Helping You Smile with Confidence Again
When you face problems such as damaged teeth and cavities, you need swift, effective solutions. Fortunately, today's technology allows us to tackle dental problems and restore your health.
At Thirty-Two Dental, our team is committed to helping patients in our American Canyon community enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. Our skilled dentists rely on innovative dental technology to help us provide restorative care to repair your damaged teeth.
If you have a broken or cracked tooth or are experiencing pain in your mouth, contact our office today!
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Our Restorative Dental Services
Every patient faces unique needs and challenges in their dental care. That’s why we strive to provide a broad range of services to ensure they can receive the treatment they need to achieve a healthy smile once more.
Our restorative dental treatments include:
Which Restoration Do I Need?
Many of our dental restorations can address a variety of dental issues, allowing us to tailor treatment to your specific needs.
When you visit our office, our dental team performs a thorough exam to evaluate your current health situation. We rely on high-tech equipment to help us better understand and diagnose any health concerns, including digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, and 3D imaging technology.
Once the dentist has identified your specific health needs, recommendations are made for your treatment. We never push any specific treatment, but always take the time to help you understand all options so you can make an informed choice.
Restoring Your Teeth with Dental Implants
While most general dentists only provide prosthetic restorations for implants, our team is experienced and equipped to handle your dental implant treatment from start to finish. If you’ve lost teeth, or your teeth are failing and need extracting, dental implants can help you to eat, speak, and smile with all the comfort and security.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces the entire tooth, including the root. This matters significantly for both stability and your long-term oral health.
A dental implant consists of three parts: a biocompatible titanium post, which is inserted into the jaw bone; a dental prosthetic that replaces one or multiple teeth; and an abutment that holds the prosthetic in place.
Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, an implant can be used to support a single crown, a dental bridge, or partial or full dentures. With careful placement, an entire arch of teeth can be supported on as few as 4-6 implants depending on your oral health.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
As permanent tooth replacements, implants offer benefits no other dental option can match.
- Stability – Dental implants are anchored into the jaw, and won’t shift or break from the force of biting and chewing.
- Longevity – Titanium is biocompatible, allowing the implant to fuse to the bone and become a permanent part of your jaw.
- Improved Health – Implants protect jaw bone density and keep your teeth from drifting out of alignment.
- Low Maintenance – Implants are fixed into place, so regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits are all that’s needed.
Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?
When it comes to dental implants, it doesn’t matter how old you are. The important thing is how good your oral health is overall, and whether you have the jaw bone density to support the implants. While health complications may be more prevalent in older patients, as long as you are in relatively good health, dental implants can still be an option for you.
Composite Fillings: Restoring Your Smile with Style
Our office provides composite fillings, allowing us to protect and restore your teeth without impacting your smile’s appeal. Using a special composite resin, shade-matched to your teeth, we can fill in areas affected by tooth decay. The results look, feel, and function naturally.
How Did I Get a Cavity?
Some people may think that cavities only happen to children, or that you can’t get cavities as long as you brush your teeth. However, while you can minimize the risk of cavities, your oral hygiene habits aren’t the only things that affect your chances of decay.
Cavities happen when bacteria in your mouth turn food debris (especially sugary foods) into acidic plaque, which eats away at your enamel. Various risk factors can increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay, such as gum disease and pregnancy.
A side effect of some common prescription medications is dry mouth, which can also raise your cavity risk. Some people even have a genetic predisposition toward cavities.
To help fight against cavities and tooth decay, we encourage our patients to visit the dental office every six months for regular cleanings and exams. This allows us a chance to spot problems early on and potentially stop tooth decay before a filling is needed.
CEREC® Crowns in One Appointment
We use a CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Concerns) milling machine to create your final crown in the office. Traditional crowns are sent to labs, and a temporary is worn in between two dental visits. To accommodate your busy schedule, CEREC offers one dental appointment, and you leave with the final restoration as part of your smile.
A CEREC single visit crown is durable and will blend in with your natural smile, like a traditional crown, but more convenient. During your visit, your tooth will be prepared for the crown, and you can relax in our office until the milling machine has produced the final restoration. Once it is cemented onto your tooth, we will make any necessary adjustments.
Why Use Crowns?
Crowns are used to restore teeth that have suffered from extensive decay, cracks, chips, and infection. They are also used to cap a tooth after root canal therapy or replace damaged fillings, inlays, or onlays.
Crowns are a proven, tried-and-true restorative method, and CEREC crowns offer durable, cosmetic solutions in one convenient appointment.
How Bridges Can Help Your Smile
If you’re missing one-to-three teeth, you may consider a dental bridge to return your smile to its natural health and function. Using neighboring teeth as supports, dental bridges are named for their ability to bridge the gap between teeth with functional prosthetics.
We provide porcelain bridges for patients who need to replace a small number of teeth, and for whom dental implants may not be an option. If you are missing teeth and are unsure of your options, schedule a consultation with our office to find out if a bridge is a good choice for you.
What’s the Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures?
Full dentures are the most familiar type and are used to replace an entire dental arch. Partial dentures are customized to suit the unique needs of your smile and can replace a group of teeth.
They also differ in how they’re held in place. While full dentures rest on the gums and are typically held in place by suction or dental adhesive, partial dentures use metal clasps around your remaining teeth, which anchor them into place. Both types of dentures may also be supported by implants rather than using adhesive or nearby teeth.
How Do I Take Care of My Dentures? Our 7 Simple Tips!
Caring for your dentures isn’t difficult, especially once you’ve had them for some time. However, just as with your routine dental care, it’s important to be diligent and clean your dentures daily.
Here are seven tips we recommend when caring for your dentures.
- Use a Towel – Place a towel over the counter or sink where you clean your dentures so they won’t be damaged if dropped.
- Use Lukewarm Water – You may be tempted to use hot water to cleanse bacteria, but this can warp your dentures. Room temperature water is much safer and gentler.
- Pick a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush – A stiff toothbrush can cause small scratches in your dentures, which will gather stains and bacteria. A soft-bristled brush will do the job.
- Soak Your Dentures at Night – While you can sleep with your dentures in, it isn’t recommended. Taking your dentures out allows your gums to rest, and gives you an opportunity to clean your dentures at the same time.
- Rinse Your Dentures after Eating – Food debris may be left on your dentures after a meal. A quick rinse in the sink will keep them clean and reduce bad breath.
- Never Let Your Dentures Dry Out – Dentures become warped if they dry, which will alter the way they fit you.
- Visit the Dentist Regularly – Your dentist will keep track of how your dentures fit and whether they need maintenance and replacement.
The Care You Need to Smile with Ease
At Thirty-Two Dental, we’re passionate about helping our American Canyon community experience healthy smiles free of pain and discomfort. Whether you need a simple filling or full dental implant services, we do our best to ensure you feel comfortable and in good hands at every step of your treatment.
Rediscover your healthy smile. Make an appointment with our office today!
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