Obtain a Perfect Smile with Dental Crowns | Restorative Dentistry | San Pedro, CA

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Dental Crowns are a restorative dental procedure that address aesthetic needs, restore tooth function, and enhance the overall health of your mouth.  In cases where teeth have large broken down fillings, a dental crown can protect and preserve the remaining natural tooth.

To enhance your smile, a metal-free, tooth-colored dental crown can also replace an older metal/porcelain dental crown.  Following root canal therapy, a dental crown is typically placed over the remaining tooth structure to preserve aesthetic and tooth function.

For more information on dental crowns or other restorative dental procedures, contact Dr. Susan Sheets DDS in San Pedro, CA and make an appointment at at 310-832-2657 or visit our website at www.drsusansheets.com.

 Proudly serving San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and all surrounding areas.

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Improve your Smile with Porcelain Veneers | San Pedro, CA

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Do you find yourself covering your mouth when you smile or laugh? Don’t hide anymore! Visit Dr. Susan Sheets in San Pedro, CA to improve your smile with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are fabricated from a solid piece of porcelain. They fit over the front and underside of your tooth covering the entire surface of visible tooth. Porcelain veneers will help give you the smile of your dreams.

If you are unhappy with your smile and would like more information about porcelain veneers call Dr. Sheets at 310-832-2657. Learn more about her practice by visiting her website at www.drsusansheets.com.

Proudly serving San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach and all surrounding communities.

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No More Mercury! Tooth Colored Composite Fillings | San Pedro, CA

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Tooth-colored composite fillings mean mercury free fillings and no more discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant.

Amalgam fillings made of mercury are a thing of the past. Make sure your next filling is a tooth colored composite filling and mercury free. Call Dr. Susan Sheets in San Pedro, CA for an appointment today at 310-832-2657. Visit her website at www.drsusansheets.com.

Accepting patients from San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach and all surrounding areas.

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Are your gums sore and bleeding? | Gum Disease | Serving Long Beach, CA

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Do you have bad breathe, sensitive teeth and bleeding gums? You may have gum disease. There are two forms of gum disease: gingivitis, an inflammation of your gums caused by plaque, and periodontitis, a more advanced version of gingivitis that results in a gap between your teeth and your gums.

Gum disease, when caught in the gingivitis stage, can be treated and, in the future, prevented. Periodontitis, on the other hand, is more difficult to treat and, due to the gap between the teeth and gums, may cause your teeth to become loose and fall out.

Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss. If you think you have gum disease make an appointment today with Dr. Susan Sheets DDS in Irvine, CA at 310-832-2657. Visit her website at www.drsusansheets.com.

Accepting patients from Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach and all surrounding cities.

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Don’t Lose Your Dental Benefits! | Restorative Dentistry | Serving Long Beach, CA

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The end of the year is coming fast! If you have any unused insurance benefits this is a great time to call. Our very knowledgeable staff at Dr. Susan Sheets DDS Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry can assist you in utilizing those benefits. Call now 310-832-2657, appointments are filling up fast. Visit our website at www.drsusansheets.com.

Accepting patients from Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach and all surrounding areas.

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Meet Dr. Susan Sheets | Cosmetic Dentistry | San Pedro, CA

cosmetic dentistryDr. Sheets has served the community for over 20 years providing state of the art dental care. She is an expert in the fields of cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and implant dentistry. Dr. Sheets graduated from the USC School of Dentistry in 1988 and has trained with world-renowned dental instructors. Dr. Sheets is committed to continuing education and always utilizes the latest techniques to make your treatment comfortable and easy.

Dr. Sheets recently attended the “Newport Harbor Academy of Dentistry” with Dr. John Kois, DMD, MSD. The discussion topic was “Innovation in Comprehensive Treatment in the last 50 years.” Dr. Sheets recently graduated from the prestigious Kois Center. The Kois Center, LLC is a didactic and clinical program with the latest advances in esthetics, implant and restorative dentistry.

Don’t trust your oral health and smile to just anyone, make an appointment today with dental expert Dr. Susan Sheets in San Pedro, CA at 310-832-2657. Learn more about Dr. Sheets and her practice by visiting her website at www.drsusansheets.com.

Accepting patients from Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach and all surrounding areas.

 

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Porcelain Veneers vs Bonding | San Pedro, CA

porcelain veneers and dental bondingIs your smile not what you want it to be? If you would like to change your smile cosmetic dentist Dr. Susan Sheets DDS can help. Dr. Sheets offers many cosmetic dentistry procedures including the most popular, dental bonding and porcelain veneers. But what is the difference between the two?

Both bonding and veneers have similarities. They both are used to cover dental imperfections. However, the procedures are quite different.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding uses a smooth tooth colored solution which is applied to teeth. It covers stains, and fills in small chips and gaps. After the dental bonding solution has been applied and shaped a specialized dental light is used to harden the bonding material. Once the bonding solution is dried and cured additional layers may be applied depending on your situation. When the process is complete the tooth is then polished. Bonding is used on patients who need one or two teeth corrected.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are fabricated from a solid piece of porcelain. They fit over the front and underside of your tooth covering the entire surface of visible tooth. Veneers can be fitted to lengthen or widen teeth to close gaps or fill in chips. Porcelain veneers are generally used for patients who have several cosmetic problems or want their entire set of front facing teeth made over.

