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mile HQ is a family dentistry practice providing comprehensive dental care services for all ages. We encourage long-lasting dental health. To accomplish this we recommend regular dental checkups every 6 months.

The key to a clean and healthy smile is good oral hygiene between visits to prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Following a good oral health routine will help prevent dental procedures such as cavity fillings, root canals or even extractions. See below for all of the dental care we provide.

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General Dentistry

General dentistry covers services such as:

  • Cavity Treatment & Prevention
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Dental Checkups
  • Root Canals
  • Oral Screenings and more.

Orthodontic Services

Do you have crooked or crowded teeth? Is your jaw aligned properly? These are not just cosmetic issues and can cause serious issues with your oral health. Orthodontic Services will include:

  • Braces
  • Lumineers
  • Invisalign Invisible Braces

Restorative Dentistry

We use the finest materials and the best dental technology to ensure the best results possible. Restorative dentistry will include:

  • Dental Implants
  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Inlays & Outlays
  • Dentures
  • Root Canals
  • Full-Mouth Restoration

Cosmetic Dentistry

Does your smile need a makeover? Cosmetic Dentistry covers:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
  • Invisalign Invisible Braces

Oral Surgery

Don’t let the words Oral Surgery strike fear. We make sure you are comfortable and have minimal discomfort for services such as:

  • Root Canals
  • Surgical Extractions
  • Wisdom Teeth Removal
  • Dental Implants

Emergency Services

Have a toothache? Chip a tooth? We are here for you. We fix:

  • lost fillings
  • broken or chipped teeth
  • lost fillings or crowns
  • broken braces wires and more.

Dental Implants

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

  • Anyone that has lost a single tooth or multiple teeth.
  • Anyone with severely decayed or damaged teeth.

Contraindications for dental implants

  • Certain medical conditions and diseases
  • Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease.

Proper records and diagnostic planning of the jaw bone is required.

Study models of the mouth and bite, and special 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans of the jaw.

Why should implants be placed?

  • Restore chewing function
  • Maintain bone mass and function with bone grafting.

Crowns & Bridges

A crown is a restoration that covers, or “caps,” a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth.

Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings will no longer restore proper function. If a tooth is cracked a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn’t get worse. Crowns are also used to support a large filling when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover badly shaped or discolored teeth. Crowns may be placed on natural teeth or dental implants.

Nowadays, there are several types of crowns available to you. The traditional kind is a porcelain-fused to metal, where the inner layer of the crown is a non-precious metal. The disadvantages of using such a metal are the following: poor esthetics – unnatural looking crown with a gray line along the gum-line; gum irritation in people with metal allergies; this metal alloy usually contains beryllium, known to cause cancer.

Much better options are metal-containing various percentages of gold, 88% gold (Captek) being the best to date. These crowns look very life-like, distinguished by a very good fit due to better casting of gold containing alloys. Also, these metals are very highly polished which prevent bacteria living in micro-pores from colonizing along the edge of the crown. Thus the gum around this type crown stays clean and healthy.

Another popular option is the all-porcelain crown. It could be fabricated from different porcelain/ceramic materials. Lately, they proved to be as strong as conventional crowns, with better aesthetics. Still, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing this kind of crown, the most important being your bite – the way your teeth come together, and the need to cut a lot of the tooth structure away to provide for adequate thickness of such crown.

Dental bridges are another cosmetic dentistry option for replacing lost teeth, and are ideal for patients for whom dental implants might not be a suitable option. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but can last as many ten years or more. Some of the disadvantages of having a bridge include that it is common for your teeth to be mildly sensitive to extreme temperatures for a few weeks after the treatment. The build up of bacteria formed from food acids on your teeth and gums can become infected if proper oral hygiene is not followed.

San Diego Water Laser Dentistry

WaterlaseMD ™ Dentistry uses laser energy and a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures – without the heat, vibration and pressure associated with the dental drill. With many procedures, it’s possible to use less anesthetic, and often no anesthetic at all.

