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Dental FAQs – Van Nuys, CA

If You Have Questions,
We’ve Got the Answers

After looking through our website and learning a little more about dental treatments, insurance, and preventive care, are you left with some questions? Below, we’ve compiled some common ones that we receive from our patients and answered them for your convenience. If you don’t get the answers you need, call our office and we’d be happy to address them over the phone!

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It’s recommended that you change the head of your electric toothbrush or get a new manual one every three months. We also recommend changing them out whenever you notice that the bristles are frayed and after you get sick.

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Even though it may not feel like missing a single tooth affects your daily life that much, it will have an impact on your oral health. When you leave a gap in your smile, surrounding teeth may gradually shift to fill the hole, causing alignment issues. It also puts you at a greater risk of developing oral health problems down the road. Currently, we’re offering a dental implant special to replace a single missing tooth, so be sure to check it out!

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If you’ve had your dentures for awhile and they have started to feel like they don’t fit in your mouth properly, it’s a good idea to bring them in so we can reline or adjust them. As time goes on, your facial structure will change and cause your denture-fit to change as well. This is why they need to be replaced every seven to 10 years.

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For adults, we typically recommend Invisalign treatment because it’s a discreet way to straighten teeth and fix bite problems. This will allow you to maintain a professional image throughout the entire process.

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Dental insurance typically only covers orthodontic treatment for dependent children under the age of 19. While this may be the case for most plans, it’s not for every one, which is why we recommend calling your provider directly to ask about orthodontic coverage.

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We recommend calling us to schedule an urgent appointment if you feel any persistent oral pain, experience a traumatic oral injury, or notice out-of-the-ordinary symptoms. These are typically warning signs from your body, and we like to get them addressed quickly, before they have a chance to become more serious.

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Sensitive teeth aren’t always something that you need to visit the emergency dentist for. If you notice that it occurs whenever you consume hot or cold items and don’t experience any other signs along with it, you may just need to use a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth to help.