How can we help you?
At Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we rely on patient education to provide you with a clear understanding of what your oral health needs are and how we can help. We encourage you to ask questions because it's the best way for us to learn what's on your mind and make sure you have all the information you need.
If you ever have a question, please don't hesitate to call us. We are here to help you find the answers you're looking for so that you can feel confident about the direction of your treatment. In the meanwhile, please check some of our most frequently asked questions.
Child & Family Dentistry
Yes, we do offer family dentistry in Van Nuys and love providing it! Here at Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we have multiple dental treatment rooms, doctors, and assistants. This allows us to do checkups, cleanings, and possibly treatment on the entire family all in one visit.
Your Van Nuys Family Dentist
Our family has been providing dental care to our surrounding communities for over 30 years. We have experience at seeing families and making sure the kids have a comfortable experience. During their dental visit, we offer children’s movies and toys for the kids.
Give us a call today to book a dental cleaning and professional exam for your child!
At Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we offer several methods for changing the shape of your teeth. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all great options. Which we choose depends on your needs and desires.
Our Cosmetic Dental Options
- Esthetic crowns are made of natural-looking porcelain so they blend beautifully with your smile. Dental crowns surround a damaged tooth to protect and strengthen it. Since crowns completely conceal your natural tooth, they can also be used to correct certain esthetic problems like severe discoloration.
- Bonding is the most conservative and cost-effective method for changing the appearance of a tooth. The advantage of bonding is that we don’t have to make any changes to an existing tooth. With bonding, we simply build up the tooth to the desired shape using a natural-looking composite material. This allows us to correct many imperfections and give the tooth a whole new look. Bonding is such a straightforward process that we can usually alter several teeth in just one appointment.
- Porcelain veneers are another excellent option if there’s something about your smile you’d like to change. Veneers are thin slices of porcelain that are affixed to the front surface of your tooth to conceal imperfections and change its shape. With veneers, we have the option of treating just one tooth or several teeth.
Both bonding and veneers can alter the tooth shape, as well as correct other esthetic concerns. Using either procedure, we can fix chips, cracks, and broken teeth and fill uneven spaces between teeth. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, and our doctors are here to help you decide which works best for you.
Cosmetic Consultations in Van Nuys
If you are ready to start your smile transformation, please call our Van Nuys, CA cosmetic dental office. We would love to be part of your plans for a healthier and more attractive smile.
Crowns & Bridges
Yes! In fact, with advances in materials that closely resemble dental enamel, we can design crowns to fix several aesthetic problems including poorly proportioned teeth!
What is a Crown?
A crown is a ceramic, cap-shaped dental prosthetic that is placed over an existing tooth to add strength, restore chewing function, and enhance your smile. Dr. Bacquet designs your crown to match the shade of surrounding teeth, which means they will blend in naturally, and no one ever has to know that you had any work done.
Since a crown conceals a tooth and looks natural, we can address multiple cosmetic problems:
- Misshapen teeth
- Severely stained teeth
- Teeth that appear too small
- Large gaps or spacing between teeth
An important thing to remember, however, is that getting a crown requires a permanent alteration of a tooth’s structure and may be considered too aggressive for purely cosmetic purposes. Fortunately, there are other treatments like dental bonding and porcelain veneers that are less invasive but produce the same transformative results.
Dental Repair & Restorations in Van Nuys
If you have cosmetic concerns and are considering dental crowns in Van Nuys to solve the problem, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry. We will work with you to find the treatment that best fits your needs and gives you a smile you can’t wait to show off.
Dental crowns are a widely used restoration placed over a weakened tooth to strengthen and protect it from further damage. A well-made dental crown acts similarly to a natural tooth, restoring your ability to speak and chew normally.
We May Recommend a Dental Crown to Solve Any Number of Issues:
- Reinforce a tooth weakened by teeth grinding
- Support and protect a tooth after root canal treatment
- Restore dental implants
- Protect a fractured tooth that cannot be repaired with composite bonding
Since crowns are designed to completely surround a natural tooth, they are also referred to as “caps.” This also makes crowns a good choice for correcting certain cosmetic flaws, like concealing a tooth that is severely discolored and cannot be whitened.
There are several materials that can be used to create dental crowns, but we choose all-porcelain because they look far more natural than a crown made of porcelain fused to metal.
Dental Crowns in Van Nuys
If you are looking for a solution and think a dental crown may be the right answer, please call our Van Nuys dental office. We will be happy to discuss the possibility of a crown as well as other options that might be more appropriate.
Many factors contribute to the longevity of your dental crown, so it's difficult to say with any certainty how long it will last. Your oral hygiene, regularity of routine dental visits, and even your lifestyle habits can affect the life of your crown.
Longevity of Dental Crowns
In recent years, we've seen significant advancements in the materials and techniques used for creating durable dental crowns. If your oral and general health is good, a properly placed and cared for dental crown can last as long as 15 years or more.
A routine part of your regular exams at Saticoy Plaza Dentistry is checking existing crowns to see if there are signs of damage or weakness that could cause them to break or come loose.
Dr. Daniel Bacquet and our team are proud of the attractive, durable dental crowns we create for our patients. Your crown will be custom-made to match the color and shape of the rest of your teeth, and no one will notice that it's not one of your natural teeth.
Dental Crown Restorations in Van Nuys
To protect your new crown, just follow good oral hygiene practices and make regular dental appointments to have it checked at our Van Nuys dental office. Give us a call today for help with your crown or a dental exam.
