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Is Invisalign® right for me?

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is invisalign right for me

Do you dream of a beautiful smile? Do rotated, crowded, or crooked teeth get in the way of that dream? If so, you may be wondering if Invisalign® orthodontics is the answer you’ve been looking for.

But did you know that Invisalign clear aligners do more than improve the beauty of your smile? They also improve your overall oral health. Misaligned teeth are much harder to keep clean and therefore put you at an increased risk of dental decay and gum disease.

However, treatment with Invisalign aligners is not for everyone. Our caring doctors at Ocean View Dental Care can evaluate your unique needs and determine if you are a good candidate.

Some patients may require treatment options other than Invisalign. Ocean View Dental Care is fortunate to have partnered with Dr. Katherine Ahn of Aviara Centers. She provides the latest in traditional orthodontics, as well as advanced techniques in the area of facial growth and development.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign involves aligner technology using clear trays, known as aligners, that discreetly and gently move your teeth into their desired position.

These aligners must be worn for 22 hours a day for maximum effectiveness. Since they are custom-made, they perfectly fit your teeth. Add to this the fact that they are clear, and you get an orthodontic solution that is nearly invisible.

Many patients choose Invisalign due to their invisibility, but the fact that they are removable offers several other advantages as well. For instance, oral hygiene is much easier and more effective, as no wires or brackets get in the way. Also, since you remove them to eat, you do not have any limitations on your food choices.

Moreover, the aligners are comfortable, and you don’t have many of the inconveniences associated with conventional braces. For example, the occasional loose bracket or broken wire which can cut into the gum or inner lip.

How do I get started with Invisalign?

The first step involves a consultation appointment. Since aligners are not for everyone, our trained Invisalign doctors at Ocean View Dental Care will evaluate your teeth and gums, as well as your bite, to see if you are a candidate. They will also evaluate your overall health. Some issues, such as dental decay or gum disease, may need to be treated before we can begin with aligner treatment.

If your issues are too complex for Invisalign, we will simply have Dr. Ahn evaluate you to determine your needs.

If we feel Invisalign will effectively move your teeth into their desired position, we will take photographs and digital x-rays.

Next, we will take digital impressions utilizing our TRIOS system. This advanced dental technology offers convenience and comfort. Instead of putting gooey, gummy impression material in your mouth, we use our “magic wand.” This wand allows for immediate images that are much more precise than traditional impressions.

Our doctors will then use all the information they gathered to create a customized treatment plan to realign your teeth in the most efficient, effective way.

We will then send your impressions, x-rays, photos, and our treatment plan to the dental laboratory for fabrication of your custom aligners.

What can I expect during treatment?

Before you begin treatment, we will give you all the information you need so your treatment will be successful. We will also let you know how long you will wear each set before progressing on to the next set in your series of custom aligners. For most patients, this is every two weeks.

Once you receive your aligners, you will need to wear them 22 hours a day so you can stay on track with your treatment plan. While you will not need to visit us every time you progress to a new set, you will come in for occasional visits so we can ensure your treatment stays on track.

Invisalign treatment will straighten your teeth through gentle pressure. This pressure is what allows for tooth movement.

Treatment times vary depending on each patient’s unique needs, but most patients wear aligners for 6 to 18 months.

Once your teeth reach their desired position, you will transition to retainers to keep your teeth from shifting back to their original position.

Find out More

If you would like to know more about Invisalign orthodontics, our friendly team at Ocean View Dental Care is here to help. Call (949) 388-0780 today to set up your consultation.

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Do my kids need a children’s dentist or family dentist?

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children's dentist or family dentist

When it comes to finding the best children’s dentist for your kids, it’s important to make the right decision. To do that, you want to consider the things that matter most to you.

At Ocean View Dental, the mission of our caring, friendly dental team is to treat everyone like family. We love to treat children of all ages, including infants, children, adolescents, and teenagers. But we also love to treat adult patients, especially those who are actually children at heart!

Our goal is to build a relationship with every member of your family while providing you with top-notch adult and pediatric dental care so that we are your dentist for life. In fact, many of our patients move far away, but they continue to come to us. They let us know that the care and attention we provide is worth the long drive

Does the children’s dentist also see adults?

The convenience factor is an important component for many parents when choosing a children’s dentist. Many patients prefer going to a dentist where the parents and kids can get checkups and cleanings at the same time.

