Through state-of-the-art CAD/CAM technology, we can custom fabricate a permanent restoration in about 20 minutes. There is no need to wear a temporary crown while waiting for a permanent crown, or to return for a second appointment; yours will be ready quickly within your same office visit.
Barriers & Sterilization Pouches
Your dental health is our top priority, and this includes ensuring your entire visit is clean and sterile to control any risk of infection. Escalon Family Dental and Ripon Plaza Dental use a medical-grade steam autoclave, along with sealed indicator pouches, to allow us to visually verify that the contents of each packet has been sterilized. Our autoclaves are tested by chemical indicators on each cycle run, as well as biologically tested with a weekly spore test. This ensures that our instruments are always clean, sterile, and more importantly, safe for use. We use sealed pouches to ensure that the instruments remain sterile until we need to use them.
A filling restores a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function, shape, and aesthetics. There are different filling material options available, including amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth colored). Your Escalon or Ripon dentist will work with you to determine which material is best, depending on the extent of repair, where the filling is needed, and procedural cost.
Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown is a restoration that is placed over an existing tooth that has decayed, worn down or cracked, and cannot be corrected properly with a tooth filling. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, gold, or a combination of metal and porcelain. Dental bridges are utilized to replace missing teeth by using existing adjacent teeth as supports or anchors. Crowns are placed on these adjacent teeth spanning over the missing tooth, creating a pontic, or “dummy tooth.”
Although we use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still situations in which it is necessary to extract a tooth. We know that having a tooth removed can be worrisome, but our caring and empathetic staff will make sure you are relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Complete dentures are used to replace teeth when there are no teeth remaining. Dental implants can also be placed to retain complete dentures. This provides extra retention during everyday functions such as eating and speaking. A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. It can be attached to existing teeth with clasps.
If your natural teeth need to be removed, we will have your dentures made and ready for you on the day of your surgery so you can seamlessly transition to better oral functionality.
Most people take for granted the work that natural teeth perform over the years, from a simple smile to enjoying food. For patients faced with tooth loss, these seemingly small functions can be difficult to give up. Dental implants can help patients regain the function and confidence of dependable teeth. Implants are also considered to be the standard of care for complete denture patients. With implants, less pink plastic is used on the denture, allowing for a more natural feel and better taste of your favorite meals.
Dental implants attach artificial teeth directly to the jaw using three components: the anchor embedded into the bone (the implant); the post or abutment; and the crown. Implants can replace one or more teeth and provide support and retention for a denture, giving you more confidence and comfort. The implant process can take up to a year from start to finish, but when completed, it helps to create natural-looking teeth that feel as secure as your own. Implants can last a lifetime with appropriate oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is necessary when a cavity reaches to the nerve of the tooth, or when a tooth is cracked. Sometimes deep fillings or trauma to a tooth may also cause the nerve to be damaged to the point that it requires root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, which results in eliminating the infection and protecting – and saving – the decontaminated tooth. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, toothache, swelling, pain when biting, and tooth discoloration. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the underlying problems are revealed during a routine check-up.
Root canal treatment is a moderately simple procedure with little or no discomfort. It can take from one to three visits in which the diseased pulp is removed, and the pulp chamber and root canal(s) are cleaned and sealed. A cast crown may be necessary to strengthen the remaining structure.