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Dr. Yigal Prilutsky

Dentistry
Los Angeles, CA
21 years experience male

Locations

Office

Los Angeles, CA

Address

8515 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Aetna Dental

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Ameritas Dental

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BlueCross BlueShield

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Cigna Dental

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Humana

Humana Dental

MetLife

MetLife Dental

Premier Access

SafeGuard

United Concordia

United Concordia Dental

Office

Los Angeles, CA

About

Bio

Dr. Prilutsky (a.k.a., Dr. P) is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 2001. He then continued his training at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California as a resident. His extensive training, clinical expertise, and compassionate and caring nature have made him a top choice with patients. Dr. Prilutsky knows that education does not end when one graduates. Technology and methods continually improve. Therefore, his never-ending quest for knowledge and improvement leads Dr. P to seek continuing education beyond the minimum number of hours mandated by the California Dental Board. Additionally, patients routinely comment about Dr. P's sense of humor, which helps them relax and feel more comfortable. Dr. Prilutsky utilizes the most advanced dental materials and techniques to create beautiful, healthy smiles every day! When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Prilutsky enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and 2 daughters, cooking, reading, exercising, martial arts, and playing his classical guitar and piano. And yes, Dr. P finds time to watch TV too, but it has to be the History Channel!!! Dr. Prilutsky believes that excellence in dentistry begins with a careful diagnosis and treatment plan to establish the goals to be achieved together with the patient. Communication and long-term relationships are important to Dr. P. So please be sure to let him know what is on your mind and ask lots of questions. <em> </em>

Specialties
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Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Languages spoken