While there are some great pediatric dentists out there, few, if any, also treat adults. This means you and your children can’t receive treatment at the same time. For many parents, this means having to get childcare when it’s their turn to sit in the dental chair.

Also, when you and your children go to the same dental office, it gives you an excellent opportunity to really get to know everyone there.

At Ocean View Dental, we are passionate about dental education and taking our time to get to know all our patients. When you come in for an appointment with your children, we love to spend time with you together. This allows us to build a deeper relationship with you and provide seamless education regarding dental health, brushing, flossing, and your child’s developing mouth.

How does the dentist treat you and your children?

Is the dentist a children’s dentist at heart?

Many dentists will treat children to add convenience for parents and increase their patient load, but do they treat children the way kids want and need to be treated?

For instance, Dr. John Wallace was terrified of the dental chair when he was a kid. While he’s no longer afraid of dentists, he does remember how he felt each time his mom brought him to the dentist.

Fear of the dentist is common in children, and our compassionate team knows the importance of alleviating dental fears and anxiety. We will go the extra mile and beyond to keep you and your children comfortable and relaxed. Well, except when we make your belly ache from laughing–we do love to laugh and have fun!

Moreover, we do our best to never be in a hurry when serving our patients. Every patient gets all the time and attention they need. Because we understand—some patients just need a moment or two to relax.

Does the children’s dentist provide orthodontic services?

At Ocean View Dental, we are proud to partner with Dr. Katherine Ahn and Aviara Centers. Dr. Ahn has extensive experience and training in pediatric orthodontics and craniofacial development.

If your child has poor oral habits or experiences issues with TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, or jaw development, Dr. Ahn is the doctor you can trust to help.

With multiple treatment options, she can give your child not only a beautiful smile but a beautiful face. As a bonus, your child will enjoy improved breathing.

When should I bring my child to the dentist?

At Ocean View Dental, we agree with the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). They recommend children see a dentist by their first birthday or within six months of eruption of the first tooth. This may seem early, but a lot of changes occur in the teeth and gums as kids grow.

Bringing your children to the dentist at such a young age allows us to help parents understand the different stages and how to maintain good oral health for their children.

It also allows your child to enjoy happy experiences at the dentist while our team builds a positive rapport with them. This is a much better option than their first introduction including the words “cavities” and “fillings.”

After all, when the first few dental experiences are negative for a child, it greatly increases their anxiety and fear over future dental visits.

Our children’s dentistry services also include sealants and fluoride treatments to build strong, healthy smiles.

And if you don’t have dental insurance, you don’t need to worry about cost. We’ve got an amazing membership plan that has you covered for your dental needs!

Call (949) 388-0780 today to schedule appointments for you and your children or to find out more about a complimentary orthodontic consultation.

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What are my options for dental implants?

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dental implantsDental implants are the most effective, successful, and beneficial tooth replacement option. They help patients avoid the negative side effects associated with missing teeth and restore the mouth to its natural health, beauty, and function.

A missing tooth is more than just an aesthetic issue, it’s a health issue as well. When a gap remains, the neighboring teeth begin to move into the empty space which leads to crowding and crooked teeth. This also makes it more difficult to clean your teeth which raises your risk of decay, gum disease, and further tooth loss. A missing tooth also promotes jawbone deterioration that causes facial sagging—this is especially noticeable when a person is missing more than one tooth.

Dental Implant Options

If you’re missing one or more teeth, these three types of dental implants are available to you:

Single Tooth Dental Implant

For patients that are missing one or two teeth, single tooth dental implants are the most logical and beneficial option. An implant replaces each missing tooth and a dental crown is secured to the top of the implant. This restores your entire smile to its full function and stimulates the jawbone so you can avoid atrophy.

All-On-4 Implants

Also called same-day dentures, All-On-4 dental implants provide full-arch restoration. As opposed to placing a single implant for each missing tooth, dentists are able to place four implants at special angles to maximize stability. A full denture is placed on the same day to provide immediate results.

The benefits of this unique approach include:

  • Superior stability
  • Less jawbone density required
  • Faster recovery time
  • Long-lasting results

To learn if you are a candidate for All-On-4 dental implants, schedule an initial consultation with us today.

