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Frequently Asked Questions

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Dental Crowns

A crown is a device that is implanted around a partial tooth or dental implant. Your dentist will discuss which of the many types of crowns is right for you. The process begins with taking impressions of the tooth in our office. Once the completed crown is received back from a lab, the crown is cemented over the tooth.

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Teeth Whitening

Over time drinks such as coffee and red wine can stain teeth. Our whitening methods are safe and do not damage the teeth. They are also more effective than some other methods because the material is concentrated and delivered to the tooth in an optimal way.

Westlake Village Dental uses two methods of professional whitening – tray whitening and in office whitening. For tray whitening, we create a mold of your teeth and give you whitening gel for you to use in the comfort of your own home. This can cause slight sensitivity, but this is normal and typically goes away. In office whitening uses a laser to whiten your teeth, and is the most effective method. Your dentist can review which option is best for you.

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Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium rod implanted into the bone which supports an artificial tooth or set of teeth. This method has proven to be very successful in replacing missing teeth, as the patient can return to the comfort of having permanent teeth instead of dealing with dentures. Another benefit of dental implants is that it stops the degeneration of the bone around the area of the missing tooth. Your dentist will take an x-ray and CT scan before it can be determined whether dental implants are right for you.

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Veneers & Laminates

Veneers are one of the most common cosmetic methods of fixing someone’s smile. A layer of the tooth is removed and a thin porcelain shell is then bonded to it. This can provide a straighter, whiter smile, and improve the overall shape of teeth. Your dentist will do a complete exam and discuss whether veneers are right for you.

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Biocompatible Dentistry

What is Biocompatible Dentistry?

Biocompatible dentistry emphasizes the overall health of the patient and forgoes the use of potentially harmful materials, such as mercury fillings.

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Inlays & Onlays

An inlay (or onlay) is similar to a crown, except it only covers a portion of the tooth. It is used to cover large cavities or partial missing teeth. They can also be an alternative to a filling. Inlays and onlays are typically made of porcelain or ceramic. Your dentist will discuss whether and inlay or onlay is right for you.

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TMJ

TMJ stands for Temporo-Mandibular Joint. It is the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw. Many people experience complications with this joint, such as clicking or spasms. These complications can often be fixed with devices such as a bite guard. Your dentist will discuss what treatment plan is best to fix these complications.

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