Quality Restorations for Better Smiles in Elk Grove
When your smile faces health challenges, it can have a heavy impact on your health and quality of life. At Laguna View Family Dental, we offer personalized restorations to help you protect and revitalize your smile. Dr. Leo Townsend is committed to helping you preserve your natural smile as much as possible. He chooses treatments that are comprehensive, conservative, and tailored to fit your needs.
Don’t put off getting the care you need! If you have a problem with your teeth or gums, contact our office and schedule your visit today.
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Do I Need a Restoration?
Teeth undergo a lot of wear and tear over a lifetime of use, and things like decay, accidents, and weak hygiene habits can damage your teeth and gums. Restorations are designed to help treat this damage and return your smile to good health.
The easiest way to determine if you need a restoration is during an exam. Dr. Townsend looks for signs of damage, disease, or other oral health problems. Depending on the situation, he may advise you on things you can do at home to prevent or reduce damage, or he may recommend a restoration. He takes a comprehensive approach and focuses on care and treatments that will preserve as much of your healthy teeth as possible.
Restoration Options We Provide
We offer a range of restorations to our patients so that we can customize their care to their specific needs. Dr. Townsend takes the time to explain your treatment options, and what the benefits of each option would be so that you can make the decision that best meets your needs.
Our restorative dental options include:
We look for innovative and effective technology to help make your treatment an even better experience. Our laser gum therapy is faster, more comfortable, and more precise than traditional methods. If you need an injection, DentalVibe can make it easy and painless.
Contact us to learn more about our innovative treatments and how they can help you!
Detecting Problems with Your Oral Health
When it comes to your dental care, being able to detect problems quickly is key to keeping your smile healthy and whole. Dr. Townsend employs a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that no problem gets overlooked. Here are some of the tools we use to spot dental issues and find the right treatment for you.
A digital dental x-ray comes with several advantages. Not only does it offer a more precise picture that can easily be zoomed for more accurate exams, but it also takes less time and can be viewed instantly. It also uses much less radiation than traditional x-rays, which is better for your health overall.
With the DIAGNOdent pen, we no longer have to rely on x-rays alone to find signs of tooth decay. This special tool highlights decayed enamel even in small or hard-to-reach areas. This allows Dr. Townsend to confirm where cavities are and decide on quick, effective treatments, saving more of your healthy enamel.
Like the DIAGNOdent, the Canary System uses laser technology to detect tooth decay, and can also find cracks in the enamel. This system can even find decay that happens around existing restorations, like fillings and crowns.
Oral cancer is a highly dangerous disease that affects thousands of adults every year. The sooner it’s detected, the greater your chances of recovery become. The VELscope device illuminates cancerous cells in the mouth, revealing signs of cancer that couldn’t be seen in a visual exam. Even cancer hidden beneath the surface can be detected with this tool.
Helping You Understand Your Oral Health
Dr. Townsend knows how important it is for you to have a clear understanding of your oral health situation before you decide on your treatment. Patient education is a priority to him, and he takes the time to answer all of your questions. Not only does he explain the treatment and process to you, but he uses various tools, including dental videos, to help you learn more about your options and make informed decisions.
Composite Fillings for Healthy Teeth
Tooth decay can happen at any age and can compromise your teeth if not treated quickly. We provide composite fillings to help restore your tooth’s health and integrity without compromising your smile.
These tooth-colored fillings are made to match your surrounding enamel, blending in seamlessly. They bond well with enamel to create a tight, bacteria-proof seal, and since they can fit into small spaces, Dr. Townsend can preserve more of your healthy enamel. This keeps your tooth stronger and promotes a healthy, long-lasting smile you can feel confident in.
Porcelain Crowns Protect and Restore
If your tooth faces more significant damage, a porcelain crown can help you protect and preserve it for years to come. Crowns fit over the entire tooth surface, restoring its shape and function while preventing damage and decay from reaching the inner tooth.
