Gum Disease Laser Therapy

Fight Gum Disease with Laser Treatment

By some estimates, up to half of all adults have some form of gum disease, also called periodontal disease, and sometimes just brushing and flossing more often is not enough.

At The Dental Health Group, we’re proud to offer the latest technology in gum laser therapy as a way to fight gum disease. Laser treatment is an alternative to traditional tooth scaling, and many patients find this method to be more comfortable and much easier than having a dentist poke and prod at their gums.

Dr. Abad specializes in using the most effective medical-based and technology-driven practices, including gum laser therapy, for a modern, patient-first approach to dental care.

This page includes some of our patients’ most common questions about the benefits, costs, and potential risks of gum laser treatment. Please reach out to our office with any additional questions or to schedule an appointment.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal diseases are dental conditions that affect the gums and bones around the teeth. It occurs when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth and gums, causing inflammation and irritation. If your gums are often swollen or bleed easily, you may have some form of gum disease. Your dentist can diagnose this during a routine dental check-up.

Gum laser therapy is a modern treatment option for gum disease that can effectively reduce symptoms and prevent further progression of the disease. It is minimally invasive and virtually pain-free. The laser removes infected gum tissue and helps to restore the area around the tooth for healthy growth.

How can gum laser therapy help treat gum disease?

Gum laser therapy reduces inflammation and bacteria in the mouth while helping to stimulate new tissue growth, which can help improve the overall health of the gums. As it uses medically approved lasers, it is considered a minimally invasive treatment option that is often more physically comfortable for patients than the traditional deep teeth cleaning methods. Many patients see significant improvements in their periodontal disease after just one or two treatments.

While many patients have a sort of science fiction image in their minds when they first hear about laser treatment, the procedure is safe with minimal risk for infection or complication. The laser is a concentrated light beam, and all of our staff have been specially trained in using this equipment.

What are the benefits of laser therapy for gum disease?

One of the many benefits of gum laser therapy is that it can target specific areas of the mouth affected by gum disease, making it more precise than other treatments, such as deep teeth cleaning. As a result, most patients report little to no discomfort during or after treatment.

Additionally, the high-energy light effectively sterilizes the infected area, greatly reducing the risk of bacterial infection. This procedure does not require any numbing or heavy anesthesia. Most of our patients say they hardly feel it during treatment.

Gum disease is a serious condition, and preventing its progression preserves your oral health. If you are considering laser therapy for gum disease, consult with Dr. Abad at The Dental Health Group to determine if this treatment path is right for you. Our office staff can also review treatment costs for gum laser therapy and assist you with insurance and payment options.

How is gum laser therapy different from deep cleaning?

There are pros and cons to traditional deep teeth cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Like gum laser therapy, this treatment helps to remove tartar and bacteria from beneath the gum line, which can improve oral health. Additionally, deep teeth cleaning can also help smooth out rough spots on the teeth, making them easier to clean in the future.

However, one downside of deep teeth cleaning is that it can be expensive and may not be covered, or fully covered, by insurance. Additionally, some people may experience discomfort or soreness after the procedure.

At The Dental Health Group, Dr. Abad will discuss both options for treating gum disease with you and help you decide which is best suited to your preferences and level of insurance coverage.

How much does the gum laser treatment cost?

The costs for gum laser treatment can vary depending on the severity of the periodontal disease and the number of sessions required to restore your teeth and gums to good health. Many patients pay several hundred dollars out of pocket with their insurance company covering the difference.

The office staff at The Dental Health Group can help you determine what your plan covers if you are unsure. If your gum laser treatment cost is not fully or partially covered by insurance, there are several financing options available to help make laser treatments more affordable, so be sure to ask Dr. Abad or the office staff about these options.

Choosing the best treatment option for your oral health needs now may help reduce or eliminate additional costly dental problems in the future. We want to help you understand the risks of untreated periodontal disease and help you make an informed decision about how to proceed.

Who is a good candidate for gum disease laser therapy?

Gum disease laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for many people. However, there are some factors that may make someone a better or worse candidate for this type of therapy.

For example, the severity of your gum disease may affect whether laser therapy is right for you. Additionally, your overall health and medical history can play a role in determining whether laser therapy is a good option. Ultimately, Dr. Abad can assess your situation and give you his professional recommendation.

