WHY YOU NEED GENERAL DENTISTRY
Optimal oral health is a common goal for both patients and dentists. Our dentists work with you to keep your oral health in great condition with individualized care and attention.
For a healthy mouth and beautiful smile, be sure to visit us every six months. Regular exams and cleanings can prevent cavities and gum disease. Professional cleanings are vital to excellent oral health.
We want you to smile with confidence, which is why we provide high-end, patient-centered care. You deserve the care of a skilled team that is concerned about your well-being. Choose Valley Dental Solutions for a quality experience in our Bakersfield dentist's office.
WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE VALLEY DENTAL SOLUTIONS
Whether you are looking into cosmetic dentistry to improve the aesthetic of your smile or you need to come in for a toothache, we can help!
Our dental team is concerned about the quality of our care and about making lasting relationships with our patients. We offer a wide variety of dental solutions, including:
- Dental implants.
- Advanced dental technology.
- Teeth whitening.
- Dental bonding.
- Professional cleanings and exams.
- Laser dentistry.
To maintain good oral health, patients should have a cleaning appointment every six months. Come experience quality dentistry in a fun yet professional office. We are always excited to meet new patients!
SCHEDULE NOW FOR PROFESSIONAL, CARING, AND QUALITY DENTAL CARE
If you’re looking for a dental team to efficiently give you the care you need without sacrificing quality or comfort, Valley Dental Solutions is a fantastic choice. Our team provides caring, artistic dentistry in Chandler and we can’t wait to meet you!
VALLEY DENTAL SOLUTIONS TREATS MANY DENTAL ISSUES
Plaque And Tartar
Plaque is a film that forms over your teeth. This sticky film consists of harmful bacteria that can damage your teeth. Plaque can cause dental issues, including:
- Bad breath.
- Yellow teeth.
- Enamel damage.
- Gum disease.
Removing plaque is vital to good oral health. We utilize professional dental tools to clear plaque from your teeth and gums.
Tartar is simply the hardened form of plaque buildup. Tartar forms along and beneath the gum line. Tartar can infect your gums and can cause cavities. Only a dental cleaning can remove tartar from your teeth.
Cavities And Fillings
Cavities are little holes in teeth formed by bacteria in plaque. Regular dental exams can catch cavities before they become serious problems!
When left untreated, the tiny hole can cause a lot of issues such as:
- Difficulty eating or speaking.
- Tooth abscess.
- Infected pulp or permanent tooth loss.
- Gum disease.
Fortunately, a filling is an efficient and simple treatment for a cavity and protects your tooth. A dental filling is made of a composite material that fills in the cavity to protect the rest of your tooth from decay or infection.
Gingivitis And Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease can be detrimental to your oral and overall health. We try to treat gum disease in its earliest stages so complications won’t arise.
Routine visits can help catch the early symptoms of gum disease. You may have gingivitis if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent bad breath.
- Loose permanent teeth.
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing.
- Red or swollen gum tissue.
A professional cleaning can treat and prevent gingivitis. Proper brushing, flossing, and use of mouthwash can also help prevent gum disease.
A toothache is never fun. Whether mild or severe, a painful tooth can interrupt your life. Although a cavity can cause a toothache, it’s not the only issue that can cause you pain. Other reasons for a toothache are:
- Erosion of tooth enamel.
- Cracked or broken tooth.
- Abscess infection.
- Sinus infection.
- TMJ disorders.
- Teeth grinding.
- Another injury to the tooth.
These problems have solutions! Because a toothache is often a sign of another issue, it’s a good idea to seek treatment quickly. Treatment can vary depending on the cause of the toothache.
Chipped Or Cracked Teeth
We all want our teeth to look symmetrical and stunning. That’s one of the reasons chips and cracks in our teeth can be frustrating. These injuries can also cause:
- Tooth infections.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- Tooth pain.
- Cuts on the lips or gums.
Crowns and veneers can protect your teeth from sensitivity and infection. They can also improve the look of your teeth! Beautiful composite, zirconia, or porcelain material that smooths, shines, and protects can be added to your smile and repair those cracks and chips.
Beautiful teeth may seem hard to come by, but they really aren’t. There are many cosmetic treatment options including a smile makeover that can recreate your entire mouth! These treatments can help with all sorts of tooth appearance issues such as:
- Tooth chips.
- Cracked teeth.
- Tooth stains.
- Uneven spacing between teeth.
- Microdontic teeth (teeth that will never grow in fully).
You can have the gorgeous smile of your dreams sooner than you think. Many cosmetic services also benefit your dental health, so you can have a beautiful and healthy smile.
When mouth sores crop up, they can be uncomfortable and painful. Most mouth sores clear up after a few weeks, but sometimes they stick around for a long time. Mouth sores can be caused by:
- Loose wires or brackets.
- Dental work that no longer fits or has come loose.
- Bacterial or viral infection.
- A lack of iron in the diet.
- Biting your lip or cheek.
- An underlying disorder or disease.
- Cancerous cells.
