General dentist Dr. Solow serves Woodland Hills Warner Center patients of all ages, from small children to senior citizens.  General dentistry is primarily preventive in scope and focuses on maintaining the patient’s oral hygiene and tooth health.

Patients of all ages require slightly different dental care.  For example, the primary concern with young children is to help them develop strong oral hygiene habits and to protect their young teeth with fluoride treatments and sealants.  For senior patients, however, reconstructive and tooth replacement options such as dental bridges, and dental implants may be of primary importance.  Adult patients may need more restorative dental procedures, such as dental crowns, to repair damaged teeth.  A general dentist is trained in the areas of general, preventive, and restorative dentistry, but may also have pursued additional training in cosmetic dentistry.

Because general dentists are trained to provide general, convenient care to family members of all ages, Warner center patients may need to seek specialized care for some issues.  For example, if dentist Dr. Solow, finds signs of gum disease, he may refer that patient to a periodontist.  Likewise, if a teenage patient wishes to straighten his or her teeth, he or she will be referred to an orthodontist.

A strong oral hygiene routine is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums for patients of all ages.  Accredited dental associations recommend that patients over the age of three visit a general dentist every six months for a thorough examination and professional cleaning.

Woodland Hills Warner Center dentist, Dr. Robert M. Solow treats a variety of dental problems to help patients protect their oral health and maintain the aesthetics and function of their teeth. Learn more below about some of the concerns that our practice can help resolve, and schedule an appointment to receive effective, timely, and attentive care.

Abscessed Tooth

When the soft tissue inside of a tooth dies, it may become inflamed and lead to an infection in and around the tooth root.  An abscessed tooth can have symptoms of general achiness, swelling, or pain when chewing. It’s also possible to have an abscess without any symptoms at all. If you suspect a problem, Dr. Solow can offer treatments such as root canal to remove the infection and restore or retain the tooth.

Cavities

A cavity is a small hole in the surface of your tooth. While cavities are among the most common dental problems, Woodland Hills Warner Center patients still need to treat them early and effectively to prevent more extensive damage. Dentist Dr. Solow offers a variety of measures to address these concerns, including fluoride treatments and fillings, as well as more extensive measures, such as crowns, root canal, and extraction.

Dental Anxiety

Intense anxiety about treatment can prevent some patients from receiving the care they require. Even with symptoms that become painful or issues that may lead to long-term damage, these patients may still avoid seeing the dentist. In over 30 years of practice, Dr. Solow has helped many anxious Warner Center patients get the treatment they need, whether patients simply respond better to his gentle and relaxed approach or they prefer sedation to sleep through their appointment. 

Dental Plaque

Bacteria that live in the mouth form a transparent and sticky film on the teeth. Regular brushing and flossing help to remove these bacteria, which, if left untreated, can harden into tartar deposits. Proper home dental care and regular visits with Dr. Solow at our practice can prevent these dental problems.

Dry Mouth

If your mouth is unusually dry, you may be experiencing symptoms such as bad breath, trouble eating, irritation around your gums, and tooth decay. Dr. Solow can conduct an examination to determine the best course of action. Often, changes in prescription medication can improve dry mouth and preventative measures, such as fluoride treatments, can help protect you against long-term tooth damage.

Oral Cancer

If you notice a sore, growth, or lump in or around your mouth—or if you experience unexplained discomfort, loose teeth, or stiffness in your jaw—consider making an appointment with our practice. While several dental problems can be the source of these symptoms, it is important to identify the source of the problem. Oral cancer screening is a relatively fast and non-invasive examination that can provide you with answers and peace of mind.

Teeth Grinding or Clenching

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, headaches, jaw ache, or tooth damage, you may be grinding your teeth unconsciously during the day or while you sleep. Though mild cases don’t typically require treatment, you should discuss preventative measures with dentist Dr. Solow. Splints, mouth guards, and dental correction can make you more comfortable and protect your teeth from dental problems over time.

Toothache

While several causes can lead to a toothache, the most common is tooth decay. As the enamel of the teeth erodes, you may become sensitive to sweet, warm, and cold foods and experience severe discomfort until you receive treatment.

If you recognize symptoms similar to these dental problems—or, if you have questions about another concern and need the advice from an experienced dentist in Woodland Hills Warner Center—we invite you to get in touch. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Solow online or by phone at (818) 999-0104.