Apple Valley Dental Discussion
By Apple Valley Dental
March 04, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Would you like to improve your smile but don't want to face extensive, costly dental work? Dental bonding, one of the services offered by your Apple Valley, CA, dentist may be the ideal choice for you.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding involves adding a flexible material called composite resin to your teeth to correct flaws and minor damage. The material is made of powdered plastic and glass and looks just like your tooth enamel.

After your dentist applies the composite resin, they shape and harden it with a curing light, which firmly bonds the material to your tooth enamel. Composite resin is available in many shades of white, making it possible to closely match your tooth color or change the shade of a tooth. Dental bonding is one of the least expensive dental cosmetic dentistry services, yet offers impressive results.

Do you have any of these flaws?

Dental bonding is a good choice if you have any of these issues:

  • Chips or Cracks: Small chips may not alter the structure of your teeth, but they can certainly affect your appearance. Filling in the chips with composite resin makes them disappear. Bonding can also improve the appearance of shallow cracks in teeth.
  • Discolorations: One discolored tooth can disrupt your entire smile. Whether the discoloration is due to tooth trauma, a large filling, tetracycline use, or another cause, bonding conceals discolorations and ensures that your tooth matches the rest of your smile.
  • Unusually Shaped Teeth: Adding composite resin to a crooked or oddly shaped tooth can completely change its appearance. Contouring, a dental treatment that involves removing tiny amounts of enamel in strategic locations, is often combined with bonding.
  • Wear and Tear: Your teeth may become a little worn down after years of chewing and biting. Bonding extends the length of worn teeth, improves the way your teeth look, and may make chewing more comfortable.
  • Gaps: Although large gaps between teeth may require orthodontic treatment, slight gaps can often be hidden with bonding. If you're unhappy with your gap-toothed smile, a visit to the Apple Valley dental office can transform your appearance.

Revitalize your smile with dental bonding! call your dentist in Apple Valley, CA, at (760) 247-6007 to schedule your appointment.

By Apple Valley Dental
January 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  

You should never ignore a toothache. It is often a sign of an oral health problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Left untreated, the problem could become worse over time and result in the development of additional oral health issues. One of the highly skilled dentists at Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, can identify the problem and treat the cause of your toothache.

Causes of Toothaches

While many toothaches result when a cavity has developed, that isn’t the only possible cause. Tooth pain can occur for many reasons, such as following an injury to the mouth. Other causes of toothaches include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Grinding the teeth at night (bruxism)
  • Development of a tooth abscess
  • Loose dental fillings
  • Fractured tooth

Treatments for Toothaches

It is important to seek treatment for a toothache to prevent more serious oral health conditions from developing. If your tooth pain is caused by an infection, undergoing treatment as soon as possible is the best way to stop the infection from spreading to other areas. An experienced dentist at our office in Apple Valley can diagnose the cause of your toothache and recommend a specific treatment to stop the pain and address the underlying cause.

The type of treatment needed will depend on the exact reason for the toothache. For example, tooth pain that is the result of decay can be treated by removing decayed areas and filling the cavity. If the decay extends deeper into the tooth, root canal treatment might be needed. In the case of impacted wisdom teeth, the best way to alleviate pain and prevent additional problems, such as overcrowding, is often to extract the impacted teeth. Whatever the specific cause of your toothache, our knowledgeable dental professionals can identify the problem and correct it with the right treatment, which will also alleviate the pain.

The best thing to do if you have a toothache is to see a dentist. The cause of your tooth pain can be identified and treated to prevent the problem from getting worse. To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley at (760) 247-6007.

By Apple Valley Dental
December 31, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

A dental crown is a restoration that’s specially made to look like a real tooth and is positioned over the tooth’s visible part. It’s a popular tooth replacement option for damaged teeth because it really looks, works, and feels like natural teeth. In a nutshell, having a dental crown placed by your dentist in Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, can aid in restoring confidence in your appearance, safeguarding your tooth’s health, and eating more comfortably.

Why You Might Need a Dental Crown

Dentists commonly recommend crowns for supporting weakened or damaged teeth that dental filling can’t fix. Usually, this happens when a tooth has cracked or was previously filled with a big filling. For teeth that have been significantly weakened or damaged, crowns can stabilize them and prevent more decay, while preserving the teeth’s natural structure. Depending on the damage though, a root canal may be performed to save the tooth before placing a crown.

