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When looking for a new dental office, you probably have many questions. We listed some of the most common ones we hear at our Vallejo dental office. Please feel free to read through them. If you do not see your specific question listed here or if you'd like more information, please give us a call and one of our helpful and knowledgeable team members will answer all of your questions. You can also reach us through our contact page and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
A lot of the time, yes! However, dentistry is a complex mix of art, engineering and your individual biology. Sometimes fixing one tooth doesn’t solve the underlying disease. It’s important to have a full dental exam to determine if there are conditions or diseases that are leading to your tooth issues.
We pride ourselves on having an exceptionally clean dental office and use hospital-grade sterilization techniques on all of our instruments. Our instruments are first scrubbed clean of debris, placed in an ultrasonic cleaner to wash away additional debris before being bagged and "cooked" in sterilizers. Each bag has an indicator that changes color when it receives enough heat to prove sterilization. That way we KNOW that our instruments are sterile and that you are safe. Also, we use state of the art antimicrobial wipes to clean the dental chairs, cabinets, counters etc.
Call us and let us help you out! Toothaches can be excruciating and generally get worse, not better. In the most severe cases, they can be life-threatening particularly for the young and elderly. If you feel something coming on or have been dealing with some sleepless nights we would love the opportunity to get you feeling right again.
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We always try to see toothaches the same day. Patients of record are able to speak to the Doctor on weekends and holidays if an ache arises unexpectedly. Most of the time we can either prescribe medication or do treatment to help your pain that same day!
Fluoride has been proven time and again to be one of the most powerful tools we have to prevent cavities. Fluoride is powerful because it bonds to the outside of the tooth making it stronger and preventing bacteria and acid from eating away at precious enamel.
Fluoride Treatments in 94590
Depending on whether or not you have active cavities, we may recommend an in-office fluoride treatment, or a take-home fluoride gel and toothpaste. Just like ALL substances (including water!!), fluoride can be poisonous in large doses. The doses we use in fluoride treatments are proven to be safe and effective.
Dr. Nordstrom and Dr. Vizzolini take pride in the conservative nature of their treatment. We only recommend treatment to you that we would recommend to our own families. We can outline your conditions and the available treatment options so that you can make the choice that works for your lifestyle and budget.
Insurance companies are in the business of profit and their recommendations are rarely in your best interest. In general, the average adult will need more yearly treatment than their insurance company will pay.
Importance of Preventative Dentistry
We recommend that you have frequent exams and take care of dental problems upon initial diagnosis to prevent further disease and potential discomfort. Taking a preventative approach to your oral health will save you time and money in the long run. Investing in the health of your teeth now can save you thousands of dollars, and hours in the dental chair, in the future.
If you decide to forgo treatment due to financial concerns, please let us know so that we can attempt to make an agreeable financial arrangement, allowing you to have your necessary dental care.
On your first visit, you should be prepared to:
- Fill out paperwork
- Take any necessary x-rays
- Have the Dr. examine your mouth which includes looking at your gums, teeth and soft tissue like your cheeks and tongue
- Discuss concerns and talk with the dentist about a custom treatment plan. If we have time, we will clean and polish your teeth.
- Finally, Julie or Patty will discuss any perceived insurance issues and discuss financial arrangements if necessary.
We know that dental emergencies sometimes happen even if you do everything right to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Whether you lost a crown or a filling or you bit into something that caused some damage, we want to get you taken care of.
Who to Contact During a Dental Emergency
If you have a dental emergency during office hours, it is important that you call us right away so we can do everything possible to see you the same business day. If you develop dental pain on a business day, please call us as soon as possible so that we can work to schedule you before your pain progresses. Waiting to call may mean a longer wait for your appointment, which is not ideal, especially if you are uncomfortable.
Emergency Dentistry in 94590
When you call, tell us where your pain is and what you were doing when you noticed it. That will help us get set up for your appointment.
