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Dental Exam
The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually no secret at all: brush, floss and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!

There’s nothing to fear with a dental exam. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning, to remove surface stains and buildup.

No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give you more options for teeth cleanings.

A laser teeth cleaning, also known as an ultrasonic cleaning, is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. With a laser teeth cleaning, an ultrasonic scaler (rather than a manual probe) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves. Many patients find laser teeth cleanings more comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings because they are quicker, quieter and pain-free.

A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.

 

Dental X-rays have come a long way. Todays dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable and more informative than the X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies, produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages. Intraoral photography is another alternative to traditional dental X-rays. With intraoral photography, problems such as cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are taken with a 35mm or digital camera.
Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers.
If you’ve been told you need a dental filling, you’re not alone: 92% of Americans have had at least one cavity. Dental fillings are the tried-and-true treatment for treating cavities – and they come in a variety of options to suit every need. Dental fillings can be made of silver amalgam, composite, porcelain and even gold. Amalgam fillings have been used by dentists for more than a century and are still the most common and cost-effective type of dental filling. But composite fillings, which are made of a tooth-colored plastic and glass composite, are quickly becoming the preferred dental filling due to their natural appearance and durability. The type of dental filling used is determined by a number of factors, including size and location of the cavity, as well as your budget.
If your silver fillings make you feel self conscious when you smile, or it’s simply time to replace them, consider white fillings. White fillings are just as durable as they are attractive! Made of composite resin, white fillings match the natural color of your teeth and are an excellent option for small to mid-sized cavities. White fillings are strong, stain-resistant and require less removal of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings.
Although dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including stainless steel, gold and silver, nothing looks better than a porcelain dental crown. Porcelain dental crowns match the natural color of your teeth and are virtually undetectable by the naked eye. And because they’re metal-free, porcelain dental crowns are an excellent option for patients with metal allergies. Best of all, porcelain crowns don’t just look beautiful – they’re long-lasting, too!

Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. When one
undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the
inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.

 

Root canals get a bad wrap. But don’t believe the rumors; the dreaded root canal isn’t dreadful at all! Root canals are needed when either decay or an injury infects the inner tooth (the pulp). In the earliest stages of infection, you may not feel any pain at all. But when it progresses, you could have a toothache and swelling, or a dental abscess might form. Root canals remove the infection and prevent it from spreading. Thanks to laser root canals, this process is faster, more comfortable and, in many cases, more thorough than conventional root canals. Pulp capping is an alternative to root canals that are used when the infection has yet to penetrate the pulp. Pulp capping can also prevent a large dental filling from getting too close to the nerve.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Looking for your beautiful smile!
One of the first things people notice about you is your smile, and as such, you want your teeth to look as best they can. The treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry afford us the opportunity to help our patients correct anything about their smile that they do not feel good about:

Teeth Whitening

Today’s teeth whitening treatment are so easy. convenient and affordable that they’ve become a regular part of everyone’s beauty routine. If you haven’t tried one yet. You’ll be happy that you have plenty of choices. For the fastest, most dramatic result, consider laser teeth whitening. Laser teeth whitening treatments take just an hour and can whiten teeth up to 10 shades. If you’re the do-it-yourself type, an at home teeth whitening kit might be right for you. These professional grade teeth whitening kits produce excellent result over a longer period of time.

Dental veneers provide our patients with a fast, convenient way to recreate their smile to be brighter, straighter, and uniform. Veneers can be placed onto teeth to disguise issues such as poor shape, discoloration, gaps, chips, cracks, and much more. These thin sheets of porcelain material can be completed in just a few office visits. Made to our exact specifications, veneers can transform your smile to your liking.

 

Dental bonding is the application of a strong, natural-looking resin onto the surface of damaged teeth. Whether your teeth are stained, cracked or mildly misaligned, cosmetic dental bonding can often be used to quickly restore a beautiful smile. The bonding materials act as a replacement for missing enamel and dentin, providing durable protection and enhancement for your teeth. Dental bonding usually takes just one visit to complete.