Dental crowns placed at our Van Nuys dental office are made using highly durable materials and can last as long as 15 years with proper care. Since they are a dental prosthetic, however, certain factors will affect the condition and lifespan of your restoration.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
The longevity of your crown depends primarily on your underlying dental health. Periodontal disease is an enemy of dental work because if your gums are not healthy, they compromise support of the tooth. While the crown itself will not decay, it is still necessary to care for your gums properly to keep the underlying tooth structure healthy.
Take care of your crowns just as you would your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing routinely, visiting us for exams and cleaning appointments, and taking care not to eat a lot of sticky or chewy candy will all extend the lifespan of your new restoration. If you aren’t sure whether you’re following proper oral hygiene at home, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Bacquet to show you the optimal technique.
Tooth Repair & Restorations in Van Nuys
At Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we provide you with all the services you need to keep your teeth healthy and protect your new dental work. If you would like to learn more about caring for your dental crowns, please call our Van Nuys dental office.
A dental crown, also referred to as a cap, is best known as a restoration that strengthens and protects a damaged tooth. Crowns can be made of several materials, but porcelain is the most popular because it mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel.
Cases Where a Crown Would Be a Good Choice:
- Restore a severely damaged tooth where a filling is no longer an option
- Support and protect a root-canaled tooth
- Restore the function and appearance of a dental implant
- Change the appearance of a tooth for esthetic reasons
The process for placing crowns at our Van Nuys dental office starts with a consultation. Once we decide that a crown is right for you, we start by preparing your tooth so the crown fits perfectly. Next, we take impressions that will be used to create a model of your teeth. We provide you with a temporary crown and send the model to a dental lab where your new crown is customized just for you.
In about two weeks, we’ll have you return to our office to place the crown. Dr. Bacquet will check for fit and proper bite, then polish the tooth and cement it in place. Your new crown will feel natural and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Dental Crown Restorations in Van Nuys
Is a dental crown in your future? Please call us, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs.
A dental crown is a restoration that we design to protect and strengthen a weakened or damaged tooth, improve your appearance, and restore lost chewing function. The process for placing crowns at our Van Nuys dental office is not complicated and takes place over several appointments.
Preparing a Dental Crown
First, Dr. Daniel Bacquet will prepare the tooth he is treating by removing a small amount of its dental enamel. This step provides enough space for the crown, so it looks natural and sits snugly against your gumline.
The next step is to take impressions of your teeth to create a model that our custom dental lab will use as a guide to fabricate your new crown. We will also use the model to prepare a temporary restoration for you to wear while your crown is being fabricated.
In about two weeks, we’ll have you return to our office to have your custom crown checked, adjusted for fit and proper bite, and cemented securely in place. Now all that’s left is for you to enjoy your beautiful new smile!
Tooth Restorations in Van Nuys
If you have other questions about dental crowns in Van Nuys or would like to arrange a consultation with Dr. Bacquet, please call our office at (818) 708-9889.
Crowns are very durable restorations and, with proper care and oral hygiene, should last for many years. If your crown does feel loose or even comes off, please contact our Van Nuys dental office as soon as possible.
Why Do Crowns Become Loose?
There are many reasons why a dental crown can become loose. One of the most common reasons is eating too many sticky or chewy foods. Gummy candy can cause the cement that holds your crown in place to loosen. There's nothing wrong with an occasional treat, but if you indulge in these kinds of foods frequently, you may be compromising the strength of your crown.
Over time, the cement holding your crown in place can start to degrade. If you lose a crown for this reason, and there is no underlying damage to the tooth, we may be able to cement it back in place.
Tooth decay can also be a culprit when a crown becomes loose or falls off. The crown itself won't get cavities, but if good home hygiene practices are not followed, it’s possible for decay to start near the gum line and gradually damage your natural tooth.
Dental Crown Repair in Van Nuys
It's easy to avoid these problems by using common sense and making appointments for us to check your dental crowns at our Van Nuys dental office. With proper care, your crown will provide many years of good use.
Over the years, we have watched how the materials we use for dental crowns in Van Nuys have improved in both appearance and durability. So the answer is that no one should notice that you have a crown unless you tell them!
The Quality of Dental Crowns
Of course, you need the skill of a dentist like Dr. Daniel Bacquet who understands that aesthetics and function are both important when designing a new crown. The goal of a crown is to protect and strengthen a damaged or weakened tooth, but there’s no reason we can’t use the opportunity to improve the appearance of your smile as well.
The first step is to meet with Dr. Bacquet who will tell you if a crown is the right treatment for you. After he determines it’s your best option, he will work with you to choose a shade for your restoration that matches surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance.
We work with only the top custom dental labs in the area where skilled technicians fabricate your new crown to our exact specifications. The result is a high-quality, durable crown that restores the health, function, and beauty of your smile.
Call Your Van Nuys Dentist
Dr. Bacquet has placed thousands of dental crowns for our satisfied Van Nuys patients, and he will be happy to meet with you to discuss your needs. Please call us at (818) 708-9889 so we can get started!
There are lots of things to consider when deciding whether or not dental implants in Van Nuys are the right tooth replacement option for you. Before we proceed with any steps in the implant process, we need to know that you are healthy enough to have the implant surgery.
The Consultation Process
When you first visit Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we start by taking your full medical history. Most patients we see can have dental implants, but there certain conditions like osteoporosis or cancer treatment that make it impossible for the implant to integrate with your jaw bone.
