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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We want you to feel informed about any matters that affect your oral health. You can make much more confident decisions about your treatment when you understand what’s happening and how fixing the problem will benefit you.

That is why we always welcome questions at PhD Dental. The questions you ask help us understand what’s important to you and your family, which allows us to provide personalized treatment that meets your needs in every way.

Some of the questions we hear most frequently are listed below. However, we know that you may have others that aren't listed here. Please don’t hesitate to call us so a helpful member of our team can arrange a consultation with one of our skilled dentists to discuss your concerns.

Children's Dentistry

Kids | Children's Dentistry Inglewood CAAt PhD Dental, we are pleased to welcome patients of all ages, and we especially enjoy treating children. We know that by starting early, we can make a real difference in kids’ dental health, and we value the trust you place in us to help them enjoy problem-free smiles.

We recommend bringing your child to see kids when they get their first baby teeth but no later than age one. You may not realize it, but baby teeth have a critical job to do because they hold a space for permanent teeth that will soon follow. 

Why bring your child to the dentist?

When a baby tooth is lost too soon because of decay or infection, neighboring teeth start to drift into the open space. Now when the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, it has no place to go and can come in at odd angles. This leads to tooth misalignment that your child may need braces to correct.

If you’re worried about how your son or daughter will react, put your fears to rest. We assure you that, when it’s time for your little one’s first visit, our team will be here to support them in every way we can to ensure they have a positive experience.

Are you looking for a children’s dentist in LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera who can take care of your little one’s needs now and long into adulthood? Please call PhD Dental to arrange a visit to one of our dental offices to get started. We look forward to welcoming you and your child!

Dental Implants

Couple | Dental Implants in Lynwood CAWhat is an Implant?

An implant is a post that one of our specialists place surgically in your jaw bone during a procedure at one of our dental offices. Before we begin, we will give you a local anesthetic so you shouldn’t feel anything during the surgery.

It might help to know that placing an implant is not as complicated as removing a tooth, and the bone into which we place the implant doesn’t have many nerves that sense pain. However, we do offer nitrous oxide if you are anxious about the procedure.

Is Placing an Implant Uncomfortable?

Having an implant placed is a major dental procedure; there's a chance you will have some discomfort after the anesthetic wears off. But most patients report that they manage it comfortably by using ice packs and taking over-the-counter pain medication. You may also be comforted to know that those who’ve had the procedure say that any discomfort was well worth the final result!

The team at PhD Dental is always happy to answer your questions about any of the procedures we offer. If you would like to more information dental implants in LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera, please call us to arrange an appointment. One of our specialists will sit down with you to evaluate your needs, answer your questions, and help you decide if a dental implant is an appropriate choice for you.

Older Couple | Dental Bridges in Lynwood CABridges and implants are similar in that they are both methods for replacing teeth. But the way they go about it is very different.

Dental Bridges

A bridge is a dental prosthetic that usually consists of an artificial tooth called a pontic with dental crowns attached on either side. The crowns are then secured to adjacent teeth, and the pontic sits in the open space.

Dental Implants

A dental implant, on the other hand, is a full tooth replacement. Unlike a bridge, the implant is placed surgically in your jaw bone to take the place of the lost tooth root. We then attach a dental crown to it which becomes the part of the tooth you see when you smile.

The fact that the implant is anchored in your jaw makes it a much healthier way to replace missing teeth. First, we don’t need to alter adjacent teeth as we do when placing a bridge. Also, the implant stimulates healthy bone growth in your jaw and eliminates the problem of bone loss that is common with tooth loss.

What We Recommend

While we do place bridges at our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, and Pico Rivera dental offices, we often recommend implants because they are the healthier choice. If you have questions about tooth replacement, please call PhD Dental, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation with one of our skilled dentists.

Emergency Dental Care

Woman at Dentist | Emergency Dentist in Lynwood CAAt PhD Dental, your comfort and well-being are very important to us. If you or a loved one has a dental emergency, you can count on us to see you for treatment as soon as possible to provide the relief you need.

Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, and our skilled team offers a wide range of services to deal with them:

Reasons you might need an emergency dental appointment

  • Address dental pain
  • Replace a lost crown or filling
  • Repair a broken or chipped tooth
  • Remove decay and fill a tooth
  • Perform emergency root canals
  • Replace a knocked-out tooth
  • Extract a tooth as a last resort

If you have a dental emergency in LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera, the first step is to call PhD Dental and let us know what’s happening. We know that life is unpredictable and emergencies happen to everyone. That is why we always allow some extra time in our schedule so you can get the care you need when you need it.