Hebrew, Russian

Doctor Q&A

44 Answers
3 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Hard to say: Dentistry is not an exact science. Often, dentists will have disagreements and different opinions. This does not necessarily mean that one dentist i... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
A hole: Simply speaking, a cavity in a tooth is a hole. Most frequently the hole is caused by tooth decay. Depending on the depth and extent of the cavity, it... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
A general dentist: You should first see a general dentist to determine what the problem is and its cause. Based on those finding, the dentist will decide whether or not... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Discretion: It is up to your general dentist to decide whether or not he or she is comfortable doing a particular procedure. Most dentists have certain procedure... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Ease of use: An electric or power brush is not necessarily better than a manual brush. Both types of brushes are effective if used correctly and frequently. The ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Keep it clean: You should see a dentist as soon as possible, as cavities can get worse. If you wait too long, a simple filling many turn into a root canal, or worse... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
See a dentist: Treating tooth decay is not a "do-it-yourself" project. Depending on the extent and location of the decay, you may need a small filling, a root canal... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Failure: Unfortunately, even the best root canals and crowns eventually fail. Some may fail within months, while others may take decades. It is likely that yo... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Neither: Neither a filling nor an extraction should be painful. Both of those procedures requires anesthesia. If the anesthesia is done properly and your bod... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes: It is possible and desirable! that's the main goal of brushing and flossing. You want to remove plaque before it hardens and turns into tartar.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Of course!: An endodontist has 2 or more additional years of formal training as compared to a general dentist. However, the additional training does not guarante... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
You shouldn't!: I am an experienced dentist, and i would not try to clean my own teeth. A lot of harm can be caused to your teeth and gums if a cleaning is not done ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
No evidence: There's no clear evidence that amalgams is unsafe. It's been used in dentistry for well over 100 years and has proven to be durable and effective. How... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Reduce, not prevent: Many factors determine whether or not you'll get cavities. Good brushing and flossing can reduce the risk of getting cavities, but will not completel... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
It's Up to You: Using nitrous oxide during any dental procedure can certainly relax the patient. However, the vast majority of root canal treatments are done with on... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
NO!!!: Any invasive dental procedure would hurt if you are not properly anesthetized. A root canal is no different. If you feel any pain during the treatmen... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes and No: Unfortunately, there isn't a clear answer for your questions. There are several factors that determine whether or not there is pain, and its severity... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Ask your dentist: Your dentist should be able to recommend the proper pain killer for your specific problem, as only he or she knows your medical history, and the type ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Possibly: We know that stress affects your immunity. So you are more prone to infection, including dental and periodontal infections, if you have extreme stres... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes it's dangerous!: Valium, like many other controlled substances, is dangerous. That is why you cannot buy it over-the-counter. You need a prescription from a qualifie... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Talk to an MD: I am not aware of any such connections. You should probably consult a neurologist.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Maybe: It's hard to answer this question without seeing your x-rays and doing an exam. But in general, with the exception of wisdom teeth, every tooth in th... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Different things: There are several causes for pain when drinking liquids. These include dental cavities, gum recession, cracked/chipped teeth, heavy/unbalanced bite, ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Depends: In some dentists' hands, every patient may experience sensitivity following a procedure, while other dentists rarely cause such symptoms. It depends ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Ergonomics: Tennis balls, sponges, silicone handles, and other contraptions are used to increase the grip size of a tooth brush. These types of aides are designe... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes: Yes there are. In my office in the culver city area i offer both invisalign and clearcorrect. Both systems utilize clear removable aligners. Clearcorr... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes: The most common active ingredients in professional whitening products are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Either one of those can cause fro... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Not necessarily: Both manual and power brushes can be very effective in removing plaque if used correctly. Many people find power brushes to be easier to use, as the ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Dentally speaking...: From a dental perspective, "filling" is an umbrella term used to describe putting material into or onto a tooth. This may be due to a cavity (decay),... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Depends: It's hard to give you a precise answer without seeing your x-rays and doing an exam. However, the first course of action should be to treat the infec... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
See the dentist: You may simply need an adjustment of the filling. But sometimes it may take a few days or weeks for sensitivity to subside.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
See a dentist: Dental pain could mean many different things. Among them, as you point out, are tooth decay, sensitive teeth, or sinus problems. You should see a de... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Possibly: Depending on the type of bleaching and the type and depth of stain your tooth has. Often a dead tooth that had a root canal treatment requires intern... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes and No: There are many factors that contribute to the presence of oral disease. We see high rates of tooth decay in certain geographic areas, and very low ra... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Depends: There are different types of professional tooth whitening options. They all work. However, there isn't necessarily a "best" procedure out there. It... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
You need not wait: As long as you didn't have any sedation done (iv, pills, general anesthesia), you should be able to resume your daily activities immediately.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Go to someone good: It doesn't matter whether you have your root canal treatment done by an endodontist or by a general dentist. What matters is their competence. An en... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Maybe: Typically, if a 4-year-old requires extensive dental work, it is best done under sedation. Many pediatric dentists can manage doing dental work witho... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes: Silver, or just about any other kind of filling, can be removed. Of course you should see a licensed dentist to have this done. There are a few alte... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
It varies: Costs depend on location in the mouth, material used, geographic location, type of practice, and insurance. Could be under $100 up to several hundred... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Yes: Your disposition to dental decay depends on many factors. Certainly good oral hygiene habits play a major role in prevention. However, there are oth... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
See your dentist: One of the most common reasons for discomfort following the placement of a new filling is the height of the filling. Often all it takes is a small ad... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
Both: Any brush is good if used regularly and correctly. Most dentists recommend choosing a soft-bristled brush if you are using a manual brush. With powe... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
It is not: Generally speaking, periodontal disease is not curable. However, it is controllable and maintainable. There is currently no predictable and reliable... Read More

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Nov 30, 2012
I am a retired dentist with 32 years of experience in my own general practice.I have been treated on many occasions by Dr Prilutsky and was extremely happy with the quality of his work.His knowledge a...Read More
Nov 30, 2012
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky is a tremendous asset to Avvo. He has the unique gift of giving honest answers to some difficult questions that are easy to understand and that show his compasssion for dentistry....Read More
Nov 30, 2012
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky is a highly skilled dentist who both cares deeply for the well-being of his patients and is committed to clinical excellence. His experience and expertise in root canal therapy is...Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Service Award, Robert R. Andrews Honor Society
Outstanding Service as Chapter President, Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity
Certificate of Merit in Research, Quintessence Publishing Company, Inc.

Affiliations

American Dental Association
California Dental Association
Los Angeles Dental Society
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