Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A True Specialist for Specialty Care


While many laypeople think of a dentist as an all-encompassing term for a healthcare professional who handles all procedures relating to oral care, the truth is that very few dentists can properly perform the most advanced procedures that patients regularly require. The root canal procedure is the perfect example of one that should be handled by a Bakersfield endodontist, rather than a general dentist.
Dr. Malhotra has over a decade of experience as an endodontic specialist, and has spent that time perfecting his methods and technique when performing the all-important root canal procedure. Dr. Malhotra can perform both surgical and non-surgical root canal procedures, and caters each treatment method directly to the needs of the patient. In general, specialists have much more experience treating a specific set of problems, and are much more highly aware of the alternate steps that must be taken if a patient has extraordinary needs. Our entire staff is committed to going above and beyond for each of our patients, no matter how serious or simple their case may be.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Are Root Canals Simple?

If one only looks at a diagram like the one included in this post, they may assume that root canal procedures are relatively simple procedures. Yet, what a diagram does not convey is the skill and technique that is required for a dentist in Bakersfield to carry out these procedures effectively. In fact, it is for this very reason that many people stigmatize the root canal as a worse than normal procedure when it comes to pain. The truth of the matter is that, when performed by an expert endodontist like Dr. Malhotra, the root canal procedure can offer a valuable solution to tooth pain with minimal procedure related discomfort.
Maybe the idea that root canals are simple has something to do with the fact that, by performing them with the regularity and high-level of success that he achieves, Dr. Malhotra makes these procedures seem easy. Yet, an infected nerve in a tooth, the primary culprit that necessitates a root canal procedure, is no laughing matter. These infected nerves can cause a great deal of pain, making the root canal procedure one of the most vital dental services that a Bakersfield endodontist can perform.
While some general dentists do perform what they might consider to be “simple” root canal procedures themselves, it is best that all patients go to an expert like Dr. Malhotra who makes endodontics his specialty and his passion.

Friday, November 6, 2015

How to Deal with Tooth Pain While Waiting for Your Appointment

If you’re suffering from tooth pain it can severely impact your ability to go through your normal life, from difficult tasks at work to helping your children at home. Whether you’re dealing with pain from a cracked tooth or swollen gums, waiting for your appointment with the dentist in Bakersfield can be a painful challenge. Remember to tell your dentist about the pain you’re feeling to see if you can get an earlier appointment. In the meantime, you can try these pain avoidance measures:
  • Cold pack. If your gums are swollen an ice pack to the cheek can make you feel a lot better.
  • Over the counter pain meds. Only take the medication as directed on the packaging.
  • Distract yourself. Sometimes keeping your mind off your pain, with TV or housework, can be enough to dull it.
  • Tea! Peppermint tea has healing qualities that can often reduce the swelling around the area where you’re feeling pain. And an additional perk is that it can also calm your nerves while you wait for your dental appointment.
At Kern Dental Specialties, we are experts at handling dental issues with care and non-invasive procedures that are designed to rid you of the root of your pesky, or worse than pesky, tooth pain. If you’re in need of toothache treatment, sedation dentistry in Bakersfield  or other help, call us today.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

The last thing anybody wants is to get a root canal, that’s for sure. But sometimes it’s a necessity of life. A root canal is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected or decayed. The longer you put it off, the more pain you experience. That’s why it’s so important to read the warning signs early so that you can see a world class endodontist in Bakersfield at Kern Dental Specialties before it gets too bad.
Here are the strongest indications that you may be in need of a root canal:
  • Pain when eating! If your tooth hurts every time you chew or put any pressure on the tooth that could mean it’s infected.
  • Sensitivity! Does your tooth feel uncomfortable or painful when you drink hot coffee? Or when you eat your favorite ice cream? Sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli is pretty common and can mean a lot of things…but major tooth problems are one of those things. Check with your dentist for sure.
  • Swelling in the gums! The gums around an infected tooth can become inflamed or tender.
  • Does the tooth look darker than normal? That could be because it’s decaying.
Although the idea of a root canal can be daunting, it’s actually a simple and usually fairly comfortable process when performed by a skilled endodontist. Once the infected dental pulp is dealt with, you can go back to your pain-free life. Whether you need a root canal, dental implants in Bakersfield, or other assistance Kern Dental Specialties is here for you.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Why Is a Root Canal Necessary?


