FAQs

Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA

Frequently Asked Questions

Our patients often have questions for us concerning our practice. In this day and age, we feel it’s very important to have the information you need online. So, we’ve posted some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers below. If you don’t see the information you need, call us at (818) 889-0400 to speak with us directly.

Am I too Old for FMR?

At Integrative Dental Arts in Agoura Hills, we have seen Full Mouth Reconstruction take 20 years off of a patient’s smile. See our before and after photos section to witness amazing results. No one is too old to properly take care of their mouth.

Am I a candidate for full-mouth rehabilitation?

You are a candidate for a full-mouth rehabilitation if you experience pain or numbness in your jaw, neck, back or arm; have stuffiness or congestion in your sinuses and ears; or have missing or chipped teeth. For a full list of possible symptoms for which full-mouth rehabilitation may help and for more information, please see the information on Neuromuscular Dentistry in this package.

Client Testimonials?

Integrative Dental Arts in Los Angeles is inspired by the success of our procedures and our patient’s honest and genuine testimonials. Simply visit to our testimonials page and see what our patient’s had to say for yourself.

Talking to past and present customers is a great way to find out the quality of a dentist and any inconsistencies that you may be weary of experiencing. Seek testimonials online and on the dentist’s website. Contact Dr. Carson and Integrative Dental Arts today at (818) 889-0400.

Do you accept my insurance?

At Integrative Dental Arts, we’ll be happy to help you with any insurance concerns you have. For your convenience, we will help you maximize your benefits and file your claims for you. At the time of your appointment, we request that you pay your co-pay amount with cash, check or credit cards, such as Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express. We also offer Care Credit, low interest rate financing, for qualified patients. Since most insurance companies cover only a portion of the total cost, not the entire amount of your visit, we ask that you review your insurance policy before your appointment.

Do I need Full Mouth Reconstruction How do you know if you need full mouth reconstruction?

The best way is to consult with a dentist experienced in Full Mouth Reconstruction as well as Cosmetic Dentistry. Integrative Dental Arts in Los Angeles is up to date in both Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry Techniques as well as Full Mouth Reconstruction techniques. We want you to have the healthiest AND most attractive smile possible.

Some questions you might ask yourself if you are considering a smile makeover that might indicate you need full mouth reconstruction are:

  • Am I experiencing pain in my teeth, neck, or jaw?
  • Do I frequently get headaches?
  • Does my jaw pop when talking or chewing?
  • Do I have wear on my teeth?
  • Do I have multiple teeth that need dental work?
  • Are my teeth or dental work breaking?
  • I really do not like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?

If you’re nervous, we want to assure you that our entire team is very gentle and focuses on your comfort while you’re in our practice. We are always happy to take the time to explain procedures as we perform them and will pause if you need a few moments before proceeding. If you’re still nervous, we have several amenities, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), the WAND® Computerized Medication Delivery System, Oraqix needless anesthetic and oral conscious sedation, to make your visit comfortable. We often receive questions about oral conscious sedation. If you are a candidate for this service, we prescribe a sedative or anti-anxiety pill for you to take before your visit. As we work, you’ll feel completely comfortable. Afterward, you will have a friend take you home to relax. If you have questions about oral conscious sedation, talk to Dr. Carson during your visit or call our office at (818) 889-0400.

Should I replace my missing teeth with a bridge or a dental implant?

A bridge is a set of composite teeth used to replace your missing, natural teeth. We may recommend a bridge to stabilize your bite, prevent periodontal disease, and help your teeth maintain their position. There are several types of bridges available. When Dr. Carson applies a bonded bridge, they place crowns to the healthy teeth on each side of the gap and anchor a bridge to those teeth for support. We can also apply an implant supported bridge. Implants begin with placing titanium screws in your jawbone to act as an artificial substitute for tooth roots and to anchor the bridge in place. Once completed, the bridge is permanent and you can eat, talk and smile just as naturally as you did before.

What can I do to change my smile?

At Integrative Dental Arts, we offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative services to help you improve and enhance the appearance of your smile. If you want whiter, brighter teeth we may recommend a Zoom 2 teeth whitening session or apply porcelain veneers to your smile. We can replace gaps or missing teeth with bridges, dentures or dental implant supported devices. If you have older fillings, we can replace these with natural looking composite fillings or onlays. We may even combine these services in a full mouth reconstruction. Since each mouth is unique, we need to examine your smile and talk to you about your expectations. After our comprehensive exam, we can discuss various treatments and how they will change the appearance of your smile. To schedule your first appointment, call our practice at (818) 889-0400.

What can I expect following my full-mouth rehabilitation?

