18520 Soledad Canyon Road Suite G
Canyon Country, 91351 CA

Telephone: (661) 252-2800
Fax: (661) 252-2810

Email: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What are routine cleanings?

A: A routine cleaning focuses on preventive dental care and the     maintenance of healthy teeth and oral tissues by the removal of calculus, plaque, and common stains. Typically performed twice a year by a Registered Dental Hygienist or a dentist, it is usually completed in one appointment.

Q: Is deep cleaning different from routine cleanings?

A: Yes. A deep cleaning is a therapeutic procedure designed to help avoid periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of calculus, plaque, and stain on the crowns and root surfaces of teeth. It can begin as localized gingival inflammation and progress to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and the bone that supports the teeth. Left untreated, this disease progresses to the ultimate loss of teeth.

In periodontal disease, gingival tissue may detach (pull away) from teeth, and periodontal pockets form. Scaling and Root Planing is intended to provide a healthy tissue environment in which tissues re-adapt to normal tooth surfaces.

Q: What is the difference between regular crowns and abutment crowns?

A: The regular crown is a dental restoration that covers or replaces most or all the natural crown of a tooth. Abutment crown is an artificial tooth that supports a dental prosthesis such as a dental bridge.

Q: What are some ways to restore missing teeth?

A: A fixed dental bridge is a prosthesis that replaces one or more missing natural teeth and is cemented to teeth or implants next to the missing tooth or teeth. A removable partial dental bridge (or denture) is a dental prosthesis, which the patient can remove, that replaces one or more missing natural teeth. Implants are also a great way to replace missing teeth, which are also fixed.

Q: What is cosmetic dentistry?

A: Cosmetic dentistry is all about creating beautiful smiles. A cosmetic dentist can evaluate your smile and use dental techniques to create a new smile that is both attractive and comfortable.

Q: What are some of the common cosmetic dental procedures?

A: Whitening (bleaching) accomplished by LumiBrite, is an in office whitening procedure. It gives discolored teeth a fresh, white look. Bonding is used during a procedure where a tooth-colored material is applied to your teeth. When polished and complete, it will change the shape, color, and appearance of your teeth to make your smile more beautiful. Veneers are created in the laboratory. Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth to give a lifelike appearance to your smile, enhancing any problem areas of the tooth.

Q: What is the definition of a conventional denture?

A: Conventional denture is made for the dental patient 6 to 8 weeks after the initial extraction of the teeth. They are fabricated when the immediate denture that was placed the day of the extraction no longer fits because the bone and tissues have changed shape after healing from the surgery. All dentures made after the initial, immediate denture, are considered conventional dentures.

Q: What is a root canal treatment?

A: Root canal treatment requires removing the nerve and other tissues (called the pulp) from inside the tooth and its root(s). It is done by first making an opening through the chewing surface of the tooth to gain access to the tooth’s pulp. The contents of the root canals are removed and the canals are cleaned and shaped. The canals are then filled and sealed with a biologically compatible material called gutta percha. After root canal treatment, a temporary filling is placed and the tooth will then require timely placement of a final restoration (permanent filling and crown), to return it to proper function.

Q: What are some of the reasons requiring root canal treatment to be performed?

A: Root canal treatment is often necessary because of pain, infection, decay, broken/fractured teeth as well as other extenuating factors. The intended benefit of root canal treatment is to relieve current symptoms and/or to permit the continuation of any additional treatment the general dentist has proposed. Root canal treatment allows for the retention of the tooth and its root in the mouth, thereby permitting the tooth to be restored to function.