General Dentistry Specialist

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Viva Smile

General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Van Nuys, CA & Granada Hills, CA

You only get one smile in your lifetime, which is why you should make sure that you’re treating it right. Gohar Hovsepyan, DDS, and Káren Baghdasaryan, DDS, MBA, AAACD, AFAAID, at Viva Smile in Van Nuys and Granada Hills, California, offer state-of-the-art dental and periodontal care with the most advanced techniques and technology available to modern dentistry. Keep your teeth and gums healthy today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

General Dentistry Q & A

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry is the maintenance and treatment of your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. Your general dentist at Viva Smile is dedicated to keeping your smile healthy, whether that means performing routine cleanings and exams, treating gum disease, or fitting you with a beautiful restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures.

How often should I see a dentist?

You should schedule an appointment at Viva Smile whenever you have an oral condition that’s bothering you. Even if you think your smile is perfectly healthy, you should still see a dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings and exams. 

Regular dental cleanings are the cornerstone of good oral health and can help your dentist identify and prevent problems before they have a chance to develop into something serious. 

What general dentistry services do you offer?

Viva Smiles offers exceptional services in general dentistry, including:

Mercury-free dental fillings

Dental fillings are the most common treatment for cavities caused by tooth decay, and with the tooth-colored, mercury-free fillings offered by Viva Smile, your dentist can restore your oral health without damaging the beauty of your smile.

Dental fillings are used by our dentists in order to seal and protect teeth that have been treated for tooth decay. Fillings can also be used for damages teeth that are broken or cracked. They are highly durable and make of a tooth-colored material which is why they are a great, natural-looking option for healing teeth.

Dental sealants

Sealants are a popular procedure that provide extra cavity protection for patients of all ages, though they’re most often used with younger patients.

Dental sealants can be used in patients of all ages, but they are most often used in younger patients. The reason for this is that they are sometimes used in baby teeth to protect them for when the permanent teeth arrive or can be used to protect permanent teeth since our younger patients have a long life ahead of them! Sealants can be placed quickly and easily, are clear and are non-invasive.


Dentures are an excellent way to reclaim your smile and restore your oral health. Viva Smile offers complete dentures for patients that are missing all of their teeth, and partial dentures for patients looking to replace some of their teeth.

Dentures are sometimes called fake teeth and are removable. There are also two types of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures. Patients that have full dentures are those that need complete tooth replacement, and patients with partial dentures only require some tooth replacement. One of the greatest benefits of having dentures is the fact that you enjoy having a full set of teeth again.

Dental bridges

Dental bridges replace a missing tooth, restoring the appearance and functioning of your smile. They can be fixed or removable, and become a comfortable and vital part of your healthy smile.

Dental bridges are used by our dentists to replace one or more missing teeth. They can also be fixed to that they can stay in place permanently or they can be removable, depending on your needs. Our staff will ensure the proper fit in order to make the dental bridge as comfortable as possible. Fixed bridges also eliminate the risk of being misplaced.


A crown is an artificial tooth cap that restores decayed or damaged teeth. Your crown is permanently affixed to your natural tooth root, where it feels, functions, and looks just like a natural tooth.

Dental crowns can be used to restore teeth that have been treated for decay or damages. They are placed on top of the existing natural tooth in order to restore and maintain any treatments that were completed. Crowns are virtually undetectable since they look just like natural teeth.

Tooth extractions

It’s always best to try and preserve your natural teeth, but there are some instances where a tooth just causes more trouble than it’s worth. Viva Smile can safely, effectively, and gently remove your tooth and work with you to choose a replacement option.

As your dentist, we will do everything we can to make sure that your natural teeth are conserved. However, it can occur at times that teeth can no longer be saved. Tooth extractions are needed on teeth that have been damaged due to trauma, severe decay or other issues. Our dental office will provide the appropriate treatment option for you to make sure you are comfortable during your tooth extraction and will also discuss replacement options prior to the extraction.

Gum disease

Many patients don’t even realize that they have gum disease until the condition has already developed into its more advanced stages. Your dentist at Viva Smile, however, can spot gum disease early and provide treatments to restore your oral health.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the infection of gums or supporting bone of your natural teeth. This is caused by increased build-up of plaque and tartar, on and under the gum line. Many patients are unaware that they have this condition since there are sometimes no symptoms. This is why it is important that you visit our dentists in Granada Hills regularly for a check-up.

Root canals

A root canal is a procedure that salvages a damaged or infected tooth without having to extract it. Although movies and television shows have made root canals seem like a scary procedure, they’re actually fairly simple and relatively painless.

Whatever your dental needs, Viva Smile can help. Book your visit today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.

You expect your teeth to stay healthy and durable for your lifetime, but this is not a guarantee. It used to be that an injured tooth would need to be removed. Today, we perform root canal therapy to save teeth and restore comfort to a hurting patient.

When you observe your teeth, they look like hard, solid structures. What you see is the outer shell of enamel, which does happen to be very strong. However, beneath this layer of matter are two deeper areas. Dentin is situated just under enamel, and beneath this material is the pulp chamber. The core area of the tooth contains pulp tissue, which is made up of tiny blood vessels and nerves.

Sometimes, bacteria enters into the pulp chamber through an untreated cavity. Sometimes, infection results from an injury. Whatever the cause, diseased pulp tissue can cause intense, throbbing pain that is difficult to resolve. If infected tissue is not removed, the tissues surrounding the root are likely to be affected, as well. Ultimately, unresolved infection can cause irreparable damage and unnecessary pain.

What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy

  • Prior to treating the tooth, we numb the area for your comfort. The tooth is then isolated using a thin latex sheet. This keeps the site dry for the duration of the procedure.
  • Damaged tooth material is removed before we create a small opening to the pulp chamber.
  • Using tiny files, we remove pulp tissue along with the nerve and roots. The canals are thoroughly cleaned and shaped to accommodate the filling substance.
  • Depending on the severity of infection, medication may be applied into canals prior to filling.
  • Canals are filled with inert material to seal out bacteria.
  • An impression is made of the tooth for the fabrication of a dental crown.
  • A temporary crown is affixed over the tooth to protect it until the final cr

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the health and appearance of your gums. Your periodontist provides a wide range of services to make sure that your gums stay healthy and attractive, from the treatment of periodontal disease to cosmetic procedures like gum lifts. 

Káren Baghdasaryan, DDS, MBA, AAACD, is a renowned periodontist on the team at Viva Smile. With Dr. Baghdasaryan’s advanced periodontics skills, you can rest assured that your gums will stay in excellent shape.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of your gum tissue. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to severe oral health issues, like tooth loss.

The symptoms of periodontal disease are sometimes subtle and can develop gradually, leaving many patients unaware that they have the condition until it’s already in its later stages. 

Your periodontist is trained to recognize gum disease in its earliest stages, which is why it’s incredibly important to maintain regular cleanings and checkups at Viva Smile.

What periodontics services do you offer?

Viva Smile provides its patients with a wide range of periodontics treatments, including:

Gum disease treatment

If you’re suffering from periodontal disease, there are a variety of treatments that Viva Smile can administer to restore your gums’ health.