Improving your appearance through cosmetic dentistry gives you more confidence. But cosmetic treatments offer more than just aesthetic value. Most procedures are both restorative and cosmetic. However, you can get a lot more benefits from cosmetic procedures than just looking great. Cosmetic dentistry also offers many benefits for your overall oral health.
Teeth Straightening Improves Your Oral Health
When teeth are crowded or you have a dental malocclusion, it’s hard to brush and floss efficiently. When teeth are lined up as they should be, they are much easier to clean and keep clean. This reduces the risk of suffering tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign clear removable braces can be used by adults and teens to achieve better alignment and improve your oral health.
Dental Implants Strengthen Your Jaw
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that is considered cosmetic. While they effectively improve your appearance by replacing missing teeth, they also have oral health benefits. The jaw and bone can deteriorate when you are missing teeth. Teeth are necessary for stimulating the jaw and keeping it stable. Implants include surgically implanted titanium posts that act as a prosthetic root that stimulates the jaw and provides stability, This allows you to speak, smile, and eat with ease.
Reduce Risks of Gum Disease
When you have excess gum tissue, you’ll have what is called a “gummy smile.” Gum contouring is often used in cosmetic dentistry to remove the extra gum tissue. This gives you a more natural appearance and a full, balanced smile. But gum contouring can also help reduce the risk of gum disease as it removes places where bacteria tend to hide. The procedure is permanent and safe. With extra gum tissue out of the way, brushing and flossing are more effective.
Cosmetic Procedures and Healthy Teeth
You notice how chipped teeth, missing teeth, cavities, swollen gums, or a crooked bite affect your smile. These are all correctible through cosmetic procedures. But when they are not treated properly, they can lead to other oral health problems.
- Cracked or chipped teeth increase the risks of tooth loss and decay.
- Crooked teeth can lead to cavities, TMJ pain, uneven teeth, and gum disease.
- Missing teeth can lead to bone loss, tooth decay, and disease.
- Cavities can cause painful toothaches and dangerous infections if allowed to progress into the inner layers of a tooth.
- Swollen gums can often be a sign of gum disease and can lead to chronic bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and gum recession.
Smiling Improves Your Health
When you feel great about your smile, it can increase your happiness and your health. When you smile, stress-fighting chemicals rush to your brain. Research indicates that small amounts of those feel-good chemicals like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, are released each time you smile. This can help lower your heart rate and your blood pressure. Also, these chemicals are also great at relieving pain naturally. So, when cosmetic dentistry increases how many times you smile each day, your overall wellness improves too!
Contact Dr. Kim Lee at San Pablo Dental Care
Dr. Lee, dentist at San Pablo Dental Care provides cosmetic dental treatments that can help you look and feel better. Call our offices today to schedule your consultation. We understand that your smile is a reflection of you, and having a beautiful, healthy smile has an impact on your quality of life. Let us help you maintain your self-esteem and good oral health.
CEREC one-day crowns are one of the newest cosmetic treatments. This restoration treatment is designed for teeth that have moderate to severe damage. They are designed to restore your smile and your mouth to their optimum function and health. Thanks to the latest technological advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Edwin Kim can complete the restoration in a single day. A one-day crown provides you a customized, natural-looking, restored tooth in one visit. Let’s talk about how CREC crowns can improve your smile.
What is the purpose of a crown?
Over a lifetime, most people will experience a variety of dental issues that need treatment provided by general or cosmetic dentistry in San Pablo, CA. The most common reasons for dental visits include teeth cleanings, filling cavities, and bonding. However, sometimes, more intensive treatment is needed to repair damaged teeth. This usually involves a dental crown. Dr. Edwin Kim usually recommends a dental crown if a tooth has suffered moderate to severe damage. A crown restores the tooth’s health and function. This fixed prosthetic is cemented to the damaged tooth. It improves the appearance of the tooth and the whole mouth. It also helps to strengthen the affected tooth. To be fitted properly with a crown, Dr. Kim will make an impression of the tooth. The damaged tooth may need to be filed down a little to ensure a perfect fit.
What are one-day crowns used for?
A one-day crown is versatile and suitable for numerous restorative and cosmetic purposes. CEREC crowns can be used to:
- Cover a severely stained, darkened, or discolored tooth
- Attach to and anchor a dental bridge
- Restore a tooth that has a lot of damage or decay
- Cover a dental implant
- Improve both the functionality and appearance of an irregularly shaped tooth
- Support a large filling when a lot of a tooth’s structure is gone
- Strengthen a weakened or fractured tooth
What is CEREC?
CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is the latest dental technology that enables a crown to be milled and placed in just one office visit. The process uses 3D scanning to create a digital image of the tooth. Then a custom-made crown is made to match the size, shape, and shade of your tooth. Dr. Jacqueline Lee and Dr. Edwin Kim can prepare and place a CEREC crown in one dental visit.
Advantages of CEREC Crowns
The benefits of using CEREC one-day crowns include:
- Fewer appointments are required
- Fewer anesthetic injections are needed
- The natural structure of the tooth undergoes less reduction
- No need to have a temporary crown
CEREC one-day crowns are made using CAM/CAD technology. This just means the process of making a crown is, “computer-aided” designing (CAD) and “computer-aided” manufacturing (CAM). They can save patients a lot of time since there are no additional appointments necessary. This saves you time, as well as money since you only pay for a single visit, and you only have to take one day off from work. The crowns also provide a more comfortable experience since they do not need any impressions with putty or pastes. Dr. Kim will use an intraoral camera to make 3D images of the tooth and a crown will be designed so it fits your tooth precisely.
Ready for a CEREC One-Day Crown?
If you’ve been suffering from a damaged tooth, need to strengthen a weakened tooth, or need to cover an implant, call us to schedule an appointment today. At San Pablo Dental Care, we have the experience and expertise to create a CEREC one-day crown. We are ready to help you get the smile you want!
Some people get very tense just thinking about going to the dentist. For many, it brings on very real feelings of fear. Individuals often suffer from a painful toothache rather than visit a dentist’s office. For those who avoid going to their San Pablo dentist at all costs, sedation dentistry may offer some relief. There are various levels of sedation to help with everything from simple tooth cleaning to invasive procedures. But what’s it really like to experience sedation dentistry?
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is often called “sleep dentistry.” This term is not entirely accurate since patients do not often go to sleep while under sedation. There are different levels of sedation, including:
- Minimal sedation where you are awake but very relaxed.
- Moderate sedation where you are awake, but you are not going to remember much, if any, of the procedure.
- Deep sedation where you are just on the edge of consciousness but still easily awakened.
- General anesthesia where you are completely unconscious and unaware.
Sedation dentistry is administered in different ways. These are the types of sedation used in dentist’s offices.
- Inhaled Sedation. During this form of sedation, you will breathe in nitrous oxide. This is often called laughing gas. A mask will be placed over your nose as you breathe it in. It will help you relax, and the dentist controls the amount you receive.
- Oral Sedation. Dosage of oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. If you receive minimal sedation, you will be given a pill about an hour before the procedure. Most dentists use Halcion, which is similar to valium. It will make you drowsy, but you will still be awake. If you need more sedation, larger doses may be given. If you take a moderate dose, you may fall asleep during the procedure. However, usually, it only takes a gentle shake to wake you.
- IV Moderate Sedation. This sedative drug is administered through the vein. This allows it to work more quickly. Dr. Edwin Kim can make continual adjustments as needed.
- Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia. This type of sedation will make you unconscious or deeply asleep throughout the procedure. You will not be awakened easily until the anesthesia wears off.
What to Expect During Sedation Dentistry
Dr. Edwin Kim will place a mask on for you to breathe in the nitrous oxide. He will control the amount of gas administered, but if you don’t like how it makes you feel, you can remove the mask. You will stay awake and remain responsive. However, you will feel very relaxed and not fearful. Once the mask is removed, it will wear off quickly. You’ll be able to drive yourself home.