Dr. Daniel Bacquet tests the density of your jaw bone to make sure it is sufficient to support a dental implant post. If we find that it is not, bone grafting is an option that can build up your jaw so that you can have an implant placed.
Tooth Replacement in Van Nuys
It is essential for your oral health that you replace missing teeth as soon as possible, and dental implants are the preferred method for tooth replacement. Getting a dental implant is a big decision, and we would like to help guide you through the process. Please contact our Van Nuys dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation.
We handle all types of dental emergencies at our Van Nuys practice, and the first thing you need to do is call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry and let us know what’s happening.
How We Handle Dental Emergencies
You may have a situation where you can wait a day or two to see us, or we may have you come in for immediate treatment. Or, perhaps you have an urgent emergency like a knocked out tooth where we have only a few hours to save the tooth.
So what emergencies fall between the two extremes?
A tooth that you chip biting down on a kernel of popcorn looks unattractive, and the rough edges can irritate your mouth. We need to address the problem as soon as possible, but you probably don’t need to disrupt your day to rush to our office.
At the other end of the spectrum, severe pain is always a sign of a serious problem developing with your tooth, and immediate treatment is needed to save the tooth. In this case, we would arrange to see you the same day to provide the relief you need and address the problem.
See Your Van Nuys Emergency Dentist
In any case, if you need an emergency dentist in Van Nuys, look no further than Dr. Daniel Bacquet! He will provide the immediate relief you need and take the appropriate steps to get you and your oral health back on track.
Dental implants have revolutionized the way we address tooth replacement because they are the option that looks, feels and functions the most like a natural tooth. The reason is that an implant is a tiny titanium post that we place in your jaw to replace a lost tooth root. After it heals in your jaw, the post becomes a permanent part of your dental structure. Getting an implant keeps your jaw strong and healthy and provides a stable base for the restoration to which it’s attached.
What the Replacement Process Entails
Depending on your needs, we will recommend a crown, bridge, or denture to add function to the implant and provide a natural-looking replacement tooth. Your restoration won’t get a cavity, but you do have to ensure that your gums stay healthy. If you develop advanced gum disease, your jaw bone can break down, and without its support, your implant might fail.
However, you should know that in the decades that dental implants have been in use, they have demonstrated an impressive 95 percent success rate. The success of your implant relies on your conscientious oral hygiene and routine visits to our office for preventive exams and dental cleanings to ensure that your gums stay healthy.
Implant Consultations in Van Nuys
If you are considering dental implants in Van Nuys and have questions about their care, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry to arrange a consultation with Dr. Daniel Bacquet. He will be happy to provide the information you need and help you decide if a dental implant is the right choice for you.
As long as there have been dentures, there have been complaints about their look, fit, and feel. But you don’t have to live with dentures that cause discomfort and irritation – at Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we can use state-of-the-art dental implants to stabilize your denture.
What is a Modern Denture?
A denture is a removable dental appliance that is made up of artificial teeth on an acrylic base. It’s true that today’s dentures are far more comfortable and attractive than they were just a few decades ago. But even with all the amazing advances in materials and techniques, dentures are still not a permanent part of your mouth.
If you want dentures that feel as much like natural teeth as possible, dental implants are the way to go. We can place implants at points along your jaw, then clip your new denture onto the implants. Since the implant has a stable foundation in your jaw, your denture will not slip and move around when laughing, talking, or eating. And you don’t have to take your dentures out at night for oral hygiene!
Tooth Replacement in Van Nuys
Have you been struggling with the idea of getting dentures? We would love the opportunity to show you how dental implants can provide the solution you need to get the smile you want. Please call our Van Nuys dental office to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Bacquet.
Dental implants are a healthy solution for replacing missing teeth. You may have only recently become aware of implants, but they have been in use for decades with a 98 percent success rate.
What Makes a Dental Implant?
An implant is a small screw-like post that is made of titanium and placed in your jaw in the location of the missing tooth to replace the lost root. As a biocompatible material, titanium is readily accepted by the body. During healing, the implant fuses with bone and tissue in your jaw and becomes a permanent part of your dental anatomy.
After the implant heals, Dr. Daniel Bacquet can help you choose one of several dental restorations to act as the visible, functioning part of the implant. Depending on your needs, we may recommend a dental crown, bridge, or full or partial denture.
The result is a new tooth that feels and acts as close to a natural tooth as possible. Your implant is permanent, and your restoration won’t decay. However, you still need to be proactive with your oral health because healthy gums are essential to the success of your implant.
Permanent Tooth Replacement in Van Nuys
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants at our Van Nuys practice, please call us to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Bacquet.
Missing teeth are not only unattractive but not replacing them can lead to more complicated oral health issues down the road. At Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we have several solutions for replacing missing teeth and protecting the health of your smile.
How Do Bridges Replace Teeth?
Bridges are a dental prosthetic that fills the space left by a missing tooth. A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth held in place by crowns attached to adjacent teeth.
Partial and complete dentures are appropriate whether you are missing several teeth or all your teeth. We can fashion beautiful, natural-looking dentures that will provide you with many years of use.
These are both excellent options that have worked well for millions of people. But dental implants placed at our Van Nuys office are a very popular tooth replacement method and are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement.
Unlike the other options, a dental implant is a permanent, standalone structure that looks and functions just like a natural tooth. It is rooted firmly in your jaw, which gives it superior stability and strength. Dental implants also offer the advantage of helping stimulate bone growth in the jaw after tooth loss.
Tooth Replacement Options in Van Nuys
We would be happy to discuss these options to see which is the most appropriate for your needs. Please contact our office to arrange a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bacquet.
