• Aesthetic Dentistry - Martin P. Abelar DDS, San Diego, CA
    Aesthetic Dentistry - Martin P. Abelar DDS, San Diego, CA
    Aesthetic Dentistry - Martin P. Abelar DDS, San Diego, CA
    Aesthetic Dentistry - Martin P. Abelar DDS, San Diego, CA
    Aesthetic Dentistry - Martin P. Abelar DDS, San Diego, CA
Martin Abelar

Martin Abelar

“If you’re going to give someone the best possible result, then the planning phase is incredibly important…and this applies not only to cosmetic cases, but general dentistry as well”.


~ Dr. Martin P. Abelar

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-12.jpgRoot canals are one of the most feared procedures a dental patient can undergo, but the root canals of today are a far cry from the painful procedures they used to be. Today’s root canals are quicker, less painful and have a higher success rate than procedures performed decades ago. In fact, many of today’s root canal procedures are about as simple and painless as getting a regular filling. Unfortunately, despite their reduced pain and higher success rate, there are still failed procedures - but a team from the UCLA School of Dentistry and UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have teamed up to try to improve the success rate of the root canal using particles known as nanodiamonds.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_439120735.jpgWhether we like it or not, our smile and the condition of our teeth play a huge role in our self-esteem. In fact, a recent study by the American Dental Association found that nearly 30 percent of young adults are so insecure about their smile that they feel it has interfered with their ability to interview for a job. But just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean it’s too late to do something about your teeth - especially if they aren’t as straight as they could be. Whether you are considering braces for yourself or are wondering whether it’s better to wait for your child to reach adulthood to get braces, here are some common questions and answers about adult braces.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_414838231.jpgWith an estimated 488 million business trips taken each year, averaging four nights away each, it’s safe to say that we are a country on the move. But while all that travel can bulk up your air miles account, it could be doing some severe damage to your oral health. Whether you travel for work, or you’re lucky enough to travel for pleasure, there are some things you can (and should!) do to make sure you are taking proper care of your teeth while you’re on the road.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_565436653.jpgIt’s one of the most commonly asked questions in dental practices across the nation: What’s the best toothbrush for me?

Unfortunately, there’s no one right answer. Here are a few things to consider if you find yourself wondering what kind of toothbrush you should be using to maximize your oral hygiene routine.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_631377275.jpgFor some patients in the United States, getting to a dentist poses a real challenge. In fact, according to Pew Charitable Trusts, nearly 50 million Americans have limited access to a dentist due to living in an area with a dentist shortage. So, what can be done to help people get the oral health care they need until there are more dentists to serve these rural areas? A clinic in Xian, Shaanxi, China, may have a solution.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_568569448.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in 12 Americans has the lung disease known as asthma. Asthma is categorized as an inflammation or obstruction of the bronchial tubes. This condition can be caused by environmental issues such as exposure to irritants, as well as by genetics.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_604410821.jpgPicture it: You wake up in the morning and open your mouth to brush your teeth. But instead of just being greeted by your usual set of pearly whites, you see a dark, blood-red spot about the size of a pencil eraser on the roof of your mouth - and you definitely don’t remember seeing it there when you brushed last night. If you’re like many people, you probably have a million questions running through your mind: What is that spot? Where did it come from? How long will it last? What should I do about it? Is it dangerous? But before you panic and call in sick to work, check out this handy guide to Angina bullosa hemorrhagica (ABH), or as it is more commonly known, an oral blood blister.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_477715900-1.jpgIt’s no secret that parents worry about their children, and kids' health and wellness is probably most parents' No. 1 worry. If there was a way to prevent kids from needing painful procedures down the road, most parents would happily take advantage of it. The good news is, when it comes to oral health, there is a scientifically proven way to protect the teeth of school-aged children from cavities and decay!

Dental sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay by close to 80 percent in molars, where nooks and crannies make them especially prone to problems. Unfortunately, the CDC reports that only 43 percent of children ages 6 to 11 have received sealants, and those who haven’t have three times more cavities than those who have had the simple treatment.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_263484728.jpgWhether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned pro, it’s impossible to know everything there is to know about raising babies. This is especially true when it comes to caring for your baby’s teeth. Perhaps that’s why nearly 35 percent of children don’t see their family dentist for the first time until after their second birthday, more than a full year after the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's (AAPD) recommendation of age 1.

But even the most diligent parent can still have questions about their children’s teeth and still may not know when their children should meet certain oral health milestones. One particular milestone that many parents may miss, or may not realize the importance of, is the discontinuation of the baby bottle. Though it may not seem dental-related, extended use of baby bottles can be harmful past the age of 1. Dr. Martin Abelar of San Diego, California, explains why.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_149625803.jpgFor patients with damaged or diseased gum tissue caused by advanced gum disease like periodontitis, treatment options have historically been very slim, and very painful. But a new laser-assisted treatment called "laser-assisted new attachment procedure," or LANAP, may be poised to change the periodontal surgery game forever.

Developed by Robert H. Gregg II and Delwin McCarthy, the LANAP procedure uses lasers to precisely cut away diseased gum tissue in the gum pocket without taking out healthy tissue in the process. This precision makes the procedure much less painful, and because it leaves healthy tissue behind, it allows the gums to heal faster and the areas with removed tissue to regenerate faster.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_245617978.jpgDental X-rays are both a useful source of oral health information and a controversial topic that many aren’t sure how to feel about. While they can literally give your dentist a much clearer picture of your overall oral health, they also come with a downside: radiation. In fact, just four bitewing X-rays expose the body to .005 millisieverts of radiation, which is the equivalent of the radiation exposure you’d get if you spent the day in the sun or took a short airplane flight. But while that may not seem like a lot of radiation to some, others are concerned that this exposure occurs so quickly, since most X-rays are done within minutes. So, what’s the bottom line with X-ray radiation exposure? Are X-rays safe, or should you skip them altogether?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_144116677.jpgTeeth. From the outside, they probably don’t look like they’re all that complex. After all, they’re so small, it’s hard to imagine there's much going on inside of them. But believe it or not, these small but mighty bones are more complex than they look – and a lot different from the other bones in your body. Whether you’ve always wanted to know what goes on inside your teeth, or you never really thought about it before, knowing what’s going on inside your teeth can help you understand why it’s so important to take care of them, and better understand what’s going on in your dental procedures.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_553064398.jpgIt is estimated that 75 percent of Americans have some degree of anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. For approximately 30 to 40 million of those people, that fear is enough to keep them from visiting their dentist regularly. While outright avoidance of the problem may provide temporary comfort, skipping the dentist altogether can have dire consequences for your teeth. Thankfully, there are ways to help those plagued with fear relax during any dental appointment.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_521930455_20170821-143915_1.jpg   For women around the world who have made the decision to stop having children, very few permanent options are available. Historically, women seeking permanent birth control have had to rely on surgical procedures such as tubal ligations or hysterectomies. But all that changed in November 2002, when the FDA approved the world’s first permanent birth control, a device called Essure.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_538723510_20170816-153545_1.jpg   Dental crowns are deluxe fillings that cover the entire tooth like a cap. They are used to repair teeth that are either broken or have too much filling-to-tooth ratio to be considered strong enough to chew with. But although your crown is essentially stronger than the damaged tooth it is replacing, it is not stronger than a healthy tooth, and if a healthy tooth can break, so can a crown. 

Breaking a crown can be a startling experience, especially if you didn’t feel any discomfort prior to its breaking. There are a few common reasons that crowns may break. And even if you haven’t broken a crown yet, knowing these risks may help you prevent a broken crown in the future.

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_96752179.jpg   Whiter teeth. Everyone wants them, but not everyone has the time or money to get them. So, what can you do if your teeth need a bit of a pick-me-up but you’re short on time and money? Try these quick tips for a whiter, brighter smile. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_quality.jpgSometimes it can be hard to tell the quality of something until it’s too late. When it comes to your health, making a mistake can cause years of problems and a huge financial burden. So, how do you know if the dentist you are considering offers truly quality care?

One size fits all approach

If it seems like patients ride a conveyor belt through the office this should bring up a red flag. Developing a relationship with your dental professional is important in ensuring that you’re receiving quality, individualized care. Something simple said in conversation could cue them in on an issue you didn’t realize you had. Treatment plans should be based on all aspects of the patient’s health, concerns and philosophies and without this relationship, a lot could be missed.

b2ap3_thumbnail_lyme-disease.jpg There are approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported a year and the numbers are rising, according to the Center for Disease Control. They caution that the months of May through July are the most concerning time of the year in the United States as more people will suffer tick bites during these months than the entire rest of the year.

Not all ticks carry diseases and a bite by a tick does not mean disease is present. However, the biggest concern surrounding tick bites is due to their ability to transmit Lyme Disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, through a bite to a human. This disease can be incredibly dangerous and can affect the joints, heart and even the nervous system.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Mercury.jpgThe Environmental Protection Agency is working to minimize and maybe one day completely eliminate the mercury that is entering the waterway and airways in the United States of America.

The EPA’s First Ruling

On December 15, 2016, the EPA passed a new ruling establishing updated restrictions on the disposal of mercury in dental offices among other regulations. The Obama administration approved the ruling, however, when President Trump took office, he rescinded all rulings that had yet to be published to the Federal Register in a sweeping executive order.

The official name of the ruling is the "Effluent Limitations Guideline and Standards for Dental Category" and in this ruling it states that "the purpose of this final rule is to set a uniform national standard that will greatly reduce the discharge of mercury-containing dental amalgam to municipal sewage treatment plants, known as POTWs, in the United States."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_dental-fear.jpgPsychology researchers from West Virginia University have found that anxiety and fear related to dental care can be genetically inherited from parents. These findings are one of the first of their kind as previous insights have found links predominately to environmental factors. Data collected by the Center for Oral Health Research from a large group of participants was used to reach these conclusions that the scientific community believes may be groundbreaking in the future of treating dental fears and phobias which currently affect 10 to 20 percent of adults in the United States.

Dr. Abelar is very understanding of dental related fears and has focused on becoming an area leader in the field of sedation dentistry. Thanks to advances in treatment, using a combination of Single Visit Dentistry (CEREC) and oral sedation techniques, a patient with anxiety can now have years’ worth of dental work done in only one or two visits with very little memory of the procedures afterward. Sedation dentistry can be as simple as taking a medication before you come in for a cleaning or procedure (and even the night before in more serious cases of anxiety). Patients report feeling so relaxed it has been nicknamed "Sleep Dentistry" even though they are awake during the entire procedure.

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