You probably know that proper oral hygiene habits are important in order to maintain your overall oral health, but did you know that a healthy mouth can mean a healthy body, too? Not only does proper oral hygiene protect the condition and appearance of your teeth and gums, but it can also prevent serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. That is why it is essential to choose a reliable, trustworthy general dentist who can keep your mouth healthy.
When you choose Dr. Q as your general dentist, you can expect gentle, compassionate care from a professional who believes in supporting you and your needs. As a general dentist, Dr. Q prioritizes high-quality care and focuses on helping every patient establish and maintain proper oral health habits, so they do not find themselves in need of more extensive treatments later on. Dr. Q approaches her care from a preventative and proactive view and aims to teach each patient how to properly care for their teeth and gums.
Accidents happen, and teeth can be knocked loose, chip, crack, or cause other problems. When you are experiencing severe pain, you do not want to wait for care. Emergency dentistry services can identify the problem, evaluate any damage, and provide treatment to give you relief. Immediate treatment may resolve the issue, or additional restorative procedures may be necessary. Dr. Q will listen to your concerns and determine if emergency care is needed, offering appointments before or after normal business hours if required.
Young children can benefit from dental checkups as soon as their first teeth break through. Although their baby teeth will eventually fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth, it is important to ensure their teeth are healthy and properly developed. As their adult teeth grow in, a pediatric dentist can apply a sealant to protect teeth from decay, treat cavities, and make sure there is enough room for teeth to emerge. As a parent herself, Dr. Q quickly builds a positive rapport with children and puts them at ease regarding dental care.
Fear of the dentist or a low pain tolerance can keep patients from seeking the treatment they need. It can be challenging to relax and sit still during procedures. Sedation dentistry can be a welcome relief, putting you at ease and creating a more pleasant experience. Many patients find mild sedation from nitrous oxide is enough to take the edge off, but oral and IV sedation are also available for stronger pain relief while leaving you conscious. Dr. Q will discuss your options to decide what is the best choice for you.
Even with regular brushing and flossing, teeth can still be susceptible to decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to tooth loss and other problems. Checkups every six months can identify problems early on, and it is more likely that your tooth can be preserved using a dental filling. Any decay is removed using a small drill, and a filling is placed to fill any holes and maintain a strong tooth structure. The filling also protects your tooth from further decay. You can get back to normal eating and drinking the same day.
Fillings are usually the first line of defense in treating tooth decay, but sometimes teeth need additional support and protection. A dental crown is a cap that fits over the tooth and helps prevent further damage or decay. Dr. Q uses zirconia or gold to create safe, durable, long-lasting crowns that restore dental function and aesthetics. The crown is precisely fitted to your tooth and color-matched to blend in with existing teeth for a natural appearance. It is cared for just like your natural teeth.
Nothing beats your natural teeth, so they are preserved whenever possible. A root canal can help prevent extraction by removing any infection and decay and then sealing the tooth to reduce further damage. This process is often enough to restore and maintain the health and structure of the tooth. Sedation can be administered to keep you comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. Any soreness or discomfort will resolve within a few days, and sensitivity will be gone.
Advances in technology have made it possible to perform many dental procedures using a CO2 laser instead of the traditional drill. Laser treatment is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia, plus it can be less anxiety-inducing because you do not have to listen to drilling sounds or feel the pressure on your teeth. Instead, a precise wavelength targets the specific area of treatment. It can be used to remove decay and diseased gum tissue, reshape gums, prepare teeth for crowns or veneers, and eliminate bacteria below the gum line. Laser dentistry can make your trip to the dentist more enjoyable.
It can be frustrating when certain foods or drinks make your teeth ache or send pain shooting through your jaw. You may avoid things you enjoy just to prevent the pain. Dr. Q takes the time to understand your concerns and potential causes of sensitivity. She works with you to develop a plan to address enamel loss, gum recession, or root exposure. Treatment is tailored to your needs to help you improve your quality of life and minimize discomfort.
Have you ever noticed the small piece of tissue that connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth? There are pieces at the center of your top and bottom lip connecting to your gums as well. These are called frenum, and they impact how you eat, speak, and move your tongue and lips. A frenectomy is used to shorten or remove the frenum and correct these issues. Dr. Q uses the Solea CO2 laser for gentler treatment and faster healing.
State Of The Art Technology
We consider patient comfort to be the number one priority when it comes to earning and maintaining the trust of our Monrovia patients. By using state-of-the-art technology like the iTero scanner, we can develop a digital mapping of your teeth without using sticky, bad-tasting putty that needs to set and solidify. This is essential for Monrovia patients that may have sensitive gagging reactions and ensures maximum comfort compared to other teeth impression methods. Being one of the few doctors to use this technology in the Monrovia area, we are able to provide mess-free full mouth scans for night guards and Invisalign. The iTero scanner even allows us to scan your teeth for crown or veneer restorations, as well as create* diagnostic casts where we can annually compare any shift or changes in the teeth or gums. With the iTero scanner, we ensure to deliver a consistently comfortable and precisely accurate mouth scan to all Monrovia patients, including those who often feel uncomfortable visiting the dentist.
Dr. Q relies on the latest technology and the highest grade materials to ensure a great outcome. She is committed to providing you with lasting, attractive results.
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Q at her office in the Monrovia area today by calling (626) 599-9819.