Today we have several options for tooth replacement, and bridges and dental implants are two of the most popular we offer. Both procedures will improve the aesthetics of your smile, but that’s where the similarity ends.
Choosing The Right Replacement Option For You
A fixed bridge uses an artificial tooth called a pontic to fill in the space left by a missing tooth. The pontic is supported on either side by dental crowns placed on healthy adjacent teeth. The bridge does a great job of restoring your appearance, but the problem is that it is a three-tooth solution for a one-tooth problem.
A dental implant, on the other hand, is a standalone replacement tooth. The design of an implant is as close as we can get to a natural tooth because it doesn’t just fill the space; it actually replaces your entire tooth, from root to crown.
Dentists prefer dental implants for many reasons:
- Restores the appearance and function of a natural tooth
- Doesn’t require alteration of adjacent healthy teeth
- Easy to maintain with routine oral hygiene and prevention
- Becomes a permanent part of your dental structure
- Helps prevent deterioration of bone typical with tooth loss
All that said, getting a dental implant is a process that requires several months to complete, and not everyone wants to make that commitment. If you’re not a good candidate for an implant, a fixed bridge is still an excellent choice.
Permanent Tooth Replacement in Van Nuys
Interested in learning more about dental implants in Van Nuys? Please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry to arrange a consultation with Dr. Daniel Bacquet to discuss all your tooth replacement options.
At Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we know there is nothing more excruciating than the pain of a severely infected tooth. Dr. Bacquet commonly performs emergency root canal treatment in Van Nuys to treat dental abscesses or infections and relieve your pain.
Gentle Root Canals in Van Nuys
We will see you as soon as possible, usually the same day if you’re in pain. If for some reason Dr. Bacquet can’t see you, he will either phone in a prescription for an antibiotic to relieve your pain or refer you to one of his trusted colleagues for immediate care.
The best way to avoid the discomfort of a root canal infection, however, is to maintain routine visits for exams and dental cleanings. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, and you develop a toothache, don’t put off calling us because of fear or anxiety. We have ways to keep you comfortable, and the source of your pain won’t go away on its own. A little toothache that we don’t address today can develop into severe pain that may require a root canal or even extraction to treat in the future.
Call Dr. Bacquet Today
If you need an emergency dentist in Van Nuys, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry at (818) 708-9889. We will get you on our schedule as soon as possible and provide the relief and quality care you need.
We know that it’s easy for us to tell you not to panic when you’re the one holding your tooth in your hand! That’s why your emergency dentist in Van Nuys wants you to be aware beforehand of how to handle this critical emergency and protect your oral health.
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
There are several steps you should take:
- Call our office right away and let us know what happened.
- Handle the tooth by the crown only.
- Don’t disturb any tissue that’s attached to the root.
- Try to reinsert the tooth back in the socket gently, but don’t force it.
- If you can’t reinsert it, place the tooth in your cheek pocket or a container of water, milk, or saliva until you get to our office.
If your jaw is injured or you're bleeding excessively, please call 911 or head to your nearest emergency room right away. Otherwise, call us and get safely to our office so Dr. Bacquet can take the necessary steps to save the tooth.
Emergency Dental Appointments in Van Nuys
Dr. Bacque has the skill and experience needed to handle just about any dental emergency righty here at our Van Nuys dental office. When you need emergency dental treatment, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry at (818) 708-9889 so we can provide the urgent care you need.
General & Family Dentistry
Excessive teeth grinding, known as Bruxism, can severely damage your teeth if left untreated. Nearly 80% of teeth grinding is done subconsciously while you are sleeping at night, and is often due to stress and anxiety. It's often hard to pinpoint what is the cause of your pain or irritation, so it's important to visit your Van Nuys dentist to get a solution sooner than later.
Teeth Grinding and Night Guards
Dental appliances called Night Guards protect your teeth from grinding. The guard is custom designed for your teeth, and is worn at night when grinding is the heaviest. To learn more about what your oral pain could be, be sure to contact our friendly dental staff!
Every patient needs and deserves a healthy smile, but achieving this goal is harder for some than others. At Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we are sensitive to the fact that some people just don't like visiting the dentist. That is why our team puts your needs first and focuses entirely on your comfort and well-being.
Our Office is High-Tech
We offer lots of technology that streamlines your visits so you can spend less time in the dental chair and more time enjoying your healthy smile. But we never lose sight of the fact that you are an individual with specific needs and desires. We will take the time to get to know you and develop a trusting atmosphere where you feel comfortable coming to us with any problem you have.
You can tell from the moment you enter our office that our team enjoys what they do. Your dental care is important, but we don't take ourselves too seriously. We know just how to balance professionalism with a lighthearted, friendly approach that puts you at ease.
Your Friendly Van Nuys Dentist
If you have let your dental care slide a little and need lots of work, please don't be worried that we will shame or lecture you. What you did yesterday doesn't matter. We will start right where you are and move forward from there. We're just happy you decided to turn to us!
Are you looking for a family dentist in Van Nuys who can serve all your needs? Please call us, and we'll be happy to arrange an appointment for you to stop by.
We agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association (ADA) that says patients should see their dentist every six months for exams and cleanings. These intervals allow your dentist in Van Nuys to monitor your oral health and find and treat problems when they are small and easy to manage.
Your Dental Exam With Dr. Bacquet
During these visits, Dr. Daniel Bacquet will perform a visual exam to look for potential problems and recommend x-rays as needed. Every exam also includes screening for oral cancer because survival rates are high when we catch it in the early stages.
