About our Practice

At Permalla Dental Care, we are devoted to achieving your optimal dental health. We provide the best care available to maintain, restore and enhance the natural beauty of your smile.

High Standards

Petaluma dentist, Dr. Praveena Permalla is dedicated to delivering the highest standard of dental service to each patient she treats. We distinguish ourselves through our level of service, attention to detail, quality of results, and concern for our patient’s overall wellness. Our team of highly trained and caring professionals want to help you enhance the natural, intrinsic beauty of your smile rather than create a result that appears obvious or artificial. We are committed to working with our patients to custom tailor treatment plans according to their desire and convenience.

An Outstanding Experience

We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their visit to the dentist. Dr, Permalla shows particular compassion towards patients who have had bad experiences in the past or who are simply anxious towards dental appointments. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with personalized, gentle care to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We provide NuCalm Relaxation System, noise cancelling headsets, cable television, uplifting music, neck pillows, blankets and gentle care in an enjoyable setting.

Overall wellness through optimal oral health

At Permalla Dental Care we take a comprehensive approach to not only your oral health, but also to your overall wellness. Recent medical studies have shown that there is a definite systemic link between the health of your mouth, teeth, and health of the rest of your body. The mouth often shows early signs and symptoms of other health related issues. At your new patient visit we assess in detail your general health history, dental health history and perform a thorough oral evaluation.

State-of-the-art Technology

Permalla Dental Care is on the cutting edge of modern aesthetic dentistry. We offer the following advanced technologies available today which means shorter, more comfortable visits and predictable, long-lasting, and naturally beautiful results.

  • NuCalm System that enables relaxation in just minutes for enhanced patient comfort
  • Digital x-rays that emit 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays
  • Intraoral camera that captures detailed close-up images of your teeth
  • High Magnification Loupes and Laser cavity Detection, for early detection of decay
  • Remineralization/ cavity reversal
  • VELscope system for early detection of oral cancer
  • Soft tissue laser for aesthetic gum contouring, periodontal therapy
  • Digital photography for client, doctor, and laboratory communication
  • Digital intraoral scanning
  • Sleep apnea evaluation and treatment
Patient Education and Preventative Care

We believe that preventative care and education are very important for our patients' optimal dental health. We focus on a thorough examination – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking necessary x-rays. Early diagnosis of problems and intervention help us in providing the most conservative treatment and saves patients from not only dental discomfort, but also from extensive and expensive treatments.

Minimally Invasive Dental Care

At Permalla Dental Care, we are on the leading edge of modern dentistry by practicing “minimally invasive” dental care, a progressive philosophy and technique used by forward thinking dental professionals. We integrate state-of-the-art technology and the highest quality materials available with advanced clinical techniques and artistic talents to deliver more conservative, less invasive treatment compared to traditional methods.

One of the greatest recent advances in dentistry is the shift towards microdentistry - the practice of early detection, prevention, and intervention of tooth and oral disease, thus preserving healthy tooth structure. This shift in philosophy is moving clinicians away from the practice of “watch-wait-and-treat” dentistry to a significantly more proactive form of “diagnose-and-prevent” approach. Micro dentistry enables us to perform smaller fillings, which last considerably longer when compared to larger fillings.

Since the introduction of fluoridation, outwardly detectable decay has been dramatically reduced. Because of the strengthening that fluoride creates in the outer layer of tooth enamel, the pattern of decay has changed. Rather than large areas of a tooth surface succumbing to the attack of plaque acid, decay now appears as small discreet areas, often undetectable to dental explorer, yet visible as color change inside the tooth under high magnification, which when opened has a balloon effect compromising an extensive amount of tooth structure. Using traditional assessment methods, if the dentist is waiting until a detectable hole is formed, it often means the patient will need a much larger restoration which eventually may need a crown. On the other hand, if the patient is waiting until the tooth hurts, the tooth may need a root canal therapy. At Permalla Dental Care, we use high magnification loupes( higher compared to the industry standard) with extremely bright LED light focussed right to the target area aiding in accurate and early detection, providing superior view. We also use a revolutionary new laser that detects cavities in the earliest possible stages with great accuracy (>90%). The benefits of early detection include:

  • Opportunity to remineralize and reverse cavity progression
  • No anesthesia necessary in most cases
  • No discomfort or pain during treatment
  • Maintain natural tooth aesthetics
  • Preservation of healthy tooth structure
  • Increased longevity of conservative fillings
  • Less patient chair time
  • Lower costs to restore the tooth

We believe Minimally Invasive Dentistry is the new “Standard of care” when treating patients’ dental needs. Less invasive procedures provide for a greater degree of predictability. There are usually several treatment options for any given clinical condition. It is our responsibility that those options are offered to patients with sufficient explanation, so they make an informed decision regarding their treatment choice.

Minimally Invasive Dental care is a mindset. We incorporate this concept in various aspects of patient care. Please click here to learn more about this progressive concept that will benefit our patients’ overall wellness.

Uncompromising Safety

To protect our patients and ourselves, we are equipped with state-of-the-art steam sterilization equipment and strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination procedures using recommendations by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Patient Privacy

We respect your privacy and take additional measures to ensure your information is safe and secure.

Training & Expertise

Dr. Permalla and team regularly attend advanced training in dentistry to ensure they have the most current knowledge and expertise available.

Our team embodies a true extension of modern aesthetic dentistry - they are motivated by treating not just the individual teeth, but the entire smile, the person as a whole. We blend the artistry of our field with an advanced clinical approach unequaled in professional care and personal attention.

Beautiful dental work is as distinctive as handwriting. Dr. Permalla brings to each patient years of advanced training, extensive experience, and consummate creativity and skill. Most importantly it is the attention to details that makes every smile look stunning, yet natural with long lasting results.