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It is rare to find someone who is so selfless and caring. I cannot put into words how life changing this process has been. I never expected to find a dentist that would help me the way you have.

CW

It is rare to find someone who is so selfless and caring. I cannot put into words how life changing this process has been. I never expected to find a dentist that would help me the way you have.

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CW

I wanted to say thank you for doing such a fabulous job on my dental implant. It is truly a blessing to me to have such a talented, honest dentist...I really appreciate all you’ve done for (us). You are awesome and I am grateful for you.

KJ

I wanted to say thank you for doing such a fabulous job on my dental implant. It is truly a blessing to me to have such a talented,

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KJ

I wanted to thank you for always greeting me with such enthusiasm each time I come to visit. I always feel so welcome when I walk through the door, until I wait to be called and then as I relax in those cozy dental chairs to have my teeth cleaned. You are the best dentist on the planet and the staff you have chosen goes out of their way to make everyone feel important. Thank you for all you do to make my experience a positive one. I thank God for you...

TS

I wanted to thank you for always greeting me with such enthusiasm each time I come to visit. I always feel so welcome when I walk through the door,

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I would like to thank you for being such a great, trustworthy dentist. I appreciate that more than words can express! Thank you for being so wonderful!

HG

I would like to thank you for being such a great, trustworthy dentist. I appreciate that more than words can express! Thank you for being so wonderful!

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I want to thank you and your staff of always taking good care of me. You’re one in a million!

ML

I want to thank you and your staff of always taking good care of me. You’re one in a million!

ML

Thank you all for being so wonderful to me. I really appreciate everything you have done for me.

JT

Thank you all for being so wonderful to me. I really appreciate everything you have done for me.

JT

Robert and I wanted to thank you so much for coming into the office on a Saturday to see us. Beyond getting your expert treatment, we truly enjoyed seeing you...

LS

Robert and I wanted to thank you so much for coming into the office on a Saturday to see us. Beyond getting your expert treatment,

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Thank you so much for taking the time to see me and do my 2 fillings. It was very nice of you so see me on such short notice. I appreciate your kindness. Everyone there is so nice. I will surely refer people to your office...

TD

Thank you so much for taking the time to see me and do my 2 fillings. It was very nice of you so see me on such short notice.

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I just wanted to drop a line to let you all know how much I am thankful for your kindness and dentistry. My tooth feels great! Thank you so much! You all have the BEST bedside manner ever!

KM

I just wanted to drop a line to let you all know how much I am thankful for your kindness and dentistry. My tooth feels great!

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Thank you for taking such good care of our patients....

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Thank you for taking such good care of our patients....

Dr. S

Frequently Asked QuestionsHave questions? Find your answers here.
FAQ from Go Dental, your Valencia Dentist.

Sometimes we need answers…and fast. We don’t want to call or send an email – we want a place where we can find that information and have it readily available. This is where our FAQ comes in handy. We’ve spoken to you, our patients, and have created a list of common scenarios that many people would not know the answer to off the top of their head. This list is dynamic and ever-growing. If you ever would like something added to this list, please feel free to contact us, your Valencia dentist, via phone, email, or our Contact Us page.
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What do I do if my crown comes out?

This is the most common emergency call we get. We completely understand how disturbing this is but the important thing is not to panic. We’re here to help if you need us.

If you are able to see us the next day:
Simply put the crown in a safe place and see us the next morning. It may be sensitive, but you are not doing any harm to the tooth if it is exposed. When you come into our office, if possible, we will cement it back in place. It is important to see us the next day so that the tooth is not left uncovered too long.

If you are unable to see us the next day, please follow these steps:

  • Put the crown in a safe place – do not put it back into your mouth without cement because there is a risk that you may swallow it and go to your local pharmacy or drug store.
  • If you need the crown to be secure for 24 hours or less, purchase a denture adhesive such as PoliGrip or Fixodent. If you need the crown to be secure for longer periods, purchase a temporary crown cement such as Dentemp or Dentek.
  • Next try the crown on without any adhesive to make sure you know which way to orient it in your mouth. Some people find it helpful to mark the outside of the crown (the part that faces the cheek) with a pencil. This will show you how to position your crown when you have it filled with cement.

