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WHITE FILLINGS

Overview

A filling repairs and restores the surface of a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture, or wear. A dental filling strengthens the tooth. If tooth decay is not repaired at its early stages, it will worsen and additional or alternative dental treatments may be necessary. W


When Are Fillings Needed


A filling prescription is made when:

  • The surface enamel of a tooth is damaged due to decay, fracture, or wear.
  • A tooth's surface needs to be evened out to improve your ability to bite or chew.



VENEERS

Overview

A veneer improves the appearance of a tooth by covering the visible front surface with a custom-made, tooth-colored porcelain overlay. A veneer is often prescribed for a tooth that is:

  • Discolored or stained

  • Worn down, chipped or broken

  • Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped

It may also be prescribed to "fill the gap" between two otherwise healthy teeth.


Result of dental veneers can be drastic and patients are often very happy with the cosmetic changes of their smile following placement of veneers. 




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DENTAL IMPLANTS / BRIDGES

Overview

Dental implants and bridges are used to replace missing teeth.  


Implants

Dental implants replace missing teeth by implanting a titanium root structure in the bone at the area of the missing teeth. The implant and the bone with then integrate with each other, providing a platform for the crown on top. Implants have astounding success rates and is the most ideal way to replace missing teeth if the conditions are right.  A consult with Dr. Henna will determine if you are a great candidate for dental implants.


Bridges 

A bridge is a custom-made replacement for one or more missing teeth that literally "bridges the gap." It uses adjacent teeth next door to the missing space to hold on to false teeth in the middle.  


There are two types of bridges: removable and fixed. Both can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of materials. Porcelain bridges are often bonded to precious or non-precious metal.


Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge stays in your mouth and you do not remove it on a daily basis.  It will act and feel like your own tooth structure soon after placement.  It connects the teeth neighboring the missing teeth area to bridge the gap of the missing space and restore your teeth structure. It is important to understand a bridge connects multiple teeth together, so it is essential to maintain cleanliness and excellent oral hygiene around the bridge to prevent decay and gum inflammation.


Removable Bridge

A removable bridge is detached by its wearer for daily cleaning and at bedtime. It is prescribed when:

  • Teeth adjacent to the gap are weak
  • There are multiple missing teeth
  • There are no posterior teeth to provide an anchor for the bridge




TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

Overview

While we often try to save as many teeth as we can, there will be times when we are unable to save a tooth and the tooth has be extracted. Broken tooth, fractured root, advanced decay, periodontal gum disease are among the common reasons why a tooth may need to be removed.  Another common reason for tooth removal is wisdom teeth.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent teeth to erupt in a person's mouth and are the ones least needed for good dental health. Wisdom teeth can endanger a patient's dental health when:

  • They erupt through your gum but your jaw is too small to hold them. As a result, they force other teeth out of alignment and can damage your bite.

  • They do not erupt through your gum and are not in a normal position. As a result, they crowd the roots of other teeth, force them out of alignment, and can damage your bite.


When your jaw is too small to accommodate normal wisdom teeth, gum or jaw discomfort and swelling often occur. In addition, there is a greater risk of developing gum disease.


Surgery to remove wisdom teeth is typically the best course of action. 

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TEETH WHITENING

Overview

Teeth whitening can make a big difference in the quality of your smile. It will definitely brighten your teeth and restore the confidence back into your smile. However, teeth whitening may not be for everyone.

Certain factors may affect your ability to whiten, including:


1. Naturally discolored or sensitive teeth

2. White spots or decay on your teeth

3. Infected and bleeding gums

4. Existing fillings, crowns, or other dental work (especially involving front teeth)


The lifespan of whitened teeth can range from 4-12 months, depending on the type of treatment used and your consumption of food and drink that can easily stain teeth (such as blueberries, coffee, and tea).

To keep your teeth their whitest, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. 


Start with a consultation with Dr. Henna to determine if you may be a good candidate for whitening.


Types of Whiteners


Over-The-Counter

There are many over-the-counter whitening products available at your local drug store.  If using an over-the-counter whitening kit, choose one approved by the American Dental Association and follow the directions on its package. Store-bought kits require 7-30 days of consistent use for full effect. Individual results can vary.


Dentist-Supervised

Dentist-supervised treatments provide greater tooth whitening results faster than store bought kits. Two types of treatment are available:

  • An in-office treatment typically whitens teeth 5-10 shades within 60 minutes.
  • Dentist-dispensed take-home whitening kit contains a higher concentration of whitening agent than a store-bought kit and is as easy to use. You are likely to be more satisfied with the results of a Dentist-dispensed kit than by a store-bought kit.

