Root canals help to alleviate the pain that comes with a badly infected tooth, and are sometimes the only treatment available to save a tooth from extraction. The dentists at Pierce Family Dentistry Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce offer root canal therapy and other cosmetic and general dentistry services in San Diego, CA.
Root Canal Therapy in San Diego, CA
When the soft tissue inside a tooth (known as the pulp) becomes inflamed and infected due to bacteria, it causes pain and other complications if left untreated. Bacteria can reach the pulp through a crack or fracture in the tooth. A root canal procedure cleans the tooth from the inside out and removes the damaged tissue. Although it sounds painful and traumatic, the procedure itself is very similar to getting a filling for a cavity.
First, you'll need a dental exam and x-rays to determine if a root canal is necessary. You'll receive a local anesthetic to numb the area so that you're comfortable throughout the procedure. The dentist will remove any traces of bacteria and damaged tissue. After it has been cleaned, the tooth is sealed and protected with a filling or dental crown.
Signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal include:
- Pain, especially when you bite down or apply pressure to the tooth
- Significant hot or cold sensitivity
- A dark spot on the tooth
- Swelling, tenderness, or signs of infection like pus on the gums around the tooth
Find a Cosmetic Dentist in San Diego, CA
For more information about root canal therapy and how to protect yourself from tooth decay and gum disease, contact Pierce Family Dentistry by calling (858) 484-3300 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.
If you've considered straightening your smile but aren't sure if you want to commit to braces, Invisalign may be exactly what you're looking for. Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce in San Diego, California offer this revolutionary orthodontic system to their adult patients at Pierce Family Dentistry. Invisalign offers more freedom and comfort than other orthodontic treatments. Learn more about how it straightens your teeth and the benefits it offers!
How Invisalign works
Invisalign consists of a series of aligners, which are made from clear, flexible plastic and look similar to a mouth guard or whitening tray. Aligners shift the upper and lower teeth by applying pressure. After a few weeks, you'll switch out your aligner for another one in order to continue the process. The number of aligners you need and how long you wear them will be determined by our dentists at the San Diego office.
The benefits of Invisalign
As you can imagine, the clear aligners remove the obvious aspects of wearing braces. You can discreetly and comfortably wear your aligners to work and social events without feeling self-conscious. Another feature setting Invisalign apart is that the aligners can and should be removed when eating and drinking. This gives you the freedom and comfort to enjoy the little things in life. Brushing and flossing your teeth is also easier; simply pop the aligners out to brush and floss with ease. Make sure to clean your aligners regularly too.
If you're ready to experience a straighter, healthier smile with Invisalign, contact Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our skilled dentists: Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, or Dr. Jennifer Pierce.
Need dental implants from your San Diego, CA, dentists?
Dentures were the alternative for replacing a missing tooth or teeth before dental implants were developed. Dental implants are anchored to the jawbone and are used as an artificial tooth, a permanent bridge, or attach dentures. The synthetic structures replace missing dental roots. If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible, as it may lead to serious issues like bone deterioration.
Dental Implant Procedure:
The dental implant procedure begins with a local anesthetic being applied to the necessary area. Your dentist then inserts in the jawbone a post made of titanium, a biocompatible material that isn't rejected by the body's tissue.
Next, the doctor surgically closes the area and allows it to heal for a period of several months. During this time, the process of osseointegration takes its full course, meaning that the titanium post has fused with the rest of the bone and can now act as a proper replacement to the missing tooth roots.
When you return to our San Diego office, your dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment, and place a crown on top of it that matches the rest of your teeth.
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implants have several advantages.
Here are a few:
- Implants have a high success rate compared to other dental restorations
- They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical
- You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods
- They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink
- Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile
Good candidates need to have proper bone jaw bone density and require strict oral hygiene. If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce can help you out. Call their San Diego, CA, office today at (858) 484-3300.
A defective smile can be an unhappy smile. Why? Well, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says people notice your smile right away, so if it's marred by chips, stubborn stains, and gaps, you'll likely hide your teeth or simply not smile at all! To combat this detrimental effect, porcelain veneers from Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego disguise those embarrassing flaws and strengthen your teeth, too, through custom-shaped and colored ceramic material.
The details on veneers
Veneers are shells of high-grade porcelain, designed to camouflage a variety of detracting flaws such as cracks, overcrowding, odd shape, and more. Perfect for adults with healthy teeth and gums, veneers improve surface texture, durability, tooth shape, and size, all while blending in with surrounding teeth.
Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce use veneers singly, in multiples, or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan at Pierce Family Dentistry's San Diego office. A comprehensive exam and X-ray screening tell these experienced dentists if veneers are right for a particular patient's needs.
If you and your dentist select veneers, your teeth will be resurfaced to allow for proper veneer placement and fit. The dentist will take oral impressions to send to the dental lab where a technician will create each veneer with the correct shape and color to blend in with your smile.
When you return to the office for veneer placement, the dentist will set your veneers in place to test their size and shape before adjusting the proportions as needed. Then, a permanent cement will be used to bond them in place.
Caring for veneers
To keep your porcelain veneers bright and shining, simply brush twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft brush. Remember to floss carefully every day, too, as well as see Dr. Pierce for your usual cleanings and check-ups.
While veneers are durable and stain-resistant, it's important to avoid hard and staining foods. In other words, limit your coffee, and do not use your teeth to open bottles or to chew ice and hard candies. With your diligent care, porcelain veneers will last for ten years or more!
Find out more
Pierce Family Dental offers many aesthetic services to bring out the best in your smile and your personality. Why not arrange a consultation with one of our understanding dentists? Discuss your ideas for creating a new smile by calling our San Diego office at (858) 484-3300!
If you have thought about straightening your smile with an orthodontic treatment, you may immediately imagine traditional metal braces which attach permanently to the teeth during treatment. If the thought of metal in your mouth puts you off from the treatment you want, you can rest easy knowing that you can now discreetly straighten your smile without the need for traditional metal braces. Invisalign can correct your bite and misalignments subtly with its aligner trays. Find out more about Invisalign with Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dental in San Diego, CA.
How does Invisalign work?
Traditional orthodontic treatments use metal brackets and wires permanently attached to the teeth. The wires fit into the brackets and place pressure onto the teeth to guide them into their corrected locations. Invisalign uses the same basic principles as metal braces—placing constant, steady pressure on the teeth—but uses clear plastic aligner trays instead of metal components. The aligner trays come in a series which the patient wears one at a time for about two weeks each until the end of their treatment.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
A good candidate for Invisalign has a strong at-home oral care routine including brushing twice a day and flossing at least once coupled with regular visits to their dentist. This ensures the health of your teeth throughout your Invisalign treatment and keeps teeth decay and gum disease away. Candidates should also have a strong commitment to wearing their trays for the appropriate amount of time—about 22 hours a day. Failing to wear your trays can result in lengthened treatment times and other problems. Dentists recommend Invisalign for patients over the age of 12 in good dental condition.
Invisalign Treatments in San Diego, CA
If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, a consultation with your dentist allows you to address your questions or concerns and determine if this is the best treatment for you and your smile. If you have misaligned or uneven teeth or bite issues like overbite or underbite, Invisalign may be for you.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dental in San Diego, CA. Call (858) 484-3300 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
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