Implant-Retained Devices

Without dental implants, dental bridges and dentures lack stability, longevity, strength, and natural-looking appearance. Replacing the tooth root is essential to gaining these benefits. Implant-retained devices support jawbone health and help your dentures and bridge last longer.

An implant-retained dental bridge is best for patients with one to three missing teeth in a row. To secure the bridge, the dentist inserts two dental implants where the outermost pontics are eventually placed. These support the additional crowns.

Implant-retained dentures are similar to the All-On-4 implant procedure, but instead of four implants, six implants are typically required. Compared to traditional dentures, this option looks, feels, and acts just like natural teeth.

Dental Implant Placement

To place the implant, our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Pichak Kelk, will make a small incision in your gums and insert the screw-like implant. With over 20 years of experience, you can trust Dr. Kelk to be gentle and precise! Finally, the dentist will stitch up the surgical site.

In the months following your surgery, a process called osseointegration takes place. This is when new bone cells surround the implant and fuse it to your jawbone. The implant becomes a permanent part of your jawbone!

When the surgical site is healed, an abutment is placed on top of the implant and connects the implant to your crown. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and design your custom-made crown which will be ready in about two weeks.

Finally, your dentist will place the crown, and you can enjoy your fully functioning, beautiful smile!

Schedule an Initial Consultation

It’s difficult to know which dental implant option is best for you without the opinion of a dental professional. Our experienced and skilled dental team can help you make the most beneficial decision for your smile.

Call (949) 388-0780 today to schedule an initial consultation.

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All-On-4 Implants for a Permanent Solution

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All-On-4 Implants

Does the fear of loose-fitting dentures slipping or falling out keep you from enjoying life? Hate dealing with messy adhesives? Have you ever had to hunt them down because you forgot where you put them? Or maybe you had to replace them due to breakage? All-On-4 implants let you avoid all that.

With All-On-4, you get a permanent solution that mimics real teeth. When done right, they look and feel natural.

But deciding on All-On-4 restorations is a big investment, and you want to be sure you can rely on the process and results. Many dentists offer implant-supported restorations, but not all of them have what it takes to give you the results you desire.

At Ocean View Dental, our friendly dental team has the knowledge, experience, and training you can trust when it comes to your permanent solution.

The Hassles of Traditional Removable Dentures

If you wear removable dentures or know someone who does, you likely know many of the associated hassles.

Common complaints include:

  • They don’t look or feel real
  • They require frequent, thorough cleaning
  • Expensive, messy adhesives (which also make cleaning more difficult)
  • They must be removed at night
  • Certain foods are off-limits
  • They can break if you drop them
  • They can become ill-fitting, which can cause clacking noises, slippage, and pain.

But there are also many considerations denture-wearers are often unaware of.

For instance, since traditional dentures do nothing to replace your tooth roots, bone loss occurs in your jaw. This bone loss changes the shape of your face and jaw. These changes are what cause dentures to become loose, and often patients must replace their dentures every five or six years to achieve a good fit. This is also what gives denture wearers an aged look due to the sunken-in appearance of the face.

Another consideration is that food particles can get easily trapped between your dentures and gums, which puts you at a much higher risk of gum disease.

Moreover, many patients change their diet, usually due to ill-fitting dentures, and this can lead to poor nutrition.

What are All-On-4 implants?

With All-On-4, permanent restorations are anchored in place with dental implants. But rather than requiring the traditional six to eight dental implants per arch, today’s technology allows for a process called All-On-4. This advanced treatment involves placing the implants at special angles, meaning you can enjoy fixed restorations with only four dental implants per arch.

A dental implant is a titanium post surgically implanted into your jawbone. While the surgery is considered minor and carries few risks, proper placement and success rates are important considerations.

To ensure the best result with dental implants, you want to choose a doctor highly experienced and trained in implantology. Many dentists boast of their training and experience with placing dental implants, but often their training only involved a weekend class. The truth is, only two types of doctors specialize in implantology—periodontists and oral surgeons.

At Ocean View Dental, we are proud to have Board-Certified Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk on our team. When Dr. Kelk places your implants, you can trust her experience, which included an additional three years of training in periodontology and implantology after completing dental school.

Once your implants are firmly placed within your jawbone, your All-On-4 full-arch restoration is secured permanently onto the implants for a strong, stable, beautiful smile.

What are the benefits of All-On-4 implants?

