09 Aug

Invisalign Before and After

Real patients using Invisalign before and after photos

09 Aug

SDDS Dental Photo Gallery

19 May

Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Most people will tell you that their smile is part of what makes them beautiful. Truth of the matter is that as human beings, we notice a beautiful smile from clear across a room.

When we lose one or more teeth, it can ultimately change the way we think of ourselves and our self-esteem. So the question is, if a person loses their teeth, what is the best way to replace their missing teeth? Dentures, dental bridges or dental implants? Well for the purpose of this article we will be looking at the advantages of dental implants and how you can replace missing teeth with dental implants.

Dental implants Bakersfield, CA SDDS Dental Dr. Navid Safaei
dental implant illustration

Implants are the most natural replacement option for missing teeth. This is because the system copies nature’s own development. An implant uses an artificial root to hold the crown in place. The implant is permanently placed in the gums without damaging adjacent structures and then an abutment and crown are placed on the implant/artificial root.

The second advantage of implants is the ease of hygiene.  With this procedure there is nothing special that you have to do. Just take care of them as you take care of your regular teeth. Simply brush and floss regularly, like you usually do. Since implants are fixed and permanent there is no different maintenance for them. Unlike bridges where you have to thread floss under the bridge, an implant is a standalone unit that does not interfere with the rest of your teeth or dental habits. And unlike partials, it does not need to be removed. You heard right!

Another clear advantage is the success rate of dental implants. Although dependent on many factors, statistically, the success rate for this procedure is close to 100%. And the long-term prognosis has been excellent.

One of the best features of dental implants is that they work just like real teeth. They have the same ability that you would find with your other teeth including no differences in chewing and eating. No more worrying about what to eat and if they will be comfortable. They will look and function the same as your natural teeth. Implants are the closest to your own teeth as you can get.

These are just some of the advantages that people will look at when they make a choice on how to replace missing teeth. Each case is unique and an implant may not be the best for everyone. Take a look at this page and review some of the options available. A consultation with Dr. Safaei will determine whether implants are a good option for you.

08 Apr

The Importance Of Having Proper and Routine Dental Care

The health of your body is important. When people think of taking care of their body they mostly think of their heart, lungs, kidneys and their weight. What most people don’t think about is their teeth and their dental health. Having a great dentist is just as important as having a great family doctor. Why? Well let’s take a look at several reasons.

First and foremost, have you ever had a tooth ache that just would not go away? A tooth ache means there is a problem in your tooth. Usually whenever there is a toothache, that is a strong indication that there is an infection in the tooth. Whenever a person has an infection it is never good. A tooth ache also shows that the problem is set in pretty deep. The other thing about a bad tooth ache is that the pain seems like it will never go away and simple things like eating and drinking can cause pain. If a person does not have a dentist to go to they may endure that pain for a while and they may stop eating and drinking the way they need too. If you had a family dentist that you went to see on a regular basis maybe they could have prevented the toothache and the infection.

Another important reason to see a dentist on a regular basis is because a lot of diseases show symptoms orally before they even show up to a family doctor. So even though your dentist primary responsibility is your teeth and gums they also can monitor other parts of your body and they may be able to diagnose things that could be happening to your body before your family doctor does. For example most people know smoking can cause cancer, however a dentist may notice oral cancer before the doctor does because of oral cancer screenings conducted at your regular check-ups.

An important reason to go to a dentist is to maintain your gum health. By checking your gums it can help you to keep your teeth healthy. If left unchecked gum disease could lead to tooth loss but if your dentist checks your gums on a regular basis he can try to catch it and prevent it from occurring.

How wonderful is it to see someone with a beautiful smile? Well the reason most people have beautiful smiles is because they went to their dentist on a regular basis and had their teeth cleaned. Not only that but people also go to their dentist about braces if needed, porcelain veneers, and even custom whitening trays. These are all cosmetic changes that your dentist can work on for.

Most people have a family doctor that they go to for routine checkups and preventive maintenance on their bodies. It is just as important to go to your dentist and have them do routine checkups and preventive maintenance on your teeth and gums.

Call Dr. Navid Safaei at (661) 831-0800 for more information about your dental health.

6663 Ming Ave Bakersfield, CA 93309

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03 Apr

What are dental veneers?

Are you happy with your smile? Do you have some teeth whose color has changed, or do you possibly have chipped teeth? If you suffer from either one of these things, sometimes it’s hard for you to smile because you may have some low self-esteem. If you have any of these issues you are not alone, there are plenty of people who deal with these same issues. The good news is there are options out there.


Have you ever heard of dental veneers? They are a thin layer of material that goes over the tooth to either cover up the less then pretty tooth or damaged tooth.

Another great thing about these veneers is that they can be used for one tooth or multiple teeth, almost giving you a look of a movie star. The way that they are applied is that they are bonded to the teeth using a technique that Dr. Safaei is trained in. They can last many years.

The very first step is to meet with Dr. Safaei. At this meeting we will discuss your goals with a cosmetic consultation. At that point we will examine your teeth to see if you are a good candidate for veneers.

What are the advantages that you can gain from getting veneers? Well for one, when it is completed, people cannot tell that it’s not your teeth because it will look natural. If you have some discolored teeth the veneer can give your teeth a whiter look. They also handle stains well as the veneers will not stain over time.

In all essence dental veneers also called porcelain veneers are wonderful because not only do they protect your damaged teeth but it also make your smile much more beautiful. Smiles can affect your image and your self-esteem. A lot of people do not realize that a when a person has discolored teeth they do not want to smile. This is something that we can change.

Veneers can be invaluable and a lot less extensive then doing crowns. Remember if you have some teeth that you are not happy with, call our office for a complimentary cosmetic/veneer consultation. It could be the appointment that changes your smile!

10 Feb

Smile Even If You Have Lost Some Teeth

Are you a person who is missing a tooth or two or more? Sometimes that can affect people’s self-esteem because they may not want to smile or even talk for fear of people noticing their teeth being gone. No matter the reason why you have lost your teeth, whether it’s an injury, gum disease or severe decay…the good news is that there is a solution called dental implants.

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. That’s all they are. Now what is key about them is that they are molded into your jaw for maximum strength and long term success. When a person loses a tooth they may change their eating habits and sometimes change their diet. By adding the implants it stops bone loss and by replacing the natural roots that were originally there. SERIOUSLY!
Dental implants Bakersfield, CA

Now if you are thinking about getting implants then there is some things you need to be aware of. First and foremost, your gums must be strong enough to support them. You also need enough bone to be able to support them. Of course our office will check this during one of our free implant consultation.

You may be wondering what kind of advantages and benefits will I get from doing this procedure? Well first and foremost you will have a beautiful smile, because they look like your teeth. Another benefit is a raise in your self-esteem because you will not be worried about what people think of your teeth any more. Implants are also an excellent long term restoration, and they are comfortable in your mouth. You do not have to take them out of your mouth like dentures and they are more comfortable than any removable appliance. You can treat them like you own teeth. So remember…even if you’ve lost some teeth, we can make you smile again!

6663 Ming Ave Bakersfield, CA 93309 (661) 831-0800

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