We often speak with patients who notice changes in the appearance of their teeth. The teeth may be noticeably longer with less gum showing. This is a sign of gum recession, a treatable condition where your gums pull back exposing more of your tooth including the root. Gum recession is not only unsightly; it exposes your teeth and gums to decay and disease.
We treat a mild case of gum recession with a deep cleaning called scaling and planing. Our dentist or hygienist scrapes away built-up plaque and tartar on your teeth and below the gumline. Your gums go back into place, and you may receive an antibiotic to prevent bacteria growth.
Years ago, a gum graft was the solution to gum recession. Our dentist would suture donor tissue to your gums with the hope that the new tissue would attach, or graft, to your existing gum tissue and cover the exposed parts of your teeth. As you can imagine, this involved a recovery time which could be lengthy.
Fortunately, modern dentistry allows our dentist to offer you an alternative to the gum graft. A treatment which is known as Pinhole surgical technique or PST makes treating gum recession simpler with faster recovery time.
The PST procedure begins with local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding your receding gums. Then our dentist makes a tiny hole in your gum and inserts special dental instruments between your teeth and gums. Your gums are gently expanded and slid into their correct position, covering your teeth and roots.
Our patients give us positive feedback about the PST treatment especially regarding the fast recovery time and minimally invasive nature of the procedure. We also hear from patients who appreciate the fact that there are no grafts or donor tissue with the Pinhole surgical technique.
If you believe you may have gum recession, contact our office as soon as possible. Treating the condition at the earliest possible point in time will help to prevent damage to your teeth, roots, and gums. If you would like more information about PST, please reach out to one of our staff, we are always happy to help you.
Our staff is pleased that advances in dentistry allow us to meet your needs efficiently while giving you the same high caliber of service you have come to expect from us. One of the best improvements that we frequently offer to our patients is the option for one visit crowns.
Until recently, when a patient needed a crown, we would create a mold and send it along with the specifications to a dental lab. Then we would fit a temporary plastic or resin crown for our patient to wear until the crown arrived. This meant two visits to solve one problem, and our patient wore an uncomfortable interim crown for a week or longer.
Our dentist in Huntington Beach has cutting edge technology which allows us to craft your permanent crown in the office while you wait. For you, this means, no unpleasant plastic crowns and no need to return for a second visit. Our one visit crowns are durable natural looking porcelain, which we will customize to blend in with your teeth. Additionally, these crowns are a type of porcelain which has similar characteristics and a finish which mimic your natural teeth.
The process for one visit crowns is simple and straightforward. Our dentist numbs the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. To prep your tooth for the crown, our dentist clears away diseased and decaying tissue, then shapes your tooth and carefully cleans it.
Once your tooth is clean and shaped, our dentist uses a small portable tool to create a digital impression of your tooth. The digital image goes to the milling section of our office where we make your new crown from a small individual block of porcelain. Once complete, the crown will match the size, color, and shape of your existing teeth. Our dentist then tests the crown’s fit to be sure you need no modifications and the bonds the crown to your tooth.
The one visit crown is a prime example of dentistry and technology working together. If you believe you need a crown, contact our office and make an appointment soon.
For individuals suffering from advanced cosmetic degeneration in one or more teeth beyond the help of a simple cleaning or whitening, more drastic measures of improvement may be required. This prognosis can certainly be an unwelcome one, as many of the cosmetic procedures in this category require a significant time commitment on the part of the recipient to give your dental lab an adequate window of time in which to manufacture your crown, bridge, implant, or set of veneers. Same day dentistry is a revolutionary new way of working that allows your dental care provider to evaluate your mouth, collect the relevant data using special equipment, and actually have the restorative implement made in-office that day, allowing them to perform the procedure with no waiting period required.
During the appointment, our dentist will clean out any debris. Measurements will be taken and instead of an x-ray you will be put through a much more accurate CT scan, capable of gathering much more data about your mouth and teeth than technology of the past. This information will be fed into a 3D printer, and once the machine is done making your new implant or crown a reality, the rest of the process is a simple as having it placed and cemented to your teeth.
Those with active adult lives probably stand to benefit the most from a same day workflow when it comes to enhancing their smiles. A same day procedure eliminates the hassle of endless trips to and from the office and less time wasted in the chair. It also makes the need for temporary measures of protecting exposed, sculpted teeth with non-permanent crowns and retainers obsolete, minimizing the risk of bacteria complicating any part of the process. A same day procedure also requires less long-term planning, which makes it ideal for individuals whose teeth have become lost or damaged unexpectedly, such as in the case of a car accident. A same day restoration will allow you to walk out of the office with teeth just as radiant as they were before.
Teeth whitening has many benefits, which is why it is quickly becoming one of the most asked for cosmetic treatments in dentistry today. Several bleaching options are available, including in-office and at-home procedures, and patients can choose the type that best meets their needs.
Some of the benefits of teeth bleaching include:
An in-office whitening procedure can be completed in just about an hour. Professional at-home kits can take longer, but because they use higher concentrations of active ingredients, they are still faster than OTC options.
The results from professional bleaching treatments are impressive, and many patients experience lightening of up to eight shades or more.
- Great results
With a whiter smile, many patients feel more confident. Removing stains from teeth can leave them looking brighter, more youthful, and more attractive.
Each step of the process is performed under the supervision of a skilled dental professional, so you can be confident that your dental health is guarded throughout the whitening procedure.
- Dental health
Not only are whitening treatments safe for your smile, but many patients find they are more committed to good dental habits after a whitening treatment because they want to keep their teeth looking great.
Call our cosmetic dentist in Huntington Beach today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.