General Dentistry

General Dentistry West Hills

West Hills Smiles delivers a full range of dental and oral healthcare services, with a focus on excellence and patient-centric care. We meet the diverse dental needs of our community, offering everything from routine cleanings and preventive measures to advanced restorative procedures, cosmetic enhancements, and veneers. Count on West Hills Smiles for a seamless and comfortable dental journey.

At West Hills Smiles, our dental practice is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and staffed with the brightest and most experienced dental professionals in West Hills. We are committed to delivering optimal oral health outcomes and beautiful smiles in a comfortable, stress-free dental setting. Whether addressing common dental issues or handling complex cases, our dentists are dedicated to delivering exceptional care so patients have healthy, beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.

Dental Clinic

West Hills general dentistry services include a comprehensive range of dental procedures and treatments designed to maintain oral health and prevent future dental problems. Our West Hills dentists specialize in treating patients of all ages.

Our dentists not only provide top-notch dental services but also educate and guide patients on diet and lifestyle habits that promote optimal dental health. We emphasize the importance of regular dental visits to prevent dental problems, ensuring you can enjoy healthy, beautiful teeth for a lifetime. Our focus on long-term oral health will make you feel secure about your dental care.

Ceramic Metal-Free Crowns

West Hills Smiles Dentistry offers ceramic metal-free crowns as a dental restoration solution for damaged or decayed teeth. This type of dental crown’s durability and natural aesthetic makes it an excellent choice for individuals sensitive to metal. They have an organic appearance that matches the color and translucency of natural teeth to ensure a seamless fit and enhance the smile’s overall aesthetics.
 
Moreover, ceramic metal-free crowns are remarkably resistant to the everyday wear and tear of biting and chewing. They are also biocompatible, reducing the risk of adverse reactions or discomfort. With their strength, lifelike appearance, and compatibility, ceramic metal-free crowns are a reliable and attractive solution for dental restorations, ensuring both functionality and aesthetic satisfaction for patients of all ages.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are a modern solution for cavities that preserve teeth’s natural appearance. West Hills Smiles dentists use tooth-colored fillings that blend seamlessly with the existing tooth enamel. These fillings are made from composite resin materials, providing a discreet and aesthetically pleasing alternative for those interested in natural-looking tooth restoration options that boost confidence and self-esteem.
 
The composite resin material bonds tightly to the tooth structure, providing strength and support for everyday activities like biting and chewing. Furthermore, the use of tooth-colored fillings allows Westland Hills dentists to preserve more of the natural tooth. This preservation helps maintain the tooth’s strength and integrity over time, promoting long-term oral health. Tooth-colored fillings are a popular choice for dental restorations among Westland Hills Smiles dental patients seeking cosmetic appeal and functional reliability.

Endodontics - Root Canal Therapy

West Hills endodontics, commonly called root canal therapy, is designed to save severely decayed or infected teeth from extraction. Root canal therapy is a viable restoration option when the soft inner tissue of a tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay or trauma. During the procedure, the infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Then, the tooth is filled and sealed to protect it from further infection. Endodontics is relatively painless, thanks to modern anesthesia techniques and dentistry practices.
 
Our West Hills Smiles endodontics staff specialize in preserving natural teeth to maintain the integrity of smiles, thus preventing the need for extractions. We are experts in saving teeth, keeping them from shifting teeth and preventing oral bone loss. Root canals, with crowns or fillings, preserve tooth function so patients can eat and speak comfortably without compromising their smiles or appearances. 
 
West Hills Smiles Dentistry Endodontics provides fast pain relief and tooth restoration for individuals seeking to save their teeth and enhance their oral health.

Dental Cleanings & Exams

Regular dental cleanings and exams are essential for good oral health; they are vital to prevent dental problems, such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. Routine dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gumline. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not removed regularly. West Hills dental cleanings and exams significantly lower the risk of cavities and gum disease and freshens the breath while leaving the teeth smooth and polished.
 
