The Benefits of Zoom Teeth Whitening

The average person has at least some minor staining or discoloration on their teeth. After all, most people drink coffee, tea, wine, and other dark-colored beverages. Even some foods that are dark in color have the potential to stain or discolor teeth. If you are even slightly unhappy with the look of your teeth, consider the merits of Zoom teeth whitening as detailed below.

Zoom Teeth Whitening has Emerged as one of the Most Popular Whitening Methods

Cosmetic dentists far and wide use Zoom teeth whitening for good reason: it produces results that look amazing and stand the test of time. Zoom teeth whitening is the application of a specialized whitening gel to the teeth. The gel is activated through a light source pointed at the teeth. This light source is applied across a period of 20 minutes. All in all, the Zoom teeth whitening process requires three applications that take a mere hour of your time. This is quite the rapid teeth whitening system, especially when compared to those at-home whitening products that require the patient to apply gels or whitening strips for several weeks. Sadly, many such at-home teeth whitening systems do not work or only slightly whiten the teeth. Furthermore, there is no dentist oversight with DIY at-home teeth whitening. Let the dentist oversee the Zoom teeth whitening process and all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your beautiful new smile.

Zoom Teeth Whitening is Painless and Completely Safe

Zoom teeth whitening is highly effective yet 100% safe. There is no risk of damaging the gums, teeth, or soft tissues when Zoom is applied. The dentist takes the steps necessary to ensure your mouth is fully healthy prior to commencing Zoom treatment. Furthermore, the dentist applies protective barriers to prevent the whitening agent from reaching the gums, lips, cheeks, or any other part of your mouth aside from the teeth. Ask anyone who has had Zoom teeth whitening performed and they will respond that there was no discomfort. Though a small percentage of those who are provided with Zoom teeth whitening report minor tingling, such tingling tends to dissipate in minutes or hours after the treatment.

Zoom Whitens Teeth to Perfection

Zoom really does provide gorgeous-looking white teeth that boost confidence and ultimately make life that much more enjoyable. Zoom is capable of whitening teeth upwards of eight shades in a single hour session. You might also be provided with a whitening tray to use at home to ensure your teeth are whitened to the optimal shade. Though it is unlikely for the stains to reappear, it is possible. In such rare cases, a second whitening session at the dentist’s office will be necessary. However, there is nothing to worry about. Our dentist will do everything necessary to ensure your teeth are a lovely shade of white.

Zoom Teeth Whitening is Quick and Effective

Plenty of patients question whether Zoom teeth whitening can really beautify teeth in an hour or less. Though this brief window of time seems like an exaggeration, it is completely accurate. Let our dentist whiten your teeth with Zoom and you really will enjoy perfectly white teeth in as little as an hours time. If your teeth have stains along the surface, the dentist will apply a whitening varnish along with a sealant that dries remarkably quickly. After half an hour passes, the dentist wipes the varnish away to produce a lovely white smile.

Some patients have teeth with considerable discoloration. If you have significant discoloration, the appointment will be segmented into three sessions. Each session will last around 15 minutes. The dentist will apply the Zoom whitening gel to the teeth in each session. Once the whitening gel is applied, the dentist will shine a special lamp on the teeth to expedite the bleaching process. The logic in applying this unique light is that it breaks down the hydrogen peroxide within the gel to lift those ugly stains right off the teeth, leaving them a beautiful shade of white. All in all, the entire Zoom teeth whitening process is likely to take about an hour. If you would like to listen to music while waiting for the Zoom magic to occur, it won’t bother us. In fact, some patients use their smartphone and headphones to listen to podcasts or audiobooks during their Zoom teeth whitening appointment.

After the Procedure

Once the procedure is over, you will have aesthetically-pleasing teeth that make you proud of your smile. However, you will have to take a couple of measures to ensure your teeth remain a gorgeous shade of white. In particular, it is important to avoid smoking cigarettes, consuming soda, or eating/drinking any other food/beverage that will cause tooth discoloration. Furthermore, if the dentist provides an at-home teeth whitening kit, use it as directed. Finally, regular oral hygiene is of the utmost importance. Continue to floss and brush your teeth at least two times a day. If the dentist advises the uses of a specialized toothpaste for whitening, use it as directed.

Meet With the Dentist to Determine if You are a Candidate for Zoom Teeth Whitening

Most patients qualify as good candidates for Zoom teeth whitening. However, only the dentist can determine if you should choose Zoom for teeth whitening. Meet with the dentist for a tooth and gum analysis as soon as possible. The dentist will likely ask you some questions to determine if professional teeth whitening with Zoom will prove helpful for your unique teeth. There is a small chance your dietary habits will prevent the use of Zoom. As an example, if you are a habitual smoker, drink plenty of coffee or soda, or have another bad habit, the dentist might determine you are not a good candidate for Zoom.

Freedom Dental is on Your Side

Are you unhappy with the look of your teeth? If your teeth are stained or discolored, it is time to take action. Our dental professionals are here to help. We will whiten your teeth to suit your unique skin tone, enhance your aesthetic, and boost your confidence. Give us a call at (925) 692-2010 to find out more about teeth whitening and schedule an appointment.

Best Ways to Find a Dentist Near Me in 2020

When it comes to finding a high-quality dentist who legitimately earns his or her keep, most patients are unsure where to start. Whether you are searching for a dentist to clean your teeth, restore a compromised tooth or improve your smile aesthetic, our dentist will meet your nuanced needs and desires. However, we are well aware of the fact that most people are unwilling to take a dentist’s word at face value. Give us the opportunity to improve your oral health/beauty and you will be more than happy with the results. Below, we provide some helpful information for those looking for a new dentist in 2020.

