The Beauty of Same Day Crowns

Just about everyone is looking for a quick and effective means of improving their smile. Same day crowns have emerged as a viable solution to improve the look of your teeth as well as your oral health. If you have one or several damaged teeth, meet with our dentist right away to discuss the merits of same day crowns.

The Same Day Crown Process

Though most people dread dental work, the addition of same-day crowns to your damaged teeth is something to celebrate. The process is remarkably quick and easy. The dentist will prepare the tooth, take measurements, make the crown out of ceramic and place the crown on the tooth.

Modern-day dental technology known as CEREC1 makes it possible for the dentist to make a crown while you are in the office. The same day crown process has the potential to take as little as an hour. Our dental team uses CAD technology with a milling machine to build fully customized same day crowns with downright amazing efficiency.

The Beautiful Teeth You Have Long-coveted

Same day dental work is performed chairside so hardly any of the natural tooth needs to be removed to make way for the addition of the same day dental crowns. Our team uses cutting edge three-dimensional digital images along with precise editing tools to generate the perfect fit and look in as little time as possible. There is absolutely no need for a temporary crown. Your new crown will be added the same day you come in, making it appear as though you have a regular, all-natural tooth. No one will know you are using a crown of any sort. The fact that you can skip the temporary crown means you will not have to deal with any sort of tooth sensitivity or other potential pain. You can open wide, knowing your CEREC same day crown will blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.

Same day crowns are made of high-quality porcelain that really does resemble natural teeth in the mouth. If you prefer gold, we can use that material as well. However, most of our same day crowns are comprised of beautiful porcelain that ultimately proves much more aesthetically pleasing and durable.

A Fully Customized Same Day Crown for Your Unique Smile

Our dentist goes to great lengths to ensure your teeth look uniform across the entirety of your smile. No two same day crowns are the same (pun intended). Though you can get in and out of our office with a brand new same day crown in an hour or less, we refuse to rush through this process. Let our team take measurements of your mouth with 3D scanning2. We will design a completely unique same day crown that suits the size and aesthetics of your idiosyncratic mouth and smile. Each same day crown is completely unique to ensure patients are provided with a restoration that blends in nicely with the rest of their teeth, creates a visually uniform-looking smile and gives the patients confidence.

Why You Should Consider Adding a Same Day Crown

If you are even slightly shy about smiling, laughing, talking or opening your mouth in public due to a damaged tooth, there is a good chance you can benefit from same day crowns. Aside from the fact that this approach to replacing damaged teeth can be completed in a single day’s time, there are additional merits every patient with damaged teeth should consider. For one, same day crowns are designed with unparalleled precision to ensure durability across posterity. Yet aesthetics are not compromised to ensure extended functionality. Whether your tooth is damaged, splitting or otherwise flawed, there is a good chance you can benefit from a same-day crown or another dental restoration procedure.

The Many Advantages of CEREC Same Day Dental Crowns

Same day dental crowns represent state of the art dental technology at its finest. Those who work in the dental industry are adamant CEREC same day dental crowns are one of the more important breakthroughs in quite a while. This approach keeps the patient’s needs in mind to ensure complete comfort and the best possible smile. You will find same day crowns to be visually striking, comfortable, affordable and quick. You can even have your same day crown added on your lunch break from work. The process really is that fast. There is no need to bother with temporary restorations, filing away at the tooth structure or nearby teeth, adding metal or anything else that could potentially prove uncomfortable.

A Completely Natural, Metal-free Restoration

Your same day crown will not be comprised of metal or anything else that has the potential to harm your mouth or health. The restoration is made of ceramic to ensure your newly-improved tooth can withstand the brunt of the chewing process yet also look aesthetically pleasing when you smile in social settings. Whether you are concerned about beauty or health, you will be more than pleased with your same day dental crowns.

Ask a co-worker, friend or family member to look at your smile from a few feet away after this dental restoration is added. He or she will likely struggle to pick out the tooth that has been crowned with our same day dental crown. You will love the look of your smile and it won’t take more than an hour to lift your spirit. This is the magic of same day dental crowns.

Schedule an Appointment at Pleasant Hill Dental

Are you looking for a way to improve your smile? Our same day crowns just might be what your smile needs to look its best. If you are even slightly curious about the many different ways in which our professional dental team can improve your smile and your oral health, give us a call3 at (925) 692-2010.



The Benefits of Invisalign for Teens

It is no secret life is stressful, especially for teens. Teens have to deal with hormones, acne, peer pressure and the rigors of academia. The discomfort and annoyance of metal braces is completely unnecessary. If your teen desires teeth straightening for enhanced beauty, there is no reason to use conventional metal braces. Metal braces can be awkward and have the potential to interfere with athletics and even your teen’s ability to play an instrument. The better solution is Invisalign Teen. Below, we explain why this treatment option is superior to braces.

Invisalign Teen is Translucent

Teenagers who rely on metal braces often complain about how this metal device looks. Teens are hyper-sensitive to how others perceive them. When your teen opens his or her mouth to talk, everyone in the room will see his or her braces. There is no reason to cause such embarrassment to your youngster when Invisalign Teen is available. This solution is transparent, meaning no one will be able to see Invisalign1 Teen unless they are within a few inches of your teen’s mouth. Only those who look very closely will be able to make out the faint outline of plastic. However, the aligners are nearly impossible to see. This translucency is essential to maintaining your teen’s self-image and self-esteem. Webster Orthodontics adds, “These aligners are smooth, comfortable to wear, and removable. That means you can continue your normal lifestyle without having to make any changes at all.”

Minimal Restrictions

Invisalign for teens does not interfere with your teen’s ability to enunciate words. Nor will your teen have any food restrictions when using Invisalign for teens. This is quite the contrast to metal braces that are comparably restrictive. Take a look at the list of foods you cannot eat after your braces are added and you will find everything from crackers to chips, popcorn, gummy candy, and caramel are on the list. Such foods damage metal braces by bending the wires, damaging the wires or even pushing brackets off the tooth.

