No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still
build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most
effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more
serious problems in the future. While traditional teeth cleaning involves
manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in
dental technologies now give you more options for teeth cleanings.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits
have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and
root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are
removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. A deep cleaning helps
prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
During a Root Canal treatment, our doctors will extract decayed pulp from the
central part of the tooth, reshape the canal and replace it with strengthening
filler. A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the
tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the
tooth causing extensive damage to the tooth structure. When the damage goes
beyond what can be treated with a filling, our doctors can perform a Root
Canal (Endodontic Treatment), preserving the tooth and retaining its original
integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been
Our doctors utilize the most current technology to ensure that your root canal
procedure is quick and painless.
Oral Surgery and extractions is a common procedure with our doctors! Now the
question here is, should you have your wisdom teeth removed?
At our office, we offer wisdom teeth extractions and consultations. In this
exam, a specific type of x-ray will be taken so that our doctors can diagnose
the type of extractions needed, and to verify if indeed the patient needs
their wisdom teeth removed. When the wisdom teeth erupt aligned properly and
the gum tissue is healthy sometimes they do not have to be removed, however,
that's not the case many times. Some are prevented from erupting within the
mouth due to the position they are in. Some may grow sideways, partially
emerge from the gum, or may even be trapped beneath the gum and bone. The
impacted teeth can many times be in various positions in the bone as they
attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt. The
reason why you would need to extract teeth is due to the position of the
teeth. If the tooth is partially erupted the opening around the teeth will
allow bacteria to grow causing infection. The infection will cause swelling,
pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting teeth many times moves the
remaining teeth and disrupts the alignment of teeth. Other problems may occur,
that is why removal of wisdom is highly suggested to avoid future problems and
to decrease surgical risk.
Ever wish you could sail through dental visits without anxiety or fear? Would
you rather endure an agonizing toothache than go to the dentist? Answering
"yes" to these questions could mean that you're a perfect candidate for
sedation dentistry. With sedation dentistry, you can forget about fear and
focus on pure relaxation.
There are different levels of sedation to accommodate every patient. Minimal
sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"). Nitrous oxide helps
you relax and wears off quickly. Conscious sedation is a moderate level of
sedation that causes drowsiness and is taken in pill form. Unlike other types
of sedation such as general anesthesia, which renders patients completely
unconscious, oral conscious sedation leaves you able to speak and breathe on
your own. Although you will not actually be asleep, you will enjoy a
heightened state of relaxation and probably won't remember much about the
procedure afterward. It will all feel like a dream! The medications will put
you at ease so you experience little to no discomfort.
The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure
that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. We will replace old,
broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white
fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look
With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment
of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the
past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age,
state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.
Comparing White Fillings versus Silver Amalgam Fillings:
White fillings bond to the tooth; they strengthen the tooth by restoring
most of its original shape. Silver amalgams, on the other hand, weaken the
teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking. Broken teeth can be very
expensive to replace; white fillings can actually save time and money in the
White filling composites are preferred by most patients. This is due to the
natural color, strength, and overall appearance and feel. Composites are
naturally more comfortable.
Hot and cold sensitivity is greatly reduced with composite material compared
to the silver/mercury amalgams.
Restorations with composites require less removal of a tooth, less structure
to place than those with amalgams, and especially with new cavities.
Dramatically smaller holes are needed with a composite.
White fillings are healthier because no traces of mercury are used, unlike
Call us (760) 529-5339 or schedule an online appointment with
Dr. Vasquez for a consultation at our office in Oceanside,