Designed as an alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign® can inconspicuously straighten crooked and unevenly spaced teeth. Invisalign® eliminates bulky metal brackets and wires by using a system of clear plastic aligners instead. Each set of aligners is custom-made to fit the patient’s teeth comfortably while gently guiding the teeth into their ideal position.

Orthodontics

Crooked or crowded teeth can be difficult to clean and keep healthy, which can result in tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Uneven arches, improper bites, and crooked, gapped or misaligned teeth can also lead to abnormal wear on the surface of teeth, diminished chewing ability, increased stress on the jawbone or gum tissue, and even headaches or neck pain. Orthodontics is the practice of correcting irregularities in the teeth and jaw, such as alignment problems, spacing issues, or crowding of teeth in the mouth, which can lead to more serious dental or health conditions down the road.

The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite—straight teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak.

Contact our practice for more information on orthodontics, braces, and dental treatment from our experienced cosmetic dentist.

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Routine Checkup

Routine Check Up

Dental appointments shouldn’t just be made when you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Prevention is always better than cure. Dentists recommend check-ups every twice a year. There are 2 parts to a regular dental visit; examination (check-ups) and oral prophylaxis (cleaning).

The first examination will be to check your teeth for cavities through an X-ray. The exam will also include a check for plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can harden and become tartar. You cannot remove tartar with brushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth, they can cause gum diseases.

Next, your gums will be checked. This will be done with a special tool to measure the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. With healthy gums, the spaces are shallow. When people have gum disease, the spaces may become deeper.

The check-up should also include a careful examination of your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck. This is to look for any signs of trouble – swelling, redness, or possible signs of cancer.

 

  1. Check for Cancer

This is one of the most important reasons for routine dental check-ups. Dentists will always check for any lumps that might indicate cancer in your mouth, head, and neck. They will also check for any red or white patches in the mouth. Usually, these checks will find nothing unusual, but they could potentially save your life.

2. Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists play an important educative and preventive role. They can show you correct home care and help you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth (usually called a ‘scale and polish’) by removing plaque and tartar, both of which encourage tooth decay and gum disease.

3. Consultations About Dental Cosmetics

Although dental cosmetics have grown in popularity in the last couple of years, there are plenty of myths out there that can lead to confusion about what is safe, as well as issues of legality. A check-up is an opportune time to consult with your dentist about procedures such as teeth whitening.

4. Routine Check-Ups are Preventive

Examination helps identify issues that might be developing without you knowing. Potential problems such as the onset of gum disease and dental decay can be prevented before they can happen, saving your oral and overall health and possibly money. Frequent

 

5. Dentists Can Provide Help and Advice Specific to Your Needs

There isn’t anyone better placed to help you keep on top of your oral health than your dentist, so they should be your first port of call when it comes to concerns about your teeth and mouth. They can tailor advice and support specific to your needs over a long period.

The comprehensive exam will likely include these evaluations:

  • Head and neck

This examination checks any swelling or tenderness (which are signs of an infection or disease) in your lymph nodes and salivary glands. Your dentist will also examine your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to make sure it rolls out properly.

  • Soft tissue

The soft tissues of your mouth include the tongue, inside of the lips and cheeks. Others include the floor and roof of the mouth and back of your mouth. These areas are examined for any spots, lesions, cuts, swellings, or growths.

  • Gum tissue

This is to check for any swelling, tenderness, and bleeding of the gums, which could be indicative of gum disease.

  • Occlusion

Occlusion is how well your upper and lower teeth come together will be checked.

  • Clinical examination of teeth

This will usually be done through observing and X-rays to determine that the teeth and gums are in good health. Your dentist will also check for any problems with fillings, braces, bridges, dentures, crowns, or other restorations.

 

Mobile Dentistry

Most people in America with dental issues cannot or do not make dental appointments for various reasons. This is a national concern and compromises the entire health of an individual.

Mobile dentistry caters to individuals who find it problematic to leave their homes due to difficulties in mobility. It also caters for those people who simply want convenience; maybe they find it hard to take time off of work, or they’d instead not make the drive to a dental clinic.

