Our practice is new but we will treat you as if you’ve been a patient for years.  Although Dr. Sycamore has been practicing dentistry for over 10 years he opened his office in Thousand Oaks in the Fall of 2015.  His goal was to create the ideal office for both cosmetic and general dentistry in an elegant and comfortable location.  While Dr. Sycamore is known primarily as a cosmetic dentist, he also offers a wide variety of dental procedures including root canals, porcelain veneers, implants, and emergency services.

Dr. Sycamore treats one patient at a time, so your visit is never rushed.  He will always take the time to explain treatments and answer your questions.  Dr. Sycamore will also personally and meticulously do all of the dental cleanings using state-of-the-art technology and infection control to ensure your comfort and safety. Our friendly staff will always make you feel welcome during your visit.

Please take a look at the photos of our office and read our bios.  Also be sure to read Dr. Sycamore’s weekly blog which can be found below!  We hope that you will give us a call soon so we can get to know you too!

Halloween Candy Buyback 2016!

November 3rd

9am – 6pm

I love Halloween and I, Dr. Sycamore (a certified dentist), love candy.  I think having candy now and then is fine.  I’m glad kids horde candy and pig out for a day or two every Halloween.  But after a few days get the candy out of the house!  Bring your kids to the Halloween Candy Buyback at our office.

We want to give kids a chance to let go of their candy.  We weigh it and give them a dollar a pound.  They’ll also get a toothbrush and goody bag.  We collect all the candy and at the end of the week we ship it off to Soldier’s Angels who distribute the candy to military stationed overseas.

The event is fun for kids, it’s a good cause, and it stops the steady supply of sugar from causing cavities!

We will also accept candy donations all week during business hours from grown ups who just want to get the candy out of their houses.  The last day to drop off candy is Monday, November 7th.

We won the best dentist in Ventura County Award!

VCSTAR Readers Choice

Ventura County Star Winner for Best Dentist in Ventura County East

Each year the VCStar will send a survey to it’s readers to vote for who they think is the best in many different categories.  Well…we won!  We got the award for best dentist in Ventura County East. That includes Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Moorpark, and Simi Valley.  So I feel really happy to have won!  But what makes it even better is that I wasn’t aware of the contest until they told us their readers had vote me the winner!

I want to thank all of my awesome patients who voted for me in the Ventura County Star Readers Choice Awards. When I was informed I won the contest I was shocked! I really wanted to make a practice where people would be happy and come for years and years.  It really makes me happy and honored that my patients go out of their way to write reviews, vote in contests, and just go out of their way to spread the word about our practice! We’re still new — less than a year old, but we’ve seen so much growth in the last few months.

Best Dentist in Thousand Oaks

All About Periodontal Disease

Periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease is the worst! Teeth with tooth decay or nerve problems can be treated with fillings or root canals but periodontal disease causes irreversible damage. Even if the teeth themselves are perfect, they are in danger of being lost if there is insufficient periodontal support. Periodontal disease is a term we use to describe the loss of bone and gums around the teeth. Since bone loss is irreversible, the name of the game is prevention!

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria. However, the loss of bone and gum support is not directly caused by bacteria. There are many types of bacteria found in the oral cavity. Some are actually good. They can actually assist in the pre-digestion of food as well as preventing harmful bacteria from growing out of control. That good bacteria is called normal flora. There is some bacteria that can cause harm. It can bind to teeth and cause tooth decay. It can also form plaque and tartar and cause inflammation to the gums. The inflammatory process is actually the direct cause of periodontal disease! If we can subside the inflammation, the destruction of the gums and bone will stop.

Periodontal disease progression

How do we stop the inflammation?

Since the cause of inflammation is bacteria, we have to remove plaque and tartar! Most of the time that is a really simple process. I can usually really easily remove it with a ultrasonic scaler. It’s a great instrument that uses water and vibration to loosen the tartar. It is usually painless and fast. I can usually do a full mouth debridement in about a half hour.

Occasionally, I need to do what is called a scaling and root planing. It is a similar treatment but I will anesthetize the inflamed area and clean deep under the gums to reach every speck of tartar. If I leave even a little bit we might not relieve the inflammation. The scaling and root planing is a little more involved but is a really great treatment when needed.

When the gums don’t respond to those treatments, then we may do a periodontal surgery. This involves retracting the gums and repairing any defects in the bone which are preventing the gums from being healthy. Fortunately, this is not a common treatment but it works wonders in rare cases.

Is periodontal disease contagious?

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, it is. We are often pretty lax about spread of germs within families and loved ones. Things like kissing or sharing glasses or utensils can spread bacteria from one person to another. The bacteria found in someone with active periodontitis can spread to someone with healthy gums and that bacteria can grow and cause inflammation in the previously unaffected individual.

So if one member of the family has signs of periodontal disease (bleeding gums, red inflamed gums) Then it actually benefits the other members of the family if that member goes to the dentist to get the inflammation under control.

Prevention is everything! When I am doing an exam I always evaluate the periodontal condition. Sometimes we will need to see someone with the initial signs of periodontal disease more often to prevent any future damage. The good news is that with proper professional maintenance we can control the damage that would otherwise occur. If you think you are having symptoms of periodontal disease than schedule an appointment for evaluation and then stay on top of your regular dental cleaning!