April 28, 2015
If a picture is supposedly worth a thousand words, how much is a smile worth? If you feel confident about the appearance of your teeth and enjoy sharing your smile with others, then it’s likely worth quite a bit. If your teeth are cosmetically flawed, however, you may prefer to keep your smile to yourself. At the cosmetic dentistry office of Dr. Les Latner in Los Angeles, CA, men and women seeking radiant, picture-perfect smiles are invited to explore the possibilities afforded by porcelain veneers.
Advantages of Custom Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin, beautifully crafted shells of dental porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. They are capable of correcting a wide variety of cosmetic flaws simultaneously, transforming your smile in as few as two visits to our office. Due to their material composition, porcelain veneers look and feel completely natural, even reflecting light in the same way that tooth enamel does.
Porcelain veneers are used to create an even, symmetrical, and flawless look, masking one or more of the following imperfections:
- Cracks or chips in enamel
- Deep stains and discoloration
- Uneven spacing or gaps
- Mild to moderate crowding or misalignment
- Teeth that are misshapen or too small in relation to surrounding teeth
Because porcelain naturally resists stains caused by dark foods and beverages, you’ll never have to worry about losing your revitalized new look.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation
If you’ve been looking for a way to add vitality to your smile and your overall appearance, porcelain veneers might be the perfect solution for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Latner, and see for yourself how easy it can be to transform your smile with porcelain veneers. Our West Los Angeles, CA dental practice proudly services men and women from throughout the surrounding areas, including Venice, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, and beyond.
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April 19, 2015
Do you often wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or a persistent headache? Do you experience stiffness in your muscles throughout your neck, shoulders, and back? These are among the most common symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Left untreated, this condition can lead to further damage to the joints that hinge your jaw to your skull, causing even more pain and limited jaw movement. At the Los Angeles, CA dental practice of Dr. Les Latner, finally find relief from chronic TMJ pain.
TMJ Disorder Treatment for Jaw Pain
The delicate, triangular structures in your jaw joint are susceptible to damage from a variety of sources, but the two most common causes of TMJ disorder are trauma and jaw clenching. When these joints are misaligned or out of balance with the rest of the muscles and ligaments in the face, head, and neck, the result is TMJ pain. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Jaw becomes stuck or locked in an open or closed position
- Facial tenderness or pain
- A clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth
- Pain in the muscles in your neck, shoulders, and back
- Frequent headaches
- Trouble chewing
- Facial swelling
- Earaches and/or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
With TMJ therapy, Dr. Latner can help you return to a state of comfort and overall well-being, all without invasive treatment or surgery. Patients who have suffered from jaw pain for years are amazed at the difference they feel following treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Don’t spend another day in chronic pain; contact us today to learn more about how Dr. Latner can alleviate your TMJ disorder symptoms. We sincerely look forward to serving you and your family at our Los Angeles, CA dental office, your premier destination for general, preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. We are also happy to serve communities in Venice, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, and beyond.
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April 12, 2015
While most will agree that snoring can be a nuisance, the lesser known implications of this noisy nighttime breathing may be more serious than a common annoyance. In fact, excessive snoring is among the most common symptoms of a potentially life-threatening condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. At the Los Angeles, CA dental practice of Dr. Les Latner, you can discover real relief from snoring as well as sleep apnea with a custom oral appliance.
The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea
When a person has sleep apnea, their breathing is repeatedly interrupted throughout the course of the night, often causing a severe reduction in blood oxygen levels. Over time, untreated sleep apnea can contribute to the following health complications:
- High blood pressure
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Atrial fibrillation
- Chronic daytime fatigue, which may result in accidents behind the wheel or at work
- Depression and anxiety
- Seizures and other nerve disorders
Fortunately, there is a minimally invasive method of treating sleep apnea: a custom oral appliance that is worn only at night. The oral splint keeps your jaw and tongue in their proper positions, keeping the airway open. Finally, you can enjoy a truly restful night of sleep and more energized mornings.
Explore Your Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
If you or someone in your family suffers from obstructive sleep apnea and you’d like to learn more about treatment, please call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Latner. We look forward to helping you discover the innumerable benefits of sleep apnea treatment, including everything from snoring cessation to a reduced risk of disease. Our West LA dental office warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Venice, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, and beyond.
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April 2, 2015
Approximately 43,250 men and women in America will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone, and only about half of them will survive to see 2020. This is because oral cancer is most often undetectable in its earliest stages, when the disease is most successfully treated. Instead, it is allowed to progress and develop, claiming another life every hour, 24 hours a day. Fortunately, Dr. Les Latner offers oral cancer screening in Los Angeles, CA and the surrounding areas, giving his patients a clear advantage when it comes to early detection and timely treatment.
What Are the Signs of Oral Cancer?
An oral cancer screening and a biopsy is the only certain way to accurately diagnose the disease, but there are certain symptoms you can keep in mind and watch for between visits to our office. The most common signs of oral cancer include:
- A sore in the mouth that bleeds and/or doesn’t heal within two weeks
- A thickening of tissue in the cheek lining or under the tongue (may or may not be painful)
- Whitish or red patches anywhere in the mouth
- Persistent hoarseness and difficulty swallowing
- Pain or difficulty in moving the tongue
- Numbness or tingling
If you notice any of these symptoms or any other abnormalities, contact us right away to schedule your oral cancer screening. We will always take the time to discuss the status of your oral health with you in a way that is straightforward and easy to understand.
Schedule Your Screening Today
If it has been more than six months since your last dental checkup, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today to schedule your next visit. Dr. Latner and his team look forward to welcoming you to our state-of-the-art dental practice in Los Angeles, CA. With a variety of general and preventive dentistry services, including oral cancer screening, Dr. Latner can help you preserve your oral health as well as your overall wellness. Our family-friendly dental office warmly welcomes patients from throughout West LA, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, and beyond.
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