What Is General Dentistry?

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General dentistry is an area of practice in which the primary focus is on prevention and restoration.
Preventive dental services such as x-rays and routine checkups and cleanings help us stop the disease before it can progress. Prevention does not end in the dental office. During routine visits, Dr. Frey or your hygienist may discuss strategies you can implement at home to address your particular oral health needs.

Restorative dental services become necessary when a problem is identified. Common dental problems like cavities and gum disease are treated as conservatively as possible. This may involve a tooth-colored filling, crown, or deep cleaning. Early treatment for dental problems is necessary to avoid pain, stress, and more extensive treatment.
General dentistry also contributes to overall health. What happens in the mouth affects what happens in the body. Patients with certain health conditions, such as diabetes, need an attentive dentist who is aware of their increased risk for oral infection as well as the contribution oral health has on general health.

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At his Beverly Hills dental practice, Dr. David S. Frey and his professional staff are dedicated to providing you with the finest and most personalized dental care available. We place a strong emphasis on prevention and education. Your questions are invited and encouraged. Our initial in-depth exam is the first step toward your perfect smile and long-term proper dental care. General dentistry techniques provide the foundation for a healthy smile and make cosmetic procedures possible. We will discuss with you any dental problems that our exam reveals, and advise you of your available treatment options.

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We always strive to provide our patients with the most advanced technology. You will be pleased to know that your safety is increased with our low radiation X-Rays that emit 90% less radiation than conventional X-Rays and are immediately viewable by you and Dr. Frey on the computer monitor located in your treatment room. Dr. David Frey is so leading-edge that he purchased digital X-rays in 1997, while many other dentists still do not offer these to their patients.  He now offers 3-D X-rays which is state of the art and is at the forefront in dentistry!

Dr. Frey’s practice has been completely paperless since 2007 and environmentally friendly. While most doctor offices have a difficult time locating a patient’s chart, ours pops right up on the computer screen! Computers are networked across the office with the most updated software as our office runs in an efficient and clean manner. Patients can be checked out from any dental chair, and appointments can be made from anywhere in the office. We are a latex-free dental office too!

While Dr. David Frey focuses the majority of his practice on his signature procedure Smile 360, cosmetic and TMJ procedures, he is a well-educated and experienced dentist who can produce superior results during any dental procedure. Whether you are a Beverly Hills dental implants patient or a London Smile, 360 patient, if you are interested in teeth whitening with a smile makeover, receiving treatment for TMJ, or would like to have porcelain veneers in Beverly Hills or London, Dr. Frey can help. Contact his Beverly Hills or London practice today to learn more.

What Are Dental Sealants, Who Should Get Them, And How Long Do They Last?

The teeth at the back of the mouth have deep grooves and crevices. Dental sealants are a type of preventive service that blocks food particles and bacteria from attaching to the surface of these teeth. Sealants are a liquid resin material that seeps into crevices on chewing surfaces. The light hardens the resin and holds it in place.

Dental sealants are ideal for patients who are especially prone to cavities. Young children who still have baby teeth are excellent candidates, as are older children and teens who are still perfecting their oral health practice. Adults who are prone to cavities can also receive dental sealants. These protective barriers can last up to 10 years.

What Type Of Toothpaste Should I Be Using?

With such a wide variety of toothpaste products available today it can be difficult to choose which is right for you. Generally, patients without veneers or crowns on front teeth can use any toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association. Approval is indicated on the product label.

Whitening toothpaste may contain tiny abrasive particles and may not be appropriate for people with veneers, bonding, or crowns. In such instances, a sensitive-teeth toothpaste may be more suitable.

If you aren’t sure which toothpaste is best for your unique needs, talk to your dentist or hygienist during your next checkup and cleaning.
Manual Toothbrush or Electric Toothbrush

Which Is Better, A Manual Toothbrush Or An Electric Toothbrush?

There are several advantages to electric toothbrushes. An analysis of data has suggested that electric toothbrushes, particularly those with oscillating tips, decrease plaque buildup on teeth better than manual toothbrushes. Less plaque means a lower risk of cavities and gingivitis. Additionally, electric or sonic toothbrushes may be more effective in instances where a patient has diminished dexterity, such as a person with arthritis.