Finding a new Dentist: Do not Stop Searching Until You Find a True Dental Home

Dental care involves much more than cleaning teeth and the occasional restoration. Your dentist should treat you as a human beings as opposed to a number or a cog in the machine whose sole purpose is to help the practice make money. In other words, you need and deserve a true dental home. Sweat the small stuff when reviewing prospective dentists. It will certainly help to visit the practice in-person to meet the staff, take a look at the office and get a general idea of what it is like to be a patient at the practice. Even if you merely introduce yourself to the support staff and take a quick tour of the dental office, this brief experience will help you get a feel for whether the practice might be a true “dental home” across posterity.

Find your dental home and you will not hesitate to schedule appointments for regular cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, restorations, procedure, etc. Furthermore, if a dental emergency arises, you will know you are in good hands as the dentist will treat you like a family member as opposed to an opportunity to make money.

Go Beyond a Basic Google Search

It is awfully tempting to search Google for “dentists near me” and contact the first practice that shows up in the results. There is no guarantee the dental practices that appear in the first page or two of Google search results will be worth your hard-earned money. Consider whether the practice is easy to reach from your job, house or apartment. Even the practice’s office hours matter as some dentists refuse to work after 5 PM on weekdays. Furthermore, the dentist you have in mind might not be in your dental insurer’s network. Resist the temptation to take the shortcut of relying on the Google search engine results “above the fold” (meaning the top half of the page) and you will stand that much better of a chance of finding the best dentist near you in the new year.

Ask Fellow Locals About Their Experiences at Dental Practices

When in doubt, put your faith in those whom you trust the most. Ask your family members, friends, colleagues and others in your area which dental practice they visit. Pose this question to all the trusted members in your social and political circles and you will likely find at least one person goes to Pleasant Hill Dental for 6-month treatments as well as cosmetic dentistry and dental procedures. Dig deeper into the responses, find out why your friends and family like their specific dentist and you will have a better idea as to whether those favored practices are optimal for your unique oral healthcare needs and desires.

If you are introverted, do not have a large family/social circle or have recently moved to the area, ask trusted professionals in town where they go for dental care. Everyone from your pharmacist to your physician and even members of your church congregation will provide some helpful feedback pertaining to local dentists. When in doubt, give the edge to the dentist that performs a wide array of treatments and procedures. After all, you will likely have numerous dental challenges down the line so it makes sense to form a relationship with a dentist capable of administering numerous treatments, procedures, etc.

Consider Local Dentists’ Payment Options (Or Lack Thereof)

It was not long ago when the majority of Americans had dental insurance and health insurance. My, how times have changed. Nowadays, it seems like half the population lacks dental insurance of any sort. If you do not have insurance, paying for a major dental procedure might prove quite expensive. Inquire with local dentists whether they have financing plans available. Though plenty of dental practices require upfront payment, you might be able to make a down payment and pay off the remainder of the balance with a payment plan suited to your unique procedure/treatment.

If the dentist you have in mind is highly recommended by those in your social or professional circles yet is out of your network, do not cross him or her off your list. Reach out to the practice to see if they will submit claims to your insurance provider. The majority of dental practices are willing to submit claims to all dental insurance providers so do not immediately rule out a prospective practice simply because they are not listed in your employer’s insurer’s network of dentists.

Furthermore, when inquiring about pricing, ask if the estimate provided upfront is indicative of the final bill. Sadly, some dental practices provide low-ball initial quotes only to escalate the price due to alleged unforeseen complications, a hike in the cost of dental materials, etc. If the practice is not completely transparent in terms of pricing, move on to the next candidate.

Find out if Pleasant Hill Dental is the Best Dentist Near You

If you are on the prowl for a new dentist, look no further than Pleasant Hill Dental. Give us a chance to clean your teeth, analyze your oral health and enhance your dental aesthetics. Our aim is to provide exemplary service that inspires you to recommend our dentist to friends, family, co-workers and others in your social/professional circles. You can schedule an appointment at Pleasant Hill Dental by dialing (925) 692-2010. You can also schedule an appointment on the web by filling out our convenient online contact form.

Top Things to Look for in a Cosmetic Dentist in 2020

When it comes to dentistry, no two dentists are equal. In particular, the merit of cosmetic dentists has the potential to differ quite widely from one dentist to another. However, pinpointing the perfect cosmetic dentist for your unique needs is much more challenging than searching the internet for local cosmetic dentists and checking out their reviews on the web. Let’s take a look at the top things to look for when choosing between cosmetic dentists.

Sweat the Small Stuff: Consider the Quality of Materials

Do not make the common mistake of selecting the cosmetic dentist with the lowest rates. Sadly, some cosmetic dentists keep their rates down by using materials of low quality. The last thing you need is a cosmetic dentistry improvement that looks great for a few weeks or months only to prematurely fall apart or suffer an aesthetic decline. You deserve top-quality materials from a properly trained Cosmetic Dentist. So do not assume those low costs quoted by a dentist will stand the test of time. The only reason why some dentists provide cosmetic dentistry solutions at such a low cost is because the materials used to enhance your smile are of particularly low quality.

The Proper Cosmetic Accreditation

The person who makes cosmetic dentistry veneers, crowns, etc. should have the proper accreditation. This individual is referred to as the dental ceramist. He or she should have accreditation provided by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). If proper accreditation is not obtained, the materials used to improve your smile aesthetic simply cannot be trusted. However, mere membership in the AACD will not suffice. The dentist must be properly accredited.

The AACD accreditation process is recognized as thorough and advanced by dental health experts across the globe. It takes at least five years to complete AACD accreditation. This process includes a thorough oral examination, a peer review of nearly half a dozen cosmetic dentistry cases, mandatory seminar attendance and the passing of a complex written exam. If the dentist you have in mind has successfully completed this accreditation, he or she is worthy of your business.

Dig Deeper Into the Ads

Plenty of cosmetic dentists use stock photos as opposed to photos of actual patients’ teeth and gums when advertising their services. Do not assume the images you see on the dentist’s website or other advertising materials are pictures of real patients’ mouths. It is quite possible the images shown to prospective patients are purchased photos featuring the mouths of models.

