Maintain Your Oral Health for a Lifetime of Smiles
General Dentistry in Fremont, Ca.
Although we offer many popular cosmetic dentistry services to help our patients achieve their best smiles, the mainstay of our practice remains general dentistry. That term refers to everything we do to maintain people’s oral health, including check-ups for healthy people as well as treatment for damaged teeth, such as fillings and onlays. Contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cortese or Dr. Selway.
Dr. Selway and Dr. Cortese fill cavities using composite resin, a tooth-colored material. It comes in several different shades, which can be mixed by your dentist to match your tooth exactly. Your tooth will look like new when your filling is done; no one will even be able to tell the difference between the filling and your natural tooth. Because tooth decay can progress rapidly once it gets started, it’s important to detect cavities early, so that they can be treated before they become a more serious problem for the tooth.
We stopped using amalgam, the silver-colored metal material that was used for fillings in earlier decades, about 15 years ago. Amalgam contains mercury, which is a health concern for many. In addition, an amalgam filling makes a big difference in the look of your smile. We want our patients’ smiles to look natural and bright, not to have obvious fillings that distract from their attractiveness.
Teeth that crack or break may need the additional strength of a crown to restore them to health. We use crowns made of white porcelain, which very closely resembles natural tooth enamel and is also very durable. By placing a crown over a damaged tooth, we can prevent the tooth from becoming further damaged and possibly needing more invasive procedures. We use the CEREC technology, which allows us to create the crown right here in our office. That means that our patients only require one dental visit to get a crown, as opposed to the two or more visits to get a crown the traditional way.
Fluoride and sealants
There are some simple and low-cost treatments available that can help to safeguard your oral health and prevent expensive and damaging problems later on. Fluoride treatments can help to strengthen tooth enamel, reducing the likelihood of tooth decay, as well as decreasing tooth sensitivity. Although they’re most strongly recommended for children, fluoride treatments can also help adults.
Dental sealants are applied to the molars to help prevent decay in the deep grooves of those back teeth. Applied as a thick liquid and then hardened, they fill in the grooves, preventing bacteria from entering into those small spaces where it’s very difficult to brush them away. Dental sealants can be applied in minutes and then will last for years. Both fluoride and sealants are frequently recommended for our family dentistry patients.
Having regular dental check-ups is important for your oral health, and even for your general health. This is because poor oral health has been linked to a higher risk of many diseases, such as heart disease, that can threaten your overall health. Your dentist will check for decay in the teeth
Your dentist will also check the inside of your mouth for signs of oral cancer. Though rare, this type of cancer is often not noticed by the patient until its later stages, when it’s much less treatable. Your dentist will look for any suspicious areas, and request a biopsy if necessary. Knowing that your dentist has checked for cancer can provide you with peace of mind.
Learn More about General Dentistry
These are only a few of the procedures we offer in our office. Dr. Selway and Dr. Cortese offer a wide range of treatments to help you maintain your smile for life. Most treatment can be completed in our office, but if you need specialized treatment, we will refer you to a trusted specialist who we know will provide you with excellent care.