General and Family Care
Some of the most effective dental care involves the kind that can help prevent problems from occurring, or stop a small concern now from turning into a big one later. Thompson Center for Dentistry offers a comprehensive range of general, family, and preventive dental care options to help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums and keep you smiling with confidence for years to come. Our experienced dentist in Chula Vista, Dr. Uyen Thompson, and the skilled dentists and hygienists on her team provide full oral evaluations and utilize some of the latest diagnostic technology to identify issues early and enhance the health of your teeth and gums. At least two dental check-ups each year is the standard recommendation for most individuals, and we make every effort to provide our patients with the most convenient and comfortable experience possible.
The Hygiene Experience – Dental Cleanings and Prevention
Routine oral hygiene appointments are some of the most popular at our practice. You would be amazed at just how effective a simple, professional dental cleaning can be for preventing the development of major dental problems. Our experienced hygienists perform dental cleanings to help you keep both teeth and gums healthy. These treatments can remove tartar, plaque, and small amounts of tooth decay that can’t be reached with a regular toothbrush. Cleanings can also help maintain oral health after periodontal care, root canal therapy, crown placement, bridge work, and many other dental treatments. We understand that the best care of your teeth and gums begins with what we call “The Hygiene Experience,” and our team is committed to providing you with a clean, fresh, healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off. We place great emphasis on making these procedures as quick, comfortable, and effective as possible. Dental cleanings are typically recommended at least twice annually, and they can usually be performed as part of your regular oral check-up.
Metal-free, tooth-colored fillings have become the standard in many dental practices. Made of durable composite resin material, our tooth-colored fillings at Thompson Center for Dentistry offer an advanced method of addressing cavities and decay. Compared to the older, metallic-looking fillings used in the past that often consisted of low levels of mercury, our fillings of today are made to blend in with the surrounding tooth color and are completely mercury-free. This ultimately helps improve the health of the tooth without compromising its appearance.
We’ve been to the office twice already, and from the moment we walk in, we are greeted with a warm welcome. My daughter (6 years old) was fearful and nervous before arriving the first time; and everyone did every thing to make her feel comfortable. By the time we left the office- she was more confident and happy and eager to come back again. I am happy that I found such a great dental office, definitely will recommend to family and friends!
January 29, 2019
There have been many advances in the field of dentistry over the years that have dramatically changed the way we can provide standard dental care, and laser technology is one of them. Laser dentistry allows us to better-perform an array of treatments that used to require patients to sit longer in the dental chair, experience higher levels of discomfort, and make more time in their schedules for recovery. For instance: our team can use laser gum treatment techniques to provide a durable seal between the gums and teeth after a deep cleaning. This can reduce discomfort, bleeding, and the risk of infection. Plus, it can significantly minimize recovery time when compared to previous techniques. Laser dentistry can also be used to remove excess gum tissue for patients who have a “gummy” smile, providing a less invasive way to renew the appearance of the gums. These advanced options can lead to faster healing and reduced swelling after the procedure, not to mention extremely precise treatment and terrific results.
The back teeth are particularly susceptible to decay. Dental sealants offer a way to protect these teeth and reduce the chance for cavity development. Our dentist will apply a durable resin material that covers the top and back of the teeth (areas with nooks and crevices that can be very hard for a toothbrush to reach). This “sealant” can ultimately provide years of enhanced protection against cavities for the back teeth and reduce the need for dental fillings later on. Dental sealants have proven very beneficial for many patients, especially children.
Periodontal Care (CAMBRA) – Eliminating Disease
Gum disease is an extraordinarily common condition that afflicts millions of Americans – even those who have excellent oral care habits. The fact is that we are all privy to the development of bacteria and tartar along our teeth and gums, which can lead to severe consequences for both our oral and overall health. Gum disease typically starts as gingivitis, which often causes inflammation, discomfort, and bleeding gums. If this condition isn’t addressed immediately, it could lead to severe periodontitis and symptoms including pain, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to serious health conditions such as heart attack, stroke, complications in pregnancy, and other major concerns.
Fortunately, treatment for gum disease can address the problem and renew the health of the gums. In many cases, a deep cleaning can remove excessive tartar and calculus build-up in order to reduce bacteria and help the gums obtain a healthier attachment to the teeth.
As part of our practice’s overall approach to both periodontal and general dental treatment, we use the CAMBRA philosophy of care, which stands for Caries Management by Risk Assessment. This approach is designed to customize treatment based on the underlying bacterial causes of cavities.
Remember, the earlier the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease the better. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, our dentists and hygienists can talk with you about your periodontal care options and determine the best treatment for your needs.
If you would like more information on our general and family dental care options, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Thompson Center for Dentistry today.