Teeth are usually the last thing Monrovia and Duarte patients consider when they think of their health. Unfortunately, avoiding the dentist is the last thing you want to do because your teeth can get worse without routine cleanings and necessary treatment.
As a general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Q focuses on helping her patients maintain healthy teeth so that they don’t need additional procedures. By taking a preventative and proactive approach to dental care, Dr. Q provides you with the information and knowledge you need to take better care of your teeth even after you leave our office.
With all new Monrovia and Duarte patients, we perform imaging with state-of-the-art tools such as digital X-rays and CariVu, an infrared camera that detects decay that are missed by conventional dental exams. This is followed by an oral exam, checking that the teeth and gums are normal.
After the oral exam and imaging are complete, Dr. Q will review your results and recommend treatment options to preserve the long-term health of your teeth as well as your smile.
We are equipped to provide patients with a wide variety of procedures at our office. The general and cosmetic procedures include:
In addition to Dr. Q, our office has an oral surgeon and endodontist on staff to perform more complex surgical procedures.
Sometimes cosmetic dental problems can cause as much trouble as more painful ones. For Monrovia and Duarte patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile, Dr. Q offers:
All procedures are performed in the office with advanced techniques that ensure you’ll look your best.
In addition to care for adults, Dr. Q is happy to treat children with her gentle touch and cheerful approach. Her second job as a mom has taught her how to make children comfortable before the procedure so that they remain calm during it. By talking to them in a language kids can understand, many Monrovia and Duarte patients have been with Dr. Q since her private practice opened over a decade ago.
Part of making patients feel comfortable about their procedure is offering a variety of safe and relaxing options for anesthesia. If you have dental anxiety or trouble sitting through most dental procedures, we offer:
While both of these options are available for adult patients, children will only receive nitrous oxide to avoid any possible complications.
Dr. Q is a dedicated and committed member of the Monrovia and Duarte community who promotes positive change for her patients. While most dentists will give you general advice about healthy habits such as brushing and flossing, Dr. Q takes a more personal approach.
She helps you identify changes that affect the health of your teeth to help you form better habits. By explaining what causes your cavities and other dental problems, Dr. Q steers patients towards excellent long-term dental health.
Some things can be easily replaced when they wear out – old shoes, an old vehicle, or an old toothbrush for instance. But this idea does not apply to your dental health. Patients living in the Monrovia area who see their dentist routinely save themselves from having to undergo costly, more extensive and invasive treatment in the future. Early detection of any problems now, along with preventing dental health issues in the first place is critical for maintaining a beautiful smile for years to come.
A common misconception about dental health is that if you don’t feel any discomfort or notice any abnormalities, then there is no need for concern, but nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that by the time our Monrovia patients become aware that they have a serious dental problem, significant damage to the tooth has most likely been done. Cavities don’t cause any pain until they become large and begin to affect the tooths’ nerve causing tremendous pain that requires invasive treatment. Unfortunately, there is no initial pain associated with periodontal disease (gum disease) either, but the consequences of not seeing your dentist regularly are quite severe. By the time gum disease has advanced your teeth probably will have lost the bone support needed to hold them in place – all of this can be prevented with regular checkups to your dentist who’s trained to diagnose potential dental issues.
Our Monrovia patients can expect their dental checkup to consist of a few necessary procedures. Your dentist will gently examine your head and neck, focusing on your lymph nodes, face, neck, and lower jaw joints – this is painless and non-invasive. X-Rays may be taken, followed by a clinical dental examination during which your dentist will examine your gums and teeth looking for signs of tooth decay and broken teeth. If you have fillings, your dentist will check them for damage. Finally, your dentist or hygienist cleans your mouth, removing the plaque and tartar that has accumulated, your teeth are then polished using a gritty toothpaste. You may be surprised at how fresh your mouth feels and how beautiful your smile looks. After your cleaning, your dentist will discuss any problems that may have been discovered and what your treatment options are.
On average most patients in the Monrovia area are advised to visit the dentist twice a year for routine checkups unless your dentist has determined that you require additional cleanings or other dental procedures. But, if you notice any changes to your mouth – painful or not, it’s imperative that you seek dental assistance immediately. What may seem like a minor irritation may just be the tip of the iceberg. Only a dentist can determine what’s causing your symptoms.
Ultimately your dental health is in your hands. Scheduling routine dental checkups and taking action by calling your dentist as soon as you notice any problems are both up to you. It’s also your responsibility to care for your teeth between visits to your Monrovia dentist. Brushing twice a day, flossing, rinsing your mouth with water if you are away from home and using mouthwash to kill bacteria are how you can maintain your set healthy teeth for years to come.
It may sound as if a DDS, Doctor of Dental Surgery and a DMD, Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry are different degrees and some Monrovia residents may wonder if one is superior to the other. For those of you who are curious about what differentiates the two, we can easily clarify this question. The university your dentist attends determines what degree their graduates receive. Dental schools and medical schools both require their students to meet the same academic standards, and after a dentist completes his or her training, they’re required to pass a national written exam and a state, or regional clinical licensing exam. Additionally, if they are to keep their licenses, dentists need to meet continuing education requirements for the duration of their careers so that they can offer their patients the most modern, state-of-the-art technology.
Sometimes, dental problems can’t wait and you need to see a dentist immediately. As part of Dr. Q’s commitment to patients, she provides an emergency number to help you when you need it most. Monrovia and Duarte patients should call if they are experiencing:
After hearing the symptoms, Dr. Q will advise you on what to do and whether you need immediate treatment and what you can do in the meantime.
If you are searching for a Monrovia and Duarte dentist who goes above and beyond for her patients, call Dr. Q at (626) 599-9818 to schedule your appointment.