Ventura Family Dentist

What is family dentistry?

Family dentistry is focused on the oral health and hygiene of you and your family’s teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first see the dentist by the time their first tooth erupts or by age 1. Children’s teeth change quickly with age and some children may fear going to the dentist.

We encourage “happy visits” for our young patients to foster good dental experiences and minimize the development of dental fear. By establishing a dental home for your child early on, you are setting him or her on the right path toward a life of optimal dental health.

Family dentist in Ventura, Dr. Kroll, believes and strives to give patients of all ages (children, teenagers, adults, and seniors) the necessary information and education so that they develop good oral hygiene habits to enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for many years to come. To ensure success in our procedures, we take the necessary time to thoroughly evaluate your present dental condition using the appropriate diagnostic tools, such as digital x-rays (at 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays), study models, photographs, visual examination, full periodontal exam, oral cancer screening, jaw joint exam, and esthetic evaluations.

Before & after dental treatment

What are the benefits of family dentistry?

Drs. Phil and Steph Kroll and their compassionate staff will help you and your family develop positive dental experiences with regular dental checkups, while encouraging good oral hygiene habits that can help prevent future dental problems. Family dentist in Ventura, Drs. Phil and Steph Kroll are well trained to help you keep your teeth healthy and detect any problems that may require treatment or referral to a dental specialist.

What are some examples of family dentistry?

When you visit Dr. Kroll, family dentist in Ventura, you can expect your visit to be focused on preventative dental care and oral health. Preventive dental checkups often consist of thorough dental exams, conventional and deep cleanings to eliminate plaque buildup and prevent tooth decay, fluoride treatments to provide a protective anti-cavity coating on the teeth, and on some visits, radiographs to detect dental problems, such as cavities, jaw problems, and gum disease. Below you will find some additional treatments that fall under Dr. Kroll's family dentistry.

Sports Dentistry - Mouth Guards

Dr. Kroll, family dentist in Ventura, recommends that anyone who participates in a sport that carries a significant risk of injury should wear a mouth protector. This includes a wide range of sports, like football, hockey, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball.

Mouth guards, which typically cover the upper teeth, can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, Dr. Kroll may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well. Studies show that athletes who wear mouth guards have a 40% reduction in concussions when trauma occurs.

Root Canal Treatment

We perform root canals to prevent tooth extraction when the inner soft tissue of a tooth becomes damaged, infected, or inflamed. Once we remove the damaged tissue, we carefully fill the canal, seal it, and then crown the tooth to protect it and restore its function. Signs you may need root canal treatment include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, and discoloration of the tooth. In some cases, Dr. Kroll will work together with a root canal specialist, or endodontist, to facilitate the best results possible.

Preventive Care and Periodontal Treatment

Early detection is the key to avoiding costly and painful dental treatment. Prevention begins with the control of dental plaque and calculus, the main cause of dental decay and periodontal disease. In fact, the major cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, which is known as the silent killer of teeth. Most patients feel no symptoms until it's too late. With regular dental visits, we can treat gum disease at an early stage, before it gets out of hand, and help you keep your teeth for life.

Non-Surgical Laser Assisted Gum Therapy

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. It is caused by dental plaque, which contains bacteria that create toxins that can damage the gums and bone.

Bleeding gums are a major warning sign to the possibility of future tooth loss, and we need to address that right away. We treat gum disease with a multi-faceted, non-surgical approach that includes laser treatment and antibiotics, deep scaling, and mouth rinses to eradicate disease-causing bacteria. We try to avoid surgery whenever possible.

Partials and Dentures

Dentures can help take replace missing natural teeth. Dentures allow patients to chew and speak more easily, while also improving their appearance and often boosting self-confidence. Full dentures are used when all of a patient's teeth need to be replaced. Partial dentures are used when only a few teeth are missing. In either case, dentures can help you look and feel your best.

TMJ Disorder (TMD) Treatment

Thousands of patients have been diagnosed and treated for TMJ syndrome, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), with excellent results. TMJ syndrome is more common in seniors, and women are nine times more likely than men to seek treatment.

Symptoms include: headaches, particularly present upon awakening; tenderness of the jaw muscles; pain in or around the ear; clicking, popping or grating sounds when opening or closing the mouth; pain or difficulty in chewing, yawning or opening wide; jaws that get stuck or lock; earache or pain when no infection is present; or dizziness. Drs. Phil and Steph Kroll, family dentists in Ventura, feel that conservative treatment is best, and can successfully treat the symptoms associated with TMJ disorders.

Dr. Phil Kroll has trained under world-renowned TMJ expert Dr. Terry Tanaka and is well-equipped to handle the needs of patients with TMD.

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Hours: Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm | Office: (805) 643-7516​