Contact The Dental Health Group Today

Our Canoga Park, CA office is welcoming new patients. Whether you already see Dr. Abad for regular preventative care or you are new to the practice, we are glad to discuss the possibility of gum laser therapy with you. Not every dentist in Los Angeles offers this innovative treatment option. If your regular dentist does not have the training or equipment to perform laser therapy, we can consult with you about this procedure.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with gum disease and want to understand treatment options, make an appointment to discuss how Dr. Abad can improve your smile and oral health. Call 818-718-2000. We look forward to meeting you.

Implant Retained Dentures

Restore Your Smile with Implant Supported Dentures

Implant retained dentures (also known as implant supported dentures) anchor to your jawbone with small titanium posts. These devices, called implants, provide a more secure fit than traditional dentures by making sure your new teeth don’t slip or fall out. They can also help improve chewing function and support the facial muscles.

Implant dentures require a surgical procedure, and it usually takes about four weeks for your gums to heal. After that, you’ll be able to smile confidently again—no more worrying about losing teeth or having uncomfortable removable dentures!

How do implant supported dentures work?

Implant supported dentures are surgically placed in the jawbone. This procedure allows for a more secure fit than traditional dentures and can help prevent bone loss. While the exact number depends on each patient’s individual needs, most people require at least two implants for a lower denture and four for an upper denture.

An illustration of implant retained dentures in the lower jaw.

There are several methods to insert implant retained dentures, including screws, bar attachments, or ball attachments (pictured above). While it can seem overwhelming, Dr. Abad will consult with you to determine which treatment approach addresses your specific oral health needs. Dr. Abad specializes in denture care and is one of the leading cosmetic dentists in Canoga Park and the Valley.

What are the benefits of implant retained dentures?

Implant dentures have many advantages over traditional dentures, including:

  • Comfort. Implant retained dentures are stable in your mouth, meaning they will not come loose or irritate your gums.
  • Bone Preservation. The titanium posts in your jaw effectively serve as new tooth roots, lending strength to the bone structure and improving your bite strength.
  • Appearance. Implant dentures look like natural teeth when you smile.
  • Permanence. Unlike removable dentures, which need to be replaced every few years, implant supported dentures are longer-lasting options for restoring teeth and oral health.

Who is a good candidate for implant supported dentures?

While implant retained dentures are an excellent option for missing teeth, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. The main reason that patients do not qualify for implants is that they have too much bone loss in their jaw, meaning the implants lack a solid foundation.

If you have loose or ill-fitting dentures, you may be able to switch to implant dentures. Visit our office for an evaluation. Dr. Abad at The Dental Health Group has more than 20 years of experience as an oral surgeon. He specializes in using the most effective technology and medical-based practices for adult dentures and oral cosmetic care.

How much do implant retained dentures cost?

The cost of implant retained dentures will vary depending on the number of implants required and the complexity of the surgery, but the procedure is usually upwards of $5,000 without insurance. The exact cost depends on the number of implants; please call our office for an accurate estimate. While implant supported dentures are more expensive than traditional ones, they will last a lifetime with proper care—that alone may make them worth the investment.

We are happy to discuss dental insurance and financing options that may be available to help make the procedure more affordable.

Contact The Dental Health Group Today

Located in beautiful Canoga Park, CA, The Dental Health Group welcomes new patients from across Los Angeles. Make an appointment for a routine check-up or to discuss how dentures can improve your smile and oral health. Call 818-718-2000 to schedule your consultation.

Need a Dentist for a Filling
Procedure?

Having a cavity not only causes physical pain but can also impact your entire body’s health. If you’ve been told that a cavity requires a filling procedure, a dentist can help! Healthy teeth and gums lead to good oral health, so having a dentist experienced in fillings is essential. At The Dental Health Group in Canoga Park, we pride ourselves on being the best restorative dentistry office in the area. We take your oral health seriously, and with that comes ensuring dental cavities, tooth decay, and infections in your gums are promptly and correctly addressed.

Understanding the Cavity-Filling Procedure

At The Dental Health Group in Canoga Park, our dentists believe that a mercury-free practice is the safest for our patients, staff, and the environment. While mercury fillings were common-practice in the past, thanks to new technology and scientific research, we now offer fillings that are not only exceptionally strong and protective for your teeth but are also available in various shades so they perfectly match the color of your tooth.

