Dental Cleanings and Preventative Care
At Perfect Smiles California, we offer comprehensive general dentistry near Chula Vista, CA as well as preventative care services to keep your smile healthy, confident and bright. Our team emphasizes the power of preventive care and effective oral hygiene habits to protect your smile for life. We recommend a checkup every six months to stay ahead of any potential problems.
During your regular dental cleaning appointment, our team will thoroughly assess your teeth and gums for any signs of gum disease, oral cancer or tooth decay. If we see anything concerning, we will fully inform you and listen to all of your thoughts about treatment options. Perfect Smiles California is proud to be your partner in protecting your oral health–and in promoting your overall health!
Dr. Garate and Dr. Falcon offer a full spectrum of preventive dental services at our Chula Vista dental office, including:
Professional Teeth Cleanings
Dental prophylaxis is a professional teeth cleaning procedure that thoroughly cleans your teeth. It is an important preventive measure to help stop the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. We recommend our orally healthy patients receive this type of procedure twice a year.
Oral Cancer Screening
Tobacco users aren’t the only ones who should be concerned about oral cancer. Oral cancer is on the rise. That’s why at Perfect Smiles California, we provide oral cancer screenings as part of your regular-checkup to all of our patients over the age of 18.
Seal off deep grooves in the molars that are vulnerable to tooth decay with this inexpensive and effective preventive treatment. Dental sealants guard against cavities by forming a “shield” over the enamel of your teeth, keeping out bacteria and acids. Ask about pediatric dental sealants!
Applying fluoride to your teeth helps re-mineralize weak areas of tooth enamel, keeping them resilient against bacteria and preventing future cavities.
Desensitizing Treatments for Sensitive Teeth
Don't suffer from tooth pain and sensitivity! If you're concerned with the sensitivity of your teeth, ask Dr. Garate at your next appointment how we can help restore your teeth so you can enjoy your favorite foods without pain again.
Chronic halitosis is a common problem with more than 50 million people suffering in the United States alone. Common halitosis remedies like mouthwashes and breath mints are often sufficient to mask the symptoms, but if you’re concerned about the root cause, schedule an appointment with Dr. Garate to discuss your treatment options.
Athletic Mouth Guards
If you or your child are involved in any type of sports, wearing a custom fitted mouth guard is one of your best pieces of insurance. Not only does it protect teeth, it also reduces the risk of concussion.
Extraction is a last resort, but sometimes it is necessary. Badly infected teeth can jeopardize the health of their neighbors, including formerly healthy teeth and gum tissue. Fortunately, we can help!
The best time to have wisdom teeth removed is during a patient's late teenage years or early 20s. These immature wisdom teeth are smaller, so surgery is less complicated and potentially less painful. If your wisdom teeth have not started to erupt, we will use x-ray imaging to locate them and determine if it’s time to have them removed. Learn more about why we're the best option for wisdom teeth removal near Chula Vista, CA.
Our practice uses digital x-rays to produce enhanced computer images of our patient’s teeth, gums, and other oral structures and conditions. Digital x-rays are key to early detection and effective treatment of dental problems. They also expose you to a lower level of radiation than traditional film x-rays.
3D Panoramic X-Rays
3D Panoramic x-rays are wraparound photographs of the face and teeth. This type of x-ray rotates around a patient's head and can show our dental team a view of your teeth and mouth that would otherwise be invisible. Our team at Perfect Smiles California often uses panoramic x-ray technology to:
- Evaluate patients who suffer with an extreme gag reflex
- View cysts and abnormalities in the mouth.
- Clearly view impacted teeth.
- Diagnose fractures in the jaw
- Accurately plan treatment for dentures, dental implants and braces
- Clearly reveal gum disease and cavities that need to be treated
X-rays can be an excellent way to help diagnose oral health problems, but an intraoral camera takes it a step further. At Perfect Smiles California, we use our intraoral camera to examine areas of our patient’s mouths that x-rays can’t show.