Do not put any faith in the merit of the dentist unless the photos he or she uses are from real patients who recently had a smile makeover performed at the office. Red flags should be raised if patient names are not provided next to the image. If patient names are not used, the dentist should at least add a statement to the effect of “This image is from an actual patient” or something similar. When in doubt, ask the dentist whether the photos used in advertisements or on the website are real or stock photos.

Results That Improve Dental Function and Form

Everyone enjoys looking at a beautiful smile. However, if the smile is aesthetically pleasing but does not provide the proper functionality, it is not worth the money. Your cosmetic dentist should provide a smile that looks amazing and also proves functional as well as comfortable. Sadly, some patients who spend their hard-earned money for cosmetic dentistry end up with headaches and/or an uncomfortable bite. The bottom line is some cosmetic dentists are not particularly skilled at providing dental treatments that also promote oral functionality. Even a minor imperfection in a smile alignment will lead to damage in due time.

The moral of the story is it is better to spend a little more money for a cosmetic dentist who provides smile enhancements that bolster comfort and functionality rather than pay less for the services of a dentist exclusively focused on aesthetics. The best dentists do not stop perfecting their craft. As an example, our dentist has all the proper occlusal training necessary to provide patients with functional teeth/gum improvements that prove comfortable as well as beautiful. However, some dentists are unwilling to continue learning and subsequently provide cosmetic dentistry services that are essentially stuck in time.

Check out the Patient Testimonials

Patient reviews are of the utmost importance. If you identify negative trends in patient reviews of a cosmetic dentist you have in mind, it is a sign that dentist is not working to perfect his or her craft. This is not to say you have to invest hours reading every single word of all the reviews posted on the web about the cosmetic dentists you are considering. Rather, you should at least scan these reviews to identify common themes that are either positive or negative.

Go as far as checking out the dentist’s social media site to find out as much as possible about the dentist you are considering. However, some patients refuse to believe online reviews simply because they are written by anonymous individuals or those who might have a potential conflict of interest. When in doubt, ask your friends, family, colleagues, classmates and others in the community about the quality of their cosmetic dentist.

Visit the Practice

When in doubt, visit the practice to get a feel as to whether you will be comfortable in the environment. Have a discussion with the office staff, check out the cleanliness of the practice, introduce yourself to the dentist and you will have a good idea as to whether the cosmetic dentist is worthy of your business.

Schedule an Appointment at Pleasant Hill Dental

If you are on the prowl for a cosmetic dentist, look no further than Pleasant Hill Dental. We have helped countless locals improve the look of their smile and their overarching dental health. You can schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist by dialing (925) 692-2010.

The Truth About Root Canal Treatment

The idea of a root canal makes a lot of people weak in the knees, but at Pleasant Hill Dental, we regularly perform root canals that have excellent results and that allow patients to regain their dental health while retaining their natural teeth. Understanding root canal treatment is essential in order to fully comprehend the value of this type of treatment for a tooth that’s infected, injured, or decayed. For most of our patients, understanding the truth about root canals makes them much more comfortable about undergoing the treatment itself.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that’s performed to rescue and repair a tooth that has become badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve tissue and pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth so that it can be thoroughly cleaned and then sealed. Opting out of a root canal treatment can have dire consequences: tissues around the tooth eventually become abscessed or infected and eventually, the patient loses the tooth and may also suffer from additional dental issues related to the infection in the mouth. Here we generally recommend that patients do everything they can to retain their natural teeth for as long as possible.

The term “root canal” is used to describe this procedure because the dentist makes a natural canal or cavity inside the tooth and then seals it up. In a normal, healthy tooth, this area that contains the pulp is soft and alive and it contains the nerves for that tooth. When the tooth becomes sick and decayed, it is the pulp that is affected most profoundly and the dentist is able to remove this part of the tooth in order to restore health while still allowing the patient to retain the outer, hard part of the tooth. So a root canal offers patients the best of both worlds. The patient is able to restore health to their mouth by removing the infection while still retaining the tooth.

How successful are root canal treatments?

There are a lot of myths circulating in pop culture about root canal treatments. A lot of patients think that they should avoid a root canal treatment at all costs, but in fact, research has shown that endodontic treatment (root canal treatment) is often successful and that this type of therapy is beneficial to patients in a number of ways. It’s unfortunate that so many misconceptions about root canals exist because patients who delay treatment for fear of having to get a root canal, or who choose tooth extraction instead of root canal treatment can have unfortunate consequences in the long run.

If your dentist has recommended that you get a root canal treatment and you’re weighing your options, consider the following three myths about root canals and remember, most root canal treatments that we perform at at our Pleasant Hill Dental Office are not only successful, but also they’re performed painlessly and they require very little downtime.

Myth 1: A root canal treatment can make things worse.

The idea that a root canal treatment can cause a patient to get sicker comes from a study that was performed nearly 100 years ago. The claim that root canals can make people sick has already been debunked because the study was poorly designed and it was based on a model of medicine that didn’t fully embrace our current view of science. Today, there is no valid, scientific research that links root canals to the development of diseases elsewhere in the body.

Myth 2: Root canal treatments are extremely painful.

In the early days of root canal treatments, it’s likely that the procedure was painful! Today, technology has been developed to make root canal treatments much more comfortable. At Pleasant Hill Dental, our patients generally experience about the same level of pain that they would expect during a routine cavity treatment. Most of the time, the pain caused by the infection is much worse than the pain caused by the treatment. When the dentist removes the infected pulp from the tooth, often there is an incredible relief. And all the while, the dentist provides pain management to keep the patient relaxed and comfortable.

Myth 3: It’s best to remove the tooth rather than having a root canal treatment.

