OC Smile Specialists
Our Orange County, CA staff of dental specialists include an expertly trained oral surgeon, endodontist, and dental anesthesiologist. Whether you are seeking wisdom tooth extraction, a root canal, or dental implants, our dedicated specialists in Costa Mesa, CA, will provide you or your loved one with the safest and most effective surgical solutions available. Your OC Smile Specialists are located in the same office as your trusted general and cosmetic dentists at OC Healthy Smiles.
Meet the Specialists
Endodontist – Dr Joelle Tavitian, DDS
Dr Joelle Tavitian is a personable, highly enthusiastic Orange County endodontist, with state of the art training in modern endodontic dentistry. Dr Joelle Tavitian received her dental degree in 1999 from the University of Southern California. She then pursued two additional years of education after receiving her dental degree. She completed her endodontic specialty training in 2001 from the University of Southern California, with knowledge and experience in all aspects of morphology, physiology, and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.
Dr Tavitian understands that dentistry has many built-in anxieties, and she is committed to providing excellence in Endodontic services in a professional, caring, and comfortable atmosphere, with exceptional and unmatched customer service. When not in at the Costa Mesa office, Dr Tavitian enjoys travelling, live concerts, and theater with family and friends. She sometimes mixes her passion for travel with volunteer work abroad by providing free dental care for orphaned children and less privileged communities in Armenia.
Oral Surgeon – Dr Michael Clark, DDS
Dr Michael K Clark is a graduate of the University Of Southern California School Of Dentistry, finishing in the top of his class. He received his Oral and Maxillofacial surgery certificate at Los Angeles County/U.S.C. Medical Center. Dr Clark’s experience at this nationally recognized training facility is unsurpassed. He was extensively exposed to and allowed to mature in, all facets of oral surgery. His particular emphasis was on the surgical phases of dental implants and reconstructive maxillofacial surgery. As a patient of Dr Clark, you can have the confidence of knowing that he was trained and approved by internationally recognized oral surgeons and implantologists.
Dr Clark, our Orange County oral surgeon is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Orange County Dental Society. He is currently a general anaesthesia examiner on the California State Dental Board. Dr Clark has also served as an instructor and proctor of anaesthesia at Los Angeles County/ U.S.C. Medical Center for the oral surgery residents in training. Dr Clark and his staff attend continuing education seminars to keep up with the latest improvements in the delivery of safe and precise surgical and anaesthetic care.
Dental Anesthesiologist – Dr Andrew Elmasri, DDS
Dr Andrew Elmasri was born and raised in Orange County, CA. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. His love for the health profession attracted him to dentistry where he attended and graduated from Loma Linda University with honours in Implantology and Anesthesia. It was during dental school that he realized his passion for anaesthesia, and so he continued training at Loma Linda to completed a post-doctorate residency in Dental Anesthesia.
During his residency, he received extensive training in cardiology, internal medicine, medical anaesthesia, and dental anaesthesia. His valuable training at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Riverside County Regional Medical Center, and Loma Linda Veteran Affairs Hospital provided him with experience and proficiency in treating a wide range of patients with various medical backgrounds. In addition, he trained at Loma Linda University’s Special Care Dentistry Center, which provided him with the valuable experience of dental anesthesia through treating patients as young as 12 months old and patients with a variety of special needs, including ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Developmental Delay, and more.
Dr Elmasri is a member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, International Anesthesia Research Society, American Dental Association, and California Dental Association. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Dr Elmasri, our Orange County CA dental anesthesiologist is committed to providing safe anaesthesia and enhancing your next dental experience.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that begin to appear in late adolescence. When these teeth are in their proper place, all is well. For many people, however, wisdom teeth can become painful when they begin to erupt, because they tend to crowd other teeth, eventually leading to other problems.
Your OC Smile Specialists never want you, your family, or friends to be in pain. Both to alleviate the discomfort of impacted wisdom teeth and to ensure that all the rest of the teeth come in straight, we often recommend oral surgery for wisdom tooth extraction. Regular monitoring of the wisdom teeth can keep you from requiring further, and sometimes costly dental corrections later in life.
If you believe that you need wisdom tooth extraction, or if your dentist has recommended that you see a specialist about your wisdom teeth, then schedule an appointment with our expert oral surgeon in Costa Mesa, CA. Call us at (714) 422-0576 or schedule your appointment online today!
Unfortunately, the term “root canal” has a terrible reputation, but you can feel assured that your root canal at OC Smile Specialists will be pain-free. A root canal is a procedure used to salvage a tooth by removing an infected and damaged root nerve. The surgery involves gently removing the nerve and pulp to prevent further damage to the surrounding teeth and gum. OC Smile Specialists has a trained endodontist on staff who specializes in root canals, and if you have a busy weekday schedule, we can even arrange for your root canal to be performed on a Saturday.
To learn more about root canal procedures with our oral surgeon in Costa Mesa, CA, schedule an appointment with our endodontic specialist today.
If some or all of your teeth are no longer salvageable or are missing altogether, dental implants help restore biting and chewing function, and in some cases, they even help to improve your speech. Dental implants are permanent artificial teeth that are custom created to match the shape and color of the rest of your smile. This ensures that they are completely natural looking, and no one will ever suspect that you have artificial teeth.
Dental implants are comfortable and feel like your normal teeth. Dental implants are fixed in place with an artificial root or roots, which your gum tissue and jaw will accept like natural teeth. Unlike with a dental bridge, a dental implant doesn’t require the support of the surrounding teeth to stabilize it. At OC Smile Specialists, we use only the safest, most effective dental implants available, and we use CT-scan-guided surgery to help ensure your ideal outcome.
Because we use anesthesia, the implant procedure itself is pain-free, and any discomfort during the healing process can typically be managed with over-the-counter medication such as Ibuprofen (Advil). If you are looking for a long-lasting solution for your missing teeth that acts, looks, and feels like your natural teeth, then contact us at OC Smile Specialists to learn more.
Sedation dentistry will let you relax – and even possibly doze off – while our friendly and highly experienced team takes care of your oral health treatment. Our dental anesthesia specialist in Orange County, CA, can help you enter a relaxed state that will keep your mind off of your appointment, or even let you enter a state of dreaming while the specialist works on your mouth.
If you are interested in receiving pain-free dentistry, simply let us know when you schedule your appointment.
Flexible Payment Options
At OC Smile Specialists, we never want you to put off necessary dental care for financial reasons. If you have dental insurance, we will work with your company to maximize your insurance benefits. If any balance remains, or if you don’t have dental insurance, we have paired up with CareCredit to offer our patients low-interest monthly payment options. At OC Smile Specialists, you don’t have to sacrifice expert dental care for affordable treatment!
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