Berkeley Lake Dental is a full service provider offering the latest in dental technology. Our level of training and expertise allows us to offer services ranging from preventative care to orthodontics. At our comfortable well-equipped offices, you’ll find quality care provided by skilled dentists and specialists. We are known for our exceptional service. Our goal is to help you avoid problems with great preventative care or to detect and treat problems as soon as possible. On your first visit, we will get to know you, including your past dental health. You will have a thorough exam, including an oral cancer screening and we may take x-rays to check for any problems. If you need treatment, we will discuss your options, explain procedures and make sure all your questions are answered.
Front teeth which are stained, discolored, broken, or malformed may be esthetically treated by bonding porcelain facings over the front of these teeth. These porcelain facings are custom designed, baked, and fabricated to fit over the front of the teeth (similar to the way a fake fingernail is placed over the nail) and are normally bonded to the tooth by resin cements .
Stained and broken front teeth
Front teeth preparation and custom made veneers
After bonding of veneers
Crown lengthening is done when a tooth needs to be fixed. Sometimes, not enough of the tooth sticking out above the gum to support a filling or crown. This can happen when a tooth breaks off at the gum line. It also can happen when a crown or filling falls out of a tooth and there is decay underneath. To place a filling or crown, your dentist needs to expose more of the tooth. This is done by removing some gum tissue or bone.
Crowns are fixed covers or caps that structurally support teeth. Crowns (they are tight - do not come in and out) are used to repair teeth that have been badly broken, that have root canal fillings, that are malformed or discolored or that need a better bite. The tooth is trimmed , impressions (molds) are taken, the crown is fabricated to fit over the trimmed tooth, the crown is then cemented or bonded to complete the restoration of the tooth.
Broken and decay tooth
After cleaning out decay and building up, A custom made crown was fabricated
After crown restoration
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.
Missing posterior tooth
Adjacent teeth were prepped and bridge was made
After bridge restoration
Missing anterior tooth
Adjacent teeth were prepped and bridge was made
After bridge restoration
Dentures are removable sets (sometimes called "plates") of teeth that replace all the teeth in a jaw. They can be upper, lower, or both. The teeth in a jaw are all removed, the jaw bone may need to be shaped properly with a minor surgery, impressions (molds) are taken, the bite is measured, the denture is fabricated, the denture (come in and out) is placed and home care instructions are discussed.
Partial dentures are removable sets (sometimes called partial plates) of teeth that replace missing teeth in a jaw that still has other teeth in that jaw. Anchor teeth are shaped, impressions (molds) are taken, the bite is measured, the partial denture is fabricated, the partial denture ( they do come in and out) is placed and home care instructions are discussed.
Removable implant-supported overdenture:
The new overdenture will have attachments, which snap or clip it into place. Your new teeth are firmly supported by the implants to stimulate the jaw and maintain bone. You will be able to remove the denture easily for cleaning.
Fixed dental implant-supported overdenture:
Your new teeth are firmly supported by the implants to stimulate the jaw and maintain bone. Your dentist can remove the denture when needed for maintenance and cleaning.
The most successful methods of maintaining your oral health involve the use of effective daily oral hygiene (including brushing and flossing) as well as regularly scheduled professional examinations and procedures such as, routine professional teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, oral hygiene instruction, etc. To help diagnosis of your dental health more accurate, we use state-of-the-art digital xrays, (which is very low radiation), intra oral cameras, and other forms to assist you better understand your oral conditions. After diagnosis and if we determine that you have any dental problem, we would recommend the appropriate treatment to prevent the problem from getting worse. Diagnosis is the first step to make sure you have an excellent oral health.
Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating sealed the grooves or depressions on the chewing surfaces of posterior/back teeth to prevent development of tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Grooves on tooth surface
Gingivectomy: Surgical excision of the unhealthy gingival (gum) tissues. This procedure is used to eliminate gingival or periodontal pockets or to provide an approach for extensive surgical interventions, and to gain access necessary to remove calculus within the pocket.
Gingivalplasty is a type of gum surgery used to reshape healthy gum tissue around teeth. This procedure is normally for cosmetic reason.
Low gum line causing short teeth
Use laser to remove excess gum tissue
Gum treatment involves many different procedures depending on the severity of the gum (periodontal) problem. Gum treatment includes the cleaning of teeth, the cleaning of roots by root planning, the surgery on gums so that the teeth roots and bone can be cleaned, the grafting of gum to cover exposed roots, the reshaping of the gums to help them be more healthy, the prescribing of medicines (Arestin) for the gums and bone, the teaching of how to take care of teeth and gums by brushing, flossing, water picking, using mouth rinses, and the discussing of diet and harmful habits. To learn more about gum disease, click on the link below:
Cleaned tooth results in healthy gum
Bacterial (tartar) build up, causing bone and gum loss
Bacterial (tartar) were removed
A procedure where a titanium rod or post is placed by a well trained dentist in the patients' jaw to replace a missing tooth is called implants. The jaw heals around the implant, after which the dentist fabricates a precision adapter (abutment) and crown to fit over the implant which completes the missing tooth replacement. To learn more about dental implants, follow this the link below: http://www.aaid-implant.org/about-dental-implants/what-are-dental-implants/
Missing back tooth replaced with implant
Missing front teeth replaced with 2 implants
Implants can be used as abutments for bridge
N2O gas is breathed through a mask over the nose and helps the patient to relax. The patient does not go to sleep and can talk to the Dentist and staff during the treatment. This is used only when needed.