When considering your oral health, a major benefit is that dental implants mimic the job of your tooth roots. Therefore, each time you chew or bite, the implants stimulate your bone tissue and keep it healthy. Because of this, you do not have to worry about the bone loss that occurs with traditional removable dentures.

Also, the restoration does not simply rest on your gums. Instead, it is anchored directly into the jawbone, offering tremendous stability and strength.

Other benefits include:

  • They feel, act, and look like natural teeth
  • No more gum pain
  • Care is easy—brush and floss like natural teeth
  • No more expensive, messy adhesives
  • No food restrictions
  • They won’t slip, become loose, or fall out
  • No issues with talking or eating
  • You won’t break or lose them
  • They last for decades

Learn More About All-On-4 Implants

If you are ready to start living life to its fullest while not ever having to worry about the hassles of removable dentures, Ocean View Dental can get you there with confidence.

Call (949) 388-0780 today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members. We would love to answer your questions and schedule you for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for a permanent restoration with All-On-4.

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Keep Your Porcelain Veneers Looking Beautiful

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keep porcelain veneers looking beautifulPorcelain veneers quickly and dramatically improve your smile, but how long do they last? Few things in dentistry last forever, but you can extend their life with proper care and consideration.

Depending on your desires and goals, porcelain veneers can fix one or two problem teeth or give you an entire smile makeover. They can cover numerous flaws in your smile. For instance, gaps between teeth, severe discoloration, and teeth that are cracked, broken, uneven, worn down, and misaligned. And because they are made of porcelain, they are stain-resistant and durable.

However, it is possible to damage or break veneers. How you care for them will play an important role in their longevity.

But it isn’t all up to you. Other important factors in the longevity of your veneers include the experience of your dentist and the quality of the veneers.

Quality and Care Matter with Porcelain Veneers

At Ocean View Dental Care, our doctors have many years of experience in perfectly marrying dental art and science when restoring and enhancing smiles. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment and technology, but we also have an eye for beauty. We customize your veneers to the perfect size, shape, and color for you, offering stunning yet natural-looking results.

Two of the most important considerations when it comes to the strength and durability of your veneers include tooth preparation and the bonding process. The doctors at Ocean View Dental Care understand this and are always careful and diligent to perform these with a gentle hand and complete attention to detail.

In addition, we use a top-notch laboratory that handcrafts individual veneers to custom fit each tooth. In their process, they blend colors into each veneer in layers which gives a longer-lasting natural look. This is a much better option than veneers milled in the dentist’s office, which are superficially stained to achieve the desired color. This superficial stain wears off over time, affecting their brightness and color.

Once your veneers are placed, however, it is up to you. How well you take care of your beautiful smile directly affects how long your beautiful smile lasts.

How to Care for Your Porcelain Veneers

Before you invest in your smile, make sure you understand how to properly care for your smile to keep it gorgeous for as long as possible.

Porcelain is strong and durable, and it is less porous than tooth enamel, so veneers are much more resistant to stains than teeth are. However, veneers are not impervious to discoloration and damage. Therefore, it is important to protect them.

For instance, if you bite down on hard items, like fingernails or ice, you can break them. Also, even though veneers resist stains, dark-colored drinks and foods do have the potential of staining the bonding material. This is especially true if your tooth is not prepared properly. Also, any natural teeth that do not have a veneer can stain, leaving you with teeth that don’t match.

Proper care for your veneers includes:

  • Avoiding foods and drinks that can stain

If you must drink things such as coffee, soda, and red wine, consider using a straw.

  • Not chewing on things

If you tend to chew on ice, pen caps, or your fingernails, you may want to break this habit before considering veneers.

  • Carefully considering the things you eat

Some foods may contain hidden materials that can weaken the bonding material or damage your veneers—for instance, wings, ribs, beans, and corn on the cobb.

  • Not grinding or clenching your teeth (a condition called bruxism)

Bruxism causes excess pressure that can damage veneers. If you grind or clench your teeth, you will want to discuss this with your dentist. You may want to wear a custom nightguard while you sleep to protect your teeth.

  • Flossing and brushing diligently

It is very important to remove all food particles that can stain teeth and bonding agents. This also helps prevent cavities and gum disease, which can negatively affect the aesthetics of your smile.

  • Avoiding mouthwash that contains alcohol

The alcohol can deteriorate the bonding material.

