Dental Care From A Dentist You Can Trust
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Routine Dental Cleaning
It is suggested that patients should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every six months or as recommended by your dentist. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Children of all ages are welcome at our practice! A child’s first dental visit should be once they turn one-years-old. A good rule of thumb is as soon as the first tooth erupts, bring them in. That way, your child can have positive first experiences at a young age, and the parent can get valuable advice in helping care for their child’s teeth.
Though your mouth may feel healthy and you may not have any symptoms, periodontal disease can progress without a patient knowing. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. This is why early treatment and prevention is so important! Your dentist will make sure you are receiving the highest quality of care that will assist in preventing periodontal disease from developing.
Dental x-rays are a great preventive, diagnostic tool that provides important information not visible during a regular dental exam. Our dental team will utilize this important information to safely and accurately detect any dental abnormalities and then create an accurate treatment plan.
Periodically we will suggest a fluoride treatment for your teeth. It’s a simple and quick process and can be done during your routine exam. No extra appointment is necessary. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay and is applied to your teeth. This strengthens the enamel so your smile will be as strong as ever.
Achieve the pearly white smile you have been dreaming about with the Zoom! teeth whitening system. Many people are opting for the Zoom!® system for fast, safe, and effective teeth whitening. Zoom!® combines the newest advances in dental technology with proven chemical formulas. This ensures that the bleaching experience is painless and the results are satisfying. Soon after starting treatment at our office, the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear, leaving a beautiful white smile.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and aesthetics. Several crown material options are available, including non-metal crowns. Your dentist will discuss these on an individual basis, depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move, resulting in pain and discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, our doctors will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
When a tooth is affected by decay, fractures, or cracks, a dental filling is needed to restore the tooth. In a single dental appointment, the decayed or injured tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of your existing tooth. Since the color is the same as your original tooth, the filling will look aesthetically pleasing and restore your teeth to a healthy, beautiful smile.
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth, causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist help to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients, no symptoms are obvious, and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent further infections and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth but also prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that your dentist uses to improve the appearance of your smile. He will bond the veneers to the surfaces of the teeth to correct certain dental flaws. Your porcelain veneers are customized for a perfect fit and natural appearance. When in place, porcelain veneers can:
- Close spaces between the teeth
- Lighten and brighten the teeth
- Improve the beauty of your smile
- Repair chips, wear, or cracks in teeth
- Correct teeth that are misshapen, crooked, or uneven
The procedure usually requires two visits to our office to complete. When your veneers are in place, you can enjoy a radiant new smile. Contact us today for more information on how porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry can benefit you.
Dr. Martinez has completed the LUMINEERS® Smile Design Workshop, which means he can provide patients with this great service. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, Lumineers can completely transform your smile in just two simple visits. Lumineers are contact-thin veneers made out of porcelain that are fitted to the patient’s teeth without the need for grinding, shaving, or drilling. They are an easy solution for chipped, misaligned, or discolored teeth.
Snap-On Smile® is a patented multi-purpose restorative dental appliance that involves no drills, no cutting down of existing tooth structure, no needles, and it’s removable. It’s non-invasive, meaning it is also reversible. They fit directly over existing teeth and can be applied to a variety of situations. It’s made with a specialized resin which allows the appliance to be made as thin as .5 mm without compromising strength. Its simple patent design allows a patient to eat without any impingement into the gums.
Traditional metal braces are still one of the most effective solutions when it comes to correcting issues with alignment. We can help get you outfitted for low-profile metal braces that can help you achieve the straight, beautiful smile you have always wanted.
With a variety of removable appliances, straightening your teeth has never been easier. We offer headgear that corrects overbites, Hawley retainers that help position the teeth evenly as the jawbone reforms, and facemasks that are used to correct a patient’s underbite.
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient’s oral and overall health. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 951-817-1166, and we will schedule you as soon as possible.