We’re in the final stretch of 2021. There’s probably a lot on your to-do list with the holidays fast approaching. Amid all the hustle and bustle, we want to give you an important reminder. Make sure to use your dental benefits before the year ends!
You Either Use Them or Lose Them
Dental insurance generally runs on a year-to-year basis. Any dental benefits you have paid for that haven’t been used by the end of the calendar year will most likely expire. That means that after meeting your deductible, all those “dental dollars” you’ve already earned with your monthly insurance payments will go down the drain.
Use Your Dental Insurance Benefits for Preventive Services
Wondering how to use up your dental benefits before you lose them? The first thing we advise patients to do is to check and see whether or not they’ve gotten all their dental cleanings for the year. Most insurance plans cover two every year, and it always feels great to get a professional cleaning done.
Use Your Dental Insurance Benefits for Restorative Services
We know it can be easy to delay getting dental treatment because of the higher cost of major procedures. This is a good time to discuss with Dr. Tin about finally getting that restorative treatment you’ve been delaying. If you’ve met your deductible, it might make financial sense. In some cases, we can split up the treatments so that part of the procedure is covered by this year’s dental benefits, and the rest can be scheduled in 2022 when your insurance benefits renew.
Comprehensive Dental Care in Elk Grove
If the ins and outs of dental insurance are leaving you feeling confused, don’t worry—the Villa Vista Dental team is there for you! Contact our knowledgeable team and we will be happy to answer any financial questions you might have. We’re also ready to get your end-of-year appointments scheduled before things get even busier.
Use your dental insurance benefits before they expire!
While you might feel unlucky in the smile department, you are lucky in terms of how many options you have these days for orthodontic treatment. Villa Vista Dental offers two different orthodontic procedures that are designed to fix issues like crowding and gaps. Both are especially good for patients who want straight teeth but don’t want to spend several years wearing metal braces.
Six Month Smiles® are a type of accelerated braces. The technology is similar to traditional metal braces since there are brackets and wires involved. The difference is that the procedure focuses primarily on the teeth that are visible when you smile. This allows the treatment to be completed much quicker.
Clear Aligner Therapy
Clear aligner therapy is quite different from traditional metal braces. The brand we offer is called ClearCorrect®. With this type of orthodontic treatment, teeth straightening is achieved through a series of clear aligners. The aligners are designed to fit snugly over your teeth. As you move gradually through each set of new aligners, your teeth are gently pushed into the correct direction. The aligners should be worn at least 22 hours a day to keep your treatment on track.
Advantages of Clear Aligners
Clear aligners take away many of the negatives associated with traditional methods of orthodontic treatment. For one thing, the aligners are nearly invisible so it isn’t obvious that you are straightening your teeth. The plastic of the aligner feels smooth against your mouth so they are more comfortable to wear than metal brackets. Another big plus is that you take them out when you eat and clean your teeth. This means no big changes to diet are necessary. It’s also easy to maintain good oral hygiene. No threading floss around brackets or worrying about pieces of lettuce stuck in your braces. You can brush and floss as usual.
Orthodontic Options in Elk Grove, CA
Are you interested in getting orthodontic treatment? If you need help deciding between the different options available, we invite you to book a consultation at Villa Vista Dental. We provide modern orthodontic services at our Elk Grove practice and we’re happy to help. We offer flexible financing options to make your treatment more budget-friendly.
Get straight teeth, faster, with clear aligners or accelerated braces.
If you’ve been experiencing painful toothaches accompanied by extreme sensitivity when your teeth are exposed to different temperatures, you might be suffering from an infected tooth root. When an infection spreads down to your tooth roots, the life of the tooth is threatened. Is it possible to save the tooth? That’s where root canal therapy comes in! Root canals play a pivotal role in maintaining a healthy smile.
Why Get a Root Canal?
Root canals have a reputation for being painful, long procedures. Actually, the truth is that they’re not that much different from any other restorative treatment, like getting a cavity filled. A root canal is designed to remove infected tissue from the tooth root and salvage any of the tooth’s natural healthy tissue. Infections typically spread to the root because of an untreated cavity or decay that is caused by poor oral hygiene or trauma.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
Your body will send some signs to alert you when it is invaded by infection. Here are some of the typical signs that indicate you have an infected tooth root.
