California Dental & Braces

By: Dr Kim Dentistry  09-12-2011
Keywords: teeth, Gum, tooth decay

PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

Preventative dentistry is vital for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Routine preventative care needs to be a lifelong commitment. Excellent home care including brushing and flossing is the beginning of a good preventative regimen, but periodic dental visits including a thorough examination, x-rays, and professional dental cleanings are essential to avert potentially serious problems that can lead to tooth decay and loss.

DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

Depending upon your unique situation and dental health, your visit may include any of the following diagnostic and/or preventative services.

  • Take necessary cavity-detecting x-rays
  • Assess your periodontal (gum) tissue
  • Evaluate existing dental restorations for proper fit, function and aesthetics
  • Check your bite, chewing and swallowing patterns
  • Review and update your medical history
  • Evaluate possible cosmetic enhancements of your smile
  • Examine and screen for oral cancer
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Presentation of prescribed dental treatment plan and recommendation of future treatment (orthodontics, periodontal therapy, cosmetic treatments.)

ORAL HYGIENE VISIT

  • Clean and Scale teeth to remove all plaque and calculus (tartar)
  • Remove surface stains from the teeth
  • Apply pit and fissure sealants to help prevent decay
  • Fluoride application
  • Instruction in tooth brushing and flossing
  • Polish teeth, and porcelain, gold, & resin restorations
  • Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease, or simply gum disease, is the single most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This inflammatory disease attacks the gums, bone and other supporting structures of the teeth. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a colorless film of bacteria forms on the teeth. Plaque mixes with sugars and starches in the diet to form acids and toehr by-products in the mouth, irritating gums and causing them to become red, tender and swollen. It also causes the gums to bleed easily. If not removed daily, plaque hardens to form calculus (tartar) around the necks of the teeth. The tissue that attaches the gums to the teeth can be destroyed by the irritants in plaque. The gums pull away from the teeth and small pockets form between the teeth and gums. These pockets become filled with more plaque. As pockets deepen, it becomes impossible for you to clean the plaque out. Eventually the bone structure supporting the teeth can be destroyed.

TREATMENT

The type of treatment you require depends on how advanced your particular case is. Individualized treatment may include any of the following:

  • More Frequent Cleanings - it may take the bacteria at the base of the pocket up to three months to colonize into numbers able to destroy bone. Frequent cleanings can prevent this buildup.
  • Scaling and Root Planning - Scaling is removing the calculus depositis from your teeth. Root planning is the smoothing of the root surfaces so that the gum tissue can reattach to the tooth.
  • Curettage - Removes the soft tissue lining the periodontal pocket. This helps the fum tissue to heal.
  • Gingivectomy - The surgical removal of the periodontal pocket to allow easier access for cleaning.
  • Flap surgery - Allows us to gain access to the root of the tooth for removal of calculus, plaque and diseased tissue. The gum is then secured back into place

COSMETIC TREATMENTS

Create a great first impression with the help of cosmetic dentistry. Whether you are looking to enhance the shape, color, size, or alignment of your teeth porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, gum contouring and/or bonding can provide the solution.

PORCELAIN VENEERS

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are a thin, semi-translucent laminent permanently bonded to your teeth. While they're not suitable for every patient, veneers are the most aesthetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions involving the front teeth, including:

  • Diastemas (spaces between teeth)
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained or washed-out fillings
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth that can't be bleached
  • Crooked teeth
  • Bonding

Bonding can be the perfect option to correct for small imperfections of front teeth. An option for chipped or cracked teeth, bonding is process in which enamel like material is applied to a tooth's surface, sculped to an ideal shape, and plished for an ideal smile.

SOFT TISSUE GUM RECONTOURING

The soft tissue (gum) is the frame for beautiful teeth. If the soft tissue frame is not shaped properly or excessively covers the teeth you will not have the beautiful smile you want.

A few common conditions that detract from the teeth are:

  • Unsymmetrical gum tissue
  • Misshapen contours around the teeth
  • bulky or too much gum making the teeth look short…."The Gummy Smile"
  • Soft tissue contouring allows us to reshape the soft tissue with a special laser in 1 visit. The procedure is virtually painless with no after affects. Soft tissue gum contouring is also often utilized during porcelain veneers or crown preparations. It is important both aesthetically and functionally during these procedures.

The end result of gum contouring is longer, slender more beautiful teeth.

TEETH WHITENING

Britesmile is a breakthrough in-office teeth whitening system that restores your teeth to their natural whiteness in about one hour. Britesmile is the only system with clinical proof of an average of 8 or more shades of whitening improvement.

It's a safe, comfortable procedure. After it has been determined that whitening is a appropriate treatement for you, our staff will begin your whitening teatement. Your teeth and gums will be prepared with special materials. The Britesmile whitening gel is then applied directly to your tooth surface and exposed to the Britesmile light source. The combination of thermal activity with the whitening gel will cause the surface staining of your teeth to be gradually removed.

Britesmile is a state of the art treatement. In fact its advanced technology gives you results that can last for years.

RESTORATIVE TREATMENTS

Restorative treatments are utilized to replace old fillings, broken teeth or missing teeth. In each situation we evaluate the patient's condition based on a thorough examination and utilizing other diagnostic tools such as x-rays, digital photographs, and possibly diagnostic models. A treatment recommendation is then made for the strongest, longest lasting restoration available for the particular condition.

CROWNS & BRIDGE

Crowns (or caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function. A bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of bridge consists of crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to onnect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-limke appendages. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants. Crowns and bridges can be made entirely of tooth-colored material, metal or a combination to provide optimal aesthetics. Some metal-free crowns and bridges incorporate stress-bearing materials to enhance their strenghth and wear-resistance.

TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS

Tooth colored filling are an alternative to traditional metal fillings.

Silver fillings are no longer utilized, they characteristically darken over time, and have tendency to cause damage to a tooth in the long run. Silver fillings often undergo metal fatigue, corroding and leaking over time.

When restoring a tooth with a resin or tooth colored filling we can be conservative with the amount of tooth structure removed since the filling material is bonded to the tooth. Also since white fillings are bonded to your tooth they actually add strength to the tooth.

Resin is an attractive, natural looking option for restoring decayed teeth.

INLAYS & ONLAYS

Inlays and onlays are frequently used to restore teeth that are severely damaged by decay or wear. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaced of the back teeth. They provide more strength than a filling and are more conservative than a full crown.

Porcelain onlays prevent decay and wear while providing a more beautiful appearance.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental Implants offer a natural looking, comfortable, permanent solution to replacing missing teeth. Implants can be utilized to replace a single missing tooth, support bridge a or secure a denture.

Think of dental implants as metal anchors, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone to hold permanent replacement teeth or dentures. Through a process called "osteointegration", the jawbone actually attaches itself to the implant over time, providing tremendous stability. A lifelike ceramic restoration is then placed over the implant in order to perform the same or better then a natural tooth. Implants provide a highly stable support system for the replacement tooth or denture. Because dental implants function remarkably like natural teeth, most people who get them experience a renewed sense of self-confidence once they realize they can again chew, talk, laugh and smile with confidence. A single implant can be made when adjacent teeth are healthy and in place.

Keywords: Gum, teeth, tooth decay