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At Gotta Smile! We offer a variety of services you may need, from routine check-ups to a full mouth restoration, and everything in between. To the left, you’ll find just some of the many procedures we are able to offer to our patients. Remember, at Gotta Smile! there is never a charge to see the dentist!    

 
  1. > Cleaning & Prevention

    Only regular visits to your dentist can help keep your oral health at its absolute best. On your first visit, a comprehensive dental exam will be performed by one of our experienced doctors. Be sure to take advantage of our “free dental exam and x-rays” philosophy for our Stockton area new patients.


    Exams

    Getting a dental exam is always the first step to better oral health. You can expect the following at your regularly scheduled check-up exams:

    • Examination of your digital x-rays: This is critical for detecting dental cavities, bone loss, existing dental procedures, tumors, cysts, as well as tooth and root positioning.
    • Periodontal Exam: A dentist or hygienist examines the gum and bone around the teeth and look for signs of periodontal disease.
    • Examination of existing dental work: An exam that notes all existing restorations like fillings, crowns, etc.
    • Diagnosis: After examining for tooth decay, your dentist will give you all your treatment options and recommend the best possible treatment to fit your needs

     

    Professional Dental Cleaning

    A professional dental cleaning is usually performed by a dental hygienist. Regular dental cleanings help keep your teeth looking great, as well as helping preventing the advancement of many dental diseases. A professional cleaning involves the following:

    Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is essentially plaque that has been hardened to the point that it becomes attached to the tooth surface, potentially causing bone loss and periodontal disease.

    Removal of plaque: Plaque is film or buildup lying on the tooth surface made up of bacteria, food debris, and saliva. Plaque can irritate and inflame your gums; causing the start of periodontal disease.

    Coronal Polishing: A polish and removal of teeth stains and plaque otherwise not removed with daily brushing and flossing. Occasionally, a professional dental cleaning is not enough when periodontal disease already exists. When this happens, your hygienist will recommend a “deep cleaning” or a “scaling and root planning,” where the hygienist goes beyond the gum line removing and disinfecting additional tartar, plaque, and bacteria.

     

    Home Care

    Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the disease-causing plaque and bacteria.

    Tooth brushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved, soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

    • Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion; ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
    • Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
    • Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
    • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
    • Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.

    Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

    • Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
    • Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
    • Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gum line. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.
    • Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

    Rinsing– It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush.  Use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc. They can all play a role in good dental home care. And remember to regularly visit your dentist.

     

  2. > Cosmetic Dentistry

    Porcelain Veneers

    Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

    Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

    As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years; giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

    Reasons for porcelain veneers:

    • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
    • Crooked teeth.
    • Misshapen teeth.
    • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
    • Teeth which are too small or large.
    • Worn or chipped teeth.
    • Permanently whiten your smile.

    What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

    Getting veneers at Gotta Smile usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

    On the second visit, the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

    You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.

     

    Porcelain Crowns

    A crown or “cap” is used in dentistry for a variety of purposes and procedures. A crown is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth and restore its function, shape, size, strength, and/or improve its appearance. With cosmetic dentistry, a crown can still do all these things.

    Reasons for crowns:

    • Enhancing your smile
    • To hold a bridge in place
    • To protect a weak tooth
    • Tooth has a root canal
    • Broken or fractured teeth
    • Large Fillings

    Porcelain crowns are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth.  Crowns can last many years, but because nothing can last forever, they will eventually most likely need to be replaced. You can help extend the life of your crowns by maintaining good oral hygiene.

    What is an appointment for getting a crown like?

    Getting a crown placed is usually done in two appointments. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown and remove any necessary decay. Impressions of the newly prepped tooth will also be taken on the first visit. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth and stay for approximately two weeks until your new crown is ready.

    The second appointment involves removing the temporary crown, cleaning the tooth, and carefully placing the brand new crown with dental cement. The dentist will check the spacing of the tooth and your bite to ensure you are biting properly.

    You will be given care instructions to help with the longevity of the crown, and encouraged to have regular dental visits in order to keep your smile, and new crown, healthy.

