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Phillip C. Solomon DDS.
925 East San Antonio Drive suite #14
Long Beach, CA 90808

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses any treatments that are intended to improve the appearance and aesthetics of your smile. With the technological advancements made in recent years, we are able to transform the appearance of your teeth using safe, gentle, and non-invasive procedures. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, inlays, dental implants, crowns, and orthodontics. Many patients choose to combine multiple services for a full-mouth makeover.

How can I remove stains or discolorations from my teeth?

Yellowing, stained, or otherwise discolored teeth are common problems caused by a number of factors, including nicotine, coffee or tea, wine, medication, or exposure of interior enamel. At the office of Dr. Phillip C. Solomon, we provide professional teeth whitening (bleaching) services to dramatically lighten the shade of the enamel and remove or lighten stubborn stains. In-office teeth whitening is significantly more effective and fast-acting than over-the-counter kits applied at home. It’s important to note that teeth whitening only works on natural enamel, and that periodic touch-ups may be necessary through the years.

What is gingivitis and how do I know if I have it?

Gingivitis (otherwise known as gum disease or periodontal disease) is a very common condition that affects four out of five people. It is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth and gums, which eventually leads to inflamed, irritated gums and bone deterioration. Symptoms include halitosis (bad breath), excessive bleeding of the gums, receding gums, pain and tenderness, and loose or shifting teeth. Poor oral hygiene is the biggest culprit, although gingivitis can also be exacerbated by certain medications, smoking, hormonal changes, other dental conditions, and genetics. The best way to prevent and treat gingivitis is through regular dental examinations and cleanings.

How often do I need to have a dental exam/cleaning?

The general rule of thumb is at least every six months, although some patients require more frequent appointments to treat or monitor certain dental conditions. During a routine dental check-up, one of our hygienists will clean and polish all teeth, remove plaque build-up, check for cavities, assess the health of your gums, and possibly take x-rays of your mouth.

What are some possible solutions for missing teeth?

If you have lost one or more teeth due to an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or another factor, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible to prevent bone deterioration, the shifting of remaining teeth, jaw problems, and other issues. At the office of Phillip C. Solomon, we offer several cosmetic dentistry options for correcting missing teeth, including tooth implants, bridges, stay plates, Valplast dentures, and more.

What can I expect from my first visit to your office?

We always welcome new patients and are delighted that you’ve decided to seek our dental services. To ensure that your first appointment is as smooth and comfortable as possible, we’ve created a separate First Visit page with details on what to expect.

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925 East San Antonio Drive suite #14
Long Beach, CA 90808
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