Irvine dental services
We recommend our patients return for professional teeth cleanings twice a year at minimum. For patients with advanced gum disease, periodic check ups and professional cleanings may be suggested every three months.
If you have been recently diagnosed with advanced gum disease or periodontitis, deep gum therapy is highly recommended (professional deep cleaning). It is important to remove all bacteria and debris from the deepest pockets of your gums to ensure the progression of bone loss and inflammation is stopped and we can return you to healthy and manageable levels.
Afraid of needles? Have you suffered from traumatic dental experiences? Do you have teeth that are incredibly sensitive? Fortunately, these issues are no longer a reason to avoid your next dental visit. There are different forms of sedation that we offer:
- Oral sedation (pills): a low level of sedation for patients with general anxiety or fear of shots, a pill can be taken an hour prior to the appointment.
- Nitrous oxide: This is a step up from an oral sedative, also known as “laughing gas.” A benefit? After treatment is complete, this feeling of sedation is quickly gone in a few minutes.
- IV sedation: for extreme anxiety or involved procedures, IV sedation may be recommended and is performed by a licensed practitioner.
Tooth Colored Fillings
We utilize “composite” fillings similar in color to natural teeth to replace areas damaged by cavities or fractures. Composite chemically bonds to the tooth underneath it, allowing for a much stronger and long lasting solution to your cavity.
If a cavity or fracture of a tooth is too big for a filling, an “inlay” or “onlay” may be recommended. Think of these as lab-made Lego pieces that fit into your tooth to restore it to its original shape. These restorations are much more conservative than crowns and ensure as much of your natural tooth as possible remains after a cavity is removed. Learn more about inlays & onlays here.
At The Tooth Co., crowns, or “caps,” are only recommended to replace a failing crown. For teeth without an existing crown, many more conservative treatment options exist. We value preserving your natural tooth structure. You can learn more about dental crowns here!
Root canals may be indicated for patients with large cavities that touch the nerve on the inside of the tooth. The procedure involves removing the infected nerve and sealing it afterward. Learn more about our root canal procedure here.
Is Sedation Right for Me?
Dr. Perrin will discuss your history, individual case, and possible options before proceeding with treatment.