Robert Walley DDS

Wanting A New Smile In The New Year? Dr. Walley Offers Cosmetic Dentistry

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. 

DNA Testing Allows For Improved Diagnosis and Treatment

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- A recent survey states more than 75 percent of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis. Do you know if you’re
at risk?

Dr. Robert Walley and our team of skilled hygienists here at our San Francisco dental practice are equipped to provide revolutionary OralDNA testing. This easy test exposes the bacteria that trigger gum disease so we can more effectively diagnose and treat you. 

Periodontal disease is known as the silent disease because it doesn’t always exhibit symptoms a patient will notice until it reaches advanced stages. If undetected, patients eventually may experience painful swelling, bleeding and sensitivity. In some cases, tooth loss is inevitable. There’s a growing body of evidence that suggests advanced gum disease (periodontitis) contributes to cardiovascular disease, stroke, dementia and certain types of cancer.

With the information provided by OralDNA testing, Dr. Walley can thwart the progression of gum disease before such consequences become a reality.

What It Is

OralDNA saliva testing eliminates the guesswork by giving insight on the specific bacteria lurking around your gums. It’s an efficient and noninvasive way for us to determine your individual risk factors for gum disease. By knowing exactly what and how much periopathogenic bacteria exists in your mouth, we can more accurately diagnose you.

“An accurate diagnosis will accelerate treatment, since we know the specific bacteria that threaten your health,” says Dr. Walley. “OralDNA allows us to completely customize your periodontal care.”

There are 13 strains of periopathogenic bacteria known to trigger gum disease. OralDNA testing alerts us to their existence, which allows us to promptly address the issue and avoid the need for future extensive treatment. Bacteria associated with oral HPV can also be identified through this quick and simple test.

How It Works

Saliva diagnostics are convenient and fast. Here’s how the saliva sample is collected:

  •  Patient swishes a saline solution
  • After 30 seconds, solution is spit into a funneled collection tube
  • The tube is sealed and sent to an OralDNA lab for DNA-PCR analysis
  • Email is sent to Dr. Walley when test results are available

OralDNA sends a detailed report to Dr. Walley of the high, moderate and low risk pathogens residing in your mouth. With this information, we can prescribe a treatment that’s perfectly suited to your immune system and periodontal health needs.

If you’d like to learn more about OralDNA testing, please contact us for a complimentary consultation. 

Get A White Smile Worthy of Holiday Pictures With Dr. Walley

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- Eggnog and Christmas cookies will make your waistline bulge, but there’s one easy way to ensure you look fabulous in all your holiday photos.

Dr. Robert Walley offers the Zoom teeth whitening system in our office. This highly sought after treatment harnesses the power of light waves to give you a dazzling smile worthy of the photo album.

“If you’ve tried commercial whitening products before, you’ve probably come to the realization that a professional solution is necessary,” says San Francisco dentistry provider Dr. Walley. “It takes potent products to break down years of stains.”

Here’s how the Zoom whitening system ousts those lingering stains. We carefully apply powerful whitening gel onto your teeth with the help of a comfortable smile retractor. A specially designed lamp is then shined onto teeth in three 15-minute increments. The entire process lasts only about one hour. The light triggers the gel’s active whitening agents to dissolve yellow spots and unveil the gorgeous smile underneath. Just sit back and relax as your teeth are brightened up to eight shades.

No two smiles are the same. Some patients struggle with tooth sensitivity, which calls for added caution during the Zoom whitening procedure. We take the utmost care to ensure you remain comfortable during treatment. First, Dr. Walley coats the lips and gums in an isolation material that protects them from the light waves. He then adjusts the concentration of whitening gel and duration of light exposure to suite your sensitivity level perfectly. With Dr. Walley, teeth whitening is truly a personalized experience.

 To guarantee your smile stays fabulous long after the holidays have passed, we offer in-office Zoom touchups and teeth bleaching. We understand the confidence sparkling white teeth can provide. That’s why we offer efficient and proven ways to give you the gorgeous smile you desire.

