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How do I know if I have a cavity?

November 19, 2018

Cavity treatment in Costa Mesa

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According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), tooth decay is the second most prevalent health condition in the U.S. after the common cold.  If you’ve never had a cavity, great work!  However, it’s very likely that at some point in your life you will develop at least one.

How will you know if you have a cavity? Just because you aren’t experiencing any pain doesn’t mean everything is fine and dandy.  You could have active decay that is in the early stages and may be able to be reversed with professional dental care.  Tooth decay exhibits a variety of symptoms depending on the severity of your tooth decay.

Symptoms of a Cavity

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• Nothing (best time to catch decay in the early stages)
• Continuous or spontaneous tooth pain
• Tooth sensitivity
• Pain (dull or sharp) when eating something sweet, hot, or cold
• Visible staining on the surface of your tooth which may appear brown, black, or white
• Visible holes in your tooth (the holes are likely cavities)
• Pain when chewing or biting your teeth down together

What to do if you have a cavity?

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A quick exam at our Costa Mesa dental office will let you know the best course of treatment for your particular situation. The recommendation could be as simple as a “watch” with recommendations for home care to fluoride treatment.

If the decay is more pervasive or you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson may recommend treatment for the cavity.  Treatment options could include a composite (tooth-colored) filling for moderate decay.  If the decay is covering many surfaces of the tooth or has affected deeper layers of the tooth a dental crown may be recommended.

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How to prevent a cavity?

You can help prevent the damaging effects of plaque and tartar at home by brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush, using a toothpaste with fluoride, and flossing at least once a day.  Additional preventative measures include eating a well-balanced diet, rinsing after meals if you can’t brush, and asking your dentist about fluoride treatment.  Most importantly, seeing your dentist at regularly prescribed visits can determine if the above measures are effective for you.

Importance of Routine Dental Visits

Obviously, the best time to catch a cavity would be in the early stages, when there are few, if any, symptoms (trust us on this one).

That’s why the American Dental Association (ADA) and dental professionals stress the importance of maintaining regular visits to your dentist.  Although we are always here when you need us, we don’t want to get into the habit of only seeing you when you are in pain!

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At each visit to our office, we will continue to evaluate whether we need to see you every 3, 4 or 6 months in order to ensure you are maintaining good oral hygiene.

You can always schedule an appointment by calling/texting us at   (714) 424-9099, by email at info@mycostamesadentist.com, or by clicking “Book An Appointment“.

Think you need a dental crown?  Get 50% off an all ceramic crown upgrade until November 30, 2018!

 

FREE Dental Exams & X-rays for Veterans

November 3, 2018


FREE DENTAL EXAMS AND X-RAYS

50% OFF TREATMENT*

Monday, November 12, 2018  10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 9:00am – 5:00pm

Thank you for your service!

Honoring our heroes is important to us, but too often America’s veterans return home only to face more battles.  Obtaining medical and dental care for veterans shouldn’t be one of them.  That’s why Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson and the Advanced Dental Care team are giving back this Veteran’s Day by offering free dental exams and x-rays for veterans.  In addition, any dental treatment needed will be provided at 50% off.

Dental Care for Veterans

Welcome to our office

At Advanced Dental Care, your comfort and satisfaction is our number one priority.  We do our best to prepare for your appointment before you arrive.  On your first visit to our Costa Mesa dental office, you’ll quickly check-in in our private registration room before making yourself at home.  We offer blankets, pillows, aromatherapy, music, DirectTV, internet and more to help you feel as relaxed as possible.  You’ll meet our dental team and discuss any concerns about the health or appearance of your smile.  Once we know about anything that is bothering you, we will get started with your dental exam.

The dental exam

Your dental assistant will start by taking a few digital x-rays.  Digital x-rays  are important in providing dental care for veterans, because they provide diagnostic images that may not be visible to the eye.  Your dental assistant may also take intraoral photos or a 3D scan using our iTero digital scanner.  Next you’ll meet Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson, owner/dentist of Advanced Dental Care.  After Dr. Jorgenson’s comprehensive exam, he’ll discuss any areas of concern using the digital images taken earlier in the appointment.

