Join us for the 2nd Annual Event. Dentistry from the Heart. Free Dental Care. Event Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014 This is the day when we give back to a community that has been so wonderful to us. Choice of Filling, Extraction or Cleaning will be performed for those 18 years and older who can't [...]
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Gum recession is caused by heavy-handed brushing, plaque build-up, ageing, gum disease, smoking, teeth grinding and tongue piercings that rub against the gums. This is a condition wherein the gums pull back from the teeth, exposing the roots and making them more sensitive. Gum recession creates gum pockets, or gaps between the teeth and the [...]
Local anesthetic is used to numb an area before the dentist works on your mouth. If you’ve ever had cavities filled, you know that the dentist first injects local anesthetic (sometimes after applying a topical numbing gel) and waits for the area to go numb. This is fine for most patients, but this loss of [...]
Great news for patients who dread dental appointments: our Santa Cruz dental practice is a no fear, no white-knuckles zone. Dr. Matiasevich uses relaxation techniques and sedation dentistry to help even the most fearful patients relax and get dental care. Sedation dentistry is the use of sedatives to keep you calm and stress-free during dental [...]
Healthy gums hug the tooth like a perfectly-fitting turtleneck sweater. When poor oral hygiene, trauma, or disease causes plaque to accumulate around and beneath the gum line, bacteria start to destroy the soft tissues that support the teeth. The gums pull away from the tooth and form “pockets” that become breeding grounds for more bacteria. [...]
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are surgically placed into the jaw. These are made of titanium metal posts that are inserted into the jaw through an incision in the gums. Once they are secure and stable, your Santa Cruz implant dentist attaches dental crowns with metal abutments or specialized glue. These dental crowns are [...]