As a general dental practice the doctors at our ValleyWide Dental are committed to preserving, protecting and enhancing the complete oral health of our patients. Our dentist in 93550 treats all the members of our client families from the very young just getting their first primary teeth to the special dental needs of seniors.
Our dentist in 93550 is often called upon to restore a patient’s teeth that have become subject to decay, injury, gum disease or another dental condition. The most common condition that our doctors treat is restoring a tooth that has fallen victim to decay. Our doctor removes the areas of decay and the bacteria by drilling it out, leaving a whole in the tooth – the cavity. Our doctor fills the hole using a metal amalgam, which is a mixture of several different metals including tin, copper, mercury, silver and others. Amalgams have been in use to fill cavities for well over 100 years and been proven to be safe and highly effective. However, some patients don’t feel comfortable with the presence of mercury and don’t care for the metallic shadow that often shows through a tooth filled with amalgam. For these patients our practice offers composite fillings, which is a mixture of glass or ceramic in a resin material. These composites are tooth-colored so there is no shadow or discoloration. They are reliable and strong but used mostly for fillings on front teeth and in areas where the chewing pressure is not too great
If the decay is too great and the restoration is extensive our dentist in 93550 will place a ceramic crown on the tooth to protect it from becoming susceptible to new decay and to form a new chewing surface. The terms crowns and caps are synonymous and the crown is made of either porcelain on a metal frame or pure porcelain. Crowns are also used whenever a root canal procedure has been performed on a tooth, or as the upper part of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, and to form the sidepieces in a fixed bridge. Make an appointment to see one of our doctors today.
If you have one or more missing teeth that you would like to replace, gone are the days when your only choice would be a fixed bridge or removable dentures. Thanks to the advancements in implant dentistry, our 93550 dentist can provide you with a new tooth that looks, feels, and acts like your natural ones, so you can enjoy benefits that have never been possible with other full-tooth restorations. We at ValleyWide Dental think you’ll be happy with the results.
A dental implant replaces not just the tooth on the surface, but the root beneath. This means that your new tooth will have a durable foundation. In addition, replacing the root preserves your normal facial contours, and prevents vital gum and bone tissue from atrophying. This new root is in the form of a titanium post that is surgically placed in your jaw. Over the course of several months, your jaw bone will grow around it, eventually fusing with it to create a strong bond. The second part of the implant is a tooth-colored crown put onto the top of the post by our 93550 dentist. It is cemented to it, creating a permanent new tooth. You’ll be able to eat with confidence, even foods that are challenging. You can floss between your implant and your other teeth as you normally would.
Unlike a fixed bridge, which requires that the tooth on either side of it to be drilled down and then capped in order to anchor it in place, an implant by our 93550 dentist has no effect on your other teeth. And unlike removable dentures, there is no messy adhesives needed to keep your implant in place. Dentures can slide on you when you speak or chew, but that will never happen with an implant.
About 98% of implants are a success. That’s an impressive number and one that should inspire you to feel confident. In order to be a good candidate for one, you need to have generally healthy gums and a jaw bone that is sufficiently thick to support the post. If it isn’t, our 93550 dentist can discuss a bone grafting procedure as a way to let you still get an implant regardless.