If you have a denture adhesive, simply dry the inside of the crown and tooth with a tissue. Place a little adhesive in the crown and place it in the correct position in the mouth. Bite down on it to assure it is in the right place.

If you have purchased temporary crown cement, follow the directions included in the kit. When mixing a powder and a liquid, be sure that the resulting mixture is the constancy of runny toothpaste – not too thick – or the crown will be very difficult to remove. Place a little adhesive in the crown and place it in the correct position in the mouth. Bite down on it to assure it is in the right place.

What do I do if my temporary crown comes out?

Unfortunately this may happen, since our temporary crowns are designed to come out when you come back to the dental office. However, they will sometimes loosen when eating or accidentally flossing in the area.

If you see us within 24 hours, simply place the temporary crown in a plastic bag and bring it in with you to the your appointment. It is important to see us the next day so that the tooth is not left uncovered too long.

If you cannot see us the next day, then you will want to follow these steps:

  • Put it in a safe place – do not put it back into your mouth without cement because there is a risk that you may swallow it.
  • Go to your local pharmacy or drug store. If you need the crown to be secure for 24 hours or less, purchase a denture adhesive such as PoliGrip or Fixodent. If you need the crown to be secure for longer periods, purchase a temporary crown cement such as Dentemp or Dentek.
  • Try the crown on without any adhesive to make sure you know which way to orient it in your mouth. Some people find it helpful to mark the outside of the crown (the part that faces the cheek) with a pencil. This will help orient the crown when you have cement in the crown.

If you have a denture adhesive, simply dry the inside of the crown and the tooth with a tissue. Place a little adhesive in the crown and place it in the correct position in the mouth. Bite down on it to assure it is in the right place.

If you have purchased temporary crown cement, follow the directions included in the kit. When mixing a powder and a liquid, be sure that the resulting mixture is the constancy of runny toothpaste – not too thick – or the crown will be very difficult to remove. Place a little adhesive in the crown and place it in the correct position in the mouth. Bite down on it to assure it is in the right place.

What do I do if my tooth breaks?

There is no feeling more disturbing than feeling something crack in your mouth. It’s disturbing but there is no need to panic. The broken tooth may be part of a crown you have, may be part of a filling, or may be part of a tooth. In any case, your Valencia dentist is here to help you.

The first thing you need to do is assess the damage. It is common to have cold sensitivity on a newly broken tooth – cold sensitivity doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need to get a lot of dental work performed. You will know if you have cold sensitivity simply by breathing in. If it doesn’t hurt at all when you breathe in, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

If the tooth hurts when breathe in and you notice bleeding coming from the center of the tooth, at the fractured area, call us right away at (661) 257-0880 and press the prompt for a dental emergency. This may be pulpal exposure and this requires immediate attention.

Any suggestions for relief now that my wisdom teeth are coming in?

This hurts a lot. It’s exactly what babies feel like when they are teething. You may experience headaches and sometimes even have a slight fever as your wisdom teeth are starting to erupt. Your face may swell a bit in the area of the wisdom tooth and you will have some tenderness to touch inside your mouth around the tooth site.

The best thing to do is to put a cold pack on the outside of the face. If the throbbing is severe, Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or Ibuprofen (Advil®) may be taken orally. Do not dissolve the medication over the painful area – just swallow the medication as you normally would. Over the counter products such as Anbesol® may help for 10 to 15 minutes but its effect is pretty limited.

If you feel you would like to speak to one of the doctors during non-business hours, call us at (661) 257-0880 and the doctor on call will be happy to speak to you. Otherwise, call our office during business hours to make an appointment so that we can evaluate the area and determine if the wisdom teeth need to be taken out.

What does it mean when I wake up with a swollen face?

