Nicole E Pagonis DDS
Dentistry in Los Gatos, CA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We always encourage patients to ask questions and share their concerns. Below, please find a few of the questions we hear most often. If you have a question that is not covered here, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our dental team today. We firmly believe that the only silly question is one that goes unasked!

If you are due—or overdue—for a checkup, give us a call and make an appointment at Nicole Pagonis, DDS, today.

Children's Dentistry

Dr. Pagonis is a mother of two girls herself and knows the importance of receiving early dental care.  Dr. Pagonis and her team work diligently to provide a safe, fear-free dental environment to even her littlest patients. Each child will receive personalized care from both Dr. Pagonis and her dental hygienist.  Together they will provide valuable information on homecare, when to see the orthodontists and how to maintain optimal dental health. You will find televisions available in treatment rooms and a prize box to be visited after each visit! 

Dr. Pagonis and her team recommend visiting the orthodontist at around age 8. This will vary slightly from child to child. It is critical that an evaluation occurs early to ensure your child receives the early intervention that may be needed. Early consultation and treatment can save time, money, and minimize the need for surgery. Dr. Pagonis will evaluate and discuss your child's needs at each dental check-up.

two young girls smiling | Dentist Los Gatos CAYes, we do see kids! Dr. Pagonis and her entire team love seeing children and believe kids should start coming to the dentist when their first teeth begin to erupt. This usually happens around the age of one. If you have concerns about your child’s oral health before this age, be sure to give us a call.

Child's First Visit to Our Los Gatos Office 

These early appointments are primarily to help get kids accustomed to visiting the dentist, and we do everything we can to ensure your child has a great experience at our Los Gatos, CA children’s dentist. Dr. Pagonis will never do anything that your child is not comfortable with. We want to help your child develop a healthy attitude toward the dentist. Studies have shown that kids who go to the dentist regularly grow up into adults who continue this good habit. Nothing pleases Dr. Pagonis more than setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Contact Our 95032 Dental Office To Learn More

If you have questions about bringing your children to the dentist, you are welcome to give us a call. We see patients of all ages in Los Gatos, CA, as well as the surrounding areas of Saratoga, Campbell, Monte Sereno, and San Jose. Call today to make an appointment!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Restorative dentistry focuses on managing diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures, including dental cavities, infections, and broken teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry in Los Gatos has a primary focus on an improved smile and gum appearance. However, some cosmetic and restorative options overlap—meaning treatment can improve the health and aesthetics of your smile in one go.

For example, if we fill your tooth with a tooth-colored filling instead of silver, it is both restorative and cosmetic. If we cap a damaged tooth with a dental crown, it improves the appearance and function of that tooth.

On the other hand, dental veneers in Los Gatos, CA are strictly cosmetic, concealing short, worn, or flawed teeth and giving the illusion of symmetry.

Your Dentist in Los Gatos, CA wants you to enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile, and with today’s advancements, it is easy to take care of restorative and cosmetic issues with a single treatment.

Contact Our Dental Team for Quality Restorative or Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether you’re looking for porcelain veneers in Los Gatos, CA or tooth-colored fillings, our dentist can help.

Contact a friendly staff member today if you have questions or if you are ready to schedule a consultation.

 

Teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, and crowns can be examples of cosmetic dentistry. If these procedures are done only to approve the appearance of your smile, they are considered cosmetic dentistry. 

Dr. Pagonis and her team will complete a comprehensive examination which includes a review of your medical and dental history. Once these initial steps are complete she will discuss goals for your smile. She will then begin to formulate a treatment plan that will achieve these goals. Dr. Pagonis will discuss with you in detail all benefits and risks so you can make an informed decision. 

Cosmetic dentistry in 95032 is an assortment of options designed to enhance your smile aesthetically. However, some cosmetic choices also benefit your oral health.

Our cosmetic dentistry in Los Gatos, CA improves the appearance of your teeth, gums, or bite.

And our options include:

  • Professional teeth whitening for a brighter smile
  • Tooth-colored restorations, including fillings and tooth crowns
  • Tooth bonding to conceal cosmetic flaws affordably
  • Veneers for a Hollywood-like smile
  • Tooth replacement, including dental implants

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, we encourage you to reach out to a team member to schedule your initial consultation in our dental office. During this first visit, you meet with our cosmetic dentist in Los Gatos, CA, discuss your goals, and undergo an exam. We want to make sure that cosmetic dentistry will work for your smile objectives. This is also a great time to ask questions and share your concerns.