Oral sedation doesn’t “knock you out.” But you may be moderately sedated. You will be aware of what is happening. You’ll also be able to communicate with Dr. Kim during the procedure, although you may not remember much of it later. You may doze off while you are in the chair. Oral sedation may leave you feeling groggy for hours. You will need someone to drive you to the appointment and back home. However, you will be able to take care of yourself the rest of the day.
IV sedation will cause you to sleep through the procedure. Your vitals will be monitored carefully during the procedure. If you do fall asleep, you will be easily awakened. Afterward, you may feel a little out of it or loopy. Following IV sedation, you may have some lingering effects. They can last the rest of the day. Someone will need to drive you home and stay with you for a while. You may need someone to help you with basic care for a few hours. By the next morning, you should feel more like yourself.
You will be completely out during the procedure after Dr. Edwin Kim administers general anesthesia. Anesthesia can affect people differently. You may feel groggy. Some people get a bit nauseous following this type of sedation. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for a few hours to make sure you recover well.
Contact San Pablo Dental
Contact us at San Pablo Dental to discuss what type of sedation dentistry is right for you. Dr. Edwin Kim will want to discuss your personal health history and current medications to help you make the right choice about the level of sedation you desire. You may choose different sedation levels based on the type of procedure and your level of anxiety. Call us today to schedule your exam to discuss sedation dentistry.
Dentures have long been used to replace missing teeth. When most people think of dentures, they probably think of a whole mouth full of prosthetic teeth. But what happens if you are only missing two or three teeth? A partial denture is a dental appliance that helps to restore the function and form of the jaw by replacing one or more missing teeth. The partial denture is natural-looking and helps with chewing and speaking.
Why would someone need a partial denture?
If one or more teeth are missing, the bite pressure in your mouth shifts. Other teeth may even move some to compensate for the gap in your bite. Soft tissue and supporting bone near the missing teeth may start to shrink. This can alter your appearance and sometimes lead to problems with your other teeth. When a partial denture is in place, it helps keep the underlying structures like the gums, facial muscles, and jawbone engaged and active. This can help keep other teeth from shifting around as well as provide you with a natural, complete, and beautiful smile.
How does a partial denture work?
Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a plastic base with a metal framework. They can be used to replace back, front, lower, and upper teeth. Structurally, they are all basically alike except they are designed so they fit in the different parts of the mouth. They are held in place with metal clasps that clip onto the teeth on either side of the gap.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
Getting partial dentures is less invasive than implants and other options and it is a less expensive way to replace missing teeth. They are easy to get used to and restore the natural appearance and functionality of the mouth. Partial dentures are ideal if your other teeth are healthy. Of course, it is always preferable to keep your natural teeth. But sometimes it’s not an option and partial or full dentures can be a workable tooth replacement option.
Are they hard to take care of?
Partials need to be kept clean and taken care of just like your natural teeth. If partial dentures are not kept clean, they can cause problems. Here are the steps to keeping them clean:
- Always clean your partial dentures over a bowl of water or a towel so if you drop them they won’t break.
- Use a special brush designed specifically for brushing dentures.
- Soak the partial dentures in a special cleanser made specifically to clean dentures.
You also need to keep up with your oral hygiene for your remaining teeth and gums. This helps keep gum disease and decay under control. Continue brushing your gums, natural teeth, tongue, and roof of your mouth twice a day. You should also get your natural teeth cleaned by a San Pablo dentist twice a year.
Are partial dentures hard to get used to?
For a few weeks, they may feel a little awkward. You may have a little bit of difficulty speaking and you may notice your mouth watering a lot at first. Just keep wearing them so you will get used to them faster. To help with the adjustment, try these tips:
- Practice reading aloud to help your tongue get used to the feel.
- Practice putting them in and removing them. Don’t force it into position by biting down on it.
- Eat soft foods when you first get your partial dentures. Try cutting your food into smaller pieces for a few weeks until you get used to the way they feel.
- Chew slowly and use both sides of your mouth.
Contact Dr. Edwin Kim
If you are missing a tooth or teeth, contact us to schedule an exam with Dr. Edwin Kim to discuss treatment options.
Most of us understand that consuming too much sugar is bad for our teeth. Reducing your sugar intake in your everyday diet can have some positive effects on dental health as well as overall health. When sugar is consumed regularly, it can cause damage to teeth.
