GENERAL

ROOT CANAL

Root canals are effective dental techniques used to treat and protect teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp, made of nerve endings and tissues, is the live part of the tooth that stretches into the root. When this area becomes infected, patients start experiencing discomfort and swelling. Root canals take out unwanted parts of the tooth and the infected root. The segment of tooth that remains may be repaired using a cap or crown that allows for fully regained tooth function.

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RE-TREATMENT OF ROOT CANALS

When properly maintained, teeth that have undergone root canals will last as long as one’s natural teeth. However, there are cases when a tooth that has been treated does not heal as expected and sometimes becomes sore or infected years after a proper treatment. The good news is that your tooth does have a second chance when treated in a timely manner. There are a few reasons as to why your tooth may be experiencing improper healing:

  • Canals that are too narrow or curved
  • Canals that went unnoticed in the original procedure
  • Delayed crown placement post-treatment
  • Salivary contamination.

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DEEP CLEANING

Not to be confused with regular cleaning or “prophy”, deep cleanings are in fact a distinct procedure conducted by our dentist to prevent gum disease for individuals who have avoided their regular biannual cleaning appointments. During deep cleanings, our dentist will conduct scaling and root planing procedures. Scaling targets the removal of plaque and tartar from teeth surfaces and from the tooth-gum border, while root planing focuses on the surface of the roots.

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PROPHY

Prophylaxis may sound intimidating, but it’s nothing to be afraid of. Unlike deep cleanings, a “prophy” or “cleaning” is a hygiene service for someone that has taken good care of his/her teeth and gums. Based on your health needs, you may be scheduled for a “prophy” every few months. Why? To prevent the possibility of costly dental treatment in the future. This easy procedure prevents cavities, plaque buildup, gum disease and even tooth loss due to dental disease.

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INLAY/ONLAY FILLINGS

Sometimes, the tooth has suffered so much damage that a simple filling can’t do the job, but the damage isn’t bad enough to require a full crown. In these circumstances, a patient’s most reasonable option for tooth restoration may be turning to inlays or onlays. Both inlays and onlays are viewed as “indirect” fillings, meaning that they are made outside the mouth, and later attached to the tooth by the dentist. Contrary to “direct” fillings, where treatment is applied directly to the tooth. But what’s the difference between inlay and onlay? An indirect filling is termed an “inlay” when it fits in the cusps of a back tooth, and an “onlay” if it instead covers these cusps. However, the procedure for placing an inlay or onlay is the one and the same.

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COMPOSITE FILLINGS

Composite resins, also called tooth-colored fillings, are an excellent choice for patients looking for their fillings to appear more natural. Made of a ceramic and plastic compound, this resin is capable of resembling natural teeth, and can be used on either front or back teeth. By providing superior durability, these fillings are able to resist stress resulting from chewing.

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ZIRCONIA FILLINGS

An essential decision you will have to make when restoring your teeth is the type of material you wish to use, while your dentist may offer advice based on your clinical condition, quite often the choice ends up being a matter of preference. We have found that zirconia fillings offer exceptional strength, quality, and aesthetics. Zirconia, a metal of the titanium family, is designed to be impermeable, making them resistant to both staining and chipping. This makes it a dream product to use in dental fillings, especially in the posterior (rear) region that demands protection from food grinding.

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CROWN LENGTHENING

Feeling self-conscious because of a “gummy” smile? Then you may be curious in steps that can be taken to improve the appearance of shorter teeth. Looks can be deceptive, while your teeth may appear short, they might actually be a normal length but covered with too much gum tissue. To fix this, our professionals perform what is known as a dental crown lengthening procedure. During this procedure, the excess gum tissue is reconfigured to reveal more of the natural tooth. This can be done to a single tooth or to the entire gum line for a beautiful smile.

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PORCELAIN CROWN BRIDGES

Looking for a fixed solution to your dental problems? Crowns and bridges may be the option for you. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, removable only by your dentist. A crown is applied when needing to entirely cover or “cap” a hurt tooth. Besides reinforcing the tooth, a crown offers enhanced appearance and straightening. A crown can also be placed over an implant to give it a more tooth-like shape and structure for better function. Bridges are used when needing to replace one or more missing teeth. They work by covering the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are placed on natural teeth or implants surrounding the gap. Porcelain solutions offer colors to match the natural state of teeth.

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VENEERS

Does your smile need a makeover? A revamping can easily be achieved through dental veneers, which work to enhance the external appearance of one or more of your teeth. What are veneers? They are extremely thin, porcelain shells designed to have your desired color and shape. The shells are then attached to the tooth’s surface, remodeling cracked or disfigured teeth. Do your teeth fail to respond to traditional whitening techniques? Veneers also provide an answer for stubborn and discolored teeth!

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TEETH EXTRACTION

Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from its socket in the bone. Your dentist will always do his best to save the broken or damaged tooth by resorting to various treatments such as fillings or crowns, but when there’s substantial harm, extraction may be the only solution. Cases where extraction could be necessary includes, but is not limited to:

  • extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in
  • baby teeth that failed to fall out in time
  • to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.