Remember Silver Fillings? Our Dentists Say No Thanks!

In the past, silver fillings were common and the only option available to people needing to have a cavity filled. But using silver for a filling procedure has many drawbacks. The main one is that over time, the edges of the filling become weak, and the patient must return to the dentist to have the filling repaired or replaced. Fortunately, old silver fillings can quickly and safely be replaced with modern, tooth-colored ones.

Why Use Tooth-Colored Restorations for Your Filling Procedure?

With tooth-colored restorations, the resin looks just like your natural teeth and is placed only where needed, so it’s healthier for your other teeth and gums. In addition, the resin used in tooth-colored fillings contains fluoride that helps keep your tooth healthy and prevent decay.

The result is a beautiful smile!

How Can I Replace Silver Fillings with Tooth-Colored Ones?

The filling procedure for exchanging silver fillings for tooth-colored ones is straightforward and requires only two appointments at our Canoga Park office.

Appointment #1:

  1. The silver filling and any accumulated decay are removed.
  2. A model is made of the tooth and sent to the lab along with the resin color choice.
  3. A temporary onlay (filling) is placed on the tooth.

Appointment #2:

  1. The temporary onlay (filling) is removed.
  2. A conditioning gel is used to prepare your tooth for the new resin onlay.
  3. A special dental-grade bonding cement and a high-intensity light bond the resin to the tooth.
  4. The dentist polishes the filling, giving your teeth a natural look and feel!

Contact The Dental Health Group Today

If you’re looking for a friendly, knowledgeable restorative dentistry practice in Canoga Park, CA, make an appointment with The Dental Health Group today. Please explore our website to learn more about our full menu of services and our new patient welcome message. We look forward to seeing you!

Oral Hygiene

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Trusted Oral Health Tips from the Dental Health Group

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases (periodontal disease) than cavities.

Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their lives. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by following good oral hygiene daily, including tooth brushing and flossing techniques.

Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film that sticks to your teeth at the gum line. As a result, plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By following our oral health tips, including thorough daily brushing and flossing, you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.

Oral Hygiene Part 1: Brushing Fundamentals

How to Correctly Brush Your Teeth

Good oral hygiene starts with knowing how to brush your teeth correctly. At The Dental Health Group, Dr. Erwin Abad recommends using a soft to medium toothbrush. First, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Next, gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes, brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth. Use light pressure while putting the bristles between the teeth, but not so much pressure that you feel discomfort.

When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside of the back teeth.

To clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth. Don’t forget to brush the surrounding gum tissue gently.

Next, you will clean the biting surfaces of your teeth using short, gentle strokes. Change the brush’s position as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces. Try to watch yourself in the mirror to make sure you clean each surface. Practicing good oral hygiene takes time, but your health and smile are worth the extra few minutes!

Bonus Oral Health Tip: After brushing your teeth, vigorously swish water around your mouth to remove any plaque you loosened while brushing.

If you have any pain while brushing your teeth or have any questions about how to brush properly, please call The Dental Health Group office at (818) 718-2000.

Oral Hygiene Part 2: Going Beyond Brushing

How to Correctly Floss Your Teeth

Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from those surfaces. However, to maintain good oral hygiene, it is essential to floss daily and develop the proper flossing technique. The following instructions will help you, but remember—it takes time and practice.

Start with a piece of floss (waxed is easier) about 18″ long. Lightly wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Then, wrap the rest of the floss around the other hand’s middle finger.

To clean the upper teeth, hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss tightly between the teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Do not force the floss or try to snap it into place. Bring the floss to the gum line, then curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel light resistance. Move the floss up and down on the side of one tooth. Remember, two tooth surfaces need to be cleaned in each space. Continue to floss each side of all the upper teeth. Be careful not to cut the gum tissue between the teeth. As the floss becomes soiled, turn from one finger to the other to get a fresh section.

To clean between the bottom teeth, guide the floss using the forefingers of both hands. Do not forget the back side of the last tooth on both sides, upper and lower.

