When you’re faced with dental damage or aesthetic problems, our San Francisco dentists will help you get back on track. Today we’re going to be giving you some more information on restoring your smile with state-of-the-art technologies.

When is restorative treatment necessary?

You may require restorative dental treatment for a number of different reasons, but there are a few key factors that prompt restorative care. It is crucial that you undergo treatment if the damage you’ve sustained will become more severe, or spread to other parts of the smile, over time. A cavity, for example, can move through the entire tooth structure, and even infect jaw and bone tissue. Obviously, you also want to seek treatment if you’re experiencing pain, and if the damage is unsightly.

What kinds of material does Dr. Walley use to treat damage?

Our team utilizes state-of-the-art materials to rebuild and repair teeth. Custom-shaded composite resin and tooth-colored fillings blend in seamlessly with the patient’s natural dental enamel. We also place porcelain, metal-free restorations, including same-day CEREC crowns to rebuild missing tooth structure. The materials we use are designed to look attractive and natural, while standing the test of time.

What about tooth replacement treatments?

The most transformative restorative treatments we provide are tooth replacement solutions. Individual dental implants are the state-of-the-art option available in dentistry today. These replacement teeth actually extend into the patient’s jawbone tissue, with a titanium root. Dental implants are permanent, oral-health-boosting replacement teeth that go far beyond what has historically been possible in dentistry. Excitingly, we can also permanently anchor larger dental prostheses, like dentures, into the patient’s smile using mini dental implant roots. When considering tooth replacement treatments for you, we’ll take into account your timeline, budget, oral health goals, and post-treatment maintenance preferences.

The sooner that you’re able to treat existing oral health problems, the better off you’ll be in the long-run. So give our San Francisco dentists a call to get started! 

 

If you are doing everything right, you shouldn’t have to visit your dentist more than the twice-yearly cleanings you schedule for regular dental maintenance. The truth, though, is that many people experience all sorts of dental issues that require more timely attention, and here at the office of Dr. Robert M. Walley, we want to make sure our patients are able to identify some of the most common problems that could suggest a trip to the dentist is necessary soon.

 

The following are five of the most common dental issues that would suggest it’s time for you to visit your dentist:

 

#1 Toothaches

 

The most common same-day appointments we see here at Dr. Walley’s office happen because of toothaches, which can be truly excruciating under the right circumstances. Constant tooth pain is not a good thing, and it can make eating and even sleeping nearly impossible. Ideally, patients would visit the dentist when the pain starts so they can nip the problem in the bud. Waiting until the pain is unbearable can lead to bigger problems.

 

#2 Irritated or Bleeding Gums

 

Sometimes it isn’t the teeth at all causing the problem, but rather the gums. If your gums are bleeding every time you brush or floss, that could be an early sign that you are developing gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can affect not only your gums but the teeth themselves, so visiting a dentist when this occurs is a great way to stop the problem before it gets too bad.

 

#3 Loose or Shifting Teeth

 

Small children are supposed to have loose teeth. Adults are not, so if you notice that you’ve got loosening teeth or widening gaps between teeth, it will be important for you to get into the dentist’s office soon. Loose teeth can fall out completely if left untreated, so don’t wait to see if it gets better on its own; go see your dentist.

 

#4 Bumps and Sores

 

While canker sores are fairly common and will heal on their own in a week or two, other oral lesions will not heal on their own and could actually turn into oral infections that can do a lot of damage. If you find white sores in your mouth, whether that be on your tongue, your inner cheek, your tonsils, or the roof of your mouth, it’s imperative that you see your dentist right away.

 

#5 Jaw Pain

 

While there are many things that could cause jaw pain, constant pain in your jaw could indicate that you’re grinding your teeth in your sleep. It also could mean that a cavity is causing pain in the jaw, and if that’s the case, the untreated cavity could lead to a nasty abscessed tooth.

 

Connect With an Experienced San Francisco Dentist

If you have any questions about a possible dental issue, feel free to give us a call. If the issue is not severe, we’ll get you on the schedule for a time that works best for you, but we also offer same-day dental care for those with dental emergencies. Whatever the need may be, don’t hesitate to visit your dentist if you think something is wrong, including any of the aforementioned dental concerns.

 

When dental damage rears its ugly head, our San Francisco dentists are here to help you defeat it for good. Advancements in the world of restorative and cosmetic dentistry have vastly improved the treatment experience for the patient. Today, we’re going to be reviewing some of the treatments and technologies we offer to optimize smiles!

Dental Bonding: one of the easiest ways to repair and improve your smile is by using dental bonding. Our dental team will apply custom-shaded resin to your tooth, shape it, and then cure it so that it hardens and bonds with the dental structure. The entire dental bonding process takes just one appointment.

CEREC Crowns: if your tooth has been damaged due to infection or injury, a dental crown will restore the missing piece, and allow your tooth to function normally again. Our dental team provides CEREC restorations, which are actually milled right here in our office. With CEREC technology, you don’t have to schedule multiple appointments or worry about wearing a temporary crown.

Root Canal: root canals have gotten a bite of a bad rap among dental patients, but the truth is that this treatment isn’t nearly as scary as it seems, and it can actually save your tooth! During root canal therapy our dentist goes into the core of the tooth and clears away all damaged and living material. We’re then able to fill the tooth and cap it with a restoration! When a tooth is infected or damaged down to the core, root canal treatment can be indispensable.

As you can see, you have options when faced with dental damage or trauma. If you have questions, or you want to learn more, you can always contact our San Francisco restorative dentists by phone. Or, use the Contact Us page on our site to reach out!

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