If you lost a temporary or permanent crown and you still have it, bring it with you. We may be able to repair it without too much trouble.
If it is a weekend, please call the dental office and leave a message with our answering service. Either Julie, the office manager, or Dr. Nordstrom will call you back promptly.
We know that people stay away from the dentist for a number of reasons. Sometimes they have dental anxiety, sometimes difficult financial times can cause a lapse between appointments, and sometimes life just gets busy. It’s never too late to come in and get caught up. In fact, it might not take as long as you think to turn your oral health around and get back on track.
Comfortable, Judgment-Free Dentistry in 94590
We will never make you feel guilty for not having been to the dentist. We understand that everyone’s circumstances and experiences are different. No matter how long it has been, we can offer you a comprehensive exam and treatment plan that outlines your needs. Then, we can talk about prioritizing your treatment so you can address the most immediate concerns first and go from there.
Our compassionate and helpful team will work with you every step of the way, making you feel welcome and comfortable while you’re with us. We know your health is important to you and deciding to call and set up an exam with Dr. Morgan Nordstrom or Dr. William Vizzolini is a great first step. We look forward to becoming a regular part of your healthier life and look forward to exceeding your expectations.
A full-smile makeover can give you the smile you've always wanted while also improving your oral health. Whether you need multiple dental treatments to achieve your dream smile or just one, this cosmetic dentistry service in Vallejo, CA is a popular way achieve your goals.
Smile Makeover Process
A full-smile smile makeover starts with a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Nordstrom that includes an assessment of your oral health. In this appointment, you can discuss all of your concerns and ask any questions you may have about reaching your goals.
For example, perhaps you would like to fix a gap between your two visible teeth, straighten one crooked tooth in front, and brighten discolored, dull teeth. Dr. Nordstrom will talk with you about your treatment options, such as dental bonding, Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening. She will also evaluate any current restorations and whether you could use any other treatments to improve your oral health, such as a deep cleaning.
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Together, you and Dr. Nordstrom will create a treatment plan that not only gives you a beautiful smile but also helps you avoid future dental problems. We’ll schedule your appointments conveniently for you so that they fit in with your expectations and budget. In no time, you’ll have a worry-free smile you love.
As we age, the enamel (the outer, white part of the tooth) thins to reveal more of the color of the inside of the tooth which is very yellow. Additionally, a lot of us drink coffee, tea, wine and soft drinks which can contribute to staining. Depending on the existing condition of your teeth, Dr. Nordstrom might recommend bleaching. We offer several types of bleaching to fit your style.
Dental Veneers in 94590
However, sometimes it takes permanent porcelain facings (veneers) to get the shade results you desire. If you have any questions, please let us know! We would love to help you achieve your desired smile!
Crowns and Bridges
If you are missing some of your natural teeth, you have several tooth replacement options available to you.
One of your options is a dental bridge, and there are several different things a dental bridge can do to improve your smile.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth replacement that bridges a gap left behind by missing teeth. Dental bridges can be supported either by natural teeth that remain in the mouth or by artificial dental implants.
You may want to consider a dental bridge for several reasons. First, our dental bridges in Vallejo, CA can help strengthen weakened jaw bone. When a dental bridge goes inside your mouth, it becomes “fixed” and is a permanent structure. The bridge will support your surrounding teeth and help correct any potential problems with your bite.
If you’ve had trouble eating due to tooth loss, a dental bridge can help with that as well. A well-placed dental bridge will allow you to chew your favorite foods again and help maintain the structure of your smile by preventing other teeth from shifting.
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If you are considering a dental bridge in Vallejo, CA, Dr. Nordstrom and Dr. Vizzolini would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options. Please give our dental practice a call today at (707) 643-2660 to schedule your dental appointment!
At our Vallejo, CA dental office, it is our goal to keep your teeth healthy and viable. Sometimes, dental crowns help us achieve this goal. Other times, a crown is simply the best cosmetic option for a broken or damaged tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that fits over an existing tooth. Our dental crowns look completely natural because we design them to match the shape and shade of your teeth. Not only do they look natural, but they also feel natural in your mouth.
