Why Dental Exams are Important

Group of friendsYour dental exam may seem skippable simply because it doesn’t happen very often. By this reasoning, if seeing the dentist were essential, more than one or two per year would be required. But this regularity is just right for keeping up with your dental status, and not making your appointment could be a setback.

Your dentist establishes a baseline of care at the start of your treatment, one that extends throughout your time as a patient. To maintain this baseline, the doctor needs you to stay relatively on course—by brushing and flossing, and watching your diet. The exam performs an important function simply by confirming the status quo.

The dentist wants to be aware of any changes in lifestyle—like quitting smoking, for example, or going vegan. A lot of your exam will happen in conversation.

Of course, our San Fernando Valley dentist also performs a full head and neck exam, in addition to looking at your mouth. Checking your head and neck can alert the doctor of any irregularity, like a cyst or swollen lymph node.

The oral exam itself is not just a cavity check—the doctor is always on the lookout for signs of oral cancer or other pathology.

Call today to schedule your next dental exam in San Fernando Valley.

What Does a General Dentist Do?

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Along with regular brushing and flossing, a general dentist is your first line of defense against poor oral health. When you go in for an exam and cleaning, it is a general dentist that you are going to see. Sure they clean your teeth and check for cavities, but what else do they do?

When you go in for an exam and cleaning, there is a lot more to it than just scraping your teeth. Through a visual examination and also the use of X-rays, a general dentist gives your mouth a full examination. They are definitely looking for plaque, tartar, and cavities, but they are also looking for more serious complications like gum disease as well. A general dentist also screens you for oral cancer. Many people do not realize that many other illnesses will also manifest themselves in your mouth. A dentist you have been to for any length of time will notice these changes before they become too serious.

If you do have a cavity, a general dentist uses a drill to remove the decayed part and then replaces it with a filling. If the decay has become too severe, then the dentist is able to perform a root canal and apply a crown in order to save your tooth. If the tooth needs to be extracted, the general dentist will do that too. They can even fit you with a bridge to replace the missing tooth.

If it has been over a year since you have last been to the dentist, then do yourself a favor and contact our general dentist in San Fernando Valley to set up an appointment.

Benefits of Lumineers

Benefits of LumineersNo one wants a smile that is impaired by stains, chips, cracks, fractures, or gaps. Any of these imperfections can make you self-conscious about your appearance and make you more reserved during social interactions. Fortunately, you can cover up these flaws with the help of Lumineers. Our cosmetic dentist in San Fernando Valley can apply the Lumineers in as little as two appointments, so you can soon be on your way to a radiant smile.

The main benefit Lumineers have over other dental restorations is that they do not require any removal of your natural enamel. Restorations like crowns and veneers require a certain amount of enamel to be taken away so that they can fit properly. But Lumineers are so thin that they can be bonded directly to the surface of your teeth. This makes them a reversible procedure, so at any time, our expert in Lumineers in San Fernando Valley can remove them if need be.

And maintaining your Lumineers is as easy as taking care of your natural teeth. All you need to do is brush and floss them twice a day to make sure bacteria does not build up and avoid habits that could potentially damage the Lumineers.