Oakhill Dentistry offers the highest level of dental care in Petaluma, CA. As a family and general dentist, we are proud to serve patients of all ages. Good oral health is important to good overall health. As a patient with Oakhill Dentistry, Dr. Alan Barton and Dr. Scott Jereb will help you develop a personalized dental treatment plan that help you improve your immediate and long-term oral health. Our practice utilizes the latest in research and dental technology to ensure every patient receives up-to-date, professional dental care.
Our goal is establish and maintain close, trusting relationships with each patient. Our dentists and oral healthcare team will help every member of your family achieve and maintain great oral health. As a family owned dental office, we understand the importance of receiving high quality, caring dental care for you and your loved ones. We are proud to provide our patients with the information they need to understand and take charge of their dental health.
General dental procedures play an important role in preventing and correcting oral health problems related to gum disease, tooth decay and more. Our dentists work with every patients to develop at-home dental routines that complement our in-office dental procedures. Regular dental check-ups include: gum disease screenings, hygiene appointments, oral cancer screenings, x-rays, and more. Our preventive services will help you and your family develop healthy oral health habits. It can also help you recognize the warning signs if something serious develops.
Your general health is directly connected to your oral health. Regular dental exams and checkups can alert your dentist of other medical conditions that have symptoms in the mouth such as nutritional deficiencies, diabetes, and hormonal irregularities. Routine dental exams are vital to preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions in your mouth.
Dental x-rays are a great preventive, diagnostic tool that provides important information not visible during a routine dental exam. Our dental team will utilize this important information to safely and accurately detect any dental abnormalities and then create an accurate treatment plan.
Fluoride treatments are a simple and quick process that can be done during your routine cleanings. Fluoride is a mineral that is applied to your teeth to help prevent tooth decay. It strengthens your tooth enamel so your smile will be as strong as ever.
Dental sealants are made of a flowable resin that is applied to the fissures and deep pits of teeth. This helps protect them from harmful plaque and acid build up commonly found in the mouth. The application of sealants is simple and is proven effective in preventing tooth decay in children. Well maintained sealants can last well into adulthood and are primarily place on the permanent molars as they erupt in a child’s mouth.
In addition to regular dental visits and good at-home oral hygiene habits, our practice provides a number of ways to take your smile to the next level of radiance. Improving your smile can help you increase your confidence and improve your dental health. Whether you’re looking to restore your teeth after decay or want to brighten your teeth with whitening solutions, we have the skills and expertise to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
If your tooth has developed decay or is broken, a composite filling is a possible restoration technique. After removing decay, the tooth is filled with tooth colored material. This material is layered into the tooth and cured using an intense visible light. The final surface area is polished and shaped to match the rest of the tooth. The resulting filling is virtually undetectable, and keeps your tooth protected from further decay.
Many risk factors can contribute to a patient developing gum disease. This includes: genetics, smoking, pregnancy, stress, poor nutrition, puberty, diabetes, and poor oral hygiene. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults and can result in jaw bone deterioration. If your gums appear red, swollen or are tender to the touch, you may have gum disease. In its early stages, it is usually painless, so it is important to attend regular dental appointments to check for signs of periodontal disease. Together with you, our dentists and team will help you explore the available treatment options to restore your dental health and prevent further damage to your mouth.
For patients who are missing teeth due to decay or extractions, dental implants are a great restoration option. A dental implant consists of metal frames or posts which are surgically inserted into the bone beneath the gums. You must have sufficient bone structure to support the posts.
After the posts have been placed, they fuse to the jawbone. When the posts can effectively support your replacement teeth, prosthetics or custom crowns will be mounted, This improves the aesthetics of your teeth and mouth.
A dental crown may be your best option if you have severely damaged teeth or a tooth in an advanced stage of decay. Like fillings, bridges, or implants, dental crowns restore strength, aesthetics, and function to your teeth. Dental crowns can be made from several materials and cover the remaining tooth structure. The material used depends on the area of your mouth being restored.
Dental bridges are used for patients who have lost teeth due to injury, decay or gum disease. Bridges prevent your remaining teeth from shifting, which can result in pain and discomfort. This device is used to replace missing teeth and are attached to adjacent natural teeth. A dental bridge can be removable or permanently cemented into the mouth.
Veneers are custom-made porcelain laminates applied directly to patient’s teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving and correcting misaligned or crooked teeth, as they look and feel like normal teeth. For patients looking to close gaps between teeth, veneers are an excellent option. In addition, this type of restoration is resistant to discoloration from dental bleaching.
A number of factors can contribute to tooth discoloration including coffee, tea, smoking, and medications. Professional teeth whitening can effectively remove stains and restore brightness to your smile. Our teeth whitening services are safe, effective, and inexpensive. To see if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening procedures, please contact our office. We will work with you to determine the method that best fits your goals and needs.
This type of restorative procedure is used on teeth that are too damaged for a filling, but are not damaged enough for a dental crown. An inlay fills space at the center of a tooth's surface, in between the cusps, or rounded edges. It helps to repair the chewing surface of a tooth, are more durable than a filling, and improve tooth aesthetics and health.
Dental onlays are often referred to as “partial crowns” because they cover the entire biting surface of a tooth. Like dental inlays, onlays are used on teeth that are too damaged to be repaired with fillings, but intact enough where it does not need a full dental crown or cap.
Dentures are specially crafted to fit snugly and comfortably into an individual patient's mouth. Complete dentures are used when a patient is missing all of their teeth. To restore beauty, function, and health to their smile, removable dentures can be applied. When dentures are in place they:
Creating and placing dentures only takes a few visits, and all dentures are custom-made to look and feel much like natural teeth. Dentures are made to have an individualized fit, and we will work with you to create dentures that fit comfortably into your mouth. Having good dentures can boost your personal confidence and improve your smile.
When a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth and caused an infection of the nerve, or when a tooth is affected by severe trauma, a root canal is needed. Regular dental visits can help you avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. To avoid further issues, the tooth must be treated, as the infection cannot heal by itself. If you have a sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids, bad taste in your mouth, pain or swelling, you have an infected pulp. For some patients, they are unaware a problem exists until they are seen by their dentists.
During a root canal, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. He will then fill in the area with a special material to prevent further infections. This also helps in the healing of the tooth. In some cases, a bonded post, core buildup and crown are necessary to restoring a tooth to full function.
Oakhill Dentistry in Petaluma, CA provides patients of all ages with exceptional general and cosmetic dental care. Our dentists and staff are happy to help patients achieve their brightest, healthiest smiles. We want to help you and your family maintain great oral health for life.
For more information about our dental health care services or to schedule an appointment, please contact Oakhill Dentistry today at 707-763-8088.