Temecula general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Ming Zhao personally provides all the following dental services
Preventive dental care:
Regular dental check-up, periodontal exam
, oral cancer screening, dental cleaning, fluoride treatment and sealant application
to prevent gum disease
and tooth decay. We also help our patients understand the reason and mechanism of oral diseases and teach them the proper ways to help maintain their dental health.
Restorative / Cosmetic dentistry: Our office is a mercury-free, mercury-safe practice. We only use tooth-colored materials including porcelain, composite and modified glass ionomers to restore decayed or broken teeth. These materials can help save more tooth structures, strengthen weakened teeth, release fluoride, be more health and environment friendly, and provide a more aesthetic appearance.
Before and after photos of amalgam fillings replaced with composite fillings and ceramic onlays.
Amalgam (silver filling - dangerous metal in your mouth) is composed of about 50% mercury, which is a big health concern. It requires aggressive removal of tooth structures, thus weakens teeth and causes tooth fractures and recurrent decay. Composite (tooth colored) filling is very conservative, can bond tooth structure together thus strengthens weakened tooth. It is also very aesthetic. Ceramic crowns and bridge:
For the best cosmetic results, we only use all ceramic crowns and bridges to restore broken teeth or replace missing teeth. Our regularly used brands include e-max, Zirconia based crowns (Lava, Bruxzir).
Traditional porcelain-fuse-to-metal crowns are very opaque, the metal may show over time at the gum line, leaving an ugly dark line.
All porcelain crowns are translucent and like natural teeth, thus there is no need to hide the margin under the gum line, which is a major factor leading to periodontal disease. Periodontal therapy:
Treatment of gum diseases
, using periodontal scaling and root planing
(so-called "Deep Cleaning"), and other surgical therapies (gum surgery, periodontal regeneration, gingival graft, etc). After that, Periodontal maintenance
is required every 3-6 months to keep the bacterial load at a minimum level. We also give patients thorough oral hygiene instructions so optimal home care can be maintained by themselves, which is the key to long-term health of the gum tissues. Recent researches have confirmed the link between gum disease and systemic diseases including diabetes
, heart attack, stroke, premature birth and cancers,
etc. Bacteria and toxin inside the mouth go directly to the blood stream through infected gum tissue and trigger a cascade of harmful immune reactions.
Tooth extraction, bone grafting
, impacted wisdom tooth extraction
, frenulectomy, correction of bony deformity before denture fabrication, and many other oral surgeries. Temecula dentist, Dr. Ming Zhao has profound training and experience in the field of oral surgery and oral pathology. Our patients experience comfortable extraction of four wisdom teeth within one hour, in a relaxing environment, without paying a high fee for general anesthesia.
Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics):
Comfortable, painless, one-step root canal treatment. "Root Canal" seems to be the most scary and nerve-racking dental term for most people. With advanced training in Endodontics and contemporary instrumentation, Dr. Ming Zhao finishes root canal therapy
in about one hour in a smooth, painless fashion. Most patients are so ecstatic after root canals in our office and the great experience totally changed their misconceptions about root canals.
Orthodontics (Braces for children and adults): Our orthodontic office in Temecula, Ca provides regular and clear braces for children and adults. Rather than waiting until all primary teeth fall out, We focus on early detection and early treatment of teeth, jaw and bite problems, which can start as early as 5-6 year-old kids. Early orthopedic and orthodontic treatment can prevent more severe growth problems that may require tooth extraction, jaw surgery and prolonged orthodontic treatment.
Our cosmetic dental office also provides cosmetic 6 months braces
treatment for adults who want to get a great smile in a short period of time. This is a fast, conservative and affordable way to enhance your smiles, compared with porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges.
Cosmetic braces Before After
Dentures, Partial Dentures: Immediate dentures, cosmetic dentures, traditional or implants supported dentures, same day denture reline and repair.
Many people think cosmetic dentistry equals tooth whitening
. In my opinion, all dental procedures should be cosmetically oriented, be it a simple tooth filling, cosmetic bonding
, porcelain veneers, or a porcelain crown. Even a good dental cleaning that removes calculus, plaque and stain is also cosmetically pleasing.
Porcelain veneers can change the shape, color and alignment of teeth, greatly improving people's smile and enhancing self-esteem. Fractured tooth can be fixed with composite bonding, providing an aesthetic and conservative result. Snap-on Smiles: Snap-On Smile
is an affordable, non-invasive and completely reversible, cosmetic removable arch that can easily and painlessly give you a beautiful smile.
Are you suffering from painful loose dentures that give you constant frustration and embarrassment? Dental implants is an excellent and affordable solution.With advanced training in implant dentistry, Temecula dentist Dr. Ming Zhao is capable of surgical placement of implants and restoration of implant-supported crowns and bridges.
TMD/TMJ treatment.Temporo-mandibular joint
disfunctions (TMD) are a series of symptoms ans signs related to the jaw joints (TMJ), including jaw joint pain, facial pain, clicking and popping of jaw joints, locking of jaws, stuffiness and ringing of ear (Tinnitus), pain behind the eyes, headaches, migraines, neck and back pains... Causes of TMJ pains include traumatic injury, car accident, muscle spasm, arthritis, and most often a bad bite. A bad bite can be caused by missing teeth, extensive teeth wear, extensive dental work and improperly done orthodontics which place the joints in an unhealthy posterior position (especially when four bicuspids are extracted and a headgear used to pull upper jaw back). Millions of people (over 90% are women) suffer from this debilitating disease. Our TMJ/TMD office in Temecula, CA provides comprehensive exam and treatment options for TMD/TMJ problems.
Sports mouth guards: More than 5 million teeth are knocked out in sports activities each year. A custom made mouth guard which fits perfectly in your mouth can protect your jaw, mouth and teeth from injuries, and prevent concussion in many sports, including basketball, football, soccer, wrestling and boxing etc.
Dental Emergency: If you have toothache or get injury of teeth, call us immediately. We will see you the same day.
TMJ/TMD dentist in Temecula California and the surrounding areas
Murrieta - Winchester - Menifee - Lake Elsinore - Wildomar - Hemet - Fallbrook - San Diego