We always strive to save the patient’s natural teeth. If you can retain your natural teeth, you’ll have a lot more options to work in terms of prosthetics and treatment for aging teeth as you get older. Artificial teeth simply can’t replace the appearance or functionality of natural teeth. For this reason, we always try to save the natural teeth. And because endodontic treatment tends to have a remarkably high success rate, there’s no reason to not try to save the natural tooth whenever possible. A tooth that’s been treated with a root canal can easily last a lifetime. And while a bridge or an implant can be put in place to replace a lost tooth, these procedures require additional time for treatment and they can cause problems to the surrounding teeth and tissues. A root canal allows the patient to retain their natural teeth and avoid any problems related to prosthetic devices.

When is a root canal needed?

If x-rays show that the pulp of your tooth has been damaged by an infection, you’ll need to have a root canal. When infected by bacteria, the pulp begins to die, which then allows the bacteria to propagate. Propagation of the bacteria, in turn, leads to pain and inevitably, the infection spreads. Symptoms of an infection of the pulp include pain while eating and drinking hot or cold foods/drinks, pain when biting or chewing, or a loose tooth. If the tooth isn’t treated, these symptoms progress until pus oozes from the affected tooth, the face or gums swell, or the tooth turns a darker color.

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek treatment right away. If you leave the tooth untreated, it can have serious consequences that will be much more difficult and much more expensive to remedy.

What are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

There is a common misconception smile flaws cannot be corrected. Some people errantly assume corrective dental devices such as Invisalign clear aligners are egregiously expensive. Though Invisalign certainly costs money, it is worth every single penny. These corrective aligners beautify the smiles of adults, teens, and tweens. Ask anyone who has tried Invisalign about the quality and effectiveness of these unique oral health and beautification devices and you will find they work to perfection. The best part is Invisalign clear aligners are invisible and take less time than braces to produce the intended results.

An Explanation of Invisalign Clear Aligners in Plain English

Invisalign aligners1 are a highly-effective alternative to metal braces of yesteryear. Made of polyurethane plastic, Invisalign translucent aligners can be removed with ease at meals, social outings and during teeth-cleaning sessions. However, most patients leave their Invisalign aligners in place even when at work, school and other social gatherings as these devices are nearly impossible to detect with the naked eye. Unlike unsightly metal braces, Invisalign resembles natural teeth. There is no need to bond or cement Invisalign aligners to the teeth. Patients are liberated to remove these aligners as desired yet they are advised to adhere to the dentist’s recommendations to ensure Invisalign makes the optimal impact on oral health and beauty.

Why Invisalign has Become so Popular

Invisalign clear aligners are favored by dentists and patients alike for reasons beyond their aesthetic beauty. Dr. Webster, from Webster Orthodontics in Las Vegas, said this about how Invisalign works, “The Invisalign system gently moves your teeth through a series of carefully regulated and timed movements, so only certain teeth move, little by little, with each aligner.”

These translucent aligners do not force patients to return to the dentist’s office for frequent adjustments. Nor is there any need to remove Invisalign aligners to chew through sticky or crunchy foods. The exact opposite is true of traditional braces that mandate an array of diet modifications. Opt for Invisalign and you will be able to bite directly into whatever food you desire without a second thought.

Invisalign aligners are made of a thin and comfortable material that does not irritate the soft tissue within the mouth. The same cannot be said of conventional braces’ obtrusive and annoying metal wires. Those who tend to clench or grind their teeth overwhelmingly favor Invisalign aligners as they serve as an unnoticeable barrier that safeguards the teeth throughout the entirety of the night against excessive wear.

The Magic of Invisalign

These translucent aligners function in a manner similar to braces yet without the seemingly endless flaws brace-wearers complain of. Invisalign applies forces to crooked or improperly-spaced teeth in a measured manner. This slight force gradually shifts the teeth into the optimal positions in the mouth. Invisalign is comprised of a clear material that creates the impression that the teeth in question are uncovered.

Ask those who use Invisalign about whether onlookers can tell whether they are wearing aligners and you will find every single one of them reports no one notices these oral health and beautification aids. As time progresses, the problem teeth move into the intended alignment to create a healthy and beautiful smile. This movement is broken down into distinct stages, each with its own unique set of aligners. As long as you insert these specialized aligners at the appropriate points in time, your smile will gradually improve.

Smile Beautification Without an Extensive Wait

The length of time necessary for Invisalign clear aligners to beautify your teeth ultimately hinges on your unique oral health challenges as well as your willingness to follow the dentist’s directions. The majority of adult teeth can be corrected in a year or less. Teens who require Invisalign might find it takes slightly more than a year to correct their crooked or improperly spaced teeth. The bottom line is patients who faithfully adhere to their unique Invisalign treatment plan as detailed by the dentist will enjoy results in an efficient manner. Keep these comfy aligners in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours a day and your smile flaws are almost certain to be corrected in a year’s time.

Invisalign is Getting Better and Better

Invisalign continues to improve as time progresses. As an example, several features have been added to these translucent aligners in recent years to facilitate the straightening and proper spacing of teeth. Eruption tabs have been implemented to ensure the optimal amount of space is available for teens’ molar teeth to emerge without impediment. This dental technology also has compliance indicators within the aligner material that eventually fades with use. The purpose of compliance indicators is to ensure the patient is aware that the Invisalign trays are being worn in the intended manner.

Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?

Most people assume there is little that can be done to correct a flawed smile or other problems with the teeth. If you are even slightly dissatisfied with your smile, you can likely benefit from Invisalign or another dental restoration. From gapped teeth to crowded teeth, mild bite issues and beyond, Invisalign clear aligners remedy all sorts of oral health and beauty flaws. Whether you are saddled with a crossbite, open bite, underbite or overbite, there is a good chance Invisalign will remedy the underlying issue in a year’s time or less.

Invisalign has the Potential to Make Your Smile Look Completely Different

Do not underestimate the importance of your smile. If you are like most people, you smile or at least consider smiling when meeting face-to-face with others. Invisalign’s clear and removable aligners are custom-tailored to your unique teeth. As long as you replace your Invisalign aligners every two weeks, your “problem teeth” will gradually move into the ideal positions. The end result will be a lovely smile you are proud to put on display in all social settings from work to school, weddings, luncheons, parties and beyond.