Traditional braces utilize either metal or ceramic tooth-colored brackets to move teeth into the desired position. In many cases, traditional braces tend to move teeth faster and are recommended for more complex movements. Clear braces (e.g. Invisalign or Clear Correct) are a series of clear aligners that fit over your teeth that incrementally move your teeth into the desired straight position.
The aligners are replaced every two weeks and are worn about 22 hours during the day. They are removed to eat and drink but can be worn while drinking water.
Either Invisalign or Clear Correct is most effective at treating minor to moderate tooth crowding or spacing issues.
Either Invisalign or Clear Correct is a great way to achieve straight teeth and still be comfortable in social situations. They are comfortable and speech is most often not affected.
Bonding is the use of tooth colored-resin composite materials or porcelains to repair teeth, to replace broken or missing parts of teeth, to cover stains and discolorations on teeth, or to reshape and change the color of teeth by a process of bonding or sticking the filling to the teeth.
Bonding can be done with direct or indirect fillings depending on the size of restorations.
Direct Filling: directly apply the fillings materials (e.g. resin composite) to the tooth.
Broken front tooth
Front tooth with decay
After bonding restoration
Posterior Tooth with decay
After direct composite bonding procedure
Indirect Bonding can be an Inlay or an Onlay:
Inlay: An intracoronal dental restoration, made outside the oral cavity to conform to the prepared cavity, which restores some of the occlusal surface of a tooth, but does not restore any cusp tips. It is retained by resin cement.
Onlay: A dental restoration made outside the oral cavity that covers one or more cusp tips and adjoining occlusal surfaces, but not the entire external surface. It is usually retained by resin cement.
Retainers are used to help keep or hold teeth in place so they do not move (usually following orthodontic treatment). Retainers can be either fixed (do not come out) or removable. They can be used to hold teeth that have never had orthodontics or braces.
Root canal treatment is the treatment of a tooth that is sick, abscessed, severally broken, too long and in the way of the bite, hurting due to a pulp stone, or hurting for other reasons. A small entry is made into the tooth and the little tunnels or canals (where the nerve and blood vessels live) inside the tooth are cleaned and reshaped. A filling is placed inside these little canals to seal them off from germs (hence the term "root canal filling"). Most of the time a root canal filling is the only treatment that can help save a tooth with the aforementioned conditions. A crown is then often recommended as the final restoration.
Cleaning out abscessed tooth tissues
Cleaned canals were sealed and restored with build up materials
A space maintainer is an intra-oral appliance used to preserve arch length following the premature loss of primary teeth/tooth. This allows the permanent teeth to erupt unhindered into proper alignment and occlusion. A space maintainer is recommended after the untimely loss of a primary tooth.
Early loss of baby tooth
A space maintainer is placed to keep space for permanent tooth
Permanent tooth fully erupted
Low gum line and short teeth
Gingivectomy/gingivalplasty and veneers
Discoloration of teeth
After placing veneers
Discoloration of teeth and low gum line
After gingivectory/gingvivalplasty and veneers
Patient’s teeth are crowded and crooked
Full month reconstruction with 20 crowns
Oral surgery is the removing of teeth, root tips, sick gum, fibromas, mucoceles, cysts, and other mouth lesions; the reshaping of jaw bones, muscle attachments, and tooth roots; and the placing of implants and bone grafts. Gum (Periodontal) surgery is the placing of gum grafts, implants, the reshaping of gum and jaw bones, the guided regeneration of new bone, and the cleaning of roots.
Teeth whitening or bleaching is done usually one of two ways. One is to use a laser on the enamel of the teeth. This normally takes 1-4 hours between 1-2 appointments depending on the number of teeth involved. Another way is to use a tray, somewhat similar to an athletes' mouth guard (but thinner and smaller) filled with a bleaching gel material which the patient will wear for several hours each day.
In Office Laser Teeth Whitening
Custom Made Home Bleaching Trays
A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in, a number of problems can occur:
- Your jaw may not be large enough for them, and they may become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
- Your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These are signs of infection.
- More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth, such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or a cyst.
- One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.
The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They got me to my appointment quickly and explained procedures and treatment plans thouroughly. They genuinely cared about how comfortable I was. Overall a great experience, I would highly recommend.
James Medler on Feb 20, 2018
I felt very comfortable with my teeth cleaning in Berkeley Lake Dental. The technician did a wonderful job. I would recommend this fetal office to my friends.
Jason Lin on March 1, 2018
First experience and so far so good! I felt like I was in good hands and the staff was very professional. I'll be returning for sure
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