Bonus Oral Health Tip: Just as you did after brushing your teeth, after flossing, rinse vigorously with water to remove plaque and food particles. Do not be alarmed if during the first week of flossing your gums bleed or are a little sore. As flossing becomes a habit and you remove the plaque, your gums will heal, and the bleeding should stop.

Oral Health Tips for Sensitive Teeth

Sometimes, after a dental exam or procedure, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. This sensation should not last long, but only if the mouth is kept clean. If the mouth is not kept clean through practicing good oral hygiene, the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive, consult with your dentist. They may recommend a dentist-approved toothpaste or mouth rinse formulated especially for sensitive teeth.

Oral Hygiene Part 3: Choosing Safe Oral Hygiene Products

There are so many products on the market; choosing which ones are safe, proven, and effective can be difficult. Here are some oral health tips for choosing dental care products that work for most patients.

Automatic and high-tech electronic toothbrushes are safe and effective for most patients. We see excellent results with Rotadent and Interplak electric toothbrushes. Oral irrigators (water spraying devices) rinse your mouth thoroughly, but they will not remove plaque. Remember that you need to brush and floss in conjunction with the irrigator.

Some manual toothbrushes have a rubber tip on the handle that is used to massage the gums after brushing. There are also tiny brushes (interproximal toothbrushes) that clean between your teeth. If these are misused, you could injure the gums, so discuss proper use with your dentist.

Fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses, if used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, can promote good oral hygiene and reduce tooth decay by as much as 40%. Remember, these rinses are not recommended for children under six. Tartar control toothpaste reduces tartar above the gum line, but gum disease starts below the gum line, so these products have not been proven to reduce the early stage of gum disease.

Anti-plaque rinses, approved by the American Dental Association, contain agents that may help control the early stages of gum disease. Use these in conjunction with brushing and flossing.

Oral Hygiene Part 4: Schedule Regular Appointments for Professional Dental Cleaning

Daily brushing and flossing are the best oral health tips you can follow, but a professional dental cleaning will remove plaque build-up in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Contact The Dental Health Group in Canoga Park to schedule an appointment today. Our welcoming office staff and experienced dentists will help you to have a beautiful and healthy smile!

Denture Care

Dentist and patient looking at dentures in a mirror.

Understanding your denture home care instructions

Once fitted with a set of full or partial dentures, you’ll immediately notice the improvement in your smile and jawline. Even though dentures are custom-made for your mouth and are not “real” teeth, it’s still essential to learn how to care for your dentures so they last a long time and don’t compromise your oral health.

Food, bacteria, and plaque will stick to your dentures just like to your natural teeth. Because of this, it’s important to continue brushing your remaining teeth, gums, and dentures at least twice a day.

Denture Home Care Instructions

Step 1. Dentures can easily crack if you drop them on a hard surface. Before removing your denture, place a towel on your bathroom or kitchen counter.

Step 2. After removing the dentures, rinse them with warm water and brush them with a soft-bristled brush. Do not use regular toothpaste as it is too abrasive and can leave scratches or result in discoloration.

Step 3. Now you can pull out the regular toothpaste to brush your remaining natural teeth, gums, and tongue. Don’t forget to floss between your remaining teeth. You may also want to rinse with a mouthwash formulated for denture wearers. Mouthwash helps to promote good oral health and prevent bad breath.

Step 4. Before going to sleep, it’s necessary to let your dentures soak in a dentist-recommended soaking solution or warm water overnight. This extended soaking prevents dentures from drying out and becoming brittle.

Our Best Tips for How to Care for Your Dentures

While many dental insurers will allow a new set of dentures every five years, with proper care and routine dental checkups, dentures can last seven to ten years. Here are some of our best tips about how to care for your dentures and extend their functionality.

  • Always rinse your dentures in cold water. They can warp in hot water.
  • Never use teeth whitening products on your dentures. This is for the same reason as not using toothpaste—these products are too abrasive and can cause more damage to your dentures instead of improving their appearance.
  • Inspect your dentures periodically for worn teeth. If the dentures become worn, they will function poorly—and they may make you look older!
  • If you ever notice that your dentures are loose, call your dentist immediately. This can cause friction and pressure on the gum tissues and bones, leading to painful complications in your mouth.
  •  If your dentist recommends using a denture adhesive as part of your home care, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use only the indicated amount.
  • Do not sleep in your dentures.