Pain in your tooth is always an indication that something is wrong. If you have a severe toothache, we will get you in as soon as possible to relieve your pain and save your tooth. With multiple locations and extended evening hours, there’s a good chance we can see you the same day if your problem is urgent.

Contact us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible

If you’re not sure if your situation is a dental emergency, don’t ever hesitate to call us. We’ll listen to your concerns and let you know what steps to take until you can get in to see us. 


Woman with Invisalign | Lynwood CAMost adults who want to do something about crooked teeth are most interested in the cosmetic benefits of a straighter smile. They want a more attractive smile, but they don’t want or need to spend years in metal braces.

For patients like you, we offer Invisalign clear braces at our Lynwood, CA dental office. With Invisalign, there are no brackets and wires. Treatment won’t impact your appearance because the crystal-clear plastic aligners blend right into your smile.

You can straighten your teeth without the irritation of metal braces, and no one has to know you’re having treatment!

Invisalign is Comfortable and Easy to Wear

Patients at PhD Dental also appreciate how easy Invisalign is to wear. The aligners are virtually invisible, and they’re also removable. You can continue to eat all the foods you enjoy and brush and floss as you usually do. Just be sure to wear them at least 22 hours a day to see results in the shortest time.

Treatment with Invisalign clear braces in Lynwood, CA is an excellent choice for many adults. But we’re also pleased to offer traditional brackets and wires for more complex tooth alignment issues. If you want straighter teeth, start by calling PhD Dental to schedule an appointment. 

Our orthodontists will perform a dental exam and recommend the treatment that will help you achieve your goals in the shortest amount of time. Please call to schedule an Invisalign appointment to get started.

Girl with Braces | Lynwood CA OrthodontistAt PhD Dental, our East Los Angles orthodontists like to schedule children for their first evaluation around age seven. The reason for this is that your son or daughter will get their first permanent molar around age six.

Based on the position of this tooth, our orthodontists can predict how the rest of their adult teeth will emerge and whether or not they’ll come in straight. There are a couple of benefits to seeing your child at this age.

How To Determine When Your Child is Ready for Braces

First, if we determine that there’s a problem, we can take steps to correct it now. Treatments like space maintainers and palatal expanders are designed to ensure there’s enough room in your child’s jaw for all adult teeth to emerge correctly. Early orthodontic treatment-also referred to as phase one-can reduce treatment times or help your child avoid the need for braces altogether.

It’s also a good idea to help your child start to develop a relationship with their orthodontist in East Los Angeles. We want them to see these appointments as a positive experience. Starting early also helps them get comfortable with us and helps us understand your child’s needs.

If it’s time to schedule your child’s first braces appointment, please call PhD Dental to get started. We look forward to meeting your son or daughter and helping them enjoy a straight, healthy smile.  

Invisalign | Clear Aligners Los AngelesYou may have heard that Invisalign works faster than traditional braces—and in some cases, it does—the answer is that treatment times vary based on the extent of your tooth misalignment and the problems we need to correct. Everyone’s teeth also move at a different rate, so your treatment is unique to you and will be personalized to fit your needs.

Invisalign Average Treatment Times

What we can tell you is that the average treatment times with Invisalign clear braces at our East Los Angeles dental office is 12 to 18 months. However, treatment can be completed in six months for some people, while others can take as long as 24 months.

Benefits of Choosing Invisalign

While straightening your teeth with clear aligners may not be as speedy as you’d hoped, Invisalign offers lots of benefits compared to traditional bracket and wire braces that make them easy to wear:

  • More comfortable: Bracket and wire braces are attached to your teeth and can cause sores and irritation in your mouth. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that slip over your teeth and have no rough edges. You may even forget you’re wearing them!
  • More discreet: With traditional braces, everyone knows you’re having treatment. With Invisalign, however, the crystal-clear plastic aligners blend into your smile, and most people won’t notice them. You’ll be able to smile confidently throughout your treatment.
  • More convenient: You can’t take a break from traditional braces, you may have to limit the foods you can eat, and oral hygiene can also be a challenge. But you can take short breaks with Invisalign clear braces so you can enjoy all your favorite foods and brush and floss your teeth thoroughly.

