the root of the tooth.

Another reason for a root canal treatment would be if there is trauma to a tooth. Trauma to the tooth cause the tooth to turn a dark color. When the tooth turns dark grey or pink is that there is internal bleeding. For primary teeth or baby teeth if the tooth turns yellow, it can be that that the pulp calcified. Our Santa Ana Dentist Santa Ana Dr. Danial Kalantari would recommend to watch the tooth for a while, unless the patient is having pain. If you injured your tooth it is a good idea to have it checked to make sure there isn’t any lesions.root

How does the treatment work? It starts by locating the tooth that is causing the discomfort or abscess. After the tooth is located, the dentist administers dental anesthesia so the patients don’t feel discomfort. The cavity is cleaned out and the dentist opens the cavity of the tooth. He locates the entrances of the root and begins using endodontic files to remove the nerve. The canals are disinfected by using an irrigation material. The canals are then shaped to allow gutta percha to replace the missing nerve. Before the gutta percha is placed the dentist will place sealer, this will prevent the tooth from becoming infected again. After the gutta percha is placed your dentist will put filling material to replace the missing tooth structure. A dental is highly recommended, because your tooth won’t have the same strength it had before. There is a chance that the tooth breaks with just a regular filling.

Root Canal treatment is an option the dentist gives before extracting any teeth. There is a chance that the root canal treatment will fail. If the root canal treatment fails, the next option will be to extract the tooth. Some dentist will recommend retreatments. Another complication you can face while doing a root canal treatment is that hand files can break inside the canal. This can be for many reasons, if a hand file breaks then there is an option to remove it or to leave it in place if there is no discomfort. If you have any questions you can contact our Santa Ana Dentist. Dr. Danial Kalantari or Smiles on Bristol Dentistry office./contact-us/



Regular Dental Cleaning Vs Deep Cleaning / Smiles on Bristol Dentistry

Routine dental exams are very important because they help maintain your teeth and gums healthy. Routine dental exams are scheduled or recommend every six months. In your routine exam your dentist will determine what type of cleaning it’s recommended for you. In most cases there are two options regular cleaning or deep cleaning. Your dentist will determine what type of cleaning by looking at your x-rays and seeing if there’s bone that is being lost from buildup.

Regular cleanings are cleanings that remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This type of cleaning is called a prophylaxis cleaning. They use a special toothpaste that has a sandy feel to polish your teeth. In some instances, if there are stains, the dentist can recommend a different type of material called pumice. They also remove any tartar that’s on the coronal portion of the teeth. Regular dental cleanings can be done by a registered dental assistant, dental hygienist, and dentist. Registered dental assistants are licensed by the state to perform this type of cleanings. dental_hygienist-e1391234209268

Deep cleanings can be only perform by a dentist and dental hygienist. This type of cleaning is needed when there is build up or calculus underneath the gum level. The buildup or calculus causes the gum to irritate and bone level to recede also known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease Is not curable only treatable. A regular dental cleaning will not work for if your dentist diagnoses deep cleaning. The reason being is that the regular dental cleaning will only remove plaque from the crown part of the tooth, leaving the buildup or calculus untreated.

Our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari always recommends to his patients to brush and floss no matter what type of cleaning is needed. This is the best preventative measure from any plaque or build up. Dr. Danial Kalantari Dentist in Santa Ana tells his patients to brush floss at least once a time at night time before going to bed. This will remove any plaque or food that’s left in between the teeth. Not only does this preventive build up and plaque but also cavities. Brushing all teeth and on the lingual part of the teeth is very important, most plaque is left there and with saliva it will harden making it difficult to remove.

Your routine check-ups and regular cleanings should be consistent. If you haven’t scheduled or visited your dentist plan a visit. If you have any questions or comments regarding the types of dental cleanings, you can always contact your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry in Santa Ana./contact-us/