In our experience, smile makeovers are not only changing appearances but also are changing lives. When complete, you can expect to have a pain-free, healthy bite. If your bite had caused problematic symptoms, such as headaches or tingling in fingers, you can expect a significant alleviation or complete cessation of the pain. The shape of your face may change as well, becoming more slender and defined. Your smile will be greatly enhanced to a straight, white and even result. Based on the reactions of other patients, you can expect to feel more confident, self-assured and attractive. Most of our guests say that they look younger and feel happier than they have in years.

What is an amalgam? Why should I have my metal fillings removed?

Many years ago, dentists used amalgams, a mixture of silver, mercury, and other metals, to fill cavities since it was durable, non-corrosive, and long-lasting. Unfortunately, amalgam fillings are known to break, contribute to tooth fracturing, and can irritate the gums. There currently is a controversy in the medical field over the continued use of this material, as it contains mercury. At our office we prefer to provide our patients with the newest and best alternatives available, which are bonded ceramic composite resins. Not only do they look natural, they are long lasting and provide a much better restoration and protection for your teeth, as they eliminate all of the shortcomings of the silver/mercury fillings. They seal your teeth and insulate against hot and cold better.

What is an onlay?

An onlay is a tooth-shaped restoration made of composite resin or porcelain that completely or partially covers the natural tooth. It is for those restorations that need to be stronger than a simple filling yet don’t require a full crown. Often, Dr. Carson may suggest onlays as an alternative treatment to crowns if it means saving more healthy natural tooth structure.

What is involved in a full-mouth rehabilitation?

Neuromuscular dentistry is the first step in a full-mouth rehabilitation. You will have a K7 analysis to determine if there is abnormal muscle activity that results in malocclusion. If so, steps to align your jaw will follow. Those may include wearing an orthotic or adjusting the bite through the application of dental restorations. If an orthotic is necessary, you will return on a regular basis for adjustments. We will begin the aesthetic portion of the procedure once your bite has been corrected. You will have a preparation appointment and a seating appointment. During the preparation appointment, we will remove all your old restorations and any decay that has occurred. Then, impressions of the underlying healthy tooth structure will be taken and temporary restorations made. These temporaries are worn until the final appointment when your temporaries are removed and the final restorations are put in place, creating a gorgeous, rehabilitated smile that’s straight, white and healthy!

What is meant by  “a full-mouth rehabilitation?”

Full-mouth rehabilitation, also known as reconstruction, restoration or rejuvenation, blends the science of neuromuscular dentistry with the artistry of aesthetic dentistry to create smiles that are functionally sound, physically healthy and visually appealing. Combining the two disciplines, we can completely rehabilitate your mouth, correcting the bite and aesthetically enhancing your teeth.

What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Neuromuscular dentistry is an area of dentistry that focuses on your jaw’s muscles and joints. When these muscles are in a comfortable, relaxed position, your teeth and joints work without problem. If the muscles are out of line, a variety of problems, including loose or chipped teeth, TMJ disorder, severe headaches, myofacial pain, and even pain in other parts of your body, can occur. If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, we offer a comprehensive neuromuscular examination and utilize a myomonitor to see if your muscles and joints are working properly. If there is a problem, we have a variety of services to treat you. You can call our practice at (818) 889-0400 to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.

What is periodontal disease?

At Integrative Dental Arts, we are particularly concerned with periodontal disease because it has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and premature low-weight babies. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an inflammation of the gums and other tissues that surround your teeth. When your gum tissue remains infected, it can erode bone and cause abnormal pockets around the roots, exposing them to further infection. We check for periodontal disease during every examination. If we detect you have gum disease, we have several treatments, including deep cleanings, needless anesthesia, non-surgical therapy with a diode laser, and the locally delivered antibiotic Arestin, which can take care of the problem and help you maintain good dental health.

What is the difference between home and office whitening? Does it really work?

To achieve a bright, healthy smile, our practice offers in-office and at-home teeth whitening that is safe, effective, and long-lasting. During an in-office teeth whitening session, a special chemical solution created by Zoom 2 is placed on the surface of your natural teeth, and within an hour, your teeth will be whiter. The effects of the bleaching are semi-permanent (only some of the color change is permanent) so you will need to maintain your smile with periodic touch-up sessions. If you want to bleach from the comfort of your own home, we can provide you with custom made take home trays and professional strength bleaching gel. Although you may have to use these products for one or more weeks, you will notice the teeth whitening effects on your smile over several days. This is also a good way to maintain and touch up the in-office Zoom 2 sessions. Before you whiten with any product, in office or over-the-counter, we need to evaluate your teeth to recommend the best method. If your teeth are cracked, chipped or discolored, Dr. Carson may recommend restorative services, such as porcelain veneers or bonding, in addition to or instead of teeth whitening

What is the difference between veneers and Lumineers?

Lumineers are actually a brand of veneers that require minimal or no tooth preparation prior to placement. Some patients prefer Lumineers because of the quick application and reduced risk for sensitivity. However, others prefer traditional veneers because of their completely customized design. Dr. Carson can answer your questions and help you decide what is best for your situation.