Your semi-annual visits also include a professional dental cleaning where we check for signs of periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease has become a serious problem that affects nearly half of all US adults over the age of 30, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
In many cases, patients aren't aware gum disease exists until we find it during a cleaning appointment. With early treatment and improved oral hygiene, gum disease is easy to control. However, untreated gum disease can advance to the point where tooth loss is a possibility.
Book a Cleaning With Our Van Nuys Dental Team
We know how to make every visit with us pleasant, comfortable, and stress-free. If it's time for your next exam or you're concerned about your oral health, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry to arrange a convenient appointment.
Our team here at Saticoy Plaza Dentistry understands the stress (and sometimes pain!) that comes with an unexpected dental emergency. This is why we do our best to accommodate patients in case of any dental emergency.
Dental emergencies can include chipped teeth, severe oral pain, and knocked out teeth.
Emergency Dental Appointments in Van Nuys
Call us at (818) 708-9889 if you are experiencing any dental discomfort and want to be seen immediately. We will schedule you in as fast as possible and provide the necessary treatments or prescriptions to get you out of pain. In some cases, we may be able to fit you in on the same day.
X-rays may be taken at the emergency appointment to assist in diagnosing any potential problems. Getting you smiling again is top priority!
At Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, our goal is to tailor your dental care to accommodate your unique needs. We believe in building strong patient relationships that help us learn what matters to you and how we can improve your experience with us.
A Friendly Dental Staff Makes All The Difference
Our team treats you like family because that is the way we would want to be treated. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how much easier oral health care is when it is delivered by friendly professionals you know and trust.
Since your time is valuable, we strive to see you promptly at your appointed time. Our friendly team will welcome you, help you get settled in the dental chair, and make sure you are comfortable.
Van Nuys family dentist Dr. Daniel Bacquet is gentle, personable, and friendly and his goal is to provide you with the highest quality dental care available. Many people have poor oral health because they fear dental visits, but we will never judge or lecture you about past habits. We focus on the positive because you have taken the critical first step of getting here, and we appreciate how challenging that in itself can be!
Dental Services in Van Nuys
If you are looking for a dental home where your needs are respected, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry. We look forward to showing you how uncomplicated your dental care can be!
If your teeth are starting to appear worn, shorter, and chipped in some areas, you are not alone.
What Causes Worn Teeth?
Every day more and more stress is put on our teeth. We put stress on our teeth when we chew our foods and when we grind our teeth. Most teeth grinding takes place at night while we are asleep, so many of us are unaware that we do it.
As we add this stress to our teeth, they become more brittle. The teeth begin to wear down, appear shorter, and alter your bite. Eventually, your teeth will begin to chip away, and in more severe cases, even fracture.
Using Nightguards for Teeth Grinding
Nightguards (also known as occlusal guards) are appliances we fabricate here, to help protect your teeth from grinding. They are custom designed to fit your teeth, and are significantly more comfortable and effective than any over-the-counter nightguard. You wear the nightguard to bed, and it protects your natural teeth and your existing dental work from further damage caused by grinding.
If you've been noticing your teeth appearing shorter or chipping, ask our Van Nuys dental office about having a nightguard made for you!
Gum disease is an infection that attacks the supporting structures of your teeth. It often develops because of poor brushing and flossing habits. Bacteria-filled plaque collect on your teeth, and, if not removed, hardens into a substance called tartar that spreads below the gum line.
How Gum Disease Develops
In its earliest stage (gingivitis), you may notice tender, inflamed, or swollen gums, and bleeding when you brush. Gingivitis can usually be controlled with extra professional cleanings and improved oral hygiene. Without treatment, the infection spreads to the next stage, periodontitis, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
One of the reasons gum disease is so widespread is that it can do damage to your gums before you are even aware it exists. This is why we encourage twice-yearly exams and cleanings at Saticoy Plaza Dentistry. During these visits, Dr. Bacquet will examine your teeth and gums thoroughly to look for signs of gum disease.
Dental Exams With Your Van Nuys Dentist
If you want to visit a dentist in Van Nuys who can ensure that your smile is as healthy as it should be, please call our office. We will be happy to arrange a cleaning and exam to ensure your teeth are strong, healthy, and free of disease.
All day long, the foods and drinks you consume leave a sticky film of bacteria on your teeth called plaque. As these bacteria accumulate on the gums around your teeth, the toxins released can ultimately result in periodontal (gum) disease. Some signs that you have gum disease include inflammation and bleeding of the gums.
What happens if I skip the dentist?
If you don’t visit our Van Nuys dental office routinely for cleanings, the gum disease will continue to spread. Eventually, the gums begin to separate from the teeth and form pockets or spaces. These little spaces are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which will continue to attack and destroy the gum tissue around your tooth. Untreated gum disease will result in the continued spread of infection, loosened teeth, and ultimately, tooth loss.
Deep dental cleanings in Van Nuys
A deep cleaning treatment is performed under local anesthetic and usually takes less than an hour. During the procedure, we carefully scrape away all the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your tooth. Next, the root surfaces of your teeth are smoothed to discourage new bacteria from attaching to the tooth. We will develop a long-term treatment plan to restore your teeth to full health, including more frequent dental cleanings in the future.
Invisalign Clear Braces
Invisalign is the new alternative to braces that straighten teeth without all of the uncomfortable metal wires and brackets.
