New Patient FAQs
Your first visit to Southwell Dental will typically be for a Comprehensive Dental Examination. This exam will include:
- A review of your dental and medical history
- Radiographs (X-rays) and photographs of your teeth and smile
- A tooth by tooth evaluation
- Checking the health of your gums and supporting tissues
- A check for occlusal problems and problems with the jaw
- Oral cancer screening
After your exam is complete, Dr. Southwell and his team will develop your individual treatment plan. They will also answer any questions or concerns you may have. Your exam may also be directly followed by an appointment with our hygienist for a cleaning.
Your first visit for a Comprehensive Exam may take up to an hour to complete. However, there will be Q&A time with you and Dr. Southwell, so if you have any questions or concerns you’d like to bring up with him — the appointment could run a bit longer.
Our office is located at 400 W. Ventura Blvd Suite 165 in Camarillo. Our building is Directly behind Home Depot. Our suite is downstairs and on the East end of the building. We are easily accessed by either the Las Posas or Springville freeway exits.
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Depending on the size of the fracture, there are a variety of ways to fix your tooth.
- For smaller fractures, direct bonding is an effective method for repair. Bonding is simply placing a tooth colored filling on the tooth and shape it in such a way to fill in the lost tooth structure.
- For larger fractures the tooth can be repaired with a veneer or crown. Having the tooth repaired with a veneer or crown requires the dentist to modify the tooth slightly to allow room for the new restoration. An impression is taken and sent to a lab while you have a beautiful temporary restoration. Once the lab fabricates the permanent restoration the dentist will then remove the temporary restoration and permanently cement the final crown or veneer.
- For even larger fractures, root canals may be necessary as the pulp (nerve, blood vessels) may have been compromised and will become infected. Once the root canal is done, a crown can then be made.
- Worst case scenario, we need to remove the remaining part of the tooth as there is not enough tooth structure left to repair. If this is the case we can either restore with an implant, a bridge, or something removable.
There are basically three parts to an implant restoration:
- First: The implant
- Second: The abutment
- Third: The crown
The implant is a small titanium cylinder that is placed the the bone of the jaw. After a certain amount of time the bone of the jaw locks the implant in place and it becomes strong enough for a tooth to be placed on it. The abutment is a piece that screws into the inside part of the implant and it sticks out and allows the crown to be attached. Finally the crown, which is made by the lab out of ceramic material is cemented onto the abutment and looks like a natural tooth that can be used like a natural tooth.
The process does take a little time, but the safest and most predictable method for success is to allow a few months for the bone to integrate the implant.
Dentures only give you about 25% of your previous eating/biting functionality, not to mention trying to keep them in place. A wonderful way to both improve biting function as well as keep them in place is with implants. Implants allow the dentures to be snapped into place and stay there. It also allows the dentures to not be so bulky, giving you more comfort and enjoying your food more. And if enough implants are used, the dentures can be made to be permanent instead of removable.
Basically there are three main levels of sedation; mild, moderate and deep.
- Mild sedation is achieved through Nitrous Oxide, a small mask is placed over the patient’s nose to allow the patient to breathe in the sedative agent. After the procedure the Nitrous Oxide is turned off and the patient breathes oxygen for a few minutes to allow the Nitrous Oxide to be exhaled and the patient is fully recovered from the sedation and is able to function normally.
- Moderate sedation is achieved either by prescribing a sedation drug beforehand to be taken orally, or by placing an IV and by administering the sedation drug through the IV. Both routes of administration have their own advantages and disadvantages but the end goal is the same: to reduce anxiety and allow the patient a comfortable dental experience. With moderate sedation a vast majority of patients do not even remember the dental procedure.
- Deep sedation has many sub-levels and routes of administration. General anesthesia falls under this category. Typically only oral surgeons or trained anesthesiologist perform deep sedation and is often done in hospitals.
Currently we offer mild sedation (Nitrous Oxide) and orally administered moderate sedation. Dr. Southwell is trained to administer IV sedation and has years of experience with it. This will likely be a service offered in the future so stay tuned!
If Nitrous Oxide sedation no special modifications need to be made on appointment day. You are able drive afterwards with no lingering effects.
If moderate sedation is desired, we try to make the appointment in the morning and we have you take the medication as prescribed. You will need someone to take you to the appointment and home after the procedure as the effects of the sedation wear off.
Every insurance plan is different. Southwell Dental will help to obtain a full breakdown of dental insurance benefits. Generally, there is also a member phone number on the back of the dental insurance ID card that is available to call and have your questions answered. It is beneficial to thoroughly read the insurance benefit booklet. Asking your insurance benefit coordinator through an employer is helpful to ensure that a visit will be covered and if there will be any patient portion.
Southwell Dental accepts the following forms of payment:
- Cash or Check
- Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
- Care Credit
We offer third party financing through Care Credit. Care Credit has various interest free payment plans available.