Crowns can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
- To combat advanced decay
- To stabilize a cracked or broken tooth
- To alter a tooth’s shape
- To protect a tooth after a root canal treatment
- To complete a dental restoration
Preserving Your Teeth with Inlays & Onlays
Sometimes, your teeth may face a situation that’s too big for a filling to fix, but where you might not need a whole crown. Inlays and onlays are the ideal solutions for these situations, strengthening your teeth while still preserving much of your healthy enamel.
Like crowns, inlays and onlays are made in a dental lab and carefully designed to fit your tooth. Inlays cover the inner biting surface of a tooth (typically a molar), and onlays cover this as well as one or more corners (cusps). Dr. Townsend will work with you to determine whether an inlay or onlay will meet your needs and help you keep your healthy, natural smile.
How Periodontics Protects Your Gums
Many adults overlook their gums when working to preserve their oral health. Yet your gums play a vital role in your oral health. Gum disease is, in fact, the leading cause of tooth loss! Fortunately, it’s possible to keep your gums in shape with the help of periodontics.
Periodontics focuses on helping to protect and restore your gums if and when gum disease strikes. With proactive treatment, we can help halt gum disease in its tracks and potentially preserve your healthy smile for years to come.
Do My Gums Need Dental Care?
It may surprise you to hear that nearly half of all adults over thirty have some level of gum disease, yet many aren’t even aware of it. Regular checkups can help the dentist spot gum disease and work with you to build a plan to deal with it. However, it’s also important to speak up if you are concerned that you may have gum disease.
Here are a few key signs of gum disease for you to look out for:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Pain with brushing or normal dental cleanings
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gums
- An abscess in the gums
- Loose teeth
Gum Disease Treatment Options
There are various treatments available for gum disease. The best one for you depend on your current level of gum disease and overall health.
Dental Cleanings: In the earliest stage, gingivitis (swollen gums), a routine cleaning could be enough to turn the tide. Our dental team will thoroughly clean your teeth around the gums to remove any irritants causing the inflammation. Pairing this with good, consistent hygiene at home will allow your gums to heal smoothly.
Scaling & Root Planing: If an infection has set in, we use scaling and root planing to eliminate bacteria and help the gums heal. Using specialized tools, we treat bacterial pockets below the gum line around the root. We then remove tartar and debris from the root surface (scaling) and polish the root enamel to keep bacteria from taking hold again (root planing).
Advanced Treatment: If your gum disease has progressed enough that your gums are receding or has developed deep pockets, we’ll refer you to a trusted periodontist for specialized treatment. This will likely include surgical procedures such as pocket reduction surgery or gum grafting. After treatment, we can provide in-depth maintenance cleanings to help prevent the disease from returning.
Laser Therapy for Gums
Our practice uses dental lasers to make your gum treatment more comfortable and effective than ever before. Lasers offer pinpoint accuracy and allow us to target only a small area, which shortens healing time and improves its effectiveness overall. Since it doesn’t directly contact the gums, you may not even feel the treatment, maximizing your comfort.
Want to know more about our laser treatment? We’ll answer any questions you may have!
Painless Injections with DentalVibe®
At Laguna View Family Dental, our goal is to make your treatment as positive and comfortable as possible. That’s why we use innovative technology like DentalVibe to improve your experience right from the start.
DentalVibe uses a unique approach to injections by creating gentle vibration at the injection site. This stimulation overloads the nerves so that you won’t experience the typical injection sensation. If you feel anxiety about receiving an injection, this simple yet effective technology can help make it possible for you to get the dental care you need.
Compassionate Dental Care in Elk Grove
At Laguna View Family Dental, we know that anyone can face problems with their oral health, even when you strive to take good care of your teeth. Dr. Townsend treats every patient with care and understanding, and always takes the time to help you feel comfortable and confident in your treatment plan.
Whether you’re a long-time patient or visiting for the first time, we’re committed to helping you achieve your healthiest, most appealing smile. Call our office to find out more about how our restorations can help you today!
CALL US: (916) 683-1335 REQUEST APPOINTMENT