Are you interested in prepping your teeth for this year’s holiday pictures? Visit us for a complimentary consultation. May your days (and teeth) be merry and bright! 

No Amalgam Here: Why Dr. Walley Takes A Safer Approach To Fillings

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- The repercussions of neglecting to treat a cavity are dreadful- but the consequences of using one outdated restorative solution aren’t much better.

Amalgam fillings, which are comprised of a blend of metals like silver, copper and mercury, have been administered by dentists for more than 150 years. Millions of people across the globe have them, but these fillings are far from being the ideal form of treatment.

Treatment for the average cavity is relatively simple. A dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and use a filling material to “fill” the section that was removed. Fillings restore the aesthetics and function of the tooth, as well as shield its more delicate inner layers. When the amalgam variety is used, sensitivity to hot and cold substances increases, and the metal component can shrink and expand according to temperature. This phenomenon can trigger serious discomfort, as well as filling leakage, breakage and one giant dental debacle.

The American Dental Association and the Federal Drug Administration have long insisted that amalgam fillings are safe for use. However, the FDA admitted in 2008 that such fillings emit mercury vapor while chewing and during the placement and removal of the amalgam. The FDA also cautions pregnant women to avoid mercury exposure, stating such fillings could have neurotoxic effects on a fetus’s nervous system.

“Fillings are intended to resolve the issue of decay, not prompt issues of their own,” says San Francisco dentist Dr. Robert Walley. “That’s why I administer composite fillings to my patients.”  

At Robert M. Walley, DDS, we fill teeth with a tooth colored composite material free of mercury and harsh metals that contract or enlarge with temperature changes. This material is engineered with synthetic resins and is proven safe for use. Once it’s placed, patients often forget the filling is present! Other benefits of composite material include:

  • Improved aesthetics. Composite fillings are nearly indistinguishable from real tooth structure.
  • Versatile use. Because of its coloring and durability, composite materials are often used to restore broken, worn and chipped teeth.
  • Greater support. Composite fillings provide greater support, since the material chemically bonds to the tooth.
  • Less removal of tooth structure. In many cases, preparing the tooth for composite fillings require a smaller portion of the tooth to be removed than with amalgam fillings.

You can be assured that Dr. Walley and our staff use only the best products and materials available when administering treatment. Our top priority is to provide you with a truly healthy and vibrant smile. We understand this goal can’t be achieved with outdated practices that fail to deliver quality results.

If you’d like to learn more about cavity treatment options and our restoration methods, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Complimentary consultations are available. 

How Adults Can Benefit from Invisalign in San Francisco

Here at the offices of Dr. Robert M. Walley, we often deal with the misconception that orthodontics are only for teenagers, and we understand why. For generations now, people have only ever seen braces in the mouths of adolescents, at least as shown on television and in movies. But the reality is that Invisalign clear braces in San Francisco can work great for adults, too. Teens aren’t the only ones with crooked teeth!

Think of it this way: an investment in orthodontics at age 40 could yield benefits that may last another 50 years. Of course, Invisalign is perhaps a better option for adults than traditional braces for the following reasons:

Five Reasons Invisalign Works So Well for Adults

#1 Invisalign is Less Noticeable

Perhaps the most important advantage for our adult orthodontic patients is the fact that Invisalign treatments are more aesthetically pleasing than traditional braces. Some adults may feel a bit silly with huge metal brackets on their teeth, but Invisalign trays are practically invisible (hence the name). If you were hoping to find an orthodontic solution that nobody even knows you’re undertaking, then this is the option for you.

#2 Invisalign Does Not Limit Diet

Another major benefit of Invisalign is that there are no dietary restrictions. With traditional braces, patients are told to avoid hard and chewy foods like nuts, popcorn, hard taco shells, sticky and hard candy, gum, pretzels, and crunchy chips. Those are some of the most fun foods to eat, and Invisalign doesn’t require a patient to skip any of them because the trays can just pop out during meals and go right back in after the patient has brushed their teeth.