The better approach is to opt for Invisalign for teens so your youngster can eat whatever he or she desires. The Invisalign aligners can be easily removed for eating. Your teen can remove the Invisalign aligner without the threat of damage and enjoy hard/sticky foods whenever desired.

Minimal Pain

Those who wear regular braces commonly complain of discomfort and pain. Conventional braces are uncomfortable to put in place. Furthermore, each adjustment has the potential to prove uncomfortable. In fact, some complain that having metal in their mouth is inherently uncomfortable. Extreme pain can result when a spacer is lodged or a wire breaks free from the bracket. Though Invisalign Teen has the potential to cause some minor soreness, it is nowhere near as painful as regular metal braces. Nothing has the potential to break free, scrape or cut the interior of your lips or gums.

Easy Maintenance

Invisalign wearers find this dental aid is remarkably easy to take care of. All you have to do is remove the aligner, brush it down, brush your teeth and replace the aligner. Clean your Invisalign aligner as instructed by your dentist and there is less of a chance to damage the teeth or spur the formation of cavities. Alternatively, when a teen’s braces are put in place, he or she is provided with specialized toothbrushes that facilitate the challenge of cleaning around the wires and brackets. Metal brackets have the potential to lead to cavities that even have the potential to form below the bracket. Cleaning traditional braces is difficult and time-consuming to the point that teens are willing to bypass the process or rush through the cleaning. This is precisely why so many teenagers are hesitant to use braces as opposed to Invisalign.

Invisalign for Teens Opens up Myriad Opportunities in Sports and Music

It is awfully sad that orthodontists often discourage patients from participating in specific contact sports or even playing an instrument as there is a heightened chance of damage to the braces. In particular, brass instruments, hockey, football, and soccer tend to be off-limits for those who wear braces. Each of these activities has the potential to cause a bracket or wire to dislodge. This is quite the stark contrast to Invisalign in which the teen is empowered to remove aligners when participating in athletics or keep them in place. It is certainly possible your teen will have to make some adjustments when playing his or her instrument while wearing an Invisalign aligner yet there will not be any pain when pressing the lips as there are no brackets.

Less Time in the Dentist’s Office

Though we like to think of our dentist’s office as welcoming, we are well aware of the fact that the average person dreads dental appointments. Opt for Invisalign as opposed to braces and you will spend that much less time at the dentist’s office.

Braces and other straightening solutions will chew up comparably more time as these options require more appointments than Invisalign. Furthermore, appointments to adjust braces take up more time than those required to check the integrity of Invisalign aligners and/or add new trays. This additional free time is good for you as well as the dentist. Think of all the ways you can use the time you would spend in the dentist’s office to enjoy life. You won’t have to break free from school or work to get your braces adjusted over and over again. As is commonly said, your time is your money so you should guard it closely.

Schedule an Appointment at Pleasant Hill Dental

If you a teen or the parent of a teen or a teen, give us a call at (925) 692-2010 to schedule an appointment2. We will evaluate your oral health, clean your teeth and determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign.


The Benefits of Dental Implants

You deserve a full set of teeth, even if they are artificial teeth in the form of dental implants. If you have a missing tooth, several missing teeth or badly-damaged teeth, do not wait one day longer to resolve this problem. Meet with our dentist to determine if you can benefit from dental implants. Once your dental implants are in place, you will feel as though your mouth is back to normal in terms of look as well as feel. Let’s take a closer look at the merits of dental implants.

Better Periodontal Health

If you have one or several teeth that have fallen out or need to be extracted, you run the risk of excessive bacteria accumulating in the open space. This bacteria must be treated or a harsh form of gum disease will develop. The best approach is to replace those missing teeth with dental implants. Once your dental implants are in place, bacteria won’t have the chance to proliferate to the point that it leads to gum disease. You will be able to brush and floss your teeth and gums as usual even though your dental implants have taken the place of your regular teeth.

Protection Against Jawbone Degradation

The jawbone below the teeth starts to deteriorate as soon as tooth loss begins. The underlying jawbone needs continuous stimulation from the roots of the teeth when speaking and chewing occurs. Such stimulation communicates to the body that the jawbone requires nourishment. Once this stimulation ceases, the jawbone starts to slowly erode. Dental implants1 are the optimal restorative option to replace the tooth root and provide the jawbone with much-needed stimulation. In fact, dental implants even have the potential to put a stop to bone loss or even reverse the loss that has already occurred.

Protection Against Even More Damage

If your teeth are damaged, they are likely to continue to deteriorate and build up that much more bacteria. Bacteria that moves down into chips or cracks can worsen tooth decay, gradually weaken the tooth and even compromise neighboring tissue. You have the power to prevent this outcome. Let our dentist add dental implants in place of your damaged teeth and you will have a reliable foundation for improved oral health in the years to come.

Dental Implants do not Require Significant Tooth Alterations

There is no need to extensively file down or alter adjacent teeth to place dental implants. These implants are supported with titanium posts so the neighboring teeth are not compromised. Adjacent teeth will remain perfectly healthy and strong during and after the placement of dental implants.

Leaving natural teeth in position makes them that much stronger in the long run. This is quite the contrast to conventional tooth-supported bridges that typically require a grinding down of the teeth next to the missing tooth. Such grinding is necessary to cement the bridge onto them for improved stability. There is no sense bothering with grinding down perfectly healthy teeth and adding clasps that can damage gum tissue when dental implants are available.

Dental Implants Look Amazing

Dental implants are favored by dentists and patients far and wide as this approach allows for the preservation of essential bone. Dental implants ultimately prevent continued deterioration of facial structure, preserving the patient’s physical appearance. The alternative is to let the teeth continue to deteriorate to the point that the jawbone is not provided with sufficient stimulation and begins to dissolve.

