Dental Care You Can Trust
Castro Valley Dentistry in Castro Valley, CA offers a range of general, preventive, and cosmetic dental services to patients of all ages. Our dentists have the expertise and knowledge needed to provide every patient with the care they deserve. With a warm and welcoming environment, patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatment.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Though your mouth may feel healthy and you may not have any symptoms, periodontal disease can progress without a patient knowing. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. This is why early treatment and prevention is so important! Your dentist will make sure you are receiving the highest quality of care that will assist in preventing periodontal disease from developing.
When you come in for a clinical exam, or routine check up, your dentist will take a look at the overall health of your mouth and teeth and diagnose any problem areas.
- The first thing your dentist will check is your face and neck. They will check for any abnormalities, including lumps, bumps, or swelling.
- Then your dentist will exam the inside of your mouth to check for any abnormalities in the soft tissue, such as ulcers on your lips, gums, tongue, palate and cheeks. They will also perform an oral cancer screening and check your bite and your jaw joint for any problems.
- Next they will check your gums and jawbone for any signs of gum disease, gingivitis, and bone disease.
- Finally your dentist will check your teeth. They will look for cavities and any other dental problems, and address any concerns you may have.
Children of all ages are welcome at our practice! A good rule of thumb for a child’s first dental visit is as soon as their first tooth erupts, bring them in. That way, your child can have positive first experiences at a young age and the parent can get valuable advice in helping care for their child’s teeth.
Dental x-rays are a great preventive, diagnostic tool that provides important information not visible during a routine dental exam. Our dental team will utilize this important information to safely and accurately detect any dental abnormalities and then create an accurate treatment plan.
Periodically we will suggest a fluoride treatment for your teeth. It’s a simple and quick process and can be done during your routine exam. No extra appointment is necessary. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay and is applied to your teeth. This strengthens the enamel so your smile will be as strong as ever.
Sealants are a very efficient and successful method for preventing decay on the biting surfaces of teeth. They are primarily placed on the permanent molars as they erupt in a child’s mouth. The sealants are maintained throughout childhood and can last well into adulthood. Sealants are made of a flowable resin that is applied to the deep pits and fissures of teeth protecting them from harmful acids and plaque buildup commonly found in the mouth. The application of sealants is a simple procedure requiring a short appointment and are proven to be effective in preventing decay in children.
When a tooth is affected by decay, fractures, or cracks, a dental filling is needed to restore the tooth. In a single dental appointment, the decayed or injured tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of your existing tooth. Since the color is the same as your original tooth, the filling will look aesthetically pleasing and restore your teeth to a healthy, beautiful smile.
An extraction is when a patient has a tooth removed from their mouth. Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, such as tooth decay that has ruined enough of a patient’s tooth structure and a restoration is no longer an option. Other reasons include removing impacted or problematic teeth.
For the extraction, our dental team will use local anesthetic to numb the area of the tooth that is going to be removed. Should you have several teeth that are going to be extracted, our dentists will use a general anesthetic and you will be sedated during the entire procedure.
No matter how many teeth you need to have removed, we will make sure you are comfortable through the whole process. Once the tooth or teeth are removed, you may need a few days to recover and have time to heal. Once you have healed, your dentist will discuss what dental options you have to restore your mouth.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available including non-metal crowns. Your dentist will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, your dentist will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist helps to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections, and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. The breathing pauses can last anywhere from several seconds to minutes, and happen as often as 30 times or more per hour. Ongoing disrupted breathing causes an imbalance between the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the bloodstream, as not enough carbon dioxide is exiting and not enough oxygen is entering the body.
What are reason for treating sleep apnea?
It is very important to seek medical attention if sleep apnea is suspected. A sufferer can completely stop numerous times per hour, and this can quickly turn into a deadly situation. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue lying at the back of the patient’s throat collapses into the airway. The tongue then falls towards the back of the throat which tightens the blockage and prevents oxygen from entering the lungs.
The problem worsens when the chest region, diaphragm, and abdomen fight for air. The efforts they make to obtain vital oxygen only cause a further tightening of the blockage. The patient must arouse from deep sleep to tense the tongue and remove the soft tissue from the airway.
Because sleep apnea causes carbon dioxide levels to skyrocket in the blood and oxygen levels to decrease, the heart has to pump harder and faster to compensate for the lack of oxygen. Sleep apnea has been linked to a series of serious heart-related conditions, and should be investigated by the dentist at the earliest opportunity.
How do the dentists at Castro Valley Dentistry diagnose and treat snoring and sleep apnea?
