iTero® Digital Impressions
Our practice is equipped with iTero technology – a digital impression system that allows us to more efficiently create and process impressions for the use of creating restorative appliances. The iTero is a small, handheld device that can be comfortably inserted into the patient’s mouth and guided through a small region or along the entire dental arch to create an impression. The system produces real-time imaging as it scans the teeth and gums to outline the patient’s distinct oral structure.
Rather than using goopy, messy putty to formulate these molds and models, we rely on precise, quality image tracking provided by iTero. Not only is this more comfortable and convenient for the patient, but it makes the impression process much faster and more accurate as well; in just minutes, we can produce the imaging we need to make the perfect restoration to complement the unique anatomy of the patient.
When a single tooth is lost, porcelain fused to a metal bridge is one way to replace the missing tooth. The teeth on either side of the empty space are prepared to receive crowns, then a restoration that spans the empty space like a bridge is fitted over the teeth — hence the name.
The treatment requires two visits. The first is to make impressions of your teeth for the dental lab and to apply a temporary bridge. When the dental lab has finished making your bridge, a second visit is scheduled to remove the temporary bridge and apply the permanent bridge. Bridges can be done with the help of sedation dentistry. We also recommend patients missing teeth also consider dental implants.
A crown restoration is used for repairing cusps, the pointed structures on a tooth when they are damaged by tooth decay. They are a popular option in the repertoire of a cosmetic dentist.
Our team will first remove the tooth decay. A filling is then applied to support the crown, the tooth is prepared to accept the crown, and a temporary crown is inserted. Before inserting the temporary crown the dentist makes a model of your teeth to be sent to the dental lab where an exact model of your tooth will be made out of a ceramic material or a combination of metal and a ceramic material. At the following appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and the custom-made final crown will be cemented in place on top of the prepared tooth.
When a tooth is damaged by decay, a filling may be used to repair the tooth. Center For Beautiful Smiles utilizes a material called composite resin and comes in many possible colors to match the color of your surrounding teeth.
The decay is first removed, the tooth is then prepared and the resin is applied and cemented in place. A filling allows the dentist to conserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
Our team provides quality dental fillings that will last for years to come. At Center For Beautiful Smiles, we only place tooth-colored white fillings on your teeth to preserve the natural look of your smile.
Dentures are an option to restore multiple missing teeth. Precise impressions of your mouth are made and used by a dental lab to construct a “record base” which is fitted with replicas of your teeth.
The record base is adjusted to fit perfectly over your gums and matches the way your upper and lower jaws fit together. It is held in place by the surrounding hard and soft tissues and can be easily removed for cleaning, or as necessary. A variation of the technique exists as well where the record base is snapped on securely via implants. As with other dentures it is designed to be removed as needed.
We at Center For Beautiful Smiles have decades of experience creating quality, natural-looking dentures.
Loose dentures can make a significant impact on your health and life. If they begin to destabilize, the dentures can slip out of position. Without dentures, eating and speaking can be twice as difficult. The aesthetic distraction can also affect confidence and willingness to smile in public.
If you are having difficulties maintaining your dentures in place and need a more permanent solution, you can schedule a visit to our office, one of the best locations in Chula Vista, CA for the treatment of loose dentures. Dental implants are a fantastic option in resolving the problems caused by loose dentures.
The dental implant posts are inserted into the jaw and provide a secure anchor for the dentures. They provide a similar function to a real tooth and allow the positioning of the dentures to stabilize. Dental implants remove the need for glue, provide a stronger and firmer bite, prevent dentures from slipping out of place, eliminate the embarrassment of slipping dentures, and reduce speech impediment. After the implants are affixed to the jaw, there is no need for further treatment. This is a one-time permanent solution that helps you keep your dentures on for a long period of time.
To see how dental implants can work specifically for your teeth, call us today and set up your complimentary consultation.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
If you seek a smile that will create attention, a full mouth reconstruction is the ideal cosmetic procedure. It addresses extensive dental issues and can help you attain that wonderful smile you’ve been seeking. Ours is among the most preferred practices when it comes to excellent, high-quality full mouth rec in Chula Vista, CA.
The treatment assists those patients who have lost teeth from decay. This includes teeth that have been fractured or eroded from long-term exposure to acidic foods. If your bite is causing extensive health issues, such as jaw pain or headaches, you can elect to receive a full mouth reconstruction. Teeth that have been worn from excessive grinding can also benefit from this treatment.
The process involves a thorough examination and x-ray of your jaw, teeth, and gums. Impressions and a model of your teeth will be made to capture your natural bite. The various treatments available include veneers, inlays, or onlays. If your gums are unhealthy, a root planing or scaling procedure may be recommended. Any periodontal disease must be addressed or treated as soon as possible.
- Crown lengthening
- Teeth cleaning
- Replacement of temporary dental restorations
- Contouring of gum tissue
- Dental implant replacement
For further information about how a full mouth reconstruction can help you attain a bright, whitened smile, please call us today and schedule a consultation.
Inlays & Onlays
A dental inlay is a restoration technique that can be used to treat teeth that have slight decay. The decay is removed by the dentist and then the team creates a dental impression.
Inlays and onlays are similar to fillings but made of more durable, longer-lasting materials. If you run your tongue over your back molars, you will feel raised ridges along their edges, called the cusps. An inlay fits inside these cusps, while an onlay is necessary only when decay extends over the cusps. In either case, the inlay or onlay is made from porcelain, gold, or composite resin. The choice of material depends on cost and aesthetic preference. Porcelain is a popular choice since it most closely matches the natural appearance of teeth.
When paired with regular maintenance of oral hygiene through brushing and flossing, inlays and onlays can last up to thirty years, much longer than the average filling. They also help to strengthen your teeth and prevent the need for future dental work, saving you money and trips to the office.
Visit Center For Beautiful Smiles for comfortable, reliable inlays and onlays in the Chula Vista, CA area. These simple treatments will leave your teeth stronger and improved in appearance. Address signs of decay and replace worn-out fillings right away. Call today to schedule an appointment.
A removable partial denture (or RPD) is an option for replacing multiple missing teeth and is a good option for patients who cannot receive a bridge. Adjacent teeth are prepared to help hold the denture framework and dental impressions are made during a first visit.
Then a metal framework, record base to hold the replacement teeth, and replacement teeth are custom made at a dental lab to precisely fit your mouth. During subsequent visits, the denture is fitted and checked for perfect adjustment. The denture can easily be taken out and put back in to allow for easy cleaning and for sleeping. The team at Center For Beautiful Smiles is the destination for patients seeking quality Chula Vista, CA partial dentures.
We have years of experience constructing beautiful, natural-looking dentures that will restore missing or damaged teeth. At Center For Beautiful Smiles in Chula Vista, CA it is important for us to take care of your needs. For further information, head over to our contact page or give us a call to schedule an appointment!