Mouth sores can be canker sores, cold sores, thrush, or leukoplakia. A correct diagnosis can prevent future problems as well as provide a path for treatment.
General dentistry services can catch conditions like impacted teeth before they become a problem. Taking regular x-rays can help us find trends and notice when a tooth isn’t growing in correctly.
Impacted teeth are teeth that grow into the gums instead of erupting above them. We commonly find this happening with wisdom teeth because they often have no room to grow. Impacted teeth can cause the following issues:
- Shifting teeth.
- Jaw pain.
- Pain when chewing.
Regular dental exams can prevent complications with tooth impaction.
Tooth erosion happens naturally as we age, but there are other causes too. Teeth grinding or clenching can also cause your teeth to wear down. We can prevent this second kind of erosion with a nightguard that protects your teeth during sleep.
If erosion occurs, we can repair the damage with a couple of services including:
- Crowns: To cover and protect exposed dentin.
- Veneers: To replace worn-down enamel.
- Sealants: To build up tooth enamel and prevent cavities.
Tooth erosion can’t be prevented, but you can slow it down by taking care of your teeth.
Oral Cancer Screening
A cancer diagnosis can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be. We are trained to catch cancerous tissue early before it progresses too far. We conduct a standard cancer screening in every exam appointment so we can catch the early signs and start treatment right away.
During this appointment we look for certain symptoms:
- Unusual redness.
- White tissue.
- Sores that stay for weeks or months.
- Mouth pain.
Cancer screenings take very little time and effort, but they can save your life. It never hurts to be sure!
Detailed Dental Imaging
- Safer | Digital x-rays use 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. They are safe for everyone, even those who are pregnant.
- Immediate | X-rays make for a quick diagnosis that can give you answers and present solutions faster than ever.
- Precise | We can also zoom in on the image to get a clearer, more precise view of any problem areas.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Examining Your Teeth and Gums
Our general recommendations for good oral health include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day.
- Flossing at least once a day.
- Avoiding biting on hard objects like ice cubes or pencil ends.
- Using a mouthwash with fluoride.
General dentistry is all about preventing oral issues that can be painful, debilitating, and expensive to treat. While Valley Dental Solutions can do a lot to help with that, so can you! Setting a daily routine for yourself can make a big difference.
Just like you need to wash your hair regularly, your mouth needs personal hygiene too. You’ll want to make sure you’re keeping it clear of bacteria as much as possible.
Brush twice a day, first thing in the morning and before bed. This gets rid of all the bacteria that develop while you sleep and the food remnants from your meals during the day. Make sure to get all of the surfaces of your teeth, and don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Floss at least once a day at bedtime. This helps you get all the food out of the cracks between your teeth so bacteria doesn’t have any leftovers to snack on while you’re sleeping. Flossing is one of the best things you can do to prevent gum disease.
Rinse with mouthwash. After flossing, food and plaque debris can still be floating around your mouth. Rinsing with mouthwash can wash out those particles and leave your mouth clean and fresh. Many mouthwashes strengthen and protect your teeth against harmful bacteria.
Visit our office every six months. While brushing and flossing at home are both helpful and necessary for good oral health, only a deeper cleaning can continue to get rid of tartar and plaque. We also polish your teeth after a cleaning so they shine and feel smooth.
Red, Tender, Swollen, or Receding Gums
Many of these symptoms point to gum disease, a common yet serious issue that needs to be addressed quickly. There are regenerative gum disease treatments that can bring back your oral health.
Persistent achy teeth can signify a tooth infection. Regenerative root canal therapy can remove the infected tissue from inside a tooth with advanced technology and provide relief for toothaches.
Loose Permanent Teeth
Only baby teeth should fall out. If you start to notice that a permanent tooth has come loose, that is a dental concern. Dentists can diagnose and treat underlying issues and possibly save your tooth.
Unusual Tooth Sensitivity
It’s normal to feel some sensitivity to extremely hot or cold foods, but if this sensation becomes extremely painful or occurs frequently, there may be an underlying issue like a cavity or infection.
Some headaches and jaw aches are due to nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism) or issues with the TMJ. The temporomandibular joint is susceptible to injury, but many TMJ disorders are easily treated.
Persistent Mouth Sores
Mouth sores that keep returning or won’t go away could be a symptom of allergies, disease, or even cancer. Getting these sores looked at by a dentist can get you treatment and peace of mind.
Saliva is important to keeping your mouth clean and helping you break down food. You may experience dry mouth if you sleep with your mouth open or if you have issues with your saliva glands.
Persistent Bad Breath
Chronic bad breath can be caused by:
- Improper dental hygiene.
- Eating a diet poor in nutrients.
- Dry mouth, often from sleep apnea.
- Gingivitis or advanced gum disease.
- Liver or kidney infections or diseases.
Taking care of your teeth during pregnancy is an essential part of good oral health. Your hormone levels change drastically and can put you at risk for gum disease, halitosis, and other issues.
Visiting a dentist every six months is important for your oral health, but sometimes dental concerns arise between visits. Below are other concerns that should be examined and diagnosed by a dentist.