At Pacific Modern Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of treatments designed to help you and your family maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. General dentistry ranges from preventive checkups to restorative procedures. Whether you need professional cleaning or a tooth extraction, professional dentistry is vital to your oral health.
Along with a strong oral hygiene routine, cleanings and exams are the best way to prevent potential dental problems. During your cleaning, our dental hygienist typically uses an ultrasonic scaler to eliminate plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) form the surfaces of your teeth. Regular exams allow us to prevent or catch problems before they progress into major complications.
Dental bonding is a procedure that involves a putty-like material known as composite resin. We may recommend dental bonding to fix the structure and appearance of chipped, cracked, gapped, discolored, or abnormally-shaped teeth. We also use composite resin to provide tooth-colored dental fillings.
Your periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important to your oral health as your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in the U.S. If you suffer from advanced periodontitis, the final stage of gum disease, we usually recommend a scaling and root planing. If your scaling and root planing are successful, your gums should return to a pink, healthy state.
Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is responsible for your ability to chew, speak, smile, and yawn. Because the joint is complex, problems may arise the prevent you from properly using your jaw. Teeth grinding, or bruxism can also cause several issues with your teeth, gums, and jaw. We specialize in several treatments designed to address TMJ and bruxism problems, including oral appliances like mouthguards.
Dr. Jae Seon Kim will always attempt to save a natural tooth before we suggest replacement alternatives. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. We may need to perform an extraction to stop the spread of infection after it has reached the root of a tooth. An extraction may also be necessary to make space in the jaw for orthodontic treatment and correct severe crowding issues.
Loud snoring is one of the most common symptoms of a condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by the repeated cessation of breath during sleep. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may experience a wide range of symptoms that affect your everyday life. Sleep apnea can even develop into a life-threatening condition.
One of the best ways to combat obstructive sleep apnea is a snore guard. The guard is an oral appliance that will keep your lower jaw in the forward position, which keeps your airway open during sleep.
We usually recommend a mouthguard if you participate in sports or physical activities that increase your risk of facial trauma. A mouthguard is a plastic appliance designed to protect the teeth from injury or trauma caused by a blow to the face. You may also need a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night, also known as nocturnal bruxism.
A root canal is a four-step process that is usually performed over two visits to our office. The purpose of root canal therapy is to remove extensive decay and damage from a tooth. During the process, the tooth is filed down and capped with a dental crown.
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