If the jawbone loses its integrity, your facial structure will deteriorate to the point that you look much older than you actually are. Opt for dental implants and you won’t have to worry about facial structure collapse nor will you have to be concerned about looking older than you are. Dental implants are particularly important for missing or damaged teeth in the front of the mouth as they are highly visible when smiling. Once your dental implants are in place, you will look forward to smiling, laughing and talking in the presence of others.

Enhanced Quality of Life

Dental implants improve your smile as well as your life as a whole. You will enjoy improved mouth functionality, a lovely smile, and improved oral health once your dental implants are in place. You will be liberated to eat any type of food or beverage. There won’t be any need to bother with annoying adhesives as required with dentures. Nor will there be any worry of those pesky metal clasps used with partial dentures. You can treat your dental implants just like normal teeth and live life without constantly having to worry about dentures or another oral health device.

Dental Implants do not Cause Irritation

While removable dentures commonly irritate the gums, dental implants cause no such irritation. Dental implants are a painless solution to missing or damaged teeth. You won’t have any pain, irritation or other annoyances after your dental implants are in place.

Do not Underestimate the Convenience of Dental Implants

Dental implants are quite convenient compared to dentures. There is no need to bother with adhesives, an elaborate cleaning regimen, removing artificial teeth every night and the other work involved with dentures. You can clean your dental implants just like your regular teeth when flossing and brushing in the mornings and evenings.

Dental Implants Create a Truly Natural Mouth in Terms of Feel and Aesthetics

Dental implants are as close as it gets to natural teeth. Once the full tooth, including its root, is replaced, you really will feel as though your smile is back to normal. Your teeth will look natural to the point that no one will have any idea you are using dental implants. In fact, you will eventually forget your dental implants are in your mouth. You will not find a more natural tooth replacement solution than dental implants.

Schedule Your Appointment at Pleasant Hill Dental

Our dentist is here to educate you about dental implants, determine if you qualify for dental implants and ensure you are completely comfortable throughout the placement process. Give us a call at (925) 692-2010 to learn more about dental implants and schedule an appointment2.



What is Gum Disease?

Countless adults are saddled with some form of gum disease. Some struggle with basic gum inflammation, referred to as gingivitis. Others have extensive damage to the bone and tissue that support the teeth. If your gum disease goes untreated, it is possible you might lose one or several teeth.

Gum Disease Basics

Most people are afflicted with some form of gum disease at some point in their life. The buildup of plaque on the teeth is the primary cause of gum disease. In particular, plaque that builds up along the area where the gum connects to the tooth is especially likely to lead to gum disease. The gums become swollen and red when gingivitis is present. Gums plagued by gingivitis are likely to bleed fairly easily.

Gingivitis is a comparably mild type of gum disease. If you suspect you have gingivitis, meet with your dentist right away for a full analysis. If the dentist determines you have gingivitis, he or she will likely advise a course of flossing and brushing along with consistent 6-month dental cleanings. Patients plagued by gingivitis will likely end up with periodontitis unless they receive timely treatment. This is exactly why it is prudent to meet with the dentist once every six months. If you end up with periodontitis, your gums will pull away from your teeth and create pockets that eventually become infected. These gaps are known as periodontal pockets. Bacteria will accumulate in periodontal pockets, leading to additional swelling and redness.

It is possible for periodontitis to alter the tooth root cover known as the cementum along with the fibers and bone that connect cementum to bone. The disease will gradually progress, causing significant bone loss and large gaps between the gums and teeth. If periodontitis is not treated, the gums, bone and connective tissue that provide essential support for your teeth will be attacked until they are destroyed.

Beyond Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis occurs after gingivitis and periodontitis. However, this extreme is usually avoided with regular dental care including visits with the dentist and the treatment tips detailed below. If advanced periodontitis develops, it impacts the patient’s bite as well as the manner in which he or she communicates and/or eats. If you reach this stage of gum disease, the dentist will provide aggressive periodontal therapy. However, there is a chance this therapy will not save gums and teeth plagued by advanced periodontitis If such a development occurs, the teeth will have to be removed and replaced.

Signs You Have Gum Disease

If you notice blood in your mouth, especially after brushing your teeth, there is a good chance you have gingivitis. Even gum swelling or gums that turn a different shade of red are likely stricken with gum disease. Some of those plagued by gum disease have bad breath and/or a bad taste in their mouth. Others have loose teeth. If you have partial dentures, you might notice a change in how they fit if you have gum disease. Furthermore, if you notice any difference in how your teeth fit together when biting, meet with the dentist. Teeth that are in the midst of separating are also a common sign of gum disease.

There is always the chance a patient has gum disease yet none of the signs detailed above manifest. It really is possible for absolutely no warning signs to show prior to the onset of gum disease. This is exactly why you should meet with your dentist at least once every six months for regular dental checkups1 including a thorough periodontal examination.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

The sad truth is most adults end up with some form of gum disease. However, those who are proactive have the potential to present the onset of gum disease. The consistent cleaning of your teeth with brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits is the best means of protection. Unfortunately, there is still a chance you will end up with gum disease at one point or another. You can be especially proactive by brushing and flossing after each meal. Bring some floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush to work or put these items in your purse for easy access on-the-go.

What Increases the Risk of Gum Disease?

As noted above, the failure to properly clean the teeth and visit with the dentist ramps up the chances of gum disease. However, oral healthcare inaction is not the sole cause of gum disease. There are some additional factors that make it that much more likely for gum disease to develop. Everything from the patient’s genetics to the use of chewing tobacco or smoking tobacco heightens the chances of gum disease. Those who are pregnant, are diabetic or have crooked teeth that are challenging to clean are also more likely to develop gum disease. Even the use of certain medications such as steroids, drugs for cancer therapy, oral contraceptives, and calcium channel blockers can contribute to gum disease development.

