Our Dental Services – Eggleston Dental Care in Turlock
At Eggleston Dental Care, we offer a range of dental services for every member of the family, so you don’t need to go elsewhere for special treatments or procedures. It’s all here, under one roof. From cosmetic treatments and implant dentistry to general care and sedation dentistry, our Turlock dentistry office has everything you need to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.
Thorough Exam with an Intraoral Camera
To evaluate each case personally and create a treatment plan just for you, we begin with a comprehensive exam. During this exam Dr. Eggleston will check for cavities, perform oral cancer and periodontal screenings, check the function and mobility of your jaw, and take a full series of radiographs (x-rays) to enable us to give you a complete assessment of your dental condition.
Dr. Eggleston will also provide you with a tour of your mouth using our intraoral camera. You are able to view images from the intraoral camera on a TV screen right in the exam room so that you can see what the dentist sees.
Once Dr. Eggleston has all of the diagnostic information he needs, he will consult with you about what you want for your smile and educate you on the various options available for reaching your goals. Together, you and Dr. Eggleston will make an itemized treatment plan which will be thoroughly explained and prioritized so that you can achieve your goals.
Digital Radiographs (X-rays)
Digital x-rays offer a lower level of radiation than conventional x-rays. While conventional x-rays are safe and conservative in radiation, digital x-rays also offer more convenience, accuracy, speed, comfort, and clarity.
A sealant consists of a protective coating that is painted on the surface of a tooth and then cured with a blue light. It covers and seals the pits, grooves, and fissures of the tooth to keep bacteria out and help prevent decay from developing in areas where it is difficult to reach no matter how well you brush. The placement of sealants is fast and painless. We usually place them on the permanent molars and bicuspids of children as soon as they have erupted.
Advanced Hygiene Department
Periodontal (gum) disease affects three out of every four patients. Gums that are red, bleeding, and tender, and bad breath are signs of periodontal disease. During exams, we perform a comprehensive periodontal evaluation to ensure the health of your gums. If periodontal disease is detected, you can be sure that you will receive the highest level of care available. Our hygienists have been extensively trained in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease. Because your care and comfort is our main priority, our hygienists use advanced techniques and materials to ensure the best result possible.
We take periodontal disease very seriously. It is the number one contributor to tooth loss and has been linked to numerous health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and birth defects. Our advanced hygiene department understands the importance of healthy gums and the link they have to a healthy you!
Our hygienists also provide thorough periodic cleaning and fluoride treatments for children and adults at our practice. Our goal for all patients is to assist them in keeping their mouths as healthy as possible by offering convenient, regularly scheduled cleaning visits.
What is sedation dentistry?
Anxiety, fear, and past negative dental experiences can keep patients from having the dental care that they need. With sedation dentistry at our Turlock office, you can now complete your dental care in a comfortable, relaxing manner with little or no memory of the actual procedure!
Oral sedation dentistry requires you to take two small pills prior to your appointment. That’s it! Oral sedation is the safest and most effective sedation technique available. Best of all, it requires no IV needles!
What are the benefits and side effects?
The benefit of sedation dentistry is definitely comfort! Whether you are dealing with fear or anxiety or are in for a long visit for your cosmetic or reconstruction procedures, just knowing that you will be relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire process is priceless.
The only real side effect of sedation dentistry is that for the rest of the day after your procedure you must relax! Because you will still be under the influence of the medication, someone will need to drive you to your appointment, pick you up, and stay with you for the rest of the day. This is important for ensuring that you get the proper rest you need and do not engage in any activity that could be harmful to you or anyone else. Some patients feel so good after the treatment that they forget they are under the influence of the medication!
