You should see a general dentist for the same reason you would visit your primary care physician—for regular checkups. During these visits, you may not have any specific problems to bring to the attention of your dentist. However, your dentist will be able to spot early signs of trouble, such as the early indicators of gum disease, or address different questions you have about caring for your teeth.
Over time, you may develop a rapport with your dentist, making it easier to talk about your care needs. Additionally, your dentist will develop an idea of your unique health and lifestyle factors, so your care will be tailored to your changing needs as you get older.
For the complete dental care you need in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, call Mountainside Dental Group. You can schedule an appointment for a routine checkup, dental cleaning, and more!
Cleanings & Exams
You brush and floss your teeth daily, but this isn’t enough to clean stubborn plaque and tartar that can hide in hard-to-reach areas. That’s why you need professional cleanings at least twice per year.
After the hygienist cleans your teeth, your dentist will perform an exam, which may involve taking x-rays to see the roots of your teeth and jawbone. While looking in your mouth, the dentist will check for potential signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other conditions that require prompt treatment. Once the exam is complete, you will get personalized recommendations for cleaning and maintaining your smile at home. Your dentist can provide advice on what type of toothpaste to use, how to floss, and how to prevent damage to your teeth.
Children rely on pediatric dentistry for a wide range of specialized procedures that are critical to the development and long-term health of their mouths. Our kid-friendly team focuses on each patient’s oral health but also aims to ensure comfort during every visit. Many children are apprehensive about having their teeth cleaned, but we strive to make every experience tolerable or even enjoyable so that they will be excited to return for subsequent appointments.
Children who visit us regularly are more likely to maintain healthy gums, teeth, and smiles for years to come. The following are our recommendations:
- Brushing twice daily
- Regularly replacing toothbrushes
- Flossing once daily
- Visiting Mountainside Dental Group for regular cleanings
- Eating a tooth-healthy diet consisting of foods rich in calcium and other vitamins
- Taking advantage of dental sealants
- Avoiding sticky, sugary foods
A nightguard is a dental appliance that is worn over the teeth overnight. The device guards the teeth and prevents them from grinding together and causing damage while sleeping. Those that suffer from this grinding and clenching are experiencing a condition known as bruxism. Most sufferers are unaware that they have this problem but may recognize symptoms such as jaw pain, a dull headache, or ongoing tooth pain.
At Mountainside Dental Group, we offer custom nightguards that are of exceptional quality and fit perfectly. When you come into our office for your initial appointment, we will take a professional impression of your mouth to make the custom nightguard. After these impressions are sent to the lab, you will receive your custom mouthguard within two weeks.
No one ever wants to have a tooth extracted, but when the time comes, you should be confident in your dentist. Mountainside Dental Group will let you know if you need a tooth extraction and what to expect during your procedure.
There are many reasons why someone may need a tooth extracted. You may need a tooth extraction if there is a danger of tooth abscess, cysts damaging the jaw bone, damage to other teeth, disrupting tooth alignment, inflamed gums, or impacted wisdom teeth. Your dentist will walk you through the process in detail, including steps to prepare for the procedure and what to do afterward.
Crowns & Bridges
If you have damaged teeth, dental crowns are a great option to fix any problems that you may have. A dental crown is a cap that fits right over your natural tooth. Dental crowns not only bring back the look of your tooth, but also allow it to be stronger and healthier, restoring your tooth to its natural function, shape, and size.
A dental bridge is a replacement tooth that fills the space where a tooth was lost. It can help keep the natural shape of your face and prevent any overbite or underbite issues. Depending on the type, a dental bridge may be removable or permanent. Our team can help you choose the best option for you.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are similar to fillings, but many of our patients opt for these solutions because of their preciseness. We can fashion inlays and onlays to fit and blend in with your teeth perfectly so that no one will even notice they are there.
- Inlays are most effective when a traditional filling is not enough to fill a cavity, but a crown would be too much. The inlay will fill the hollowed area of your tooth, but will not affect the cusps.
- Onlays are also used to repair damage from tooth decay and cavities. However, rather than filling a hollowed area, it is placed over a cavity. The onlay will preserve the structure of your tooth without the need to file it or remove its cusps, as would be necessary for a crown.
Composite fillings are an excellent way to treat tooth decay and cavities while renewing the health of your teeth. The composite material fills in the defects in your teeth that were created by tooth decay and may also be used to repair chips, cracks, or gaps in the smile. Composite fillings offer many benefits, including:
- A natural look provides a positive aesthetic appeal
- Provides a healthy tooth structure
- Mercury-free composite fillings aren’t dangerous to your health
- With proper care, composite fillings should last for decades
Our team at Mountainside Dental Group can treat all kinds of dental emergencies, but it is important to understand what a dental emergency is before visiting. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), these tooth injuries include cracks, chips, and avulsions. Dental emergencies may also include tooth abscesses from cavities that have not been treated and various soft tissue injuries to one’s lips or tongue.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, call Mountainside Dental Group right away! We always set aside time in our busy schedule to be able to treat patients who need immediate assistance.