How Cavities Develop from Eating Sugar
Every individual’s mouth contains hundreds of bacteria. Most of the bacteria in the mouth are helpful and essential for maintaining a healthy oral environment. Some other bacteria can be harmful though. Harmful bacteria love sugars found in foods like cookies, cake, ice cream, and drinks. When harmful bacteria have the opportunity to feed on sugars, it creates an acid that destroys tooth enamel. The acids work to erode the protective enamel that’s on the outside of the teeth. When sugar is left on the teeth for harmful bacteria to enjoy, the resulting acids can work their way deeper into the teeth causing cavities.
Reducing Sugar Intake
Avoiding sugar altogether is the best way to keep from feeding harmful bacteria in your mouth. But that’s not always practical. There are some ways to start reducing your sugar intake. Firstly, just be more mindful of what you are eating. Try just reducing your intake of sugary foods. Reading labels on prepared foods can help you become more aware of the sugars you are eating. There are many foods with hidden sugars. Some so-called “healthy” snacks are over-laden with sugar including:
- Store-bought smoothies
- Pre-packaged oatmeal
- Trail mix
- Salad dressing
By being aware of foods that contain sugars, it helps you avoid the worst ones and reduce the overall amount of sugar you are ingesting.
Ways to Protect Your Teeth from Sugar
Dr. Edwin Kim understands that you will have a very difficult time trying to remove all sugars from your diet. There are some habits that can help you reduce sugar and its ill effects on your oral health. Here are a few tips to help you avoid cavities while you are working on reducing your sugar intake.
- Brush your teeth often. Everyone has a busy schedule, but brushing your teeth is not something you can cut. You can carry a portable or disposable toothbrush with you. That way you can brush your teeth after eating a meal or a snack.
- Change out your toothbrush often so it’s fresh and effective. Choose toothbrushes with diamond-shaped heads and those with triple-action bristles since they are better designed to clean hard-to-reach places.
- Use a mouth rinse. If you can’t have a toothbrush with you, you can still rinse your mouth. Rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash can eliminate a lot of the sticky residue and sugar. Use a fluoride mouth rinse if possible. Rinsing with plain mouthwash and even water is better than nothing.
- Choose snacks with less sugar. Fruit is your best option if you are trying to satisfy a sweet tooth. If fruit isn’t your choice, choose foods less sticky and foods with less sugar. For example, a slice of pound cake is better than a thick chocolate brownie.
- Chew sugar-free gum after eating. Sugar-free gum helps clean your mouth after you eat. It also helps produce saliva which helps to remove the sugar coating on your teeth.
- Eat a healthy diet. Following an unhealthy diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. When you eat sugars, carbohydrates, and starches plaque can build up on your teeth and cause damage to the enamel. Controlling sugar intake and making other health-conscious choices about what you are consuming helps protect your health and teeth. Choose foods and drinks with low amounts of added sugars or eliminate them if you can.
Contact Your San Pablo Dentist
If you are concerned about your oral health and preventing cavities, it’s important to schedule routine exams with Dr. Edwin Kim. Are you worried you might have a cavity? Getting it seen as soon as possible can prevent it from worsening. Call San Pablo Dental Care today and schedule an appointment.
The unique thing about family dentistry is that it takes care of oral health during every stage of life rather than just focusing on a single age group. Adults, children, and teens have varying dental needs and the family dentists at San Pablo Dental Care are experienced at delivering the comprehensive oral care every member of the family needs no matter what their age or stage in life.
Importance of Good Oral Health
Maintaining good oral health is a vital part of your life and your future. Family dentists provide dental services designed to help keep your teeth healthy so your facial structure is maintained and so you can chew your food. Your teeth also affect your smile and a beaming smile builds self-confidence. In addition, the mouth is sort of a window to view the overall health of the rest of your body. People who take care of their teeth are usually more conscientious about their overall health and well-being.