How to Treat Gum Disease

Early intervention is essential for the successful treatment of gum disease. Nip this problem in the bud with professional treatment right away and you will extend the longevity of your teeth. If you feel that a tooth is even slightly loose or if you have bleeding or swollen gums, meet with your dentist. The dentist knows exactly what to look for when treating gum disease. This professional will use a probe to examine the gums and measure the area between them and teeth. This measurement gauges the health of the gums as well as supporting structures.

The dentist will also advise you on the best ways to clean your teeth. Listen closely as the dentist details teeth cleaning techniques so you can remember every detail. The dentist will also likely attempt to remove plaque and the hardened version of plaque, known as calculus with a professional teeth cleaning.

Pleasant Hill Dental

If you suspect you have gum disease or if you have not been to the dentist in six months, contact Pleasant Hill Dental right away. Our team is here to treat your gum disease, improve your oral health and set the stage for a pain-free future. Reach out to us at (925) 692-2010 to schedule an appointment.



The Advantages of Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are favored by dentists far and wide for several reasons. These crowns provide myriad functional and cosmetic benefits. Below, we explain these advantages in-depth to help patients understand the merits of porcelain crowns.

Porcelain Crowns Will Look Fantastic in Your Mouth

Though metal restorations, as well as porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations, can enhance dental function, porcelain restorations provide the most impressive visual results. Meet with the dentist and you will find dental porcelain is available in a number of different shades. We will carefully match the porcelain material to your smile’s natural aesthetic.

Regular porcelain is generally regarded as superior as the porcelain-fused-to-metal variety has the potential to show through, giving the teeth a grey hue. This is a stark contrast to solid porcelain that does not change color, providing an aesthetic that looks fantastic for upwards of several decades.

Porcelain Crowns’ Functional Benefits

All-porcelain dental restorations also provide extensive functional advantages. Though you are likely primarily concerned with how porcelain crowns look in your mouth, crowns are more important for chewing through food and protecting the interior of your tooth. Porcelain crowns restore damaged teeth, allowing you to chomp through food and enjoy improved oral health across posterity.

The mere fact that the dentist does not have to remove a considerable portion of the tooth structure to place the crown is an advantage in and of itself. There is no need to eliminate perfectly healthy portions of the tooth. Add in the fact that metal restorations have the potential to wear adjacent teeth and it is easy to understand why complete porcelain crowns are favored. Finally, crowns made of porcelain are not as abrasive as other crowns, preserving the functionality and strength of healthy teeth.

Porcelain Crowns are Affordable

Porcelain crowns provide better value than other crown materials. Silver and gold crowns are fairly expensive in comparison. Furthermore, a crown made of gold or silver is nowhere near as aesthetically pleasing as the porcelain variety. It must be noted composite resin is a bit cheaper than the porcelain variety yet it won’t last as long. Furthermore, composite resin crowns will likely require frequent restorations that cost even more money.

Porcelain Crowns are Biocompatible and Completely Safe

Porcelain is perfectly safe. This material is compatible with your mouth as well as the rest of your body. Though it is possible for some to experience an allergic reaction to metal crowns, porcelain does not pose any such threat. The bottom line is the potential complications stemming from a porcelain crown are nearly non-existent. The only potential risks are slight sensitivity immediately following the addition of the porcelain crown, the potential to endure a chipped crown and very slight tooth discomfort.

Superior Durability

Porcelain crowns have the potential to last a full decade or even several decades. The length of time this crown lasts hinges on the patient’s oral health and dental care habits. If you clean your teeth with regularity and have good overall oral health, there is even the potential for your crowns to last an entire lifetime without requiring a replacement.

The Perfect Fit

Porcelain crowns fit better than the metal variety. Ask anyone who has a metal crown and a porcelain crown in their mouth about each and you will find the metal crowns are comparably heavy and large. Let the dentist add a porcelain crown to restore your damaged tooth and you will rave about how light it is.

Enhanced Strength and Health

Porcelain crowns1 are incredibly strong. As a material, porcelain is almost as formidable as natural tooth enamel, bolstering tooth strength. Porcelain really will strengthen a tooth that has gradually weakened due to damage. This material stands up to tooth wear and tear without flaw.

You can Care for Porcelain Crowns Just Like Your Regular Teeth

Some patients fear having their decayed or damaged teeth restored with porcelain crowns will create problems in the form of additional maintenance. The truth is there is no need to go out of your way to clean your teeth in any special way after porcelain crowns are added. You can continue brushing, flossing and caring for your teeth as you normally would without making a single change. Just be sure to meet with your dentist twice per year for a comprehensive oral health exam and cleaning.

Ample Protection

Your porcelain crown will fully encircle the tooth in question. This encircling protects the tooth on every side, forming a barrier between the inner portion and harmful bacteria. Porcelain crowns ultimately protect the tooth from infection and decay.

Porcelain Crowns Preserve Your Tooth

Porcelain crowns really can prevent tooth regression to the point that tooth loss occurs. You will be able to retain your natural tooth and safeguard the all-important protective enamel on the exterior.

Improved Oral Functionality

Teeth that are decayed or damaged are likely to create considerable discomfort, making it challenging to chew and even speak properly. If you neglect your damaged or decayed tooth, it will gradually weaken to the point that your mouth structure is put at risk. If your mouth structure is compromised, oral functions will prove that much more difficult. Opt for a porcelain crown to restore the structure and strength of the tooth and you will improve or at least maintain your oral functionality.

Porcelain Crowns are Stain Resistant

Porcelain is also favored by dentists and patients across the globe as it is highly resistant to stains. Once your porcelain crown is in place, you can go ahead and enjoy your favorite beverages and foods without concern over staining.

Schedule Your Appointment at Pleasant Hill Dental

If you have not been to the dentist in the past six months, it is time to schedule an appointment. Our dental team is here to clean your teeth, gauge your oral health and ensure your crowns look and function to perfection. Give us a call at (925) 692-2010 to find out more about the merits of porcelain crowns and schedule an appointment2.



The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry

The typical adult understands the importance of visiting with a general dentist at least once every six months. However, the oral health of infants and children is often overlooked as parents tend to assume immediate professional dental treatment is unnecessary from the get-go. The truth is pediatric dentists play a vitally important role in laying the groundwork for oral health in the years to come. Furthermore, these professionals treat an array of dental health maladies that arise in the early months and years that general dentists are not trained to treat.

The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry for Kids

Pediatric dentists exist to improve the oral health of infants and kids. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry1 insists children should visit with a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth is visible. However, parents should not wait any longer than the child’s first birthday to visit with a pediatric dentist. Successive pediatric dental visits are necessary in six-month increments.

If you have not brought your little one to the pediatric dentist and he or she is beyond a year in age, don’t panic. It is never too late to visit with the dentist. Meet with our pediatric dentist so we can analyze your child’s oral health, set the stage for a cavity-free future and implement a 6-month pediatric dental routine for sustained oral health.

Why the 6-Month Pediatric Dental Routine is so Important

Plenty of readers will question why it is necessary to bring their child to the pediatric dentist2 once every six months. There are several reasons why it makes sense to have your child meet with the pediatric dentist at this frequency. For one, young teeth are especially susceptible to decay. If your child has a sweet tooth, he or she is that much more likely to have one or several cavities.

Bringing your child to the pediatric dentist once every six months creates a routine he or she will abide by for the years to come. Get your child into the habit of meeting with the dentist at these regular intervals and there will be a launching point for continued oral health success as time moves forward. Visiting with the pediatric dentist with regularity at an early age is also helpful in that it educates your child on the basics of oral health and importance of flossing, brushing and professional teeth cleaning.

Keep Those Baby Teeth Healthy and Clean

Baby teeth require professional dental attention just like adult teeth. Your child will have his or her baby teeth for only a few years. These early teeth typically loosen around the age of six. Though baby teeth will eventually fall out, they must be properly cared for while in the mouth. Keep in mind, there is always a chance the baby teeth will end up in the mouth all the way until the teenage years. Bring your child to the pediatric dentist for a complete analysis and treatment of your child’s baby teeth. The pediatric dentist will gauge the level of decay, help your child establish teeth-friendly habits and keep those baby teeth as healthy as possible.

Pediatric Dentists Help Prevent Dental Problems

Bring your child to the pediatric dentist for an examination, cleaning and incremental progress monitoring. The dental team will gauge your child’s tooth development, check for cavities, look for signs of impaction and monitor tooth spacing and alignment. Each of these dental problems should be addressed as soon as possible. Unfortunately, some parents do not bring their child to a pediatric dentist, choosing to wait until the adolescent years to meet with a general dentist. This approach almost always results in completely preventable oral health problems that prove physically painful and financially draining.

A Look at Specific Services Provided by Pediatric Dentists

Pediatric dentists provide dental health services similar to those available at general dentistry offices, yet the treatment is catered to youngsters. Pediatric dentists use diminutive oral instruments to fit the comparably small mouths of child patients. Furthermore, pediatric dentists treat patients in a very careful and gentle manner to ensure complete comfort throughout the session.

In terms of specific services, pediatric dentists provide everything from oral health exams to identify risk for decay and cavities to treatment for orthodontic conditions such as an improper bite. These oral health specialists also pinpoint oral health issues in the early stages of development, provide care for dental injuries, habit counseling and a number of helpful preventive measures. Examples of such preventive measures include fluoride treatment, dental cleanings and patient education regarding proper nutrition for oral health. Fluoride treatments are especially important for youngsters. There is a good chance your child will be provided with a dental fluoride treatment after his or her initial cleanings. Fluoride bolsters tooth enamel strength to prevent damage from plaque, tartar, and bacteria that ultimately leads to tooth decay. Though fluoride is found in tap water and some other natural sources, children need additional fluoride provided by pediatric dentists.

Preventative Dental Care and Analysis for Youngsters

Pediatric dentists are trained to detect oral health problems as they develop. These professionals know exactly what to look for when assessing patient oral health. Parents of children who struggle with thumb sucking and/or pacifier sucking will find treatment and guidance provided by the pediatric dentist to be quite helpful. Pediatric dentists know exactly how to alter these destructive behaviors through strategic habit counseling. If your child has any such oral health problems or if you have not yet brought your little one to the pediatric dentist, you have nothing to lose by scheduling an appointment at your earliest convenience.

Schedule an Appointment with Pleasant Hill Dental

Are you the parent of a little one? If you have not brought your child to a pediatric dentist, are looking for a new pediatric dentist or need general dentistry for an adult in your family, we are at your service. Contact our office at (925) 692-2010 to learn more about pediatric dentistry and schedule an appointment3.



Modern Dental Sedation

If you are even slightly anxious or fearful of your upcoming dental treatment or procedure, you should know dental technology has advanced to the point that patients now feel little-to-no pain. There is no longer any reason to worry about a dental treatment, cleaning or procedure thanks to the rise of dental sedation. There are a number of different dental sedation options. Let’s take a quick look at each type of sedation, explain why they are used and delve deeper into the merits of modern dental sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is quite the popular form of dental sedation, especially for root canals and crowning a tooth. Nitrous oxide relaxes patients so deeply that they do not feel pain yet remain awake. The numbing takes place in as little as a single minute. Laughing gas is favored by dentists and patients alike as it no longer induces numbness once it is turned off. This brief window of sedation makes it possible for the patient to quickly bounce back to his or her normal self and drive back home following the dental appointment without assistance from a friend or family member.