Severe toothache that throbs when you bite down
Sensitivity to hot & cold temperatures
Painful, swollen, or bleeding gums
Bad taste in mouth
Chips or cracks in teeth
Procedure for Root Canal Therapy
Before you get root canal therapy, Dr. Ricky Tin will take x-rays of your tooth to identify the extent of the infection in your tooth. Our team will then carefully numb the area around your tooth to help make your procedure pain free. During the procedure, we will dry the area around your tooth and drill a small hole into it to access the infected tissue. Next Dr. Tin will flush out all of the infected tissue, replacing it with a substance called gutta percha before sealing up the tooth. Depending on the extent of the damage to your tooth, we may close out the procedure with either a filling or a crown. If a crown is needed, we offer Cerec Same Day crowns.
Caring for Your Tooth After a Root Canal
It’s common to feel pain or sensitivity around your tooth after root canal therapy, and you can use over-the-counter pain medication to help with it. Our team will give you thorough aftercare instructions to help you heal faster. Once your tooth is healed, you can proceed with your regular dental care regimen. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly twice a day to prevent infection and visit Villa Vista Dental twice a year to prevent or treat cavities in their early stages.
Affordable Root Canal Therapy in Elk Grove, CA
If you are experiencing symptoms of a root canal infection, contact our office to schedule a consultation right away. We promise you that the pain of an ongoing infection and subsequent tooth extraction are far worse than root canal therapy! Villa Vista Dental proudly offers a variety of financing options to make our services affordable. Our staff is always willing to help answer any questions you might have about your visit, so don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to seeing you!
Living life to the fullest with tooth pain can be very difficult. Things like speaking, chewing, and even yawning can cause sharp pain. If you’re currently experiencing tooth pain, Villa Vista Dental will help you find a solution so you can become pain free. Read on to learn about some of the common causes of tooth pain.
Reasons You May Be Experiencing Tooth Pain
The first step to combatting tooth pain is to identify the underlying cause. There are many factors that may be causing your tooth pain. Dr. Tin will seek to discover what is causing your tooth pain before determining a treatment plan that best suits your situation. Here are some of the most common reasons for tooth pain.
Decay causes the dental pulp inside the tooth to become swollen so that it puts pressure on the tooth’s nerve.
Cracked or Broken Tooth
Dental trauma can damage or expose the tooth’s nerve, causing pain and discomfort.
Enamel is the protective outer layer of teeth. When enamel is lost it exposes the sensitive dentin layer underneath.
Gum recession exposes the tooth’s roots. This can cause extreme sensitivity when brushing or eating hot and cold foods.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Gum disease causes soft tissue inflammation and can lead to tooth decay.
Grinding wears down teeth over time and can expose sensitive nerves.
After a whitening treatment, you may experience temporary tooth sensitivity.
Schedule Your Tooth Pain Consultation
Are you suffering from chronic tooth pain? The sooner you seek treatment the better. Tooth pain can indicate a serious underlying dental issue. The longer you wait, the more severe the dental problem may become, eventually resulting in a dental emergency. At Villa Vista Dental, Dr. Ricky Tin and our knowledgeable team have years of experience diagnosing and treating dental pain. Our mission is to help patients regain a healthy, pain-free smile. Please contact our office to schedule your dental consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!
Are you one of those people who has put off their dental care due to the pandemic? We understand the conundrum, but we are here to assure you that you can safely visit Villa Vista Dental. The last thing we want is for your teeth to suffer. Read on to hear how we’re keeping our patients safe while keeping their teeth healthy.
COVID-19 Protocols at Our Practice
There’s nothing more important to us than the health of our patients and our staff. As such, we have developed a plan to service our patient’s smiles safely and effectively during this time. We are currently following any and all CDC guidelines and tracking them as they evolve and change. This includes social distancing, sanitizing, and any other protocols that help to make our office safe and comfortable for everyone in it! Additional time has been scheduled between appointments and a Covid-19 questionnaire has been implemented to ensure that everything runs smoothly and exposure to illness is avoided. Comprehensive information about our COVID-19 protocols is available on our website, and you can always call our office with your questions!
The Importance of Routine Dental Care
It’s so important that you keep up with your dental care now that our offices are back up and running. With regular dental care we can catch issues early and prevent them from becoming something much worse. If you keep up with your visits every six months and continue with a good oral care routine at home, you will likely keep your smile beautiful and healthy for years to come.
