The dental filling procedure is short, easy and almost doesn’t have downtime. Here are five steps that explain how it is done:
Step #1 – Introduction to the procedure
Before the procedure, your dentist will give you a brief insight of what it entails and answer all your questions.
Step #2 – Anesthetic application
Since the procedure involves drilling, a local anesthetic is necessary to suppress any pain and discomfort the drill may cause. Your dentist will ensure the tooth being treated and the tissue surrounding it is completely numb before they start drilling.
Step #3 – Drilling and decay removal
Most dentists nowadays prefer water drills to the conventional dental drills, as the former is more precise with decay removal and are way less painful.
Your dentist will wash off the decayed part of your tooth and use a suction tool to remove the debris from the drill and water from the mouth. If the decay is too close to the pulp, special medication may be used to ward off infection.
Step #4 – The Filling
Once the drilling is complete and your mouth has been washed off the debris from the tooth, your dentist will fill your tooth with the composite material. Special equipment is used to place the filling material into the space left by the decay.
The material will be shaped and polished until the desired shape and look is achieved.
Step #5 – Hardening
Albeit not mandatory, a special light intensity is sometimes concentrated on the material to harden it and strengthen its bonding with the tooth.
You may experience sensitivity to heat and cold on the treated tooth, but this usually doesn’t last long after the anesthetic has worn off.
Good oral health is one of those things we take for granted until it is gone. Don’t underappreciate your healthy teeth just because they have never caused you problems. By calling on a dentist at least twice every year for dental examination and teeth cleaning, you’re increasing your teeth’s shelf-life and of course, keeping low your risk of cavities and other bigger problems in the future.
Here are more reasons to include dental exam and teeth cleaning in your bucket list this year:
It helps you save money
Semi-annual dental exam and teeth cleaning sessions can help keep predictable issues such as tooth decay and gum diseases at bay as early signs are detected and thwarted. Preventive dentistry is more cost-effective than restorative dentistry as less work is needed to repair a damaged tooth.
It helps remove plaque and tartar
Plaque and tartar offer bacteria a perfect place to breed and multiply. Mostly, these substances accumulate under the gum line and in between teeth where you may not be able to reach with a regular toothbrush.
It helps prevent gum disease
Plaque and tartar are among the leading culprits behind the periodontal disease. Not getting your teeth cleaned by a professional increase your risk for gum disease as the substances provide a place for bacteria to thrive and multiply.
It helps boost your overall oral health status
Dentists can detect diseases such as heart disease and diabetes by just examining your mouth. For instance, diabetes sufferers are more likely to develop cavities than healthy people. Your dentist may also be able to detect oral cancer during a dental examination.
Book your first dental exam and teeth cleaning appointment today
Our oral care professionals at Gregory Robins DDS are focused on helping you achieve your dream smile. If you’re in West Covina and are interested in meeting one of our dentists for a dental exam or professional teeth cleaning, reach us through (626) 919-7707 to schedule your appointment.
Finding a dentist that genuinely has your interests at heart is hard these days. Here’s how you should choose your family dentist:
Look at reputation
Visit review sites and try to find dentists within your neighborhood that have the most positive reviews. Basing your selection on this is a gamble that has a good chance of paying off.
Use of technology
There has been quite a surge in technological advancements in dentistry over the last few decades. Some of these technologies include; digital X-rays, which are clearer than traditional X-rays; a waterlase laser for treatment of dental decay; intra-oral cameras for larger and clearer images of the mouth; and autoclaves for sterilization of dentistry tools. A good dentist incorporates the latest technologies in their practice.
Look for recommendations
If a good friend of yours has been using the services of a certain dentist for the last five years, you would most likely like them too. Take their opinion and ask these questions to create your personal opinion:
- How long do I have to wait for an appointment?
- How are bills handled by the office?
- How do they handle emergencies?
- Will the dentist explain treatment options to me?
- How busy is the dentist? How long do patients have to sit in the waiting room?