Schedule an Appointment at Pleasant Hill Dental

Meet with our dentist to determine if you can benefit from Invisalign clear aligners. Even if you do not need Invisalign, you can still benefit from an oral health analysis and in-depth cleaning. Reach out to us at (925) 692-2010 to learn more about our oral health and beauty solutions and schedule an appointment2.



The Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Do you remember the days when your smile was white, bright and beautiful? If you are like most adults, your lovely smile has gradually darkened after years of exposure to dark-hued foods and drinks. Fret not, Pleasant Hill Dental is here to return your smile to glory. If you are dissatisfied with the look of your smile, our teeth whitening solutions will lighten its hue to the perfect shade. Once your teeth are whitened, you will look younger and feel that much more confident in your personal aesthetic.

A Quick Explanation of Teeth Whitening

Teeth stain as a result of exposure to certain foods and beverages. Such exposure does not cause permanent damage to the teeth. Rather, these stains can be eliminated with professional teeth whitening1. Visit our office for teeth whitening and we will reverse the stains with surface-level treatment that dramatically enhances the look of your smile. As explained below, there are countless benefits to professional teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening is Safe and Effective

There is a common misconception that teeth whitening compromises tooth enamel. Others errantly believe teeth whitening results in heightened sensitivity to cold and hot foods. The truth is teeth whitening causes no harm at all. This is a painless beautification procedure that produces fantastic results in surprisingly little time. Ask anyone who has had their teeth whitened at our office about the treatment and you will find it is highly effective, harmless and can be completed in less than an hour.

Teeth Whitening Makes You Look Younger Without the use of Needles

Too many people turn to Botox, plastic surgery and other extreme measures in the quest to look young. Opt for teeth whitening and you will not be exposed to any needles, knives or other potentially painful surgical instruments. Teeth whitening is a highly effective anti-aging procedure that is non-invasive yet produces real results. Once your teeth are whitened, you really will look several years, if not several decades younger.

Teeth Whitening Works Faster Than Over-the-counter Products

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products supposedly brighten the teeth to the same level as professional teeth whitening performed in the dentist’s office. However, in reality, teeth whitening products purchased at the store are nowhere near as effective as the teeth whitening performed in the dentist’s office. Spend your money on over-the-counter teeth whitening strips, gels and toothpastes and you might not notice results for upwards of several weeks or several months. Alternatively, professional teeth whitening performed in the dentist’s office will whiten the teeth upwards of 10 shades in a single appointment.

Professional Teeth Whitening is Maintained With Ease

Visit our office for teeth whitening and you will not have to do anything to maintain the lovely white shade aside from brushing, flossing and avoiding foods/drinks with dark hues across the next 24 hours. The same cannot be said of alternative teeth whitening methods. Those who have tried supposed teeth whitening solutions available at local stores learn their lesson the hard way. There is no sense reapplying over-the-counter teeth whitening products every couple days or weeks when a quick visit to our office can accomplish superior results with minimal effort.

Professional Teeth Whitening Attacks Intrinsic Stains

Perhaps the most important difference between professional teeth whitening and DIY teeth whitening attempted with over-the-counter products is the fact that the professional approach attacks those deeply-set intrinsic stains as well as extrinsic stains. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products merely address superficial extrinsic stains along the enamel of the teeth. If you take the DIY route, it is only a matter of time until the superficial stains you address eventually return and compromise the aesthetic of your teeth.

Teeth Whitening at the Dentist’s Office Does not Cause Sensitivity

If you were to poll those who have tried professional teeth whitening at the dentist’s office and over-the-counter teeth whitening products, you would find those who took the DIY route ended up with much more sensitive teeth. Those who use over-the-counter teeth whitening products commonly complain of pain and sensitivity. Professional treatments rarely, if ever, spur such complaints.

Professional Teeth Whitening Boosts Your Confidence

Teeth whitening performed at the dentist’s office will do much more than improve your appearance; this approach to smile beautification will also enhance your confidence to boot. Once your teeth are whitened to the perfect shade of white for your unique skin tone, you will no longer feel as though you have to hide your teeth when talking or laughing. You will smile widely, putting all of your teeth on display for the world to see.

Contact Pleasant Hill Dental to Schedule an Appointment

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? If so, Pleasant Hill Dental can help. Give us the chance to whiten your teeth, brighten your smile and help you reach your full aesthetic potential. You can schedule an appointment2 with our office by dialing (925) 692-2010.



Dental Implants Compared to Dentures

An excessively-damaged or lost tooth must be extracted and replaced in a timely manner to prevent facial sagging and an array of additional oral health problems. The question is what route to take when replacing the tooth in question. Dental implants and dentures are the top options. Though most people favor dental implants, dentures are still a viable option in 2019. Let’s take a look at both options to determine which is best for your mouth.

The Basics of Dental Implants

Dental implants1 are artificial teeth connected to the jawbone and topped with a protective crown. It will take several months for the dental implants’ titanium rods to firmly connect to the jawbone through a process of osseointegration. This process involves the titanium implant forming a strong connection with the jaw’s living bone to serve as a base for a crown. Though dental implants certainly require some patience and are more costly than dentures, they are well worth the wait. Once your dental implants are in place, you will feel as though you have brand new teeth in your mouth. You can smile, laugh, eat and open your mouth for any other reason in front of others without worry of onlookers thinking less of you. Your dental implant really will look and function just like a regular tooth.

The Basics of Dentures

Also referred to as false teeth, dentures are prosthetic tooth replacements. Dentures remain secure in the mouth with the support provided by surrounding hard/soft tissue within the oral cavity. Though dentures are certainly functional, they are outdated compared to dental implants. Do not commit to dentures until you have thoroughly reviewed the merits and drawbacks of dental implants. Without further adieu, let’s take a closer look at the differences between dental implants and dentures.

