Regular Exams & Cleanings
Routine oral exams are very important to your oral health. During your appointment, our team will:
• Evaluate your smile for undiagnosed issues
• Check your teeth for cavities
• Examine your gums for signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease
• Clean your teeth to remove any lingering plaque and bacteria
Routine exams typically last about 45 minutes and will include a visit with our dentists to discuss your oral health status and any treatments they recommend. We encourage you to visit Just Clean Smiles every six months to evaluate your oral health. We invite you to contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
Traditional dental fillings, also known as dental restorations, typically consist of silver amalgam, which can withstand extreme force. This strong, durable material is particularly useful for that back teeth that are involved in chewing.
Modern dental fillings can be made of various materials, including plastic or ceramic, to match the natural color of your teeth. Usually referred to as composite resin, these fillings are a popular choice for repairing front teeth; however, our dentists can also place them on the back teeth.
Dr. Manzanares and Dr. Stewart offer direct and indirect fillings. Direct fillings can be placed in a single visit. Indirect fillings are dental restorations that are used to treat teeth that cannot support a traditional filling but do not need a dental crown. These restorations include dental veneers, inlays, and onlays.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns can strengthen a tooth and improve its appearance if it is broken, worn down, or damaged by tooth decay. Your crown is cemented on top of the tooth to cover everything surface above the gum line, becoming the new, durable outer layer. Our dentists may recommend a dental crown or partial dental crown (also known as an onlay) if your tooth cannot support a dental filling.
Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth. They can maintain the integrity of your smile, preserve facial shape, and avoid placing stress on the bite. A dental bridge uses artificial teeth to cover gaps left behind by missing teeth. Dental bridges are anchored to the neighboring teeth or dental implants to provide a stable foundation.
Dental crowns and bridges are fabricated in a dental lab. The lab technicians use impressions of your smile to capture the exact shape and size of your teeth. They also accommodate your bite and jaw movements to ensure that your restoration feels completely natural. We may use gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these to create your dental restoration.
Tooth Extractions & Wisdom Teeth
Dr. Manzanares and Dr. Stewart may need to remove a tooth for various reasons. Some of the most common reasons for tooth removal include allowing a permanent tooth to erupt, removing extensive decay, allowing for orthodontic correction, or treating a troublesome wisdom tooth.
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that appear in the back of your mouth during your late teen or early adult years. Due to a lack of space, many wisdom teeth fail to rerupt properly or are at risk of becoming impacted. Impacted teeth can cause dental hygiene problems, tooth decay, infections, and gum disease. Most patients need to have their wisdom teeth removed by a dentist.
If our dentists determine that a tooth needs to be removed, they can the procedure during your routine checkup or schedule a separate appointment. During your procedure, our dentists will first expand the tooth socket that holds the tooth. Next, they will extract the tooth from the ligament that anchors it to the jawbone. If a tooth is impacted, as is common among wisdom teeth, we may need to remove a portion of the bone that is covering the tooth. Wisdom teeth are often removed in sections to preserve as much surrounding bone as possible. Tooth removal is fairly quick, and we will ensure that you are comfortable at all times; however, please notify us of any concerns you have.
To prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting into the new gap in your smile, we will offer you a variety of tooth replacement options that will support your jaw joint function and chewing abilities.
Dentures & Partials
Dentures are removable dental appliances that are made of natural-looking teeth. They are available as a full or partial arch, depending on how many teeth you need to replace. Patients who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from full dentures. Those who still have some reamining natural teeth can choose a partial denture, which uses a metal frame that is anchored to surrounding teeth to fill large gaps.
Like your natural teeth, dentures need proper care to remain functional and attractive. Brush your dentures with a gentle cleanser and store them in water or denture solution to keep them moist. Clean your tongue and gums daily to keep bacteria levels low.
Dental Implants & Implant-Supported Dentures
Missing teeth can affect your oral health and facial appearance by allowing surrounding teeth to shift out of place. We encourage you to replace any missing teeth in your smile to stabilize your bite and improve any discomfort. Dental implants can provide permanent tooth replacement.
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth made of two parts. The first is a titanium implant post that is inserted into the jaw. The second part is a tooth-colored crown that is cemented to the top of the implant post. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth.
If you are missing several teeth, we can anchor your dentures with dental implants to prevent them from shifting. Patients with partial dentures can use dental implants to replace missing teeth and help their smiles look more natural.
Mouth Guards & Night Guards
If you are involved in sports, we encourage you to wear a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums. You can choose a pre-made mouth guard, a “boil-and-bite” guard, or a custom-made mouth guard from our dentists. We recommend that you select a mouth guard that is comfortable, fitted to your mouth, easy to clean, and tear-resistant. Your mouth guard should not restrict your breathing. If needed, our dentists can show you how to choose the right mouth guard and wear it properly.
We also encourage you to wear a night guard if you often wake up with jaw pain, headaches, or earaches. You may also want to wear a night guard if you know that you clench and grind your teeth. All of these reasons for wearing a night guard are symptoms of bruxism, a condition that causes patients to grind their teeth, usually during sleep. Bruxism can result in cracked and broken teeth, or tooth loss. Night guards can help you avoid the damage that tooth grinding can cause by simply cushioning your teeth and jaws. Just Clean Smiles offers custom-made night guards that are made of soft material to comfortably fit your teeth. You can wear a night guard over your top teeth, bottom teeth, or both. Night guards are typically worn while you are sleeping.
We invite you to contact our office at 505-565-0609 today if you have any questions about our dental care in Peralta, New Mexico. Our team would be happy to address your questions and help you schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!