SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- Whether it’s to drop 40 pounds or to finally organize that garage,
New Year’s resolutions are notoriously unsuccessful. Achieving a new, dazzling smile, however, is one resolution that can easily be fulfilled.   

Our cosmetic dentistry services deliver life-changing results and are performed by caring professionals in a comfortable, relaxing environment.

“I can’t say it enough- few things are more empowering than a confident smile,” says San Francisco dentist Dr. Robert Walley. “Cosmetic dentistry is one of the best investments you’ll ever make.”

Over the past 40 years, Dr. Walley has enhanced the smiles of countless satisfied patients. He regularly attends seminars and study clubs to ensure he administers leading-edge treatments and techniques.

“It’s important to me that I stay at the forefront of the dental industry. I only want to offer the best to
my patients.”

Teeth whitening is among the most popular services we provide. Along with chairside bleaching, we offer the Zoom teeth whitening system. Zoom’s potent whitening gel and specially designed lamp combine to gently dissolve stains and whiten teeth up to eight shades in just one hour. With that said, every patient’s smile needs vary. No one solution is suitable for each case. Depending on the severity and type of stain, we may suggest porcelain veneers.  

Porcelain veneers offer dramatic results for patients with tetracycline stained teeth, gaps, chips or misshapen teeth. Very thin sheets of porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to create a brilliantly white smile that’s natural in appearance. A very cool perk of having veneers, the porcelain sheets are virtually resistant to stains from beverages like coffee, wine and sodas. This solution can give you a stunning smile that will last long after 2014 is through.

We also provide restorative solutions that focus on aesthetics, like ceramic crowns, fillings and dental implants. We encourage you to contact our office and inform us of your New Year’s smile resolution.
Dr. Walley and our talented staff will keep you smiling through 2014. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- A grin full of holes may be cute on a five-year-old, but missing teeth isn’t the best look for an adult. In fact, the aesthetic and dental health consequences of failing to address a missing tooth are downright ugly.

“If a missing tooth isn’t addressed in a timely manner, it can elicit a variety of serious dental health conditions, many of which call for extensive dental and orthodontic treatment,” says San Francisco dentist Dr. Robert Walley. “The one time cost of a restorative solution like bridges or dental implants will save you a considerable amount of money in the long term.”

Among the issues a missing tooth can prompt is mesial drift. This term is used to describe the tendency for teeth to shift towards the front of the smile. It’s a normal phenomenon, but mesial drift is greatly exacerbated when a tooth is missing. Surrounding teeth will tilt into the area where the tooth once was, causing the remaining teeth to follow suit and fall out of alignment. Orthodontic treatment is then necessary to reverse the effects of mesial drift, take pressure off the jaw joint caused by the misalignment and restore your smile’s appearance.

A super erupted tooth is another unfortunate outcome of one or more missing teeth. In reaction to a long-since missing tooth, this unsightly condition occurs when the absence of an opposing tooth structure triggers the tooth to jut upward, leaving its root exposed and the smile’s appearance altered. Extraction followed by replacement is commonly required to resolve a super erupted tooth. 

Furthermore, your jaw bone is engineered to anchor two complete rows of teeth. When one or more teeth are missing, it jeopardizes the integrity of the bone. That’s why failing to replace missing teeth often results in jaw bone deterioration and altered facial aesthetics. If the bone structure is weakened or severely deteriorated, it may be too damaged to support dental implants, the most highly recommended method of tooth replacement available.

“Dental implants offer an unrivaled level of functionality and permanence,” says Dr. Walley. “There are other great solutions available, but implants truly work like real teeth.”

The likelihood of acquiring gum disease also increases, since the tender portion of the gum that once supported the tooth is left susceptible to food particles and bacteria.

Whether your tooth loss can be pinned on years of bad oral hygiene habits, a dental condition or mouth trauma, don’t delay action. Our team at Robert M. Walley D.D.S. offer viable answers to tooth loss, like dental implants and bridges. Preserve the health and looks of your smile. Give us a call today to
learn more.  

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- We at Robert M. Walley, D.D.S can’t stuff coal in your stocking this year, but we can determine if you’re on our dental hygiene “nice list.”

Keeping your teeth and gums clean between appointments allows us to better perform necessary procedures and care for your smile. When there’s less lingering plaque and stubborn tartar for our hygienists to tackle, it streamlines your visit with us. Practicing good oral hygiene will also help you avert all sorts of dental conditions, like tooth decay, sensitivity and gum disease.

“Professional care is important. We recommend patients visit us every three to six months for a thorough cleaning,” says San Francisco dentist Dr. Robert M. Walley. “With that said, consistent at-home care is vital for a truly healthy mouth.”

While you may keep your children on their best behavior with the popular Elf on the Shelf as the holidays approach, there’s no such thing as a “dentist on a shelf” to entice us to keep our oral health in check. Instead, we’ve assembled some helpful guidelines to ensure you stay on our dental hygiene nice list this holiday season. 

1.     Brush for two minutes twice daily.  Not 30 seconds. Not a minute and a half. Two minutes! This will ensure you reach every corner of the mouth. Plaque can be stubborn, and a speedy brushing routine just won’t cut it. Adding an extra minute to your dental hygiene routine can make a big difference in your smile’s health.

 2.     Brush correctly. With that said, it’s important to brush smart. With a soft bristled    toothbrush (these are gentler on gums), brush softly in circular motions. Be sure to address the gum line, tongue and molars. We recommend Sonicare toothbrushes for an optimal clean.

 3.     Use an antimicrobial mouthwash. In addition to giving you minty fresh breath, a quick swish of mouthwash ousts dangerous bacteria and lingering food particles. Strengths vary by brand, so follow the dosage recommendation on the back of the bottle.

 4.     Don’t forget to floss! Food particles left wedged between teeth contribute to gum disease, cavities and unpleasant breath. Flossing is the best way to remove plaque, but many Americans fail to implement this practice into their oral hygiene routine. We encourage you to be “nice” to your teeth this season by flossing!

 5.     Inspect your smile. Even the most detailed oral hygiene routines can leave behind food particles. To be sure your smile is free of plaque and other threats to your oral health, take advantage of your bathroom mirror. For a few seconds, inspect teeth and gums for food particles, yellowing, cavities, gum recession and flattened molar surfaces (a sign of excessive tooth grinding). If you spot any abnormalities that can’t be fixed by added brushing, let us know. Identifying issues early at home often leads to simpler diagnosis and treatment.  

Do you have more questions about how to keep teeth sparkling between appointments and stay on our nice list? Don’t hesitate to visit us. Dr. Walley and our friendly staff are eager to give you the gift of healthy teeth and gums this Christmas.  

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