At West Hills Smiles Dentistry, dental x-rays may also be taken to get a comprehensive view of the patient’s teeth and underlying structures. Regular dental cleanings and exams are essential to promote long-term oral health and well-being.

Periodontal (Gum) Care

Periodontal (gum) care is essential for healthy gums and preventing gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up along the gum line and causes inflammation. Without periodontal care, this inflammation can quickly develop into gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, and eventually periodontitis. West Hills Smiles Dentistry offers periodontal care to individuals experiencing red, swollen, or bleeding gums to prevent tooth loss, alleviate discomfort, and enhance overall oral health.
 
For individuals with gum disease, more intensive treatments such as scaling and root planing may be necessary to remove bacteria and smooth the tooth roots so the gums can heal. Additionally, lifestyle adjustments, such as smoking and poor nutrition, are necessary to prevent gum disease in the future and maintain good oral hygiene. West Hills Smiles Dentistry encourages individuals to seek timely professional dental care and periodontal gum care for a lifetime of optimal oral health and well-being.

Custom Sports & Night Mouthguards

Athletes who don’t use protective sports mouthguards are 60 times more likely to experience mouth and teeth trauma. This statistic underscores the importance of using mouthguards to prevent avoidable dental injuries. While generic sports mouthguards are widely available, they are not adequate protection for many. Custom sports and mouthguards, crafted by West Hills Smiles dentists are designed to fit the patient’s unique mouth imprint for a snug fit that reduces the risk of dental injuries. 
 
Custom mouthguards aren’t just for athletes; they’re also for individuals who grind their teeth at night. This is a common issue that leads to headaches and jaw pain. Teeth grinding can cause teeth to weaken and become chipped, cracked and worn down. Night mouthguards, also known as occlusal guards or night guards, are custom-made devices that serve as a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing them from coming into direct contact and minimizing the effects of grinding and clenching. Custom mouthguards protect teeth from damage and alleviate symptoms associated with bruxism, promoting better oral health and quality of sleep.

Laser-Assisted Cavity Detection

West Hills Smiles Dentistry offers Laser-Assisted Cavity Detection, a state-of-the-art technology that identifies cavities in their earliest stages. Our dentists utilize this special technology to identify tooth decay before it’s visible or detectable on X-rays, so we can provide treatment in a timely manner. Laser-assisted cavity detection ensures our dental patients receive conservative treatments to preserve their natural teeth and enhance their oral health. 
 
Laser-assisted detection is quick, painless, and radiation-free, providing a safe and comfortable experience for patients of all ages. Laser-assisted cavity detection enables our West Hills dentists to prioritize personalized dental care for optimal oral health.

Bad Breath Treatment

Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, can be socially distressing and indicative of underlying dental or health issues. Our comprehensive approach to bad breath treatment involves identifying and addressing the root causes, including poor oral hygiene, gum disease, dry mouth, or systemic conditions. Our West Hills Smiles dentists offer dental cleanings and tailored oral hygiene instructions to improve brushing and flossing techniques. For patients with gum disease, we provide periodontal treatments to restore gum health and eliminate odor-causing bacteria. 
 
Furthermore, addressing underlying dental issues, such as decay or dry mouth can alleviate bad breath symptoms. Our compassionate dental care team at West Hills Dentistry is dedicated to providing individualized dental care and empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to combat bad breath effectively.

Bruxism & TMJ Treatment

Bruxism and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) treatment offer numerous benefits to patients at West Hills Dentistry. Bruxism, characterized by teeth grinding and jaw clenching, can lead to various dental issues and discomfort. Our tailored treatment plans address the root causes of bruxism, alleviating symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, and worn-down teeth. Custom night guards act as cushions, absorbing pressure and protecting teeth during sleep, promoting better oral health and quality of life.
 
Similarly, TMJ disorders, which affect the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, can cause pain and dysfunction. Our comprehensive treatment approach targets TMJ symptoms, including jaw clicking, limited movement, and facial pain. We aim to restore normal jaw function and alleviate discomfort with oral splints, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications. By addressing bruxism and TMJ issues, we help our patients find relief from pain and achieve optimal oral health and well-being.
 
