Signature Smiles of LA

FAQ`s

Questions About Our Dental Office in Encino

We accept cash, check, credit cards, in-house financing, and care credit.

We have discount plans and financing available for patients without insurance.

We do have emergency services. Also, Dr. Mahooti takes after-hours calls in the evening and weekends. Call 818.600.1884.

We will need your first and last name phone number, and if you have insurance, your subscriber ID number.

We do offer senior discounts.

We offer in-house financing and care credit financing.

Yes, we offer free consultations.

We offer sedation, sleep dentistry, and nitrous gas to calm down nervous patients.

We do see children.

 

Dentistry Questions

At least once every six months for checkup and cleanings. Sometimes we recommend more frequent visits if the need arises.

Bad breath could be caused by cavities, periodontal disease, different types of food, and also it could be due to a systemic disease.

Brushing should be done at least twice a day for two minutes; flossing should be done once a day.

Dental cleaning should be done once every six months; in some cases we recommend a more frequent schedule.

There are various whitening treatment options. After examining and interviewing the patient, we can determine the most effective option according to your needs and lifestyle.

For big gaps between teeth, they can be fixed by using Invisalign, bonding, or veneers.

Yes, tooth whitening toothpastes can be effective for some people.

Whether you use a manual or an electronic brush, it is more important to use the right brushing techniques and spend enough time brushing. With that said, an electronic toothbrush can make brushing more efficient.

The diseased and damaged part of the tooth is called decay.

Decay is caused by the acidic byproducts of the germs on the teeth when they consume the leftover foods and plaque that are present on the tooth.

Silver fillings or amalgams are considered safe by the ADA guidelines. There are still independent researches that argue the safety of amalgam in pregnant women and the general population. We are a mercury-free dental office.

Crooked teeth can be fixed with Invisalign, veneers, crowns, or bondings. Our Encino dentist can determine the best option after a complimentary examination and consultation.

For dental implants, the ideal candidate is a person with missing teeth who is in a stable health condition and preferably a non-smoker.

If you are nervous or apprehensive about getting dental care, you can be sedated or put to sleep during the dental procedure.

If the silver fillings have decay or are failing, then they can be replaced. However, if the silver fillings are in good condition and there are no esthetic concerns, there is no need to replace them.

By using whitening products, such as bleaching trays or, in some cases, veneers.

Yes, stains caused by different types of foods can be removed by whitening products. The efficiency of the product may vary.

It depends on the cause of the temperature sensitivity. It might be caused by cavities, gum recession, enamel loss, or grinding. We will determine the cause of the tooth sensitivity first, and by correctly diagnosing and treating the cause, the sensitivity will be treated as well.

We offer complimentary dental consultation and discounted rates for first visits and exams. After our Encino dentist determines what need to be done, we will discuss the treatment options and the fees. We do our best to offer quality dental care at an affordable rate.

The type of toothpaste will vary according to your dental needs and lifestyle practices. We will discuss hygiene products at length during your visit.

Tooth-colored restorations are safe and esthetic. Tooth-colored restorations can be made out of porcelain or composite resin.

Invisalign will help straighten out your teeth. The length of the treatment will vary from person to person. The treatment length depends on how crooked the teeth are, how fast the teeth can move in their bony sockets, and how compliant you are at wearing the trays.

By following good hygiene protocols, wearing a night guard if you are a grinder and seeing the dentist every six months to keep a close eye on the health of your teeth and gums.

Please consult your dentist in Encino regarding the right fluoride dosage in hygiene products for your child. Ingesting too much fluoride that exists in toothpaste can be dangerous for small children. Also, too much fluoride during childhood can permanently stain the adult teeth later on.

Teeth whitening is safe in most cases. Teeth whitening products should only be used if there are no cavities or periodontal disease. Teeth whitening can temporarily cause tooth sensitivity. You should consult your dentist in Encino to make sure you are a good candidate and that there are no contraindications for teeth whitening.

Over-the-counter bleaching products can be effective, but usually not as effective or as strong as the products given at our dental office in Encino. You have to make sure there are no cavities or periodontal disease before whitening your teeth.

Yes, please ask about our various discount and rewards programs offered at Signature Smiles of L.A.

Yes, PPO dental plans cover most necessary dental procedures. Cosmetic procedures may not be covered by the insurance plan. We can verify your coverage and answer any questions pertaining your dental insurance coverage.

 

New Patient Questions

We are currently accepting new patients.

A dental implant is the ideal way to replace a missing tooth in most cases. You will come in for a consultation first. We will take the necessary radiographs and complete the tests before the procedure. The implant is essentially a metal screw that is placed in the bone sockets and acts as the root of the tooth. After the implant adheres to the bone, we place a crown on top of that metal screw.

Bad breath can be caused by cavities, periodontal disease, trapped food because of misaligned teeth, or the types of food we eat. Your dentist in Encino can help you determine the cause of bad breath. It can also be caused by a systemic disease, in which case you should consult your primary care physician

The first dental visit should be by age one or six months after the first baby tooth emerges. Primary teeth usually start growing around six months of age.

Your child can be seen by a general dentist who accepts children in the practice or by a pedodontist who is a dentist specializing in children.

We offer flexible hours. We make every effort to accommodate your busy schedule and various lifestyle needs. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.

Please call our office at (818) 600-1884 with your dental concerns. We make every effort to see you as soon as possible.

We are open on Monday 9:30 am-5 pm, Tuesday/Thursday 9 am - 6 pm, Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm. The office is closed on Wednesdays. Saturdays 9 am - 3 pm.

Our address is 16500 Ventura Blvd. Suite #150, Encino, CA, 91436. We are at the corner of Ventura Blvd. and Hayvenhurst St.

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