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By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
August 22, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

There are many ways veneers can help your smile. Veneers give imperfect teeth a flawless new look by concealing many different types of flaws, including chips, cracks, stains, or discolorations. Veneers can even give misshaped teeth a more aesthetically pleasing shape. A dentist can explain how veneers could address your concerns and give you the smile you want. At Pierce Family Dentistry, Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce are your dentists for veneers in San Diego.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are paper-thin laminates or covers for teeth with flaws or imperfections. Veneers are placed against the front surface of problem teeth to give them a flawless new look. Once in place, veneers conceal cracks, chips, stains, discolorations, and other cosmetic concerns. Veneers are cemented to the teeth so they remain in place permanently. You will not have to worry about them coming off when speaking, eating, or drinking.

Once placed on the teeth, veneers look completely natural. No one will know you have laminates over your teeth. One factor that helps veneers look so natural is the material used to make them. Veneers are usually made from porcelain, which looks just like natural tooth enamel. Further, veneers can be color-matched to your existing teeth for the most natural look possible. Additionally, the size and shape of veneers are customized for the best fit and most natural look.

How Veneers Help Your Smile

Veneers can help you achieve the smile you desire by transforming problem teeth into flawless ones. The dentists at Pierce Family Dentistry, your dentists for veneers in San Diego, can help you decide if veneers are right for you. Veneers can help your smile by improving the appearance of teeth with the following issues:

  • Discolored or stained areas
  • Uneven or rough surfaces
  • Cracked or chipped areas
  • An unusual or odd shape
  • Slight gaps between teeth

Veneers can help your smile by dramatically improving the appearance of teeth with cosmetic concerns. For veneers in San Diego, CA, schedule an appointment with Drs. Connie, Brandon, or Jennifer Pierce by calling Pierce Family Dentistry at (858) 484-3300.

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Tooth PainRoot 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.

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
April 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

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 Invisalignfor. 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.

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
February 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

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.

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
December 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

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.

The treatment

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!

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