Sam S. Sadati
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About My Practice
In what ways is less more in your practice?
I see a limited number of patients each day so I can give them my undivided, unhurried attention.
What is your primary company philosophy?
We aim to be the best at what we do and provide patients with a service that will benefit them from clinical and beauty standpoints.
What should patients look for when choosing a dentist?
A great dentist is one that sees himself as doctor, artist and student. While any dentist can legally perform procedures, the best dentists will have top credentials, appreciation for this artistry and a continuous desire for further education.
How do you alleviate dental fear?
Dental fear most often begins with a bad experience. To alleviate anxiety, we treat patients as we would our closest friends or family members. New patients meet with me personally in our office consultation suite where examination chairs and dental tools are far from sight. Never rushing appointments or pushing treatments, it is obvious our office holds patient comfort as the highest of priorities.
How do fillers enhance a patient’s smile?
After we fix their smile, patients often ask us to treat the wrinkles below the nose or around the lips. We use filler to smooth and basically iron out the wrinkles they have, so we can create a much better look overall.
What professional dental organizations are you affiliated with in addition to being an AACD accredited fellow?
I am a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry; a fellow of the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics; and a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Florida Dental Association and Palm Beach County Dental Association.
How important is patient satisfaction to you?
It’s the backbone of my practice. That’s probably why so many current and former patients are eager to speak with new clients and share details about their experience here.
What did you do to achieve accredited fellowship status from the AACD?
There’s a reason fewer than 50 dentists in the world have attained this status. For AACD accreditation, I submitted the required five clinical cases (of various dental cosmetic disciplines) and passed both an oral and a written examination. Then to achieve accredited fellow status, I presented an additional 50 clinical cases. In addition to the demonstration of both my clinical and aesthetic skills, achieving the fellowship required a great deal of self-discipline and willpower.
What inspired you to become a dentist?
Pursuing a career that would challenge my technical ability as well as my creative talent was a requirement for me. The best of both worlds came together when I discovered dentistry, a profession demanding both scientific skill and inventive thinking. I consider myself lucky to be doing what I believe I was called to do.
As a leader, how do you give back?
Selected as examiner and mentor for the AACD, I assist dentists looking to advance in skill and training. I also volunteer as an adjunct professor for NOVA Southeastern University, teaching postdoctoral clinical dentistry to fellow dentists. However, restoring the smiles of domestic violence victims through the Give Back a Smile Foundation is the most rewarding. With each smile transformed, I am reminded of why I chose this profession.
A Minute With
How i would spend extra time in a day
With my family, seeing my girls grow up
My greatest achievement
Being able to achieve an Accredited Fellow status of the AACD in the shortest time
Three words that best describe me
Fair, happy, gentle
What sets my practice apart
Highest quality of dentistry with exceptional personal service
Treat others as you want to be treated
What i can’t live without
A positive attitude
The most outrageous medical myth i’ve heard
That you should just let your own body naturally heal the infection in your mouth
My operating room playlist
Andrea Bocelli, Yanni, Sarah Brightman, Gypsy Kings
The future of my field
There will be advancement in growing teeth where there is a missing tooth
What i love most about my profession
It enables me to change lives
How my profession has evolved
The technology has been helping to advance the materials and the techniques exponentially
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Dental Implants
- Restorative and Full-Mouth Reconstructive Dentistry
What is a smile design?What our experts say:
We create a smile design by finding out the best size and shape of their teeth. When those are combined together, we can create the best overall smile to fit the patients face.
How does the Kor system whiten teeth?What our experts say:
It’s a more precise system than some of the other bleaching systems (Zoom and Sapphire) for deep bleaching, where we use special impressions that are sent to a lab to make customized trays for the patients. The treatment varies from patient to patient based on their type of staining. For severe stains, we do and in-office treatment, followed by an at-home treatment, and then we follow up with another in-office treatment. For others, we do an at-home treatment, then one in-office and then they just maintain. Patients have to be serious about having it done because it is time consuming; but it works.
How long do the results of Kor bleaching last? Who is a good candidate?What our experts say:
Everything depends on the patients eating, smoking and lifestyle habits, but it should last basically a long time. However, there is maintenance involved, where the patient needs to retreat the teeth at home one or two times a month overnight. A good candidate would be anybody who has staining or a yellowish tone to their natural teeth.