Treatment planning

Dr. Jorgenson’s treatment philosophy is to identify why your dental condition might be occurring and recommend the most conservative approach to treating the condition.  A condition may have multiple treatment options and only you and Dr. Jorgenson can choose the treatment option that is best for you.  We strongly encourage patients to take an active role in their treatment to ensure the best outcomes.  You are encouraged to ask as many questions as you want. Dr. Jorgenson will then work with our treatment coordinator, Angeliki, to prepare a custom treatment plan for you.

Making dental care possible

We always work with our patients to ensure they can receive the dental care they need, but on Monday, November 9th dental care for veterans will be offered for 50% off our standard fees.  We can also make financial arrangements to further assist with treatment investments.  This includes in-office or third-party payment plans including up to 18 months with 0% interest**!

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Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson

To schedule an appointment or for any questions, please call us at (714) 424-9099 or by email at info@mycostamesadentist.com.

Advanced Dental Care is a full-service dental office located at 3033 Bristol St. Ste. AA, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  Specializing in family and cosmetic dentistry.  For more information, please visit us online at www.mycostamesadentist.com
*Excludes Orthodontic treatments. **Upon qualifying credit for treatment plans over $1000.

Back-to-School – Smile Smart Tips

August 14, 2018

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Smile Smart Tips for Success!

Going back-to-school is bittersweet for both parents and students.  No one wants summer to end, but students enjoy going back to school to see their friends again, getting back into school sports, and moving one step closer to graduation!

Even though going back-to-school is an exciting time, students can experience anxiety.  Anxiety can interfere with sleep, wellness, and performance.  But don’t worry!  We’ve compiled some smile smart tips to help you smoothly transition back into the school year.

Smile Smart Tip # 1

Of course our first tip is to complete your dental exam and x-rays, and cleaning, before school starts.  These services are often covered at 100% by dental insurance.  Nothing can distract students more than throbbing, achy tooth pain that requires an emergency dental visit. Make sure your dental health is an A+ for academic success!

Smile Smart Tip # 2

Our second tip is to get enough sleep.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends:

  • 9-12 hours for school-age children
  • 8-10 hours for teens
  • 7 or more hours for adults

Not getting restful sleep?  Schedule a consultation for Sleep Apnea or Bruxism.  A custom sleep device to treat sleep apnea can improve sleep quality and reduce chances for heart disease or stroke.  A custom nightguard to prevent grinding that can cause poor sleep, headaches, and aggrevated TMJ.

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Our third tip is to choose healthy food and drinks to feel your best and keep your teeth strong and healthy.  Avoid drinks with color additives, sugar, carbonation, or acid to protect against decay and erosion.  Choose foods with calcium, minerals like cheese, yogurt, almonds, leafy greens, and carrots.

Smile Smart Tip # 4

Our fourth tip is to protect your smile during school sports.  An injury can cause broken teeth, dead teeth, and even permanent tooth loss.  Consider a custom athletic mouthguard for school sports in your school colors!

Smile Smart Tip # 5

Brush and floss for at least 2 minutes twice a day to maintain good oral hygiene between dental visits.  Choose a soft bristled toothbrush making circular motions at a 45 degree angle and waxed floss or flosser picks to get the areas in between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.

 

For more information on these smile smart tips or to schedule an appointment, please call/text us at (714) 424-9099 or you can schedule online, send email, or live chat us at www.mycostamesadentist.com.

Advanced Dental Care is proudly owned by Dr. Jeremy B. Jorgenson and provides family and cosmetic dentistry in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Long Beach, and Orange County.  Call today!

Dental Veneers – Preparing for your Appointment

December 18, 2017

veneers in mouthDental veneers are an excellent, permanent solution to achieving that perfect smile.  Whether you’re wanting to fix a cracked tooth, chipped tooth, broken tooth, straighten teeth, or just need to update your smile, there are some key things you should do to prepare for your appointment.  If you have not already had a dental veneer consultation, schedule one!  The first step is getting the information you need to be able to move forward with veneers.  Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson and the Advanced Dental Care team are here to help with all of your questions!

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Help! I have a Broken Tooth. Do I need Emergency Dental Care?

June 16, 2017

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Have a broken tooth?  Often times patients do not come to see their dentist unless a dental condition has become urgent and painful!  By the time a patient is experiencing acute, sharp, throbbing pain, the condition is not so cute.  Whether you just broke a tooth or have had a broken tooth for some time, it is best to see your dentist ASAP!

