Toothaches usually have bad timing. They announce themselves just as we begin enjoying a summer ice cream cone or a hot mug of cocoa. Their dull ache appears the moment we set out on our dream vacation, or as soon as the dentist’s office closes for a long weekend. And although we suspect we know the reason — a cavity from too much sugar or too little flossing — toothaches can be caused by a wide variety of underlying conditions.
In the San Diego area, Scripps Ranch dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro is skilled at diagnosing the cause of your pain and treating it quickly, efficiently and affordably. Continue reading “Possible Causes of a Toothache”
October is “National Dental Hygiene Month,” a month to bring awareness to the importance of oral health and the great work that dental hygienists do. Dr. Jennifer Santoro and the team at Village Center Dentistry feel there is no better way to recognize Dental Hygiene Month than by helping patients “brush up” on proper oral hygiene techniques. Continue reading “October Is National Dental Hygiene Month”
Replacing missing teeth is about more than aesthetics. The longer a tooth is missing, the more damage is done to the neighboring and underlying supportive structures. The good news is, bridges and implants can restore your beautiful smile.
Below Dr. Santoro of Village Center Dentistry discusses the unique advantages and disadvantages of these options. Continue reading “Bridges vs Implants: Pros and Cons”
Teeth whitening is a safe, routine procedure that revitalizes your entire smile. Though it is a straightforward, noninvasive treatment, there are certain instructions your dentist will want to you to follow after having your teeth whitened. These instructions will help you achieve the best result possible.
Below Dr. Santoro of Village Center Dentistry discusses foods you need to avoid eating right after your teeth whitening procedure. Continue reading “What Not to Eat after Teeth Whitening”
If you are self-conscious of superficial flaws affecting your teeth — such as small chips, cracks or stains — or you wish your teeth were uniformly sized or shaped, porcelain veneers might be a great solution for your needs. These tiny pieces of porcelain bond to the front of your teeth to conceal imperfections and create a more beautiful smile.
Before you take the first step toward getting veneers, you probably want to know how long they will last. According to Dr. Jennifer Santoro of Village Center Dentistry, today’s veneers normally last approximately 10 to 15 years, depending on certain factors. Your oral health, habits and behaviors will affect how long you can enjoy your beautiful veneers. Continue reading “How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?”
If you’ve ever broken a tooth or had a root canal, you probably remember the time-consuming process of getting a dental crown. It used to take at least two dental appointments to design, fit and place a crown (maybe more if the crown required some fine-tuning).
Dr. Jennifer Santoro has some good news: thanks to the revolutionary CEREC system, she can deliver top-quality dental crowns in a single visit. No longer do you have to worry about scheduling multiple appointments or wearing an uncomfortable temporary crown while your permanent crown is being crafted.
Read on as Dr. Santoro shares more details about the exciting advantages of CEREC crowns.
Continue reading “Top Quality Crowns in a Single Visit with CEREC”
Not everyone is born with a perfect smile, and for those that weren’t, orthodontic technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. In the past, generations of teenagers and adults had to wear conspicuous, bulky metal braces for two or more years without any alternatives. But now, “clear braces” systems like Invisalign and ClearCorrect are available to straighten teeth and create healthier, more attractive smiles.
As you weigh your orthodontic treatment options, you may wonder whether clear braces can effectively treat crooked teeth. Sure, they are clear and comfortable, but do they actually work?
Continue reading “Can Clear Braces Effectively Treat Crooked Teeth?”
Professional dental care can help you maintain good oral health and love your smile’s appearance. If you are unhappy with what you feel is a dull or lackluster smile, an experienced, talented cosmetic dentist like Dr. Jennifer Santoro can fix the aesthetic problems that bother you. With the help of Dr. Santoro, you can be on your way to a more attractive smile and improved self-confidence.
In this post, Dr. Santoro discusses some of the common problems her patients encounter and how she can help remedy these problems and create gorgeous smiles. Some of these solutions can even help improve the function and health of the teeth, too!
Continue reading “What to Do If You Don’t Like Your Smile”