The mouth houses lots of bacteria which is normal. Good oral health habits like brushing and flossing daily help keep the bacteria under control. When there are poor oral care habits, problems can arise. Bacteria are allowed to combine with sugar in food and form acids. These acids wreak havoc and can cause cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. When gum disease is left untreated, an infection can spread throughout the body causing a wide range of health problems. Regular exams for family members of all ages can help prevent dental problems and treat them quickly should they occur. This can be essential for one’s overall health.
Benefits of Having a Family Dentist
Your San Pablo dentist can help family members maintain good oral and overall health. Regular exams, checkups, and cleanings help treat harmful bacteria and removing tartar and plaque. Scheduled exams are often when a family dentist identifies problems that can be addressed before they cause damage. Each family has unique dental needs and family dentists can treat each person according to their age and stage in life from infants to elderly parents. Taking all your family members to a single dentist can save a lot of time and hassle. Your San Pablo family dentist sees patients of all ages which means your children do not have to change dentists as they get older.
The Role of Your San Pablo Family Dentist
Family dentists can perform a variety of procedures and treatments based on the needs of your family. Most commonly, they will include services such as:
- Complete oral exams
- Regular checkups and cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- Gum disease treatment
- Cavity fillings and tooth repair
One of the most important ways a dentist can help your family is by providing preventive dentistry. This includes applying sealants and fluoride to help prevent cavities and developing oral appliances to help prevent bruxism or teeth grinding. They can also screen for oral cancer as well as provide cosmetic dental procedures like teeth whitening.
Contact San Pablo Dental Care
Maintaining good oral health is an important part of each person’s overall health. Taking care of your dental health can help ensure the longevity of your teeth but can also help maintain a good quality of life. Family dentists provide essential dental care for the entire household and focus on maintaining good oral health for each person. Please contact San Pablo Dental Care with your questions about family dentistry and how we can help your family maintain good oral health and overall health.
Dental crowns are often used in cosmetic dentistry in San Pablo for addressing several types of dental problems. Crowns restore the functionality of a tooth, protect the natural tooth, restore an aesthetic appeal to a tooth, and are used for dental implants. Sometimes, they are used to protect a weak tooth. A weak tooth can occur as the result of several fillings, a cracked tooth, or one that has been subject to lots of decay. A crown may also be used to restore a worn down or broken tooth. They help improve your appearance and smile as well as the functionality of your teeth. A dental crown may be used for numerous restorative or cosmetic reasons.
What’s the Difference in Same-day Crowns and Traditional Crowns?
As far as function, there isn’t a lot of difference in traditional and same-day dental crowns. They are basically the same when it comes to protection and restoration, but the procedure is different. Same-day crowns save you a lot of time and you only have to schedule one trip to your San Pablo dentist. You won’t have to juggle your calendar and events trying to make multiple trips to the dentist, it’s conveniently done in one appointment on a single day.
The other big difference is that there is no need for a temporary filling or crown to hold the space until the final crown is prepared. Same-day crowns alleviate the discomfort that can often be present when temporary crowns are placed and removed. The crowns are custom made and placed all in one visit. They will look more natural and blend in with your other teeth.
How do Same-Day Dental Crowns Work?
The same day crown CEREC procedure is an advanced restorative system that your San Pablo dentist can use. CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chairside Economical Restorations Esthetic Ceramic. Once Dr. Edwin Kim or Dr. Jacqueline Lee determines that a dental crown is the appropriate treatment, he will begin to prepare the tooth for the restoration. An anesthetic is administered and any decayed or weakened tooth tissue is removed.
Then your San Pablo dentist will take an optical impression of the tooth that will receive the crown. With the use of modern technology, this is as simple as taking a digital picture of the tooth. It’s done in a matter of just a minute or two. The CEREC machine will then help Dr. Kim make a dental crown that will fit your tooth precisely. The tooth-colored restoration is made out of ceramic and will match your other teeth. The crown is then polished and bonded to the tooth being restored. This is all done in just one appointment.
How long will a CEREC dental crown last?
CEREC dental crowns are constructed from exceptionally durable porcelain. As long as you observe good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing as recommended, and see your San Pablo dentist for regular exams, a dental crown can last for decades. You can protect a dental crown by not biting on objects that could crack or chip them.