How and why do teeth break?

Teeth can break for a variety of reasons, including physical injury, biting into a hard or tough piece of food, decay that weakens the tooth enamel.  They can chip, crack, or fracture, damaging one or more layers of the tooth, and break above, at, or below the gum line.  Fractures of the tooth root, which are not visible to the eye, are also serious and consequently damage the blood vessels and nerves that supply the tooth.  Lastly, your tooth can become loosened or displaced from their socket.

Can a broken tooth be saved?

Depending on the severity of damage to the tooth and its root and how fast you act, your dentist has more opportunities to save your tooth!  Surface chips and cracks can most often be fixed with fillings or bonding.  Cracks or fractures that extend beyond the gum line, can be more difficult to repair, requiring a root canal and/or dental crown.

Infections in decayed or broken teeth can spread to the surrounding gum tissue, jaw bone, and can even become systemic.  Your dentist can treat the infection and may be able to repair the tooth, however, some infected teeth cannot be saved.  Teeth that have lost blood and nerve supply, necrosis, are usually recommended to remove.

If the tooth cannot be saved, don’t worry!  There are many tooth replacement options available to restore your smile to its full function and aesthetic.  At Advanced Dental Care in Costa Mesa, we offer personalized treatment to your condition and budget, including dental implants, several types of dental bridges, crowns, and dentures.

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When to see your dentist?

Physical trauma or injury to your face or head or excessive bleeding, swelling, or pain are serious.  Please get emergency care immediately!  When you take swift action, injuries resulting from trauma have the best chance for recovery.  In addition, swelling, extreme pain, redness, and heat, can all be signs of a serious infection.

A tooth with a large chip, crack, or break at or near the gum line, may not bleed or swell, but be very painful.  The biggest risks associated with large or deep cracks/chips is damage to the nerve and blood supply and infection.  Call your dentist as soon as possible to get in for emergency dental care!

You may not notice when you have small chips or fractures, while other chips might be sharp or jagged.  Sharp or jagged chips cause irritation to your tongue and cheeks.  You should still see your dentist as soon as possible, even if you are not currently experiencing pain.  Small cracks and chips can expose the inner layers of your teeth leaving them susceptible to decay, infection, and further breakage.

Call now for your free consultation with Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson at our Costa Mesa dentist office. We are available by phone at (714) 424-9099 anytime or visit us online at www.mycostamesadentist.com.  In addition, we are in network with all PPO dental insurances!  No dental insurance? No problem!  We also offer our own plan with no maximum or deductibles, and most importantly, you can sign up today!.

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Cosmetic Bonding and Dental Fillings

May 12, 2017

Cosmetic Bonding or Fillings – which is the right fix for you?

Cosmetic dentistry can be used to quickly and easily fix imperfections in your smile.  Cosmetic bonding and dental fillings can be great options to repair a chipped tooth or alter the size and shape of a tooth in just one visit!  And you’re in great hands at Advanced Dental Care.. Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson is not only the best dentist in Costa Mesa, but an artist when it comes to restoring teeth with cosmetic bonding or dental fillings!

Cosmetic Bonding

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Check out our patient Courtney’s 10 minute bonding transformation!

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are used when the tooth is decayed or fractured requiring both a clinical and cosmetic fix. Dr. Jorgenson uses the same composite resin used in dental bonding, but also removes any decay from the tooth ensuring the tooth is healthy and prepped for the bonding.  Both the indirect and direct bonding techniques are actually comprised of several procedures.

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  2. Etching: acidic solution applied to make a better surface for the bonding material to adhere to
  3. Applying the Bonding Agent: the glue that holds the composite to the tooth
  4. Applying the Composite
    1. Direct Bonding: the composite is placed directly on the tooth in layers
    2. Indirect Bonding: the composite is formed outside of the mouth and then applied to the tooth
  5. Curing: a blue light that causes the composite and bonding agent to harden together
  6. Shaping and Polishing to Perfection!

Each step is necessary to ensure that your bonding restoration is the perfect size, shape, smoothness, and color to achieve the best function, health, and aesthetic of the tooth!

To schedule your free consultation with the best dentist in Costa Mesa, Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson, you can call or text us at (714) 424-9099 or book right on our website at www.mycostamesadentist.com!

 

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