Candidates for Full Mouth Reconstruction

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If your teeth are too badly damaged to function properly, you might need a full mouth reconstruction. During a full mouth reconstruction, our Santa Clara dentist will evaluate your teeth, gums, jaw, and other oral structures to determine the best way to restore full function and health to your smile. We then create a personalized treatment plan just for you.

You might be a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction if you have more than one of the following issues:

  • Lost one or more teeth
  • Gum disease, including gingivitis or periodontitis
  • Suffer from tooth decay or cavities
  • Misaligned teeth or a maloccluded bite
  • Have jaw problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Have suffered dental trauma

Once your candidacy has been determined, our dentist will begin implementing your treatment plan. A variety of treatments and procedures may be included in your treatment plan, including orthodontic treatment, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain crowns, dental implants, bridges, and dental veneers.

How long it takes to get your new smile can depend on several factors, including the type and number of procedures that you need. Call our full mouth reconstruction dentist in Santa Clara to find out more and to get started on your journey to a healthy new smile.

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Types of Dental Bonding

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Small chips, worn enamel, and discolorations can detract from your smile, but these minor flaws might not warrant a complete smile makeover. Dental bonding can be a good alternative. Dental bonding is a procedure that can be used to correct minor aesthetic flaws without the need for any extensive preparation or invasive treatments. our dentist in Santa Clara offers a variety of bonding options.

The most common bonding material is composite resin. This is the same material that is used for white fillings. It is a soft, easily moldable mixture of plastic and glass that is applied directly over the flaw and then shaped and polished to match the surface of the tooth. It is strong, durable, and closely matches the color of natural dental enamel.

Glass ionomer and polycarboxylate cement are also used for dental bonding. This type of bonding requires no etching or conditioning liquid. The material has a thick, paste-like consistency that allows it to be shaped easily, and bonds securely with the tooth.

Dental amalgam is also used for bonding. Amalgam is the same material used for silver fillings. This type of bonding is typically used in conjunction with resin. Amalgam is extremely durable and strong, but is less aesthetically pleasing than other types of bonding.

Call our expert in dental bonding in Santa Clara to schedule your appointment.

Is Root Canal Really Necessary?

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Root canal treatments are necessary when the pulp or the nerve of the tooth has been damaged. In many cases, this damage is accompanied by pain ranging from mild to severe. However, there can be no pain or other symptoms if the nerve of the tooth has already died. One of the more important treatments in modern dentistry, root canal therapy can save teeth that would have otherwise been extracted.

When deep decay, abscess, or damage affects the pulp of the tooth, the soft inner tissues become inflamed. This can be quite painful. Bacteria can grow in the compromised root canals of the tooth and create an infection that cannot be treated by antibiotics. The pulp of the tooth must be removed to save it.

Root canal treatments are typically preferred over extractions when possible because the root canal treatment preserves the tooth. Once a tooth has been extracted, it will then need to be replaced using an implant or bridge. This can lead to more dental issues. Saving the tooth allows it to continue to work in your mouth just as it always has.

Call us today to learn more about root canal treatments or to schedule your consultation with our root canal dentist.

Steps in Periodontal Surgery

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Periodontal disease is a serious chronic condition that strikes the gums and other surrounding tissues that support the teeth. Treatment can include periodontal surgery, which is used to restore lost tissue, tighten the soft tissues around the teeth, or to address similar issues. If our dentist determines that you need periodontal surgery, here is what you can expect.

1. Non-surgical scaling and root planing
This is the first treatment for most stages of gum disease and can also be called deep cleaning. During an SRP, the deep pockets between the tooth and gum tissue are cleaned, and the root surfaces are smoothed.

2. Surgery
Although patients with mild periodontal disease often show dramatic improvement with SRP, those with more serious forms of the disease will typically need surgery. During periodontal surgery, the tissues are numbed and treated to remove periodontal pockets for teeth that are easier to keep clean and healthy.

3. Periodontal maintenance
Regular maintenance can help ensure the condition does not progress further. During a maintenance procedure, your teeth will be carefully cleaned to remove any plaque or tartar while preserving the integrity of the periodontal tissues.

Call us today to schedule your appointment with our expert in periodontal surgery in Santa Clara.

What Can Cause Bumps on the Lip?

Beautiful surprised woman isolated on whiteSeveral things can cause bumps on lip tissue. Bumps can be sore, painful, tender, itchy, or just unsightly. If you have bumps on your lips, our dentist can help you get to the bottom of them and find the best treatment for them.

Common underlying causes for bumps include:

Oral herpes or cold sores: These sores are extremely common and can flare up as a result of stress, illness, or sun exposure. An antiviral medication can help shorten the duration of these painful bumps.

Oral thrush: Oral thrush is a type of yeast overgrowth that affects the mouth. It is most common in those with diabetes, dentures, or an immunodeficiency. An antifungal can help rebalance the oral environment.

Canker sores: These painful oral ulcers can appear without any obvious cause and usually resolve on their own. Laser treatment may help speed their resolution.

Allergic reactions: An allergic reaction can lead to hives and bumps around the mouth. An antihistamine or other treatment can help block the allergic reaction and resolve the bumps.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease: This common childhood illness will usually resolve on its own but may benefit from supportive treatment.

Rarely, a bump on the lip can be a symptom of oral cancer. Our dentist may recommend a biopsy or further testing if the bump is not associated with other oral problems or has no obvious cause. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with our team.

Advantages of Tooth Bleaching

Tooth bleaching is a cosmetic procedure with some pretty surprising benefits. Our cosmetic dentist in Santa Clara offers tooth bleaching treatments that can remove even the deepest, toughest stains, including stains from coffee, wine and tobacco.

What are the advantages of bleaching? Bleaching offers impressive results for a small investment. Not only is tooth bleaching quite affordable, but it also requires minimal time. In-office procedures can be finished in about an hour, but even take-home professional treatments work considerably faster and more effectively than OTC whitening products.

Once your teeth are whiter, you may want to smile more often. This can lead to better self-confidence and less embarrassment about the way your teeth look. Feeling confident helps you look more confident, and others may just take notice. Many patients also find their dental health improves after a whitening treatment. This is because brushing and flossing carefully can keep your teeth whiter and more attractive.

If your smile is dull, dingy and discolored, we can help. Call us today to learn more about tooth bleaching or to schedule your appointment with our expert in tooth bleaching in Santa Clara.

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.