Location and working hours
You should consider a family dentist whose office is close enough to your home such that you can schedule visits for your family members and make it there in time.
This kind of family dentist is hard to find, but luckily not if you’re in Covina. Gregory Robins DDS is a dentist that easily meets most of these requirements and is willing to twist their program to fit you in. Call us today at (626) 919-7707 to make an appointment.
An orthodontist is a professional who practices a form of dentistry that deals with the alignment of jaws and teeth. Orthodontists first attain a bachelor’s degree in dentistry before undergoing an additional three years of specialized education in orthodontics.
What does an orthodontist do?
Orthodontists help fix your bite and smile by putting your jaw and teeth into a more desirable alignment using special appliances such as braces, trays, and headgear. While most orthodontic problems can be diagnosed and treated by a general dentist, more sophisticated ones can only be treated by a specialist orthodontist.
2. Why do you need orthodontist?
Many people are born with crooked teeth, crowded teeth and overbites, which end up to be more than just aesthetic problems over time. Crowded teeth, for instance, can be hard to clean with an ordinary toothbrush exposing you to gum disease and tooth decay. Chewing and speech difficulties may also come as a result of a bad bite.
3. When should you see an orthodontist?
We recommend that children be taken to see an orthodontist before they are seven years old even if their bite seems perfect. This is to ensure that any underlying issues are detected and treated early in their development and while the jaw is still young.
Adult patients are usually between the ages 50 and below, though orthodontists are these days treating even patients in their 60s and 70s.
4. How to choose an orthodontist
For most people, dentists and orthodontists are two professionals impossible to tell apart.
One easy way to know if your doctor is an orthodontist or a regular dentist is to ask them before treatment commences. You can also tell by looking at how they advertise: dentists will use words like ‘orthodontic specialist’ because they are not allowed to call themselves orthodontists.
If you live in Covina, it should be easier for you. Dr. Gregory Robins is an orthodontist with years of experience and scores of satisfied customers across the city to show for it. Contact us today at (626) 919-7707 to have your meeting with him scheduled.
4 Advantages of Composite fillings
- Strong and flexible
- Tooth-colored to make tooth appear natural
- More durable than metal fillings
- Tooth can be used immediately after procedure
What’s the composite filling procedure like?
Composite filling is one of the most popular procedures performed at dental offices today. It can be completed in just one office visit and usually has no downtime at all.
Once you arrive at the dental office, your dentist will explain the procedure to you and inform you of any risks involved.
He/she will use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the area surrounding it. Once you’re completely numb and ready, the dentist will use a dental drill to wash off the decay. Special medication will be used to prevent infection if the decay was too close to the pulp of the tooth.
The filling material will then be placed in the space, polished and filed to achieve the desired tooth shape. A special light may be concentrated on the repaired tooth to harden the material.
You may experience some sensitivity to heat and cold shortly after the procedure but this is usually short-lived. Your dentist may advise you not to eat hot food or drink until the anesthetic has worn off.
How long do composite fillings last on teeth?
Composite fillings can outlast amalgams, though there is no way to determine how long exactly the filling will last before it wears off. Here are a few factors that determine the longevity of composite fillings on teeth:
- After-procedure oral care – Your filling can last years if you give the repaired tooth the same attention you do your other teeth. If you brush twice a day, floss once and go for a dental cleaning and exam once every six months, you will maximize the lifespan of your filling.
- Your dentist’s filling expertise – The skill of the dentist who treats you plays a major role in determining the longevity of the filling. A well-placed composite filling should make it virtually impossible to distinguish between the treated tooth and other natural teeth.
- Pressure on tooth – Too much stress on a tooth may cause it to fracture and break easily. The amount of the filling material placed in the tooth in comparison to the tooth; where on the tooth the filling is placed; and how often the tooth is used; all determine the amount of pressure the tooth endures each time you bite or chew. The higher the pressure, the more likely the tooth is to fracture or break.
