Welcome to Model Smile Dentistry
At Model Smile Dentistry, you will find Dr. Chow, the Thousand Oaks dentist whose expert dental care keeps our patients as lifelong members of our extended family. Not only is Dr. Chow highly trained, but also his well-known calm, friendly and attentive chairside manner puts patients at ease. When you experience the professionalism of all the staff and the exemplary attention to detail and results, we know that you will be confident and happy as one of our patients. We are dedicated to providing a painless and comfortable dental process that will yield excellent dental health and a beautiful smile for your lifetime.
Meet Thousand Oaks Dentist: Dr. Albert Chow
You would be hard pressed to find a more passionate and dedicated dentist in Thousand Oaks than Dr. Albert Chow. Since opening his private practice, Dr. Chow and his staff at Model Smile Dentistry have earned the trust and testimonials from countless patients who have had the pleasure of receiving their expert, caring and gentle dental care. Dr. Chow aims to be the best dentist Thousand Oaks has by applying his expertise in all aspects of his dental skills. From thorough cleanings and cosmetic dentistry, to restorative, holistic, and emergency procedures, Model Smile Dentistry is pleased to help all their patients achieve outstanding dental results.
Dr. Albert Chow began his dental practice in 1999 after graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine with a degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He then broadened his studies at the world famous Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center located in Manhattan. He completed 1100 hours of continuing education and thereby earned a Masters from the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor only 1% of U.S. dentists have received. His continuing and advanced training resulted in his acceptance as a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD).
As published in Los Angeles Magazine in 2014 and 2015, Southern California dentists voted Dr. Chow as a Super Dentist and as the dentist they'd want to choose for their own dental needs.
More and more health practitioners are discovering that it's not enough to simply treat one area of the body. Holistic dentistry takes into account not only the teeth and oral health, but also the whole health of the person, including body, mind and spirit. Holistic dentistry concerns itself with minimizing any procedure that may be harmful to the body.
It also puts emphasis on finding out the underlying source of a dental problem and seeking to eliminate that, rather than just treating the symptoms.
Dr. Chow demonstrates his belief in addressing the whole person by taking the time to listen to his patients in order to gain a solid understanding of them. He wants to know if they have worries about going to the dentist or certain aspects they shy away from. He and the staff at his Thousand Oaks dentist office, Model Smile Dentistry take measures to be sure you are comfortable and relaxed. Dr. Chow knows that a patient who has been educated about the treatment plan is much more relaxed and even proactive about his or her dental health.Learn more
In addition to the services you would expect from a regular dentist, Dr. Chow goes beyond that and provides other helpful services too. Whole-health dentistry is more than just fixing one or a few teeth. It incorporates additional issues, such as how the jaws work together and how to correct your bite. Dr. Chow has become the dentist Thousand Oaks looks to that can also help solve problems involving sleep apnea and the safe removal of mercury restorations.
Many people have problems with the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. TMJ dysfunction can be responsible for a number of unpleasant symptoms. A gentle but thorough examination by Dr. Chow can help him pinpoint the source, and if it is due to TMJ, he can recommend a treatment plan that will result in great relief.Learn more
Sleep apnea is an airway problem in which you stop breathing for long moments or your breathing is too shallow while you are sleeping. When you don't get adequate amounts of sleep, you suffer. It can even be life threatening. Dr. Chow can test you, and if you are suffering from sleep apnea, he can help you.Learn more
When removing amalgam fillings that contain mercury, it's necessary to follow strict protocols to eliminate or minimize the chance of further exposure to mercury. Dr. Chow practices careful removal of amalgam fillings so any mercury vapor released during removal is contained and disposed of per exacting standards.Learn more
Cosmetic Dentistry in Thousand Oaks
If your smile shows crooked, broken, discolored or missing teeth, you probably feel embarrassed and try to hide it. Let yourself shine with a smile that truly communicates joy and beauty to the world. If you want the best cosmetic dentist Westlake Village has to offer, look no further. When you have a healthy, radiant smile, the world smiles back.
With porcelain veneers, you can almost instantly address some of the most common cosmetic complaints, including uneven teeth, gaps, discoloration, unaligned teeth, or chipped or broken teeth. Veneers provide a great solution to a less-than-perfect smile.Learn more
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the proven, modern method. Many patients opt for implants instead of a bridge, and even denture wearers can have them modified with implants so that they never slip or move.Learn more
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
When gums recede, they pull away from the tooth and begin to reveal its root. This exposure renders the tooth root susceptible to bacteria and the surrounding gum to disease. The remedy is to treat the gums so they once again cover the tooth properly. Pinhole gum rejuvenation is a very non-invasive method of pulling the pliable gum tissue back into position where it protects the tooth again. Before pinhole gum rejuvenation, gum grafting was the main method to rejuvenate these gums, which requires cutting the gums and placing sutures.
Pinhole gum rejuvenation, on the other hand, only requires a small hole made by a needle in the area of the recession. With skillful maneuvering, Dr. Chow can pull underlying gum tissue down over the exposed root. There is no cutting or suturing, and the pinhole itself closes usually within a day. Dr. Chow's gentle and expert handling of this technique makes it a great alternative to gum surgery. Find out if pinhole gum rejuvenation is an option for you.Learn more
A Consultation With Dr. Chow
We welcome the opportunity to help you understand the state of your oral health. With a consultation, Dr. Chow will do a thorough exam and then go over the results with you. A dental consultation covers all aspects of your dental and oral health, not just whether or not you have any obvious gum disease or tooth decay. Dr. Chow will assess:
- Condition of current restorations (crowns, fillings)
- Signs of decay, missing teeth
- Bite alignment
- Gums and bone supporting each tooth
- Throat, gums, tongue (checking for tumors, cysts)
- Jaw joint and jaw muscles
- Changes observed between visits
During the consultation Dr. Chow will also ask questions concerning your general health and any medical condition you may have. In this way he can modify treatment to align with conditions such as diabetes.
Tackling fear of dental treatment
Another part of the consultation, particularly for new patients, is listening to patients, and understanding their concerns and worries. Patients that are very anxious about dental visits can rest assured that their needs will be met regarding pain relief, sedation and pace of treatment.
Thousand Oaks residents who are looking for a compassionate dentist who understands their fear can rely on Dr. Chow. He has been practicing holistic dentistry for decades and knows this aspect of dental care is very important in relieving stress and resistance to seeing the dentist. His view is that patients must feel comfortable and confident in the way their dental needs will be met. In that way patients won’t put off visits to the dentist until the situation is extreme.
Digital X-rays are taken to check the condition of the bone supporting your teeth and to check root position. X-rays also allow Dr. Chow to see if there are any abscesses at the root or if any teeth are impacted. Internal decay and decay where the teeth meet can also be diagnosed from digital X-ray images.
Dr. Chow offers biocompatible dentistry for patients with sensitivities to restoration products. This means that patients can be tested for reactions to materials before they are used in permanent restorations. If you have allergies or sensitivity to certain materials like latex, be sure to let Dr. Chow know so he can accommodate your needs.
Once your consultation is complete, Dr. Chow will provide a treatment plan designed to correct any functional or cosmetic issues you have. The consultation will go over options for treatment as well as the cost and will provide a timeline if the treatment will extend over several months.
At Model Smile Dentistry, our Thousand Oaks dentist and staff believe that an informed patient benefits the most. If you have questions about a certain procedure, Dr. Chow will explain it and answer all your questions. Whether it's about hygiene, implants, gum disease, extractions, cosmetic dentistry or anything else, Dr. Chow can help you. He firmly believes in listening to his patients and finding out their concerns and goals. We are confident you will find Model Smile Dentistry to be everything you need in a caring, expert and professional dental office. Whether it's the best restoration, family, emergency or cosmetic dentist Thousand Oaks & Westlake Village can offer, we know you will find it here.Schedule a Consultation