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Our dental team offers fillings that provide both restorative and esthetic benefits.
If you’ve ever dealt with tooth decay then chances are good that our Madera, CA, dentist Dr. Ahmed Elsayed placed a dental filling over the tooth. A filling is the very best way to restore and rebuild a tooth after decay and it’s important to have the tooth treated as quickly as possible. Wondering what to expect from a dental filling? Here’s what you should know.
What are dental fillings?
Dental fillings are used to restore the decayed parts of a tooth. Getting a dental filling is usually the last step after our Madera, CA, general dentist has removed the decaying portions of enamel and cleaned out the cavity. The filling material is then used to replace the cavity and help restore the shape of your tooth.
Why are dental fillings necessary?
It’s important that bacteria and decay aren’t allowed to break through tooth enamel. To prevent this from happening to your tooth again, our Madera, CA, family dentist will fill your tooth to not only repair your tooth but seal out any decay. Dental fillings are the number one defense against further decay or even possible infection.
What are the different kinds of dental fillings?
The most commonly placed dental filling that we offer are tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin. Why? Because we believe that top-quality cosmetic dentistry means crafting the restoration that best blends in with your natural smile and enhances your appearance rather than stands out. A composite resin filling is matched to the shade of the tooth before it’s applied so that once it’s bonded to the tooth you won’t even notice it.
How do you get a dental filling?
The patient is given local anesthesia before we drill away dental decay. Once this is complete, we will begin to apply the composite filling in layers. After molding each layer we typically use a laser to harden it before applying a new layer of resin. We will continue to mold and harden the resin until we have completely restored the damaged parts of your tooth.
A surefire way to make sure you’re not dealing with tooth decay is to see our dentist every six months for routine exams. If it’s time for your biannual cleaning, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us. Call Madera Family Dental Care at (559) 661-4114.
If you have upcoming root canal treatment, you undoubtedly have questions. At Madera Family Dental Care in Madera, CA, your dentist, Dr. Ahmed Elsayed, wants you fully informed on this important restorative treatment. Here's what root canals are all about.
Root canals save teeth
A root canal treatment--also called endodontic therapy--avoids the nasty and long-lasting problems associated with tooth loss. With over 15 million of these tooth-sparing treatments done annually in the US, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) assures patients of all ages that the procedure is safe, comfortable, and best of all, effective.
How root canal therapy works
Root canal therapy removes the inflamed pulp from the interior chamber and narrow root canals in a tooth suffering from:
- Decay or multiple restorations
- Infection due to infiltration with bacteria
- Loss of structure from oral trauma
- Weak size and shape (a peg-shaped lateral incisor is a prime example)
Dr. Elsayed examines the tooth and X-rays it to determine its long-term viability. If it can be saved, your dentist will advise a root canal treatment performed in his Madera, CA, office.
Root canal therapy doesn't hurt
Dr. Elsayed makes sure of it. Before opening the tooth to access the canals, he injects the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. You'll literally feel nothing as he removes the diseased pulp from each canal.
After the canals are cleaned and disinfected, the dentist seals them with a natural putty called gutta-percha. A temporary crown goes over the tooth until your permanent crown is ready. In the interim, you'll heal at home, taking over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen as needed for a day or two.
When you return to Madera Family Dental Care in a week to ten days, Dr. Elsayad removes the temporary restoration (that doesn't hurt either) and installs your beautiful new crown. That completes the treatment.
Take care of your renewed tooth
After root canal therapy, take care of your tooth with careful flossing and brushing every day. Avoid foods, such a peanut brittle, and habits, such as nail-biting, which could dislodge your porcelain crown. Also, get your check-ups and cleanings faithfully. Most teeth restored with endodontic therapy last as long as other natural teeth say the AAE.
Make your appointment for your root canal. Call Madera Family Dental Care in Madera, CA, at (559) 661-4114. Your dentist, Dr. Ahmed Elsayed, and his team will answer any additional questions.
Dental implants are so like natural teeth that patients rave about them. Looking and feeling real and biting with ease, these tooth replacements fully restore smiles. Dr. Ahmed ElSayed is your go-to dental implant dentist in Madera, CA. He'll show you how to craft your best smile.
What is a dental implant?
The single-tooth dental implant has three distinct parts:
- A titanium metal screw surgically-placed into the empty tooth socket
- A metal alloy extension post (abutment)
- A customized porcelain crown
Once fully bonded, the new tooth blends in with your smile and optimizes biting, chewing and speaking. They improve jaw bone density as well--something conventional tooth replacements cannot Multiple implants support bridges and dentures, remaking smiles after more extensive tooth loss.
How does a dental implant stay in place?
Implants placed by your dentist fixed. implants and jaw adhere through osseointegration, an amazing healing process between the titanium implant and the jawbone.
Can anyone get a dental implant or implant-supported dentures?
Dr. ElSayed determines your suitability by taking a series of X-rays and bone scans and inspecting the prospective surgical site.