#3 Invisalign Are More Comfortable

Invisalign trays align your teeth more slowly than traditional braces, which means the discomfort isn’t as severe. Furthermore, because the aligner trays are smooth, they don’t take up as much real estate in the mouth as those metal brackets do. Put simply, there are many reasons why Invisalign trays are more comfortable for adults.

#4 Invisalign Trays Are Easy to Care For

Because Invisalign trays are made from plastic, they are incredibly easy to clean. They simply pop out, allowing patients to brush and floss normally while cleaning the trays. That is better for dental health and is a whole lot easier than trying to floss between brackets and wires.

#5 Invisalign Offers Dependable Results

Patients who wear their Invisalign brackets reliably get quick, reliable results. Sometimes, teeth can be straightened in under a year! Of the people who try invisible braces in San Francisco, the overwhelming majority are happy with the results. On top of every other benefit, we know they work well!

If you think you might be interested in Invisalign as a means of straightening your teeth, contact the office of Dr. Robert M. Walley to set up an initial consultation. We will help you spend the next several decades loving your smile instead of thinking you missed the boat because you never got braces as a teen. It’s never too late for the smile you want and deserve!

If It’s A Healthy Smile You’re After, Tooth Replacement Isn’t Optional

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.  

3 Things To Know About Pediatric Dentistry From Our San Francisco Dentists

High-quality pediatric dental care can set the patient up for a healthy smile well into adulthood. Today, our San Francisco dentists are sharing information about helping children develop healthy dental habits.

  1. Good habits start early

Research has shown that young patients who have positive, consistent dental experiences are more likely to carry healthy habits into adulthood. Think of it this way: your children can practice proper dental hygiene techniques on primary teeth, before permanent adult teeth even come in. Childhood is the perfect time to get your kids used to brushing twice a day, and flossing every night. Take this opportunity to teach your children about proper brushing technique—using small circular motions to buff plaque from dental enamel, and brushing for at least two minutes every morning and night.

  1. Even damage to primary teeth matters

While it is true that a child’s primary teeth will fall out at some point, it is still very important to keep them as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Remember, primary teeth are necessary in order for children to develop healthy speech patterns, and in order for them to expand their diets. Primary teeth also serve as “placeholders,” so to speak, for adult teeth; they help to ensure that there will be enough room along your gum line for permanent teeth to emerge. Additionally, infections that begin in a child’s teeth can quickly spread to oral tissues and even the jawbone.

  1. There are oral hygiene products that are just right for kids

When helping your child establish an oral hygiene routine, take the time to select the right tools for the job. Keep in mind that young children, those that are prone to swallowing toothpaste, should not use formulations that contain fluoride. There are kid-friendly toothpastes on the market that are fluoride-free. You also want to ensure that the head of the brush is small enough to reach your child’s back molars.

To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with our San Francisco family dentists, please give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page to submit an inquiry. 

Common Causes of Stained and Discolored Teeth in San Francisco

Nobody likes looking in the mirror at a smile that is discolored or filled with stained teeth, but Dr. Robert M. Walley is the sort of dentist who can help just about anyone bring the vibrance and liveliness back to a smile that’s undergone some discoloration over the years. Of course, it is important to know what sorts of things are causing those stained teeth so patients can begin their process of improving their smile by pulling back on the bad habits that cause the discoloration in the first place.

Seven Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration

The following are seven of the most common causes of stained and discolored teeth:

#1 Certain Foods and Drinks

While there are plenty of foods that can stain teeth temporarily, certain foods can slowly discolor teeth permanently, with beverages like coffee, tea, cola, and wine being the most common culprits. Some foods, like apples and potatoes, can stain teeth over time, as well. While it’s not necessary to completely cut these from your diet, it is worth knowing that someone who consumes a lot of these foods and beverages could be experiencing tooth discoloration as a result.