Our dental care team at West Hills Dentistry is committed to providing personalized care and effective dental treatments to enhance our patients’ oral health and smiles.

Oral Cancer Screening

At West Hills Dentistry, oral cancer screening is an integral part of our commitment to comprehensive dental care. Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early. Our experienced dental professionals conduct thorough screenings during routine dental examinations to detect any signs or symptoms of oral cancer.
 
During the screening process, our dentists carefully examine the mouth, lips, tongue, gums, throat, and other oral tissues for any abnormalities, such as lesions, sores, or discolorations. We also use advanced screening tools and techniques to aid in the early detection of oral cancer.
 
Early detection of oral cancer is crucial for successful treatment outcomes. If any suspicious findings are detected during the screening, we may recommend further diagnostic tests or refer them to specialty treatment.
 
By incorporating oral cancer screenings into routine dental check-ups, we aim to detect oral cancer in its earliest stages when it is most treatable. Our priority is to ensure our patients’ oral health and overall well-being through proactive preventive dental care and the early detection of potential health concerns.

Full-Mouth Reconstruction

At West Hills Smiles Dentistry, we offer full-mouth reconstruction services to restore the health, function, and aesthetics of our patients’ smiles. Full-mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive dental treatment plan tailored to address multiple dental issues, such as missing teeth, severe decay, gum disease, or bite misalignment.
 
Our skilled team of West Hills Smiles dentists begins the process with a thorough examination and consultation to assess the patient’s oral health and treatment goals. We then develop a personalized treatment plan that may include a combination of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.
 
Restorative treatments, such as dental implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures replace missing teeth and restore proper function. Additionally, we may address gum disease with periodontal therapy or bone grafting procedures.
 
Cosmetic treatments, such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or orthodontics, can also enhance the appearance of the smile.
 
Through full-mouth reconstruction, we aim to improve our patients’ oral health, restore their confidence, and enhance their overall quality of life. Our compassionate team is dedicated to providing exceptional care and achieving optimal results for every patient.

Dentures & Partial Dentures

West Hills Smiles Dentistry offers custom and partial dentures to restore our patients’ smiles and oral function. Dentures are removable dental appliances designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
 
Our experienced team works closely with each patient to create personalized dentures that fit comfortably and function effectively. We take precise measurements and impressions to ensure a custom fit that enhances comfort and stability.
 
Dentures not only restore the appearance of a natural smile but also support facial muscles and improve chewing and speech functions. Partial dentures help prevent remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position, maintaining proper alignment and bite.
 
With proper care and regular dental check-ups, dentures can provide long-lasting benefits and significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals with missing teeth. At West Hills Dentistry, we are committed to providing compassionate care and customized solutions to meet each patient’s unique needs, restoring their confidence and oral health.

Dental Implants

We offer dental implants for West Hills area patients interested in replacing missing teeth. This tooth replacement option is a revolutionary solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring oral function and aesthetics. Dental implants are artificial teeth (crowns, bridges, or dentures) secured onto small titanium posts. These posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone and are a lifelong tooth replacement convenience. West Hills Smiles dental implant patients regain the ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence by the end of their treatment.
 
One of the primary benefits of dental implants is their ability to provide a permanent and stable foundation for replacement teeth. By integrating with the surrounding bone through a process called osseointegration, implants become firmly anchored in the jaw, mimicking the natural structure of a tooth root and preventing bone loss.
 
  • Help prevent premature bone resorption.
  • Preserve the contours of the face and jawbone.
  • Prevent teeth from shifting out of place.
  • Enhance proper oral health and hygiene.
  • Natural looking, durable, and cost-effective tooth replacement solution.
 
West Hills Smiles provides affordable dental implants to patients in West Hills and the surrounding areas.