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DENTURE FITTING AND CARE

Overview

A Denture (also known as false teeth) is a custom-made removable replacement for multiple missing teeth. Full dentures replace most or all of your teeth, and partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. Both types of dentures support facial muscles and lips, and keep them from sagging and receding which will make you look younger, improve speech, and improve your health by enabling you to eat properly

Dentures are custom made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth.

With proper care and good oral hygiene, full dentures can last 5-10 years. Over a period of time as your mouth naturally changes shape, dentures need to be relined, remade, or rebased. (Rebasing a denture means a new base is created utilizing the teeth on your current denture).


Denture Types


There are two main types of full dentures, conventional and immediate:

  • Conventional dentures are fabricated and placed in the patient's mouth after all or most teeth have been removed and tissues have healed. (If tooth extraction is required, several months of healing must take place before conventional dentures can be provided.) Conventional dentures can replace:
    • All of your teeth on your upper arch, lower arch, or both.
    • Most of your teeth. In this case, an over denture is fabricated to fit over one or more natural teeth or dental implants for support.
  • Immediate dentures are inserted in the patient's mouth as soon as any remaining teeth are removed. With immediate dentures, the wearer has teeth to use during the healing period. Oftentimes, denture wearers switch to conventional dentures when their gums have shrunk after the healing period.


Patient Experience


After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your Dentist will discuss treatment options with you and answer your questions. If the agreed-upon treatment includes dentures, here's what to expect:

  • It is common that some oral surgery may be required to prepare your mouth for full dentures. Sometimes teeth must be extracted or the bony ridge of your gum must be improved to provide your dentures with optimum stability.
  • A putty-like material is used to make an impression of your arch. Your dentures will be fabricated based on this impression. Sometimes a try-in appointment is required to fine tune the tooth color, shape, and to customize the fit.

Dentures and oral tissues must be checked annually. Damage to oral tissue can occur without any pain or other symptoms. Early detection and elimination of inflammation is important to minimize shrinkage of the supporting bone and tissues.

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CROWNS

Overview

A dental crown restores a tooth's shape, size, and strength. It fully encases the visible portion of your tooth or dental implant. It acts as a helmet for the tooth, protecting the underlying tooth it covers. 


Crown Types


Full Porcelain

Porcelain is attractive, strong, stable, and highly resistant to wear. It offers a high level of biocompatibility because it does not contain metal.

A porcelain crown provides the best natural color match to the rest of your teeth and is an excellent choice for front teeth.


Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal

Porcelain-fused-to-metal offers the benefits of a natural surface color that resembles the rest of your teeth and the strength of a metal substructure.


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Friendly Family Dental

3774 Clairemont Dr.

San Diego, CA  92117


Cosmetic Dentistry

Phone

(858) 274 - 1219

Fax

(858) 270 - 2141

DEEP CLEANING

Overview

If plaque and tartar is left on the teeth, it provides the right conditions for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria irritate the gums, which means that they bleed more easily. You may notice this if you are brushing your teeth, or eating, and sometimes your gums may bleed a bit. This is the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth by scaling and polishing them. They may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine, and show you how to brush and floss your teeth effectively. 

Most adults have some degree of gum disease. If gingivitis not treated and nothing is done about it, the inflammation will work its way down towards the foundations of the tooth causing a “periodontal pocket”. Again, within the confines of the pocket, the conditions are such that the bacteria can have a right old party, and cause more damage. Gum disease can break down the support (bone) structures of the teeth, so that eventually, they will become loose. The problem is that until it gets quite severe, the person often has no symptoms. Sadly, the damage to the support structures of the teeth is irreversible.

The good news is that if gum disease is caught in time, its progression can be halted and improved upon, and that is the key. To stop gum disease from progressing, your dentist may advise periodontal therapy, or deep cleaning. This gets rid of the bacteria in the pocket and provides the necessary conditions for healing to occur.


Difference Between Ordinary and Deep Cleaning


There is some confusion about the difference between scaling and root planing.  Scaling is basically the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth.  Root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure.  If you have gum disease or gum pocketing, the gum pockets around the teeth will have deepened, thereby allowing tartar deposits to form under the gumline.


The two processes tend to blur together since during the cleaning process, the dental worker scales away tartar and performs any necessary root planing at the same time. Any roughness can be planed away to result in a silky smooth surface.

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Invisalign ®

Overview

Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.

​The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your dentist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners — as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually — week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!

To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, contact us to make an appointment.


Straighter Teeth in 4 Easy Steps


1.  Make the appointment

​2.  Obtain a FREE complete consultation with Dr. Henna

3.  We will make all the proper laboratory arrangements for your customized aligners

4.  Begin treatment