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Is sedation dentistry right for me?

Sedation Dentistry In Culver City

At Picasso Smiles, we are committed to providing exceptional dental care paired with gentle, compassionate service to ensure that our patients feel cared for every step of the way. One of the ways we accomplish this is through sedation dentistry in Culver City. In addition to the warm, welcoming office environment of your Culver City dentistry, we’re proud to specialize in sedation dentistry for patients who may be fearful or anxious about dental visits. Keep reading to learn more.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right For Me?

We understand that sometimes, a patient may be apprehensive when it comes to dental care. While there are many varying causes of dental phobia, your children’s dentist in Culver City is dedicated to helping each patient, no matter the age or anxiety level, feel completely comfortable so that they can receive the dental care they need to have a healthy smile. Good candidates for sedation dentistry in Culver City include:

  • Patients with mild apprehension about visiting the dentist
  • Frightened children
  • Patients who need help to remain still during a procedure
  • Patients with particularly sensitive teeth
  • Patients with extreme dental anxiety or phobia

Whether you qualify for sedation dentistry will depend on several factors, including your age, weight, general health, and level of anxiety. Your family dentist will design a personalized sedation plan based on your individual case.

What Can I Expect With Treatment?

If your family dentist determines that sedation dentistry is a good fit for you, there are several ways we can provide treatment. Methods include:

  • Pre-Appointment Sedatives—Before your appointment, a single pill will be taken which will help you to feel relaxed and even sleepy. You will be able to interact with your dentist, however, you will likely have no memory of your dental visit.
  • In-Office Sedatives—Oral sedatives given at your appointment induce a state of consciousness in which you are awake, but have reduced anxiety and little to no memory of your visit.
  • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)—Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose. This sedative allows you to feel relaxed, comfortable and calm. The effects wear off shortly after removing the mask.

Contact Your Culver City Dentistry Today!

If you believe that sedation dentistry in Culver City may benefit you or your child, reach out to your Culver City dentistry today by calling (424) 361-5218, or at our contact page. As your family dentist, we would love the opportunity to explore how we might make dental care more comfortable for you. And if you’re looking for a children’s dentist in Culver City, we’d love to help your child feel at ease in our office. We can’t wait to welcome you into our family of happy patients!

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste for Your Child

At Picasso Smiles, we believe everyone deserves a healthy smile – and the best way to achieve one is to start the process at a young age. Our Culver City dentists are proud to help patients of all ages in West Los Angeles achieve great smiles through top of the line dental care. Proper oral hygiene is vital to maintaining a healthy smile as well. Children should start brushing their teeth with toothpaste at age 2, but not all toothpastes are created equal. So how do you choose the best toothpaste for your child?

The Best Toothpaste for Children

As a parent, the overwhelming amount of choices in the toothpaste aisle can make it hard to know what’s best for your child’s teeth. Toothpastes come in just about every flavor, color, and recipe imaginable, so if you’re unsure which toothpaste to pick out for your child, here are a few things to look for:

  • The ADA Seal: The American Dental Association maintains stringent standards for toothpaste, and they place their seal only on toothpastes that meet those standards. Look for the ADA seal on the box – it should be clearly visible, and it means the toothpaste is 100% safe for your child.
  • Favorite Flavors: When you start brushing your child’s teeth and teaching them to brush on their own, you’re building habits that will last a lifetime. As such, brushing should be as enjoyable as possible, so your child is more motivated to do it. Look for toothpaste that comes in your child’s favorite flavors, as this will make them more amenable to the brushing routine.
  • Fluoride: Fluoride is mineral that builds the strength of teeth, and it’s a critical ingredient in toothpaste. Make sure you purchase fluoridated toothpaste for your child, as this will help their teeth grow strong and stay healthy.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Culver City Pediatric Dentist

Choosing a good toothpaste and brushing twice a day is vital to your child’s dental development, but the alignment of your child’s teeth is just as important as dental health. If you have questions about dental or orthodontic health for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to contact us at 424.361.5218. We look forward to hearing from you!

New Patient Special at Picasso Smiles in Culver City

Picasso Smiles Dental of Culver City is offering a new patient special for a limited time! For just $125, you can get a comprehensive dental exam, digital x-ray, & thorough teeth cleaning by one of our trained and highly skilled dental hygienists, in absence of periodontitis. Plus, you will also receive a complimentary Sonicare electric toothbrush as our bonus gift to you!