Dental Health & Wellness in Elk Grove, CA
We believe that dental care is about more than just the health of your smile. We’re here to keep our patients’ smiles looking great and their whole health in check. Villa Vista Dental takes a comprehensive approach to dental health. We look forward to seeing our regular customers back in our office. And as always, new patients are welcome. Make an appointment by calling us directly or clicking the contact link.
Did you know that 50% of adults over 30 have gum disease? Gum disease often develops when you don’t maintain good oral hygiene. Tender, bleeding gums are usually a sign of gum disease. If untreated, it can cause tooth decay, tooth loss, and even bone loss. How do you keep your gums healthy? Here are some tips.
Brush & Floss Every Day
Brushing and flossing well are the best things you can do for your gum health. When you don’t clean your teeth well, plaque and tartar build up and irritate your gums. When brushing, be sure to hold your soft-bristled brush at a 45-degree angle against your gum line.
Don’t forget to floss once a day! Flossing is very important for gum health because it removes food and plaque from places your brush can’t reach. If you haven’t flossed in a while, a little bleeding is normal. Not getting the results you want from brushing and flossing? During your dental exam, ask Dr. Tin for advice.
Don’t Use Tobacco
Smokers are twice as likely to get gum disease as non-smokers. This is because smoking weakens your immune system and makes it harder for your body to fight gum disease. Chewing tobacco comes with an increased risk for cavities, gum irritation, and mouth cancers. If you want healthier gums and you use any tobacco products, quitting is a great idea.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Your whole body – including your teeth and gums – benefits from a nutritious diet. Fresh produce, dairy, and whole grains are all linked to better gum health. These foods are packed with nutrients that support your soft tissues. Many also help the body fight against harmful bacteria. If you’re looking for another reason to improve your diet, healthier gums is a good one!
Get a Healthy Smile at Villa Vista Dental
At our Elk Grove office, we offer cleanings and exams that keep your gums healthy. If your gums need some extra love, we’ll most likely recommend scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning treats more advanced gum disease. If you have any questions for Dr. Tin or you want to schedule an appointment, please get in touch today!
Good hygiene & regular dental exams keep your gums healthy!
In dentistry, we sometimes like to say that ClearCorrect® aligners are the clear choice when it comes to orthodontic treatment. What that really means is that there are so many clear benefits to choosing ClearCorrect®. If you’re deciding whether or not to get ClearCorrect® to straighten your smile, here are some of its advantages to consider.
The Clear Appearance
One of the best benefits of ClearCorrect® is hinted at right in the name. These aligners are made from clear, plastic trays, which means that it’s hard to notice them when you’re wearing them. You can compare this to traditional braces where it’s easy to spot the metal wires and brackets. Many people love that ClearCorrect® allows them to still remain confident in their smile even while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Not only are ClearCorrect® aligners barely noticeable, but they’re also completely removable. You can pop them in and out whenever it’s time to eat, brush your teeth, or clean the aligner trays. That, in turn, means you don’t have to navigate certain food restrictions or change your brushing and flossing technique. Plus, it’s easier to keep your teeth clean when you aren’t maneuvering around dental hardware attached to your teeth.
Since ClearCorrect® aligners are made out of smooth plastic, many patients find that they’re more comfortable to wear than metal braces, which can sometimes irritate your gums or lips. Plus, the pressure the aligners apply to shift your teeth is gentle and gradual so it’s not a painful procedure. You won’t experience the discomfort that usually follows tightening of metal brackets.
Clear Aligners in Elk Grove, CA
Are you convinced about ClearCorrect®? Then we invite you to Villa Vista Dental to have a consultation to kickstart your treatment. We provide ClearCorrect® aligners as part of our orthodontic services. Still on the fence and want to ask us more questions? We’d be more than happy to answer them! Call or email our practice in Elk Grove today, and a member of our dental team will be there to help.
Discreetly & comfortably straighten your teeth with ClearCorrect® clear aligners!
Did you know that there’s more than one type of dental cleaning? You may not think twice about it if you regularly visit the dentist for a standard cleaning. However, there are more specialized types of dental cleanings to take care of specific problems. Here’s a quick rundown of the main types of dental cleanings.
