The Dental Care Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

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.

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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.

Affordable Dental Care in Van Nuys

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. Please contact our dentist office in Van Nuys for more information on affordable dental care. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Woman with White Teeth Smiling | Teeth Whitening Van NuysProfessional Teeth Whitening in Van Nuys, CA

Teeth whitening in Van Nuys, CA is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures we provide. Additionally, teeth whitening happens to be one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments.

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. 

Contact Our 91405 Dentist For More 

If you are interested in teeth whitening in Van Nuys, CA, feel free to give our dentist office a call at (818) 651-7206, or you can schedule your cosmetic consultation online!

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 restore 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.

Contact Our Van Nuys Dentist Office

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. 

Cosmetic Dentist in Van Nuys, CA

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.

A smile makeover allows your Van Nuys cosmetic dentist to improve and enhance your smile through the use of one or multiple cosmetic procedures, including:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth-colored filling
  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental implantsWoman after a smile makeover at the Van Nuys dentist office

Your cosmetic dentist considers many different factors to design a new, beautiful smile. We consider your facial contours, skin tone, teeth color, gums, and lips to create a symmetrical and harmonious look. 

Smile makeovers consider your personality and lifestyle to truly capture your style. 

Designing Your New Smile Is Easy

During your first smile makeover appointment with Dr. Suh and his team of highly-skilled dental professionals, we go over what you don't like about your smile, what you would like to improve, and any recommendations we might have. 

Your tooth color, the size, and shape of your teeth are aspects we can easily improve and change with one or more dental treatments. White, symmetrical teeth are often considered universally attractive, and a sign of youth and good health. We can use dental bonding or teeth whitening to lift stains and improve your natural tooth color. 

Crooked, overcrowded, or protruding teeth can detract from your appearance. Well-shaped and properly aligned teeth are not only more natural to clean; they are more pleasing to the eye. We can use orthodontics, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers to design a straighter-looking smile. 

If you are missing one or more teeth, you might feel too embarrassed to smile openly or laugh out loud. We can improve your confidence and appearance by restoring your missing teeth with a dental bridge or implants. 

Start Your Smile Makeover Journey in 91405

Your cosmetic dentist at The Dental Care Center can restore harmony and balance to your smile, and truly improve your overall look. 

Contact our dentist office in Van Nuys online or call us at (818) 651-7206 to start your journey towards a dazzling new 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.

Dental Implants in Van Nuys, CA

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 DentistChilds First Dentist Visit in 91405

We 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 Dental 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. 

Contact Our 91405 Dentist Office

Feel free to give our Van Nuys dentist office a call at (818) 651-7206 for questions and concerns regarding your first appointment at The Dental Care Center. 

Orthodontics

Have you ever thought that Invisalign clear braces sound too good to be true? Well, they aren’t! With Invisalign in Van Nuys, CA, you can straighten your smile without the inconvenience of metal while still keeping your orthodontia low-profile.

A Series of Clear Aligners

While traditional metal braces typically stay on your teeth for years at a time, Invisalign uses a progressive series of clear aligner trays that you switch out every few weeks. We tailor your Invisalign treatment specifically for your mouth, which means that each tray you wear gets your smile a little closer to where it needs to be. 

You start by wearing your first straightening tray in the series for at least 22 hours each day. After approximately two weeks, you will discard this first tray and move on to the second tray. Your Invisalign aligners use gentle forces and pressure to move your teeth as you progress from aligner to aligner.

Gradual Teeth Straightening 

When you treat with Invisalign in Van Nuys, our dentists design a treatment plan that’s specific for your mouth. The amount of trays you’ll need to wear throughout the program varies, but typical patients can require as few as 20 or as many as 50 or more. 

Your teeth will move gradually at a rate that’s safe and appropriate for you. Because your trays are made from clear plastic, and because you remove the trays for eating each day, you’ll be able to see your progress as your teeth start to straighten out. 

Get Started With Invisalign in Van Nuys, CA

To learn more about Invisalign treatment at The Dental Care Center, please contact our dentist office in Van Nuys today at (818) 651-7206.

The cost for Invisalign in Van Nuys will vary from patient to patient depending on multiple factors, including:

 1. whether the patient has dental insurance and how much their insurance will cover

 2. how many aligners the patient needs

 3. whether the patient wants to straighten their entire smile or focus more on their visible front teeth.

Cost of Invisalign in Van Nuys, CA

Invisalign Express treatments that are shorter and less comprehensive will be less expensive than full treatments. Invisalign Express typically costs somewhere in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 or more. 

Invisalign Full, which is the standard experience that most Invisalign patients opt for, is understandably more expensive than Invisalign Express. The Invisalign cost in Los Angeles will usually range from $3,000 or $3,500 to around $8,000, with the most complex cases costing $8,500 or more. 

If you are interested in orthodontia but are worried about the cost of Invisalign, you have several options:

  • We accept most major PPO and HMO dental insurance plans, and dental insurance will often cover a large portion of the cost of Invisalign.
  • Our dentists are sometimes willing to make special payment arrangements with patients who are self-paying and not using dental insurance. If you’re interested in establishing a payment plan, be sure to discuss this during your Invisalign consultation before beginning treatment.
  • You can pay for your treatment through the third-party financing company, CareCredit, at a low-interest rate. Our dental office can help you fill out your application the next time you visit us.

Invisalign is an investment in your smile that rewards you for decades after your treatment is over. To learn more about your payment options, please contact our dentists in Van Nuys today.

Restorative Dentistry

Routine Cleaning Vs. Deep Cleaning | Van Nuys Dentist Dental Cleanings in Van Nuys

A routine dental cleaning in Van Nuys 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 in Van Nuys 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.

Schedule A Root Canal in Van Nuys

Do not wait to relieve your tooth pain, as it will only get worse. Contact our Van Nuys dentist office to learn more about root canals and we will get you in for a consultation. 

Same-Day Dental Crowns

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Same-day dental crowns are a popular dental procedure at The Dental Care Center that allow us to protect and reinforce a tooth while also saving time and money for the patient. Patients typically need a dental crown when a tooth has been fractured, broken, or decayed.

CEREC Dental Crown | The Dental Care Center 91405A large cavity, for example, can remove a lot of the necessary tooth structure that keeps your tooth strong. A dental crown can fit over the entire tooth and prevent bacteria or food particles from entering the tooth and causing tooth decay. 

Traditionally, a dental crown can take a few weeks and several visits with your Van Nuys restorative dentist. Same-day dental crowns can skip the time it takes to wait, along with needing to make an impression of your mouth or putting a temporary dental crown on your tooth while the permanent crown is fabricated. 

We can skip the hassle of scheduling multiple trips to the dentist—and interrupting your day—saving you precious time and money. CEREC same-day dental crowns shorten the process to just one dental visit with Dr. Suh. 

Benefits of CEREC Same-day Dental Crowns 

We use CEREC same-day crowns for:

  • Protecting a damaged tooth
  • Keeping a tooth from being damaged through chewing or grinding
  • After a root canal procedure
  • Stabilize a tooth that has a cavity too large for a filling
  • Part of a dental implant
  • Securing a dental bridge

CEREC dental crowns give your tooth protection and security so that your smile remains healthy, strong, and beautiful. 

Call Our Office in Van Nuys About CEREC Dental Crowns

Call our friendly team at The Dental Care Center to schedule your appointment for a beautiful restoration. 

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.

Contact Our 91405 Dentist Office 

If you are in need of sleep apnea treatment in the Van Nuys area, contact The Dental Care Center! We can be reached over the phone at (818) 651-7206 or through our online contact submission form. 

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Van Nuys, CA

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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