Proper oral hygiene is essential for healthy gums and teeth. Your oral health depends on your hygiene habits such as flossing, brushing at least twice daily, and visiting a dentist regularly. The American Dental Association recommends that you get a dental checkup at least twice a year. When you have a dental issue such as a broken or cracked tooth, a toothache, or other dental emergencies, you will need the services of a qualified and experienced dentist. Also, you will need a professional for particular dental services such as braces, crowns, implants, and extractions.
At Washington Dental, our commitment is to provide excellent dental care. We simplify scheduling your appointment and explain all the available options patiently. We use advanced training and equipment to give you care of the highest quality. However, we do not pressure you into accepting a procedure. Also, we accept most PPO dental insurance plans and provide multiple payment options.
Our doctors are fully qualified with extensive experience in dental health, and they provide all our services under one roof. We give quality, comprehensive, and affordable dental care for families in and around Gardena. Our specialty is general, family, emergency, implant, and cosmetic dental care. We give all our new patients a free exam and X-rays. Our reviews are among the best because we aim at being one more reason why you smile.
At Washington Dental in Gardena, we are a full-service office that provides quality, affordable, and comprehensive dental care. We have competent staff who provide a range of dental services that include:
- Free dental exams
Having dental exams regularly at four to six month-intervals will help identify and treat any dental problems early. During your initial visit, we will check your teeth carefully for any indications of decay. We will also check your gums to ensure good health and at no cost.
- Special dentistry
These services include:
- Oral Surgery: Removing teeth due to trauma, crowding or disease
- Endodontics: Root canal treatment for diseased tooth tissue
- Prosthodontics: Dentures and dental implants to replace teeth
- Periodontics: Treating gum infection
- Orthodontics: Braces and Invisalign to correct misaligned teeth
- Pediatric Dentistry: Dental care for children
- Dental implants
If you want to replace a broken tooth, a dental implant is the best option. If your tooth is missing, only a dental implant can replace it. We design your implant to match the contours and color of the rest of your teeth.
Washington Dental provides full-service, superior dental care to the Gardena community. Our friendly staff and experienced dentists ensure you are happy and comfortable. We make your dental visits as painless as possible, and all new patients get free digital x-rays and dental checks.
You will enjoy affordable, quality care from qualified doctors, at a state-of-the-art facility. We offer a variety of discounts as well as payment and financing options for you to get the necessary care immediately. We offer extended payment terms without interest and accept most major insurance plans and credit cards.
Who We Are
Washington Dental has fully qualified, on-staff dentists who have extensive experience in diverse areas of dentistry. Our top dentists are Dr. Sam Ganji and Dr. David Ganji, who participate in continuous education programs to update themselves on the current developments and technological advancement in dentistry.
Our dental assistants are skilled, approved by the state board, and they have the requisite educational background. They also have the necessary experience to make your dental procedure as comfortable as possible. To us, customer service is a priority. Our staff members are friendly and willing to help you if you need assistance or have questions.
What We Do
In our Gardena offices, Washington Dental provides all dental services such as emergency, family, general, implant, and cosmetic dentistry. Our experienced specialists and doctors work closely to give you the best care. Our free digital x-rays and dental checks for new patients help us to ensure that all your visits are painless and pleasant. Our commitment is to provide long-term, affordable, and quality dental care. We aim to make every experience painless and easy.
We believe that your dental appointments should be convenient and hassle-free. Our highly trained staff are dedicated to caring for you without delays. We prefer using digital x-rays because they have less radiation than ordinary film x-rays. You will see your x-rays on a big monitor attached to your dental chair, as the dentist educates you and explains all that you need to know. With the information, you can make informed oral health decisions.
If you are seeking a second opinion or you have not visited a dentist for some time, do not worry. You can come for a free dental examination and digital x-rays to help you weigh your options and decide. We provide all dental services in one office location to save you the inconvenience of working with multiple dentists.
How We Help
We provide you with an all-inclusive dental care experience for optimum oral health. Whether you need emergency, family, or general dentistry, we are at your service. Whether you need implants to restore missing teeth or cosmetic dental work, our dentists will serve you. All our services are either diagnostic, preventative, restorative, or cosmetic. We focus on preventing and eliminating all forms of dental and gum-related issues and diseases.