Dental crowns help with the following:
- Making a weak or damaged tooth strong
- Concealing dental cracks
- Closing small gaps between teeth
- Helping a tooth remain viable following a failed root canal
- Giving teeth a more uniform appearance
- Sustaining a decayed tooth that is too damaged for a traditional filling
At the dental office of Dr. Morgan Nordstrom, DDS and William C. Vizzolini, DDS, we will keep you comfortable during dental crown placement, but it's important to note that this is not generally a painful procedure.
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If you’re considering a dental crown to conceal tooth discoloration or another cosmetic issue, contact our Vallejo, CA dental office today. Our team is standing by to answer any questions and address any concerns.
Whether you’ve lost a tooth from gum disease, tooth decay, injury, or other reason, you’re probably wondering what your tooth replacement options in Vallejo, CA are. While there are several options for replacing missing teeth, only one dental procedure replaces the tooth root.
If you’re interested in a permanent tooth replacement option that looks and feels natural, ask your Vallejo dentist about dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants can replace one or multiple teeth, even in different areas of your mouth.
This surgical procedure involves inserting a thin bio-compatible titanium frame into your jaw bone, where it’s allowed to heal and fuse to the jaw. Once the dental implant has healed, a dental prosthetic called a dental crown will be mounted to the implant and serve as the visible portion of the tooth. If the dental crown is ever chipped or cracked, we can easily replace it without disturbing the dental implant.
Essentially, the dental implant serves as a replacement tooth root.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The main benefit and most popular advantage for Vallejo patients are that dental implants look exactly like your existing teeth, and they can last for decades. Unless you let someone know that it’s not your real tooth, no one will be able to guess the difference.
In terms of your oral health, dental implants prevent significant changes like bone recession, facial sagging, and tooth shifting. All of these health effects that occur when a tooth is missing can create changes to your smile and your appearance.
If you are missing multiple teeth, you may be interested in implant-supported dentures that only need four to six dental implants to replace an entire arch, upper or lower. This is a cost-effective alternative to replacing each individual tooth, and it still retains biting, chewing, and speaking functions.
Find out More About Your Tooth Replacement Options in Vallejo
Drs. Morgan Nordstrom and William Vizzolini can go over all your tooth replacement options during your dental evaluation. They will go over your medical and dental history, current smile goals, and any oral issues that may exist. Ultimately, the final decision is always yours—we merely arm you with the knowledge you need to keep your smile healthy.
At Morgan Nordstrom, DDS, William C. Vizzolini, DDS, we help patients achieve their dream smiles every daily. And our top cosmetic dentists recognize dental implants as the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants in Vallejo, CA look like natural teeth, function like natural teeth, and no one will ever know you’ve had an implant.
However, there are other benefits you may not have considered.
- Dental implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw through stimulation
- Dental implants require no special maintenance beyond good oral hygiene and regular dental visits
- Dental implants help protect your natural teeth from wear and erosion by giving you a linear bite
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a slim post made of titanium. This post is implanted in your jaw, fuses with your jawbone over a period of months, and is the base for your new restoration tooth.
Additionally, a few dental implants are strong enough to support an arch or bridge of new restorations if you have multiple missing teeth.
Our Vallejo, CA dental implants are a patient favorite. We’re confident you’ll be happy, too!
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If you’re considering dental implants and would like an assessment, get in touch with our team today.
Digital X-Rays and Intraoral Camera
Dr. Nordstrom and Dr. Vizzolini use both x-rays and a clinical exam that consists of close inspection of your teeth, soft tissue, and bite to determine your oral health and treatment needs. X-rays help us to see what is not otherwise visible. They can detect conditions such as dental caries (decay), infection, abscesses, cracked roots, and bone loss. Often, we identify dental disease on x-rays before we can see it in your mouth. This is important because it allows our dentists to treat disease at stages when the treatment is less expensive, less time-consuming, and more predictable.