#2 Tobacco Use

Smoking and chewing tobacco are two of the most common culprits of tooth discoloration, which likely doesn’t come as a huge surprise—especially to the person using those tobacco products. But if you’re serious about healthier-looking teeth, cutting back on tobacco use is a great place to start.

#3 Poor Dental Hygiene

Failure to brush and floss twice a day can cause all sorts of problems for your teeth and gums, including (but not limited to) tooth discoloration. Some of the ill effects of drinking coffee and smoking can be mitigated by simply brushing, flossing, and rinsing as often as recommended.

#4 Tooth Diseases

Certain tooth diseases can impact the enamel and dentin on your teeth, which is what causes tooth discoloration. Your dentist can help diagnose this problem and help patients work toward a life where this doesn’t become an irreversible issue.

#5 Some Antibiotics

Tetracycline and doxycycline are two antibiotics for which tooth discoloration is a listed side effect in children under the age of eight.

#6 Age and Genetics

Sometimes, discoloration is beyond your control. As you age, the outer layer of enamel on your teeth wears away, leaving your teeth vulnerable to discoloration and revealing the natural yellow color of the dentin that lies underneath. Furthermore, some people are just born with brighter or thicker enamel than others, meaning genetics can play a role in tooth coloration, as well.

#7 Trauma

Damage from a fall or an auto accident may not knock a tooth loose, but it can do enough damage to discolor a tooth. While it’s great to have that tooth in place, a gray tooth in the midst of an otherwise white smile can be pretty glaring.

If you have stained or discolored teeth and would like to meet with Dr. Walley to determine the best approach to brightening your smile, please give us a call so we can set up a consultation and begin the process of making you fall in love with a bright, white smile.

 

 

Five Signs It’s Time to See a Dentist

 

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.

 

OralDNA Testing Allows For Improved Diagnosis and Treatment

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- A recent survey states more than 75 percent of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis. Do you know if you’re at risk?

Dr. Robert Walley and our team of skilled hygienists here at our San Francisco dental practice are equipped to provide revolutionary OralDNA testing. This easy test exposes the bacteria that trigger gum disease so we can more effectively diagnose and treat you.

Periodontal disease is known as the silent disease because it doesn’t always exhibit symptoms a patient will notice until it reaches advanced stages. If undetected, patients eventually may experience painful swelling, bleeding and sensitivity. In some cases, tooth loss is inevitable. There’s a growing body of evidence that suggests advanced gum disease (periodontitis) contributes to cardiovascular disease, stroke, dementia and certain types of cancer.

With the information provided by OralDNA testing, Dr. Walley can thwart the progression of gum disease before such consequences become a reality.

What It Is

OralDNA saliva testing eliminates the guesswork by giving insight on the specific bacteria lurking around your gums. It’s an efficient and noninvasive way for us to determine your individual risk factors for gum disease. By knowing exactly what and how much periopathogenic bacteria exists in your mouth, we can more accurately diagnose you.

“An accurate diagnosis will accelerate treatment, since we know the specific bacteria that threaten your health,” says Dr. Walley. “OralDNA allows us to completely customize your periodontal care.”

There are 13 strains of periopathogenic bacteria known to trigger gum disease. OralDNA testing alerts us to their existence, which allows us to promptly address the issue and avoid the need for future extensive treatment. Bacteria associated with oral HPV can also be identified through this quick and simple test.

How It Works

Saliva diagnostics are convenient and fast. Here’s how the saliva sample is collected:

Patient swishes a saline solution

After 30 seconds, solution is spit into a funneled collection tube

The tube is sealed and sent to an OralDNA lab for DNA-PCR analysis

Email is sent to Dr. Walley when test results are available

OralDNA sends a detailed report to Dr. Walley of the high, moderate and low risk pathogens residing in your mouth. With this information, we can prescribe a treatment that’s perfectly suited to your immune system and periodontal health needs.

If you’d like to learn more about OralDNA testing, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.