Know When to Call Your Dentist

The best way to learn how to care for dentures is by having regular teeth-cleaning appointments. Schedule these with your dentist every six months. In-between appointments, call your dentist if any of these signs appear:

  • Mouth sores or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Dentures are feeling uncomfortable
  • Dentures slip or make noise when you talk or eat
  • Dentures appear broken or damaged

Contact The Dental Health Group Today

If you’re searching for an experienced, welcoming dentist in the Canoga Park region, contact The Dental Health Group today. We can help you care for your dentures and make them look natural. Call 818-718-2000 with questions or to schedule your appointment.

Orthodontics

We’re an experienced Invisalign provider with superior patient care in Canoga Park

Everyone wants a beautiful smile they can be proud of. If you have crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, or overlapping teeth, orthodontic options exist to correct the issue—without needing cumbersome braces!

If you’ve been considering Invisalign for your teeth, The Dental Health Group can help. We are an experienced Invisalign provider with an in-house orthodontist who can consult with you about Invisalign, retainers, and other methods for straightening teeth.

Is Invisalign right for my teeth?

The most state-of-the-art technique for straightening teeth is Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays placed over your teeth that gently reposition them to their correct location. Every few months, your orthodontic dentist will provide you with new trays that will move your teeth until they are perfectly aligned. Invisalign is a popular choice because the trays are nearly impossible to see and—since they are removable—come with no eating restrictions.

Convenient Invisalign Treatments in Canoga Park

As an Invisalign provider in Canoga Park, we know there are many reasons why this orthodontic treatment is in such demand. Invsialign trays can:

  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Reduce crowding between teeth
  • Gradually move teeth to their correct alignment without eating restrictions

Invisalign works best for teens and adults with all their permanent teeth. It’s important to note that Invisalign is well suited for correcting relatively minor alignment issues. For patients missing several teeth or with severe jaw issues, other restorative options may be necessary. If you live or work in the Canoga Park area and you have any interest in Invisalign, contact The Dental Health Group and schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Is Invisalign safe for my teeth?

Absolutely! Invisalign is non-surgical and minimally invasive; the trays gently guide your teeth into position. At The Dental Health Group of Canoga Park, our experienced and reputable dentists have helped patients for many years. Before Invisalign treatments start, we will show you a preview of what your smile will look like after alignment. It’s fantastic what this orthodontic treatment can do for you!

As an Invisalign provider, we always recommend that patients wear their aligners 20-22 hours daily. The aligners should only be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. It’s perfectly safe to sleep with your trays in. The longer you wear the aligner, the quicker the results.

Our dentist works with you to create your treatment plan; if you follow it, results will appear within a few weeks. Our Canoga Park patients agree that maintaining Invisalign treatments for up to 18-24 months yields the best results for reducing gaps and straightening crowded teeth.

Are there options other than Invisalign?

For many patients, Invisalign is ideal for teeth needing straightening. Traditional wire-and-bracket braces are effective, but they have some negative qualities. Patients may feel awkward wearing noticeable braces, and traditional braces can rub against the skin of the cheeks and create sensitivity. Additionally, traditional braces do carry some food restrictions. Despite the negatives, they are still an effective method for straightening teeth.

Contact The Dental Health Group Today

Located in beautiful Canoga Park, CA, we welcome patients from across the region. Make an appointment with the Dental Health Group for a routine check-up or to discuss if Invisalign is right for you. We’re happy to advise you on all of our cosmetic options for creating a sparkling, healthy smile. Call 818-718-2000 to schedule your consultation.

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Quick & Easy Teeth Whitening Procedure with The Dental Health Group

Many of our patients come to us wanting brighter smiles. Our Canoga Park dentist’s office offers specialized teeth whitening that’s faster and more effective than over-the-counter strips. We make it simple and convenient.

When you visit our office, Dr. Abad will create a customized mouthguard and prescribe a dental bleaching solution that you can pick up at your convenience. By wearing the mouthguard for just a few hours each day, the specialized bleaching solution will gradually remove stains from the teeth’s enamel without altering the structure of your teeth or any existing dental work. Once your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the “before” and “after” photos!

