Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria eats away at your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of metals including mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't fuse fully with the enamel and the mercury may be hazardous to your general health. At The Dental Office Encino, board-certified dentists Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard use tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Drs. Howard and Howard can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment for cavities at their office in Encino, CA.
"First time patient here! The moment I walked through the front doors, I felt like I was in an alternate reality. Literally 5 different employees greeted me one right after the other. I have never felt more welcome anywhere in my life. "What IS this place?" I thought to myself. I sat in the waiting area next to the fish tank and enjoyed watching the fish swim around while I waited. A few moments later, I was brought back into the back of the office and to the chair where my cleaning would take place. Rachel took amazing care of me! She noted that they had Netflix and Hulu if I wanted to watch anything during my cleaning and mentioned that the chair had a massage feature if I wanted to use it. Wait, was I at the dentist or the Ritz Carlton? Whaaa? The office was so clean and organized I was overall just so impressed. Each dental patient is in their own area, but the areas are not walled off. So it’s private enough, but you might hear someone else talking to the dentist about a hole in their mouth (true story). I cannot sing Rachel’s praises enough. She explained everything SO thoroughly and really took her time during my cleaning. I thought it was really cool that they include an oral cancer screening during the exam, I had never had that done before! After my cleaning, I was able to meet Dr. Howard and Yoni (also Dr. Howard), the father and son that run the business. They are SO nice and attentive. They were fantastic with breaking down everything on my xrays and explaining what was going on in terms I could understand. I even went home with a little goodie bag that included a cute branded chapstick. After the appointment, one of the receptionists walked me through my bill/estimates for future appointments in this fancy private conference room. I’m telling you, I almost felt like I was at a spa. I’m coming back for sure!"- M.M. / Yelp / Sep 29, 2021
"Hands down the best dentist I’ve ever been to, and they offer everything! Dr. Yoni went so far above and beyond that I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am. The whole office is world class - all of the staff is incredibly friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable and the office is completely state of the art and REALLY nice and comfortable. From TVs on the walls to 3D printers in the back and everything in between, you just know walking in the door that you’re going to be well taken care of. After not seeing a dentist for over a year due to the pandemic (and seeing a few lousy ones before that) I decided to come here to take care of a handful of things that I had been putting off - and as of today - after a few visits over the past few weeks - Dr. Yoni and the team finished all of their great work in my treatment plan and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks so much Dental Office Encino and see you in 6 months for my cleaning! HIGHLY recommended - seriously, you don’t need to look for another dentist ever."- J.C. / Yelp / Aug 26, 2021
"The dentists at The Dental Office Encino always listen to me and focus on my needs. They educate me on what work my teeth require and why, in detail. They respect my time, understand my resource circumstances, keep a very clean office, and value me as a patient. They use only updated, top-of-the-line equipment. The staff is the best team I’ve ever seen, plus they regularly follow-up with me. If you’re not using The Dental Office Encino as your dentists, then, why bother..........just sayin’....."- J.P. / Yelp / Jul 21, 2021
"My wife and I went in for our semi-annual checkup and cleaning. Always impressed with the highest-most level of care and kindness and professionalism of the entire staff. We have recommended many of our friends."- J.A. / Yelp / Jun 03, 2021
"I have literally been to 8 different Dentists in Los Angeles. There has always been something off that made me move on. I finally found Dr. Alan Howard and his son, Dr. Yonatan Howard at The Dental Office Encino and I am happy to say that I am done searching! Dr. Alan Howard is a legend in dentistry and was very helpful and patient with me when I originally met with him about a possible LANAP procedure. He put me at ease and informed me that I wasn’t yet a candidate for the procedure. Instead of trying to sell me on something I didn’t really need, he was honest and suggested an alternative approach. His son, Dr. Yonatan is my regular Dentist now. Don’t let his youthful appearance fool you. He really knows his craft and the technology they use is truly cutting edge. I had several Onlays performed there by Dr. Yonatan and it is amazing how they fabricate the new tooth on site. I have had the Onlays for over a year and they feel stronger than a regular tooth with no sensitivity. I highly recommend an Onlay as it keeps more of the original tooth in tact opposed to a traditional crown. Most dentists don’t do Onlays because the equipment is highly specialized but The Dental office Encino does. My Hygienist Claudia is also highly recommended, very gentle and professional. The office is extremely clean and modern with a spa like environment. The staff is courteous and friendly. There is off street parking for the patients and they send you gentle reminders in advance so I never miss an appointment. I never thought I would say this but I actually look forward to going to the dentist now!"- J.H. / Yelp / Mar 10, 2021
Tooth-colored fillings seal the area of decay in the enamel once it's been cleaned out by Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to correct other concerns with your teeth, such as chips or wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great result. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Howard about getting them taken out and replaced with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a filling with composite resin at The Dental Office Encino is generally a quick treatment. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any anxieties or fears to keep you relaxed. As soon as you're ready, the infected enamel can be treated using a special drill that Dr. Howard will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is cleared away and the area is disinfected, the cavity will be replaced with the composite resin material. Dr. Howard will then smooth the composite resin so it matches the texture of your other teeth.
You will be able to get back to your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to extreme temperatures for several days. You can use nonprescription pain medicine to minimize discomfort or inflammation; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems uneven or high, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine that includes daily flossing and brushing. When you return for your annual dental examination, Dr. Howard will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities, they are typically covered in part by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Howard will talk about the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus information on medical financing.
Cavities in the teeth may begin as a small problem, but it is crucial to have them addressed before they develop into a more expensive concern. At The Dental Office Encino, cavities may be addressed with dental fillings. Drs. Howard and Howard make sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a healthy, beautiful smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to schedule a dental examination with Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard in Encino, CA.