How does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign clear aligners are made that specifically fit your teeth and make them straighter. These aligners are removable, making them much more comfortable than conventional metal braces. Since you are able to remove the Invisalign clear aligners, you can continue to eat the foods you enjoy. Also, you can brush and floss your teeth normally without having metal wires blocking your teeth.
Clear Orthodontics for Adults in Van Nuys
Invisalign is for you if you have wanted to attain a beautiful, straight smile without the troubles of going through metal braces. Give us a call today to set up a consultation to see if you are a good fit for Invisalign treatment.
There’s a long-held myth that a root canal is a painful procedure. Fortunately, it’s just a myth, and it’s time to set the record straight.
The Truth About Root Canals
Root canals do not cause pain; they relieve it. That’s not just something we say to make you feel better, either! The truth is that the pain started because of an infection or abscess deep inside the tooth, and a root canal removes the infected material and thus the pain.
Your tooth is composed of an outer layer of hard enamel, a softer layer underneath called dentin, and finally the pulp, the soft tissue located inside the root canal. The pulp can become inflamed or infected as a result of repeated dental procedures, deep decay, or trauma or injury to the tooth. When we don't treat inflammation or infection, the result is often pain, and it can be excruciating.
The problem is that many patients are already in severe pain when they arrive at the dental office for treatment, and it’s this pain they associate with the procedure. In reality, root canal treatment is a straightforward procedure made comfortable using rotary endodontic technology. Rotary endodontics use a nickel-titanium tip that is five times more flexible than the steel files used in the past, making your treatment comfortable, efficient, and productive.
Gentle Root Canals in Van Nuys
If you suspect you need a root canal in Van Nuys, please don't put off treatment as it may result in tooth loss. Dr. Daniel Bacquet is sensitive to your feelings and provides gentle, comfortable treatment.
If the thought of having a root canal sends you into a tailspin, we can assure you that the procedure is really nothing to fear. Dr. Daniel Bacquet and the rest of the team at Saticoy Plaza Dentistry are gentle and compassionate and always ensure that our patients remain comfortable during a root canal procedure.
Root Canal Therapy
But we know that root canal therapy has a reputation for being a long and uncomfortable procedure. Today, however, we use updated instruments and techniques that make root canal treatment stress-free and comfortable.
In the past, dentists used stainless steel manual files to perform root canals. Today, however, we use state-of-the-art rotary endodontic equipment that's powered by electricity to make the procedure more efficient and comfortable for you and to deliver more reliable outcomes.
But your comfort is our priority, and if you feel anxious about the procedure, we’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that you remain calm throughout treatment. Dr. Bacquet has performed numerous root canals in Van Nuys, and his kind and gentle approach helps our patients receive the treatment they need with little or no discomfort at all.
Gentle Root Canals in Van Nuys
If you suspect you might need a root canal, please don’t avoid treatment because of anxiety. A root canal is an essential procedure that we perform to relieve your pain, save the tooth, and restore your oral health. Please contact Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions about our stress-free root canals.
Root canals have the unfortunate reputation of being a complicated and challenging procedure. But the truth is that updated technology and techniques allow Dr. Bacquet to perform comfortable root canals that are no more complicated than having a tooth filled.
When Root Canals Are Needed
You need a root canal because decay or periodontal infection has reached the interior portion of your tooth that houses dental pulp, nerves, and tissue. Common signs that you may need a root canal are:
- Intense pain that worsens over time
- Extreme sensitivity to touch or hot and cold temperatures
- A bump on the gum in the area of the infected tooth
Once this part of your tooth is compromised, a root canal is our only option for saving it. During a root canal, Dr. Bacquet first numbs the area he's treating so you don’t feel anything. Then he makes a tiny hole in the back of your tooth so that he can access the infection.
He will clear away the infection, add a local antibiotic if necessary, fill the area with a dental material, and seal the tooth. Depending on the damage and location of the tooth, Dr. Bacquet will probably recommend a dental crown to protect and strengthen it.
Gentle Root Canals in Van Nuys
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above and need a dentist who performs root canals in Van Nuys, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry so we can see you as soon as possible. The sooner we can treat the affected tooth, the better our chances minimizing damage and saving your tooth. If you are in severe pain, we will make arrangements to see you the same day.
You will most likely need a root canal if your tooth becomes compromised by a large cavity, trauma, or severe gum disease. If the damage continues, it can reach the inner portion of your tooth where the nerves are located. The results can be intense discomfort, and a root canal becomes necessary to relieve the pain and save the tooth.
The Trust About Root Canals
Many people still have the mistaken impression that a root canal is something to dread. In reality, dental techniques and technology have improved so much that a root canal today is no more complicated than having a tooth pulled.
During the procedure, the material inside the canal is gently cleared away with state-of-the-art instruments, and the area is disinfected and sealed. A dental crown is usually recommended to strengthen and protect the tooth from further damage.
Dr. Daniel Bacquet has extensive experience in performing root canals in Van Nuys, CA and he understands your concerns. But he will be happy to answer any questions you have and ensure that you are comfortable before beginning treatment.
Dental Exams in Van Nuys
If you are experiencing pain or think you might need a root canal, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, and we will arrange to see you as soon as possible.
Without knowing your specific situation, it is difficult to say whether you will need a crown placed after your root canal. But in the majority of cases, we do add a crown to strengthen and protect a tooth that has been weakened by a root canal.
What Root Canals Entail
Root canal treatment is necessary because extensive decay has reached the interior portion of your tooth. This is the part of the tooth that contains pulp and nerve tissue that keeps your tooth healthy and alive. When decay penetrates this canal, you will likely experience acute pain, and it is necessary to perform a root canal to relieve this discomfort.