If you’re dentist has recommended a root canal, you might be searching through your mind for every and any excuse not to go through with it. It’s understandable, since the words “root canal” have been known to induce mild panic. However, if you use the services of an amazing Bakersfield endodontist like Kern Dental Specialties, you can go through the process with a friendly dentist who prioritizes your comfort.
Here are the top reasons why a root canal might be necessary for you:
  • Ending tooth pain. Maybe you have a toothache. Maybe you have sensitivity to heat and cold in your teeth that doesn’t go away. Maybe your tooth pain is giving you regular headaches. This might be happening because the sensitivity of the dental pulp. A root canal is the best cure.
  • Fixing trauma and fractures. There are many different reasons why your tooth may have fractured, from sporting accidents to personal injury. If the fracture extends to the pulp, a root canal can save you from further pain.
  • Tooth decay. If you have a deep cavity, it may have reached the pulp of your tooth. It can become infected with bacteria and get painfully inflamed. A root canal can remove the decay and stop it from doing further damage.
If you need Bakersfield dental implants or root canal, Kern Dental Specialties is the best resource for all of your endodontist needs.  Contact us to get in touch with a great Arvin dentist office today.

Monday, August 10, 2015

How to Get Your Kids to Brush and Floss Regularly


If you’re like many parents, getting your kids to brush their teeth at least twice a day can be a difficult task. For some reason, kids are often bent on never doing anything that’s good for them. They won’t eat their vegetables. They won’t clean their rooms. And they won’t regularly brush their teeth and floss.

Teaching your kids to have good dental hygiene is just as important as any other skills you can teach them, especially since it will benefit them for the rest of their lives. As the top dentist in Bakersfield CA, Kern Dental Specialties understand how vital it is to teach our kids great dental habits. Here are some ways you can get your kids to brush and floss regularly:
  • Explain the consequences of not brushing regularly, such as cavities. They’ll sure be happy to not see the dentist too often!
  • Let them pick their toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. You’d be surprised how much getting to choose their own supplies can excite them about keeping their teeth clean and healthy. Plus, if you can find a brush with their favorite cartoon character, they’ll love it.
  • Lead by example! If at least one parent brushes and flosses with them at the same time, they’ll be more likely to pick up your good habits.
Kern Dental Specialties is the best resource in Bakersfield for dental implants, general dentistry, and more. That’s not all, our offices even offer the revolutionary sedation dentistry in Bakersfield. Call our offices to find out more.

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Best Place for Dental Implants: The Grocery Store?

As a leading center for dental implants in Bakersfield, our team at Kern Dental Specialties likes to follow dental news, but we were surprised when we came across this one. An dental implant normally isn’t something that makes the headlines, but when an implant turns up somewhere it doesn’t belong, like in a bag of almonds, it’s understandably cause for some concern.



According to the Union Tribune, a man named Bob Langham discovered a golden implant when he was enjoying a bag of Almonds, and it wasn’t his own. To his credit, Langham took the discovery in stride. “A lot of people would be grossed out to have another person’s tooth in their mouth,” he said, “But I spent 20 years in the Navy, one in Vietnam, and I’ve seen things in food a lot worse than that.” We’re glad Langham was able to take the discovery so well, but our professional opinion as an endodontist in Bakersfield is that implants should stay in your mouth where they belong. If you’re looking for a Kern County, Bakersfield, or Arvin dentist who can do implants the right way, our team is at the ready.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The First Mouth Based Kitchen Appliance?

As your local Bakersfield endodontist, we thought we’d seen it all here at Kern Dental Specialties, but some things never cease to surprise us when it comes to dental news. This story comes to us from South America, where an Argentinian rugby team was approached by their official beer sponsor with a very interesting offer. Rugby, a sport known worldwide for its rough and tumble nature, often culminates in injuries for its players and the Rugby Union of Argentina is no strangers to gashes, scrapes, and broken bones. For Salta Beer, it was the rugby players’ missing teeth that they were interested in.


The beer maker paid one Dr. Sebastian Juri to design a dental implant that could double as a usable bottle opener. Using a 3-D printer, he individually designed and created implants that had the chewing function of a regular premolar, but also had the unique ability to safely pop the cap off a beer bottle. As a leading dentist in Bakersfield, we’re not sure we can recommend sticking glass and metal in your mouth, even if you have an implant specially designed to do so. Our team has yet to offer a similar service, but if you’re in need of a Bakersfield root canal we’re still the best choice!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quality Dental Care Fit for a Lion


What do you do if you’re a lion experiencing tooth pain so bad that it makes it difficult to eat? You’d do the same thing any of us would do: you find a good root canal dentist. In South Africa, a rare white lion recently underwent a successful six-hour dental operation to remove the broken roots of its two rotting canine teeth. The nine year old lion’s deteriorating dental state and resulting pain caused it to become isolated, aggressive and agitated by its inability to bite down. “A lion without its bite is not really a lion,” said Wildlife Sanctuary officials, “It’s important for a  lion to have a full set of teeth that are usable”.