We believe in honesty and treating all our patients as we would treat our family. We offer free digital x-rays and evaluations to make it easier for you to book your first appointment without worrying about fees. You are then able to seek a second opinion or a new checkup. Our dentists examine your gums and teeth, analyze your x-rays, and address your concerns. Our hospitable staff ensures that you are comfortable throughout the process.
Services We Offer at Washington Dental
Your dental health relates directly to your entire health. Problems with your teeth or gums often affect all other parts of your body. Also, pain from a cavity is exceptionally uncomfortable. We offer you a wide range of dental services to promote your oral health, functionality as well as the aesthetic aspects of your teeth. We use state-of-the-art dental appliances, tools, and materials. Unlike many dentists, we have vast experience in installing dental implants.
Below are the three primary dental services that we offer.
Free Dental Exams
Having dental checkups at regular four to six-month intervals will help discover problems early and stop other potential issues from developing. The visits will help prevent tooth decay, plaque buildup, and gum infection. You also get cleaner, brighter, whiter teeth that improve your smile. When you come in for your first visit, we will spend sufficient time examining your teeth for indications of problems. We will also check how healthy your gums are. We will discuss your dental health with you as well as the necessary care.
Dental x-rays are useful in diagnosing your current oral health status and identifying changes that might arise later. At Washington Dental, our digital X-ray technology produces instant, high-quality images with 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays. With digital x-rays, you can enhance the image on the monitor for better reading. You can zoom in on particular areas or create larger images. Together with your dentist, you can view the remarkably detailed images on LCD monitors. Additionally, we photograph your teeth using intraoral minicameras so that you can see any problems in your teeth or gums.
White, Composite Fillings
If your teeth have cavities, we can use white, natural colored resin fillings to repair the holes. Composite fillings are a blend of small glass particles and plastics that also help change the shape and color of your teeth. The mixture is stain-resistant, sturdy, durable, and reduces the amount of tooth tissue that we have to remove. After we remove the decay, we use a dental curing light to set the layers of filling. We then shape the filling to match your other teeth and polish it to make it stain-resistant and smooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Does my Tooth Require an Extraction?
A dentist needs to extract your tooth when it has an infection, damage, decay, or after experiencing trauma. We can remove your tooth when restorative dentistry cannot repair it. If your tooth has severe caries, you risk a spread of the infection to other teeth. You must also pull out any tooth that is damaged due to excessive trauma. Other instances when you may have to remove a tooth is when your teeth overcrowd and leave no space to rectify your teeth alignment.
What is the Process of Installing Dental Implants?
Installing a dental implant occurs in stages, with time to heal between procedures. The entire process may take months to complete, but the most substantial portion of the time is for healing and allowing the bone to grow. The following are the necessary steps to complete a dental implant:
- Removal of damaged teeth: This is done carefully to preserve as much surrounding bone around the socket as possible.
- Grafting the jawbone: This is the process of rebuilding your jawbone if it is too soft or not thick enough.
- Placing the implant: The surgeon drills holes deep into the jaw bone where the implant will sit. You can get a temporary denture to cover the space.
- Growth and healing of the bone: After you place the metal implant in your jawbone, your bone grows and joins with the implant’s surface. This stage can last several months, but it creates a stable base for the artificial tooth.
- Placing the abutment: After your jawbone unites with the implant, the dentist opens the gum, attaches the abutment to the implant, and closes the gum tissue around the abutment.
- Placing the artificial tooth: You must wait for at least two weeks for your gums to heal before you get false teeth. The dentist will make impressions of your remaining teeth to create a crown - your natural-looking artificial tooth. The dentist will only place the crown when your jawbone is fit enough for your new tooth.
How do Dental Bridges Work?
Dental bridges close the gap that a missing tooth leaves. They have at least two crowns on both sides of the space and a synthetic tooth in between. Your natural teeth or dental implants support the bridges. If you have dental implants, you should avoid eating sticky foods. The foods stick in your dental bridges and pull the restorations out.
Why Should I Choose Invisalign Over Traditional Braces?
