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Dr. Kari Sakurai

Dentistry
Santa Monica, CA
33 years experience female

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Santa Monica, CA

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2811 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 590, Santa Monica, CA
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Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Dentistry

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76 Answers
54 Agrees
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Decrease: Decrease stains between teeth by leaving toothpaste there while flossing to help polish them away.
A male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Not full caps: Have your dentist check the extent of the cap. Sometimes, if it is a veneer, or covers just the front you can get some mild whitening by bleaching the... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: Make sure this is thrush versus another infection. Oral thrush is usually white and is due to a fungus called candida and is treated with antifungal ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: Pain radiating in the teeth and ear can stem from a tooth problem and a dental x ray can help properly diagnose the problem. A proper examination wil... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
see your dentist: You should see your dentist to make sure it is not a vascular lesion. If it is a simple blister from trauma it generally resolves in 7-10 days. Many o... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See a dentist: See your dentist for an examination. Lesions on the borders of the tongue can be cancer and should be looked at by a professional and biopsied if nee... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your doctor: Your physician can diagnose the problem and give you the proper treatment.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See the dentist: Generally a 1 week post operative appointment is scheduled to check progress of healing and/or complications.
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your physician: Consider an exam with your physician or a referral to a neurologist to rule out other sources of her chronic pain.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
oral pathologist: Oral pathologists usually associated with teaching facilities or dental schools are a great source for diagnosis of pathology of oral structures inclu... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Possibly: The general formula for' magic mouthwash ' is half liquid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with half milk of magnesia. The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can b... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Depends: Adult teeth can continue to move through out your life. They usually stop vertical movement when they hit the opposite tooth of functioning partner. ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See a dentist: A dentist can properly diagnose the problem and give you treatment recommendations that are natural/palliative or conventional treatments based on you... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See an oral surgeon!: Please see and oral surgeon for an evaluation. Ulcers under the tongue are of high suspicion. It needs to be looked at and likely biopsied to see if... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your MD: See your md. You may need to be evaluated with some sleep studies. If your sleep is interrupted by grinding or shortness of breath a dentist might pre... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
No: Loosing teeth is not a normal aging phenomenon. Diabetes puts people at greater risk for periodontal disease but seeing a dentist or periodontal spe... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: A dentist can help you with the pain and can help speed healing time if. It is a canker sore. A visual exam will confirm the problem and get you on y... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See an oral surgeon: An oral surgeon needs to evaluate the situation since is appear you have an extended and complicated course of treatment.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your doctor: You should see a doctor or dentist for an evaluation. Is could be from a number of things so only a by a medical professional actually examining you ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Wait: Wait until after your shingles has gone into remission. When you have active eruptions you are infectious and you likely aren't very comfortable as w... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See you dentist asap: If your pain isn't getting better you might no be taking the right antibiotic or the infection requires a different antibiotic, dose or a procedure to... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist : You should see a dentist to check the function of your temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint that is by your ear. They can make a better diagnosis an... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: A proper examination would help give you a differential diagnosis based on appearance, position size of the blisters. Only then can some treatment s... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Yes.: This is called referred pain. See your dentist! your dentist will evaluate this and can help you get relief as well as more definitive long term solu... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Indirectly, yes.: Bacteria from a dental abscess can get into the blood stream and cause damage to your heart valves, making your heart less efficient and have to work ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See an oral surgeon: You need to see an oral surgeon or dentist. A lesion of that size needs to be looked at. If you initially traumatized it there may be damaged vessels... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist : Any black tooth needs to be evaluated. You may want a consultation with an oral surgeon to get a panoramic radiograph to properly diagnosis your situa... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Check w your dentist: Your gums can be an indication of a systemic problem if there are no signs of gingivitis. After a thorough exam they might need to refer you to an int... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: You should see a dentist to check the function of your temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint that is by your ear. They can make a better diagnosis and... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Yes: Strep or streptococcus is a bacteria and in high n umbers tastes terrible. A strep infection should be treated by a physician. They will know what typ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Check w dentist: If you have post nasal drip during the night mucous can collect on the back of your tongue and bacteria grow in the mucus during the night giving the ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Yes.: Depending on the location of the tooth affected, it can cause referred pain to other teeth. See your dentist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment o... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: Periodontal disease and gum disease are infections that can spread to your blood stream. As with any infection, fatigue can be a symptom. A proper de... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
No. Easy to fix: Sometimes sealants can chip or leak at the edges and stain or decay can get underneath. Your dentist can evaluate this and if you need a replacement i... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Pink with ridges: A normal palate is pink, with firmly attached tissue. There are ridges called rugae towards the front that are alike a finger print and helps give st... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: Swollen gums can be a sign of infection or other more serious systemic disease. A proper examination will help render a diagnosis and treatment option... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your MD: An proper medical examination with an oral surgeon or head and neck specialist would enable you to get a proper diagnosis and have treatment options e... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Possibly: See your dentist for a proper diagnosis. Tori are common in 20% of the population and can be exacerbated by bruxism of minor trauma. However other con... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
When MD clears you: When your surgeon clears you for dental work is the safest time to proceed with elective dental work.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: A proper exam will help to give you a diagnosis and then you can and your dentist can decide on the proper treatment for you. It can be an infection ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: It could be periodontal disease or another systemic disease causing gum swelling and bleeding. An exam with radiographs will help to determine if that... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: Depending on the cause, different treatment options are available to help get your brightest smile. Talk with your dentist so you can decide what is b... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Many antibiotics: Many drugs especially antibiotics can lead to an overgrowth of other naturally occurring organisms that coat your tongue and appear white. Talk with y... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
It only appears so: Often with down syndrome, patients have an under developed skeletal mid face which gives them less room for the tongue. So it appears bigger relative ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
see your dentist: It is likely that you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night and the inside of your cheek gets caught and/or irritated. It is a condition call... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: A proper exam will help with a diagnosis that will give you options for treatment of your lip and parotid duct issue. If there is a blockage it needs... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Seek medical help: A dentist or md can help check for a broken blood vessel depending on the severity of the trauma. They can give you the proper advice after seeing the... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 33 years experience
Check w your dentist: Check with your dentist. It may be a sign of a TMJ problem. A proper exam will allow for you to get proper diagnosis and treatment options.

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Mar 31, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Sakurai is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sakurai is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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UCLA
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