The Dental Care Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At The Dental Care Center, we never underestimate the importance of patient education. We care about the health of our patients, and we also know that good oral care is essential for a person’s overall health.

Some of the most commonly asked questions we hear are answered below. If you have any other questions, or if you have questions about your specific treatment or oral health in general, please don’t hesitate to ask! We want to help you make informed decisions about the oral health of you and your family.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening | Van Nuys DentistTeeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures and one of the most affordable. With in-office teeth whitening, we use a whitening gel that contains high levels of hydrogen peroxide. A light is used to help activate the gel. From start to finish, the entire procedure only takes an hour, but the results will be substantial. Our in-home teeth whitening kit takes somewhat longer, but the results are just as dramatic. 

A chipped or broken tooth impacts not only your smile but also your ability to chew and speak with ease in some cases. Even if it's a relatively small chip in your tooth, the uneven or jagged edge can cause discomfort to your tongue, cheek, or other soft tissues.

It is relatively simple for your dentist in Van Nuys to repair a broken or chipped tooth, and you may be surprised to learn that there are several options.

  • Dental Bonding: Using the same composite resin material as a dental filling, we mold and shape it to seamlessly blend with your tooth and eliminate the chip or fracture.
  • Porcelain Veneers: A porcelain veneer sits on top of your tooth to conceal the chipped area and restore your tooth's natural shape. A veneer is bonded directly to your tooth and is customized to complement your smile.
  • Dental Crown: Depending on the extent of damage to your broken tooth, we may recommend a dental crown. The crown covers the entire damaged tooth structure to protect it.

Your Van Nuys, CA dentist, will assess your situation to determine which restoration will best restore your tooth's beauty and function. Contact The Dental Care Center today for more information.

Do you feel confident when you smile? Or do you wonder if anyone will notice the staining on your teeth or your rotated tooth? If there you would like to change the appearance of your teeth, it may cause you to hide your smile from others. This limits your interactions with friends, family, or co-workers. 

Fortunately, many cosmetic dental procedures can repair your teeth and enhance your smile, whether you're living with yellow, broken, or crooked teeth. Your team at The Dental Care Center include specialists in orthodontics and implant dentistry, as well as several dentists with extensive advanced training in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Our dentists have the skills and artistry needed to create the smile you've always wanted.

Getting a boost to your confidence is helpful when it comes to meeting your personal and professional goals. But we must also discuss the many ways that cosmetic dentistry improves your overall dental health. A dental crown can strengthen a tooth that has been damaged by decay. A tooth implant replaces a missing tooth, restores your smile, keeps neighboring teeth from shifting, and keeps your jawbone healthy. Straightening your teeth with orthodontics not only improves your smile, but it also corrects your bite and makes brushing and flossing your teeth easier.

Contact your cosmetic dentist in Van Nuys, CA today to learn more about the options available to improve your smile.

Dental Implants

Replace Missing Tooth | The Dental Care CenterWe highly recommend dental implants as the best way to replace a missing tooth. Not only do they look natural, but you will also enjoy full functionality with a dental implant.

Generally made out of titanium, dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone where a tooth and the root are missing. An artificial tooth is fitted on top of the implant. Over a period of time, the implants will fuse to the jawbone, giving you the same functionality you would have with your natural tooth. 

Fillings

Children's Dentistry | Van Nuys DentistWe generally recommend children begin regular visits by the time they reach the age of two. We also urge patients to let their children become familiar with the dentist’s office by bringing them along to their own appointments. This shows children that there is nothing to fear when it comes to visiting the dentist. 

New Patient Cleaning | Van Nuys DentistWe will try our best to handle all requests and scheduling needs at the time the appointment is made. Keep in mind that the doctors and hygienists keep separate schedules that may not always coincide. When making your appointment, please be specific in relaying your needs to the coordinator. 

Restorative Dentistry

Dental insurance | Van Nuys DentistMost dental insurance plans will cover preventive and diagnostic care at 100 percent. Often, additional services will be covered at 80 or 50 percent. When you are in our office, we will work with you to ensure you are taking the best advantage of your dental insurance coverage. We are pleased to work with nearly all dental insurance companies, including HMOs.

Please note, however, that we do not take Medicare.

For your convenience and because we believe finances should never be a barrier to good oral health, we also offer third-party financing options with CareCredit

Routine Cleaning Vs. Deep Cleaning | Van Nuys Dentist A routine cleaning is an essential part of maintaining healthy gums. When gums are healthy and good home care is practiced by the patient, bacteria and tarter buildup between teeth is minimal. In this situation, a routine cleaning is all that is needed. 

A deep cleaning—also referred to as “scaling and root planing”—is needed when bacteria and tarter buildup are more severe. Often as a result of the buildup, “pockets” develop between the teeth and gums, so a deep cleaning is required to clear them out.

Root Canal Therapy

Usually when a nerve gets infected or exposed pain is a common symptom. However, there are often times when it can also be asymptomatic as well. Ironically it is usually best to perform a root canal when the tooth isn't hurting as bad. It tells us that there is less infection at the moment. This allows proper anesthetic as well as less post procedure discomfort.

Sleep Apnea

If a patient does not wish to use a CPAP or cannot tolerate one, a dental mouthpiece can be fabricated by your dentist. The custom appliance will reposition your lower jaw and keep the airway open throughout the night.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which the person stops breathing in the middle of sleep. Recent studies have shown that untreated sleep apnea can lead to heart disease, diabetes, death and many other potentially dangerous conditions. Most common symptoms include loud snoring and fatigue throughout the day even with a full nights rest. Diagnosis can be made from a simple take home sleep kit available at your dentist or doctor's office.

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