  • Keeping up with your dental visits

Professional cleanings remove tartar, which can cause dental decay and gum disease.

If your veneers are superficially stained (such as those milled in by a machine) is also important to avoid abrasive toothpastes, which can remove the white staining.

Find Out More About Porcelain Veneers

If you are in the San Clemente area, call (949) 388-0780 today. One of our helpful, friendly team members would love the chance to answer your questions and schedule you for a consultation.

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Besides being clear, why is Invisalign® so popular?

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the popularity of invialign

Invisalign® clear aligner technology has been around since the 1990s, and they have continuously grown in popularity since coming on the scene. Adults and teenagers alike love them as an alternative to traditional metal braces, but what is it about them that makes them so popular?

At Ocean View Dental Care, our dental team offers Invisalign clear aligners because we understand the benefits that make them so popular.

But aside from being clear, what does Invisalign offer?

Here, we discuss 6 reasons why Invisalign clear aligners are so popular.

  1. Versatility
  2. Discreet
  3. Comfort
  4. Unlimited food options
  5. Easier oral hygiene
  6. Fewer visits with your provider

Reason #1 Invisalign is Popular: Versatility

Whether you have an open bite, overbite, underbite, or crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth, Invisalign can help.

The doctors at Ocean View Dental create an individualized treatment plan for your orthodontic needs. The clear aligners are custom-made to move your teeth gently and smoothly into the desired positions. Everything to do with Invisalign is based on your unique needs, desires, and goals.

Reason #2 Invisalign is Popular: Discreet

Okay, so we said besides being clear, but we can’t ignore pointing it out. The truth is, Invisalign aligners are custom-made of a clear, flexible plastic. They also fit your teeth perfectly. Combined, this means our clear aligners are practically invisible, even to people standing right next to you.

In other words, Invisalign clear aligners move your teeth discreetly, so no one needs to know you are receiving orthodontic treatment.

Reason #3 Invisalign is Popular: Comfort

Metal brackets and wires can poke, break, and cause injuries to the cheek, tongue, and gums. Clear aligners, however, are made of comfortable, flexible plastic materials and have no sharp edges. This means no discomfort, injuries, or need for orthodontic wax.

And because the clear aligners move your teeth slowly, gently, and constantly, you don’t have the intense “tightening day” pains traditional braces subject you to.

In addition, if you play sports, you can remove them to wear a sport’s mouthguard. This can greatly reduce your risk of soft tissue injuries.

Reason #4 Invisalign is Popular: Unlimited Food Options

Since clear aligners are removable, you can eat whatever you like. Many patients find this the most desirable reason to go with aligners over nonremovable metal brackets and wires.

Have you seen the “avoid these foods” lists with traditional braces?

With metal braces, you must avoid chewy, crunchy, hard, and sticky foods. You also need to avoid many foods you bite into, such as corn on the cob, apples, and carrots.

With clear aligners, you remove them to eat. This means no food restrictions.

Reason #5 Invisalign is Popular: Easier Oral Hygiene

Have you ever seen someone with traditional braces flossing their teeth? If you haven’t, just try to imagine. It can be challenging. As can brushing, since food particles can easily become stuck in the wires and brackets.

With clear aligners, you remove them for oral hygiene. This means far fewer issues with dental decay and gum disease when compared to patients with metal braces.

Reason #6 Invisalign is Popular: Fewer Visits with Your Provider

Traditional braces require a visit with your orthodontist every three or four weeks for “tightening.” With Invisalign, you simply progress to the next series of aligners based on your schedule. While your progress depends on several variables, including patient compliance and complexity, you do not need to visit your provider to progress. Most patients move to a new series of aligners every two weeks.

Instead of provider visits every three to four weeks, Invisalign patients only see their provider every six to eight weeks.

Also, since you can remove your aligners for things like eating and sports, you can avoid the emergency visits required for broken brackets and wires—as well as the resulting soft tissue injuries that occur from broken wires and brackets.

  • Are you interested in clear aligners?

Just because you weren’t born with a beautiful smile, it doesn’t mean you can’t have one. The advanced technology of Invisalign means numerous benefits with less interference in your life while achieving the smile you desire.

If you are an adult wanting to improve your smile, or you are the parent of a teen who needs braces, Ocean View Dental has the options and experience you are looking for.

