Silver, mercury and even gold are no longer the gold standards for quality, cost-effective filling of cavities. Today, most patients request tooth-colored fillings. The main benefit of this strong composite material is obvious: It blends well with the natural color of your teeth. But health concerns, as well, often motivate patients to choose this option. Below, trusted San Diego dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro describes the process of filling your cavity with an advanced, resilient and aesthetically pleasing composite. Continue reading “Tooth-Colored Fillings”
We tend to think of snoring, one of the telltale signs of obstructive sleep apnea, as a quaint and somewhat amusing characteristic. We may even tease a spouse or older relative about it. But when we understand that this sleep disorder involves recurring interruptions of breathing throughout the night, and a resulting dip in oxygen for the body, the subject becomes more serious.
Experienced San Diego area dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro and her team are skilled in screening for this common nighttime disorder, and helping patients explore effective treatment options. Continue reading “What Is Sleep Apnea?”
How satisfied you are with your crown or filling replacement has a lot to do with the skill of your dentist. When your procedure is done at Village Center Dentistry, you can also thank CEREC, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics/Ceramic Reconstruction. It’s a state-of-the-art machine that experienced San Diego dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro uses to streamline your visit and create quality ceramic crowns and fillings on-site. Continue reading “The Convenience of CEREC Restorations”
Great dental health starts with regular office visits — at least two each year for cleaning, polishing and evaluation. These appointments allow experienced San Diego area dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro to spot minor issues that can become major complications if left untreated. Continue reading “Regular Exams Preserve Your Oral Health”
Dental implants are a proven way to restore function, balance and beauty to your smile. Implants look, act and feel just like your natural teeth. The titanium posts of implants also keep the jawbone stimulated, just as the roots of natural teeth do; and this prevents the bone loss and changes to your facial profile that can occur with missing teeth or dentures.
Here, San Diego area dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro discusses the process, timeline and available options for a dental implant procedure. Continue reading “Choosing Dental Implants”
The whiteness of your teeth is directly related to the health and age of their surface enamel. Over time, this protective enamel begins to wear away, exposing the natural color of your tooth below the surface, which is not the dazzling white shade you would prefer.
In addition, teeth may lose their whiteness because of lifestyle choices we make. We may choose to smoke, neglect our dental health, or eat foods that stain enamel. Below, experienced San Diego area dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro identifies some of the major causes of tooth discoloration. Continue reading “Why Teeth May Lose Their Whiteness”
Root canals are everyone’s least favorite dental procedure, and a common reason why some people avoid the dentist altogether. The necessity of a root canal is usually a sign that years of poor dental hygiene has finally reached a painful end.
Although root canals are not anyone’s favorite thing to do, skilled San Diego dentist Dr. Jennifer Santoro works with the most specialized endodontists in San Diego to ensure a pleasant yet extremely thorough endodontic procedure. These specialists use the most advanced techniques to shorten the duration and lessen the discomfort to this tooth-saving procedure. Continue reading “When a Root Canal Is Necessary”
Nearly invisible orthodontic treatment has become the new choice for teens hoping to navigate the high school years unburdened by the social cost of metal braces, as well as for adults who put off correcting misaligned teeth or experience drifting of teeth years after straightening. Below, trusted San Diego dentist Dr. Jennifer Santoro compares the two industry-leading clear plastic aligners, Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®. Continue reading “Comparing Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®”
Periodontal disease is a slow and silent condition that progresses from red, inflamed gums to bone loss and eventual tooth loss. Treated in its early stages, the process can be reversed, ensuring a full set of teeth for a lifetime.
Here, experienced San Diego area dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro discusses causes and treatment options to restore health to your gums, stability to bone and roots, and confidence to your smile. Continue reading “The Importance of Periodontal Treatment”
Veneers offer a quick and convenient way to improve the appearance of stained, misshapen, damaged or misaligned teeth. Imperfections are masked by strong, thin porcelain shields or bonded material attached to the front of your existing teeth. Below, experienced San Diego area dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro outlines the benefits of porcelain and composite resin veneers, and suggests factors to consider in choosing between these two effective options. Continue reading “Porcelain vs. Composite Resin Veneers”