Digital dental x-rays emit 80% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays. Dental x-rays have always been among the lowest in radiation to begin with, but with digital technology, they are even lower. We only take x-rays once yearly unless you have treatment or an emergency that requires additional images.
Important Diagnostic Tool in Dentistry
The small cost of digital x-rays pays for itself with the ability to diagnose dental conditions early and minimize the treatment necessary to restore your dental health. Our goal is always to prevent dental disease or to treat it while it is still a minor problem. If you have questions about what dental x-rays can do for you, call our dental office and our team will be happy to address your specific concerns.
Dr. Nordstrom recommends that a child see the dentist at about 1 year of age. Yes, that might seem very young! The reason for this is that the more children are exposed to the dentist, the happier they are coming back! The earlier we see the child the more we can do to help that child progress cavity-free and cavity-free children have a much lower chance of being scared of the dentist as they grow up. This sets your child up for a happy and healthy mouth throughout their entire lives.
Yes, baby teeth fall out! Unfortunately, baby teeth can get just as infected as adult teeth. In children, abscesses can be life-threatening. Additionally, baby teeth hold the space for the adult teeth and allow the adult teeth to erupt into the mouth in the correct order. Without them, adult teeth erupt out of position leading to considerable crowding and likely the need for childhood braces.
If you’re considering Invisalign and live in the Vallejo, CA area, you might have some questions about how it works and what to expect for results. Patients often choose Invisalign because they want to avoid brackets and wires or because they want to enjoy an unrestricted diet during treatment.
Like traditional braces, the goal of Invisalign is to gradually move teeth into alignment, improving the bite, oral health function, and the appearance of teeth. Rather than using brackets and wires, however, Invisalign relies on clear aligners, arranged in a series, that patients wear for about two weeks each before moving onto the next.
What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment in 94590
When we proceed with Invisalign in our Vallejo, CA dental office, we ask that patients wear their Invisalign braces for about 22 hours per day. Leaving them out for long periods of time will result in slowing down treatment. You can certainly remove your aligners to clean your teeth morning and night (and your Invisalign clear braces, too) and to eat any of the foods you want to enjoy.
Invisalign works well for most orthodontic cases. Give us a call to find out if this discreet form of treatment will give you the smile you have always wanted!
Oral Cancer Screening
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you should come to the dentist at least every 6 months for a professional cleaning and routine exam. This ensures that we detect any dental disease you have (gum disease or cavities) in its early stages. Depending on your personal oral health, we may recommend you come more frequently. For example, some patients benefit from more frequent hygiene appointments, especially if they suffer from periodontal disease or have a tendency toward decay.
Small dental problems that are relatively easy to treat inexpensively and painlessly when they are caught early but often require additional procedures if not addressed right away. That can mean more expense and more time in the dental chair.
What We Can Discover During a Regular Check Up
Did you know that cavities never go away on their own and tend to progress becoming larger over time? Other conditions, such as cracked teeth, could result in tooth loss if not treated in the early stages. Taking a “wait and see” approach can cause bigger problems.
We also look for lumps, lesions, and cysts that can indicate serious conditions like oral cancer. Often your dentist is the first to notice these pre-cancerous lesions and can recommend a biopsy and life-saving treatment.
The best dental insurance is a regular check up!
Partial & Complete Dentures
At Morgan Nordstrom, DDS and William C. Vizzolini, DDS we offer natural-looking dentures in Vallejo, CA, and our patients have been delighted with their results!
Full dentures are a practical and affordable solution to complete tooth loss. Likewise, partial dentures are an equally good solution to partial tooth loss.
The process begins with an assessment in our Vallejo, CA dental office. One of our top dentists will examine your teeth and gums to make sure dentures are the right option for you.
Dr. Nordstrom and Dr. Vizzolini use quality materials and take meticulous imprints of your gums to make sure your dentures fit the contours of your mouth and look natural.