Based on exam findings, we plan your cosmetic treatment. We also provide all aftercare instructions to help you make the most of your new smile and enjoy lasting results.

Get Started on Your New Smile Today

To schedule your first visit, contact our dental office. We also encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions about our cosmetic dentistry.

Anyone who wishes to change the appearance of their teeth can be eligible for cosmetic dentistry.

Dental Implants

When teeth are missing the body slowly removes bone from that area. Placing a dental implant will trigger the body to keep the bone in place and avoid adjacent teeth from shifting. When teeth shift this may lead to gaps, food traps, and decay. Having dental implants in Los Gatos will allow you to eat properly and function as if you had your original teeth. If you need to replace missing teeth or just want a more complete smile dental implants may be the best procedure for you! 

Benefits of Dental Implants in Los Gatos

Stable dental implants in Los Gatos mean no slipping or sliding or getting food stuck as with prosthetics such as dentures and dental bridges.

Eat whatever you want, from crunchy vegetables to chew steaks—and everything in between.

Keeping your dental implant clean is easy: brush and floss as you normally would. Dental implants won’t develop decay like your natural tooth, but you still need to guard your gum health, so flossing and routine exams and cleanings are key.

Dental implants protect the bone from shrinking, so patients will not get the “facial collapse” that occurs over time for denture wearers.

Contact Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS To Schedule Your Appointment

If you think dental implants in Los Gatos is the right dental move for you, give Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS a call today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and get you on your way to the smile you have always wanted. 

You will visit a specialist to evaluate the current level of bone and your options for dental implants in Los Gatos. Together with Dr. Pagonis, a plan for placement of the implant and a final implant crown will be customized to you. This will include placement of the implant and extra bone if needed, healing time, impressions, and cementation of an implant crown by Dr. Pagonis. Whether you are getting one dental implant in Los Gatos or, an entire dental bridge these are cosmetic dentistry options that can help you complete your smile and restore confidence.

Contact Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS To Learn More

If you think getting dental implants is the best choice for you, give Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS a call! Our entire dental team in Los Gatos, CA is ready to answer any and all questions you may have about dental implants or our dental practice. 

How do you know if you need a dental implant? For some, the answer is simple. If you are missing a tooth or teeth congenitally, due to dental decay, tooth fracture, or an accident an implant may be just the solution. Missing teeth can cause a host of problems from problems chewing, lack of confidence, and even jaw issues down the road. At Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS our mission is to help you through the process of discovering if you need a dental implant in Los Gatos and finalizing next steps. 

What Are Dental Implants? 

Dental Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jaw bone to take the place of a missing tooth root. After the procedure, it should take a few months for the dental implant to permanently fuse into the bone, similar to your natural tooth root.

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More About Dental Implants

If dental implants in Los Gatos sound like something you like to learn more about call Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS today! Our entire dental team is read to answer any and all questions you may have about dental implants or about our dental practice. We can't wait to meet you! 

General Dentistry

Absolutely! Dr. Pagonis and her team realize that dental anxiety is very real for some people in Los Gatos, CA, and they will do everything they can to help ensure you have a comfortable experience while you are here. Dr. Pagonis is well known by patients for her gentle, compassionate care as well as her friendly demeanor.

Caring and Comfortable Dental Care in 95032

We never want anyone to avoid getting routine dental care because of dental anxiety. Let us know when you make your appointment that you are anxious about your visit. We can tell you more about what you can expect while you are here, and we find that it is often enough to help alleviate fears.

We treat patients in Los Gatos, CA, as well as the surrounding areas of Saratoga, Campbell, Monte Sereno, and San Jose. Give us a call to make an appointment. Our office hours are:

  • Monday 8am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 8am to 5pm
  • Thursdays 8am to 5pm

Keep in mind that we are closed from 1pm to 2pm for the lunch hour.

Contact Our Los Gatos, CA Dental Clinic

If you have a question, you can call us during normal office hours, or during our administrative office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 1pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

We will ask that you fill out three forms when you come to Nicole Pagonis, DDS, for your dental appointment.

  1. Patient registration form
  2. Medical history form
  3. Nicole Pagonis DDS financial policy
  4. Nicole Pagonis DDS privacy policy
  5. Records release form (if needed)

Download Patient Forms

You may download these from our website and fill them out before coming in if you’d like to save time. If you plan to fill them out while you are here, please arrive for your dental appointment about 15 minutes early to give yourself enough time.

