Dental Services – OLD

Oakland Dental Services for Everyone

Our dental office provides a wide range of dental services, including exams, x-rays, teeth cleanings, tooth colored restorations, silver fillings, implants, fixed bridge work, pediatrics, root canals, periodontics, and partial and full dentures. We customize our treatment plans to your needs, whether it be financial or procedural needs. We are diverse in that we speak Mandarin, Tagalog, Spanish, Cantonese, and English. In addition, we have local labs that are excellent and efficient, as well as nitrous oxide sedation and television to keep you at ease and distracted from the noises of a dental office. Patient comfort is our primary concern.

Root canal

 

Why do we need root canals?

Root canals are needed when the channels that run through the roots of our teeth become damaged and affect the nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue known as the pulp. Without treatment, the surrounding tissue (the bone and gum) will become infected and diseased. For these reasons we have a specialist on staff that is committed to root canals.

What is a root canal?

The endodontist starts by boring a hole in the top of the tooth and using rotary instruments and a very high powered microscope cleans all of the infected or inflamed marrow out of the tooth and roots. The pulp is then replaced with an inert material called gutta percha. After a root canal the tooth no longer has nerve tissue, but a tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function. Its only function is sensory. Root canal teeth are very brittle, and 95% need to have a crown put on to prevent them from fracturing.

Pediatrics

Taking care of your child’s teeth is an important part of their overall health. Cavities and gum infections can lead to serious health problems if not properly handled. Experts recommend that your child’s dental care start at the age of 12 months, or when their first teeth appear. He or she should have an exam annually with the dentist and two cleanings per year with the dental hygienist.

Tooth restorations

Tooth restorations are done when teeth have cavities or parts of the tooth are missing. Primarily, two filling materials can be used: Silver amalgam or composite resin. If a substantial amount of the tooth is missing, either as a result of breakage or decay invading too much of the tooth, crowns have to be put on to save the integrity of the tooth.

Before and After tooth restorations

Periodontics

 

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a chronic infection from harmful bacteria in plague that affects the tissues and bones that support your teeth. A slight pocket is created where the gum line meets the tooth, typically less than 3 millimeters in healthy teeth. In periodontal disease, the pocket is enlarged, allowing bacteria to grow and thrive in spaces where brushing can normally miss. If it is left untreated, bacteria will continue to grow and lead to bone and tooth loss.

What can be done to repair Periodontal Disease?

There are many types of periodontal diseases, from the mildest form being gingivitis, to the more severe periodontitis. Inflammation, root exposure, and progressive loss of tissue and bone attachment are common symptom. In earlier stages of periodontal disease such as gingivitis, professional treatment and good oral care can reverse the symptoms. However, for serious cases where bone loss has begun, it is very difficult to put the bone back.

The whole purpose of periodontal treatment is to remove the hard deposits containing the bacteria that cling to the teeth in those hard to reach places by normal oral care. Special cleaning called scaling and root planning can be done to aid in gum healing and shrink the pocket, making it harder for bacteria to accumulate. In some cases, surgery has to be done to reduce the pocket depth and repair the area. Bone grafts can be done to rebuild the surrounding area and stabilize the tooth and pocket.

Along with daily home oral care, regular visits to your dentist and periodontist will help in fighting and preventing periodontal disease.

Teeth Cleaning

We have three hygienists that remove the plague and hard calculus (tartar) that harbor the bacteria. Some people do not need their teeth cleaned very often because they do not have much plague, while others are recommended to have four cleanings a year. As with all dental care, it is dependent on a patient’s specific mouth and dental hygiene. Our hygienists take time to not only remove as much buildup as possible, but also teach our patients homecare that they can practice to remove and prevent plague, with the aim of not having to see the dentist so often.

Cosmetic dentistry

Today, cosmetic dentistry is prevalent practice that improves the appearance of a person’s overall smile. From bite to shaping, cosmetic dentistry is comprised of fixing people’s teeth to look more like the people we see on television. We have a wide variety of tools and procedures capable of providing you with a look you want to smile about. Typical treatments we provide range in price and consist of Porcelain veneers, crowns, tooth colored fillings, implants, fixed bridge work, removable prosthetics, orthodontics (we do not perform), and teeth bleaching. We have exceptional local labs that make our patients look great.

Missing teeth

When people start to lose teeth it puts a lot of stress on the remaining teeth, causing them to be lost faster than is typical. It is important to replace most teeth so that the demise of the other teeth does not happen. Replacing missing teeth can be done inexpensively by plastic removable teeth that look pretty good, and function okay. Other alternatives include fixed bridge work or implants that do not come out and are more like your original teeth. Fixed bridge work are teeth that glued in, whereas implants are secured into the bone, but both are modeled after the tooth that they are to replace. Partial dentures are often a good way to replace multiple teeth that are missing, and they fit well, function well, and look good. If the patient has no teeth, full dentures can be made. Implants can be put in to help hold partial or full dentures.

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