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!

15Jun

How to Battle Dental Anxiety

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It’s no secret that a lot of people are afraid of the dentist, though the reasons for that anxiety are varied and certainly understandable. Despite the fears that come attached to the dentist’s office, Dr. Robert M. Walley does everything he can to make patients comfortable, and truth be told, thanks to many modern dental advancements, there really is nothing to be afraid of in the first place.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

 

One person’s reason for avoiding the dentist may be entirely different than another person’s reason, but we have found that many patients are most concerned about the pain associated with a dental visit. Setting aside the fact that routine cleanings are not painful at all, a fear of needles and the drill during fillings is what keeps many people away.

 

All we can say to that is our staff works hard to keep patients calm and to administer dental care as painlessly as possible. A numbing shot occurs quickly, and from there the patient won’t feel a thing whether the drill is involved or not. The pain is minimal, and our staff is trained to make patients as comfortable as they can be throughout the process.

 

Another big concern is a fear of being judged for poor dental health, but correcting issues like missing teeth, bleeding gums, and crooked smiles are the exact reasons that Dr. Walley and his staff got into the dental business in the first place. Our office is free from judgement; all we want to do is help improve your smile so you no longer are embarrassed about the way it looks.

How to Combat Dental Anxiety

 

There are a handful of things that patients can do to relieve some of their dental anxiety ahead of an appointment, including:

 

  1. Bring someone with you for emotional support. As with anything that you’re afraid of, having someone by your side is a great way to stay calm.
  2. Choose the right dentist. Not every San Francisco dentist is as patient and soothing as Dr. Walley, so finding someone that understands your anxieties and helps manage them is important.
  3. Have an honest conversation about the procedure beforehand. Your dentist should be able to tell you what will happen through every step of the process of a filling or any other dental procedure. Knowing what’s coming can help you prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for it.
  4. Sedation helps. We don’t always use sedation for every procedure, but if you think it may help, don’t be shy about asking for some options along those lines.
  5. Understand your fear. If your fear of the dentist (or anything else, for that matter) is so crippling that you can’t function, consider seeking professional help to get to the root of the issue and start moving toward overcoming your anxiety.

Schedule an Appointment

 

If you ever have any questions about a procedure or would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Walley, give us a call aso we can help you correct your smile, clean your teeth, and get you on your way toward overcoming the dental anxiety holding you back from both.

 

15May

When it comes to visiting your San Francisco dentist, there are the routine reasons, which include things like dental cleanings every six months and perhaps the occasional filling or crown, but there are also cosmetic reasons to visit a dentist like Dr. Robert M. Walley. The first time anyone comes into contact with you, they are almost certain to notice your smile, but if your smile is lacking in any way, cosmetic dentistry exists to help it sparkle like it should.

If you feel like you're in need of a smile makeover, Dr. Walley can provide you with any of the following four options to help correct whatever problems you may feel like you have.

#1 Teeth Whitening

There are a number of reasons that teeth can become stained, ranging from the consumption of stain-causing beverages like coffee and cola, to a lifetime of smoking, to less common things like medication side effects. Whatever the reason, discolored teeth aren’t something you have to live with, as there are safe, painless whitening procedures that can remove staining and make every tooth gleam and glisten exactly like it’s supposed to.

#2 Invisalign

Literally millions of people in the United States have invested in orthodontic care at some point in their lives because they didn’t want to live with teeth that either could not comfortably chew or that looked so crooked as to lose some of their aesthetic appeal. Invisalign is a fast, low-maintenance way to correct some of those issues, and it doesn’t fill your mouth with metal like typical braces do.

#3 Veneers

Built from porcelain or composite resin, dental veneers are basically thin shells bonded to the front of teeth to change their shape, length, size, or color. It is easy to understand why these would be desirable to certain patients with chipped, damaged, discolored, or oddly-sized teeth, and the good news is that they aren’t an invasive procedure. They can be done in just one or two visits and don’t require any special care once they have been put into place.

#4 Dental Implants

In rare cases, patients require complete dental reconstruction. This occurs when patients have seriously damaged teeth or even teeth that have fallen out completely, leaving gaps in their smile. When this happens, it can be easy to feel a lack of self-confidence in the way your smile presents itself, but thanks to dental implants, which look and feel exactly like real teeth, there is no gap or damage that Dr. Walley can’t fix. If you want your smile back to normal, sometimes full smile construction and dental implants are the answer you’ve been looking for.

Your Local San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, never hesitate to reach out to your friendly neighborhood cosmetic dentist so we can start making plans for getting your smile back in order. Teeth can and should be beautiful, so if you’d like to talk about how Dr. Walley can make that happen more easily for you, there’s no time like the present to get that going.

 

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