Contact San Pablo Dentist, Dr. Edwin Kim, and Dr. Jacqueline Lee
Do you have more questions about dental crowns and if a same day crown would be a good option for you? Please don’t hesitate to call your San Pablo dental care professionals. We will be happy to answer your questions and set you up with an appointment. Let us know how we can help you!
Cosmetic dentistry differs from general dentistry in that the goal is to improve one’s looks by improving the teeth, mouth, or smile. A cosmetic dentist can treat a variety of problems that are not considered health risks to make a person more comfortable with their appearance. Services offered by cosmetic dentistry in San Pablo, CA can range from simple to complex procedures.
Who should consider Cosmetic Dentistry in San Pablo, CA?
The answer to this question is simple. Anyone who doesn’t like the way their teeth or smile looks is a candidate. Smile designing includes everything from whitening treatment for discolored teeth to repairing chipped or misshapen teeth. Dr. Edwin Kim and Dr. Jacqueline Lee two of of the best cosmetic dentists in the East Bay area, help patients improve their appearance through smile designing using cosmetic dentistry treatment options. Some of the most popular includes:
Your first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee or Dr. Kim at San Pablo Dental Care. Our professional staff has the experience and expertise to provide you with the best recommendations to help you get the smile makeover you desire.
Smile Designing with Cosmetic Dentistry
A skilled cosmetic dentist can help make a difference in your appearance and smile. It can help you feel and look younger too. Usually, cosmetic procedures are used to restore chipped, cracked, discolored, or missing teeth which also help improve jaw alignment and the bite. Here’s a more detailed look at how these cosmetic procedures can help with smile designing.
Missing, Uneven, or Damaged Teeth – several options are available to help with teeth that are disproportionate, missing, chipped, or cracked. A cosmetic dentist at San Pablo Dentistry may suggest veneers, bridges, or implants as cosmetic solutions for these problems.
Brightness – There are many factors that can contribute to stained or discolored teeth. Caffeine, diet, smoking, and aging can cause teeth to become stained or off-color. Smile designing using cosmetic dentistry can eliminate the discoloration or stains and make teeth appear brighter and whiter.
Spacing and Alignment – Cosmetic dentistry has many available procedures to help correct gaps and misaligned teeth. Dental bonding is a quick and easy solution for fixing gaps between teeth. Tooth-colored resin is often used to shape teeth and give them a more natural look. Aligners can help move teeth back into proper alignment.
Treating Gums – Smile designing with cosmetic dentistry includes improving a gummy smile and balancing out the amount of gum that is seen. Shaping irregular gum contours and other serious gum issues can be corrected using cosmetic dentistry.
Factors Considered in Smile Designing
When you are not happy with your smile, it can be difficult to describe just what you want to be done to change it. Deciding what makes one smile more beautiful than another can be subjective. But there are a few things that can be used to measure the aesthetic quality of a smile. When you are ready for smile designing, these factors can be considered.
- Symmetry of the teeth and mouth should be balanced and rightly aligned with the eyes and the facial midline.
- Shape of the mouth, lips, and teeth create a signature shape for your smile. Cosmetic dental procedures help align the edges of the upper teeth and the smile line.
- Tooth characterization includes the shape of individual teeth and how this affects the smile. Smaller, rounder, smoother teeth are often considered more feminine. Square-shaped, larger teeth are more masculine.
- Proportion is the most prominent feature of a smile. The two front teeth make the biggest impact and need to be the right length to create a balanced, healthy smile.
- Color is more important and complex than it might seem. It should be considered and balanced with the individual’s age, hair, skin, and eye color.
- Occlusion can prevent the functionality of the teeth. The upper and lower teeth should contact each other when the mouth is closed. This is essential for the overall look of the smile, as well as for chewing and jaw alignment.
Contact Dr. Jacqueline Lee or Dr. Edwin Kim
When you are ready for smile designing, you want a dentist who has the experience and expertise to use cosmetic procedures successfully on your behalf. Dr. Edwin Kim at San Pablo Dental has specialized training, artistic skills, and experience to provide you with a wide range of cosmetic dental solutions. Call us to schedule a consultation!