Our Hours and Dental Services

We are open for patient visits on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8am to 5pm, and closed for lunch from 1pm to 2pm. We have administrative office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8am to 1pm, so we are here to take your calls on those days. Dr. Pagonis offers the general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry your family needs to maintain healthy smiles, including checkups and cleanings, children’s dentistry, teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental implants, and treatment for TMD and bruxism.

Contact Our Los Gatos, CA Dental Clinic

If you have further questions, you are welcome to give us a call. We see patients of all ages in Los Gatos, CA, as well as the surrounding areas of Saratoga, Campbell, Monte Sereno, and San Jose. Call today to make an appointment!

We look forward to seeing you.

Woman holding jaw from pain | Dental Emergency Care Los GatosDental emergencies usually happen at the most inopportune times, and we understand that they can be scary. The first thing to remember is not to panic. We are here for you at Nicole Pagonis, DDS, and we recommend that you just give us a call. We can talk to you about the situation and advise you on the best course of action. We always keep time in our schedule to see dental emergencies.

First Steps in a Dental Emergency

Our first order of business will be to provide palliative care to ensure that you are not in pain, so we will do what we can to alleviate any discomfort. Dr. Pagonis will do a thorough examination and make treatment recommendations. Then we will schedule a follow-up appointment.

If you are bleeding uncontrollably or think you might have broken your jaw, we recommend that you call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

Contact Our 95032 Dental Clinic for Emergency Dental Care

If you have a dental emergency or if you are not sure if your situation is urgent, just give us a call. We welcome patients of all ages in Los Gatos, CA, as well as the surrounding areas of Saratoga, Campbell, Monte Sereno, and San Jose. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible!

Preventive Dentistry

Absolutely! Dr. Pagonis and her team realize that dental anxiety is very real for some people in Los Gatos, CA, and they will do everything they can to help ensure you have a comfortable experience while you are here. Dr. Pagonis is well known by patients for her gentle, compassionate care as well as her friendly demeanor.

Caring and Comfortable Dental Care in 95032

We never want anyone to avoid getting routine dental care because of dental anxiety. Let us know when you make your appointment that you are anxious about your visit. We can tell you more about what you can expect while you are here, and we find that it is often enough to help alleviate fears.

We treat patients in Los Gatos, CA, as well as the surrounding areas of Saratoga, Campbell, Monte Sereno, and San Jose. Give us a call to make an appointment. Our office hours are:

  • Monday 8am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 8am to 5pm
  • Thursdays 8am to 5pm

Keep in mind that we are closed from 1pm to 2pm for the lunch hour.

Contact Our Los Gatos, CA Dental Clinic

If you have a question, you can call us during normal office hours, or during our administrative office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 1pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

Some people wonder why they should go to the dentist if they aren’t in pain or don’t have any other oral issues. Because good oral health is based on prevention, routine visits to the dentist are crucial.

Preventive Dentistry Can Help Us Discover Dental Issues

Many dental issues, including gum disease and tooth decay, are present without any signs or symptoms. When people don’t address these issues in their earliest stages, they will only get worse. For example, if Dr. Pagonis discovers a small cavity forming, she can fill it to prevent it from growing. If left untreated, a small cavity will get bigger. Eventually, you might develop an infection if the tooth root and find out that you now need a root canal.

Gum Disease Treatment

In the case of gum disease, if we catch it early enough, we can sometimes reverse it. But if you wait to see the dentist until your gums are bleeding and sore, we can only manage the condition. If you ignore those signs, you might notice your teeth are loose, and eventually, you will begin to lose your teeth.

Schedule An Appointment Today

Preventive care is key to maintaining good oral health, and routine visits to our Los Gatos, CA general dentist, as well as good home care, can help you keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.

Woman getting her teeth cleaned | Dentist Los Gatos CAAt your first dental appointment with Nicole Pagonis, DDS, you will get a thorough examination, and Dr. Pagonis will go over your medical history as well as your goals for your smile. Because this examination is so thorough—usually lasting over an hour—we will schedule you for a follow-up appointment for a teeth cleaning. Your first examination will reveal to Dr. Pagonis the current state of your oral health, so we can plan the type of teeth cleaning you’ll need. Dr. Pagonis will also talk to you about other dental treatments you might need, including tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, and periodontal care.