     

    Porcelain Fixed Bridges

    In dentistry, a “Bridge” literally bridges the gap from where there is some teeth-to where there no teeth at all. There are many types of bridges and you and your dentist will figure out which bridge would work best for you. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type, and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain-fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

    Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. However, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

    Reasons for a fixed bridge:

    • Fill space of missing teeth.
    • Maintain facial shape.
    • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
    • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
    • Restore your smile.
    • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

    What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

    Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of the enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

    At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally, your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.

    You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new, permanent bridge.

     

    Composite Fillings

    A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling by your cosmetic dentist.

    There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

    As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years; giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

    Reasons for composite fillings:

    • Chipped teeth.
    • Closing space between two teeth.
    • Cracked or broken teeth.
    • Decayed teeth.
    • Worn teeth.

    How are composite fillings placed?

    Composite fillings are usually placed in one cosmetic dentistry appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared by your dentist before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished; restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

    It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed. However, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

    You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment by your dentist. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

     

    Tooth Whitening

    Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel. It is also an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

    Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching, so they will match the newly bleached teeth. Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

    Reasons for tooth whitening:

    • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
    • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
    • Yellow, brown, and stained teeth.

    What does tooth whitening involve?

    This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic trays.

    At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes, or overnight for a couple of weeks; depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth. It will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

    You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays. You will also be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

    Additionally, we are pleased to offer the new Sapphire Whitening system! Sapphire™ Chairside Whitening uses a hydrogen peroxide-based gel formula that is activated by the Sapphire™ light to whiten teeth. Patients who undergo teeth whitening with the Sapphire™ system also receive the benefits of the Sapphire™ Desensitizing Enhancer. This Enhancer guards the teeth from any potential sensitivity resulting from the treatment, and adds fluoride that provides protection against demineralization and dental caries.

    The combination of the Sapphire™ gel and the Sapphire™ light affords patients dramatic, near-instantaneous results, whitening over seven shades in one half-hour session and up to 12 shades in a one-hour session.

     

  3. > Periodontal Disease

    Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease. 

    Periodontal Disease

    The word periodontal means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

    Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

    Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

    Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

    Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

    • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
    • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
    • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
    • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
    • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
    • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
    • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
    • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

    Diagnosing Periodontal Disease

    Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination. This type of dental exam should always be part of your regular check-up.

    A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.

    Your dentist or hygienist will use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., to make a diagnosis that will fall into one of the categories below:


    Gingivitis

    Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Plaque and its toxic by-products irritate the gums and make them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed.


    Periodontitis

    Plaque hardens into calculus (tartar). As calculus and plaque continue to build up, the gums begin to recede from the teeth. Deeper pockets form between the gums and teeth and become filled with bacteria and pus. The gums become very irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily. Slight to moderate bone loss may be present.


    Advanced Periodontitis

    The teeth lose more support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament continue to be destroyed. Unless treated, the affected teeth will become very loose and may be lost. Generalized moderate to severe bone loss may be present. 


    Treatment

    Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.

    Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar; causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and, eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!

    If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.

    If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planning). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing. 

    If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planning, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. Your dentist may also recommend that you see a Periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).

    Maintenance

    It only takes 24 hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.

    Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings) usually four times a year. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy. Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.

    In addition to your periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your appointment will usually include:

    • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss, X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
    • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
    • Examination of tooth decay: Check all tooth surfaces for decay.
    • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
    • Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed. (Electric toothbrushes, special periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, etc.)
    • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

    Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control.

     

  4. > Restorations

    What Are Restorations?

    It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage. Sometimes they need to be restored back to health. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance, and function.

    Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing your Gotta Smile Dentist will always discuss the available options with you. We can then recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment. Providing you with excellent care is our number one priority when creating your beautiful smile.

    Reasons for restorative dentistry:

    • Enhance your smile.
    • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
    • Improve or correct an improper bite.
    • Prevent the loss of a tooth.
    • Relieve dental pain.
    • Repair damaged and decayed teeth.
    • Replace missing teeth.
    • Replace old and unattractive dental treatments.
    • Restore normal eating and chewing.

     

    Dental Implants

    Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable, partial, or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

    Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

    Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years.  However, on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

    Reasons for dental implants:

    • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
    • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
    • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
    • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
    • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
    • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

    What does getting dental implants involve?

    The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine the bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

    After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant; providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

    You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implants.

     

    Inlays and Onlays

    An inlay or onlay restoration is a custom-made filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. It is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.

    Inlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.

    As with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years; giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

    Reasons for inlay restorations:

    • Broken or fractured teeth.
    • Cosmetic enhancement.
    • Decayed teeth.
    • Fractured fillings.
    • Large fillings.

    What does getting an inlay involve?

    An inlay procedure can be done in a single visit and these restorations are created in office. The appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.

    While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared; shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is made by a dental laboratory.

    Your new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.

    You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay.

     

    Composite Fillings

    A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling by your cosmetic dentist.

    There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

    As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years; giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

    Reasons for composite fillings:

    • Chipped teeth.
    • Closing space between two teeth.
    • Cracked or broken teeth.
    • Decayed teeth.
    • Worn teeth.

    How are composite fillings placed?

    Composite fillings are usually placed in one cosmetic dentistry appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared by your dentist before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished; restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

    It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed. However, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

    You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment by your dentist. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

     

    Crowns

    A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

    Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years. However, like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

    Reasons for crowns:

    • Broken or fractured teeth.
    • Cosmetic enhancement.
    • Fractured fillings.
    • Large fillings.
    • Tooth has a root canal.

    What does getting a crown involve?

    A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown, which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

     

    Dentures and Partials

    A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

    There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

    A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

    Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

    Reasons for dentures:

    • Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
    • Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
    • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
    • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

    What does getting dentures involve?

    The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

    It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty. However, this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

    You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

    While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

    At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite is accurate. You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.


    Fixed Bridges

    A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

    There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

    Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

    Reasons for a fixed bridge:

    • Fill space of missing teeth.
    • Maintain facial shape.
    • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
    • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
    • Restore your smile.
    • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

    What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

    Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

    At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.

    You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.

     

  5. > Lumineers

    Dr. Jacobo does and has done more Lumineers than any other dentist in the Stockton area!

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    Compared to traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers are contact lens thin and placed directly over the teeth. They do not remove any tooth structure and are totally safe and convenient for patients with sensitive teeth. Lumineers provide beauty and strength to your teeth without shots or drilling down teeth. They offer the perfect aesthetic solution to mask stains, fix chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps, and even improve old crowns or bridges through cosmetic dentistry. In many cases, Lumineers can help align crooked teeth and are a great alternative to braces and other orthodontic treatments.

     

  6. > Invisalign

    Invisalign is the nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth without using uncomfortable metal wires. The process involves wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that are worn for two weeks at a time. Our dentists assure the aligners  fit your teeth perfectly and comfortably.  As you replace each set of aligners with the next, your teeth will begin to move – little by little until the teeth are in the desired optimal position.

    One of the great benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners look nearly invisible so no one will even be able to tell that you´re having any type of treatment done. Most adults would rather live with crooked teeth than spend two or more years wearing metal wires and brackets. The clear Invisalign aligners have introduced a great deal of aesthetics to the field of adult orthodontics, making them the ideal solution for straighter teeth.

    Invisalign also offers the convenience of being able to remove the aligners to brush and floss and eat or drink. Even better, if you have an important event coming up, you can simply take the aligners out before you go and easily pop them back in when you´re done. The removable aligners also offer improved hygiene over traditional metal braces. Patients can easily brush and floss as they normally would, reducing the chances of plaque build-up and staining that can usually occur with traditional braces. Patients can also enjoy all the foods and drinks that they love that they normally would not be able to indulge in with metal braces.

    The total Invisalign treatment time averages around 9-15 months and the results are a gorgeous straight smile. Invisalign can successfully correct crooked teeth problems, including overbites, underbites, crowding, crossbites and gaps between your teeth. However for more severe cases Invisalign may not be an option. To find out if you´re a candidate for Invisalign treatment, call to book a consultation with a Gotta Smile Dentist today!

     

  7. > Whitening For Life

    Just $99 and you can keep your teeth their whitest FOR LIFE!

    Whether you are a new or existing patient, everyone is eligible to keep their teeth their whitest for just $99! We will make you a custom-fit whitening try and every 6 months, when you come in for your cleaning, you will receive dental grade whitening gel for free, for life.

    Call (209)227-8462 for more details and ask about our “whitening for life” program.

    Interested in Chairside whitening instead? Click here for a coupon!

     

     

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