Our dentists also provide implant-supported dentures in Vallejo, CA for patients seeking a more permanent solution to tooth loss. This means your denture or partial is permanently attached using a few implant posts.
If you have a denture that is damaged or needs to be repaired, we also restore dentures for our patients.
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If you’re seeking full dentures or partial dentures in Vallejo, CA, contact our team today. If you have any questions about implant-supported dentures or denture repair, we are here to help.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
Gum disease (more formally known as periodontitis) is the destruction of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in your jaw. The primary cause of this destruction is the build-up of plaque and bacteria around the teeth and gumline. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove plaque from below the gumline. That is why regular professional cleanings are so important to your oral health.
In its early stages and with proper treatment, gum disease can be reversible.
Other Causes of Gum Disease
Medical conditions, such as diabetes, can contribute to the severity of your gum disease. Certain medications, dry mouth, and hormonal changes all contribute to a greater risk of periodontal disease. While these conditions make periodontal disease difficult to control, with proper home care, professional dental cleanings, and regular monitoring by Dr. Nordstrom or Dr. Vizzolini, it is possible to keep it under control.
Many women develop gum disease during pregnancy. Links between periodontal disease and low birth weight babies exist, so addressing your periodontal disease is important not only for you but for the health of your newborn.
Signs of gum disease are bleeding, puffiness, and tenderness of the gums. Frequent dental exams, cleanings, and good brushing and flossing are the best things you can do to prevent this disease.
You might be surprised to learn how many of our patients come to our dental office with a fear of the dentist or deep-seated anxiety that comes from a bad experience at the dental office as a child or young adult. We can only imagine how many patients walk through our door who have dental anxiety but never mention it to us.
Your comfort is one of the reasons we decided to offer sedation dentistry in our Vallejo dental office.
Oral Sedation Dentistry in 94590
While we would love to believe that our advanced technology and gentle team could put every patient at ease, we realize that some patients will still need additional help relaxing. We are here to help with sedation dentistry that uses prescription medication to induce a relaxed and carefree state. Most patients report that they have little memory of their procedure, though you will remain conscious and able to respond to questions and requests throughout the appointment.
Because prescription medications can have interactions, we will need a full medical history to determine if sedation dentistry in our Vallejo dental office will be right for you. We also require that you have someone drive you to your appointment and home afterward to ensure your safety. To learn more, give us a call! We want nothing more than for you to be able to seek the necessary dentistry that will keep you healthy and smiling.
Dr. Nordstrom and staff pride themselves on making patients comfortable during dental treatment. We use extra strong topical gel so that the injections are much more comfortable. We have laughing gas (nitrous) if you should choose and, depending on your particular needs, can prescribe you anti-anxiety medication.
Caring Dentistry in 94590
Honestly, after receiving treatment with Dr. Nordstrom the first time, many patients feel comfortable and don’t need laughing gas or anti-anxiety medications at future appointments.
White (Composite) Fillings
A cavity found during your dental exam needs immediate attention. We treat cavities to prevent further decay and bacterial buildup inside the tooth, which can lead to tooth loss.
To fill or close your cavity to bacteria, we use a durable white composite. This composite looks like your tooth and is more aesthetically appealing than the silver or dark-colored fillings used several years ago.
Our white composite fillings are strong, provided they are well cared for—brush and floss at least twice per day and visit the dentist for regular cleanings.
How do white composite fillings work?
The dentist numbs your tooth and gently clears any bacteria or decay. Your tooth is then prepared for the composite filling. This composite is applied in layers, and each layer is cured with a special light that helps it bond to your tooth.
Afterward, we polish and shape the white composite to provide a natural looking shine.
Remember, it is essential to brush and floss twice per day and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. Future cavities are preventable when best practices are adhered to daily.
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If you think you may have a cavity or if it’s time for your general check-up, contact our Vallejo, CA dental office today.