Exceptional Restorations in Pleasant Hill, CA
An unhealthy smile can affect your quality of life and lower your self-esteem. Whether it’s a growing cavity or missing teeth, you need a dentist you can trust to provide treatment that will restore your smile.
Dr. Tran Hoang (Prosthodontist) and Dr. Carol Wong (Periodontist) are passionate about providing the customized dental care you deserve. By combining skilled services with quality materials, Pleasant Hill Prosthodontics and General Dentistry can help you rebuild, restore, or replace your teeth, allowing you to smile with confidence again.
Contact us today and schedule your visit to find out how we can help you enjoy your best smile!
CALL US: (925) 681-1801 REQUEST APPOINTMENT
What are the Benefits of Seeing a Prosthodontist?
Your oral health directly affects your overall wellness and confidence. If you have broken, missing, or otherwise damaged teeth, then you understand the difficulties of coping with poor dental health. Fortunately, prosthodontists are well-trained to resolve even the worst dental repairs.
Dr. Hoang is dedicated to helping people of all ages and circumstances receive exceptional care to fully restore their smiles.
In order to meet your dental care needs, Pleasant Hill Prosthodontics and General Dentistry provides a broad range of dental restoration procedures, including:
At our practice, we use high-quality materials in all restoration procedures and take great care to design and deliver tooth restorations that offer cosmetic appeal. Dr. Hoang has undergone all the training of a general dentist with specialized training in designing crowns, bridges, and dentures that are comfortable and suited to your unique bite.
Our office uses the 3Shape TRIOS® Intraoral Scanner, which creates a realistic 3D image of your mouth. Using this cutting-edge technology, we can provide more effective diagnosis and treatment with more lifelike restorations.
How Dental Implants Completely Restore Your Smile
If you’re seeking a permanent solution to tooth loss, a dental implant is a highly beneficial option. It’s the only tooth replacement that restores both the root and the crown of your tooth, which enhances stability and preserves your oral health entirely.
Dental implants are biosafe titanium posts fixed into the jawbone. Once placed, the bone fuses with the implant post to form a new, permanent tooth root. Generally, implants are very versatile, and with the correct number and placement, they can support anything from a single tooth to a whole arch of teeth.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
In most cases, any patient who is healthy enough to undergo oral surgery or a routine dental extraction can be considered for dental implants. You’ll need healthy gums and adequate bone density to support the implant. You must also be committed to good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly to sustain the results.
Our periodontist, Dr. Wong, has extensive knowledge of your gums and supporting oral structure, so she can effectively plan and place implants for best support within your smile. When you come in for an evaluation, she’ll carefully examine your mouth and let you know whether dental implants would be a good option for your particular situation.
The Dental Implant Process
Receiving dental implants is a process that takes several months, but the results can last a lifetime. Typically, there are four phases to dental implant treatment, and each one is designed to make the process a success. They include:
- Planning – To begin, our dentist evaluates your oral situation with a TRIOS scanner to determine if dental implants are right for you. We will then plan the placement of the implant posts and the type of prosthetic they’ll support.
- Placement – The next step is to place the implants with skill and precision. Depending on your situation, Dr. Wong can place several implants at once or may take more than one procedure to finish the placement.
- Healing – Once the implants are placed, your mouth will need time to rest and heal as the bone fuses to the implant posts. This process often takes several months and ensures that the implants are stable to withstand daily chewing force.
- Completion – In the final stage, Dr. Hoang attaches custom prosthetic to the implants via an abutment. Once this is done, you’ll be able to speak, smile, and chew with the implant just as you would with natural teeth. If the prosthetic is damaged or wears down, it can be renewed simply with no further surgery.
All-on-4® Dental Implants
With All-on-4 dental implants, you don’t need to have a dental implant for every missing tooth. All you need are four precisely placed implants to support an entire dental arch and restore your full smile. This treatment minimizes the impact of the procedure on you without compromising the function, stability, and look of your new smile.
For this treatment, we refer patients to a trusted oral surgeon who will plan your treatment and see that the implants are optimally placed. Dr. Hoang will go with you to surgery and attach your custom restoration on-site so you can leave the office with new teeth in place.
Besides ensuring that your implants are permanently fixed in position, All-on-4 dental implants can prevent future bone loss in your jaw. They also help you maintain a more youthful facial structure and improved oral health. Overall, you’ll find that this treatment can quickly transform your smile and your life.
Protecting Teeth with Quality Composite Fillings
Tooth decay can occur at any age, affecting your smile and oral health. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for dull, invasive metal fillings. Composite fillings are known to provide top-notch protection for your teeth while preserving the aesthetic appeal of your smile.
Our dentists use high-quality composite to give you the best possible results. Composite fillings offer the following benefits:
- They match the surrounding enamel to provide a seamless aesthetic appeal
- Composite fillings bond to your tooth enamel to create a strong seal
- They can fit into smaller spaces and preserve more of your natural enamel
- There is no mercury or other heavy metals involved
- You won’t experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods
Fillings are often the go-to solution for those with mild or moderate tooth decay. Getting a filling can protect your teeth from further damage and allow you to enjoy your natural smile as long as possible. If you experience pain when biting and chewing or sensitivity to cold or heat, contact our office to find out if a filling can help you save your tooth.