The Merits of Dentures

Dentures make it that much easier to chew food, pronounce words and maintain your facial appearance. Dentures provide essential support to the cheeks and the lips. This tooth replacement solution corrects and prevents additional facial collapse that results from lost teeth. Though dentures are not as aesthetically pleasing as dental implants, they are certainly more visually appealing than empty spaces between your teeth resulting from tooth extractions or lost teeth.

The Drawbacks of Dentures

Unlike dental implants, dentures must be cleaned every single day. Dentures, similar to regular teeth, allowing plaque and tartar to accumulate. If you do not clean your dentures every single day, they will eventually accumulate harmful plaque and tartar that compromises your oral health. Another problem with dentures is they must be worn throughout the entirety of the day. The only time you can remove your dentures aside from refitting sessions at the dentist’s office is for sleep.

Faithfully remove your dentures prior to hitting the hay and your mouth tissues will have an opportunity to recover. This recovery period is necessary to prevent a potentially nasty fungal infection. Those in need of dentures should refrain from smoking. If you smoke after your dentures are placed in your mouth, the heat from the cigarette or cigar will damage denture acrylic and possibly burn the soft tissue in your mouth.

The Merits of Dental Implants

Dental implants look and function similar to the natural teeth that still remain in your mouth. Spend the extra money for dental implants and you will find eating and speaking is easy and comfortable, especially when compared to dentures. Take proper care of your dental implants and they might last for several decades or even the entirety of your life. Perhaps the best aspect of dental implants is their convenience. Once your dental implants are in place, there is no reason to remove them from your mouth. In terms of maintenance, dental implants are similar to regular teeth. Your dental implants must be brushed and flossed to eliminate plaque and food particles in your mouth.

Are Dental Implants Fallible?

In short, yes. However, the chances of dental implants failing are minimal, especially if you are a non-smoker. The lifespan of your dental implants hinges on the strength of your jawbone, your unique oral health and your willingness to floss and brush with regularity. The crown placed atop the titanium implant has the potential to become discolored. Dental implant connections must be replaced every few years. However, these minor negatives pale in comparison to the downside of dentures as detailed above.

Why so Many Patients Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures

As time progresses, more and more patients will favor dental implants over dentures even though dental implants require upwards of a 6-month wait for the process of osseointegration to complete. Opt for dental implants and you will not have to worry about whether you can eat certain foods. Ask anyone who wears dentures about their dietary limitations, and you will be inundated with complaints about no longer being able to eat sticky and crunchy food. Dentures trap food particles, dramatically spiking the chances of gum disease.

There is no risk of ruining dental implants by dropping them as they remain in your mouth at all times. If your dentures were to slip out of your hand during a cleaning session, they would likely break upon contact with the hard floor. There is no sense worrying about breaking your dentures when dental implants are available for slightly more money.

Dentures or Dental Implants? The Choice is Yours

If you can afford dental implants, you have every reason to choose them overdentures. Though comparably costly, dental implants are more reliable, convenient and visually pleasing. Meet with our dental health team for an in-depth analysis of your mouth and we will determine if your unique jawbone is capable of supporting dental implants. Even if your face is comparably small and you do not have a well-defined jawbone, you will still likely qualify as an excellent candidate for dental implants.

Schedule an Appointment With Pleasant Hill Dental

We have your tooth replacement needs covered. Whether you are interested in dental implants, dentures, dental restorations, a 6-month cleaning or a dental examination, contact us today. You can schedule an appointment2 online or reach us by phone at (925) 692-2010.



Reasons Why A Tooth Would Need Pulled

If your dentist determines you need a tooth pulled, do not panic! Tooth extractions are much more common than most people think. If your tooth is damaged to the point that it cannot be repaired or if your teeth are severely overcrowded, it might be necessary for the dentist to pull it. There are numerous other reasons to have a tooth pulled. Let’s take a look at why it sometimes makes sense to extract a tooth for improved oral health.

Gum Disease

Most patients are surprised to learn gum disease can necessitate tooth extraction1. Untreated gum disease will prove quite destructive to the teeth in due time. In fact, untreated gum disease has the potential to destruct the teeth just as much as tooth decay. As gum disease advances, the gum tissue, supporting bone and ligaments gradually degenerate. As tooth support structures deteriorate, the teeth gradually loosen. If gum disease is allowed to progress, the teeth will eventually fall out or require extraction and subsequent tooth replacement.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the top reason for tooth extraction. In many cases, patients who require tooth extraction as a result of tooth decay have avoided the dentist’s office for years. Those who visit with the dentist once every six months rarely end up at the point at which tooth decay necessitates tooth extraction. Tooth decay gradually impacts tooth enamel, moves on through the inner part of the tooth including the dentin and eventually eats a hole through the tooth. Bacteria subsequently enters the center of the tooth, causing root canal infection. The longer you wait to treat your decayed tooth, the worse the destruction will be. If the dentist determines the tooth cannot be saved due to excessive decay, he or she might advise extraction along with tooth restoration treatment.

Impacted Teeth Often Necessitate Extraction

Impacted teeth are those that do not erupt past the gum line. Teeth that merely partially erupt are also considered impacted teeth. There are multiple causes of tooth impaction. A tooth that emerges in a displaced manner, a tooth that emerges at an odd angle and overcrowding can lead to impacted teeth. In most cases, the wisdom teeth are impacted as the jaw is not spacious enough to accommodate such teeth.

Overcrowded Teeth

In some situations, the patient’s unique orthodontic plan calls for tooth extraction. As an example, a patient who has overcrowded teeth will likely require the removal of one or several teeth. Tooth extraction in an overcrowded mouth generates additional space for the other teeth in the mouth to pull into alignment for ideal positioning. For the most part, extracting overcrowded teeth is usually necessary for younger patients as opposed to adults whose teeth have been in position for years or decades.

