601 E Arrellaga St suite 202, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

General & Preventive Dentistry in Santa Barbara, CA

Dentistry involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (associated with the jaw and face) region of the body. General dentists serve as your first line of defense against oral health problems. As a general dentistry office, Dr. Johansen offers a wide variety of dental services to benefit patients of all ages.
After graduating from an undergraduate program (typically with a BS or BA degree), prospective dental students must attend additional four or more years of schooling at an accredited dental school. Fifty-six such colleges are located in the United States. Dentists receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. DDS and DMD are different titles for the same education and degree.
Dr. Johansen will work with you to develop a customized dental hygiene plan that incorporates dental examination, tooth cleaning, possible tooth scaling, X-ray and use of other diagnostic equipment to prevent, uncover or treat problems as early as possible.
If needed, Dr. Johansen may incorporate a variety of restorative procedures in the development of a comprehensive treatment plan that will help prevent decay or disease of the teeth, mouth, gums and tongue. General dentists also use restorative dentistry procedures to repair the effects of tooth decay, trauma, defect or disease in these areas of the mouth.
As always, our office strives to provide the highest quality dentistry in a caring environment. You will find that most dental procedures are available to you in our office. Below is a list of our General Dentistry procedures and a small explanation of what that procedure entails. If you have further questions please feel free to call our office.
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Home Dental Care Education
  • Periodontal Treatment
  • Comprehensive Exams
A Dr. Johansen will perform a comprehensive dental exam for every new continuing care patient. A Periodic Exam is then given at six-month intervals, which accompanies your Dental Cleanings. Exams include an assessment of tooth decay, the condition of your gums and jawbones, existing restorations, and overall oral health. Also, any concerns the patient may have are thoroughly discussed.
It is important to have regular dental exams to catch dental problems at an early stage. Pain does not always accompany a dental problem in its early stages when it is easier and less expensive to remedy the problem.
  • Low Radiation Digital X-Rays
  • Conventional Fillings
  • Tooth Colored Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Bridge
  • Dental Implants
  • Partial and Complete Dentures
  • Partial and Complete Denture Repairs
  • Root Canal Treatment
  • TMJ/ Grinding Mouth-guards
  • Sports Mouth-guards

Q. What Is Preventive Dentistry?

A. The branch of dentistry concerned with the prevention of disease and the maintenance and promotion of oral health. Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for one's teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.
There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and annual dental cleanings. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age. The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Most people should replace their toothbrushes three to four times a year or as the bristles start to fray.
Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. People with braces may need to use floss threaders to get between the metal brackets.
Annual dental cleanings and exams allow dentists to identify problems and take care of them right away.People should see their dentists twice a year for an exam to check for any problems in the teeth or gums. Early intervention is the key to helping keep dental problems to a minimum and optimize daily dental heath.Eating a balanced diet also helps to protect the teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need.Dr. Johansen and his staff are dedicated to helping their patients prevent dental disease and, as a result, enjoy healthy, functional and beautiful smiles.