In some cases, a crown is recommended for fixing cosmetic concerns but primarily when a tooth lacks some structure. For instance, crowns could likewise help enhance the look of teeth that are discolored or chipped, restoring, and sometimes making their shade and shape better.

Fitting a Dental Crown

Usually, fitting a crown will take two visits for the preparation and actual fitting. The first appointment will entail the removal of any damaged parts and the tooth preparation to ensure a perfect fit for the crown. A mold of your tooth will be taken and sent to a partner lab for fabrication. You’ll likewise be fitted with a temporary dental crown. Your second visit to your dentist in Apple Valley, CA, will involve the removal of the temporary crown and fitting of your permanent crown.

What Dental Crowns are Made Of

Crowns could be crafted with the following materials:

  • Porcelain/ceramic, which is the most realistic-looking
  • Resin composite
  • Porcelain with metal

Your dentist will determine the most appropriate material fit for your specific needs. In general, a porcelain crown is utilized for teeth that are visible when you smile to ensure that it will seamlessly blend in with your real teeth. Porcelain with metal crowns are used for repairing molars since these materials are stronger and can withstand pressure from your bite.

Think You May Need a Dental Crown? Talk to Us

Call (760) 247-6007 to set an appointment with your dentist in Apple Valley, CA, here at Apple Valley Dental, today.

By Apple Valley Dental
September 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

Do you only floss when you get something stuck in your teeth? If flossing isn't part of your daily oral hygiene routine, you may be putting yourself at risk of developing painful oral health problems. Regular flossing, in addition to checkups with your dentists at Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA and serving Helendale, will help you maintain your smile.

How flossing protects your smile

Flossing gets rid of plaque between your teeth. The clear film constantly builds up on your teeth and is a factor in tooth decay and gum disease. Although brushing eliminates plaque on most surfaces of your teeth, the bristles can't reach the areas between teeth. Flossing also prevents tartar from forming between your teeth. The hard, brown deposit develops if plaque remains on your teeth for as little as 10 days.

If you haven't been flossing every day, you're not alone. In an American Dental Association Survey, only 17 percent of participants reported flossing daily. Fortunately, it's never too late to improve your flossing habits.

3 reasons you should floss regularly

Whether you use string floss, flossing tape, flossing picks or a water-powered flosser, flossing once a day is a must. Flossing offers these benefits:

  • Reduced Risk of Cavities and Gum Disease: When you floss every day, you'll lower your gum disease and tooth decay risk. Both issues can be painful and may require dental work if they're not diagnosed and treated promptly.
  • Improved Appearance: Tartar gives your teeth a mottled appearance whether it appears between teeth or at the bottoms of teeth. Unfortunately, once tartar forms, it can't be dislodged by brushing or flossing. You'll need to visit the Helendale dental office for a thorough dental cleaning to get rid of tartar buildup. Removing tartar is particularly important, as it can irritate your gums and cause gum disease.
  • Better Breath: When decaying food particles and bacteria become trapped between your teeth, the result is bad breath. If you've been struggling to keep your breath fresh, you may be surprised by just how much your breath improves once you make flossing a daily habit.

Is it time for your next checkup? Call your Helendale area dentists at Apple Valley Dental at (760) 247-6007 to schedule your appointment.

By Apple Valley Dental
September 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

You never know when you might have a dental emergency, so it’s a good idea to have a plan of action. That means knowing who to call and where to go when you need help to save a tooth. Dr. Samuel Kim is a dentist at Apple Valley Dental in California’s Apple Valley. He offers emergency dental treatment.

What Are Dental Emergencies?

Types of dental emergencies include:

  • A broken tooth: If you can find the fragment that has broken off, bring it to the dentists as this can help with the repair. Clean the injured tooth with a tepid saline solution and make an emergency appointment with your dentist.
  • Tooth pain: Rinse your mouth with a warm saline solution. If your face is swollen, place a cold compress against your cheek. Get a dental appointment as soon as you can.
  • Loss of a permanent tooth: If you have lost a tooth you should try to find it as quickly as possible. Do not touch the root of the tooth. Pick it up by the crown and if you can, put it back into the socket it fell from. If this is not possible, preserve it in a glass of fresh milk until you get to the dentist.

Dental offices have regular office hours in which they can treat an emergency, but if your dental emergency happens outside of office hours, patients can get help by calling the dentist’s emergency number or go to the emergency room.

If you are looking for a dentist in Apple Valley, CA dentist call Dr. Kim on (760) 247-6007 to schedule an appointment.

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