Are there foods to avoid when whitening the teeth?What our experts say:
Avoid any foods that can stain teeth: wine, coffee, spices that stain like turmeric and saffron, and also avoid smoking. We recommend trying to stay away from these foods and smoking as much as possible during the bleaching process which takes a couple of weeks.
Does gum contouring hurt?What our experts say:
If we are using a laser to remove some of the gum tissue, then no, but if there’s a need to have the bone removed then it would be painful. If we are removing soft tissue with a blade, then yes, you would have discomfort for a while; but in those cases anesthesia would be used.
Can a smile makeover help me look younger?What our experts say:
As we mature, our teeth undergo a great deal of wear and tear, adding years to our face. An aged smile often has a flattened chewing surface and a thick, yellow tone. Signs of aging are especially noticeable for those who have had previous work such as tooth restoration and crowns. Changing these to new restorations and/or veneers, however, make the teeth appear whiter. It can also restore the original contour or length that often will enhance the lips as well. Sometimes all you need to return youth to your face is to improve your smile.
What is a virtual smile?What our experts say:
It’s how we design somebody’s smile on a computer using special software before actually doing the work.
What is a Smile Makeover?What our experts say:
When a smile design is created and put into effect on patients they get a smile makeover.
How about whitening toothpastes?What our experts say:
The ones that don’t have tartar control would be okay, but they don’t whiten teeth as much. You need to leave the whitening material on the teeth for a while for it to really work. They help in terms of maintenance, but not as a primary way of whitening the teeth.
How can tooth contouring change my smile?What our experts say:
For those with no serious dental issues but a desire for more refined teeth, contouring can improve the overall appearance of the smile. In more extreme cases, however, your dentist will likely pair contouring with direct restorations such as veneers or composite bonding. This will enhance your smile entirely, from closing spaces and fixing chips to giving the appearance of straighter teeth.
What's the difference between implants and veneers?What our experts say:
A veneer acts as a covering to already existing teeth and is meant to improve the tooth’s appearance. Veneers are typically made from a thin material (such as porcelain) and are bonded (glued) to the tooth’s exterior. The veneers are created with the intention of restoring the patient’s natural smile and improving the appearance by correcting imperfections.
On the other hand, a dental implant is an artificial tooth. Implants are for those whose teeth have fallen out or those that require complete removal due to illness. Implants are placed inside the bone as an artificial root and then covered with a what’s known as a crown. Dental implants would not be administered if the patient only needed surface improvements, such as veneers, and the teeth were in relatively good shape.
What is the most effective way for teeth whitening? How long does it take?What our experts say:
It all depends on the teeth. If the teeth are restored with fillings or crowns and the restorations are dark, whitening or bleaching will not help because they don’t work on anything that’s not natural. In that case, we can fix the problem with a whiter restoration such as veneers, crowns or whiter fillings. But if the natural teeth are discolored or yellow, then the bleaching could be a way to whiten them. There are over-the-counter products and in-office or take-home treatments for teeth whitening; several options that need to be discussed with the dentist.
Are there foods to avoid when whitening the teeth?What our experts say:
Obviously it is best to avoid any food that can stain a white shirt but the reality is that all of the food and drinks that we consume have color and therefore can affect the outcome of our whitening effort, but, of course, we need to eat. The best recommendation I can give to those people who whiten their teeth and are concerned about what foods to avoid is that during their whitening period, it is best to reduce consumption of staining food, drinks and smoking as much as possible and to brush and rinse the teeth immediately after the consumption of such foods or smoking.
Can a gum lift erase my gummy smile and how much will it hurt?What our experts say:
With the use of laser technology, the discomfort and possible pain is reduced tremendously. There are new technologies, machines and techniques that allow us to perform many dental procedures better, more efficient and more comfortable than before.
Can veneers be replaced?What our experts say:
Yes, veneers can be replaced. Many times the gum recedes and creates a gap between the edge of the veneer and the gum line. The veneer can be removed and the tooth can be prepared to the gum line and a new veneer can be made to cover what was showing before.
What is the best way to whiten teeth?What our experts say:
It all depends on the teeth. If the teeth are restored and the restorations are dark, whitening or bleaching will not work on anything that’s not natural. In that case, we can fix the problem with a whiter veneer or restoration. But if they are natural teeth you can use bleaching. There are over-the-counter products, and in-office or take-home treatments; several options that need to be discussed with the dentist. In our office we use the Kor system for deep bleaching.