Increasingly, mobile dentistry offices offer a wide range of services, including some cosmetic options. They cater to nursing-home patients, visit homebound elders in need of care, and work with people who have dental anxiety. Bringing dental care directly to the patients also allows the elderly to age in place.

Dr. Roya Shoffet provides exceptional mobile dental services to all individuals through-out the communities and surrounding areas in greater Southern California, at the comfort of their homes, or at their residential senior facilities such as assisted livings, board and care, skilled nursing at an affordable fee.

This is a unique and outstanding service especially for those medically or mentally compromised patients such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s etc… who can not easily access dental care in a traditional setting. “Our mission is providing  quality dentistry with utmost care and passion to our patients for a healthier and  happier smile which in turn will enhance the lifestyle of our patients.”

We carry everything in.
Dental X-Rays and Exam at your home

What about Royal Dental Practice Mobile Dentistry?

The Royal Dental Practice in West Hills California offers comprehensive and convenient dental services with a personal touch!

Dr. Shoffet specializes in mobile dentistry that includes cosmetic, general, and medically critical dentistry. She provides exceptional mobile dental services to all individuals throughout the communities and surrounding areas in greater Southern California, at the comfort of their homes, or their senior residential facilities such as assisted livings, board, and care, skilled nursing at an affordable fee.

This is a unique and outstanding service, especially for those medically or mentally compromised patients such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s, etc. It is for everyone who cannot easily access dental care in a traditional setting.

  • World-Class Dental Services

Dr. Roya Shoffet is a highly trained and highly experienced dentist who has treated all kinds of dental patients.

Dr. Shoffet and her caring and experienced staff, providing that special touch with the aging population, and anyone who needs that extra personal assistance.

Royal Mobile Dentist offers both preventive and restorative dental services. Dr. Roya Shoffet can treat your teeth with the least invasive, most effective methods using the latest techniques and the finest materials.

 

  • We Bring Everything In

We make it easy for you. All you have to do is make an appointment and wait for us to show up. Stay in your bed.  Stay in your favourite chair. We provide all the necessary equipment and sterile tools INTO your home or board and care necessary to treat your dental issues.

 

  • Delicate Care of Clients with Special Needs

Dr. Roya Shoffet are highly skilled in caring for patients with very complex medical histories as well as behavioral and cognitive concerns. She also has extensive experience meeting the dental needs of elderly patients, and provides mobile dentistry for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, bringing her caring touch to them.

Transporting a homebound person,  quadriplegic, dementia or Alzheimer’s patient to the dentist is chaotic and emotionally stressful to the patient.  Royal Mobile Dentist makes it easier.  The dentist comes to your home.

 

The mouth changes as we age. Dentures often need to be rebuild or modified to fit elderly patients.  Royal Mobile Dentist can do all that at your home.

Dentist Comes To You!

Royal Mobile Dentist offers the best dental experience in the West Valley and the greater LA area. Our mobile dentistry office offers services ranging from teeth cleaning, dental x-rays, reconstruction of dentures, among others.

Make an appointment now, call us on (818) 346-5600 or send us an email on royashoffet@att.com

Dental Implants

Implants

Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.

During the last 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Implants have had excellent success rates and a range of available options giving dentists a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth.

A dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces a missing tooth’s root. After a while, other parts are placed on the implant to enable your dentist to eventually place a crown (cap) on the implant. Implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving denture retention and stability.

Since the titanium in the implants fuses with your jawbone, the implants won’t slip, make noise, or cause bone damage the way fixed bridgework or dentures might. This is an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges, as well as individual crowns placed over implants, feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.

Dental implants play an essential role in restorative dentistry. Since they are permanent prosthetics that are both natural-looking and cosmetically appealing, implants can be used either for cosmetic purposes or for complete full-mouth restorations.

 

Your dentist can evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Most patients with adequate bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically an x-ray and CT-scan are performed to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant, as well as to verify the size and kind of implant that should be placed.

Taking care of dental implants is as easy as taking care of natural teeth. Regular maintenance check-ups and maintaining a rigorous oral hygiene routine are an important part of dental implant care.

