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What Is a Dental Bridge?

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

Have you been hiding your smile due to missing teeth? If so, you may want to consider completing your smile with our natural-looking, affordable bridges. With our commitment to excellence, you can rest assured that your smile is in capable hands.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a restoration that works to bridge any gaps created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are usually attached to crowns placed on neighboring natural teeth or dental implants. These anchoring teeth are also known as abutments. The replacement teeth on the dental bridge are called pontics.

What Are the Benefits?

A dental bridge will restore your ability to chew properly and to speak clearly. Your restoration will maintain the shape of your face and can help prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of position. Missing teeth may result in changes to your bite which may pose an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Dental bridges promote your oral and overall health and well being. You can enjoy a healthy, confident smile once again.

What Is the Procedure?

First, we will prepare the anchoring teeth by recontouring them to make room for a crown. If you are in need of implant-supported bridges, we will first place dental implants to support your restoration. The next step involves taking impressions of your mouth to serve as models for the bridge and the crowns. We will place a temporary bridge while your permanent one is being made.

During a follow-up visit, we will fit you with the new bridge and will adjust it as necessary for a proper, comfortable fit. The resulting restoration will look just like your natural teeth!

Caring for Your Oral Health

Make sure to brush your teeth and floss regularly, and to use an antibacterial mouthwash daily. This will prevent tooth decay and gum disease which can potentially lead to tooth loss. Also, make sure you consume a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients to promote your dental health. It’s important to schedule your routine exams and cleanings so that we can keep your mouth clean, along with diagnosing and treating any conditions while in the early stages.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Visit us at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about restoring your teeth with dental bridges. We look forward to helping you smile with confidence once again!

What Are the Benefits of Preventive Dentistry?

What Are the Benefits of Preventive Dentistry?

Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2018 at 5:00 am.

Our team at May Conte D.D.S. is proud to offer preventive dentistry services to families throughout the Valencia, CA and surrounding areas. We believe that the best approach to keeping your mouth healthy is preventing dental problems from occurring, or treating them quickly if they develop. You can always count on us for outstanding preventive care!

What Is Preventive Dentistry and What Are the Benefits?

Preventive dentistry focuses on ongoing dental hygiene practices and procedures to prevent a host of dental conditions from developing or progressing. Effective preventive dentistry combines at home care with treatments and counseling by dental professionals.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends at least two dental visits each year for professional cleaning and managing any developing conditions. These practices will help you enjoy better long-term oral health by preventing dental disease or treating it while in its earliest stages, protecting your smile and preventing expensive treatments down the road.

Preventive dentistry includes in-office and at-home care including the following:

Comprehensive Exams: These exams allow us to uncover any warning signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other problems present. Early identification enables us to provide prompt treatment before any condition progresses and becomes a source of discomfort.

Gum Disease Prevention: Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a common problem that impacts most people at some point. Preventive cleanings can halt the progression of gum disease by removing plaque and tartar which, if left sitting, can cause gum disease.

Dental Sealants: This quick and simple treatment involves using a plastic-like coating to seal the crevices and ridges on the chewing surfaces of teeth to reduce the likelihood of you or your children developing cavities.

Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride treatments at our office are an important component of preventive dentistry because of how effectively fluoride strengthens teeth and prevents tooth decay.

Mouthguards: Custom-fitted mouthguards work well to protect teeth from injury during sports activities, or to prevent damage to teeth caused by teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, which may wear down teeth and even result in a painful jaw condition known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

At Home Oral Hygiene: One of the most essential prevention techniques is brushing at least twice each day and flossing daily to remove plaque from your teeth which prevents tooth decay and gum disease from developing.

The Best Preventive Care Starts Here

Contact us at May Conte D.D.S. to learn more about preventive dentistry and how it can help keep your smile in tip-top shape. We are committed to providing you with quality treatments and the best care available. We look forward to caring for all your dental needs! Call today!

Bonding Teeth, Who Needs It?

Bonding Teeth, Who Needs It?

Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 11:17 pm.

Perfect teeth are a happy illusion, especially as the years go by. Most people have one or more issues with their smile due to aging, dental hygiene, or injuries to the teeth. Whether you are looking to mask imperfections, or to correct the size or shape of a tooth, dental bonding may be the cosmetic dentistry procedure for you. You’ll love the instant stunning results!

What Is Dental Bonding and Who Needs It?

Dental bonding involves applying a material such as a composite resin to the surface of a tooth to mask imperfections. The shade of resin is closely matched to the natural color of your teeth, delivering an instant, perfect smile!

Bonding offers a quick and easy cosmetic dentistry procedure for patients looking to correct the appearance of misshaped, chipped, broken, cracked, gapped, discolored, or worn teeth. It is a lot more affordable than dental crowns or veneers and offers similar aesthetic results.

What Is the Procedure?

