Different Periodontal Surgeries

group of students at schoolPeriodontitis, or gum disease, is a serious inflammatory condition that affects the gums and other tissues that support the teeth. It is chronic and progressive, meaning that without treatment, you could lose your teeth. Our dentist offers different periodontal surgeries to treat advanced periodontal disease and improve your gum health.

Nonsurgical periodontal surgeries are typically used first. These include deep cleaning procedures, antimicrobial therapies, and laser treatments. If nonsurgical therapies do not provide sufficient relief, surgical treatments will be considered. These can include:

• Gum graft surgery to restore lost gum tissue
• Pocket reduction therapy to tighten gum tissue around the teeth
• Regenerative procedures to stimulate new bone growth
• Dental implants to replace lost teeth

Cosmetic periodontal surgery is also available. These procedures are typically used to treat gummy smiles. Our dentist can remove excess gum tissue to expose more of the natural crown.

Regardless of the periodontal treatments we recommend, your gum health will be maximized through the use of good dental hygiene at home. Brush and floss as directed, and visit us for periodontal maintenance treatments on your recommended schedule. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Santa Clara.

Different Periodontal Surgeries

Effectiveness of Dental Sealants

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Dental sealants are often recommended for children as soon as their permanent molars erupt, but they can also be used for adults. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of these teeth and help protect the surfaces from bacteria and plaque. Our Santa Clara dentist can help you decide if sealants are right for you. According to the NIH, dental sealants are highly effective and offer one hundred percent protection in completely sealed pits and fissures.

The pits and fissures of the molars are one of the highest risk surfaces of the teeth when it comes to cavities. According to the National Dental Caries Prevalence Survey, eighty-four percent of cavities in kids who are between the ages of five and seventeen occur in the pits and fissures. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars and prevent bacterial contamination and acid damage, which cause tooth decay and cavities. Once sealants are placed, they can last several years, and are easy to replace as needed.

Call our office today to learn more about how dental sealants can protect your child’s teeth against cavities, or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental sealants in Santa Clara.

Effectiveness of Dental Sealants

Teeth Whitening Options

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White teeth are fresh, youthful and attractive, but many people start noticing stains caused by foods and lifestyle habits, which can keep them from feeling confident about their smiles. If your smile is dull or yellow, our Santa Clara cosmetic dentist offers a variety of whitening options to brighten and renew it.

Whitening kits are one option. These kits include a custom-made mouth tray that slips over your teeth and professional-strength whitening gel. Unlike over-the-counter whitening systems, professional whitening kits are made to fit comfortably and eliminate the risks of ill-fitting trays, such as gum irritation and uneven whitening. The professional gel works quickly to reach deep-down stains and bleach them for a brighter smile in days rather than weeks.

In-office whitening can be another option. We apply in-office whitening directly to your teeth and activate the gel using a special light. This allows it to penetrate quickly and deeply into the structure of the tooth to break up the stains without causing any damage. By the time you leave our office, your teeth will be visibly brighter.

If you don’t like the color of your teeth, you might be a candidate for teeth whitening. Call our office today to schedule your appointment with our expert in teeth whitening in Santa Clara.

Teeth Whitening Options

What Full Mouth Reconstruction Can Do

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A full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive procedure that is designed to rebuild all or most of the teeth in your mouth. If you have suffered a dental accident, have severe periodontal disease, extensive tooth decay, or other problems that have led to serious dental issues, our dentist might recommend a reconstruction.

During the procedure, we can:

  1. Replace missing teeth
  2. Correct a bad bite
  3. Replace old or worn fillings
  4. Treat the damage of decay or periodontal disease
  5. Repair broken, cracked, or damaged teeth
  6. Improve the appearance of a damaged smile
  7. Restore comfort and treat TMJD
  8. Give you back your self-confidence

Our dentist will begin with a thorough examination of your teeth, jaw, and gums to determine the best way to begin treatment and the most appropriate treatments and procedures to use. Correcting your bite, treating dental disease, and creating a healthy new smile are all within reach with a reconstruction of your full mouth. The process can take place over weeks or months depending on your needs, and at each stage of treatment, we will provide you with the tools you need to keep your smile strong, healthy, and beautiful. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Santa Clara.

What Full Mouth Reconstruction Can Do

Dental Bridges and Their Uses

Dental bridges are special restorations that are used to restore one or several teeth that are missing. A bridge is supported by two dental crowns, which are placed on the teeth on either side of the empty area. Our dentist can help you decide if a bridge is right for you.

Bridges offer several benefits. They replace your teeth so that you can eat, speak, and smile comfortably. Once teeth are lost, your other teeth will take on more of the burden of biting and chewing, which can put a lot of stress on them and increase the risk of damage. This can also cause the other teeth to drift out of alignment, and the ones on either side of the gap can shift or tilt into the space. The bridge maintains proper spacing and distributes bite forces more evenly.

A bridge also maintains the shape of your face. Without the teeth in their proper positions, facial tissues tend to collapse inward. This can have an aging effect on your face, and your face may look thinner or deeply wrinkled in the area of the tooth loss. The bridge can help keep your facial muscles properly stimulated and fuller.

Dental bridges do far more than bridge the gap between lost teeth. They can give you back your smile. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our Santa Clara dentists.

Dental Bridges and Their Uses

How Dental Bonding Works

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Dental bonding is a fast, affordable way to change the look of a smile. During the procedure, a tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth and cured with a special light. It is done to improve the look of a tooth or to restore the tooth after a minor injury.

Our dentist can use bonding in many ways, including:

• Repairing small cavities and chipped or cracked teeth
• Concealing small stains or discolorations
• Providing an alternative to amalgam fillings
• Closing gaps between teeth
• Changing the shape, size, or length of teeth
• Protecting exposed roots
• Making other minor changes to the tooth

Most cosmetic changes can be done without the need for anesthesia, but you may need a local anesthetic if the tooth being bonded has decay. Our dentist will then need to prepare the tooth by creating a rougher surface and applying a conditioning liquid to the tooth to help the resin adhere. The resin, which has a putty-like texture, is then applied and molded into the desired shape. and A special light or laser is used to cure the resin and bond it to the tooth. Our dentist will then polish the resin to match the tooth.
Call us today to learn more about bonding or to schedule your appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Santa Clara.

How Dental Bonding Works

How Fluoride Helps the Teeth

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Fluoride is added to many municipal water supplies and is in many dental care products. It is a natural mineral that can be found in some foods and water, and it helps keep your teeth strong and healthy. Our Santa Clara dentist recommends that our patients use fluoridated toothpaste and may recommend additional fluoride products for some patients.

When you eat, the bacteria that live in your mouth transform the sugars in the foods you eat into acids. These acids leach minerals such as calcium from the enamel of your teeth. Removing plaque and bacteria through brushing and flossing is one way to protect your teeth, but fluoride offers additional support. Fluoride works by helping to replace the lost minerals in your teeth and by hardening the enamel. By remineralizing teeth at an equal or higher rate than they are demineralized, you can protect your teeth from decay and cavities.

Using fluoride products and drinking fluoridated water are great ways to get more fluoride to your teeth, but our dentist may also recommend in-office fluoride treatments for those at high risk of decay. These applications are applied to teeth as a varnish, gel or foam and allowed to work for several minutes. Oral supplements can be prescribed as needed. Call us to learn more about available preventives or to schedule an appointment with our expert in fluoride treatment in Santa Clara.

How Fluoride Helps the Teeth