Dental Services & Procedures
When you walk into our East El Paso Dentist office you become our priority. That’s why we work diligently to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Our team approach assures your involvement in every dental decision, from determining your needs to establishing a dental care plan. Our commitment is to provide you and your family with the highest standard of personalized dental care in a gentle, efficient, and professional manner. Schedule an appointment to see our dentist and dental hygienist today!
REGULAR EXAMS & CLEANINGS
Regular exams are the most important part of maintaining oral health next to brushing and flossing daily. During your dental exam, we do the following:
- Look for cavities and other signs of tooth decay
- Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Provide thorough teeth cleaning
- Check X-rays problems that you may not see or feel
Bonding is an easy & nonintrusive way to repair chipped, discolored, crooked, or gapped teeth. During the dental bonding procedure, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling bonds with your tooth and comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades to match the appearance of your natural teeth.
The tooth bonding material can also be used for tooth fillings instead of unsightly amalgam fillings. Bonding is also less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can usually be completed in one visit to our office.
A dental bridge can be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and normalize your bite.
Dental bridges are attached to other teeth, gums, or bones next to missing teeth or teeth. Keeping your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong is a major priority because they provide the best anchors for a dental bridge.
Crowns are a restorative dental procedure used to improve a damaged tooth’s strength and appearance. Crowns are used for teeth that have been broken, cracked, worn down, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay and cavities.
A crown is a cap that is cemented onto the remaining healthy tooth above the gum line. The crown basically becomes your tooth’s new top portion and outer surface. At Celebrity Smiles, we use a naturally-colored composite material that matches your other teeth.
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth and come in two different types: full and partial. Full implant dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed or knocked out. Partial dentures are attached to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. With proper care, dental implant dentures can last a lifetime and have a 97% success rate. Click the link below to read more about full and partial dentures.
At Celebrity Smiles, we will do everything in our power to save your natural tooth. However, tooth removal is the only option left for a badly decayed or broken tooth. A tooth may have so much decay that it also puts the surrounding teeth at risk of severe decay. So our dentist may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or impacted wisdom teeth can also require extraction.
Traditional fillings may be made of gold, porcelain, composite, or amalgam. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and composite compounds that match the appearance of your natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are typically used on the surface of teeth where a natural appearance is important. There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. The direct fillings are placed directly into a prepared cavity in a single visit. Indirect fillings may require two or more dental office visits.
If you have missing teeth, it is very important to replace them in order to avoid the recession of your jaw bone. When you have missing teeth, chewing and eating can shift your bite and cause you discomfort. Missing teeth also give a person an older appearance with sunken cheeks.
A dental implant is a new tooth made of bio-compatible titanium and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It’s composed of a titanium implant that takes the place of the missing root, and a tooth-colored crown that is firmly anchored on top of the implant. Dental implants give you the confidence you need to smile knowing that your teeth look natural.
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities, tooth decay, and plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment in your dentist’s office usually comes after a teeth cleaning and takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients are advised not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes so that the teeth can absorb the fluoride. Our dentist may also advise you to have a fluoride treatment every 6 months.
Mouthguards are important for people that play sports and have an active lifestyle. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist. When you chose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable, and well-fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly.
If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called “bruxism”. Many people can’t even tell that they grind their teeth because it usually occurs while you are sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.
Nightguards are the best way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding can cause over time. Custom-made by your dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.
When a tooth is cracked, broken, or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and cause an infection inside of the tooth. When left untreated, an abscess will eventually form in the root of the tooth. If the infected tissue inside the tooth is not removed, pain and swelling will result from the pressure of your body fighting the infection. This will not only injure your jawbones, gums, and surrounding teeth, it is also detrimental to your overall health.
Root canal treatment involves one to three visits depending on the severity of the infection and the number of teeth. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the tissue will be removed, and the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a naturally colored dental composite material.
Sealants give your molars an extra layer of protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain), and they are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor may need to conservatively prepare your tooth to achieve the desired aesthetic result.
Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Wisdom teeth are types of molars found in the very back of your mouth. These teeth usually appear in the late teens or early twenties, but they may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.
By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day.
- Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats.
- Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
- Ask your dentist about dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER (TMD)
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.
SYMPTOMS OF TMD INCLUDE:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE
Dental emergencies can strike fast and at any moment. A toothache can be unbearably painful, even for the toughest among us. If you are suffering from a dental emergency it is vital that you call Celebrity Smiles friendly and caring dental staff today.
Celebrity Smiles know that a dental emergency can’t wait for normal weekday business hours. That is why we are open Monday through Friday, and we are also open on Saturdays.
While dental emergencies can be rare throughout one’s lifetime, it’s important to know what to do in case of emergency and to take care of it as soon as possible. Click on the ‘Read More’ button below to find out how you can deal with an emergency dental situation.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Since the time spent awake is so brief, most people with sleep apnea don’t remember it, and many believe they are getting a good night’s sleep when, in fact, they are not. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF SLEEP APNEA?
The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, contact our practice.
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Loud snoring at night
- Waking up at night short of breath
- Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
- Headaches upon waking in the morning
- Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT THAT SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY SUFFERS FROM SLEEP APNEA?
Contact our practice, and we can refer you to a sleep apnea specialist. The specialist may recommend a sleep study to diagnose the precise extent of the problem and can prescribe appropriate treatment. Depending on your situation, treatment may involve an oral device that we can custom-create for you.
While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications.
WHAT CAUSES SNORING?
Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the air passage smaller. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through, and when it does get through, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
WHAT IS A MANDIBULAR ADVANCEMENT DEVICE?
If you snore at night, then a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may represent a solution and a better night’s sleep! The MAD is a specially designed dental device that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage and helping you breathe better so you can get a full, quiet night’s sleep.
Some devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Your dentist will fit these special appliances to meet your individual condition.
To learn more about a mandibular advancement device, contact our practice and schedule an appointment and consultation.
You deserve a bright, confident smile. Professional, in-office teeth whitening with Philips Zoom is safe, simple, and one of the fastest ways to improve the beauty of your smile. Plus, Philips Zoom is championed by dentists and patients as a pain-free, easy process.
The Zoom Chairside Light-Activated Gel greatly accelerates and enhances the whitening process, and delivers the dramatic results you will love. Along with the all-new Whitening LED Accelerator, your teeth can become up to eight shades lighter in just 45 minutes!
The gel and light work together gently to break up the stains on your teeth while leaving the structure of your teeth unchanged. After just three 15-minute applications in one hour, you rinse and the treatment is complete, leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.
A beautiful, sparkling smile can give you a whole new outlook on life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for Philips Zoom whitening!
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of
a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.
How Are Invisalign Aligners Made?
The aligners are made through a combination of our dentist’s training/experience and 3-D computer imaging technology. For any additional questions about orthodontic treatment at our dental practice in Eastside El Paso, give us a quick call at (915) 248-2077 or visit the Invisalign® website.
Celebrity Smiles offer a full range of cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, Invisalign®, Crowns, Bridges, Dental Implants, and Dentures. A healthy smile means a healthy life. Cosmetic Dentistry can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Let us improve your oral health and overall aesthetic with a smile makeover in El Paso, TX. Click the button below to read more about cosmetic dentistry.
Celebrity Smiles offers dental services for your entire family in a convenient East El Paso location. With preventative care, restorative treatments, and cosmetic dentistry, we can help you and your loved ones achieve a beautiful smile for a lifetime! That’s what we consider it, a lifetime job to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and we are passionate about what we do! Click the button below to find out why Celebrity Smiles is the Best Family Dentist in El Paso!