Just like with natural teeth, it is common for implants to develop plaque. If the plaque is not treated on time, it could cause bleeding gums, gum disease, pain, and soreness. To avoid this, practice proper dental care. Floss daily, brush your teeth after every mean, mind your diet, avoid acidic drinks, etc.

 

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Improved Appearance/Improved Self-esteem

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. They all fill in the toothless gaps and provide you with the alignment needed to make your smile better.

  • Improved Speech

Compared to dentures, dental implants do not slip. Therefore, you can speak confidently without mumbling or slurring your words.

  • Improved Comfort

Since dental implants are permanently fitted in your mouth, they eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.

  • Easier Eating

Dental implants function like your teeth. You can eat your favorite foods without discomfort or pain.

  • Improved Oral Health

Fixing dental implants does not require altering the nearby teeth as a tooth-supported bridge does. This ensures long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

  • Durability

Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care and maintenance, many implants last a lifetime.

  • Convenience

Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Need dental implants? Book an appointment with Royal Dental Practice at (818) 346-5600, or email us at royashoffet@att.com. Our capable team will advise on the best implants to suit you.

 

 

Oral Surgery and Sleep Dentistry

Oral Surgery and Sleep Dentistry

To many of us, the thought of seeing a dentist sends a chill down our spines. It can be a really scary thought that keeps us away. But the fact remains now, and then we need to visit the dentist. There is no need to endure the endless pain of a toothache when we have a solution.

At the Royal Dental Practice, we provide only the best services to all our beloved clients. There is no need to feel afraid of visiting us. All our efforts go to making you as relaxed as can be for your procedure.

In case this doesn’t sound convincing enough, don’t worry. We take into account that most people prefer not to be aware of what is taking place. This is why we provide sleep dentistry.

Dental procedures can be stressful for most, which makes the whole experience not memorable at all. With sleep dentistry, we strive to make you as relaxed as possible while undergoing oral surgery or any complex dental treatment. Our dentist anesthesiologist, can make it all better. 

Despite the name, you won’t be asleep through the procedure. The only exception is when a procedure warrants deep sedation.You will be sedated for some time, and the level depends on the procedure we have to perform. For those who feel tense but only need a checkup or cleaning, mild sedation is the best. For a tougher procedure, moderate sedation works. You might not be able to converse fluently but will remember all that took place.

Lastly, we have deep sedation with the help of our anesthesiologist where you snooze through the procedure and wake up easily once the treatment is done. This is an excellent option for young children or patients with anxiety specially for elderly patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.You might not remember the procedure at this level.

 

Inhaled Medication

This is used for mild sedation when you only need to relax a little for the procedure. We provide a combination of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen that you inhale. The best way is to put a mask over your nose, and you can inhale this combination. Slowly as it takes effect, you start feeling relaxed.

Once you are at a point where the tension has eased, we can then proceed with the task at hand. We control the amount of gas inhaled. The beauty of this type of sedation is it’s quick to recover from, and you don’t need assistance getting home after.

 

IV Medication

If you prefer an IV fluid to gas, then this is the right one for you.Our anesthesiologist simply provides an IV bag with sedation medicine fed to your vein. It might prick just a little as he places the needle in, but just for a second. After that, you start to relax. The good thing is in case the procedure takes longer; the anesthesiologist can adjust the sedation to go longer until we are done. This way, you won’t tense up when it wears off before we are done.

 

Oral Medication

When it comes to oral sedation, we first have to determine how long the procedure will take. This way, we can calibrate the correct dosage to take orally. This ranges from mild to moderate sedation where mild requires the least sedation.

Oral sedation comes in the form of pills that need to be taken before the procedure. After taking it, we wait until it takes effect, then we can begin. Oral sedation makes you mildly sedated but still aware of what is taking place.

 

In case you need oral surgery and or complex dental treatment including multiple extractions, fillings,implants or crown and bridge etc,  in Los Angeles, book an appointment today. With sleep dentistry, we ensure you are relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. We help you select the best type of sedation and administer it professionally. Don’t worry about being uncomfortable or unable to sit still; we have the best solution for you.

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