Whether you use an electric toothbrush or manual brush, the key to sustained oral health is consistency in both brushing and flossing.


What Causes Cavities?

Cavities are the direct result of acidity in the mouth. Acidity comes from bacteria that naturally live in the body. These microorganisms consume food particles and deposit acidic substances on enamel as well as the gums. When a spot on a tooth becomes weak from acid, it continues to degrade until it is repaired. A good practice to minimize the risk of cavities is to drink water throughout the day and swish water around in the mouth after eating or drinking.

What Is The Best Method To Get My Teeth Whiter?

Professional teeth whitening is the safest and most effective way to get and keep a radiant smile. The medical-grade peroxide gel used by your dentist permeates the outer layer of enamel to break apart molecules that have settled in pores. This well-developed system of whitening teeth achieves maximum results without harming enamel the way some suggested home remedies can. We offer both in-office and home whitening services to meet patients’ needs.
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How Often Should I Be Brushing My Teeth?

Oral care is the foundation of healthy teeth and gums. Dentists encourage patients of all ages to spend two full minutes brushing their teeth two times a day. Brushing removes debris, bacteria, and their acid from visible surfaces. To prevent hidden damage, it is also necessary to floss once every day.

How Often Should I Go To My Dentist For A Check-Up?

Studies have indicated that it can take several months for a cavity to develop. Therefore, it is recommended that all people undergo a thorough dental exam and professional cleaning every six months. This guideline is maintained for most patients. In the event that a dental problem like advanced gum disease is discovered, a patient may need more frequent follow-ups until their oral health has improved.

Schedule A Consultation

Interested in whitening your teeth? Call (310) 276-4537 to schedule a consultation with Beverly Hills Dentist, Dr. David Frey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do braces last longer than Invisalign?

For most patients, Invisalign takes about 12 to 18 months. However, those with very mild cases often see results within the first 6 months, while those with more severe cases may need up to 24 months. Traditional braces usually take about 12 to 18 months, with some patients needing up to 24 months. Very rarely does it take less time to treat malocclusion with traditional braces.

Is Invisalign covered by insurance?

Some dental insurance providers will cover dental insurance, while others will not. Our office staff will be happy to contact your provider to determine coverage. We strive to help you get the most out of your benefits.

What teeth are not suitable for Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners are not suitable for baby teeth or for teeth that are severely rotated or with large gaps between them.

Is it OK to get Invisalign from a dentist?

Yes, you can get Invisalign treatment through a general dentist. However, it is important to make sure that they are an Invisalign provider. This is because this treatment option requires specialized treatment to ensure the best results.

Is Invisalign still braces?

Yes, Invisalign clear aligners are considered a type of orthodontic treatment. However, this option is much more comfortable, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing than traditional metal braces.

How many times a day can I remove Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners can be removed as many times as necessary- but the time should not exceed 4 hours. While the aligners need to be removed when eating/drinking or when brushing/flossing, the longer they are worn, the more effective they will be.

Who is a bad candidate for Invisalign?

Patients who still have baby teeth or who have teeth with wide gaps between them or teeth that are severely rotated should not consider Invisalign treatment. It is possible to use Invisalign after other methods for more precise movements.

What is the success rate of Invisalign?

The success of Invisalign depends on several factors including the type and severity of the malocclusion, as well as the compliance of the patient. Most patients have been satisfied with their results.

How long do you need to wear Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. Each set should be worn for 1 to 3 weeks. This will be outlined in your treatment plan, depending on the type and severity of your malocclusion.

Why is Invisalign so expensive?

One of the primary reasons that orthodontic treatment in general is expensive is because of the additional training the dentist needs. Invisalign is slightly more expensive due to the many benefits it brings.

Is Invisalign costlier than braces?

One of the biggest concerns that patients have is Invisalign cost. However, the average cost is comparable to that of traditional braces. Unfortunately, while many dental insurance providers will cover a portion of treatment, many others still classify this as a cosmetic procedure and will not cover any portion of it.

If you do not have insurance or if your provider does not cover treatment, we offer some financing options as well.

How much does Invisalign cost in California?

The cost of Invisalign treatment varies depending on several factors including the type and severity of your malocclusion the location of the clinic and the experience/expertise of the dentist. The average cost in California ranges from around $4,500 to $9,000, which is slightly higher than the national average.

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