A Broken Tooth

A tooth that breaks near the gum line or directly at the gum line might not have enough remaining visible structure to attach to a tooth restoration. As an example, if your tooth breaks at the gum line and there is little tooth structure remaining, it will be difficult if not impossible to attach a dental crown. Such a tooth will likely require extraction. However, there is no way to know unless you visit with the dentist. Even if you do not feel pain when biting after breaking part of your tooth, do not assume everything will be fine. Our dental team’s extraction and replacement of your broken tooth will set the stage for improved oral health across posterity while simultaneously improving your smile.

Dental Decay From Trauma

Our dentist will always employ a conservative approach when attempting to repair a damaged or decayed tooth. However, there are some situations in which trauma has caused significant tooth decay that necessitates extraction. If you have suffered dental trauma in an auto accident, during sports activity, a physical altercation or for any other reason, reach out to our dentist right away to determine the appropriate course of treatment. We will review your decayed or damaged tooth and determine if extraction is appropriate.

Tooth Extraction for Timely Development

Youngsters sometimes need one or several baby teeth extracted. If the baby teeth, also known as milk teeth and primary teeth, are not lost at the appropriate time, the dentist might determine it is best to extract them. However, it is typically one or two baby teeth that require pulling as opposed to every single one. The logic in pulling a baby tooth is to guarantee permanent adult teeth have ample space to emerge in the proper positions.

Patients Should not Fear Tooth Extraction

Though the extraction of a tooth might seem like an excruciatingly painful procedure, it is nothing to fear. Tooth extractions are much more common than most patients think. There is a good chance your dentist has extracted at least one or several teeth this week alone. Our dentist will apply the appropriate anesthetic to numb your pain so you feel as comfortable as possible during the extraction.

Once your mouth is numbed in the area of the problematic tooth, the dentist will perform the extraction. If your tooth is impacted, the dentist will remove bone and gum tissue before extracting the tooth from the ligaments and jaw bone. Our dentist uses forceps with unparalleled precision to gently loosen the troublesome tooth prior to removal. So don’t be fearful of the extraction process! We will discuss all of the pertinent details of the extraction before getting to work. Our dental team will also determine if it is necessary to take an antibiotic before or after the tooth extraction.

Schedule an Appointment With AnaBella Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Put your faith in our dental team and we will make your tooth extraction as painless and quick as possible.

We can also help with your other oral health challenges to boot. If you need a tooth pulled, have not been to the dentist in six months or are looking for a new dentist, reach out to us to schedule an appointment2.



Advantages of Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride has been getting a bad rap for a decade or so for no good reason. The critics allege fluoride compromises human health in a variety of ways. The internet is rife with half-truths and bald-faced lies about the subject of fluoride treatment. In reality, the application and ingestion of fluoride in measured amounts is beneficial for achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. Though you can get fluoride from toothpaste, tap water, and mouth rinses, your mouth also needs fluoride treatment provided at the dentist’s office. Professional fluoride treatment involves the application of a strong fluoride you cannot find in local stores. Let’s take a closer look at the many merits of fluoride treatment.

Fluoride Strengthens Tooth Enamel to Prevent Cavities

Human teeth endure an ongoing battle between the forces of demineralization and remineralization. Demineralization involves bacteria within the mouth consuming carbohydrates to generate acid. This acid weakens the surface of the protective coating around teeth known as enamel. If tooth enamel is exposed to enough acid, it becomes soft and gradually decays in a process referred to as demineralization.

Saliva contains minerals such as phosphate and calcium that remineralize tooth enamel. In fact, these minerals are constantly remineralizing tooth enamel throughout the day. This remineralization hardens and bolsters tooth enamel to offset some of the negative results of the demineralization process described above. Fluoride1 is essential for rapid remineralization. If tooth enamel is not remineralized in a reasonable amount of time, cavities are that much more likely to occur. Have your teeth professional treated with a fluoride application and you really will be that much less likely to end up with cavities.

Professional Fluoride Treatments can Reverse Tiny Cavities

If a cavity is forming in your mouth, there is a chance professional fluoride treatments will reverse its progress. Though there is no guarantee fluoride will reverse the progression of small cavities, the timely application of fluoride just might help you avoid the dental drill. Maintain an excellent oral hygiene regimen at home, meet with the dentist for regular fluoride treatments and you will have done everything in your power to stop or even reverse the onset of those tiny cavities into becoming much larger problems.

Eat and Drink Whatever You Desire After Your Fluoride Treatment

Let the dentist treat your teeth with fluoride and you won’t be limited to certain activities or foods. Simply wait half an hour prior to eating or drinking and you can devour anything you have a hankering for. Fluoride is a completely safe and natural mineral that improves oral health without forcing you to make significant life alterations of any sort.

Professional Fluoride Treatments are Safe, Painless and Stain-free

Let the dentist treat your teeth with fluoride every three months or so and your teeth will prove that much stronger. There is absolutely no risk to fluoride treatment at these intervals. Though the web is chock full of lies about the alleged health risks of fluoride, systemic reviews of the data pertaining to fluoride safety found no link between fluoridation and cancer, bone fractures or other physical ailments.

The ingestion of excess fluoride can cause health issues yet the fluoride applied to your teeth at the dentist’s office is perfectly safe. There is no risk of the fluoride treatment staining your teeth. Nor is there any potential for the fluoride treatment to hurt. This is a fairly simple, non-invasive yet important treatment that will prove pain-free.

Fluoride Treatments Benefit Patients of all Ages

Patients of all ages are vulnerable to cavities yet there is a common misconception fluoride treatments are meant for children. Fluoride enhances the remineralization process for every single tooth in the mouth, regardless of the patient’s age. If you have had cavities in the past or are at an elevated risk for cavities, do not skip a single scheduled fluoride treatment at your dentist’s office.

Senior citizens who struggle to maintain oral hygiene will find fluoride treatments to be quite helpful. Some elderly patients simply cannot remove plaque from their teeth so they face quite the elevated risk for cavities. If you are a senior citizen, meet with our dentist at least once every couple months. The application of fluoride treatment every 3-6 months will go a long way in keeping your teeth functional throughout the aging process. Fluoride treatments are also of the utmost importance for patients with special needs. These individuals often struggle to keep their teeth in tip-top shape so they are that much more vulnerable to cavities.

