Dr. Calderon offers a variety of dental care services. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your teeth and mouth, please contact us today.
Fillings – Fillings will restore your tooth that was damaged by decay. The filling will close off the area where bacteria can enter and will prevent additional decay. The decay will be removed, the area cleaned, and then filled to seal off that clean cavity. There are multiple filling options depending on what is best for your tooth.
- Amalgam (silver) fillings – these are less expensive and very durable. Amalgam can be a good choice for large cavities and back teeth. They can withstand the forces of chewing with molars. However, they are more noticeable than composite and porcelain fillings due to their silver/grey coloring. On average they last 8-15 years.
- Composite (plastic) resins – these are carefully matched to your natural tooth color, producing a natural appearance. They are placed directly into the cavity where they harden. These may chip or wear slightly over time and may not be as suitable for very large fillings.
- Porcelain fillings – these are also called inlays or onlays. They are custom ordered from a dental lab and then bonded to the tooth. They are matched to your natural tooth color and resist staining well. They typically cover most of the tooth.
Extractions – An extraction is performed to remove a tooth, whether because of disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and your dentist will remove the tooth. A small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will replace the removed tooth root by forming a blood clot in the area. Caring for your mouth after an extraction is very important. Your dentist will outline how you should care for the area of the extraction. It is important to allow your mouth time to heal, so avoid activities like smoking, drinking through a straw, or eating foods that may aggravate the area.
Before an extraction, it is also important to let your dentist know your compete medical history, the medications and supplements you take and if you have any one of the following: damaged or man-made heart valves, congenital heart defect, impaired immune system, liver disease (cirrhosis), artificial joint (such as a hip replacement), or a history of bacterial endocarditis.
Cosmetic Dentistry – A beautiful smile is one of the most sought after features in cosmetic medicine. People from all backgrounds and professions want a white, straight smile, and we can help make it a reality. Whether through minor adjustments or major changes, cosmetic dentistry aims to help people feel good about the way their teeth look. There are many procedures that can improve your teeth and correct issues such as discoloration, chips, gaps, or irregularities. Common options include bonding, veneers, bleaching, reshaping, and crowns. In addition to cosmetic improvements, these procedures can help solve other oral problems as well.
Crowns – There are several reasons that your dentist may recommend a crown. You may have a weak tooth that needs to be supported/held together or requires a bridge, you have a tooth that is extremely discolored, or you wish to have a crown placed for cosmetic reasons. A crown covers your tooth to help restore its original shape and size. Crowns can also be used to make teeth stronger and look better. Crowns have a variety of uses. In some cases that require a large filling, there isn’t enough tooth remaining to keep the filling in place. A crown can strengthen the tooth and hold the filling. Crowns can also protect teeth that are weak, or help fix ones that are broken. Discolored or misshaped teeth can be covered by a crown, as can dental implants.
Root Canal – If your dentist is recommending a root canal procedure, there is no need to worry. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year by relieving pain and restoring the tooth to a healthy state. A root canal is a procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Although normal tooth decay can become increasingly worse and eventually lead to a root canal, often times blunt trauma can cause the tooth to die as well. Your dentist will remove the dead nerve from the tooth and then seal it off to prevent another infection or abscess from forming around the tooth. If the nerve is not removed the infection will continue to climb deeper into your gums; often causing swelling, pain, and discomfort.
Bridges – Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of 2 or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a lab made tooth/teeth in between. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, and alloys. Bridges can be removable or fixed. Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned by patients, whereas fixed bridges have to be removed by a dentist. Bridges can be implanted to the jaw or under the gums. With so many options, it is important to consult with your dentist about which type of bridge is best for you.
Implants – Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once the posts have healed and fused to your jawbone, your dentist will mount replacement teeth onto them. These implants are very stable. They will not shift or move when eating or speaking. This very secure fit will feel more natural that typical bridges or dentures. An additional advantage is that adjacent teeth are unaffected. They do not need to be ground down as in the case with bridges. To be a candidate for implants, there must be adequate bone to support the implant.
Dentures – Dentures replace missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into the mouth easily. We provide both full dentures (when all teeth are missing) and partial dentures (when some teeth are missing). There are both conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and are placed 8 to 12 weeks after removal. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.
Veneers – According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a veneer is a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.” They can be used to close gaps or correct small misalignments. They may also correct problems like discoloration, fractures, or chips, as well as to enhance brightness and straighten teeth. They are custom created to the shape of your teeth. Because veneers require removing some enamel, they are usually permanent, and a big decision. Your dentist will typically recommend avoiding food and drink that will stain your veneers.
Teeth Whitening – One of the most common desires patients have is whiter teeth. When considering your options it is important to consult your dentist to make sure you have all the facts and understand how they may affect your teeth and mouth. Options for teeth whitening usually include whitening toothpastes, at-home bleaching, and in-office bleaching. Of course effectiveness, safety, and results vary greatly between products, so consult with your dentist if you are considering these choices.