A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as a tooth replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. It is secured to the jaw by means of a surgical procedure. These tooth implants can be placed in the upper or lower jaw. Due to osseointegration and the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with your bone and becomes a good anchor for a replacement tooth. Dental implants can be a solution for single or multiple missing teeth. Implants are a long lasting quality solution looking just like a normal tooth.
Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by hard to remove stains from coffee, cigarettes, tobacco, wine, cola drinks, and blueberries to name just a few. Other contributing factors may be childhood medications, illnesses, or improper oral hygiene. Restoring your natural white teeth is our team’s priority for you. After your free professional teeth whitening consultation, we will recommend a variety of options for brightening your smile such as: dental grade hydrogen peroxide, laser teeth whitening, take home bleaching trays, or our preferred option -- Opalescence® Boost professional teeth whitening.
Tooth decay is the destruction of the outer surface of your tooth called the enamel. It is a problem for every person no matter your age and it should be prevented or filled before something more harmful occurs, such as infection or extraction. Plaque, which causes deterioration of the enamel, is a sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. The sugar you eat combines with the bacteria which produce acids that attack your teeth. The stickiness of the plaque keeps this acid in contact with your teeth and will eventually break down your enamel, causing cavities, which will need to be corrected with cavity fillings.
Crowns are one of the most durable restorations in dental procedures. In terms of frequency of use by dentists, crowns are second only to resin fillings for the most common of dental procedures. A crown will restore your tooth to its original shape and completely cover the visible part of the tooth. A tooth crown does not replace your entire tooth but fully restore bite functionality and is secured by the root foundation of your natural tooth. The dental crown is hollow and sits on top of your tooth, therefore your tooth needs to be “prepared” in order for your new custom crown to fit perfectly and give you a comfortable bite. Call for a free dental crown consultation today (760) 340-4494.
An endodontic root canal is a procedure that is performed to save a badly infected or damaged tooth and your smile. The dentist will remove the infected part of the tooth and nerve, clean the area, fill and seal it. The most common Endodontic procedure is root canal treatment. Some believe that a root canal is painful, but, in reality, it is very similar to have a cavity filled, producing minimal discomfort. Doctors Steve Phan and Kristina Pham are professionals with many years of experience. They will develop your trust during your first visit. If you are concerned about your teeth, and think you may need endodontic root canal therapy, we are here for you.
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