The Importance of Frequent Visits
Dr. Le often find problems in teeth that are not seen or felt. Early signs of decay and gum disease can be caught and treatred before the problem worse and more difficult to treat. It is important to see the dentist often to make your oral health care manageable.
What to expect at your Check-Ups
- A thorough cleaning- Only a professional Dentist, hygienist and the proper tools can ensure a thorough cleaning of your teeth and mouth. Flossing and brushing at home will only do so much for your teeth.
- Polishing of the teeth- Using Flouride and an abrasive material, a hygienist/dentist will polish your teeth to remove surface stains and plaque build-up.
- Periodontal Charting- Essentially measures the where the tissue and the tooth attach. The reason for this is to determine how healthy the gum tissue is around the entire tooth. A very healthy tooth is 2-3 mm which means that the bone is at a normal and safe level. This means you have good homecare habits and you can stick to your 6 month cleaning schedule with your hygienist. Area that are deeper means that you may be at risk for periodontal disease and your cleaning may require a little extra time. The periodontal charting is for the dentist & hygienists to keep an accurate records of the depths of your pockets and the health of your gum tissue.
- Prevention- If your teeth need a little extra care at home, your hygienist/dentist will instruct you on what to do to to make sure that your teeth receive the proper care.
- Digital X-rays- Digital x-rays are a great alternative to traditional x-rays because they limit radiation exposure. After analyzing your x-rays, your dentist will determine the best course of treatment for you and for your future oral health.
At this point, your dentist will make suggestions, refer you to specialists, advise additional testing, and make sure that you are comfortable with your treatment plan.
How often should I see a dentist?
Most patients are seen in our friendly La Mirada dentist office Twice each year. A good rule of thumb is to visit a dentist every 6 months. A routine check-up and cleaning can prevent major problems later on. Early diagnosis by Dr. Ryan Le, DMD allows us to provide care that is less invasive and more cost effective.
Some people may need to have more frequent visit based on their medical health, dental health, and dental history. People who are at high-risk for plaque build-up and gum disease will benefit from more frequent visits.
How often do x-rays need to be taken? Are they safe?
Depending on the type of x-rays being taken, most routine x-ray films are taken once per year. These smooth digital “bitewing” films allow Dr. Ryan Le, DMD to screen for bone disease and decay between the teeth. Other types of x-rays may be taken if you have an emergency, are a new patient, or to evaluate the development of wisdom teeth. Our office uses digital radiography, which significantly decreases the already low doses of radiation that dental x-rays typically need.
When should my child first see a dentist?
The American Dental Association as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children see a dentist for their first evaluation by the time of their first birthday. Early preventive care in our La Mirada dentist office helps establish healthy habits and diagnoses dental decay before it has the potential to harm developing permanent teeth.
What type of pain management is available during my treatment?
We do our best to insure patient comfort during all procedures. Because everyone is different, so are his or her pain management needs. Our friendly office provides various levels of pain management ranging from anesthetizing mouth rinses, to nitrous oxide and prescription anxiety medication to be taken prior to your appointment. It is our concern to listen to you and your needs, and assist you accordingly in order to create a positive new-age dental care experience.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gums that are unhealthy will typically bleed when you brush or floss. This is due to your body’s immune response to plaque bacteria under the gums, and can result in tremendous levels of irreversible bone loss. Not only does gum disease affect your mouth, but it also predisposes you to suffering from systemic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, premature labor and erectile dysfunction, to name a few. We provide periodontal therapy to patients with gum disease, as well as a personalized care plan to reverse the disease condition and repair levels of gum attachment.
Is it possible to have a new filling instead of a crown put on my tooth?
Fillings wear out over time and eventually need to be replaced as they begin to show signs of aging. When a filling is very large, or the tooth is severely fractured, there is not enough healthy tooth enamel to hold a new filling in place that can withstand normal functions like chewing or biting. Placing a crown on the tooth will cover the entire surface of the tooth above the gumline, providing structural integrity and restoring the function of the tooth. Crowns are also necessary after root canal therapy.
What is the best way to treat bad breath?
Bad breath (halitosis) can be from any number of factors. The most common causes of bad breath are due to gum disease or sinus allergies. Gum disease harbors odor-causing bacteria beneath the gums, and sometimes creates a bad taste in the mouth. Allergies that cause mucous drainage in the back of the throat can also cause bad breath. Other common causes of halitosis include an excess of bacteria on the tongue, severe tooth decay and abscessed teeth.
What is the best way to care for my teeth between dental visits?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The better you care for your teeth between visits, the fewer dental needs you will have. It’s important to limit acidic or sugary drinks, instead drinking plenty of water every day to provide natural lubrication that cleanses the teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice each day with a soft bristled brush, angling the brush toward the gumlines. Make very short, soft strokes that remove plaque from the gums but do not scrub too hard. Lastly, remember to clean between your teeth where your toothbrush does not reach every day. Flossing or floss picks are the most conventional method, and should be rubbed tightly against the side of each tooth, sliding up and down below the gums. Instead of flossing you might consider using a water-flossing device, which is typically more comfortable and can remove plaque from further below the gums.
What financing options to you provide?
We offer 3rd party financing through CareCredit, as well as accepting major credit cards. We also offer in-house office financing plans for qualified patients.
Why do some teeth need root canals?
When the nerve of a tooth has been damaged due to tooth decay or trauma, the nerve becomes infected and will create an abscess. These infections are treated by removing the diseased nerve tissue, and then placing a filling material into the nerve chamber of the tooth. By doing this, the life of the tooth can be extended. Letting an abscess go untreated can result in complications to adjacent teeth, lead to hospitalization, or in rare circumstances even cause infections in the brain.
Can I straighten my teeth at your office, or do I need to see an orthodontic specialist?
Dr. Ryan Le, DMD is a ClearCorrect invisible braces provider. Our patients are able to receive orthodontic tooth realignment through a series of clear orthodontic retainers. These retainers gradually move your teeth into the desired position without the use of brackets or wires. ClearCorrect braces have no dietary restrictions and make it easy for you to keep your teeth clean.
What types of cosmetic dental procedures do you provide?
Our office provides traditional smile makeover services as well as bonding, veneers and teeth whitening. All smiles and patient expectations are different, so every cosmetic treatment plan is based accordingly. We can improve the appearance of a single tooth, or your entire smile in just a few simple steps.