IV Sedation

A number of IV sedation variations exist. One form, referred to as twilight, allows the patient to remain conscious and slightly aware of the room. The patient feels quite groggy as this type of sedation is applied. Aside from twilight IV sedation, general anesthesia is also available though rarely used for sleep dentistry. If general anesthesia is applied, the patient will be completely unconscious and the anesthetist will have to monitor his or her vital signs throughout the duration of the procedure.

Oral Sedation

Patients who suffer from anxiety will likely find oral sedation is optimal. Also referred to as conscious sedation, oral sedation involves the use of a sedative prescribed by the dentist. A single pill is taken the night prior to the procedure. Another pill is taken immediately ahead of the dental appointment. Though the patient is awake amidst during the procedure and will likely remember some of what occurred, it will prove comfortable. The only drawback to oral sedation is it lasts longer than laughing gas. A patient anesthetized with oral sedation will require a ride home as he or she will be too groggy to drive.

Conscious Sedation Vs. Non-conscious Sedation

The patient will ultimately have to decide between conscious and non-conscious sedation. Meet with the dentist to determine which approach is ideal for your unique dental procedure or treatment, mind-state, pain tolerance and comfort with anesthetics. The logic in using conscious sedation is that the patient can enjoy at least some consciousness during the procedure. A somewhat conscious patient can respond to the dentist’s verbal commands as well as physical stimulation to facilitate the procedure.

The different types of conscious sedation are divided between modes of administration, be it oral, intravenous or inhalation. Conscious sedation is also divided at the sedation level, be it deep, moderate or light. Non-conscious sedation also referred to as general anesthesia, requires the patient to reach a deep sleep state. The patient sleeps so deeply he or she does not respond to stimuli in the room. This immobile patient is unaware of anything the dentist states. There is no recollection of the dental treatment or procedure. This form of sedation is typically used for especially complex dental procedures.

The Different Levels of Dental Sedation

The sedative method used for your unique dental procedure will be different from that used for another procedure and patient. Dental sedative1 methods differ by purpose as well as strength. The dentist will help you choose the sedative option best suited for your idiosyncratic level of sensitivity, anxiety and specific operation. Though the dentist will steer you toward the best sedatives and methods for your unique oral health state and oral health challenge, you can always request a stronger sedative.

In general, the levels of dental sedation typically range from deep to moderate and all the way down to mild. Each level of sedation is safe yet it is prudent to discuss what the experience will be like with each sedative prior to proceeding. The dentist will ask for your medical history along with a list of all the medications you have taken including herbal supplements and over the counter products.

Mild sedation also referred to as anxiolysis, relieves anxiety. Examples include laughing gas and pills. Moderate sedation reduces awareness yet allows for independent breathing and responses to physical and auditory stimulation. Moderate sedation is taken prior to the appointment yet it can be supplemented to guarantee patient comfort. Deep sedation often prevents the patient from independent breathing and using reflexes. This sedation level is comparably expensive yet it completely masks pain.

The Merits of Dental Sedation

Nowadays, just about every patient is sedated before a dental procedure. Whether it is filling a tooth, performing root canal therapy or another procedure, the dentist will go to great lengths to minimize pain. However, dental sedation is important for reasons beyond pain minimization. Dental sedation makes it feel as though the procedure lasted a couple minutes or even a couple seconds when in reality it likely took half an hour or even hours to complete. This way, those especially challenging dental procedures that would typically require a series of appointments can be done in a couple appointments or less. Whether you are nervous about an upcoming dental procedure, afraid of dental instruments or have had a bad experience at the dentist’s office in the past, you can benefit from dental sedation.

Pleasant Hill Dental

If you haven’t been to the dentist in the past six months or if you know you need a procedure or treatment, we are at your service. Give us a call at (925) 692-2010 to learn more about our dental sedation for pain-free treatment. Contact us today and to schedule your appointment2.



The Benefits of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding has emerged as a highly effective means of repairing compromised teeth. Dental bonding can be used for all sorts of dental repairs. Have your teeth tended to by a savvy and skilled dentist and you will find dental bonding produces truly amazing results. Here is a look at the many merits of dental bonding as well as the procedure itself.

An Explanation of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a type of cosmetic dentistry1 that conceals or repairs unsightly smile flaws. If you are unhappy with the look of your teeth, meet with a dentist who has experience applying dental bonding. Cosmetic dentists have a number of options available to enhance smile aesthetics. Your dentist will help you determine if dental bonding is the optimal means of repairing your teeth. The dentist will assess your smile and determine if dental bonding or another treatment plan is optimal.

Dental bonding is applied directly on the tooth enamel. The dentist preps the tooth surface by lightly etching the layer of enamel along the exterior. This is performed with a roughing gel. The tooth is then coated with a conditioning treatment that guarantees the bonding material adheres to the tooth. The best part is dental bonding can beautify your teeth to the perfect shade for your unique mouth.

Visit with the dentist to determine which resin shade is optimal for your idiosyncratic smile. The dentist will apply the composite resin and mold it into shape. As soon as the molding dries and hardens following the use of an ultraviolet light, the dentist will polish and buff it to create a lovely, natural-looking shine.

Dental Bonding Eliminates Those Ugly and Pesky Tooth Stains

Certain tooth stains cannot be eliminated with standard teeth whitening. Teeth whitening certainly eliminates the stains along the surface of the teeth yet those deeply ingrained stains that extend below the surface are much more challenging. Dental bonding’s composite resin conceals discoloration created by problems within the tooth. Let the dentist apply dental bonding to those annoying stains teeth whitening fails to remove and you just might end up with a gloriously white smile completely void of all stains.

