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General Dentistry

At Heart Centered Dentistry we understand and care about the diversity of our client’s individual needs. Which is why we offer procedures for every age group–teens, adults, and seniors, to ensure that every person that visits us receives their very own unique dental experience.

Our general dentistry services range from digital x-rays and deep cleanings to more extensive procedures such as extractions, root canals, and jaw alignment, just to name a few. Basically, there is no dental problem too big, or too small, for us to handle. To ensure an optimal experience, we provide a variety of comfort options, including entertainment and sleep dentistry.

We also believe ‘wholeheartedly’ that a nice smile can play a very important role on a teenager’s confidence. Which is why we also offer Invisalign, whitening/bleaching, and other treatments that are specifically geared towards enhancing those bright young smiles.

Dr. Gina Gonzalez and the rest of our wonderful staff here at Heart Centered Dentistry, are here to provide you with the full-service general dentistry you deserve. Get to know us a little better. Contact us to schedule a consultation today!

Procedures

X-rays (Digital)

Advances in technology have improved the quality of people’s lives; those same advances have also improved the way X-Rays are taken. Unlike the conventional way of taking X-Rays, the digital way exposes the patient to 90 percent less radiation. Going digital has also significantly improved the quality of the picture. Conventionally taken X-rays are small and hard to see, but in the digital format you can see your teeth from all angles on a screen with the ability to zoom in and rotate.

The process consists of the dentist inserting a censor into your mouth that allows pictures to be taken. Once the pictures have been taken you can immediately see the result on a high resolution computer screen. Not only does it save you time and make your visits to the dentist shorter, but it’s also better for the environment.

For the latest in dental technology, contact us at Heart Centered Dentistry and see what’s really going in your mouth.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is a procedure for gum treatment and periodontal disease. This process is usually performed on people who have not gone to the dentist for over six months. In this procedure plaque and tartar are removed from the surface of the teeth and from the pocket area between the teeth and gums. Deep cleaning can help prevent diseases like gingivitis.

Before deep cleaning the dentist will measure the depth of the gum tissue between the teeth. If the depth is greater than five millimeters then your dentist will prescribe deep cleaning. If the depth is smaller than five millimeters, deep cleaning is not necessary.

So make sure to keep your mouth healthy- gingivitis and plaque free. Come and visit us at the Heart Centered Dentistry today and find out if deep cleaning is right for you.

Fillings (White)


White fillings are made of composite resin, a type of tooth colored material that is used to fill in the gap where the cavity was removed. They are also commonly used to repair broken or cracked teeth. In most cases, fillings can almost be unnoticeable due to color matching options.

The process of getting fillings requires the infected area to be numbed before the dentist can start the procedure. Once the infected area is numb, the dentist will drill a hole in the tooth until the infected area is removed. Next, the fillings are then placed in layers until the cavity has been completely filled. Finally, after the layers are put in place, the tooth is then polished in order to achieve a natural looking color.

At Heart Centered Dentistry, we’re committed to providing our clients with only the best dental in experiences. Don’t let cavities be a pain, give us a call, today!

Inlays, Onlays & Crowns

Some teeth require a complete or partial coverage of the tooth structure to protect them. A simple filling may not be appropriate if a part of the tooth has been fractured off or there is too much decay in the tooth. In these cases, you may need an inlay, an only, or a crown.

An inlay or onlay is a lab fabricated piece that restores and fits nicely onto your tooth to replace the lost structure. The advantage of this versus a crown is that less tooth structure needs to be removed in order to fully protect the tooth. Inlays and onlays can be made of gold, porcelain or lab fabricated composite.

For teeth which require crowns, one of the best esthetic options today is a “Zirconia” fused porcelain crown. Zirconia is a material which is very similar to the translucency of tooth structure and unlike traditional metal fused to porcelain crowns, it allows light to pass through, giving it an very natural look. The crown is permanently cemented to the tooth and it looks like a normal tooth. It is stronger than pure porcelain crowns and can have the same great esthetic result. Metal crowns can cause a black hue to gums overtime and are especially noticeable when a patient smiles.

Don’t let minor damage to your tooth get worse by delaying its repair, Contact us at Heart Centered Dentistry today and take care of your teeth.

Crowns & Bridges

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

A typical bridge consists of two crowns (see description of “Inlays, Onlays & Crowns” below). A crown is placed on each side of the gap created by the missing tooth/teeth. To fill in the gap, a false tooth/teeth are placed in between and attached to the crowns. The two crowned ‘anchoring teeth’ are called abutment teeth. These supporting teeth can be natural teeth or dental implants. The false tooth/teeth in between the anchoring teeth are called pontics.

A second type a bridge is a removable partial denture her and they can be removed and
cleaned.

Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

Restore your smile
Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
Maintain the shape of your face
Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position

If you need to fill in a gap, a bridge may be a perfect option for you.

Contact us at Heart Centered Dentistry to improve the quality of your smile.

Implants

Implants are the most ideal replacement for missing tooth. Implants allow
you to keep the teeth next to the missing gap intact.

