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2nd Annual Dentistry From the Heart – Robert Matiasevich Jr DDS


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 get dental care elsewhere.

Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather and to bring chairs, blankets, waters, snacks, etc as they may be outside waiting to be seen.

Arrive Early – Registration Starts at 7:30 AM
Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

First 60 patients are guaranteed to be seen!
Event Hours: 8:00am – 4:00 pm

For more information, please contact: 831-476-7272
1775 Dominican Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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How to Treat Gum Recession

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 gums, where bacteria can accumulate and cause infections. This is a distressing dental issue that results in tooth loss if left untreated.

Before you can treat gum recession, you have to become aware that you have the condition. Very few people notice that their gums have begun to recede because it takes place slowly and gradually. However, a tell-tale sign of gum recession is increased tooth sensitivity. The teeth may also appear longer than they used to be, since the more of the tooth’s structure is being exposed.

Mild cases of gum recession can be treated with professional teeth cleaning. During professional teeth cleaning, your Santa Cruz dentist removes the plaque and tar along the gum line. This enables the gums to heal and return to their normal appearance. Deep cleaning also prevents bacteria from building up. Patients will also be advised to take antibiotics after treatment to help get rid of bacteria in the gum area.

Severe cases of gum recession require gum surgery. Pinhole gum rejuvenation is a new form of treatment that requires no cutting and no downtime. The recovery phase for this treatment is quicker than that of traditional gum surgery.

During pinhole gum rejuvenation, your Santa Cruz dentist treats multiple teeth within a single session. This makes it an efficient form of treatment that produces results. It’s low-risk and safe.

To minimize the incidence of gum recession, it’s important to practice proper oral hygiene. Using a soft-bristled brush and quitting smoking could also help.

Gum problems? Call 831-440-7577 to set an appointment with Dr. Robert Matiasevich, Jr., DDS right away.

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Reverse Numbness with OraVerse

oraverseLocal 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 sensation can persist after the appointment.

Many patients hate the lingering numbness and how it can make parts of the mouth difficult to move. You may find yourself unable to smile, drink, eat, or speak properly for two or more hours after the procedure. You may also experience uncontrolled drooling.

Now there’s a way to end the numb feeling quickly and restore normal sensation in the mouth: OraVerse. OraVerse is an injected liquid that reverses the effects of local anesthetic and speeds up the return of normal sensation. No more stiff tongue and lips that persist even after you get home from the clinic!

How It Works

OraVerse reverses the numbness by increasing blood flow to the tissues. It only works if the local anesthetic contains a substance that narrows the blood vessels. Studies show that OraVerse can bring back normal sensation in the lips, cheeks, and tongue in less than an hour after your appointment, so you can resume your normal routine right away. Your Santa Cruz dentist injects OraVerse after the procedure. The area is still numb at this time, so you will feel no pain or discomfort from the injection.

Is OraVerse Right for You?

OraVerse can benefit anyone who hates prolonged numbness after dental treatment. OraVerse can be prescribed for adults as well as children, as long as they are age six or over and weigh 33 lbs. or more. Schedule a consultation with your dentist in Santa Cruz to learn more. Call 831-440-7577 now or click here to make an appointment.

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No More White Knuckle Dentistry

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 appointments. We offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and OraVerse for a truly comfortable experience.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation is the use of anti-anxiety pills to help patients relax. These so-called “happy pills” produce a “whatever” feeling that makes you oblivious to what’s going on around you. You take the pill about an hour before the procedure, so you are ready to enter the treatment room. You’ll be too relaxed to worry about anything, but you are fully conscious as the dentist works on your teeth. Dr. Matiasevich can perform years of dental work in a single visit when the patient is cooperative! Best of all, you’ll have little or no memory of sitting in the dental chair after the procedure.

Common oral sedatives belong to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines or benzos. Valium, Xanax and Ativan are examples. These pills work like a yoga instructor for the brain cells, toning down the activity in the “fear” sections of the brain. While sedatives have different effects on people (the same dose can knock out a football player but have no effect on a petite female), they are very effective when administered properly. In general, low doses reduce anxiety, while higher doses induce sleep.

The effects of oral sedatives can linger after your appointment, so it’s best to take someone with you to the clinic and drive you home. Dr. Matiasevich recommends sedation if you are undergoing lengthy or invasive treatment, like dental implant surgery. Call 831-440-7577 now to learn more!

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New Treatment for Receding Gums

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.

The normal aging process and too-aggressive brushing can also lead to receding gums. You may notice that your teeth look longer when the gums recede and expose the tooth roots. This can make you look older and ruin an otherwise healthy smile. You may also experience sensitivity to pressure and hot and cold.

There are many treatments for receding gums. If gum disease is the cause, your dentist may recommend deep cleaning (root scaling and planing), antibiotics, and pocket reduction surgery. This involves lifting back the gums, removing bacteria, and placing the gums snugly around the tooth. Gum contouring is a similar procedure that reshapes and repositions the gums to cover the exposed roots and prevent sensitivity.

Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

Santa Cruz dentist Dr. Matiasevich offers a breakthrough gum reshaping treatment called Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation. Unlike conventional gum reshaping, this method requires no cutting, no sutures, and minimal downtime. Dr. Matiasevich can treat multiple teeth in one visit, quickly and painlessly.

During the procedure, the oral surgeon uses a thin needle to make a tiny pinhole in the gums. Special instruments are then used to loosen the tissue and reposition it over the exposed tooth. There are no incisions or sutures, so there is also minimal bleeding and swelling.

Dr. Matiasevich is one of the few doctors in the world trained and certified to provide this procedure. If you want a pain-free, minimally-invasive treatment for receding gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Matiasevich today.

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The Basics of Dental Implants

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 typically made of porcelain, a hard kind of material that looks like natural tooth enamel.

Unlike removable dentures, dental implants look, feel and function like real teeth. They also provide a permanent solution to tooth loss. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for a lifetime. They can also withstand daily chewing and biting without incurring damage. Since they’re made of artificial materials, they don’t decay like real teeth.

Dental implants work by fusing to the bone tissue in the jaw area. This process takes up to five months after surgery, during which time the patient’s surgical wounds heal. Rare cases of dental implant failure, however, occur when dental implants are unable to completely fuse with the bone tissue. When this happens, the dental implants remain mobile in the jaw. Your Santa Cruz implant dentist remedies this by re-opening the surgical wound and replacing the dental implants with new ones. Studies have shown that cigarette smoking during recovery can lead to dental implant failure.

Dental implants also require high bone volume in the jaw area. Hence, patients who lack bone tissue are advised to undergo bone grafting surgery. During bone grafting surgery, the surgeon extracts bone tissue from the patient’s arm or thigh and transplants it to the jaw. This augments bone density in that area.

Dental implants can make chewing and eating easier. They enhance your facial structure and restore the functionality of your mouth. They can also make you look younger and more attractive.

For more information about dental implants, get in touch with Santa Cruz implant dentist Dr. Matiasevich, Jr., by calling 831-440-7577 today.

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