  • Call Ocean View Dental at (949) 388-0780 today to schedule a free consultation. We would love the opportunity to answer your questions and work toward getting you started on your journey to a beautiful smile!

Are dental implants safe?

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Patients sometimes come to us with questions as to how safe the placement of dental implants is.  Understanding the potential risks or side effects of implant surgery allows our patients to make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with treatment.

After 50 years of successful implant placement in the U.S., this procedure is considered very safe, especially when performed by an experienced doctor.  Ocean View Dental Care is fortunate to offer the services of Board-certified periodontist, Dr. Pichak Kelk. Dr. Kelk received very specialized training, having completed a 15-month fellowship in dental implant surgery. More importantly, she has over 20 years of experience in placing dental implants.

Dental Implant Success Rate

The National Institute of Health notes that, “Implant studies frequently report outcome rates exceeding 95 percent. Recent advancements in the field of dentistry have revolutionized the use of dental implants.” 

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. In fact, over 95% of all implants placed are still intact and healthy 10 years after placement. Once the titanium posts are surgically placed, the surrounding jawbone tissue integrates (fuses) in and around the threads of the implant fixture. This process is referred to as osseointegration and essentially makes the implant a functioning part of your jaw.

How will my doctor ensure that my implants are safely placed?

The most important step any patient can take is to work with a qualified and experienced doctor. Dr. Kelk has a long track record of safely placing implants, over 20 years!  Before your surgery is scheduled, Dr. Kelk will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. A thorough evaluation of your overall health and facial structures will be conducted. 

By screening for known risk factors, Dr. Kelk can ensure that you enjoy successful implant placement. Two leading risk factors for implant failure are tobacco use and jawbone atrophy. If you are found to be a less-than-ideal candidate, Dr. Kelk may be able to work with you to improve your candidacy through a variety of means.

Patients have an active role to play in ensuring that their implants remain healthy. After your implants are placed, you will enter into the integration phase which lasts three to six months. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and following your recovery guidelines are critical to ensuring that your implants successfully fuse with your jawbone.

Patients should abstain from using any tobacco products or engaging in activities that could result in an impact to the face. Once your implants have fully integrated, maintaining good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office regularly for cleanings and check-ups can ensure that you enjoy your implants for a lifetime.      

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today

Dental implants deliver life-changing benefits. To be able to smile with confidence and eat regular foods without any trouble is absolutely priceless. If you have one or more missing teeth or are dissatisfied with the performance of your traditional denture or partial denture, Dr. Kelk can place one or more dental implants to restore form and function to your smile. 

Dr. Kelk served as the Dental Board of California onsite examiner for conscious sedation for many years. She is currently part-time clinical faculty at the Advanced Periodontology Program at USC Dental School, where she trains future periodontists in surgical skills. 

To schedule your dental implant consultation with your San Clemente CA dentist, please contact our office online or call (949) 388-0780.

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Got gum problems? Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk has treatment.

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periodontist for gum problems

Have you noticed gum problems, such as tender, swollen gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, or sensitivity or pain with hot or cold foods and beverages? If so, you may need a periodontist.

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in gum problems and their treatment. At Ocean View Dental, we are proud to have Board-Certified Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk on our team.

Why a periodontist for gum problems?

Problems with your gums usually indicate the presence of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Although, if you have the mildest form of gum disease, called gingivitis, you may not have or notice any symptoms. At this stage, professional teeth cleanings and improved oral hygiene habits should halt and reverse your gum disease.

However, if gingivitis is not properly treated, it progresses to periodontitis. At this point, the gum problems are too deep for a routine professional cleaning. After a thorough examination, Dr. Kelk will recommend a treatment plan based on your symptoms and the extent of your periodontitis.

Usually, the first line of treatment involves deep cleaning, called scaling and root planing. Dr. Kelk will also educate you about gum disease and treatment, including improved home hygiene. In addition, she will most likely bring you back for exams and cleanings more often than twice yearly until the gum disease is under control.

While any general dentist can treat minor periodontitis, there are several clear advantages to seeing a periodontist for gum disease. This is especially true for patients with advanced periodontitis.

Because of their extensive training and knowledge, a periodontist is your best defense against advanced gum problems, such as gum recession and bone and tooth loss.

Since gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, this is an important consideration.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who, after completing dental school, continues their education for an additional three years. During this additional training, they learn in-depth information about the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of gum problems, as well as issues with the tissues and bone that support the teeth. They also learn all about dental implants, including their placement, maintenance, and repair.

They also become familiar with the latest technology and techniques for treating gum disease, including surgical and cosmetic treatments of the gums.

Going beyond the required training and education to specialize as a periodontist, Dr. Kelk achieved the honor of becoming board certified in periodontology. This important distinction means that Dr. Kelk meets or exceeds all the rigorous requirements and has passed comprehensive examinations in each area of periodontics, as required by the American Board of Periodontology.

It is estimated that only around 10 percent of all periodontists are board-certified, so you can rest assured you are in expert hands with Dr. Kelk.

What treatments can a periodontist perform for gum problems?

Most patients with periodontitis experience excellent resolution of symptoms with deep cleaning, improved oral hygiene, and thorough follow-up and maintenance.

However, patients with advanced periodontitis, especially those who have ignored proper treatment, may require further care.

For instance, gum disease breaks down the tissues and bone that support teeth. Over time, this can lead to tooth loss. For tooth loss, Dr. Kelk can place a dental implant to replace the missing tooth and prevent further bone loss. If needed, Dr. Kelk can also perform a bone graft prior to placing the dental implant.

Other procedures Dr. Kelk performs include:

  • Gum surgery for recession or a “gummy smile”
  • Pocket reduction surgery
  • Gum/connective tissue/soft tissue grafts
  • Bone regeneration
  • Osseous surgery
  • Cosmetic gum surgery
  • Laser-assisted periodontal therapy
  • Reconstructive surgery that creates bone volume

For gum problems, you should choose a board-certified periodontist for treatment.

Have you noticed loose teeth or receding gums? Do your gums bleed or cause you sensitivity or tenderness? If yes, you’ll want to get treatment before things get worse.

If you are in the San Clemente, CA area, call (949) 388-0780 today to set your appointment with Dr. Kelk, your local expert in gum disease and its treatment.

Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning Improves Oral Health

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Routine visits to the dentist involve preventive care. The first part is a thorough oral examination that may include x-rays. Then, you receive a professional teeth cleaning.

While a thorough teeth cleaning makes your mouth feel fresh and brightens your teeth, there are even far more important benefits. A professional cleaning is a key ingredient in keeping your gums and teeth healthy. Daily flossing and brushing twice a day go far in oral health, but they do not go far enough.

Every day, plaque builds up on your tooth surfaces. Over time, this plaque hardens into tartar. This tartar gets under the gums and allows harmful bacteria to damage the teeth and gums, putting you at risk for dental decay and gum disease.

Brushing and flossing can remove plaque, but only professional teeth cleaning can remove the tartar build-up.

At Ocean View Dental Care, our team understands the importance of routinely removing tartar from your teeth. We also believe in patient comfort and safety and strive to use the most state-of-the-art equipment available.

That’s why we perform ultrasonic teeth cleaning for tartar removal.

What is ultrasonic teeth cleaning?

Tartar removal is accomplished through scaling—sometimes called root debridement. In the past, the only way to perform scaling was for the hygienist or dentist to manually scrape the tartar off your teeth using small dental instruments.

Today, however, there is a much better option.

An ultrasonic scaler.

This state-of-the-art equipment uses electromagnetic forces to vibrate the tip rapidly. These ultrasonic vibrations, which are faster than the speed of sound, crush and blast away calculus, plaque, and even stains from the teeth.

While the tip is vibrating, a tiny stream of water emerges near the tip to keep it from overheating. This water also goes beneath the gums and cleans them out through a process called lavage.

Moreover, the rapidly vibrating tip causes cavitation, which means some of the water breaks into millions of tiny bubbles. These bubbles create shockwaves that disrupt the walls of bacteria cells, which creates a less friendly environment for harmful bacteria.

Is ultrasonic teeth cleaning really better?

There are multiple advantages of ultrasonic scaling when compared to manual scaling.

Some of these benefits include:

  • It is much faster

You will spend approximately one-third the amount of time in the dentist’s chair than you would for manual cleaning.

  • It removes more tartar

The tip is much smaller than with hand-help manual instruments, so the hygienist can get into all the nooks and crannies and go deeper, including into pockets and at the tooth roots.

  • It requires less pressure on the teeth

Due to the ultrasonic vibrations, the clinician does not need to use as much force as with manual tools. Many patients find this makes tartar removal more comfortable.

  • It brightens the teeth better

Manual scaling does not remove stains from teeth, whereas the vibrations of the ultrasonic scaler can remove some stains.

  • It cleans better

The lavage removes all the debris and cleans under the gumline.

  • It reduces bacteria

The cavitation process effectively breaks harmful bacteria apart.

Are there any downsides to ultrasonic teeth cleaning?

While there are many benefits to using ultrasonic scalers, there are a few things to consider.

Patients with sensitive teeth may find the vibrations uncomfortable. If you have sensitive teeth and treatment becomes uncomfortable at any point, please let your hygienist know! The discomfort may improve with slimmer tips or changing the flow of water or vibration level.

Another potential issue with the ultrasonic vibrations is for patients with certain tooth restorations or cosmetic additions, such as titanium implants or porcelain veneers or crowns. If you have had cosmetic or restorative dentistry work, let your hygienist know. She may be able to use the ultrasonic scaler utilizing special tips.

Patients with certain cardiac pacemakers may not be a good candidate for the ultrasonic vibrations. Please let your clinician know if you have a pacemaker.

Give Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning a Try

If you want a general dentist who genuinely cares about patients and uses the very best when it comes to equipment and technology, Ocean View Dental is for you.

Call us at (949) 388-0780 today to schedule an appointment, so you can experience what a superior teeth cleaning looks and feels like.

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’Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. According to one poll, half of Americans are focusing on shoring up their finances by cutting back on spending when possible. At Ocean View Dental Care, we want to help you meet your financial goals. One way to reduce your healthcare spending is by joining our Dental Membership Plan.   

The exclusive plan gives you access to preventive dental care at no additional cost. Corrective services are discounted 10%. Members of our plan enjoy no waiting periods, no benefits maximums, and no burdensome claim forms to file. Read on to learn how you and your family can enjoy cost savings in 2020.

Benefits of Dental Membership Plans

Our low-cost membership plans are easy to use and understand. Individual plans are $285 per adult per year. Individual + Spouse plans are $495 per year. Families can add additional children (14 and under) for $125 per child. Older children (15 to 26) can enjoy this plan for $165 per year. 

Once you’ve made your annual payment, you can enjoy preventative care throughout the year for no additional cost. Those savings can add up when you consider the out-of-pocket expenses non-members pay. These treatments are included in our membership plan.

  • Exam ($128 regular fee)
  • X-rays ($294 regular fee)
  • Adult cleaning ($108 regular fee)
  • Child cleaning ($88 regular fee)

Exams and x-rays for a family of four would run $1,688, based on our fee schedule. You can see how quickly a membership plan can lead to serious savings. If you do require treatment, you can enjoy a 10% discount for all your procedures with no maximum cap on benefits. 

What about dental insurance?

Dental insurance and membership plans are similar in some ways and different in others. Insurance plans require monthly payments and include maximum benefit caps. If you plan on moving, dental insurance may be a good option since you won’t know who your next oral healthcare provider will be. 

If you live in or around San Clemente, our affordable dental membership plan is the better choice. By handling all of our benefits in-house, we are able to provide greater savings than dental insurance plans can. Insurance providers have to pay for staff and overhead. We use our existing dental team. Our membership plan allows our patients to access preventative treatments at a reduced rate. By preventing future dental problems, our membership plan can save your family hundreds or even thousands of dollars. 

How can I get the most out of my dental membership plan?

Once you sign up for our exclusive and affordable dental membership plan, one of our team members will schedule your twice-a-year cleanings as well as your exam. If we see any dental problems during your visit, we can address those issues as they arise. Minor cavities can usually be treated for a low fee. The key is early detection and prevention — two areas that our dental membership plan focuses on!

In between visits, we ask that our patients brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush. Flossing and therapeutic mouthwash are also great preventative measures. If you experience a toothache, let our office know. If your goal is to save money in 2020, it’s important to remember that early treatments are always more affordable than putting off dental problems. 

Call Today to Learn More

We are excited to offer our patients real, substantial savings through our dental membership plan. If you already work with our doctors, we encourage you to explore the many benefits of dental membership plans. Our team members are trained to discuss the plan in detail. To learn more, contact our office online or call (949) 388-0780.