What Are Inlays & Onlays?
Like fillings, inlays and onlays restore tooth structure after enamel loss from tooth decay. They are pre-made in a dental lab and cover portions of a tooth too large for a filling, but not enough for a full crown. They’re generally used on teeth with a broad chewing surface, such as a molar.
An inlay covers the chewing portion of a tooth between the cusps (corners). Onlays also cover the chewing area but extend to one or more of the cusps as well. Each inlay or onlay is designed to fit seamlessly onto the tooth for a durable and harmonious restoration.
Our dentists use tooth-colored inlays and onlays made from ceramic or porcelain, allowing the restoration to firmly bond to the tooth. Our skilled prosthodontist will examine your teeth to determine if you’re a good candidate for inlays or onlays instead of a crown.
Do I Need a Crown?
Dental crowns are one of the oldest and most common restoration treatments and are both versatile and reliable. A crown is a custom-made cap that fits snugly over your tooth, stabilizing it and protecting it from decay or damage. Our dental office provides high-quality crowns made of ceramic and designed to mimic natural teeth, which allows you to enjoy a healthy, brilliant smile.
Dr. Hoang might recommend a crown for you to:
- Restore teeth with advanced decay
- Protect cracked or broken teeth
- Replace large fillings that seem vulnerable
- Strengthen teeth after root canal therapy
- Reshape small, worn, or misshapen teeth
- Improve your bite or alignment
- Complete a dental implant
How Long Do Crowns Last?
Crowns can effectively address a broad range of oral health concerns, and their longevity and durability make them an excellent choice for tooth restoration. When properly taken care of, dental crowns can last 10-15 years and potentially even longer.
Dr. Hoang can adjust existing restorations that have been worn down or may not be the best fit, thus improving how they function in your bite. There is no need to replace a crown that is still secure if she can adjust it to fit well.
Completing Your Smile With Fixed Bridges
Fixed bridges can be an excellent choice for patients who might not qualify for or want dental implants. This porcelain prosthetic can help to replace up to three teeth in a gap. The prosthetic teeth (also called pontics) are suspended between two crowns placed over neighboring healthy teeth. This design helps to support the bridge and anchor it in position.
Full & Partial Dentures
Dentures are an effective option for tooth replacement. Although dentures have been in use for centuries, modern dentures use innovative designs and materials to create more durable, comfortable, and secure dentures. If you need multiple teeth replaced, a denture may be the right choice for you.
Our dental office uses only top-quality materials to create custom dentures. Dr. Hoang takes great care when designing dental prosthetics to ensure that they fit and function well for you. We will recommend different types of dentures depending on several factors, including how many teeth you have left and your overall oral health.
Types of Dentures
There are three common denture types to choose from.
Full Dentures - Full dentures can replace an entire arch of teeth on the lower or upper jaw. They feature a sturdy acrylic base with teeth made of acrylic or ceramic. They rest on the gums and use suction or adhesive to stay in place.
Partial Dentures - Partial dentures work well for patients who still have some healthy teeth remaining. A partial denture can help replace the missing teeth and take the burden off your natural teeth to help preserve them. Our dentists can customize dentures to fit each unique dental structure, kept in place by clasps of acrylic or metal.
Implant-Supported Dentures - An implant-supported denture is the most secure option for dentures. A full denture can be supported by 6-8 implants on average, or as few as four posts for qualifying patients. Implant-supported dentures can absorb the pressure of chewing to maintain the denture firmly and comfortably in position. Implant-supported dentures fit and function like real teeth, and you don’t need to remove them for cleaning.
7 Tips For Caring For Your Dentures at Home
Removable partial or full dentures need proper care to keep them clean and free from stains. Here are a few tips to keep your dentures clean and healthy:
- Remove and rinse your dentures after meals
- Handle your dentures with care to avoid bending or damaging them
- Avoid using hot water, which can warp the dentures
- Rinse your mouth with clean water after removing your dentures
- Brush the dentures at least daily
- Soak your dentures in clean water overnight
- Schedule regular dental checkups
What if I Need an Extraction?
At our Pleasant Hill practice, our goal is to try to preserve your natural teeth as much as possible. However, there are times when a tooth may need to be removed, especially if it is broken, severely decayed, or if a wisdom tooth is causing bite issues.
If your tooth is impacted or there are other complications, we will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon. They have the tools and training to see that your tooth is safely removed. Once your tooth is extracted, we can discuss tooth replacement options, such as a dental implant or bridge, to help you enjoy a complete smile again as quickly as possible.
A Healthy Smile is Just a Visit Away!
No matter the state of your oral health, our team at Pleasant Hill Prosthodontics and General Dentistry is here to help. Dr. Tran Hoang and Dr. Carol Wong are proud to offer skilled and compassionate dental care tailored to your needs.
We can help you enjoy a great smile you can be proud of. Contact our dental office today to make an appointment and take a step to a better smile!
CALL US: (925) 681-1801 REQUEST APPOINTMENT