Contact Our Los Gatos, CA Dental Clinic To Learn More

If you have further questions, you are welcome to give us a call. We treat patients in Los Gatos, CA, as well as the surrounding areas of Saratoga, Campbell, Monte Sereno, and San Jose. Give us a call to make an appointment. We are open for patient visits on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8am to 5pm, and closed for lunch from 1pm to 2pm. We have administrative office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8am to 1pm, so we are here to take your calls on those days if you should have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you!

TMJ, TMD, and Bruxism

Jaw pain, headaches, poor sleep, sensitivity, cracks, and worn down teeth are some signs you are clenching or grinding your teeth.

Symptoms include pain in your jaw and the supporting muscles. Other symptoms like difficulty opening, headaches, and neck pain can also occur. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD please inform your dental hygienist and Dr. Pagonis. Proactive steps can be taken to relieve your pain and maintain the integrity of your teeth. This may include fabricating a custom appliance to align your jaw and protect your teeth.

Bruxism is the involuntary habitual grinding of the teeth, typically during sleep.

TMD stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. This causes pain and compromised movement of the jaw joint and surrounding muscles.

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. However, the acronym TMJ (or TMD) is often used to describe the dysfunction of these jaw joints.

Your dentist in 95032 understands that the dysfunction of this joint can be very painful. It can mean a popping sound when you open your mouth or pain when you chew. It can lead to ongoing headaches, neck pain, and even shoulder aches.

There are several causes, including:

  • Bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth)
  • Injury
  • Anatomical anomaly

We provide custom TMJ treatment in Los Gatos, CA to help our patients enjoy an improved life quality. Your dentist wants to relieve your pain and restore your jaw to better function.

Our treatments may include specific exercises or a custom nightguard to prevent nighttime bruxism—a common cause of TMJ. Your dentist provides an exam and shares findings with you before creating a treatment plan that addresses your needs. We also answer your questions and monitor you closely throughout treatment.

For TMJ Treatment, Contact Your Dentist in Los Gatos, CA

Don’t leave TMJ untreated. It can lead to severe jaw joint issues that may eventually require surgery. We want to help you avoid this invasive method. Reach out today for your evaluation.

Veneers

When a tooth is misshapen, discolored, or worn down Dr. Pagonis can change the way it looks. She does this by removing a small amount of tooth structure to make room for lab fabricated veneer. This porcelain veneer in Los Gatos will be the color, shape, and size that best fits your individual circumstances.Porcelain Veneers are a great way to replace missing teeth, brighten your smile, and so much more!

Why Should I Consider Porcelain Veneers? 

Veneers are a relatively quick way to completely alter your smile. If you have flaws with your teeth that you don’t like, including chips, cracks, gaps, or even crooked teeth, veneers can cover them up. We can place just one veneer if you have one flawed tooth—or we can change your entire smile.

You should plan on at least two appointments to our Los Gatos, CA dental office to get your veneers. At your first appointment, you and Dr. Pagonis will decide how you want your new smile to look; then, she will prepare your teeth. After your veneers are ready from the lab, you’ll return to our dental office, and she will place the veneers, make any needed adjustments, and bond them into place permanently.

Contact Your Dentist in Los Gatos To Learn More

If you think porcelain veneers in Los Gatos is the best cosmetic solution for you give us a phone call today. Our entire dental team at Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS is thrilled to meet you and get you the confident smile of your dreams!

 

Generally speaking, nothing in dentistry lasts forever. Dr. Pagonis and her team strive to produce exceptional dentistry. Coupled with your efforts as a patient, restorations such as veneers in Los Gatos can last a long time.  Individual circumstances, eating habits, home care, diet, and stress all play pivotal roles in the maintenance of your teeth and restorations. As a clinician, Dr. Pagonis would like to see your veneers last at least 10 years. Many variables play an important role in increasing the longevity and health of your veneers. It is important you maintain a healthy diet, maintain excellent dental home care, and visit Dr. Pagonis for routine dental cleanings and exams. This will allow Dr. Pagonis and her dental hygienists to monitor your veneers on an ongoing basis.

How Can Porcelain Veneers Help My Smile?

Porcelain veneers in Los Gatos are a fantastic option if you want to replace missing teeth, brighten your smile and so much more! If you want to see real patient results from veneers at Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS check out our Smile Gallery with before and after photos to see how veneers can help you.

Call Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS To Learn More

If you think porcelain veneers in Los Gatos are the best dental procedure for you, don't wait! Contact Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS today to ask any further questions you may have and schedule your next dental appointment with us!

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