Besides infant's and children's dentistry, our general dentistry
office (Wilshire Center Dental Group) also provide
the following dental services:
a tooth is fractured, has a large or old fillings, or is severely
damaged by decay, we will recommend a crown or a cap be fitted.
Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and
can improve the appearance of your smile. They come in many types,
including full porcelain crown, porcelain-fused-to-metal crown,
and all-metal crown.
Fitting a crown will require at least two office visits.
See Dental Crown Procedure
is the dental treatment of periodontal or gum diseases.
Your teeth are supported by gum tissue (or gingiva), connective
fibers called the periodontal ligament that anchors the tooth root
into its socket, and bone.
With proper gum care, these tissues can help you keep your smile
for a lifetime.
or Root Canal
tooth's nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, then a root canal
treatment may be the only way to save your tooth.
Inside your tooth's hard outer shell is a nourishing pulp of blood
and lymphatic vessels, and nerves. Deep tooth decay or injury can
damage these nerves and vessels.
In a root canal or endodontic treatment, the infected pulp is cleaned
out and the damage is repaired.
wisdom teeth or third molars, are the final teeth to develop. Most
of us have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. They
usually emerge during our late teens or in early twenties.
Often, wisdom teeth can become trapped or impacted in the jawbone
and can cause crowding, displacement, decay, infection or even gum
disease. Impacted wisdom teeth can grow in many different directions
- horizontally, vertically, or at an angle.
Angular or bony Soft
We will determine the appropriate diagnosis for each patient, because
each case is different and may or may not require oral surgery.
In most cases, it is recommended that impacted wisdom teeth are
extracted. Wisdom teeth surgery is performed under local anesthesia
in our O.R.
Nitrous oxide anesthesia is available upon request at an additional
loss can have a far-reaching effect on your dental health and personal
appearance. When you lose one or more teeth, your remaining teeth
can drift out of position. This can lead to a change in the bite,
the loss of additional teeth, decay, and gum disease.
Dental implants can be an effective method to replace one tooth
or several teeth. Each implant consists of a metal anchor that is
inserted into the jawbone, and a protruding post, which is outfitted
with an artificial tooth.
Implants can also support a bridge, replace a partial denture, or
secure a fixed denture. The process requires surgery and may take
up to a year to complete.
See Dental Implant Procedure
white is your teeth?
Actually, no one has "white" teeth. Some are naturally
yellow-white, while others are grey-white with a variety of shades
in both groups. But none are white-white.
What teeth whitening does is eliminate stains caused by food, drink,
tobacco, etc. It also changes, in moderate degrees, the natural
color of your teeth. They will not become white-white, but they
will definitely be cleaner looking accompanied by a natural brightness.
So, how much cleaner and brighter looking will your teeth be after
you complete this treatment? You can reasonably expect a two- or
three- shade change. The end result will depend on the structure
of your teeth and the type of stain.
If you suffer from tetracycline, fever-induced or mineral stains,
your treatment time most probably be extended. These types of stains
are very difficult to eliminate completely, but this procedure can
lessen the severity of such stain. With determination and practice,
you will experience a significant change.
Typically, it takes anywhere from 2 to 5 years after treatment before
your teeth return to the condition they were prior to the treatment.
How you take care of your teeth has a lot to do with this particular
is a procedure that can improve the appearance of teeth that are
chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them
With bonding, tooth-colored materials are applied or bonded to the
tooth surface. This process can improve:
cracks due to accidents
Bonding is also used to protect exposed tooth roots that result
from gum recession and to fill small cavities.
With proper care, bonding usually lasts from 3 to 5 years.
The bonding process involves:
the tooth surface with an etching solution that allows the natural-looking
bonding material (composite resin) to adhere to the tooth surface.
of the resin, which is contoured to the proper shape and hardened
using a special light or chemical process.
and polishing of the bonding to make it appear natural in color
The procedure may not require the use of anesthesia or drilling,
and can usually be completed in one visit.
are appliances which apply gentle pressure to move teeth to their
desired position. Orthodontics straighten teeth, bring your bite
into alignment and improve both the appearance and function of your
may take anywhere from several months to several years, depending
on the nature of the problem. Treatment during childhood usually
takes less time because the teeth and jaws are still developing.
Orthodontics can be done on both children and adult, with excellent
are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front
side of your teeth.
Veneers are made from composite resins, acrylic material, or porcelain.
Placing veneers is often an irreversible process because a small
amount of enamel is usually removed to accommodate the thickness
of the veneer.
An anesthetic may be required, depending upon the way the tooth
is being prepared. The procedure requires just a few appointments.
Like any restoration, it is possible over time the veneer to wear
or chip off. In these cases, a new veneer may be required in the