Starting Your Treatment The Right Way

At Picasso Smiles Dental, Drs. Tamir Shams and Nima Shayesteh have made it their mission to bring beautiful smiles to West Los Angeles – and that begins with helping all of our new patients in Culver City and beyond achieve a fresh, healthy start. During our dental exams, our hygienists expertly inspect the teeth for any dental issues, such as gum disease or tooth decay. Our office only employs the most advanced technology, which is why you can also expect a digital x-ray to help us diagnose any potential oral issues.

Finally, our exhaustive teeth cleanings ensure that every inch of your teeth are spotless and shiny. These three steps allow for a solid foundation so you can potentially explore our other areas of expertise later down the road, such as:

  • Family Dentistry. We treat teens and children!
  • Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
  • Ultra-conservative approach in treating and repairing teeth (Biomimetic Dentistry)
  • TMD Therapy for degenerative or painful TMJ joints and associated symptoms
  • And so much more!

Call Us Today To Find Out More!

If our new patient special sounds right for you and you only want to pay $125 for a dental exam, digital x-ray, and teeth cleaning, don’t forget to request an appointment!

What Is Biomimetic Dentistry?

When broken down, the word “biomimetic” translates into “mimicking life”. In the world of dentistry, the biomimetic approach revolutionizes the way dentists restore teeth, allowing them to create more life-like recreations of a patient’s natural tooth look, feel, and function. The result is a smile that is healthier and stronger than has never before been possible with more traditional treatment methods.

Repairing The Biomechanical Structure Of Teeth

Traditional dental restoration methods have been the sole focus of creating a restoration that is strong enough to withstand decay or other damage, but unfortunately, this comes at the cost of healthy tooth structure being sacrificed. You can see this clearly in the process of creating a filling, where the dentist clears away the decay, along with a great deal of healthy tooth in order to create a supporting structure designed to enhance the strength of the filling. Then, the tooth is restored using a durable material such as amalgam, gold, or porcelain bonded with metal. While strong, these materials do not come close to the natural look and feel of your teeth.

Biomimetic dentistry changes the game by using a different set of materials to create inlays or onlays that are closer to the biomechanical structure of the tooth, allowing for a stronger bond. The biomimetic approach uses stress-reduced direct composite and porcelain composite, which more closely resemble the natural tooth. Additionally, the inlays and onlays don’t require the shaving down of healthy tooth to form a strong bond.

Biomimetic Dentistry Leads To Less Root Canals

With traditional treatment methods, patients actually get caught in something that is referred to as the “cycle or restoration”. What occurs in this cycle is that certain imperfections in the beginning of the restoration process, such as gaps in fillings and the destroying of healthy tooth structure, lead to more infection and decay. In the future, the patient is more likely to require a root canal and dental implant due to the compromised tooth structure and decay, but it was the initial restoration that sent them down the road in the first place.

With biomimetic dentistry, the change in materials and approach to treatment aims to break the cycle by creating a stronger bond with no imperfections and preserving healthy tooth structure, making for a longer lasting smile overall.

Biomimetic Dentistry Is A Rare, New Practice

The field of dentistry is always evolving, and when some new method or treatment emerges, not all dentists adopt it right away. For biomimetic dentistry, while it makes restoration treatment more effective and provides better long term benefits, the Foundation of Biomimetic Dentistry estimates that only about 3% of dental offices actually use this method at this point, with this number projected to grow as time goes on.

Contact Us For More Information On Biomimetic Dentistry

Picasso Smiles is proud to be one of the few dental practices that currently offers dental restoration using the biomimetic approach, in  our Culver City, CA locations. If you have any questions about biomimetic dentistry and how it changes your dental treatment for the better, just contact us and we’ll be happy to get you all of the information you need. If you’re ready to restore your smile to its past radiance, schedule an appointment with Picasso Smiles today! We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime!

What’s First: Brushing Or Flossing?

A question people often find themselves asking their dentist is, “What comes first: brushing or flossing?” Here at Picasso Smiles in Culver City, CA, our world-class dentists and oral hygienists have weighed in on the correct steps to take during your daily oral care routine. While brushing and flossing are the perfect combination for healthy teeth and gums, it’s best to start off your morning by flossing first, brushing second, and using mouthwash last!