Do not be Nervous About Dental Bonding! It is Completely Safe

The average patient is nervous about visiting with the dentist for any type of treatment, be it a cavity filling, root canal therapy or dental bonding. There is no reason to fear dental bonding. This procedure’s improvements are made with completely safe composite resin that looks just like natural teeth. Composite resin’s aesthetic combined with its ability to adhere to the teeth makes it that much more effective for cosmetic treatments as well as restorative treatments. The bonding material bonds right onto the teeth, forming a seal that prevents bacteria from moving back to the teeth and creating an infection along the location of the filling.

Dental Bonding can be Performed in a Single Office Visit

Those seeking cosmetic dental improvements often assume any sort of professional treatment will chew up a considerable portion of their free time. Dental bonding requires merely one appointment. Some patients who opt for dental bonding will require a follow-up visit yet the vast majority enjoy final results following the initial appointment.

Dental Bonding is More Affordable Than Most Patients Assume

Do not assume dental bonding is out of your price range. Even if you do not have dental insurance, there is a good chance you can still afford dental bonding. This is a cost-effective means of correcting undesired smile imperfections. Though there are certainly a couple other less expensive cosmetic dentistry treatment options, they might not be ideal for your unique mouth. Meet with the dentist to determine the best approach to beautify your decaying or aesthetically flawed teeth.

The Dental Bonding Process is Surprisingly Easy and Fast

Anesthesia is rarely necessary when dental bonding is performed. There is no need to apply anesthesia unless bonding is required to fill a tooth that has decayed. This is quite the contrast to other dental procedures that require considerable anesthesia and enamel removal. Furthermore, there is no need for elaborate orthodontic procedures. Nor is there any need for assistance from the technicians in a dental lab. Dental bonding closes the gaps between your teeth and straightens wayward teeth in as little as half an hour.

A Lovely Smile and Improved Self-confidence

Once the dentist applies dental bonding to your compromised teeth, you will feel as though you have a brand new smile. A beautiful smile or at least a smile that is not marred by decayed teeth or at least void of cracked chipped or stained teeth. Dental bonding can remedy each of these flaws to create a smile that looks absolutely amazing. The bonding materials really do look just like regular untreated teeth. The teeth treated with dental bonding will blend in perfectly with the rest of your mouth thanks to the many whitening shades available. Dental bonding will not change its hue so there is no need to have these teeth treated with in-office or at-home DIY teeth whitening methods.

Schedule Your Appointment for Dental Bonding at Pleasant Hill Dental

Our dental team is here to enhance your oral health and beauty with dental bonding. Reach out to us at (925) 692-2010 to learn more about dental bonding and schedule an appointment2.



What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Missing or badly damaged teeth are uncomfortable and unsightly. Eating, smiling, talking or even laughing in public settings will prove awkward if you aren’t comfortable with the look of your teeth. Some people missing teeth go as far as avoiding social settings altogether as they are self-conscious about how their gap-toothed smile looks. If you are missing one or several teeth, you should consider the merits of dental implants. The addition of one or multiple dental implants has the potential to dramatically transform your smile. Dental implants will rebuild your confidence, empower you to be your true self when around others and live life as you have always envisioned.

The Basics of Dental Implants

Dental implants1 are essentially titanium rods inserted into the gums, all the way through to the jaw bone. These rods fuse directly to the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. This process can take upwards of six months to complete in its entirety. Once the rods fuse to the jawbone, permanent crowns can be added so these artificial teeth resemble natural teeth for a truly symmetrical and uniform-looking smile. The implant itself is best described as a small metal cylinder comprised of titanium featuring strategically positioned screw threads. The dental implant functions as a tooth root, supporting the new tooth.

Do not worry about the fusion of the dental implants to the jaw. This procedure is generally pain-free. Once the dental implants are in place, they are left as is for several months so the soft tissues and bones can grow around the titanium implant, creating a permanent tooth root. A dental abutment is used to connect the dental implant to the crown. If the dentist were to bypass the abutment, it would prove impossible to keep the dental crown firmly connected to the dental implant. Once the abutment is connected, the dental implant crown is placed so the patient can chew and use the new tooth just like a regular one.

The Merits of Dental Implants

According to the American Dental Association2, nearly 6 million dental implants are placed each year by dentists operating in the United States. It is clear dental implants are becoming increasingly popular as time progresses and dental technology continues to improve. There are a number of reasons for the success of dental implants. For one, dental implants do not shift, slip or move in any other way, providing the stability every patient needs to eat with full confidence. Furthermore, dental implants are incredibly easy to keep clean. You can floss, brush and rinse dental implants just like regular teeth. You don’t have to remove your dental implants at night for soaking or cleaning.

Tooth structure is not lost as dental implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support. This is a major advantage over the fabrication of a bridge that requires the elimination of much more tooth. Dental implants are also revered for their semblance to real teeth. You can speak, chew, talk, laugh and do anything else with your mouth with complete confidence thanks to your lovely-looking dental implants. In fact, these implants are solid to the point that they stop nearby teeth from shifting, ensuring your facial contour and jawbone integrity remain intact.

How to Tell if You are a Good Candidate for Dental Implants

In general, those with healthy gums and ample jawbone available to support a dental implant qualify as optimal candidates for dental implants. Furthermore, the patient should be in good health. However, even if the patient lacks considerable jawbone, it is possible to build up this important component of the mouth prior to the procedure. The dentist can build the jawbone up to the point that it can adequately support a dental implant.

It is also worth noting those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes will find these maladies likely interfere with the dental implant healing process. Furthermore, those who smoke double the chances of losing a dental implant. Such a loss is meaningful as a considerable amount of time, effort and money are invested in preparing the jaw and mouth for the dental implant.

The Placement of the Dental Implant

Once the dentist determines you are a good candidate for one or several dental implants, a full mouth analysis will be performed. The dental implant placement will take place in the office with the application of local anesthesia. There might be some moderate pain and swelling after the placement of the dental implant yet the pain medication prescribed by the dentist will help mitigate the discomfort.

