Dr. Aalam is the first periodontist in the US to have trained in and performed advanced platelet-rich fibrin. Utilizing the patient’s own blood, this therapy can enhance hard and soft tissue grafting procedures. Not only does the treatment reduce healing times, but it also decreases pain and swelling and improves overall patient experience.
Dr. Aalam is committed to providing each of his patients with the highest care and best dental treatment therapy. His goal is to help patients achieve a healthier smile and overall oral health through pain-free and gentle treatment.
Dr. Aalam became a Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, in 2000 and enjoys fluency in both English and French. He then went on to complete his certificate in Advanced Periodontology and Implantology at the prestigious University of Southern California in 2003.
After completing his advanced periodontal certificate, Dr. Aalam stayed on at the USC School of Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Advanced Periodontics, where he has spent the last decade training and giving back to future periodontists. Dr. Aalam has recently been appointed to serve on the Board of Governors for the USC Alumni Association as the Representative for the USC School of Dentistry.
Today, Dr. Aalam is one of only two dual Board Certified Periodontists in Brentwood, the other being Dr. Alina Krivitsky. He is also the only Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology in the Brentwood area. Dr. Aalam is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology. He is also a committee member of the Iranian American Dental Association. As an active member of AO (Academy of Osseointegration), this dental practice offers advanced specialized knowledge about the science and clinical applications of implant dentistry.
Dental implants are one of the most common dental procedures in the United States. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, nearly three million people in the United States currently live with dental implants, and another 500,000 implants are placed annually. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are secured into the jaw to replace lost, missing or extracted teeth. These tooth roots support the permanent restorations, also known as artificial teeth, which complete patient’s smile and look, feel and function just like real teeth! Dental implants are the optimal solution for patients looking for a permanent option to replace missing teeth and to restore their smile and confidence!
Although life may encompass a lot of uncertainty, one thing is for sure; your ability to smile, laugh, speak and eat with a complete set of teeth is absolutely crucial to one’s ability to navigate day to day life. Dental implants are a permanent solution to sustain a functioning set of teeth and life-long comfort. Dental implants are an optimal solution for restoring a beautiful, healthy smile, and replacing the high-maintenance, inconvenient and messy routine needed to maintain dentures. With dental implants, patients receive a permanent tooth or set of teeth that function just as real teeth, to completely rejuvenate their smile, oral health and overall confidence!
Each patient has their own unique case, which is why no two dental implant cases are alike. At the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky provide personalized solutions and thorough care, coupled with an expert diagnosis and custom treatment plans to meet the individualized needs of each patient. Depending on each patient’s case, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky will correctly diagnose the patient to determine the best course of action to restore their smile and help the patient achieve optimal oral health.
Dental implants are a simple solution to replacing missing teeth. If you are looking to replace lost or broken teeth with permanent dental implants, you must maintain healthy gums and possess enough bone density to support the implant. For patients who experience bone loss where the bone is too weak to sustain multiple implants, you may require a bone graft, or could benefit from graftless solutions such as Zygomatic Dental Implants or the All-On-Four procedure.
Periodontists are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and in performing dental implant procedures. If you suffer from gum disease, struggle with maintaining optimal oral health, or are missing single or multiple teeth, a thorough assessment and careful diagnosis by a board-certified periodontist is necessary in order to resolve these issues and restore your smile
Periodontists are experts who specialize in and perform a wide range of procedures to treat gum disease, replace missing teeth, regenerate lost tissue and restore the supporting structures and underlying bone. Treatments for such conditions include scaling and root planing, non-surgical periodontal therapy, regenerative procedures, pocket reduction procedures, bone grafting, functional crown lengthening, and gum grafting. They are also experts at placing dental implants to replace missing or damaged teeth and can perform cosmetic procedures like gummy smile treatments as well.
The cost of periodontal and oral surgery varies depending on the type of treatment required and the severity of the condition being treated. It is important to consult with a periodontist to receive a thorough analysis of your needs, to determine the best, a minimally invasive, comfortable and cost-effective treatment plan for you.
The cost of dental implants varies based on the number of dental implants required, the type of dental implant chosen (zirconia or titanium), and if additional treatment such as bone grafting or gum grafting is required. In some cases, insurance may cover some of the costs of your periodontal surgery.
Mild discomfort is normal during the first few days following the dental implant procedure and can be managed with pain medication as recommended by your periodontist. Patients are put under IV Sedation, also known as twilight sedation, together with local anesthesia so that they do not feel or remember anything from the procedure, to create a more comfortable surgical and post-surgical experience.
Dental implants are the ideal solution for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Some patients who experience bone loss are told they are not candidates for dental implants, however, this is most of the time incorrect. There are procedures to replace the missing bone and prepare the mouth for permanent dental implants, in addition to graftless dental implant treatments that utilize patients’ existing bone density, such as the All-On-4 technique. Patients who suffer from the most extreme form of bone loss are also candidates for dental implants and can benefit from Zygomatic dental implants.
A periodontist is a dental professional who specializes in treating issues related to the gums, underlying bone structures, and missing or damaged teeth. The cases they treat are more severe and require the skill of a specialist rather than a general dentist to perform various oral surgeries and non-surgical periodontal therapies to treat gum disease, bone loss, and place dental implants. Periodontists are trained in advanced surgical techniques such as periodontal plastic surgery and dental implantology. A Periodontist has 3 years of a extract full time training after dental school in an accredited school.
Yes, a periodontist is trained in removing teeth. Although they are specially trained to save the tooth whenever possible, in the case of a damaged or diseased tooth, a periodontist can not only extract the damaged tooth but can treat the damaged gum tissue and bone, to stop the spread of periodontal disease and prepare the site for dental implant. Periodontists can also perform wisdom tooth removal surgeries.
We have more than 40 years of data in the literature showing a 93% success rate of titanium dental implants in the long term. The success rate depends on multiple factors such as patient health condition, oral hygiene and overall oral health maintenance.
Periodontal is an inflammation of the gums caused by the bacteria found in plaque. It begins in its mildest form as gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis include gum tissue that has become sensitive, swollen and commonly bleeds when brushing and eating. When left untreated, the bacteria will continue to spread beyond the gum line, destroying the healthy gum tissue, and causing the gums to pull away from the teeth. When the diseased gum tissue detaches from the teeth and this space widens, periodontal pockets are formed creating an opportunity for bacteria to build up deep within the pockets and further penetrate the gums, eventually spreading to the underlying bone. When the bacteria wears away at the gum tissue and reaches the underlying bone, bone loss can occur. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky are experts in performing surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapies to treat gum disease in an effective comfortable way, to restore patients’ oral health.
A gummy smile is a reference to when a person displays excess gum tissue when speaking and smiling. In some cases, a gummy smile is caused by excess gingival tissue that covers the teeth, causing them to appear shorter and child-like. In other cases the lip’s natural positioning and movement of the upper lip muscle can expose the gums when speaking, creating the appearance of a gummy smile. Many patients report this makes them very self-conscious when smiling and hinders their confidence.
Gum color varies from person to person, however generally, healthy gums should be light pink in color and fit tightly around each tooth. Changes in gum tissue color can be caused by smoking, periodontal disease, or could be a sign of an underlying health issue, and should be checked by a periodontist. Some people produce higher levels of melanin and are naturally born with darker gums. For those born with black gums, gum lightening treatments such as gum depigmentation, are available to restore a natural, light pink color to the gum tissue.