First Thing’s First: Flossing

At Picasso Smiles, our staff advises that your start your oral health care routine by flossing! Adequately flossing helps to remove the sticky bacteria and plaque that builds up on the inside surfaces of your teeth and gums, preventing gingivitis and premature gum recession. Cleaning between the teeth daily with floss removes food debris in places that your toothbrush just cannot reach! People who have difficulty handling string dental floss may prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner, such as special brushes, floss picks, or sticks. If you use interdental cleaners, ask a member of our dental team about how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums.

Brush It Off!

After flossing, gently brush your teeth and gums with a soft to medium hardness toothbrush, as it helps to remove the bacteria that causes decay on the outside surfaces of your teeth, as well as aids in preventing gum disease. Pick out a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your hand and in your mouth, and use it twice a day. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums, moving the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes, brushing the outer tooth surfaces and the inner tooth surfaces.

Wash It Out!

Finally, when you finish flossing and brushing, use an antibacterial mouthwash to really seal the deal! Mouthwash kills 99% of bad breath germs, has a 21% greater gingivitis reduction than merely brushing and flossing alone, and was shown in a clinical study to reduce 52% more plaque than just brushing and flossing alone.

Get In Touch With Your Culver City, CA Dentists At Picasso Smiles!

By implementing this regimen into your daily oral healthcare routine, you’ll see the benefits of good oral hygiene in no time! Adequate flossing, brushing, and mouth washing are crucial steps to ensuring your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be. On top of your at-home oral care routine, make sure to visit your dentists at Picasso Smiles in Culver City, CA every six months to keep your teeth in great shape for the long haul! For more information on the benefits of our oral hygiene regimen, feel free to get in touch with one of our staff members today!

Tips For Choosing A Cosmetic Dentist

Recently a Yelper asked our community the below question, and we thought why not share our response in today’s blog post:

“I need a cosmetic dentist who is extremely versed in cosmetic veneers, recommendations?”

Dear Kelly,

We understand the sensitive nature of your inquiry. The thought of finding the right West Los Angeles dentist to whom you can trust your smile to is admittedly a very big decision. You want it done once, and you want it done right.

The skill of producing a true-to-life smile, involves much more than knowledge, and experience. Cosmetic veneers done right demand a seasoned doctor who also:

  • Gives the highest level of attention to detail.
  • Judiciously reshapes the teeth based upon a waxed-up smile that was decided together with him and the patient in advance. (This allows for ultraconservative reshaping of teeth.)
  • Can accurately transfer the delicate details of his work to the laboratory
  • Will shade match using a digital scanner (which eliminates the often unfortunate eyeballing the correct shade tab) and allows the lab to create a gradient of shades as we find in nature.
  • Has excellent photographic communication between him and his Ceramist to allow for the shape and anatomy of veneers to reflect the patient’s facial skeletal and tonal characteristics.
  • Works with a skilled & experienced Ceramist with whom he can work seamlessly.
  • Proper Bonding.
    • Once all the above is completed properly (appointment #1) the longevity of the veneers depend very heavily on the bonding procedure (appointment #2).
    • Many factors play a role in proper bonding techniques. Creating a bondable surface of porcelain to teeth is a step that is often left for the lab to do. This introduces a very serious problem because as soon as the veneers come in contact with teeth and saliva (during the try-in stage,) the porcelain surface is contaminated and bond strength to the teeth drops significantly.
    • Ample knowledge of adhesive chemistry (of teeth and ceramic) is a must. This should not be a quick one-hour appointment.
  • Work under magnification and proper lighting
  • Finally, and perhaps the most important element is TIME. Ample time must be dedicated to incorporate all the aforementioned elements and more.

Dr. Shayesteh has earned the reputation of treating only one patient at a time. This way the patient receives 100% of his tender attention. Such Aesthetic enhancement can only be done right, under the above circumstances. Dr. Shayesteh works very hard to produce Crème de la crème dentistry, as his patients deserve no less.

The total approximate time that Dr. Shayesteh typically spends on such cases range between four to five hours.