Porcelain Veneers, Crowns, and Restorations
For teeth with cracks, chips, discolorations, or other imperfections, we offer porcelain restorations.Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to conceal imperfections. For a tooth that needs extra support due to damage or decay, a porcelain crown, which fits over the entire tooth like a cap, may be a better choice. If a tooth requires more support than a veneer provides but does not need a full crown, we may use a porcelain inlay or onlay. Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays are often used to replace old silver fillings and are crafted to fit your prepared tooth perfectly. At Eggleston Dental Care, we utilize the state-of-the-art CEREC® system to make and place porcelain restorations in a single office visit.
One-visit CEREC® Restorations
We can make and place porcelain restorations in a single office visit with the CEREC® system. Traditionally, the placement of porcelain restorations took two visits: one to prepare the tooth and a second to place the restoration after it had been crafted at a dental laboratory. Our CEREC® machine takes a digital impression and uses it to precisely mill a porcelain restoration right in our office. After a short wait, the restoration is ready and is bonded to the prepared tooth.
Unsightly, potentially unhealthy silver amalgam fillings are a thing of the past. At Eggleston Dental Care, we can replace your old silver fillings with natural-looking white fillings. These tooth-colored fillings are made from a safe composite material that will blend in with your surrounding teeth.
Air Abrasion Filling Technique
No shots required! That’s right! With our air-abrasion decay-removal technique, we are able to basically “sand blast” the decay out of the tooth. This treatment does not require any anesthetic at all. Although we utilize this technique whenever possible, it is only a viable for areas of decay that are not too deep.
Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments at our practice. We use the safe and effective Zoom!® tooth whitening system, which can lighten teeth up to 10 shades in a single, hour-long visit. We also offer Nite White® take-home whitening kits so that you can enhance your smile using custom-made trays at home.
Laser Treatment for Cold Sores
If used when the first signs of a cold sore appear, our laser offers a painless treatment that promotes faster healing and the elimination of all cold sores in that same area forever! Laser treatment is quick, painless, and inexpensive, and it offers a future without the hassles of prescription medications and messy creams.
Non-surgical TMJ Treatment
If your jaw pops or locks, if you have jaw pain or frequent headaches, or if you have unnecessarily worn, chipped, or broken teeth, you may be experiencing TMJ disorder. If your jaw is misaligned, it can cause many systemic symptoms and even long-lasting damage. Instead of just treating the pain and discomfort of TMJ disorder, we treat the source. We begin with a non-surgical TMJ treatment utilizing bite splint therapy to realign the jaw in the proper position for good function. Correct alignment of the jaw will relieve pain and protect the teeth from further damage and excessive wear.
This non-surgical TMJ treatment is designed to treat and fix the problem and not just the symptoms. Dr. Eggleston has extensive training in all aspects of dental care, and he understands the necessity of enabling proper jaw function with all of the dental restorations, cosmetic enhancements, and implant dentistry treatments he performs.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
For many of us, busy schedules, fear, anxiety, or even not knowing how to choose a good dentist can result in not seeking the dental care we need for many years. Sometimes we think if it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t need treatment. Whatever the circumstances that have kept you from seeing a dentist or however extensive your dental issues, we offer the treatments you need to obtain a healthy and beautiful smile, including full mouth reconstruction.
Full mouth reconstruction requires the dentist to be trained in every aspect of dentistry. He or she must understand the importance of proper bite and jaw function, have extensive knowledge of dental materials, have the experience needed to perform all available treatment options, and understand periodontal health. The dentist must be able to combine all of these tools with artistry and personalized care to help you obtain a beautiful and functional smile. Dr. Eggleston has this skill and experience and can help restore your smile.
Dental implants are becoming the standard for tooth replacement. A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw with a replacement tooth attached on top. The implant post integrates into the jaw bone, forming a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a one or several teeth and can also secure a denture. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can improve speaking and chewing ability and prevent bone loss in the jaw, which typically occurs where a tooth is missing.
The success of a dental implant depends on the condition of the patient’s jaw bone. For patients who don’t have enough healthy jaw bone to support a dental implant, we can perform a bone graft procedure right here in our office. Bone grafting replaces and enhances the bone structure to ensure that the implant post has a sufficient base for supporting a replacement tooth.