Santa Rosa general dentist offering same day treatment

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If you have a damaged tooth, a toothache, or any other dental issue, it’s important to get care right away. The faster you treat your condition, the more likely it is that dentists will be able to preserve your tooth, which will save you both time and money.

Whether you’re just overdue for a checkup and have some extra time, or you’re suffering from a dental emergent and need treatment fast, Santa Rosa general dentist offering same day treatment is here to help. They always have same-day appointment slots available for patients, so dentists can provide you with the treatment you need, when you need it.

Can I Get My Teeth Fixed in One Day?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” with the newest advances in cutting-edge dentistry! Overhauling your smile in just one appointment is easier than you think, especially when your dentist utilizes the latest techniques and equipment. During the initial consultation, a dentist will examine your teeth and get a full understanding of what you would like to achieve. For dental procedures involving crowns and veneers, the dentist will remove a thin layer from the existing tooth before using a revolutionary 3D scanner to take an accurate photo. No messy, uncomfortable impressions here! Once the image is captured, an on-site milling device gets straight to work. This crown printing CAD-CAM technology creates a perfect model of your tooth using color-matching ceramic materials. When the crown or veneer is complete, the dentist simply places it on the existing tooth and off you go!

Same day dental treatment by Santa Rosa general dentists

Dental cleaning

Dental cleaning

The procedure involves the removing of plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and the gum line. A scaler is used to remove stubborn plaque which has formed on the teeth and gum line which you can’t remove by simply brushing or flossing. There is also a deep cleaning process in which numbing agents are used and the plaque and tarter are targeted inside the gums if left it can result in periodontitis.

Emergency extraction

Emergency extraction

There are numerous cases in which an emergency extraction is needed ranging from the progress of periodontal disease to dental abscess. The dentist will assess the health of the teeth through an x-ray and determine whether or not an extraction is needed. Besides such cases, emergency extraction may also be needed after an accident in which there has been a lot of trauma to the teeth.

RX antibiotics for infection

Oral infection whether it is in the gums or teeth can lead to numerous oral problems such as periodontitis and tooth decay. To treat the infection you will need RX antibiotics.

Cosmetic fillings

Fillings are used to improve the function and aesthetics of the teeth. They are made of either metal or composite resin, a mixture of glass and plastics. Resin is more commonly used for cosmetic purposes because it makes the filling appear natural while also help with oral issues such as infection, cavities, and further decay.

Emergency root canal therapy

A root canal is needed as an infected tooth starts to die. The infected part of the tooth is extracted so the infection doesn’t spread any further. The procedure restores the tooth to its natural state enabling it to function as it was before the infection and getting rid of the pain associated with an infection.

Bonding

Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your tooth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.

Tooth bonding can also be used for tooth fillings instead of silver amalgam. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than silver. Bonding fillings can be used on front or back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.

Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can usually be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your doctor. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit.

Bridges

Bridges

A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite.

A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.

The success of any bridge depends on its foundation — the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.

Crowns

Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.

A crown is a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.

Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.

Fluoride

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment in your dentist’s office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or your doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months.

Regular exams

Regular exams

Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your oral health. During your regular exam, we will:

  • Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
  • Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
  • Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease

Your regular exam will take about 45 minutes. Each regular exam includes a detailed teeth cleaning, in which general dentist offering same day treatment will clean, polish, and rinse your teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the tooth’s surface.

Visiting dental office every six months gives you the chance to talk to the Santa Rosa general dentist offering same day treatment about any questions you may have about your oral health. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

Implant

Implant

‘Same Day Teeth’ is a technique for people with missing or failing teeth and usually refers to a new fixed complete set of teeth on dental implants.

This is a great option for people who are already wearing dentures or are losing their teeth due to disease and breakdown. The idea being to provide the patient with a new ‘fixed’ set of teeth (either bridgework or a fixed denture) are screwed onto dental implants which have been placed on the very same day. Initially these are a provisional set of teeth that look and feel great and are then replaced with a more permanent set some months later.

The ‘same-day’ concept can also be used for single teeth or a few teeth in some cases, but more commonly relates to a complete jaw or set. It can be done using the ‘All on 4 implants’ technique or with 6-8 or more implants in each jaw depending on the needs of the case and on whether a fixed denture or fixed crowns and bridges are desired. All on 4 implants are a quick, safe and cost-effective dental treatment for anyone whose self-confidence and quality of life are affected by missing teeth. All on 4 implants even work in people who have a lack of bone although some bone rebuilding is sometimes necessary.

Sealants

Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in-between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.

Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.

Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.

Sealants last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be re-sealed.

Veneer

Veneer

You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain), and they are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor may need to conservatively prepare your tooth to achieve the desired aesthetic result.

When your veneers are placed, you’ll be pleased to see that they look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain-resistant, your doctor may recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are types of molars found in the very back of your mouth. They usually appear in the late teens or early twenties, but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed in the late teens or early twenties because there is a greater chance that the teeth’s roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make extraction easier as well as shorten the recovery time.

In order to remove a wisdom tooth, your dentist first needs to numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Since the impacted tooth may still be under the gums and imbedded in your jaw bone, your dentist will need to remove a portion of the covering bone to extract the tooth. In order to minimize the amount of bone that is removed with the tooth, your dentist will often “section” your wisdom tooth so that each piece can be removed through a small opening in the bone. Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, the healing process begins. Depending on the degree of difficulty related to the extraction, healing time varies. Your dentist will share with you what to expect and provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.

How Long Does Same Day Treatments Take?

The timeframe for same-day treatments depends on the procedure being performed. For example, same-day tooth extraction can take anywhere from 20-40 minutes while same-day dental cleaning can take 40 minutes to 2 hours. The purpose of these treatments is to ensure that you get the treatment you need in one sitting to relieve you of any pain and there not be a need for you to come back to the clinic multiple times for the same procedure.

Does Same Day Dental Services Cost More?

The cost of same-day dental services by Santa Rosa general dentist depends on the procedure. For procedures such as extraction, there is no difference in cost. However, for dental services such as same-day dental implants, there is an additional cost.