We welcome you to visit him at our Culver City dental practice for a personalized aesthetic consultation.

Picasso Smiles Team

Dr. Shayesteh continually updates his credentials and continuing education.

Dental Emergencies & How To Handle Them

At Picasso Smiles in Culver City, CA, our experienced dentists and staff know how painful a dental emergency can be, and we are here to help! Accidents happen all the time, but knowing exactly what you should do in the case of a severe dental emergency is crucial to the overall well-being of your mouth and your teeth. Ignoring any pain or discomfort can lead to worse problems down the road, including dangerous infections spreading or possible nerve damage.

When To Call Your Culver City, CA Dentists

As a general rule of thumb, if you are experiencing any mouth or tooth pain whatsoever, consider it a dental emergency! Even the smallest of injuries can affect the living tissues inside your teeth and gums. Any obvious damage to your teeth, such as a chip or a crack, should also be considered an emergency. The same rule is true of a lost filling or crown! Even if you don’t have any symptoms, a tooth with a lost filling or crown has lost its support, and could easily become damaged. Pieces could break off or crumble, and you would need more extensive dental treatment.Your expert dentists at Picasso Smiles can ensure that your dental injury will be treated rapidly, providing preventative care so your smile stays healthy for the long haul.

State-Of-The-Art Dental Dental Emergency Treatments At Picasso Smiles

With years of in-depth dental emergency experience and world-class dental technology, our dentists at Picasso Smiles have a plethora of options when treating dental injuries. With technologically advanced methods of pain management and ways to restore your teeth, you can rest easy knowing that you will be in good hands. Your teeth can be repaired with synthetic materials that are strong and look as good as your natural teeth. Your Culver City, CA dentists have the training and advanced knowledge to identify the root of your problem and find an accurate solution, guaranteeing an immediate reduction in pain in just a few minutes of your treatment!

Common types of dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-Out Tooth
  • Loose Tooth
  • Chipped, Cracked, or Fractured Tooth
  • Tissue Injury & Facial Pain
  • Severe Infection or Abscess

Contact Picasso Smiles In Culver City, CA For All Of Your Dental Emergencies!

Any injury to your teeth or your gums should not ever be ignored! Nerves or blood vessels could be severely damaged, and there could also be a serious risk of an infection. It is very important to always seek treatment at Picasso Smiles in Culver City, CA right away for any dental injury you may have, regardless of how small you think it is.

Getting injured teeth repaired and treated as soon as possible is the best thing you could do for your overall oral health! If you are experiencing any tooth pain or discomfort, give us a call at (424) 361-5218 immediately to begin your treatment as soon as possible. To book an appointment online, feel free to fill out our easy online form. We look forward to helping treat all of your dental emergencies!

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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

MANY OF US, even though we know that going to the dentist is a safe, normal, and important part of life, don’t find it particularly fun to lie flat on our backs while someone pokes around our teeth and gums. For some, though, the very thought of visiting the dentist fills them with anxiety, and it could even be a full-blown phobia. That’s why we’d like to put our focus on helping our patients overcome their dental anxieties and fears.

Dental Anxiety Stats

Fear of going to the dentist is fairly common, with an estimated nine to 15 percent of Americans completely avoiding visiting the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That means up to 40 million Americans are taking a serious gamble with their dental health. Putting off a basic twice-a-year cleaning out of fear leaves patients much more susceptible to tooth decay and painful infection. It’s always better to view dental care as preventative, not just reactive.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentist

If you’re worried about going to the dentist, that might be because history and pop culture have given you the wrong idea. Before WWII made anesthetics the norm, dental procedures were uncomfortable, to say the least, but the field has come a long way since then. Modern dental offices maintain a high standard of comfort and care for patients.

Advice For Overcoming Dental Anxiety

(NOTE TO OUR CLIENTS: Use this section to offer tips and suggestions to your patients to help reduce their dental anxiety. What do you and your team do to help patients feel at ease? What can patients do before they arrive? Are there informative pamphlets or other materials they could access? Do you have examples of patients you’ve successfully helped to overcome their dental anxiety? What was most helpful for those patients?)

We Will Work With You!

Your care and comfort are our top priorities. If you or someone in your family struggles with dental anxiety and it’s interfering with getting needed dental care, we’d love to schedule a time for you to come to our practice so that you can get used to the facility and get to know our team. We can answer any questions you may have.