Once the dental implant is placed in your mouth, stick to a diet consisting of soft and cold/room temperature food, soup and liquid. It will likely take between 2 and 6 months for the titanium rod to completely bond to the jawbone. At that point in time, the abutment and crown will be positioned on the dental implant. The process in which the dental implant and the jawbone connect is referred to as osseointegration. The dentist will likely place a temporary crown, denture or bridge at the site where the implant is placed until the process of osseointegration is complete.

Caring for Dental Implants

If you take proper care of your dental implant, it just might last the rest of your life. Do your best to follow through with your regular daily oral health care regimen of flossing, brushing and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash each morning and night. Continue to meet with the dentist for checkups and cleanings at least once every six months. Floss and brush your dental implant as though it is a regular tooth. Be sure to zero in on the tissue surrounding the dental implant to ensure the area around this substitute tooth is flawlessly clean.

Pleasant Hill Dental

Are you interested in dental implants? Our staff is here to answer your questions and replace your lost teeth for good. Give us a call at (925) 692-2010 to schedule an appointment3.



What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

People dread the term “root canal” yet the average person is unaware of what this dental procedure is really all about. A root canal refers to either the inner portion of the tooth between the roots and the pulp or the dental procedure performed to eliminate the infected portion of the tooth. Once the infected part of the tooth is removed, the pain dissipates. This fact is contrary to popular opinion that it is the actual root canal procedure itself that causes the pain. Rather, the root canal procedure is meant to eliminate the pain. The truth is root canal procedures have a bad rap. Let’s take a closer look at this grossly mischaracterized dental procedure.

About Root Canals

The root canal in the tooth houses blood vessels and nerves. When an adult tooth juts out from the gums, the nerve in the tooth no longer serves a purpose aside from sensing alterations in temperature. The removal of the nerve from an infected tooth is a component of the standard procedure performed to treat tooth pain spurred by an infection within tooth pulp. The nerve is also removed in instances of significant tooth decay. Chips or cracks in the teeth can also spur tooth decay and subsequent root canal discomfort. Those who have extensive tooth decay, tooth trauma from prior dental procedures, considerable fillings and/or chips or cracks in the teeth are at a heightened risk for root canal problems and root canal therapy1.

The Root Canal Treatment

Root canal procedures are comprised of multiple steps. This dental procedure removes the infected portion of tooth pulp. In some cases, the nerve in the tooth is also removed in addition to the pulp. The tooth is then sealed to guard against subsequent problems and pain. The dentist will likely take an x-ray to gauge the degree to which the infection has spread. The dentist will apply a local anesthetic so your mouth is numbed. This anesthetic will prevent the onset of pain during the root canal procedure. The dentist will apply a rubber sheet referred to as the rubber dam around the tooth so it remains dry. The next step is to drill a hole in order to access the tooth in question. The dentist uses specialized dental tools to eliminate the damaged pulp tissue and nerve.

The removal of the infected material from the tooth sets the stage for a temporary filling that protects against pain. In some cases, a sealing is the better option. Sometimes, the tooth can be sealed on the same day as the root canal procedure. The overarching aim is to minimize or even completely prevent root canal pain from the point at which the operation is performed until the custom-tailored crown is prepared. The sealing of a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy requires the placement of a rubber compound in the root canal where the decayed portion was eliminated. The dentist then places a filling across the access hole.

Completing the Root Canal Procedure

The root canal procedure is completed with the application of a crown, filling or, in some cases, a different tooth restoration. The dentist might end up leaving the tooth open to permit the drainage of additional material from the tooth prior to the filling and sealing. The dentist might also place a temporary filling within the tooth to guard the area as the infected portion gradually drains away. Do not worry about this procedure! It is no more painful than having a tooth filled.

After the Root Canal

A return visit to the dentist will be necessary after the root canal procedure is performed. The next appointments are typically in a few days or up to a full week after the root canal procedure. This appointment provides the dentist with the opportunity to place a specialized composite filling in the middle of the tooth. If your tooth has undergone a root canal, it will almost certainly require a crown or another form of tooth restoration to shield the remnants of the tooth and protect against additional pain.

The Prospect of Pain Following a Root Canal Procedure

Though there is the prospect for some sensitivity and pain following a root canal procedure, the minimal discomfort will gradually dissipate in due time. You can do your part to keep your mouth in the best possible condition and ultimately minimize pain by adhering to your usual oral health care routine. This oral care routine will help decrease subsequent tooth pain and keep your crown clean, beautiful and firmly in position across the long haul.

If you find your teeth are more sensitive following the root canal procedure, do not panic. Try switching to a toothbrush with the softest possible bristles. Incorporate oral health care products specifically created for those plagued by sensitive teeth and you will likely notice an improvement in due time.

Signs Root Canal Therapy Might be Necessary

Now that you know there is nothing to fear if the time comes when you need root canal therapy, your focus should turn to the symptoms that lead to this notorious dental procedure. There are an array of symptoms that indicate the potential for root canal therapy. Those who experience tooth and/or gum tenderness or swelling, considerable tooth pain, sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures, pimples or abscesses on the gums or tooth trauma are candidates for root canal therapy.

Furthermore, if decay moves to the tooth pulp, root canal therapy will likely be necessary. Keep in mind that tooth pulp is living tissue within the teeth. Decay should not reach this portion of the tooth. If the dentist determines the interior of the tooth has been compromised and advises root canal therapy, you can move forward with the procedure in full confidence.

Contact Pleasant Hill Dental to Schedule an Appointment

Do you suspect you need root canal therapy or another dental treatment or procedure? If you are unsure about whether you need a root canal procedure, you should still schedule an appointment with our dentist for an oral health evaluation and cleaning. You can reach Pleasant Hill Dental at (925) 692-2010. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our oral health services.