General Dentistry options that we offer, we no longer do silver fillings, and the main reason we don't do silver fillings is, I wasn't concerned about the mercury. The main reason we stopped doing it is I felt that several years ago the tooth-colored fillings had gotten to the point to where they lasted just about as long as the silver filling would, but they actually returned the tooth a lot closer to it's natural state than a silver filling. Meaning, that when you place a tooth-colored filling in a tooth it actually bonds and helps hold the tooth together. Unlike a silver filing which unfortunately ends up acting like a wedge and over a period of time makes the tooth much more susceptible to fracture. That's one of the things that we do, with the tooth-colored fillings, also we use them in the front. We have various types to create different translucencies or to be able to custom match to whatever that persons' color is.
We do the whitening, the zoom whitening, both with using trays or chair side where somebody will come in and spend a couple of hours with us, which really allows us to really customize that color and the shade that we're using on the color of that tooth. One of the things that we actually use which I don't know if a lot of offices do is, we actually use a material called OraVerse. What that is, is, it's something that you use towards the end of the procedure. Sometimes we even use it a half and hour, 45 minutes before we're done. You place it's in just as you would the anesthetic, but what it does is it cuts the time that the anesthetic is going to be there by half, which a lot of patients appreciate especially if they're heading off to work or going someplace. We'll use the OraVerse and kind of reverse the effects of the anesthetic much quicker than they would have naturally.
From a restorative standpoint I think that covers general dentistry.
At Volterra Dental, we aim to provide all your general dentistry treatments needed under one roof. Along with cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, we offer a variety of general dentistry treatments to preserve your overall oral health. We’ve been improving smiles at our Los Alamitos, CA dental office for over three decades – call 562-735-2363 today to become one of our happy patients!
Teeth Cleanings And Dental Exams
Brushing and flossing help to maintain your oral health, but only a dental professional can properly clean and protect your teeth and gums. During your dental cleaning and dental exam appointment, Dr. Laos or Dr. Yoshikane can also:
- Examine your mouth, spotting problems while they are small.
- Use our VELscope system to spot any early signs of oral cancer.
- Protect your teeth from tooth decay with dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Gum Disease Treatment
If you see some blood when you spit after brushing or flossing, there’s a chance that you have a form of periodontal disease, or gum disease. We have several ways to treat gum disease:
- A deep cleaning method called root planing and scaling
- Safely removing infected tissue using a BIOLASE dental laser
- An antibiotic treatment called Arestin® that helps control harmful bacteria
Dry Mouth Solutions
Dry mouth can be caused by a number of factors, including alcohol use, dental anxiety, and the side effect of medications. Our dentists will talk with you to discover the cause behind your dry mouth and offer solutions.
Breath Bad Treatment
Chronic bad breath can be caused by a number of factors. If you have bad breath and cannot get rid of it, Dr. Laos and Dr. Yoshikane can check to see if gingivitis, an early form of gum disease, is the cause. We can even take samples of your saliva and test it for problems.
Mouthguards For Sports
When playing sports, you wear a helmet. You should take the same precaution with your teeth or your child’s smile by using an athletic mouthguard. At Volterra Dental, we can provide custom mouthguards that will fit well and feel comfortable.