Dr. Monti has been living in Southern California since 1988, earning her Bachelor and D.D.S. degrees from UCLA. She completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry in Boston at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Children's Hospital. She currently lives in Valencia with her husband, Ryan and children, Joseph and Elizabeth. She enjoys exercising, attending Dodger games, and cheering for the UCLA football team.
Dr. Monti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American and California Dental Associations, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry and Southern California Society of Dentistry for Children.
A native to Southern California, Dr. Shandra graduated from UCLA in 2003 with an undergraduate degree in Physiological Sciences. She loved UCLA so much that it is where she chose to earn her dental degree. Somehow tired of the sunshine and warm weather, Dr. Shandra next moved to Boston, where she completed her pediatric dental residency at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Because Dr. Shandra always wanted to serve her hometown community and be close to family and friends, she happily returned to the Antelope Valley.
Dr. Shandra now lives in Palmdale with her dog Bubbles, a very excitable little Maltese. She loves country music, going to the gym, In-N-Out, and of course rooting for UCLA. Go Bruins!
Denise has lived in Santa Clarita for most of her life, and is a graduate of Canyon High School. She has worked in the dental field for over 10 years and especially enjoys working with kids. She has a son, Nicholas, who keeps here busy with his arts and crafts. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and snowboarding.
A graduate of Saugus High School, Janet has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1979. She has two children, Ryan and Danielle, and is very active in the sports community as a cheerleader for Ryan, a football player for Cal Lutheran and Danielle who is attending Paul Mitchell. Janet has over 25 years experience as an RDA, and more than 10 in pediatric dentistry. When she isn't getting kids to smile in the office, or cheering for her own at sporting events, she is spending time with family and friends.
Jessamyn lived in Santa Clarita for most of her life but recently moved to Lancaster. She is happily married with two children, Aurora and Robert. She started her career in general dentistry, but now says that she is so happy working with kids that she can never imagine going back.
Jessica spent most of her childhood in Canyon Country, but lived for a few years in the Antelope Valley and graduated from Littlerock High School. She has worked in the dental field for five years. She spends her free time with family and friends, and enjoys exercising and relaxing at the beach.
Michelle spent her early years growing up in Simi Valley, but has spent most of her life in the Antelope Valley. She graduated from Highland High School, but she won't say when. She attended the RDA program at Clarita Career College. She is very happily married and has two children, Hayle and Austin. She enjoys hanging out with family and friends in her free time. When she isn't cheering on her kids at one of their sporting events, she is out at the Angels' games cheering for them.
Includes a comprehensive doctor's exam, needed digital x-rays, a professional cleaning, topical fluoride application, and a pre-orthodontic evaluation.
Bring your children in for their first visit before their second birthday and receive a complimentary exam and oral hygiene instruction.
For new parents we follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry - "first visit by the first birthday". Recognizing the short attention span of 1 year olds, we will perform an exam, demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques, and discuss your child's eating, feeding, and oral habits with you.
Prevention is always better than treatment. Brush your teeth twice daily using any soft-bristled, ADA-approved tooth brush. We also recommend the use of modern electric tooth brushes such as Sonicare and Braun. Floss daily to remove plaque between teeth that you can't reach with regular brushing.
Always rinse thoroughly with water after brushing (or after meals if you are unable to brush.) You may occasionally use a mouthwash to rinse. Children may benefit from the use of ACT fluoride rinse, to help prevent cavities from forming in between the teeth.
Dental examinations help to diagnose disease before it becomes hazardous to your health. In addition, regular examinations can save you money by alleviating problems while they are small and before they become expensive to repair, or in some cases, impossible to repair.
A professional dental cleaning will include removing plaque from teeth, removing calculus (tarter) above the gum line. Calculus below the gum line indicates gum disease and requires a different procedure to remove it.
Dental x-rays or radiographs allow the dentist to see things about your oral health that cannot be seen by the naked eye. These items include cysts, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, invisible decay that occurs between teeth, and the location of teeth that haven't grown all the way in.
Modern dental x-ray machines are very safe. We use only state-of-the-art, low radiation machines. The amount of radiation exposure your body receives on an airplane flight from Los Angeles to New York exceeds the amount of exposure you will receive from a modern dental x-ray machine. Contrast this minimal exposure with the risk of not finding an illness until it is too late, and you can see why we prescribe regular diagnostic x-rays.
Normal pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth can trap food that can't be removed by brushing or washed out by water or saliva. A sealant is a tough, plastic material designed to bond (stick) to tooth enamel.
Composite fillings are more than just attractive. They require minimal tooth preparation, in other words less healthy tooth structure is removed to restore the tooth. Also, a sealant can be placed over the remaining exposed grooves of the tooth to minimize the risk of decay on another area of the tooth.
A crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a preformed crown is placed over the tooth. Unlike adult crowns, in which the crown is made to fit the tooth, which requires two appointments, baby crowns are placed in one visit, because the tooth is prepared to fit the crown.
When your child prematurely loses a baby tooth, the use of a space maintainer may be used. A space maintainer -- a combination of bands and wires designed to hold the remaining teeth in a position that will allow the future permanent tooth to erupt in the proper location.
Decay that has reached the nerve of a baby tooth can be quite painful, so we recommend this treatment to preserve the tooth so that it can fall out naturally. Unlike adult root canals, this is a very short procedure that only requires part of the tooth pulp to be removed.
Dr. Amy Monti's office was designed for infants, children and teens. Our facilities are designed to make kids feel right at home. It's a unique Jungle-themed atmosphere that helps children relax and enjoy their experience. Children deserve to experience a gentle, caring approach to their dental care.
We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for the slightly anxious child. An extremely safe option, nitrous oxide helps a child who is cooperative but worried about various aspects of their appointment. It helps alleviate anxiety about having instruments placed in the mouth.