Choosing Dental Implants

Dental implants in San Diego

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”

Why Teeth May Lose Their Whiteness

Teeth Whitening in San Diego

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”

When a Root Canal Is Necessary

Root Canal in Scripps Ranch

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”

Comparing Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®

Invisalign & ClearCorrect in San Diego

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®”

The Importance of Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal treatment in Scripps Ranch

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”

Porcelain vs. Composite Resin Veneers

Porcelain veneers in Scripps Ranch

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”

Protecting Your Smile With Mouth Guards

Sports and mouth guards in San Diego

Mouth guards provide an inexpensive way to protect your smile, open airways or prevent grinding during sleep, and even preserve the benefits of orthodontic treatment. This wide range of benefits is matched by a broad array of mouth guard choices. Below, trusted San Diego area dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro discusses the importance of mouth guards, on and off the athletic field. Continue reading “Protecting Your Smile With Mouth Guards”

Should I Consider Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants in San Diego

Dental sealants are a great option for parents who want to protect a child’s teeth from decay during the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 11. Sealants are thin coatings that are applied to teeth in liquid form, then hardened with light or chemical activation.

Here, experienced San Diego area dentist Dr. Jennifer D. Santoro explains how sealants can be a powerfully effective tooth defense for kids whose love of Butterfingers outweighs their passion for brushing. Continue reading “Should I Consider Dental Sealants?”

The Benefits of Early Pediatric Dental Care

Pediatric Dentistry in Scripps Ranch

Getting to know families is one of the greatest rewards of being a dentist. There’s nothing quite like watching kids progress from teeth-with-gaps grins to the broad, confident smiles of maturity. It all starts with that first time in the “big chair.”

Trusted San Diego dentist Dr. Jennifer Santoro knows that this will be a memorable day in the life of your child, and that first impressions are important. Continue reading “The Benefits of Early Pediatric Dental Care”