The bonding process usually takes a single visit to complete and does not require the use of any anesthesia. We will begin by choosing a composite resin shade that closely resembles your surrounding natural teeth. Next, Dr. Conte will roughen up the enamel or surface of the tooth to prepare it for treatment. She will apply the bonding material and shape it as desired, followed by using a special light to harden the material. The last step is polishing your restored tooth, leaving you with a bright and dazzling smile.

Caring for Bonded Teeth

Caring for your bonded teeth is the same as caring for your natural teeth. Brush at least twice daily and floss daily. Keep in mind is that just like natural teeth, the bonding material can stain, so it’s best to avoid foods and drinks that discolor teeth, such as coffee, berries, or red wine. It can be helpful to use whitening toothpaste that helps remove surface stains. Refrain from nail-biting or using your teeth as tools or bottle openers to avoid breaking or fracturing the bonding material.

It’s essential to keep up with your routine dental checkups and cleanings so that we can keep an eye on your restorations. With the right care, your smile will continue to dazzle for years to come!

Are You Ready for a Stunning Smile?

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn more about dental bonding and how it can brighten your smile. We look forward to helping you enjoy a healthy, happy smile for a lifetime!

What Is the Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth?

What Is the Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth?

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 4:55 pm.

Brushing your teeth every day is an essential part of your dental care routine. As easy as it may seem, many people miss out on brushing their teeth as well as they could. Brushing the proper way will ensure you enjoy a healthy mouth and sparkly smile.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Make sure the shape and size of your toothbrush allow you to reach all areas of your mouth with ease. You will need to replace your toothbrush about every three or four months, or even sooner if the bristles are frayed. Look for the ADA seal of approval on your new toothbrush!

How to Brush Your Teeth

The proper way to brush your teeth is to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Move your toothbrush back and forth in short, gentle strokes. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth thoroughly. When cleaning the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush and make several, circular up and down strokes.

Take your time while brushing your teeth, making sure you brush for at least two minutes each time. An egg timer or listening to a favorite song may help ensure you brush for a full two minutes.

Additional Preventative Care

While brushing is an essential part of your preventative dental care routine, it’s also important to use floss to clean between your teeth at least once a day to help prevent plaque and food particles from sitting where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Also, make sure you rinse daily using mouthwash.

Consume a balanced, nutritious diet, and limit any sugary drinks or snacks. Keep up with your regular checkups and professional cleanings at our office to ensure we catch and treat any condition before it progresses.

Preventative Care Near Me

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn more about proper brushing techniques. We are happy to demonstrate and to help you learn how to keep your mouth minty clean and fresh. We believe that the best treatment is prevention, so we encourage you to keep up with proper oral hygiene practices at home, as well as scheduling your dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. We look forward to helping you enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime!

How Do I Restore My Oral Health When I Have Periodontal Disease?

How Do I Restore My Oral Health When I Have Periodontal Disease?

Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at 7:00 am.

Did you know that more than half of Americans over the age of 30 have advanced gum disease? If left untreated, the unfortunate outcome is often tooth loss. The good news is that there are many successful treatment options for periodontal disease!

From Gingivitis to Periodontitis

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which results from bacterial plaque left sitting on teeth. If addressed in the early stages, gingivitis is easily reversible. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily, along with scheduling your professional cleaning at our dental office, is usually all it takes to treat gingivitis.

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more serious condition called periodontitis, eventually leading to pockets developing between your gums and teeth. Periodontitis can affect your gum tissue, along with the bones and ligaments that support your teeth, potentially leading to tooth loss.

What Are the Treatments for Periodontal Disease?

The first step in treating periodontitis is a nonsurgical treatment known as scaling and root planing. This procedure involves scraping off the tarter that has built up on your teeth above and below your gum line. Next, we will smooth out rough spots on your tooth roots, making it more difficult for plaque buildup and for bacteria to collect. Your gums should heal and reattach to the healthy, clean surfaces of your teeth.

If the gum inflammation and pockets persist, we may recommend a periodontal pocket reduction or flap surgery. During this procedure, we remove bacteria in the pockets that have formed alongside your teeth, and smooth areas of damaged bone to allow the gum tissue to reattach to healthy bone.

In severe cases of periodontitis, you may need bone or tissue grafts to replace the affected tissue. You may also require a procedure called guided tissue regeneration, in which a small piece of mesh is placed between your jaw bone and gums to allow the bones and tissue to regrow.

Periodontal Maintenance

After periodontal treatment, you will need meticulous homecare to keep the disease from recurring. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. We may recommend prescription-strength antimicrobial mouthwash to help reduce bacteria in areas of your mouth that are hard to reach. We will also likely recommend more frequent checkups and cleaning appointments to ensure that your gums stay healthy.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn more about maintaining your oral health. We are firm believers that the best treatment is prevention, so we encourage you to keep up with your oral hygiene practices at home, as well as scheduling your dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. We are here to help you enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime!