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Category Archives: Treatment

Antibiotic Treatment

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that usually leads to severe inflammation and tooth loss if left untreated.  Antibiotic treatments are used in combination with scaling and root planing, curettage, surgery, or as a stand-alone treatment to help reduce bacteria before and/or after many common periodontal procedures.Antibiotic treatments at Cedar Hills Dental Care come in several different types, including oral forms and topical gels which are applied directly into the gum pockets.  Research has shown that in the case Read More...

Bruxism

Bruxism refers to an oral parafunctional activity that occurs in most humans at some point in their adult lives.   Grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw are the two main characteristics of this condition, which can occur during the day or overnight.Bruxism is one of the most common known sleep disorders and causes most of its damage during sleeping hours.  The clenching and grinding which accompanies bruxism is symptomatic of a malfunctioning chewing reflex, which is Read More...

Children’s Dentistry

When Should Children Have Their First Dental Visit?The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests that parents should make an initial “well-baby” appointment with a pediatric dentist approximately six months after the emergence of the first tooth, or no later than the child’s first birthday.Although this may seem surprisingly early, the incidence of infant and toddler tooth decay has been rising in recent years.  Tooth decay and early cavities can be exceptionally painful if they are not attended to Read More...

Composite Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  You and Dr. Chin and team will discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.  Read More...

Cracked Tooth

Cracked and fractured teeth are very common dental problems. As people retain their natural teeth longer (due to advances in dental technology and preventative practices), the likelihood of cracked teeth greatly increases. There are many reasons why your teeth may crack, for example, biting on hard objects, trauma, grinding and clenching of teeth. All of these behaviors place the teeth under extra strain and render them more susceptible to cracking.When tooth enamel is cracked, pain can become momentarily debilitating. Read More...

Dental Anxiety & Fears

The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety.  Many people visualize a drill-wielding man in a white coat just waiting to cause pain and remove teeth.  The reality, however, is very different.  The comfort, relaxation, and happiness of the patient are the primary focus of Dr. Chin and everyone at Cedar Hills Dental Care.  Our Team will do whatever we can to reduce anxiety, allay fears, and provide painless, quick treatments.Recent technological advancements have Read More...

Dental Bonding

Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that allows Dr. Chin and team to reshape or repair your smile using composite resin. Cosmetic bonding is particularly ideal if you’re insecure about the appearance of your smile or want an affordable alternative to invasive and more costly procedures such as orthodontics or veneers. With bonding, chipped or uneven teeth can be repaired easily and affordably, restoring your self-confidence. Additionally, bonding is often completed in a single visit and doesn’t require any anesthetic! Dental Read More...

Dental Exam & Dental Cleaning

Dental ExamA comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Chris Chin at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, our dentist and hygienist will perform the following:Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions. Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer. Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth Read More...

Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  Dr. Chris Chin and her dental team use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without X-rays, problem areas may go undetected.Dental X-rays may reveal:Abscesses or cysts. Bone loss. Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. Decay between the teeth. Developmental abnormalities. Poor tooth and root positions. Problems inside a tooth or below Read More...

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay.  It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies.  The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.Fluoride works in two ways:Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay.  Read More...