The name sounds fancy, but this is actually the standard teeth cleaning and most likely what you’re getting when you go in for your check-up. During a prophylaxis cleaning, any plaque or tartar that has built up on your teeth is removed. Tartar forms when plaque has hardened, and it can only be removed by a dental professional with special tools. No matter how well you care for your teeth at home, you can’t remove all of the plaque that builds up over time. Basically, this is the kind of cleaning you get if you have a generally healthy mouth.
Scaling & Root Planing
Sometimes referred to as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is used to treat gum disease. The “scaling” portion is when plaque and tartar are removed from not just the surface of the teeth, but also from the pockets under your gum line. The “root planing” portion is when your tooth roots are essentially smoothed out, making it easier for the gums to reattach. Since this type of cleaning is more intensive, it is often performed with local anesthetic.
A debridement or gross debridement cleaning is used for people who have never visited the dentist, who haven’t visited the dentist in quite some time, or who have struggled to maintain a healthy oral care routine. Performed with a special electrical tool, this kind of cleaning can remove a heavy build-up of plaque and tartar.
If it’s more normal for you to hide your smile rather than show it off, it’s possible that you’ve already considered getting some cosmetic dental work. Rather than restorative dentistry, which is focused on restoring the function of teeth, cosmetic dentistry is focused on the aesthetics of your smile. So, when is it the right time to see a cosmetic dentist? If you relate to any of the following statements, then we believe it’s worth scheduling a consultation with Dr. Tin at Villa Vista Dental.
I Want My Teeth To Be Whiter
Not everyone is born with pearly white teeth, and even if you were, there are plenty of foods and beverages that can lead to staining. A cosmetic dentist can help boost the brightness of your teeth with professional teeth whitening treatment. By going to a dentist rather than trying to whiten your teeth on your own, you’re ensuring that you’ll get a fully personalized treatment with professional-level results in a safe and supervised environment.
I Don’t Like the Size or Shape of My Teeth
Is one of your teeth noticeably longer or shorter than the other? Maybe there’s something else about the size or shape of your teeth that’s always bothered you. A cosmetic dentist can help with that! We use custom-made dental veneers, which are super-thin shells of porcelain, to adjust the appearance of your teeth. Dental crowns are another option available to correct misshapen teeth.
I Want To Fix the Alignment of My Teeth
Villa Vista Dentistry also offers several orthodontic options to correct the alignment of your teeth. We provide Six Month Smiles® and ClearCorrect® clear aligners. Our team can walk you through each treatment and help you decide what’s best for you.
I Want to Love the Look of My Teeth!
If you’re ready to see what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Villa Vista Dental. We provide a suite of cosmetic dental services at our practice in Elk Grove. Our experienced team would be more than happy to help you design your dream smile. We look forward to hearing from you!
It is natural for children to be afraid of things that are unfamiliar to them, even something as fun as riding a bike! Is your child afraid of going to the dentist’s office? This is quite a common issue with young patients. Many adults also deal with dental anxiety! The good news is there are plenty of strategies you can try as a parent to help alleviate your child’s fear so they can build healthy dental habits in the years to come.
When talking about the dentist, make sure you stay positive. Avoid using any scary-sounding words like “pain,” “surgery,” or “drill.” Whether you’re talking about your treatment or your child’s, these words heard by young ears can make the dental office seem pretty frightening. If you’ve had negative dental experiences in the past, be careful about sharing those with your child. You don’t want to pass on your concerns to them.
Before it’s time for your child to go in for their dental appointment, consider a game of pretend. In the familiarity of your home you can walk them through what they’re going to experience at our Elk Grove office. For example, you can pretend to be a dentist teaching them about their teeth. Show them how to brush and hold up a mirror like dental hygienists normally do. Alternatively, you can let your child pretend to be the dentist who’s taking care of their stuffed animal or doll’s teeth. Either way, they’ll become more familiar with the general process.
Read Dental Books for Kids
Switch up the normal bedtime story routine and read your child a colorful picture book related to dental care. There are lots of children’s books available at public libraries that are designed to show kids how fun and important visiting the dentist is, and what it means to have good oral hygiene. With these fun stories in the back of their mind, a dental visit can seem far less intimidating.
Family Dental Care at Villa Vista Dental
If you’re still having trouble getting your child to feel comfortable at a dental office, please feel free to reach out to us at Villa Vista Dental. We see patients young and old at our inviting Elk Grove practice, and we’re happy to help you figure out the best way to ease your child’s concerns. Call or email us today!
We want your child to feel comfortable at the dentist!