Our dentists are trained to identify the symptoms of sleep apnea. If your dentist suspects that you suffer from this potentially dangerous condition, you’ll be referred to a sleep doctor for a medical diagnosis. Then, we’ll work with your physician to prescribe appropriate, non-surgical treatment.
You may be one of the millions of patients across the globe who experience relief with a comfortable, easy-to-use snoreguard. This custom-made oral appliance encourages proper positioning of the tongue and jaw to open air passageways and eliminate apnea episodes and snoring. Your custom-made snoreguard can restore peaceful, healthy slumber – for you and everyone in your household!
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that your dentist uses to improve the appearance of your smile. He will bond the veneers to the surfaces of the teeth to correct certain dental flaws. Your porcelain veneers are customized for a perfect fit and natural appearance. When in place, porcelain veneers can:
- Close spaces between the teeth
- Lighten and brighten the teeth
- Improve the beauty of your smile
- Repair chips, wear, or cracks in teeth
- Correct teeth that are misshapen, crooked, or uneven
The procedure usually requires two visits to our office to complete. When your veneers are in place, you can enjoy a radiant new smile.
Our dental office has completed the LUMINEERS® Smile Design Workshop, which means we can provide patients with this great service. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, LUMINEERS can completely transform your smile in just two simple visits. LUMINEERS are contact-thin veneers made out of porcelain that are fitted to the patient’s teeth without the need of grinding, shaving, or drilling. They are an easy solution for chipped, misaligned, or discolored teeth.
Achieve the pearly white smile you have been dreaming about with the Zoom! teeth whitening system. Many people are opting for the Zoom!® system for fast, safe, and effective teeth whitening. Zoom!® combines the newest advances in dental technology with proven chemical formulas. This ensures that the bleaching experience is painless, and the results are satisfying. Soon after starting treatment at our office, the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear, leaving a beautiful white smile.
If you happen to be missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be the perfect solution for you! Dental implants are natural-looking and are permanently anchored into the patient’s jawbone and, unlike traditional bridges, no preparation of adjacent teeth is required.
It is important to replace missing teeth, because if left with spaces, your teeth can shift and cause a variety of other dental problems. Our dentists have extensive experience in treatment planning and designing implant solutions that are custom tailored for each individual patient. When your dental implants are placed, your jaw will bond and attach to the implant making them very strong and functional.
Invisalign® is an orthodontic system that straightens teeth without the use of traditional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners provides a comfortable invisible way to have teeth aligned and your smile restored.
Invisalign® is recommended for most orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. The aligners are virtually undetectable, easy to use, and comfortable to wear.
Root Planing & Scaling
Should you have any signs of periodontal disease, a thorough cleaning will be done that might include scaling or root planing. The reason behind these treatments is to remove any dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which is the reason for periodontal disease and gingival inflammation.
Our dentists are able to complete scaling or root planing after they have done a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth. Local anesthesia is used during these procedures.
Scaling is done to remove calculus and plaque from the tooth surfaces. This process specifically targets the areas below the patient’s gum line. Scaling is done with a dental tool, known as an ultrasonic scaling tool. This tool normally includes an irrigation process that is utilized to bring an antimicrobial agent to the gums and reduce any oral bacteria.
Root planing is done to remove any cementum (calcified substance) and surface dentin that has become attached to the patient’s teeth. The dentist will then smooth out the root of the patient’s teeth to help promote healing, and deter bacteria from coming back.
Some patients have fears that go back to a bad childhood dental experience or other trauma. These patients tend to put off getting routine dental treatment because of the emotional trauma they go through just trying to get to the office. We are proud to offer sedation dentistry to patients so they can experience an anxiety free visit and receive the dental care they need.
Castro Valley Dentistry utilizes laser technology which involves specialized instruments that produce intense concentrated beams of light. The heat energy created from the light helps in a variety of dental procedures, reduces bleeding, and reduces pain and swelling.
How it Works
The dental laser is made up of an electricity source and mirrors that guide the beam of light, gas or solid matter through which the light passes, and a tube for directing the light. There are a variety of different laser types, including lasers for soft or hard tissue. The design and wavelengths of light used depend upon the dental application and what type of procedure the dentist is completing.
Lasers dentistry can be used for:
- Activation of whitening gels
- Reduction of inflammation associated with TMD
- Removal of soft tissue
- Certain dental fillings
- Crown lengthening
- Cavity detection
- Reduction in tooth sensitivity
- Reshaping of the gums
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient’s oral and overall health. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 510-582-7122 and we will schedule you in as soon as possible.