While drug stores and the internet are full of teeth whitening solutions, a dentist is most qualified to perform the procedure. Incorrect or overuse of whitening strips can actually harm your teeth. At The Dental Health Group in Canoga Park, we have years of experience using the best cosmetic dentistry procedures to correct tooth discoloration. We use only the safest, most technologically advanced teeth whitening procedures to create a beautiful and “brilliant” smile.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Discoloration is often caused by foods and beverages that stain (coffee, tea), aging, or chemical damage (including from smoking or vaping). It’s possible to restore the natural white color of your teeth.

First, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create a specialized mouthguard. Then, based on the level of staining, the dentist will also formulate a customized bleaching solution. This solution is placed in the mouthguard and inserted into the mouth for 3-4 hours a day for seven to fourteen days. By the end of the treatment period, you’ll notice the difference! Please note that for very severely stained or stained and damaged teeth, the dentist may recommend restorative dentistry procedures such as crowns or dental veneers instead of teeth whitening.

Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening

  • Corrects brown, yellow, and spotted tooth staining
  • Effective for any age
  • Offers a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile

How long does it take to see results?

You must use the mouthguard every night to get the best results. Depending on the severity of the staining, it may take between two and four weeks to see results for teeth whitening. Your dentist will advise you on how long to use the mouthguard.

How do I schedule an appointment for the teeth whitening procedure?

To get started, contact us to schedule your appointment. Our friendly staff can walk you through the details of what to expect during the exam and answer any questions you may have about cost and payment options.

Contact The Dental Health Group in Canoga Park Today

Don’t let stained and dull-looking teeth dampen your self-confidence! Instead, schedule an appointment with The Dental Health Group for teeth whitening. We look forward to seeing you!

Dental Bonding – Staging

The Dental Health Group in Canoga Park Can Help!

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your teeth, consider dental bonding. Gaps, cracked enamel, and chipped or discolored teeth can benefit from this common cosmetic dentistry procedure.

At The Dental Health Group in Canoga Park, we recommend dental bonding as an alternative to porcelain teeth veneers for those seeking cosmetic enhancement. In addition, if you have teeth that have been damaged due to an accident or injury, are excessively stained due to smoking or medications, or if your teeth naturally have spaces or gaps, dental bonding can be an effective restorative procedure.

How does dental bonding work?

When you visit us in Canoga Park, Dr. Abad will meet with you to discuss your health history and your goals for improving your smile. Once he has determined that dental bonding is the best course of treatment, we will gently etch your teeth using a specially formulated bonding liquid. After the liquid sets, the dentist will apply a plastic resin and sculpt it into the desired shape. Finally, the dentist will trim, smooth, and polish the resin to give it a natural appearance. With dental bonding, gaps, staining, chips, and cracks can disappear, leaving you with a beautiful and brilliant smile!

Key Benefits of Dental Bonding

– Stains and discoloration disappear

– Repairs cracked or chipped teeth

– Eliminates or reduces gaps between teeth

Considerations for dental bonding

We can usually complete the bonding procedure in a single office visit, and patients are often amazed by how significantly it improves the appearance of their teeth. It’s important to note that the resin used for dental bonding is not as strong or as durable as the enamel naturally found in your teeth. For this reason, we recommend refreshing the bonding resin every three to five years, along with maintaining a regular schedule of teeth cleaning and dental exams and checkups.

How do I schedule an appointment for the dental bonding procedure?

To get started, contact us to schedule your appointment. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you have about the procedure. We can also discuss payment and financing options, as well as determine what portion of the procedure your insurance will cover.

Contact The Dental Health Group in Canoga Park Today

Don’t let gaps between your teeth dampen your self-esteem! Call 818-718-2000 to schedule your dental bonding appointment with The Dental Health Group today.

Non Surgical Root Canal – Staging

Our Non-Surgical Root Canal Is Worry-Free!

If you’ve been told you need a root canal, you might feel anxious about the process. After all, it’s often portrayed as a frightening procedure in pop culture!

But the reality is that a root canal is one of the most common dental procedures in the nation. At The Dental Health Group, our highly trained dentists work with patients to explain the steps of the non-surgical root canal and how it helps to improve overall oral health. It’s normal to feel nervous, but the root canal process is much easier when you make an appointment with our kind and experienced dental practice.

WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?

Dentists perform nearly 14 million root canals in the United States every year. This relatively simple procedure is one of the most common treatments in modern dentistry. The non-surgical root canal can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.

Dentists determine if the root canal process is needed by examining the pulp in each tooth’s center. Infection of the pulp is often caused by trauma to the tooth, such as cracks or decay. The infection is usually identified during routine teeth cleaning appointments. If you notice frequent swelling and sensitivity to temperature or touch around one of your teeth, that may be a sign of infected pulp.

HOW IS A NON-SURGICAL ROOT CANAL PERFORMED?

If you or your dentist identify these symptoms, non-surgical treatments can eliminate the infected pulp. This treatment involves local anesthesia to numb your mouth and gums and is often completed in one visit. This injured pulp is removed, and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Ninety percent of cases are successful and do not require any additional work. Patients can drive home after the procedure and quickly return to their regular routine. In addition, nitrous oxide gas is available upon request for patients with dental anxiety.

HOW MUCH DOES THE ROOT CANAL PROCESS COST?

We understand that cost is a frequent concern. The final cost depends on the severity of damage in the tooth affected, but generally, a root canal is a much less expensive procedure than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth. Our office staff can talk with you about insurance and payment options. We’ll provide a full cost estimate before we begin.

Contact The Dental Health Group in Canoga Park Today

Don’t let needing a root canal cause you worry and fear! Instead, schedule an appointment with The Dental Health Group today. We look forward to seeing you!

Periodontal Maintenance – Staging

The Dental Health Group Offers Expert Periodontal Maintenance Services

If you’ve been told you need gum disease treatment, it’s normal to have questions. Is this a serious condition? Does it really need treatment? The short answer is yes—even if you don’t feel pain now, gum disease leads to serious consequences if left untreated.

If you live or work in the Valley, The Dental Health Group can provide the treatment you need. Our experienced and well-trained dentists offer periodontal maintenance services to help you stay healthy and maintain a beautiful smile. Learn more about how our dental office can help you and your family.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is when the gums within the mouth become infected and destroy your teeth. Several different kinds of bacteria can result in gum disease, but the most common is dental plaque. Plaque is the #1 cause of gum disease, but it is also very treatable. Daily brushing, flossing, routine teeth cleaning, and preventative care with a dentist will prevent most periodontal conditions and reduce the need for specialized gum disease treatments.

However, when routine dental care and periodontal maintenance do not occur, gum disease can result in tooth loss. Having a tooth removed due to gum disease is a serious procedure, but if you’re in The Valley, The Dental Health Group can help with treatment. Please schedule an appointment, and our dentists will review your records and help you determine the best course of action.

Good Oral Hygiene is Good Periodontal Maintenance

Did you know that in the United States, adults lose more teeth to periodontal disease than to cavities? Nearly seventy-five percent of all adults will be diagnosed with gum disease requiring treatment! The best way to prevent this is by good periodontal maintenance, which includes tooth brushing and flossing and routine visits with your dentist.

Lifestyle Habits that Threaten the Health of Your Gums:

Just as good oral hygiene habits help protect your teeth and prevent gum disease, some bad lifestyle habits can threaten the health of your gums and oral cavity. Here are the leading causes:

  • Smoking/vaping
  • Diabetes
  • Stress that results in grinding teeth
  • Certain medications
  • Eating a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates

The Signs of Gum Disease and Treatment Options

As the bacteria found in plaque increases in the mouth, the gums become increasingly red, swollen, and bleed easily when brushed. As time goes on, the gums will begin to separate from the teeth, and spaces will form underneath the gum line. As the disease progresses, the gum tissue and bone that keep your teeth in place will weaken and deteriorate. Without dental intervention, the teeth will weaken so much that they must be removed. Once gum disease starts, treatment and ongoing periodontal maintenance are required to prevent its progress.

Contact The Dental Health Group in the San Fernando Valley Today

Don’t let gum disease impact your health and wellbeing! Contact The Dental Health Group in The Valley today. We are accepting new patients and are happy to discuss your concerns and health history before making a personalized treatment plan. Give us a call at 818-718-2000. We’ll see you here soon!