Alternatives to Dental Extraction

Dental extractions can be used to remove badly damaged or decayed teeth. However, an extraction permanently removes the tooth from your mouth and leaves a gap behind. While an extraction might be the best option for some cases, choosing an alternative may be appropriate for others. Our Santa Clara dentist can help you decide if an extraction is right for you.

If your tooth is abscessed or has nerve damage, a root canal may be a better option. This procedure, also known as endodontic therapy, removes the soft tissues from the inner chambers of the tooth. The tooth can continue to function as it always has even without these tissues. Once the tissues are gone, we will cover the tooth with a porcelain crown to restore the way it looks, and to protect its function.

Once a tooth is extracted, it will generally need to be replaced. A dental implant, bridge or other restoration can be used in most cases. A root canal is a conservative alternative that can eliminate the need to replace the tooth, though, as long as the damage isn’t too severe to the tooth’s structure. Call us to learn more about extractions and root canals, or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental extraction in Santa Clara.

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Is Tooth Bleaching Effective?

Is Tooth Bleaching Effective?Tooth bleaching is one of the most effective cosmetic treatments available. You may be a candidate for tooth bleaching if you have teeth that are stained by smoking, tea, coffee, red wine, or other substances. Dr. Frame, our cosmetic dentist in Santa Clara, offers several extremely effective tooth bleaching options.

Although teeth whitening products are available over the counter, these are not necessarily effective or appropriate for all patients. The lower concentration of active bleaching ingredients means that most people have to apply the product more often in order to achieve a few degrees of lightening. On the other hand, professional bleaching treatments can often be completed in about an hour and whiten your teeth dramatically. At-home treatments offer more gradual whitening but use customized mouth trays that maximize results.

Professional tooth bleaching is one of the fastest and most effective ways to transform your smile. It can brighten your teeth as much as eight shades, and touch-ups can be performed as needed to keep your smile bright and beautiful. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in tooth bleaching in Santa Clara.

What is the Purpose of Scaling and Root Planing?

What is the Purpose of Scaling and Root Planing?Scaling and root planing is a specific type of deep cleaning procedure that Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara, may recommend if you have symptoms of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious oral infection that can cause red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, tooth movement, and tooth or gum pain. Left untreated, it can cause significant damage.

In many cases, the first step in treating periodontal disease is scaling and root planing, or SRP. An SRP removes the buildup that is irritating your gums. Gums can begin to pull away from teeth when they are affected by periodontal disease. This can allow even more plaque and tartar to build up and the infection to progress deeper into your mouth.

If you are a candidate for a SRP, Dr. Frame will begin by scaling your teeth. This removes built-up plaque and tartar, which contains harmful bacteria. Teeth are carefully cleaned above and below the gum line to remove the most bacteria possible. Once your teeth are completely clean, Dr. Frame will perform the root planing. The roots of your teeth will be smoothed, which helps the gums reattach. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in scaling and root planing in Santa Clara.