If you have a cavity that you believe can be treated using composite filling, call Gregory Robins Family Dentistry at (626) 919-7707 today to schedule an appointment and have your problem fixed by a qualified and experienced dentist in West Covina.
Root canal is a dental treatment to save and preserve a dead tooth. It involves pulp removal and cleaning out of the contents of the internal canals of the tooth being treated.
1. What are the signs that you need root canal?
Lasting pain in the tooth could be a major sign that you need root canal treatment. Your dentist will help find out the root cause of the pain and determine whether you need the treatment. Other signs to look out for include concentrated sensitivity, tooth discoloration and swelling of gums.
2. Why you need root canal?
The only other solution to tooth decay besides root canal treatment is removal and replacement of the affected tooth. The treatment does achieve the same results as root canal but it is way costlier, longer and more complicated, making it less desirable. Root canals only remove the decayed part of the tooth and preserve most of the structure, which upon recovery will be just as useful as your other natural teeth.
3. What to expect during root canal?
Before the main procedure, your dentist will numb the area around your tooth to make the drilling painless and comfortable. He will then use a rubber dam to keep the rest of your mouth separated from the operative area.
Next, your dentist will remove the top of your tooth to create an opening through which they will scoop out the unhealthy flesh and nerves. They will then remove the pulp and wash the open cleft using clean water and sodium hypochlorite before filling it with gutta percha and sealing it.
You will be informed if there will be need for additional appointments and dental care. Your dentist may instruct you to return after a few days to have the treated tooth crowned.
Most people only take a trip to the dentist’s when they have a toothache or are in need of a cosmetic procedure, but rarely just for a dental checkup. This is because they believe they are already doing enough to keep any potential infections and problems at bay.
At Gregory Robins DDS, we understand that there are things your toothbrush just can’t help with.
What we recommend
We recommend that you go for dental checkup at least once every year to ensure these little things don’t add up to bring about more serious problems in the future.
Below is everything a dental checkup procedure entails:
At Gregory Robins DDS, dental cleaning is our fast segment of the procedure.
It involves use of an instrument called a scaler to scrape off tartar and plaque that may have accumulated under and along your gum line and on the surface of your teeth.
You’re then rinsed clean to wash off the debris particles the scaler just dislodged from your teeth.
The dentist will then thoroughly brush your teeth using a special electric brush and grainy toothpaste to get rid of any plaque that may have been half-scraped.
After rinsing your mouth clean, the oral hygienist or dentist will use special instruments to inspect your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease.
Your tongue, palate and lips will be for signs of oral infections such as oral cancer.
Your teeth will be inspected for any evidence of grinding or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and your gums for any abnormal redness, swelling or red pockets.
Who qualifies for a dental checkup?
Virtually everyone is qualified for a Dental Checkup in West Covina. Save for a little bleeding that may arise from the scaler scratching against your gums, there are virtually no other risks associated with the procedure.
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Who are we?
We have been in business for 35 years in West Covina, where provide all dental services under one roof: from our periodontist, oral surgeon, endodontist to our orthodontist. Providing all these services allows us to take care of our patients without them being referred elsewhere. It guarantees the continuity of care, and the ease of communication between the providing doctors and their patient.
Services we provide includes:
- Orthodontics (invisalign and conventional)
- Adult and Children Dentistry
- Dental Veneers
- Dental Crown
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Root Canal
- Oral Surgery Procedure (extraction)
- And more!
We put our patients first!
At Dr. Gregory Robins Family Dentistry, we are known for our personalized approach to dentistry, whether it is a small filling or a complex treatment, we thrive to make sure the patient is at ease, all of his questions and concerns are addressed.
We Are Committed to Your Oral Health
At Dr. Gregory Robins Family Dentistry, we are committed to ensuring your mouth is in excellent condition. We make this possible through a variety of different procedures that all aim to improve or enhance your mouth’s well-being.