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22855 Lake Forest, Dr (Suite B)
Lake Forest, California (CA) 92630

FAQ

What if I'm not available for a dentist appointment during regular business hours?

Forest Family Dentistry offers additional appointment times outside of regular business hours, in the evenings and every other Saturday. Call us today to make an appointment that fits into your schedule.

What if I don't have insurance?

Forest Family Dentistry offers an affordable in-house insurance plan that can save you and your family 30-40% off your dental bills. Our No Problem Plan covers a wide range of dental procedures, and there are no waiting periods or claim forms. There are also no deductibles or annual maximums, and no limitations on most preexisting conditions. See our In-house Insurance page for more information, and if you still have questions, don't hesitate to give us a call.

With so many over-the-counter, do-it-yourself teeth whitening products on the market, why should I consider doing a whitening procedure at my dentist's office?

At-home treatments can be effective, but the safest, most convenient and longest lasting method for maximum whitening is a dentist prescribed whitening procedure. Your dentist's professional knowledge allows him or her to choose the treatment option that's appropriate for your teeth, and then carefully monitor your gums' reaction to the product. For example, your dentist can tell you if bleaching isn't the right option for you, as in the case of patients with gum disease (which your dentist can check for) or crowns. He or she can also reduce or eliminate sensitivity (often caused by over-the-counter treatments,) prevent over-bleaching, and fit you for whitening trays to ensure they cover your teeth entirely. Finally, the professional results of a dentist prescribed treatment will last longer than those of an over-the-counter product.

Forest Family Dentistry offers a convenient one-hour bleaching procedure, which, besides being safer and more effective, takes a lot less time and effort than an over-the-counter product would. Call today with questions or to schedule an appointment.

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive care consists of the regular dental routines everyone should practice to maintain oral health. These include brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet and seeing your dentist twice a year for an oral examination (see What is a dental or oral examination? below for more information.) These simple steps help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and a range of systemic diseases. They stop dental problems before they begin. Practicing preventive dental care keeps your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and your smile beautiful!

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry procedures repair injured, diseased or abnormal teeth and restore them to their normal function and appearance. They also replace missing teeth, open bites, realign abnormal bites, and correct impaired or abnormal chewing motion. For the most severe cases, restorative dentistry can provide full mouth rehabilitation and reconstruction, treating and restoring most or all of a patient's teeth.

The most common restorative procedures are fillings, crowns and bridges, partial and full dentures, implants and bite realignment and opening. These procedures can involve both the creation of new restorative dental work and the repair and maintenance of existing work. Due to advances in the field, even over the past few years, today's restorative procedures and products are more comfortable than ever.

Ultimately, this area of general dentistry can work miracles, restoring the health, function and look of your teeth and bite. For the similarities between restorative and cosmetic dentistry, see below.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

There is some overlap between cosmetic and restorative dentistry, because some restorative treatments have cosmetic benefits, and vice versa. Many treatments can be considered either restorative or cosmetic. There are procedures that are purely cosmetic, however, and the difference is that restorative procedures are necessary, while cosmetic procedures are elective. The good news is that the cosmetic treatments you want can have restorative benefits, and the restorative treatments you need can improve the appearance of your teeth. The main purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance the look of your teeth and smile. Cosmetic procedures include tooth-colored fillings, teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, gum lifts, smile makeovers and smile design. Some procedures can even change the size, shape and alignment of certain teeth. Significant technological advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made today's cosmetic dental treatments more durable, more reliable and better looking than ever before. Whatever the condition of your teeth, you too can have a natural-looking, long-lasting and beautiful smile.

What is a dental or oral examination?

A dental exam begins with a medical history intake, during which a dental hygienist will ask you for information that will help your dentist determine the best treatment plan for you, and also what precautions he or she should take during your treatment. This information can include:

  • Allergies
  • Smoking and alcohol use
  • Medications, vitamins and holistic medicine/treatments you're taking
  • Past surgeries or hospitalizations
  • Current medical conditions
  • Experience with anesthesia
  • Previous adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Family members' reactions to anesthesia

Next, the dental hygienist will begin the physical examination of your mouth, teeth and gums. He or she will check all the surfaces of your teeth, using special dental tools to probe for cavities and inspect the strength and quality of your existing fillings. Your hygienist will also look for calculus deposits (tartar formed from hardened dental plaque.) If necessary, you may have x-rays of your teeth taken, which will allow your dentist to see problems the exam alone can't discover.

Your hygienist will conduct periodontal probing, which is the insertion of a calibrated probe between each tooth and the adjacent gums. This allows your hygienist to calculate how closely your gums adhere to your teeth, test the strength of the supporting bone structure of each tooth, and measure each tooth's circumference. Based on these results, your hygienist and dentist can assess whether or not you have periodontal disease or bone loss, and begin treatment accordingly.

Finally, your hygienist will clean your teeth. He or she will use scraping tools to remove plaque, calculus and staining from the surfaces of your teeth. The hygienist also cleans between your teeth and below the gum line. Next, he or she will polish your teeth, using an abrasive polishing compound to smooth the surface of your teeth and make it harder for plaque to accumulate on it. Your hygienist may also give you a fluoride rinse to swish in your mouth.

Your visit will conclude with a chat with your dentist about any problems or concerns he or she has regarding your oral health, the best treatment plan for you, and a referral to a specialist if needed. You should plan to see your dentist for another oral exam in six months, or possibly sooner if you are at risk for periodontal disease.

What is TMJ?

TMJ disorder, also known as TMJ syndrome, TMJD or TMD, stands for Temporomandibular joint disorder. It is an ailment characterized by chronic or acute inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the mandible, or lower jawbone, to the skull. TMJ disorder can be very painful and impair regular functioning. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that over 10 million people are affected by TMJ disorder, and that it is more common in women than in men. Symptoms include:

  • Tenderness or pain in the jaw
  • Difficulty or discomfort biting or chewing
  • Difficulty or impairment opening or closing the mouth
  • A popping, clicking or grating sound while opening or closing the mouth
  • Headache, migraine or earache, especially in the morning
  • Aching pain of the face
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus (hearing a sound when it doesn't exist outside the ear)

There are many potential causes of TMJ disorder, including dental defects, dental neglect and bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching.) Fortunately, there are likewise many treatments for the disorder, such as pain relief, mouth guards, restorative dental care, surgery, and a series of long-term approaches and reversible treatments. There are also treatments that change the para-functional habits, or abnormal habitual exercises, of the jaw and adjoining muscles.

Family Dentistry Lake Forest

COMPREHENSIVE DENTAL CARE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

  • Thorough Exams & Gentle Cleaning
  • Prevention Guidance & Sealants
  • Drilless\Air Abrasion fillings
  • Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry
  • Natural Looking Porcelain Crowns
  • Quality Long Lasting Dentures & Implants
  • One Hour Teeth Whitening
  • Invisalign (Virtually Invisible & Removable)
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