Dr. Bacquet also needs to remove any infection to save the rest of your tooth. In many cases, a tooth becomes severely compromised by infection and decay, leaving it exposed to further damage. A dental crown is necessary to protect the structure of your tooth and to provide a functional chewing surface.
Gentle Root Canals in Van Nuys
The best way to avoid the need for a root canal in Van Nuys, CA is to maintain a schedule of regular dental exams and cleanings. If you are experiencing discomfort and believe you may need a root canal, please contact Saticoy Plaza Dentistry. We will arrange a consultation, and at that time, Dr. Daniel Bacquet can give you a better idea if a dental crown will be necessary.
Root canals are a procedure performed to save teeth and to relieve or prevent tooth pain.
The procedure is painless after the tooth becomes completely numb from the anesthetic. Minor vibration or pressure sensations may be felt, similar to dental filling procedures. If any sensations of pain are felt during the root canal procedure, additional anesthetic will be administered.
Root Canals in Van Nuys
Following the root canal procedure, there may be minor sensitivity and tenderness in the area operated on which will improve with time.
Teeth whitening is safe as long as directions are followed. We use low concentrations of peroxide to bleach teeth. Some products are acidic and may damage tooth enamel, so it is very important to use doctor recommended bleaching products.
Whiter & Brighter Smiles in Van Nuys
Temporary sensitivity following teeth whitening can sometimes occur. If any sensitivity is experienced, it will typically subside in the following one to two days. We recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne after treatment to prevent any sensitivity.
We know it can be unpleasant to face the prospect of having a tooth extracted. At Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we take the steps necessary to preserve a tooth in whatever way we can. However, there are certain cases where removal of the tooth is our only option.
Common Causes of Extractions
If we find that you need to have a tooth removed, you can feel comfortable knowing that your care is in the hands of professionals who have your best interest at heart. Our exceptional team has years of experience, and we have helped many fearful patients relax and get the care they need.
Some reasons why we would extract a tooth are:
- A tooth is so severely damaged that it can’t be saved any other way.
- A wisdom tooth has erupted at an odd angle, putting surrounding teeth at risk.
- We are preparing for placement of a dental implant or dentures.
- Your recommended orthodontic treatment requires the removal of teeth for optimal results.
After your procedure, you may experience some discomfort. You can get relief by applying an ice pack to the area and taking your prescribed pain medications. Any discomfort will usually subside after 48 hours.
Dental Extractions in Van Nuys
Please don’t let fear about the procedure prevent you from getting the care you need. If you suspect you may need a tooth extracted in Van Nuys CA, please call our Van Nuys dental office to arrange an appointment.
One of the many reasons we choose composite material used for tooth-colored fillings at Saticoy Plaza Dentistry is that they are versatile and look completely natural. For this reason, the composite material is also perfect for bonding teeth and correcting cosmetic dental imperfections.
If you have older fillings, you may notice that they have discolored over time. They may even appear to have pulled away somewhat from your natural tooth, leaving an unsightly, noticeable flaw in your smile.
Invisible Dental Fillings
Tooth-colored composite fillings offer several advantages over the old materials that were available years ago.
- They are highly durable, so they withstand a good deal of wear and tear.
- The method for placing composite fillings preserves healthy tooth structure.
- Composite fillings can be shaded and shaped to match your natural teeth perfectly
These advantages benefit you because the result is strong and durable restoration so natural looking that even you may not be able to detect where the tooth and filling meets.
Tooth-Colored Fillings in Van Nuys
If you’re interested in learning more about tooth-colored fillings in Van Nuys and how they can help you, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry to arrange a consultation with Dr. Daniel Bacquet.
At Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we practice comfortable dental care. Placing fillings is one of the services we provide most often, and our team has a gentle touch, which allows us to fill your tooth without any discomfort.
Sometimes, Cavities Happen
No matter how well you take care of your oral health, you may still develop a cavity. Once we have determined that you need a filling, Dr. Bacquet will expertly remove the decay and restore the tooth using a tooth-colored composite material. Aside from their esthetic advantages, composite fillings allow us to preserve healthy tooth structure since we only need to remove the decayed portion to bond the filling securely to your tooth.
We will numb the area where we need to place the filling, and once the anesthetic takes effect, you won't feel anything. Our goal is to make every visit with us as comfortable and stress-free as possible, and our friendly, supportive team will be there to ensure that all your needs are met.
Tooth-Colored Fillings in Van Nuys
Dr. Bacquet and our team are very sensitive to your concerns. If you're worried about getting fillings in Van Nuys, please talk to us. We want you to have a completely stress-free experience, and together, we can find the best way to achieve that goal.
Placing a tooth-colored filling is a straightforward process that we complete during one appointment. It’s easier than placing a silver amalgam filling that involves removing healthy tooth structure.
How Fillings Work
A tooth-colored filling is bonded directly to your tooth, which means that in some cases, we may not even need to numb the tooth. However, if tooth decay has progressed to the layer below the enamel, a topical anesthetic will be used for your comfort.
The first step is to choose a shade for the filling material that will closely match the rest of the tooth. Next, Dr. Bacquet removes the decay and cleans the tooth thoroughly. Then he applies a bonding agent to the tooth structure that adheres to the material. Dr. Bacquet places the filling and shapes it to resemble the structure of your tooth. The final step is to set and harden the filling with a curing light.