We hope to see you soon!

Picasso Smiles Cosmetic and Implant Center

10842 Washington Blvd 

Culver City, CA 90232



The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Easy Ways To Improve Your Dental Health

WE’VE ALL HEARD that if we want healthy teeth, we should brush twice a day, floss once a day, and schedule regular dental cleaning appointments twice a year. Definitely keep doing those things, but if you want to step up your oral health game, here are a few easy ways to do that.

Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly

One of the simplest ways you can improve your dental health and hygiene is to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. Vigorous brushing will make the bristles fray and reduce the brush’s cleaning ability, but that’s not the only reason toothbrushes should be replaced often.

A lot of the bacteria we brush off our teeth stays on the bristles of our toothbrushes. Proper storage–meaning storing the toothbrush upright and letting it dry out between uses–can keep a toothbrush from getting smelly and nasty too fast, but it’s still important to replace your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months.

Use A Tongue-Scraper

Brushing your teeth twice daily is a no-brainer, but don’t forget your tongue! The same bacteria and gunk that flourishes on teeth can hide on your tongue too. Using a tongue scraper or just running your toothbrush over your tongue will leave your mouth feeling much fresher than if you only focus on your teeth and gums.

Don’t Brush Too Hard

Sometimes it seems like we need to really work at those teeth when we brush, to get absolutely all of the food particles and plaque out. However, if we brush too hard, we risk scraping away at the tooth enamel, which is your teeth’s first line of defense against decay. Brush gently or use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your teeth.

Eat Teeth-Friendly Foods

Many foods are bad for your teeth. Sugar and carbs feed the harmful bacteria living in your mouth and acidic drinks erode tooth enamel. Avoiding some of these foods will help, but there are also plenty of foods you can eat that are actually good for your teeth.

Adding more cheese, yogurt, leafy greens, apples, carrots, celery, and almonds to your diet will make your teeth happy, whether by scrubbing them as you eat, fighting bad bacteria, treating gum disease, neutralizing your mouth’s pH, or remineralizing your enamel.

We’d Love To See How Your Teeth Are Doing!

If it’s been a while since your last dental exam, we’d love to see how your teeth are doing, and we’ll be excited to see how adopting these simple habits will affect your

oral health by the time we see you again!

We Love Our Patients!

Picasso Smiles Cosmetic and Implant Center

10842 Washington Blvd 

Culver City, CA 90232



The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Top image by Flickr user rumpleteaser used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

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How to Maintain Whitened Teeth

While we at Picasso Smiles Dental are proud of all of the dental treatments we offer. Teeth whitening is especially popular at our Culver City office. Our teeth whitening treatment is sure to get your teeth several shades whiter and give you a brighter smile. However, after the treatment is over, you’re now going to want to maintain your newly-whitened teeth. In order to help do so, we’ve provided a few simple tips for you.

Use a Whitening Toothpaste

If keeping your teeth white is your priority, the first thing you’ll want to do is start using a whitening toothpaste. These toothpastes work by gently polishing your teeth and removing stains on your teeth that may have accumulated throughout the day. It’s an easy addition to your schedule and it can provide your teeth with an extra boost of whitening.

Stay Away from Staining Drinks

One of the main reasons why our teeth become stained or discolored over time is because of the food and beverages that we consume. Constantly drinking harmful beverages will eventually lead to your teeth losing their bright appearance. Some of these staining drinks that we recommend avoiding include coffee, tea, soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks. If you’re going to have any of these drinks though, try to consume them with a straw. By using a straw, the drink will bypass your teeth and avoid staining them.

Don’t Use Tobacco

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to too many people, but tobacco doesn’t only harm your body – it can harm your teeth as well. Smoking and tobacco usage can discolor your teeth, but that’s not the only damage it can cause your mouth. It can cause tongue discoloration, gum disease, and even oral cancer. For the sake of your white teeth and the rest of your body as well, you’ll want to stay away from this bad habit.

Visit Your Culver City Teeth Whitening Experts

If you’re interested in teeth whitening treatment near Culver City , we encourage you to give us a call at (424) 361-5218 or fill out our online appointment request form. We’re looking forward to giving you a brighter and whiter smile!