If you wake up with a swollen face or if your face begins to swell and you have not had any recent trauma, it could be a sign that you have an infection coming from one of your teeth. You should call the office to arrange to have an examination from one of our Valencia dentists to determine where the infection is coming from. If the office is not open, please page the dentist on call. We may choose to prescribe an antibiotic to address the infection until we are able to see you in the office. If the swelling is painful and you are able to take ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, etc.), 600-800 mg of ibuprofen will reduce the pain and may have some anti-inflammatory effect on the swelling. Most importantly, do not wait for the swelling to go away on its own. Facial swelling without trauma rarely goes away on its own and can worsen rapidly.

What do I do if I chip my teeth in an accident?

First, please make sure that your teeth are really the biggest problem you have right now. If you have been struck in the head or face or if you have lost consciousness for any period of time, you should be assessed by a physician immediately.

If your teeth have moved noticeably or just don’t feel right, please see the section on “What if I’m in an accident and my bite doesn’t feel right?”

If your teeth are not painful and there is no bleeding from the teeth or gums, you probably have not done any irreversible damage to the teeth. You should call the office to arrange to have an examination from one of our Valencia dentists to determine the exact extent of the damage though. We will review your options for fixing the teeth at that time.

If the teeth are painful, sensitive, or if there is any bleeding from the tooth or gums, you should contact our office as soon as possible. It is possible that you have damaged the nerve inside the tooth and/or the bone surrounding the root. We can determine the extent of the damage and provide treatment to minimize the pain associated with the trauma. Once you are out of pain we’ll discuss what can be done to save and/or restore the tooth.

What if I’m in an accident and my bite doesn’t feel right?

First, please make sure that your teeth are really the biggest problem you have right now. If you have been struck in the head or face or if you have lost consciousness for any period of time, you should be assessed by a physician immediately.

If you have any teeth that are noticeably out of place or even if you bite just feels funny you should call the office to arrange to have an examination from one of our Valencia dentists or to page the dentist on call if it is after hours. If your bite has shifted, it can indicate damage to the teeth or surrounding bone and it may be necessary to do some treatment immediately to ensure that the shift does not become permanent. After speaking to you and/or doing an examination we can determine what, if any, treatment is appropriate.

What do we do if my child or I knocks a permanent tooth out?

First, please make sure that the teeth are really the biggest problem your child has right now. If he or she has been struck in the head or face or lost consciousness for any period of time, you should have him or her assessed by a physician immediately.

If you are not sure whether it is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth please follow the instructions for “My kid knocked out one of their baby teeth. Do I need to do anything?”

If the tooth has been knocked out completely, you may attempt to replace the tooth into the socket. Please make sure to put it back in facing the right direction. If you are not sure how the tooth should go in or you cannot replace the tooth yourself, you should keep it moist and bring it with you to the office. If available, transport the tooth in a cup of milk. If this is not possible, you can keep the tooth moist in water. Do not clean the tooth off or soak it in rubbing alcohol. Call the office, (661) 257-0880, to arrange to have an examination from one of our Valencia dentists or to page the dentist on call if it is after hours.

If the tooth has been knocked in or is crooked, you can try to gently move it back into the correct position and hold it there until a dentist can examine the tooth. If you cannot gently move the tooth back in to place, do not force it. Call the office to arrange to have an examination from one of our Valencia dentists or to page the dentist on call if it is after hours.

An ice pack applied to the area which will help to control any swelling. If your child is able to take ibuprofen, a dose of children’s ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, etc.) will help control any pain and may help to limit inflammation in the area.

My kid knocked out one of their baby teeth. Do I need to do anything?

First, please make sure that the teeth are really the biggest problem your child has right now. If he or she has been struck in the head or face or lost consciousness for any period of time, you should have him or her assessed by a physician immediately.

If you are not sure whether it is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth, place the tooth in a glass of milk, or, if your child is old enough to avoid swallowing it, place it under their tongue. Call the office to arrange to have an examination from one of our Valencia dentists or to page the dentist on call if it is after hours.

If you are certain that it is a baby tooth, you should call the office to arrange to have an examination from one of our Valencia dentists to determine whether there was any damage to the surrounding bone or to the developing permanent tooth.

Unless you are certain that the tooth is a permanent tooth, do not attempt to place the tooth back in the socket. Replacing a baby tooth can damage the developing permanent tooth inside the jaw.