Dr. Gina is verywell-versed in all aspects of implant dentistry. She has taken many courses in both placement and restoring of dental implants. Dental implant technology has been around for over 30 years and can be used to replace a single tooth multiple teeth or to help support a denture.

Please call Heart Centered Dentistry to see if you are a candidate for a dental implant.

Implant Restoration

Dental implants are considered to be a better treatment for missing teeth. When a natural tooth is removed, both the root and the visible part of the tooth (the crown) are removed from your jaw. A dental implant- “a cylindrical and/or tapered post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the tooth root,” is surgically placed in the jaw. Once the bone binds to the implant and becomes a foundation, a crown is seated- “a replacement tooth custom-made to match your natural teeth.”
Here are a few reasons why dental implants are a better fit for you:
– Functions like a natural tooth
– Implants can last a lifetime when properly cared for
– Has a solid fit
– Preserves natural bone
– Eat the foods you love

Jaw Alignment

Jaw Alignment is the overall arrangement of your lower and upper jaw. When not properly aligned, as jaw can begin to develop several short term and long term problems. In addition to pain and discomfort, an unaligned jaw can affect the shape and appearance of your face. Simple things like chewing, swallowing, and yawning can become painful and even difficult to perform. Over time an unaligned jaw can even cause migraines, tooth sensitivity, and dizziness.

Bad jaw alignment is usually hereditary, but can sometimes be caused by a missing tooth or the removal of your wisdom teeth. This unbalance can create stress on the entire skull and even effect the rest of the body.

There are several ways to correct your unaligned jaw. We’re here to help, contact us at Heart Centered Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.

Extractions

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are necessary due to things like disease, trauma, and teeth crowding. Most commonly, wisdom teeth are known to cause turmoil in the mouth and are usually extracted when they cause problems (see wisdom teeth description below). Extractions generally do not require any drilling but do require anesthetics.

The extraction process requires the infected area to be numbed before any teeth can be pulled out. Once the tooth is pulled out bleeding might occur but this is normal. Throughout the healing process your mouth might experience some swelling and discomfort. However, your dentist will most likely recommend oral medication to help with those symptoms.

If you have a tooth that is constantly causing pain in your mouth, give us a call at Heart Centered Dentistry. It’s the ‘wise’ thing to do.

Wisdom Teeth

The wisdom tooth, also known as the third molar, is the last set of teeth to appear in the gums, and usually start showing up in people’s gums in their late teens or early twenties. When the wisdom tooth grows in normally nothing happens, and no procedure is necessary. However, in some cases an individuals wisdom tooth can grow in abnormally and create health problems. Insufficient room in your mouth can also create an obstruction for the rest of your teeth, and even cause bacterial infection, damage the nerves, and cause a lot of pain.

If your wisdom teeth give you trouble there is a procedure to remove them. One example is if the tooth is visible, it will simply be pulled out normally like any other tooth. On the other hand, In some cases where the tooth has not been exposed yet and is still under the gum, the dentist will have to surgically remove it. Both of these procedures are pain free but require anesthetics and sometimes laughing gas.

If you’re worried that your wisdom teeth might cause you problems, Contact us at Heart Centered Dentistry for a consultation.

Missing Teeth

If you or someone you know is missing teeth and would like them restored, please refer to the following procedures on this page:

-Implants
-Crown & Bridge

Both of these procedures may be considered to restore teeth.

Root Canal

Root Canals are procedures that are necessary when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, inflamed, or dead. The pulp is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue, and located in the center of your tooth. When the pulp is compromised, it causes pain and discomfort to the tooth. In order to get rid of the discomfort, a root canal is performed and the pulp is removed.

Once the tooth is fully matured it does not need the pulp to survive and after it is removed it is then replaced with a rubber- like substance called gutta-percha. Once the canal has been filled with gutta-percha the tooth is then restored using a protective crown. The crown will allow you to eat and chew food the same day as your procedure.

Why wait, let’s get to the ‘root’ of the problem! Contact us at Heart Centered Dentistry today to save your tooth and get rid of the pain.

Dentures

Dentures are detachable applications that help restore your smile. There are three different types of dentures: Conventional, Immediate, and Overdenture. These three options are available depending the severity of your case.

Conventional dentures require the removal of all your teeth and a healing process that can take months before you can put your dentures in. Immediate also require the removal of your teeth but can be placed in your mouth the same day. Overdenture’s are used when some of your teeth can be saved and only cover where your teeth are missing.

It may take a couple weeks for you to get comfortable with your dentures, and cleaning them is required everyday. When you’re wearing your dentures it is recommended that you leave them in water to prevent them from warping. Overall you should treat your dentures as if they were your real teeth and practice good hygiene.

Dental implants can be placed under existing dentures and partials to give you more stability and more efficient chewing. The dental implants will also keep the bone level as a healthier location long-term. Dental implants keep the jaw bone from resorbing over time.

If dentures seem like a fit for you, contact us at Heart Centered Dentistry today for a consultation.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gina Gonzalez, please contact Heart Centered Dentistry at

(310) 264-5557.
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