Procedures

Our office provides a wide array of procedures to meet your dental needs. Good dental health and preventing dental disease begins with a thorough exam of both the teeth and the surrounding soft tissues, oral hygiene instructions, a professional cleaning, and educating you the patient about dental health. We offer all types of cosmetic dentistry to ensure you a wonderful smile.

Dr. Siegel makes extensive use of metal free, bio-compatible, tooth-colored restorations to create and restore a beautiful smile. You are always given a choice in regard to the materials you wish to utilize to restore your teeth, and we are there to guide you in selecting what treatment best meets your needs. We also offer the more traditional types of restorations, and procedures.

At times, it may be necessary to refer you to a highly qualified dental specialist for necessary dental treatment such as orthodontic treatment, extraction of wisdom teeth, and periodontal treatment. It is in your best interest to seek specialized care when advised. Your needs are important to us, as is your smile, and we are all here for you.

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Veneers and Lumineers

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Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material designed to cover the front surface of teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length and resulting in a greatly improved appearance.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are sometimes thinner and may require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement, but every case is different. We will be happy to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you. Call to schedule your consultation appointment today!

Lumineers

If you dream of having a perfect smile, but the thought of having veneers applied to your teeth makes you wince in pain, you'll be happy to know there is a new, pain-free alternative to help you get a fantastic looking smile.

This new dental discovery is called Lumineers™ by Cerinate®. Described as “smile shapers”, Lumineers are ultra-thin, super translucent porcelain that is non-invasively applied to teeth for a natural looking smile that fits every individual. Anyone with “needle-phobia” can breathe easy. Lumineers can be applied without the use of anesthesia, so no shots are required.

But how do Lumineers differ from the traditional porcelain veneers that dentists have been using for years? Typically, most veneers require that your dentist grind down sensitive tooth structure for a good fit. Not so with Lumineers, as there is no cutting or grinding of teeth in almost all cases.

Another bonus is that this new procedure generally calls for just two visits to your dentist, and no uncomfortable temporaries while you wait for your Lumineers to be created. There is no post-procedure discomfort or sensitivity, which means Lumineers look and feel natural as soon as you step out of your dentist's chair.

Lumineers can even be a more comfortable and time-saving solution for adults who are considering braces. If your bite problem isn’t severe, Lumineers will change the shape and alignment of your teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform. They will also help restore and strengthen teeth and aid in preventing wear over time.

Clinically proven to last up to 20 years with no shade discoloration, Lumineers can be placed over old crowns and help rejuvenate bridgework to create a more uniform look to your smile.

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Cosmetic Fillings

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When you need a small filling but don't want ugly silver in your teeth, direct resin or white fillings are the way to go. Their most obvious advantage is beauty - a well-done white filling can be indistinguishable from the natural tooth. They have many advantages. White fillings can change the appearance of teeth, strengthen teeth, and more conservatively treat teeth - all things that silver fillings cannot do.

White fillings are bonded to tooth structure - this means that they actually integrate with the tooth, thereby sealing the gap between tooth and filling and adding their strength to the tooth. This allows for the more varied uses of resin beyond just regular fillings - like placing thin layers over front teeth to change their color, shape or general appearance; or repairing small chips or fractures in teeth; or even being placed in the grooves of teeth to prevent decay from ever occurring. Bonded white fillings are an extremely beautiful advance in the creation of fantastic and healthy smiles.

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Inlays/Onlays

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Inlays and Onlays are used to repair damage involving over ½ of the tooth’s biting surface, rather than using a simple filling, or a crown.

An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the cusp tips of the tooth; an onlay is a more extensive reconstruction that covers one or more cusps of a tooth.

Inlays and onlays are both traditionally made of gold; however, porcelain is now becoming the material of choice because of its strength and potential to match the natural color of your tooth.

Inlays and onlays are applied in two dental visits. At the first visit, the old filling, or decay, is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay / onlay. The dentist will then make an impression of the tooth and will place a temporary sealant on your tooth and schedule a second appointment.

At the second visit, the temporary sealant is removed. Your dentist will then ensure that the inlay / onlay fits properly in the tooth and does not interfere with your bite.  Once correctly fit, the inlay / onlay is bonded into the tooth with a strong bonding resin, and polished smooth.

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Crowns

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When a tooth is cracked, decayed, or damaged, a dental crown may need to be fitted onto the tooth. A dental crown is a permanent covering that fits over the original tooth. Crowns can be made of porcelain, gold and other metals, acrylic resin, or an amalgam (a mix) of these materials. Porcelain crowns typically have the most realistic appearance, although they tend to be less durable than other materials. Dental crowns can whiten, reshape, and realign existing teeth, adding to a healthy and vibrant smile.

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Implants

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A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dentist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option if you have good general oral health and have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions implants can last a lifetime. Make sure to ask us about any of your dental implant questions.

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Services

Cleaning and Prevention

  • Home Care Instructions
  • X-rays
  • Complete Dental Examination

General Dentistry

  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Root Canal
  • Dentures and Partial Dentures
  • Inlays and Onlay Restorations
  • Extractions
  • Periodontal
        Diagnosis
        Treatment and Referral

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Composite "tooth colored" restorations
  • Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
  • Tooth Whitening
        Zoom and Nite-White
  • Porcelain and Composite Crowns
  • Onlays and Inlays
  • Implants

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Dr. Mark Siegel is a dentist providing dental procedures such as crowns, teeth whitening and implants in Encino.
Dr. Mark Siegel is licensed as a general dentist in the State of California.

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