General Dentistry

Pediatric & Family Dentist in Lakewood, CA

At Lakewood Dental Arts, our mission is to help patients of all ages throughout the greater Lakewood, CA area achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. We understand how difficult it can be to fit dental treatment into your busy lifestyle, and the need to visit multiple different specialists to get the care you need only makes it harder. That's why we're proud to offer comprehensive dental and orthodontic care at our practice, making it easy to get comprehensive dental treatment all under one roof. Whether you're looking for cosmetic dentistry, periodontal treatment, or just need a general dental checkup, Lakewood Dental Arts are here to help!

Teeth Cleanings in Lakewood

Preventive dental care is the foundation of a healthy smile, and regular dental cleanings are one of the most important parts of preventive dentistry. In keeping with the American Dental Association, we recommend that patients schedule professional teeth cleaning and dental exam checkup once every 6 months. During these appointments, one of our Lakewood dentists will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums to ensure there are no dental health problems we need to address, followed by comprehensive teeth cleaning by one of our dental hygienists. Finally, we'll apply a fluoride gel to strengthen and protect your teeth after you leave the office.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Fillings are a convenient, effective treatment for a tooth that's been damaged by decay, a cavity, or any form of fracture. At our practice, we're proud to use tooth-colored fillings that seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth, providing a much more aesthetically pleasing solution than the silver amalgam and metal fillings of the past. In addition to treating cavities and decay with tooth-colored fillings, we can also restore and replace old metal fillings with modern, tooth-colored composite fillings.

Crowns

A crown is similar to a filling in that it's a common treatment for dental decay or a broken tooth, but it's generally used when tooth damage is more severe. Crowns are essential "caps" placed on top of a damaged tooth, replacing damaged material and restoring your tooth its natural function and appearance. Crowns can be made from porcelain, acrylic resin, gold, or a combination of materials. Placing a dental crown is a convenient procedure that we can complete in just two appointments:

  • First, your Lakewood dentist will numb your mouth before removing any decayed or damaged tooth structure.
  • After removing decay and sterilizing the area, your dentist will reshape the tooth so a crown can fit onto it.
  • We'll make an impression of your reshaped tooth that we can use to manufacture your crown, then place a temporary crown to protect the tooth while we make your permanent crown.
  • Once we have your permanent crown, we'll bring you back in for a second appointment to place it.
  • Your dentist will carefully remove the temporary crown, clean and prep the area, then place the permanent crown and perform any final adjustments to help it match your smile.
  • Once finished, you'll have a beautiful new tooth and can care for it through regular brushing and flossing.

Bridges

A bridge is a dental device used to replace missing teeth, preventing surrounding teeth from shifting positions and causing bite problems. Bridges work by attaching a filler tooth, called a pontic, to two crowns attached to abutment teeth. There are three primary types of dental bridge, each ideal for different situations:

  • Fixed Bridge: The most common form of bridge, these use a pontic attached to two crowns on either side of the missing tooth.
  • Maryland Bridge: This bridge uses a filler tooth attached to tooth-colored metal bands bonded to two abutment teeth. Maryland bridges are most commonly used to replace missing front teeth.
  • Cantilever Bridge: These bridges are similar to a regularly fixed bridge, but instead of having an abutment tooth on either side, the pontic is attached to two consecutive abutment teeth on the same side of the missing tooth. These are most common for replacing rear molars, which only have adjacent teeth on one side.

Root Canals

Root canals get a bad rap in dentistry, but it's little deserved: contrary to popular belief, root canals are a virtually painless procedure and end up preventing pain in the long-run. Root canals are used to save a tooth where decay has reached the dental pulp, causing an infection that can destroy the tooth and lead to more serious complications without treatment. In short, root canals help us save teeth that would otherwise be lost, protecting your smile and preventing a variety of problems. The procedure for a root canal goes as follows:

  • First, we'll administer anesthesia to numb the mouth and keep your comfortable.
  • We'll then place a dental dam to isolate the damaged tooth.
  • Your Lakewood dentist will then open the tooth and carefully clean out all infected or dead tooth material and dental pulp before comprehensively cleaning and sterilizing the tooth.
  • Next, your dentist will use specialized tools to reshape the root canals inside the tooth, then fill them with strong, biocompatible material.
  • Your dentist will then place a temporary crown to seal the area and protect the tooth.
  • After a brief waiting period, we'll bring you back in to place a permanent crown that restores your tooth to its natural shape and function.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction refers to the complete removal of a tooth, and while we strive to avoid extraction, it can be necessary in some cases. If a tooth is blocking the eruption of a permanent tooth, is too damaged to be repaired, or in cases of advanced gum disease, the best option may be to remove the tooth completely. Thankfully, tooth extraction is a routine procedure and relatively painless for patients. Depending on the complexity of the case, we may perform the extraction surgically or nonsurgically, using either topical anesthetics, mild anesthesia, or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure.

The most common reason for tooth extraction is to remove the third molars, more commonly called wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth don't erupt until the late teens or early twenties, and for most adults, the dental arch isn't big enough to accommodate them, causing them to grow in crooked in a condition called impaction. To prevent complications that can arise from impacted teeth, we'll often simply remove the wisdom teeth, leaving the rest of your smile healthy and beautiful.

Contact Your Lakewood, CA Family Orthodontist & Dentist

At Lakewood Dental Arts, we're proud to provide comprehensive dental treatments ranging from preventive care to oral surgery for families throughout Lakewood, CA – and if you'd like to find out how we can help you achieve better dental health, we're here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our office, the treatments we offer, and how we can take care of all your dental needs under one roof. We can't wait to help you achieve your dream smile!