Pain in your face and jaw is an important issue to discuss with your dentist when you attend routine checkups. What you can discover is that the discomfort is not related to tooth decay, but that it is caused by molars that have not yet erupted. As they appear in your mouth, your wisdom teeth can press against adjacent neighbors and damage your enamel or cause crowding. They may even become impacted and potentially cause a variety of oral health issues. At your Cerritos, CA dental practice, we can perform a timely extraction to effectively relieve pain and prevent any further complications from the emergence of your wisdom teeth. We provide guidance through the surgery and during recovery to return your mouth to a comfortable state.(more…)
Imperfections can affect the shape and color of your teeth as you age. Daily wear and tear can make you wonder what options are available to enhance the look of your smile. While certain problems can be solved using the natural material of your teeth, some benefit from a synthetic solution. Orthodontics, for example, can shift your existing structures, but what can you do to change their form and shade? The placement of lifelike porcelain veneers offers a beautiful, new smile with a conservative approach. If you are looking to improve your appearance, your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office provides consultation to determine if this treatment addresses your cosmetic concerns. You will love the new way you look!(more…)
Losing a tooth has a significant impact on your quality of life. Whether caused by injury or illness, a gap in your smile can create great embarrassment with your appearance. It can harm your ability to comfortably bite and chew your food. Your jaw may become sore as you shift the alignment of your bite around the open area. You can even develop difficulty speaking with an altered mouth. Receiving quality prosthodontic care requires knowing what options are available to restore your missing tooth and improve your overall oral health.
Your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office offers a restorative procedure that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth while returning strength to your bite. Placing a dental implant can help you recover from tooth loss and provide critical stability to your jaw bone. We also offer custom dental bridges that return your bite’s function with the placement of a prosthetic across the gap in your teeth. Seeking a tooth replacement solution can return your quality of life after experiencing tooth loss!(more…)
Periodontal health is more important than most people recognize. They may see the gums as a supporting player in the sturdiness of their dentistry. In fact, this tissue is its own vibrant source of immunological protection. Your gums provide an invaluable barrier between the chaos of your mouth and the vulnerable area beneath the gumline. Your teeth are intended for use in a specific area, and can become susceptible to decay and infection if too much of it is exposed.
Periodontal disease affects over four in every ten individuals over the age of thirty in this country. Despite the stigma of gum infection and inflammation, this is a common condition. Speak with Dr. Hofkes, DDS at Cerritos Dental Surgery in Cerritos, CA about how periodontal grafting can help you restore a beautiful gumline and protect the lasting vitality of your teeth!(more…)
Maintaining the health of your smile requires more than standard brushing and flossing at home. Attending routine checkups allows your dentist to examine your mouth for the signs of oral cancer at each visit. This particular form of cancer can spread aggressively throughout your mouth and to other parts of your body, so it is important that you catch it as early as possible. Identification is the first step in obtaining treatment, and early treatment can provide the difference between success and failure. The disease can affect people of all ages and appear in those with no other poor health conditions. Therefore, everyone should seek regular screening. Please contact your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office if you notice any growths forming within your mouth or other signs of disease. We can perform a scan and determine whether you have oral cancer. If detected, we will provide further guidance for your treatment and recovery.(more…)
Cosmetic dental treatments provide pleasing results to help you look your best. Improving the quality of your smile and gaining a brand new look lifts your confidence and allows you to live life to the fullest. Conversely, dissatisfaction in your oral appearance can cause unhappiness to permeate your social and professional life. If you are self-conscious about the way you appear when speaking or laughing, you may not interact with other people as often as you would like.
We are living in busy times and it can be difficult to look as good as you would like. Fortunately, at your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office, we know that presenting your smile to others should be something you look forward to each day. We provide cosmetic dental procedures that can enhance your appearance in a timely manner.(more…)
Your teeth can become damaged from the gradual wear and tear of daily life as the years go by, but erosion to the tooth’s surface from simple biting and chewing is generally minimal. If you experience serious wear to the enamel of your teeth, you may be grinding and clenching your teeth at night without even knowing it. The problem, when not addressed, can cause stress and pain in your jaw. Concerns that are once cosmetic can progress to actual oral health emergencies as damage to the enamel exposes the inside of your tooth and creates opportunity for infection. Your bite can become misaligned as the surfaces become uneven. Fortunately, your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office offers treatment to prevent teeth grinding at night. We can also discuss solutions to repair damage to your teeth from habitual grinding and restore your confidence in the health of your smile.(more…)
If you have recently lost a tooth, you understand how difficult performing normal activities can be. It can cause embarrassment with your smile’s appearance when viewing the new gap. A missing tooth impacts your ability to speak and will affect your ability to bite and chew your food. Your jaw alignment can shift as you attempt to eat around the missing area. Fortunately, your Cerritos, CA dentist offers a restorative procedure to return strength to your bite and mimic the missing tooth’s natural appearance. Placing a dental implant can reverse the difficulties associated with tooth loss. Discover the advantages of this permanent restoration that can return joy to your smile.(more…)
Your teeth are miraculous structures that withstand hundreds of pounds of force from the daily rigors of biting and chewing. They derive their strength from solid minerals composed of hard layers of enamel. When these layers are threatened by injury or tooth decay, the tooth can become impaired. Cracks in the teeth or total tooth loss can greatly affect your ability to enjoy life on normal terms. A permanent restoration, such as a dental crown, will improve the function of the damaged tooth and return its appearance to its natural beauty. Your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office offers custom ceramic crowns that match the shade of your natural teeth and preserve your oral health.(more…)
The removal of your wisdom teeth is a rite of passage for many teens and young adults alike. The third set of molars typically arrive after your other permanent teeth, and their eruption can be long and painful. In addition to causing discomfort, they may crowd out their neighbors and cause serious problems for the alignment of your bite. They can potentially crack your enamel as they attempt to fit in a jaw without enough space. When fully formed, they can be difficult to clean, which may lead to future cavity development and other issues.(more…)