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WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION

Is the gum tissue towards the back of your mouth throbbing? Then it may be time for your wisdom teeth to come out. The wisdom teeth are the last four teeth to come out from your gums at the age of 17 to 25. At best, these teeth emerge without trouble, but as many as 9 in 10 Americans have at least one wisdom tooth that is impacted. Even if the teeth come out normally, they may result in overcrowding or grow in at a wrong direction that can cause problems in the future. This has many patients choosing to have their wisdom teeth removed, preventing the possibility of serious complications.

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INVISALIGN

Don’t want to be embarrassed by the look of traditional braces, then Invisalign may be the best fit for your orthodontic needs. Invisaligns are used to fix the crooked and crowded teeth of both adults and teens in an unnoticeable manner. Clear aligner trays custom fitted to your teeth helps in straightening out your smile with people never knowing that you’re wearing a correctional device. Patients are given a series of these trays, each upgrade being slightly different than the one they were wearing before. In doing so, we are applying a minimal force to move teeth into the correct position over time. Invisaligns eliminate feelings of self-consciousness.

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ZOOM TEETH WHITENING

Unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Tired of dull colored teeth? Whitening procedures will help you brighten the look of your teeth, reaching a 5 to 10 shade improvement in just single session. Today, these procedures make up the most popular form of treatments in clinics throughout the country. Take home kits risk damaging your enamel and deliver slower results, but professional teeth whitening services provide winning results. At Reseda Dental Care, we offer Zoom!® Teeth Whitening as our one hour in-office teeth whitening system to maintain your pearly white smile.

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COSMETIC

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Missing a single tooth, needing to replace a damaged tooth, wanting to restore an entire smile? Dental implants are surgical-grade artificial roots that fasten permanent tooth prosthetics in the bone underneath the gum line, securing them into the jaw. Patients tend to prefer implants because they provide functions similar to natural teeth, while also keeping bones of the jaw from weakening. Crowns are mounted to the top of implants for a durable and natural looking smile.

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BONE REGENERATION/AUGMENTATION

Suffering from long term gum disease that has left you with teeth detached from bone or tissue? Our dentist has the ability to regenerate the missing bone and tissue through bone augmentation procedures. Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR) is a procedure that is able to regenerate lost connective tissue and ligaments that support our teeth, while Guided Bone.

Regeneration (GBR) is a procedure that works to regenerate bone before the placement of an implant. GBR is done through bone grafts with the addition of a membrane to keep tissue away, allowing the bone to grow without an obstacle.

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SEDATION DENTISTRY

Afraid or anxious of sitting in a dentist chair, but in pain and in need of dental care? Our dentist can ensure you a virtually painless visit, allowing you to feel relaxed and comfortable. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures with varying levels of sedation depending of the procedure being conducted.

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CT SCANS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not enough. Our dentist will use this technology to produce 3D images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.

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IMPLANT SUPPORTED FIXED BRIDGE

Another option for replacing missing teeth is implant-supported bridges, which can be applied when you have more than a single tooth missing. Instead of using crowns as support, these bridges are supported by implants. Usually, one implant replaces every missing tooth, and this set of implants will then be used to hold the bridge in place. But in cases where placing one implant per lost tooth is impossible, the bridge may be suspended between two implant-supported crowns.

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IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES

As the name suggests, implant-supported dentures are a type of overdenture that is held up by and attached to implants. While traditional dentures sit on the gums, an implant-supported denture can be used when a patient has no teeth in the jaw, but still enough bone to carry implants. These dentures use a particular set of attachments, which will snap onto the implants.

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HYBRID FIXED DETACHABLE DENTURES

Different from traditional dentures, these dentures create a secure replacement for teeth. “Hybrid” refers to the fact that this method integrates the benefits of a FIXED replacement with those of a REMOVABLE denture. As a middle ground between traditional denture and a fixed bridge, this solution is a great choice in conditions of significant bone loss, but don’t wish to have your teeth extracted.

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RIDGE AUGMENTATION

The alveolar ridge of the jaw is the bone that encloses the roots of teeth. When a tooth is extracted, the alveolar ridge bone is left with an empty socket. A ridge augmentation is a common technique completed after a tooth removal, in order to mirror the natural profile of the gums and jaw that may have been lost in the extraction process or for any other reason.

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SINUS AUGMENTATION

How are your sinuses related to your mouth? The sinus is found right behind your cheek and above the upper teeth (some of their roots reaching up into the sinus). In cases where these teeth have to be removed, a dental implant needs to be added in order to hold the thin wall of bone separating the sinus and the mouth in place. But in instances when the floor of the sinus is too low, it is difficult to place this dental implant making a sinus lift augmentation necessary. This procedure raises the floor of your sinuses to where it was before, successfully recreating the bone where the roots of your teeth once extended.

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