Fluoride Minimizes Tooth Sensitivity

If you are like most people, you have experienced sensitive teeth at one point or another. Fluoride treatment decreases tooth sensitivity while simultaneously combating cavities. The little-known truth is plenty of adults elect to receive fluoride treatments to decrease the discomfort resulting from sensitive teeth. If you notice sensations in your teeth when eating or drinking or if you have pain during dental cleanings, it is a clear sign your teeth are sensitive. Opt for fluoride treatment and you will likely find cleaning sessions prove much more comfortable.

Schedule Your Appointment at Pleasant Hill Dental

If you have not had a fluoride treatment at the dentist’s office in a year or longer, it is time to visit our office. Let our dentist evaluate your mouth, apply fluoride treatment and ultimately improve your oral health and beauty. Give us a call at (925) 692-2010 to schedule your appointment2.



The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry makes dental cleanings and procedures painless. Let our dentist sedate you prior to your dental work and you will feel absolutely no discomfort at all. This is the perfect solution for those intimidated by the dentist’s chair due to uncomfortable experiences in the past, anxiety or general fear.

Sedation Dentistry Explained in Plain English

Sedation dentistry1 relaxes patients to the point that they feel no pain whatsoever during dental procedures. Opt for sedation dentistry and your visit with the dentist will be painless and worry-free. Examples of medications used to sedate patients prior to dental work include nitrous oxide, propofol, Halcion and ketamine. Some such medications encourage relaxation while others induce sleep.

Meet with your dentist to determine which medication is best for your unique anxiety level. If you have a preference in terms of how the medication is received, let your dentist know. You can be sedated through regular breathing, with the swallowing of a pill, inhaled sedation or even IV sedation by way of an injection in your vein.

Sedation Dentistry is Quick

The dentist will be able to work that much quicker when you are sedated. There is no potential for unexpected movements when patients reach this level of deep relaxation. The dentist is liberated to focus on the dental work to complete the procedure in a timely yet accurate manner. If your aim is to get in and out of the dentist’s office as quickly as possible, sedation dentistry is the best approach.

There is No Risk of Painful Memories

People who dread visiting the dentist have had uncomfortable experiences or envision painful sessions in the dentist’s chair when thinking about potential treatment. Some people simply cannot escape recurring nightmares of dental pain due to a traumatic procedure in the dentist’s office as a child, tween or teen. If you are worried about an experience that leads to flashbacks, opt for sedation dentistry. You can enjoy all the benefits of professional dental treatment without the risk of nightmares or flashbacks as you will not remember your dental procedure.

Types of Dental Sedation

There are several different ways to administer dental sedation. In some situations, the inhalation of nitrous oxide is optimal. In other cases, intravenous sedation is best. Patients can also undergo conscious sedation with the use of sedatives. The point is there are a specific sedation method and degree optimal for each unique patient. Most patients find oral sedatives such as adiazepam to be the most comfortable as they do not require an injection. However, intravenous sedation, also known as IV sedation, can be used to administer the anesthetic.

Conscious inhalation sedation requires the use of nitrous oxide gas, also referred to as laughing gas to help the patient to relax. A local anesthetic is provided in unison with the nitrous oxide sedation to prevent pain. General anesthesia is also available. This form of dental sedation is centered on the use of an anesthetic to cause the patient to become unconscious. Local anesthetics are reserved for serious operations as the patient is unaware of the surrounding environment.

The Comfort You Have Been Looking For

If you detest going to the dentist’s office, take a moment to think about what, exactly, you do not like about the experience. Perhaps your teeth or gums are sensitive. Maybe you have had one or several bad experiences in the past. Some people are afraid of numbing needles, dental drills and/or dental probes. Others simply find dental treatment as a whole to be uncomfortable. Sedation dentistry is the answer. Opt for sedation dentistry and you will be sedated to just the right level. You will be unaware of the dental treatment yet you will wake after the procedure or treatment feeling well-rested.

Sedation Dentistry Allows for Patient Responses

Most forms of sedation dentistry are not strong to the point that they will completely knock out the patient. Patients are sedated yet they are usually capable of responding to the dentist during the procedure. Though sedated, the patient is still awake. If you absolutely have to respond to the dentist after being sedated in the dental chair, you will be able to do so in your relaxed state. This way, if the dentist asks you to open your mouth wider, you will be able to respond accordingly. The bottom line is there is absolutely nothing to fear when you take the sedation dentistry route. Give sedation dentistry a try and you will swear by it for the rest of your visits with the dentist.

Sedation Dentistry is Ideal for Special Needs Patients

If you or your child, teen or tween have autism or another sensory processing disorder, sedation dentistry is the best approach to professional oral healthcare. Sedation dentistry calms down special needs patients to the point that they can peacefully undergo dental procedures with surprising ease. This approach to dental treatment minimizes the patient’s sensitivity. Sedation dentistry ultimately empowers the dentist to focus on the nuances of the treatment rather than calming the patient.

Sedation Dentistry for Those who Struggle to get Numb

If it takes a while or several injections to get numb at the dentist’s office, you are burning through valuable time. Furthermore, you should not be subjected to massive needles just to undergo a dental procedure. Sedation dentistry also helps those who are plagued by a strong gag reflex. Such a reflex makes it challenging to undergo dental treatments. Sedation dentistry relaxes you to the point that you no longer have as much of a gag reflex or any reflex at all, making it that much easier for the dentist to perform the treatment or procedure and send you on your merry way.

Pleasant Hill Dental

Are you interested in sedation dentistry? Pleasant Hill Dental provides sedation dentistry and plenty more. If you are worried about visiting with the dentist, don’t fret. Our sedation dentistry will eliminate any potential discomfort. Give us a call at (925) 692-2010 to learn more about sedation dentistry and schedule an appointment2.