If you are not keen on showing others that you are straightening your teeth to create a perfect smile, Invisalign trays are a good option. They are custom-made from a clear thermoplastic material, which is hardly noticeable. Also, you can remove the aligners when you are brushing or flossing and place them back afterward. However, removing your aligners regularly will interrupt the teeth straightening process.
With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions compared to traditional braces. You can remove them when you eat sticky, brittle or hard food then put them back. Additionally, Invisalign trays apply pressure to your teeth more gently than braces, making Invisalign more comfortable. They also do not pose a threat of cutting your gums because they are smooth.
What are Dental Crowns Made From, and How do I Care for Them?
Dental crowns are usually made from stainless steel, gold alloy, porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin. Although metals are durable, they are visible. Therefore, most people prefer using metal crowns on molars only because they are out of view. Ceramic, porcelain, and composite resin have a natural look that resembles your teeth, but they have a shorter lifespan than metal.
You should floss once and brush twice daily to keep your dental crowns healthy. You can eat your regular food, but crunchy food can chip ceramic or porcelain crowns. Also, do not crush ice cubes or chew items that are not food because they can damage the material and reduce their lifespan.
How Long will my Dental Fillings Last
Dental fillings do not last forever. The lifespan of your fillings will depend on the type of filling and the size of the cavity. Fillings are of various types with different levels of durability. Your filling will last for decades if it is small and if the surrounding teeth remain healthy.
Gold fillings resemble gold, but they consist of copper, gold, and other metals. They are malleable and durable, with a lifespan of between 15 and 30 years. The more modern and cheaper silver amalgam fillings comprise of mercury, silver, tin, and copper with a silver look. They can last for between 10 and 15 years before you replace them. Composite resins contain glass or quartz, which is similar to the color of your teeth. They are most suitable for mid-sized or small cavities. Composite resin fillings have a short five to seven-year lifespan.
You can make your fillings last longer by practicing good oral hygiene, brushing, and flossing. You must also visit your dentist regularly for a thorough exam.
How Painful are Root Canal Procedures?
Dentists perform root canal therapy when the pulp, consisting of blood vessels and nerves inside your tooth is damaged or infected. A root canal treats the infected tissue and preserves the rest of your tooth. While many people associate a root canal procedure with extreme pain and discomfort, a majority report that the experience is similar to tooth filling.
You will experience a bit of discomfort during the procedure and a little after, but excess pain is abnormal. You can feel mild pain that can last a few days, but it is temporary. It will generally subside on its own if you practice proper oral hygiene. Visit your dentist if the pain continues beyond three days.
How do I Manage Bleeding Gums?
Dental discomfort and pain are signs of an underlying problem. Bleeding gums are symptomatic of inflammation or periodontal disease. You may want to reduce the frequency of brushing because of pain or bleeding. However, brushing helps reduce gum inflammation.
Over-the-counter medications may temporarily relieve the pain, but they only mask the problem. You should visit your dentist for a periodontal screening to determine how far the disease has spread and the best approach to treatment. The longer you wait before visiting a dentist, the more the infection spreads.
I Have Dentures. Do I Need to See a Dentist?
A dental appointment involves more than checking your teeth. With dentures, you do not worry about tooth decay. Instead, you worry about mouth sores and ill-fitting appliances. Regular dental appointments are necessary for head and neck evaluations as well as screening for oral cancer. The dentist also checks your dentures to avoid complications that may arise later.
How Can I Reduce Tooth Sensitivity?
Using a toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride is effective in treating tooth sensitivity. Usually, the sensitivity will reduce after using the toothpaste for a few weeks. Additionally, acidic foods intensify tooth sensitivity and neutralize the effects of sensitivity toothpaste.
Visit your dentist if brushing gently with a desensitizing toothpaste does not relieve the symptoms. Your dentist will apply certain compounds to your teeth to reduce or eliminate sensitivity. Home care products containing high fluoride can also help in reducing tooth sensitivity.
Contact The Washington Dental Office Today
Your dental health is critical to your overall health. At Washington Dental, we provide outstanding dental procedures and implants to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. Our goal is to provide quality oral health care to the people living in and around Gardena. Call us at 310-217-1507, and we will help you schedule a free consultation today.