General Dentistry

General Dentistry

General Dentistry

General Dentistry

PROCEDURES WE PERFORM

At the dental office of SmileOn Dentistry in Marina Del Rey, California we perform a “Comprehensive Approach” to your dental treatment. What this means, is that we take a SYSTEMATIC approach to how we determine what treatment you need and the order that your treatment should be performed. When you build a house, you need to lay a solid foundation before you can put up the walls and you need to put up the walls before you can put on the roof. You would never consider putting on the roof before the walls are finished. This is the principle that is used when we create a Comprehensive Dental Treatment Plan for all new patients in our practice.

THE PYRAMID OF ORAL HEALTH

At the base of the pyramid is a COMPREHENSIVE ORAL EVALUATION. Taking X-Rays, performing an Oral Cancer check, a thorough evaluation of your Jaw Joints, checking for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and a tour of your mouth using an Intra-Oral Camera are just a few things SmileOn Dentistry uses to perform the most comprehensive dental examination you have ever had.

The next block in the pyramid is an evaluation of your PERIODONTAL health. “Perio” means around and “Dontal” means tooth. So Periodontal refers to the tissues and structures around your tooth. That is the gums and bone that hold your teeth in their sockets. The reason this is one of the foundational layers upon which the pyramid is built because you can have beautiful white perfect teeth, but if the underlying gums and bone are compromised, your beautiful white teeth are at risk for tooth loss.

When you see our to hygienist get your teeth cleaned, she will perform a screening for Gum Disease called a Periodontal Probing.

If it is determined that you may be a risk for Periodontal (Gum) Disease, we may recommend you have a procedure called Deep Cleaning.


The next block in the pyramid is the RESTORATIVE phase of your dental treatment. This phase of your treatment could include some of the following types of treatment:


The next block in the pyramid is the OCCLUSAL block. Your Occlusion is the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. When your teeth don’t come together evenly, it is called a “Bad Bite” and can cause many problems. SmileOn Dentistry specializes in treatment for patients who experience Headaches, Migraines, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Ear Problems like Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and Vertigo that come from having a Bad Bite. A specialized computer system called the K7 can be used to determine if you have a Bad Bite. For more information on why your teeth not fitting together evenly can be such a problem click HERE.

​​​​​​​At the top of the pyramid is the COSMETIC or Aesthetic block. This is where we can beautify your smile with Cosmetic Dentistry. If you want to brighten your smile SmileOn Dentistry offers many choices for Teeth Whitening.



If you want to:

  • Close Gaps Between Your Teeth

  • Restore Chipped or Broken Teeth

  • Restore Stained or Discolored Teeth

  • Correct Mis-shaped Teeth

  • Lengthen Short Teeth


Then Porcelain Veneers might be the type of Cosmetic Treatment SmileOn Dentistry recommends.

To schedule a free Cosmetic Dentistry consultation with SmileOn Dentistry click HERE.

Although your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, damage from a deep cavity that is not removed can cause the nerve inside of your tooth to become infected. This infection can irreversibly damage the pulp, the network of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels inside of your tooth. The infected pulp can then damage the bone surrounding the tooth, resulting in pain and swelling.

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If you are missing all of your teeth, they can be replaced with a Full Denture. If you have at least one remaining tooth in the upper or lower jaw, your missing teeth can be replaced with a Partial Denture. Partial Dentures fill the spaces left by missing teeth and also keep any remaining natural teeth from moving into the open spaces where a tooth has been lost. To learn more, check out our information about Why it is Important to Replace Missing Teeth.

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Missing teeth. If you have a full mouth of healthy teeth it can be difficult to relate to someone missing many or all of their teeth. But according to the American Dental Association, one-quarter of all Americans over 65 have lost all of their natural teeth. Many others have lost multiple teeth. Beyond making a person self-conscious about their smile, this kind of tooth loss can prevent a person from eating hard foods such as nuts and vegetables, leading to nutritional problems.

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Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If you aren’t smiling as much as you would like because of missing or problem teeth, you may want to consider the smile-changing possibilities available with dental Crowns – a long-term solution for major dental problems or missing teeth caused by disease, wear and tear, and accidents.

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Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If you aren’t smiling as much as you would like because of missing or problem teeth, you may want to consider the smile-changing possibilities available with dental bridges – a long-term solution for major dental problems or missing teeth caused by disease, wear, and tear, and accidents.


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The word Veneer means to cover something that doesn’t look nice with a more desirable looking surface. If you have anything that you don’t like about the way one of your front teeth looks, it can be covered over with a beautiful, life-like veneer of Porcelain.


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Cavities in your front teeth can be very unsightly. Fortunately, tooth-colored composite fillings make those teeth look natural to the point that no one even knows you had a problem. Composite fillings are being used in the place of the standard silver amalgam fillings for other teeth as well, brightening up smiles even more.
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Do you have crooked, rotated or gaps between your teeth? When you look in the mirror and smile, do you wish you had straighter teeth? With Invisalign Clear Aligner Therapy, White (Tooth-Colored) Braces and Clear Braces, getting straight teeth doesn’t have to mean a mouth full of the metal braces your remember as a kid.
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Do you have crooked, rotated or gaps between your teeth? When you look in the mirror and smile, do you wish you had straighter teeth? With Invisalign Clear Aligner Therapy, White (Tooth-Colored) Braces and Clear Braces, getting straight teeth doesn’t have to mean a mouth full of the metal braces your remember as a kid.
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