Family Dentistry Specialist

Robert Sarkissian, DDS, MAGD

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontist located in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, CA

Having a dental checkup every six months is critically important to maintaining optimal oral health, especially as we age. Dr. Sarkissian and his dental practice team are skilled in performing comprehensive dental checkups, identifying oral health issues in patients in and around Woodland Hills, CA, so they can receive the most appropriate care.

Family Dentistry Q & A

What happens during a dental checkup?

Checkups begin with a personal and family medical history to look for issues that could increase the risk of oral health issues, such as smoking or diabetes. A visual exam of the mouth will be performed to look for obvious issues that need to be addressed, and the patient will be asked about any symptoms she may be experiencing. Next, the teeth will be carefully cleaned by the hygienist to remove plaque, tartar, and built-up stains; the patient will receive guidance on how to improve the brushing and flossing habits at home. Depending on how long it’s been since the previous checkup, the patient also may have dental X-rays. Following the cleaning, the teeth are carefully examined to look for signs of decay, and the gums evaluated. An oral cancer screening is also performed. Finally, the dentist will make recommendations for the care to address issues discovered during the exam and discuss concerns or answer questions the patient has about her oral health.

How often should patients have a dental check-up?

To ensure the teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible, the patient should have a dental checkup and clean every six months. Seeing the dentist twice each year helps ensure issues are identified and treated in their earliest stages when treatment can be simpler and less costly. Six-month exams also ensure the patient has oral cancer screenings on a regular basis to look for subtle signs that need further evaluation.

What happens if a cavity is found?

Many cavities can be treated with a metal or tooth-colored filling, removing the decay with special instruments before the filling is applied and shaped. More extensive cavities may require root canal therapy to remove decay deep inside the central portion of the tooth, or pulp. Root canals are usually accompanied by a crown to provide extra strength and protection for the tooth.

Who must have dental X-rays?

That depends on several factors, including how long it has been since the last set of X-rays was taken, whether the exam reveals decay or other issues, or if the patient is experiencing symptoms such as tooth pain. Dental X-rays provide important information about the portion of the teeth below the gum line.

Insurance & Cost Information:

A few words about cost… There is no dentistry more expensive (at any price) than one that you may not need, may not last, or leads to further treatment. That is why the core of our efforts revolve around the most careful and conservative diagnosis with treatment aimed to give you a healthy confident smile for a lifetime. We will listen to your concerns. Make conservative recommendations and offer alternatives. And help you prioritize your care to give you the best possible results. Insurance Information… We are often asked whether we accept a particular dental insurance plan. Our most comprehensive answer is that we accept and help you maximize virtually all traditional PPO dental insurance plans. In other words, as long as you do not have a dental HMO (one where you have been assigned to a particular HMO clinic) and are free to visit a dentist of your choice, you will be able to take advantage of our excellent care. We will gladly process your insurance paperwork for you. Read more…Simply bring your plan information with you or have the policy number ready so we can look up your coverage before you come in to see us. We will work with you and your dental insurance company to maximize your dental benefits with your existing type of coverage and help you prioritize your care to receive the most benefit from your plan. In addition to in-office insurance processing, we provide several financial options, including care credit, to make dental treatment affordable for our patients. Finally, many people are unaware of the fact that insurance benefits expire and renew every year whether you use them or not. In other words, allowing your insurance benefits to expire without visiting the dentist is like throwing you money away.

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