Sedation Dentistry

Not everyone enjoys the thought of going to the dentist. Though we provide comprehensive dental care in a safe, sanitary environment that is designed for patient comfort, additional support is necessary to make patients feel more comfortable and at ease in our dental office. West Hills Smiles offers sedation dentistry for individuals who become anxious, uncomfortable, have a low pain tolerance, or are in need of extensive dental work.
 
Sedation dentistry involves using medication to help patients relax and remain calm during dental procedures. There are different levels of sedation used in dentistry, ranging from mild relaxation to deep sedation. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild form of sedation administered through a mask worn over the nose. It induces a sense of euphoria and relaxation, allowing patients to remain conscious and responsive throughout the procedure.
 
Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed medication, usually a pill, before the appointment to induce a state of relaxation. It produces a deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide, but patients can still respond to verbal commands.
 
For more profound relaxation, intravenous (IV) sedation may be used. This involves administering sedative medication directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous line. Patients under IV sedation are in a semi-conscious state and may have limited recollection of the procedure.
 
West Hills Smiles sedation dentistry enables patients to undergo dental treatment comfortably and without anxiety. It can also help patients with physical or cognitive impairments, as well as those requiring lengthy or complex procedures, to receive the care they need in a safe and controlled manner. Sedation dentistry promotes a positive dental experience and encourages regular dental care by reducing stress and discomfort.

Emergency Dentist

When dental emergencies strike, the most pressing thought is to find an emergency dentist right away. West Hills Smiles offers emergency dental care for urgent issues affecting oral health. Whether you’re experiencing pain from a toothache, knocked out or fractured tooth, an abscess, or some other type of trauma, our dentists are here to provide the quality emergency dental care you need for immediate relief.
 
Our emergency dentists are equipped to handle a wide range of dental emergencies such as tooth extractions, root canal therapy, dental restorations, and treatment of oral infections to address the immediate issue and provide relief promptly and efficiently. They understand the urgency of such situations and strive to alleviate pain, prevent further damage, and restore oral health as quickly as possible.
 
Patients experiencing a dental emergency should immediately contact our emergency dentist for guidance and treatment. Our emergency dental clinic accommodates urgent cases with extended hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. We also provide services in the Woodland CA area. If you’re seeking a dentist there, you can count on us. Call us today for prompt attention and care. (818) 345-4303

Dentist FAQs

Dental care can be confusing, but we’re here to help! Below, we answer common questions about oral health, dental procedures, and maintaining a healthy smile.

It’s generally recommended to visit the dentist for a routine check-up and cleaning every six months. However, some patients may require more frequent visits depending on their oral health needs.

Our dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of cavities, gum disease, or other oral health issues during a dental check-up. X-rays may also be taken to check for underlying problems. Professional cleaning may also occur to remove plaque and tartar buildup.

Dental X-rays are safe when performed properly and with appropriate precautions. West Hills Smiles utilizes state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology that emits minimal radiation, lead-patient aprons, and takes additional measures to keep patients safe.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is key to preventing dental issues. Daily habits, such as brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using mouthwash, can help prevent cavities and gum disease. It’s also essential to maintain a healthy diet, limit sugary and acidic foods and beverages, and avoid tobacco products.

If you experience a dental emergency, such as a knocked-out tooth, severe toothache, or broken dental restoration, contact your dentist immediately.

Several options exist for replacing missing teeth, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and discuss the best treatment options for your needs.

If you experience dental anxiety or fear, communicate your concerns with your dentist. Our dental staff will take steps to help you feel more comfortable during your visit, such as explaining procedures in advance, offering sedation options, playing calming music, etc.

No, bleeding gums are not normal and may indicate gum disease or improper oral hygiene. If you experience bleeding gums, come see our dentist for an evaluation to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.
 
West Hills Smiles goes above and beyond to ensure you have an exceptional dental experience that leaves you eagerly anticipating your next visit. Your smile is our priority!

Same-Day Appointments & Dental Emergencies

Whenever possible, our dental practice will accommodate dental emergencies and special needs on the same day you call us. If you experience a dental emergency or are having intense dental pain, please call our West Hills, CA office at 818-346-4303 right away to schedule an appointment!