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Dr. Thomas Stelmach

Cosmetic Dentistry
Beverly Hills, CA
40 years experience male

Locations

Tom Stelmach, DDS, Inc

Beverly Hills, CA

Address

8920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 625, Beverly Hills, CA
Directions

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About

Bio

I'm a native Californian. Born and raised in San Diego. Undergrad at UCSD. Dental school at UCLA. Interests: I'm a painter and a metal sculptor. I'm also constantly doing renovations and improvements on my 1925 Tudor house. Additionally - I'm a marathon runner, cyclist, and a skier (both snow and water).

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

151 Answers
42 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Plaque: Biofilms usually refer to bacterial accumulation in water lines. Biofilms such as bacterial plaque on teeth will cause many problems. An accumulation ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Replace it again: Sometimes teeth act up for no apparent reason. The best way to get you out of pain would be to have her replace the filling again with an I.R.M. seda... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Yes: Amalgam fillings universally leak. The interface between an amalgam filling and tooth is purely mechanical. There is no chemical seal. Bacteria are v... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
No: No effect on stains.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Tap 3 snore guard: Depending on how bad your sleep apnea is, you can try the tap 3 snore guard appliance. This has to be professionally fitted. The appliances that you c... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Bleaching: See your dentist so that the correct form of bleaching is used.
A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Bleach first: Once the brackets are bonded on bleach won't penetrate under them. Also, consider getting a sonicare toothbrush to help you keep your teeth and gums h... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
No: If the blue light is a source of uv radiation it would only burn your gums.
A 38-year-old member asked:
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40 years experience
Several: Meth mouth is a serious problem. The damage is usually extreme. Most cases require some sort of full mouth reconstruction. Often, it results in total ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Toothpaste: You are probably tasting the temporary cement. You can reduce the bad taste by brushing it very thoroughly for several minutes with a new toothbrush.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Usually: The lip biting can start due to anxiety and then it can continue on its own if the lip swells, just because it is in the way when you chew.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Muscle relaxant: If you can get a prescription for Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) or a similar muscle relaxant it can help with your clenching problem until you have a... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Yes: If you are going to have general anesthesia you need to stop eating 12 hours prior to surgery.
A 36-year-old member asked:
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40 years experience
Go back to dentist: You shouldn't be having pain. The temporary crown is probably too tall and needs to be adjusted. Another reason for pain could be that the temporary i... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
No: Baking soda will scrub away surface stains but it won't whiten your teeth.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Amoxicillin: Amoxicillin is a good starting point as long as you aren't allergic to it. You will need to see your dentist to see if your wisdom tooth needs to be e... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Switch Toothpaste: Sounds like you have a contact dermatitis irritation. Try switching to tom's of main. Your gums should heal in a couple of days.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Yes: Probably from the procedure. Your dentist needed to put some cotton string between your tooth and gum to get a good impression. This bruises the gums.... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
None: Have your teeth professionally cleaned to remove the surface stain.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Dry mouth: Saliva contains antibodies that attack the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Methamphetmine causes dry mouth. Dry mouth allows bacteria to have heyday ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Depends: 35% carbamide peroxide is very effective on most discolored teeth. You will usually see an improvement after three applications. However, some teeth a... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Feels like pressure: A sinus infection will put pressure on the lining of the sinus. The tissue that lines the sinus has a lot of nerve endings and when aggravated they ma... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Not a problem: The night guard will help keep your teeth in position if it is in the same arch as the extraction. It can't hurt.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
No: It isn't recommended because of the fluoride, but no, it won't cause cancer.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Why 3 weeks?: You should be seeing your dentist asap. If you need something as strong as Percocet for the pain you have an emergency situation.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Yes: The tissue that is responsible for feeling tapping is called the periodontal ligament. It isn't removed when you have a root canal treatment.
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
About 2/3: Your estimate would be correct in my office. It will probably vary a little depending on the dental office. Dental insurance doesn't cover veneers so ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Very difficult: There was one case where a dentist transmitted HIV to his patients. This was seemingly intentional. Hiv virus is very delicate when outside of the bod... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Composite bonding: The decay is removed using a drill, air abrasion, or a laser. After that the tooth is etched using 33% phosphoric acid gel for 15 to 30 seconds. A des... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Air Space: Sinuses are air spaces in your head that exist to keep your head from being too heavy. The maxillary sinus when infected or otherwise irritated can ca... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Yes - a little: It's kinda weak for an antiseptic. However you don't want to use a stronger antiseptic on a daily basis or you risk fungal overgrowth.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Active infection: You need to see your dentist and get on an antibiotic. You will also need to attend to the cause of the infection because if you don't it will come ba... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Yes: If your primary premolar has a lot of decay there won't be much to restore. Leaving a primary tooth in position can lead to problems with your bite do... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Trauma: Sudden discoloration of a tooth can be the result of trauma. It can even be the result of a trauma that occurred in the past. See your dentist to have... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Pedodontist: The staining might be coincidental since penicillin doesn't stain teeth. Have a pediatric dentist take a look. Your child might just need a prophy.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Yes: You should carefully brush your teeth after meals for 2 minutes. As long as you pay attention to what you are doing 2 minutes is plenty - additional t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Yes : Since the active ingredient is a peroxide and peroxides are unstable by nature they will loose effectiveness over time. If you want to increase the sh... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Steam Clean?: Steam is not used to clean teeth. It would be too dangerous - teeth and gums react poorly to heat. We do use ultrasonic cleaning which might seem like... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Crest White Strips: White strips are quite effective. Most of the whitening toothpastes are a waste of money.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Great idea: Implants are always a better option than a long span bridge. Hopefully you have enough bone to place them. If not, it will be worthwhile to have bone ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Not a problem: The active ingredient in white strips breaks down to hydrogen peroxide which then breaks down to water. The process releases oxygen free radicals whic... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Very fast: It depends on a lot of factors such as how strong your immune system is, how agressive the bacteria are, and the location of the tooth.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Varys: If you are getting pain from and exposed nerve you will need to have a root canal to take care of it. Molars can give confusing symptoms because there... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Not much: The oral health problems that children are usually limited to tooth decay, cancer soars, and some viral infections. Pretty much the same as adults.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Endodontist: You need to attend to the cause of your problem instead of trying to quiet the symptoms. You probably have an abscessed tooth. You should see an endod... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
See your dentist: It sounds like one of your dental restorations is leaking. If you have a crown / cap and it has come loose you will experience intermittent bad tastes... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Depends: If the more natural toothpaste has Fluoride you will be fine. Tom's of main fluoridated toothpaste is a great product. Fluoride is the most import... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
What's the recipe?: If you let me know what the recipe is i can tell you if it could be harmful to your teeth and / or gums. Some of the home remedies can be very harmful... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
40 years experience
Possible: Ischemic cardiomyopathy could theoretically be caused by chronic long term gingival infections.

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Mar 19, 2015
Great DDS!!
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Stelmach is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Stelmach is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much. for your help. I will see my doct in 2 weeks. :D
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UCLA School of Dentistry
Graduated 1982MD

Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Dentistry, American Academy of Operative Dentistry
AAACD
Top Cosmetic Dentist, Second Place, National - Summer
2013
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