An ice pack applied to the area will help to control any swelling. If your child is able to take ibuprofen, a dose of children’s ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, etc.) will help control any pain and may help to limit inflammation in the area.

My teeth are really sensitive during whitening. Is this normal and is there anything to reduce/eliminate this?

This is the most common complication of the tooth whitening process. Typically, you may experience cold sensitivity and possibly a low grade throbbing especially right after the solution is removed from the teeth. Do not worry, this is a temporary condition and will subside in time.

If the sensitivity continues and you are not in a position to come in and see us, go to your drug store or supermarket and pick up some Sensodyne® toothpaste. Place a little toothpaste on the tip of your finger and rub it onto the sensitive teeth.

I’m not sure how to whiten my teeth. Are there any instructions?

So you were so excited about finally lightening your smile that you can’t remember a single thing we said when we delivered our system to you? No worries, we are always here for you no matter what.

Tray System:

Prior to applying the solution, brush and floss your teeth. Make sure you have at least an hour where you can keep the trays in your mouth.

The tendency is to put too much solution into the trays. You’ll know the minute you do this because when you put it in your mouth, the solution floods all over your mouth. Generally, we tell patients put a dot solution on the facial surface of the each tooth in your tray. When you place it in your mouth, the solution will spread over the tooth structure. Do not worry if you see some bubbles, the solution is designed to be attracted to tooth structure – it will lighten even those spots you cannot see in your mouth.

Leave the trays in for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes. The solution has done all the lightening it can do in this time and keeping the trays in any longer than this will not lighten the teeth any more. Do not fall asleep with the solution in your mouth, this will cause you to have sensitivity and not lighten your teeth any further.

If you have completed your hour and would like to try to lighten some more you can do this provided that you have no cold sensitivity. Simply wipe the tray, dry off with a paper towel and reapply a fresh coat of solution to the trays. Repeat the process above for another hour.

I have a toothache…any suggestions for some relief?

Common symptoms of a toothache include: a constant dull throb, nighttime waking, lingering hot or cold sensitivity and/or facial swelling.

If you are a patient of our practice, call us and we would like to see you that day. If it after hours, please page us on our emergency line and we will get back to you right away.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or Ibuprofen (Advil®) will help as will cold ice packs. Anbesol® may help for 10-15 minutes but not much longer than that. It is important to contact us so this does not turn into a life threatening situation.

I’m pregnant and my gums are bleeding. Is this normal and what can I do to fix this?

We recommend shortening your hygiene recall to every 3 months if you are pregnant. It is very common to have bleeding, swelling and even loss of bone during your pregnancy. And unfortunately, some of the damage that is done to your gums during pregnancy is not reversible.

We find that it is a natural tendency to not brush or to brush sparingly when patients notice bleeding starting. However, when you notice bleeding when you are pregnant, you need to be extra diligent to keep your teeth clean.

Dentists scare me to death. What can be done for me so I’m not so terrified?

If you are scared of going to the dentist, it probably means that you don’t go to the dentist as often as you should. Then when you do go, there is a problem that needs to get addressed and you have a more involved procedure.

Our goal is to see you for your bi-yearly cleanings and that’s it. So we encourage you to visit us, get whatever dental issues you have resolved and see us twice a year for your gentle dental cleanings.

We realize that this may be asking a lot from you, so to help you confront your fears, we have several different options available to you. Our office has nitrous oxide built in so you can relax through your appointments. If you feel a little more anxious, we offer oral sedation dentistry, sometimes called twilight sleep, to help you get through the more stressful moments. If you need a full anesthesiologist, we are fortunate to work with the UCLA Dental Anesthesiology group lead by world renowned Dr. Ugala and Dr. Quinn.

So please, don’t let your fears get in the way of getting the dental care you need. We understand your fears and we will do everything we can to make your experience with us an incredible one.

What do I do as I believe one or more of my teeth are beginning to loosen?

This can be a temporary issue or it may be a sign of periodontal disease. We advise you to schedule an appointment with us so we can help determine what the cause of the loosening is. Often times, with proper treatment, we can avoid losing any teeth.