Regular dental checkups and cleanings are one of the most important things you can do to maintain your oral health. The American Dental Association recommended individuals have a dental cleaning done every 6 months.
Fluoride is compound that contains fluorine, a natural element. Fluoride incorporates itself into the matrix of the tooth structure, remineralizing early areas of decay and inhibiting decay from progressing further.
A dental crown or bridge is used to protect a weak tooth (from decay or fracture) from breaking, prevent a root canal treated tooth from breaking, to restore an already broken tooth, replace a missing tooth, cover a misshaped or severely worn tooth, cover a dental implant, or make a cosmetic modification.
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, Dr. Gallegos removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.
Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. Our practice uses veneers routinely, and designs each case individually to match and enhance characteristics already present in each patient’s teeth.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
Periodontal disease is a silent disease often happening without you even knowing. Periodontal disease involves the loss of teeth and their supporting structures. Bone, loss, gum recession, bleeding, and inflammation are all examples of periodontal disease. Rest assured, there is treatment. Come in today to learn more.
The complete exam appointment involves a complete dental exam, oral cancer screening, and a full mouth series of x-rays in order to examine your teeth bone and supporting structures. This is done leaving no stone unturned and enabling Dr. Gallegos to give you a complete and thorough exam. Should treatment be recommended Dr. Gallegos will explain all treatment recommended and answer all questions you may have regarding his recommendations.
Dr Gallegos strives to save teeth, when possible. However, there are certain instances where extraction(s) will be recommended. This includes wisdom teeth. Why is wisdom tooth extraction recommended? A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in, a number of problems can occur...
Dental injuries are the most common type of oral facial injuries sustained during involvement in sport. For that reason a custom fitted mouthguard is an important piece of equipment to use during involvement in sports. We offer a custom fitted guard made specifically for the athlete in order to prevent any injury during sports playing.
At Gallegos Family Dentistry we understand dentistry may be an uncomfortable situation. With that in mind, Dr. Gallegos is certified to deliver consious sedation to anyone to make their visit to the dentist as comfortable as possible.
Millions of Americas suffer tooth loss despite improvements in dental care. This is mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis or injury. For many years treatment was limited but today, dental implants are available.
Dental sealants are a protective coating applied to the biting surface of teeth shielding them from plaque and decay. The protective coating is most commonly applied to children's teeth since they are more prone to decay. They can however be applied to adult teeth with the same outcome.
Dental fillings are placed in teeth where a dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years filling materials have been substantially improved by many technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago, today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration including tooth colored composite filling materials and cementable resins and porcelains.
If you suffer from pain in your jaw or TMJ (joint near your ear canal) you may be clinching and grinding your teeth. Clinching and grinding can lead to excessive wear on teeth, broken teeth, abscessed teeth, and even TMJ pain. The easiest solution for this is a Nightguard.
At Gallegos Family Dentistry we understand dental emergencies don’t come at convenient times, and with that we strive to accomodate your emergency with compassion and in a timely manner. We will handle your emergency on the same day that it occurs. You don’t have to be a current patient of Gallegos Family Dentistry. Instead we welcome you to the practice and try to get you pain free as soon as possible.
Dr. Gallegos offers a combination of two whitening procedures to accomplish your whitening goals. One, in office whitening is accomplished through a one hour dental visit that consists of placing a whitening compound to your teeth to remove external stains. Secondly, Dr. Gallegos offers home trays and bleach for patients to use at home to either maintain or whiten teeth with minimal staining.