During the next step, he will make adjustments to the filling to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your dental bite and that floss can slide easily between your teeth. Dr. Bacquet will make any further adjustments by smoothing and polishing the new filling.
Beautiful White Fillings in Van Nuys
If you have a cavity and would like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings in Van Nuys, CA, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry to arrange an appointment.
Most dental offices today use tooth-colored fillings to restore a decayed tooth. The material used for these is more visually appealing than silver material that leaves a dark spot in your smile.
Our Van Nuys Office Does Fillings Right
We call tooth-colored fillings placed at our Van Nuys dental office restorations. A restoration makes a tooth like new again, and can actually improve the strength of the remaining tooth structure. Depending on how well you care for your smile, tooth-colored composite fillings can last anywhere from five to seven years.
You may also hear these fillings referred to as composite resin, dental composites, or composite fillings because they are a “composite” or blend of glass and plastic particles. This mixture gives fillings an appearance that resembles dental enamel, and we can further customize it by shading the material to blend in with the remaining healthy tooth structure.
The better you care for your teeth, the longer your composite filling will last. Brush at least twice a day and floss once to ensure that plaque and tartar that cause decay don’t build up on your teeth. Visit Saticoy Plaza Dentistry twice a year for dental exams and cleanings so we can check the condition of your filling periodically.
Dental Restorations in Van Nuys CA
If you think you need a filling or have questions about maintaining a healthy smile, please call our Van Nuys dental office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Bacquet.
If you had a silver filling placed years ago, you have probably noticed that it has darkened over time. Not only does it appear darker, but the discoloration actually makes your own dental enamel take on a bluish hue. This is a very common problem for lots of people, but we use tooth-colored fillings at our Van Nuys office because they offer an esthetically-pleasing appearance.
Replace With Tooth-Colored Fillings
We can replace your silver filling with a tooth-colored filling made of a dental composite that can be color-matched to the exact shade of the rest of your tooth. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, you won’t be able to see where the tooth and filling meets.
Another option for hiding a darkened amalgam filling is a dental crown. The crown completely encases the filled tooth, masking the discolored filling, and strengthening the tooth. The result is a beautiful, fresh new tooth that matches your surrounding teeth perfectly.
White Fillings in Van Nuys
The option we choose will depend on your dental needs as well as your budget. We will be happy to work with you to find the solution that is most effective for protecting your oral health and leaving you with a bright, beautiful smile. Please contact Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation for you with Dr. Bacquet to discuss your needs.
Tooth-colored fillings are a mixture of tooth-colored plastic and glass particles. You may also hear them referred to as dental composites, composite fillings, or tooth-colored composites.
Natural teeth don’t have a flat white appearance, and this combination of materials gives composite fillings a natural, translucent look that closely resembles dental enamel. The composite material is easy to handle, so Dr. Bacquet can shape it to blend in with the shape of your tooth. And since we can also shade the material to match the color of your teeth, once w place your filling, even you won’t be able to detect it.
Fillings That Look Like Your Tooth
Since dental composites look so natural, we also use them to eliminate flaws like chipped enamel and to enhance and improve the appearance of your smile. This process is called dental bonding, and it’s a conservative and affordable alternative to treatments like porcelain veneers.
Tooth-colored fillings placed at our Van Nuys dental office are durable and, with proper home care and preventive exams and cleanings, can last five to seven years before we need to replace them.
Tooth-Colored Fillings in Van Nuys
If you have a cavity that needs to be filled or you have some smile flaws you’d like to correct, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry to arrange an appointment.
Dental bonding is a procedure we perform that involves using a composite filling material to correct cosmetic dental flaws. Composite fillings in Van Nuys are made using resin and silica fillers that closely mimic the appearance of your natural dental enamel.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
Bonding is a very effective way to make cosmetic repairs because it is a strong and durable material that blends perfectly with your teeth. The significant advantage is that composites bond to the surface of the remaining tooth, helping to prevent breakage.
Dental bonding can resolve a number of problems with great success:
- Repair cracks and chips in your teeth
- Create a uniform appearance for unevenly shaped teeth
- Fill in gaps between teeth
- Correct the appearance of slightly misaligned teeth
Dr. Bacquet mixes the material to perfectly match the shade of your teeth, and then carefully applies it to the area to be fixed. He builds up the restoration to match the shape of your teeth and then sets it with a curing light to bond the composite securely to your teeth.
Cosmetic Restorations in Van Nuys
Dental bonding is often an effective solution for these problems, but depending on your situation, we may recommend a different type of cosmetic treatment like porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Give us a call today to learn more and schedule a consultation.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), numerous reviews and studies have found no evidence to support adverse effects from silver amalgam fillings. This prompted the ADA to release a statement saying that silver amalgam fillings are a safe, affordable, and durable choice for patients.
Despite this information, we understand that many of our patients still have concerns and would prefer an alternative to amalgam fillings. There are also aesthetic considerations because a silver filling leaves a visible dark spot in your smile.
At Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we place only tooth-colored composite fillings. Dental composites are a mixture of glass and resin, which gives the material a translucent quality that mimics the appearance of dental enamel. A composite filling can also be customized to closely match your natural tooth color, allowing us to create a seamless repair. Even you won't be able to tell where your tooth and the filling meet!
Tooth-Colored Fillings in Van Nuys
If you have questions about the safety of amalgam or are interested in learning more about our tooth-colored composite fillings in Van Nuys, please call us. We will be happy to arrange an appointment with Dr. Bacquet so we can answer your questions and choose the appropriate treatment for you.