Simi Valley, CA
At Simi Hills Dental, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family. Family dentistry is focused on preventing potential complications, rather than treating them. If you and your family are in need of professional dental services, we can help!
Professional cleaning not only helps the appearance of your teeth, but it also enhances your oral health. A dental cleaning is non-invasive and can help ward off gum disease and tooth decay down the road.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a routine check-up up roughly twice a year. A routine appointment with Dr. Jeannie A. Molato, D.M.D. will typically include a professional cleaning and a detailed examination of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues.
Early detection is crucial for the survival of oral cancer. At Simi Hills Dental we perform the most thorough oral cancer screenings to ensure that we catch any telltale signs of the disease right away.
Professional dental care is a crucial part of your child's oral health. Be sure to schedule your child's first appointment by the time their first teeth erupt, or before their first birthday. Scheduling regular appointments allows us to monitor the development of their oral health. Developmental problems are easier to treat in the beginning stages.
As your child grows older, we can establish a strong foundation for their oral health, one that will ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in many of our foods and beverages. It is also a useful tool in fighting tooth decay. Every day, our teeth lose and gain minerals through the processes of demineralization and remineralization. If the process of demineralization exceeds that of remineralization tooth decay will occur.
Professional fluoride treatment allows us to supplement the process of remineralization and prevent potential decay. It can even reverse minor instances of decay. Fluoride treatment is particularly beneficial for patients at a greater risk of tooth decay, such as children, teens, and seniors.
A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that prevents cavities and tooth decay. Sealants are usually applied to the occlusal (bite) surface of the molars and premolars. These teeth possess deep grooves and fissures that are much harder to clean, especially for children and teenagers. Sometimes the grooves are so thin that the bristles of a toothbrush are rendered essentially ineffective. A sealant will provide a more even brushing surface and seal off the enamel from harmful bacteria. Preventing tooth decay will ensure your child's smile remains beautiful for years to come!
Your periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important as your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually the alveolar bone.
The disease is characterized by gums that are swollen, red, and tend to bleed during brushing and flossing. Luckily, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is caught early enough. If we notice signs of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure. The goal is to return your gums to a pink, healthy state.
Periodontal maintenance refers to a routine dental visit that is more comprehensive and deeper than your basic prophylaxis cleaning. At Simi Hills Dental, these appointments involve a detailed oral examination, careful dental cleaning that goes below the gumline, and oral health and hygiene education.
Periodontal maintenance is recommended for patients who have a history of periodontal disease. These in-depth cleanings are required because of the formation of gum pockets between the teeth and the gingiva. As a result, bacteria and plaque can accumulate there and spread infection that results in not just oral issues but other health issues as well.
If you participate in physical activities that put you at risk for dental trauma or injury, we strongly recommend a mouthguard. A mouthguard will protect your teeth and prevent dental emergencies. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), we may also recommend a night guard. Many patients with bruxism tend to grind their teeth during sleep. A night guard acts as a barrier that prevents enamel wear.
Sports-related injuries account for approximately 36 percent of injuries among children and adolescents. Out of these injuries, about 10-20 percent are maxillofacial injuries, according to the American Dental Association.
Experts recommend athletes wear mouthguards while they are participating in sports like soccer, football, basketball, rugby, martial arts, wrestling, boxing, weightlifting, skiing, skydiving, skateboarding, surfing, ice hockey, and gymnastics. At Simi Hills Dental, we believe that mouthguards should be worn while participating in any kind of sports activity.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), allows us to move our joint forwards, backward, and side-to-side. Any problems that prevent us from using this joint properly are known as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorders. We provide some treatments designed to alleviate any pain or discomfort associated with the TMJ.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you may benefit from an oral appliance. An oral appliance will keep your jaw in the proper position during sleep. This opens your airway and improves your breathing during sleep. With an oral appliance, you may find yourself feeling more well-rested, alert and happy, thanks to a full night's sleep.
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