  • Avoids the stress of drills and needles
  • Reduces stress and fear of going to dentist
  • Minimally invasive
  • Fewer dental visits, less time in dental chai
  • Return to daily routine faster after treatment
  • Less chance of drug interactions
  • Less risk of cross-contamination

This is a brief description of why WaterLase is your best choice for painless dentistry. The drill works with friction, which causes heat and triggers pain. This necessitates injection with anesthetic and numb lips, and opens the possibility for thermal damage. WaterLase uses a unique, powerful interaction of YSGG laser wavelength and proprietary water/air spray that cuts, etches and shapes target tissues without contact, heat, vibration or pressure. So many procedures can be done painlessly with no anesthetic.

By reducing the need for anesthetic, multi-quadrant restorations that once entailed multiple appointments can now be completed in a single visit. And, because a Waterlase MD Turbo allows you to handle a wider variety of procedures, there is less need to refer patients out for treatment, eliminating another source of anxiety for patients. Anesthetic-free dentistry can allow your WaterLase dentist to perform several procedures in a single apointment that used to require more than one visit. Also, a no pain WaterLase dentist can perform procedures that once meant an additional trip to a periodonist, endodontist or other specialist, saving you even more time.

If the structure of your teeth needs attention as well, your WaterLase dentist can offer such painless options like Lumineers, which just like WaterLase requires no drilling of tooth structure, no shots and is a painless procedure.

Lumineers

Lumineers can make EVERYONE’S smile more beautiful WITHOUT painful removal of tooth structure* – even with old crowns and bridges!

Lumineers are uniquely in that they are ultra-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) and highly translucent, allowing them to replicate the natural appearance of enamel. While traditional veneers are much thicker, requiring the grinding down of your original tooth structure. Lumineers are so thin that little to no tooth reduction is necessary.

Lumineers by Cerinate are a painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth. Lumineers by Cerinate is a porcelain veneer that can be made as thin as a contact lens and is place over existing teeth without requiring removal of tooth structure* (unlike traditional veneers). Lumineers are clinically proven to last up to 20 years!

Rest assured, the Lumineers procedure is a completely pain free way to reshape and permanently whiten your teeth. Beacause they are ultra-thin, in most cases you will get a perfect fit without shots or grinding down on the original teeth structure. Once the procedure is complete, there is no post placement discomfort or sensitivity, which means Lumineers will look natural and feel comfortable from the moment they are placed. Keep in mind that there are other options to perfecting your teeth that you can consider like Invisalign that can also be performed by Dr. Chin, your cosmetic dentist of choice.

  • No drilling of tooth structure
  • No shots
  • A younger, beautiful, natural-looking smile in only 2 easy dental visits
  • Painless procedure
  • Sensitivity-free results
  • Permanently white results that last
  • Quick and easy process

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See what people are saying about their LUMINEERS experience. Make or schedule your appointment today with Dr. Robert Chin for your dental evaluation.

Invisalign Invisible Braces

If the thought of wearing braces is all that’s stopping you from getting the smile you’ve always wanted, we have some very good news for you – introducing Invisalign.

Invisalign is a state of the art technological device made using transparent material to correct teeth’s appearance. In the recent past, correction of misaligned teeth was done to children and teenagers, but technology has now made it possible for adults who missed the opportunity to correct their teeth during their childhood. With Invisalign, Dr, Chin, your local Invisalign dentist, can correct adults teeth without them being embarrased by the traditional visible and irksome teeth aligners. People with large spaces between their teeth can also use Invisalign method to close the gaps.

Dr. Chin offers Invisalign and can help in the transformation of your smile without interfering with your quality of life. The treatment program contains a series of aligners that are supposed to be replaced either after one or two weeks, as instructed by your orthodontist. The aligners are individually created to ensure that the patient will be comfortable wearing them. Initial consultation is necessary so that Dr. Chin can take accurate measurements of your teeth. Computer models can also be used to help give the patient a smile that is tailored to suit their needs.

This breakthrough in orthodontics uses a series of clear, virtually undetectable aligners to gradually move your teeth – without metal wires or brackets. Aligners are removable and custom-made for your teeth through the combination of your dentist’s expertise and computer imaging technology. Straighten your teeth with Invisalign – without calling attention to them. This breakthrough procedure is a definate option for those patients that found that the structure of their teeth would not benefit by standar teeth whitening.

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