If you qualify, your dentist will perform the brief oral surgery right at Madera Family Dental Care. You'll need only local anesthetic and will return to your usual routine right away. After a few months, you'll return to the office to receive the metal extension post and porcelain crown.
Life with your new dental implant
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) states that 95 percent of all dental implant treatments succeed, with the devices remaining viable for many years. Just brush, floss and get semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with your dentist.
At Madera Family Dental Care, your professional team recommends bite guards for patients who grind their teeth, and if you use tobacco, please see your primary care physician for a smoking cessation program. Tobacco may cause an infection at implant sites.
Get ready for a fully-restored smile
You'll love having a fully-functional smile with dental implants. Call Madera Family Dental Care in Madera, CA, for a one-on-one consultation and treatment plan with Dr. Ahmed ElSayed: (559) 661-4114.
Isn’t it time you felt confident smiling? We can make that happen.
If you’re looking to improve your smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry you have many options. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Ahmed Elsayed in Madera, CA works with each of his patients to understand their specific needs and goals to help them choose the right treatment. With cosmetic dentistry becoming more and more popular, you may be feeling like the time is right to improve your smile. Here are some of the top cosmetic dentistry procedures,
You may be an ideal candidate for dental veneers if you are dealing with teeth that are,
- Misshapen or uneven
- Severely discolored
- Chipped or cracked
- Slightly crooked or misaligned
Veneers are ultra-thin, tooth-colored shells that look like enamel. Made from porcelain, veneers are extremely durable. When applied to the front of your teeth they not only cover imperfections and reshape your smile for the better but they can also reduce sensitivity and improve your smile’s resiliency.
Have you noticed that your teeth have started to dull and yellow a bit over the years? If so, Dr. Elsayed can help get your smile visibly whiter in about one hour. Our professional in-office whitening system can get teeth several shades whiter in a single session thanks to the powerful whitening gel that we use. The bleaching gel will be applied to teeth about 2-3 times during your 60-minute treatment to make sure that stubborn surface stains are removed. At-home whitening, in which you wear a custom tray for 30 minutes a day for two weeks, is also a great option if you would like to whiten your smile from the comfort of your home.
The severity of the imperfections you wish to correct will play a role in which cosmetic dentistry is right for you. Those dealing with minor chips, cracks and discolorations may turn to dental bonding, in which a tooth-colored resin is applied over these areas, shaped and then hardened into place. Those with more severe or widespread imperfections may be better off turning to veneers to improve the overall shape and length of their teeth.
If crooked teeth and other misalignments are a bit too much for veneers to be able to fix then you may need braces. Don’t worry; Dr. Elsayed offers clear aligners to help adults and teens get straighter smiles more discreetly. If you want a perfectly aligned smile but worry about wearing braces, these clear aligners will make you feel more comfortable wearing your braces to work or school. Aligners are removable and easily fit into your lifestyle.
Are you interested in getting cosmetic dentistry in Madera, CA? If so, then call the cosmetic experts at Madera Family Dental Care in Madera, CA today at (559) 661-4114 to schedule a consultation.
Find out when it might be time to turn to the dental professionals for a whiter smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments that our family dentist Dr. Ahmed ElSayed offers in Madera, CA. It seems that everyone wants to get a brighter smile. While there are so many at-home whitening options to help you achieve a brighter smile not all of them are able to effectively remove darker and more stubborn stains. This is where this cosmetic dentistry procedure can help.
Many people turn to in-office teeth whitening because they can sit back while our Madera, CA, cosmetic dentist does all the work. It’s truly the fastest way to get your smile several shades whiter. A single one-hour whitening session could remove those stubborn stains and give you the results you are looking for.
However, in-office whitening does require coming into our office for an hour or more for treatment, and this whitening method is more expensive than other options. Therefore, if you are looking for an effective but budget-conscious whitening treatment that doesn’t require spending a lot of time in the dental chair then our home whitening kit may be the best option for you.
How do professional home whitening kits work?
You won’t be able to find our whitening kits on any drugstore shelf. Besides offering a stronger whitening gel our dentist will also take impressions of your teeth to make custom-fitted whitening trays. Normal commercial whitening kits offer one-size-fits-all trays; however, custom trays ensure that all surfaces of the teeth come in contact with the whitening gel for more even results.
Once your trays have been made, you will come back into the office so that we can give you full instructions on how to use the whitening kit to achieve the best results. Before whitening your teeth each night you will want to brush and floss.
You will typically need to wear your whitening trays 30 minutes a day for two weeks before seeing results. Some whitening trays may be worn overnight. After whitening treatment you will want to avoid food or drinks for at least 30 minutes.
If you are dealing with a dull, yellowing smile in Madera, CA, then it might be time to talk with our dental team to find out if you are an ideal candidate for professional teeth whitening. Call Madera Family Dental Care today to learn more about this cosmetic dentistry procedure.
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