If you are unhappy with your smile and would like more information on bonding or porcelain veneers call Dr. Susan Sheets DDS in San Pedro, CA at 310-832-2657. Learn more about Dr. Sheets and her practice by visiting her website at www.drsusansheets.com.

Accepting patients from Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach and all surrounding areas.

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How long does Zoom Teeth Whitening Last? | San Pedro, CA

ZoomBy following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. And to maintain that brighter whiter smile as long as possible, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily and occasional touch-ups with night or day white gel. Dr. Susan Sheets in San Pedro, CA provides state of the art teeth whitening techniques.

Contact Dr. Susan Sheets at (310) 832-2657 or visit our website today to schedule your Zoom Teeth Whitening appointment.

Dr. Susan Sheets also proudly serves Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verde Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and surrounding areas.

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What can I expect with Dentures? | San Pedro, CA

DenturesThe success of your dentures, whether new or a replacement one, depends on a few factors.  Most importantly you need to rely on your dentist.  Dr. Susan Sheets in San Pedro, CA can offer the best advice to help you live your life with dentures.  Along with her advice, here are a few things you may experience while adjusting to your new or replacement dentures.

Gaining Confidence During the Adjustment Period- You’re probably worried about how your dentures will look and feel.  A period of awkwardness is normal at first and usually fades away quickly.  Before you know it, you’ll fell and be more confident about wearing your dentures.

How They Look and Feel- A “full-mouth” feeling is usually reported by new wearers.  You may feel that the dentures are too big or pushing your lips forward.  This feeling will disappear as you adjust to wearing your dentures.  They may feel like they don’t fit properly at first.  You may experience “gagging” or you to bite your cheek or tongue.  If you wear an upper denture your tongue will need to get used to the feeling of pressing against the denture and not your palate.  These problems do decrease over time.  Dr. Susan Sheets may recommend the use of a denture adhesive to help you feel more confident.  Another option is having Implant Supported Dentures.

New Sensations- Because dentures are a “foreign object” in the mouth, you may produce more saliva for a period of time. This also will disappear over time.  Try something simple like sucking on a mint or hard candy when this happens.  It will encourage you to swallow more frequently and clear the excess saliva.  Some soreness is also to be expected.  This will usually happen within a few hours of putting your dentures in your mouth. If the soreness continues, contact Dr. Susan Sheets for an appointment.  Never try to make adjustments to your dentures yourself.

Talking- When you talk, most of the sound of your voice reaches your ears through vibrations in the bones of your jaw and skull.  Wearing dentures can change the sound and make it seem louder.  This will be much less noticeable to others than to you.  If your dentures make a clicking sound when you speak, you may want to try speaking more slowly. With time and practice you will overcome this difficulty.

Eating- At first, you may think that food has lost its flavor.  This happens because the signals your brain is receiving about your dentures may overpower those from your taste buds.  This will eventually return to normal.  Also you may also have trouble being able to tell how hot food or cold food and drinks are.  So eat and drink carefully.  Eventually, your brain will ignore these signals from your dentures.  Here are some additional eating tips:

  • Cut food into small pieces.
  • Divide up food in your mouth so that you’re chewing evenly on both sides of your mouth.  This will place even pressure on your dentures.
  • Start by eating soft foods, such as eggs, fish, chopped meat, cooked vegetables and puddings.

Don’t be afraid to get dentures or implant-supported dentures!  Make an appointment today with Dr. Susan Sheets at (310) 832-2657 or visit our website.

Dr. Susan Sheets also proudly serves Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verde Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and surrounding areas.

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Implant Dentistry, Step by Step | San Pedro, CA

dental-implantDental implant treatment is usually a three part process. It takes several months to complete. Dr. Susan Sheets of San Pedro, CA wants to make sure his patients are well informed of all procedures offered to them and how they work. We will take you through the dental implant process step by step.

Step 1

The implant is surgically placed in the jaw. The top of the dental implant will be slightly above the top of the bone. To prevent debris and gum tissue from entering, a screw is inserted. The gum is placed over the dental implant for about 3 -6 months. The implant needs this time to fuse with the bone.

Step 2

The dental implant is uncovered and a post is attached to the implant. In some cases the dental implant and post are both placed in the mouth during step 1. Dr. Susan Sheets will decide which option is best for you. Once the gum tissue is healed the dental implant and post are ready for the new tooth.

Step 3

A dental crown is made that will match your other teeth. Once the dental crown is made it is attached to the dental implant post. You now have an artificial replacement tooth. They do not need to be removed for soaking and cleaning and no adhesives needed, as with dentures. It acts and looks just like a real tooth.

Implant dentistry can restore your smile and oral health. To see if dental implants are right for you, contact Dr. Susan Sheets at (310) 832-2657 or visit our website today to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Susan Sheets also proudly serves Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verde Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and surrounding areas.

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