Call Us to Book an Appointment

Regardless of how long it takes to straighten your teeth with Invisalign in East Los Angeles, we can tell you that everyone who’s had treatment with us is thrilled with the final results. Please call PhD Dental so we can schedule an appointment for you to meet with one of our experienced orthodontists.

Children | Braces in Inglewood CAAt PhD Dental, we may recommend braces for your child for several reasons. If your son or daughter has crooked teeth, overcrowded, or overlapping teeth, there’s no doubt that they may need braces.

But we also commonly recommend braces for kids at our Pico Rivera dental office who have problems with their dental bite (the way the upper and lower jaws meet when they bite down) that you may not see but still affect your child’s dental health.

Braces Correct Overbites, Underbites, and More

Malocclusion is the term our orthodontists use to describe a discrepancy in the size of your child's top and bottom jaw. If their upper jaw extends past their lower jaw is called an overbite; if the lower jaw extends past the upper, we call it an underbite. Crossbites and open bites are also common orthodontic problems we treat with braces in Pico Rivera, CA.

Jaw problems are often inherited, so if you or someone else in your family had braces, there’s a good chance your child probably will need them too. However, your child may also develop bite problems because of an accident, baby teeth lost too soon, or habits like thumb sucking.

While the average length of orthodontic treatment is about two years, how long your child will need to wear braces depends on their individual needs and the extent of the problem we need to fix. Any child or adult who gets braces will also need to wear a retainer after treatment to hold teeth in their newly straightened position.

We Offer Braces for Patients of All Ages

The only way to tell if your child could benefit from braces in Pico Rivera is to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced orthodontists. Dr. Levy, Dr. Yousefzadeh, and Dr. Jourabchi like to see children for an orthodontic evaluation around age seven, and we also offer braces for older children, teens, and adults of all ages.

PhD Dental is open six days a week, so scheduling appointments around your child's school activities is easy. Call us at (800) 204-3139 to get started.

Child | Orthodontist in East Los AngelesYes! With three specialists on our team, we can handle the orthodontic needs of patients of all ages. Whether your child is ready for braces or you’re an adult who just wants a straighter, more attractive smile, we have the solution you need.

Traditional Braces

For children, we offer traditional metal braces that attach to their teeth with brackets and wires. If you’re an adult or who needs treatment but doesn’t want to commit to traditional braces, we also offer Invisalign clear aligners. We also offer Invisalign Teen for young adults who qualify.

Orthodontics for Kids

Our comprehensive orthodontic care for kids starts with an evaluation around age seven. Even if we find that your child doesn’t need braces right away, our experienced orthodontists may recommend early treatment to make room in your child’s mouth for all their teeth to come in correctly. In some cases, this step can eliminate the need for braces altogether.

Invisalign for Adults

Invisalign is an excellent option for busy adults who want a straighter smile. The crystal-clear aligners are comfortable, unnoticeable, and can be removed for oral hygiene and to eat the foods you love. Depending on your needs, treatment with Invisalign can take as little as 12 to 15 months.

If you are interested in learning more about braces in LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera, please call PhD Dental to arrange a consultation with one of our orthodontists to get started.

Prevention and Gum Disease Treatment

Woman at Dentist | Lynwood CA DentistRoutine dental cleanings are one of the easiest ways to keep your smile healthy and avoid costly and complicated treatment. At PhD Dental, we generally recommend that you visit us for professional cleanings every six months.

For many people, visits twice a year for dental cleanings are perfect for monitoring their oral health and preventing problems like decay and gum disease. Even if you brush and floss like a superstar, you still need to have your teeth cleaned professionally twice a year to keep your smile as healthy as possible.

Why Do I Need Dental Cleanings?

Plaque is a sticky film that coats your teeth and contains bacteria that cause decay and gum disease. No matter how well you clean your teeth at home, your toothbrush and floss can’t reach into all the tiny spaces where plaque hides. If we don’t remove this film, it turns into a hard substance called tartar, which can be removed only by a dental hygienist using specialized instruments.

During your cleaning, your hygienist may find that you have gum disease. If so, she may determine that more frequent visits are needed to eliminate and control it. Cleanings three or even four times a year, in this case, are not uncommon.

Book your Routine Cleaning in Pico Rivera

If it’s time to schedule your next dental cleaning at our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera dental office, please call the oral hygiene team at PhD Dental to arrange an appointment.

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