General Dentistry - Napa, CA

At VanDenburgh Dental, the overall health of your smile is our immediate concern. At the core of our dental practice are multiple general dentistry treatments to keep your teeth healthy, strong, and beautiful. General dentistry includes diagnostic and preventive tools to protect your teeth from decay and restorative treatments to restore your smile. Our skilled dental team also provides helpful information on caring for your smile at home. Dr. VanDenburgh provides general dentistry in Napa, CA to build a strong foundation for a lasting smile.

We suggest visiting the dentist every six months to benefit the most from our general dentistry. Regular dental visits allow us to diagnose any negative conditions early for quick and effective treatment. You may be in need of a dental visit if you have:

  • Tooth pain, especially when biting or chewing food
  • Loose teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Decayed or damaged teeth
  • Old or damaged dental restorations

With state-of-the-art equipment and years of training and expertise, our dentist and dental team have the experience necessary to meet all of your family’s dental needs with great skill. If you are due for a visit to the dentist, we encourage you to call and schedule your appointment today. We look forward to caring for your smile!

General Dentistry Services

Dental Exams & Cleanings

When it comes to protecting and maintaining your smile, nothing is more important than a dental cleaning and dental exam. This is the time when our dental team, under the direction of our expert dentist, Dr. VanDenburgh, will examine your smile and provide a number of preventive and diagnostic treatments to ensure you and your family members receive the treatment you need. During a dental cleaning in Napa, CA, we will:

  • Thoroughly clean, dry, and polish each tooth
  • Remove built-up plaque and tartar, residue known to cause infection and decay
  • Check existing dental restorations for any needed maintenance
  • Take digital X-rays
  • Perform screenings for periodontal disease and oral cancer

This is also an ideal time for you to voice any concerns or questions you have. Our dental team is friendly and compassionate; we will give you the time and attention you deserve from your dental office. We suggest visiting us every six months to maintain a healthy smile and to ensure we catch any signs of trouble before they become more serious and difficult to treat. If you are due for a dental cleaning, we invite you to call VanDenburgh Dental today and schedule your appointment today. We are eager to help you achieve a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.

Digital X-Rays

When you first visit our office, it is important that we get a full vision of your smile to understand both what you want and what you need in terms of your dental treatment. At VanDenburgh, digital X-rays are an important diagnostic tool. A digital X-ray allows us to capture a full image of your entire mouth and jaw area that can be previewed immediately on a display screen. Digital radiography also reduces the amount of radiation used compared to traditional dental X-rays. Our caring dentist may suggest digital dental X-rays in Napa, CA to reveal:

  • Tooth decay or damage
  • Conditions inside the tooth or under the gumline
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Tumors or cysts
  • Bone loss in the jawbone

You will have a full series of digital X-rays taken during your first appointment with Dr. VanDenburgh. This will include bitewing X-rays to assess your natural bite. If necessary, subsequent digital X-rays may be taken in later appointments to ensure your smile is healthy and functioning properly. To schedule your first appointment at our dental office, please give us a call or stop by for a visit. Our dental team is caring and friendly, and we look forward to helping you get started on the road to better health.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a type of mineral found naturally in the body, and it plays an important role in the health of your teeth. Every day, minerals are lost from the enamel of your teeth due to attacks from plaque, sugars, and bacteria. Replacing lost minerals with applied fluoride is one of the premier methods used by our skilled dentist, Dr. VanDenburgh, to prevent tooth decay and keep your smile healthy and happy. Fluoride is especially critical in children to help strong teeth grow in properly. At VanDenburgh Dental, we offer two main types of fluoride treatment: topical fluoride and systemic fluoride.

Topical fluoride is the most typical type of fluoride treatment, and it involves incorporating dental products enriched with fluoride into your daily routine. This includes toothpaste, fluoride gels, and mouthwashes. During your routine dental check-ups, topical fluoride treatment is included. Systemic fluoride is more suited to children and is generally prescribed by your dentist. Systemic fluoride aims at treating the teeth both above and below the gumline. It is generally applied through tablets or in drop or gel form. To learn more about fluoride treatment in Napa, CA, we encourage you to contact our dental office today. Your smile is our top priority and we provide fluoride treatment to help your smile last a lifetime.

Home Care

At VanDenburgh Dental, we want to help you love your smile. As part of our commitment to you, we provide all the tools and necessary information for you take care of your smile at home. The key to good oral health is a well-balanced diet and consistent proper oral hygiene. Important topics our dental team will discuss with you may include:

  • Proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques
  • The best oral hygiene products to use
  • When to replace your toothbrush and how to keep it clean
  • Snacking and eating habits
  • Lifestyle habits, such as smoking or tobacco use
  • What to do in case of a dental emergency
  • Signs and symptoms of decay or damage

At the very least, our knowledgeable dentist, Dr. VanDenburgh, will recommend you brush and floss your teeth daily with fluoride-enriched products and limit the sugary snacking. We believe that a healthy smile is the first step to a healthier life; we know the impact a good smile can have. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. For more information on home dental care in Napa,CA, please call and schedule a visit with us today. We are excited to help you take care of your smile.

Periodontal Treatment

The health of the gums and soft tissues in your mouth is an important part of your smile. While everyone knows plaque and tartar can cause tooth decay, not everyone knows it can lead to an infection of the gums. Periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease or gum disease, is the most common condition that occurs because of this infection. The disease is aggravated by rapidly growing bacteria and causes the gums to become inflamed and red. Gums that bleed while brushing or flossing are also a symptom of periodontitis. If left untreated, periodontitis can cause tooth and bone loss. To ensure your entire smile is taken care of, we provide high-quality gum treatment in Napa, CA.

Basic periodontal care includes medication to control infection and deep cleaning methods, such as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing cleans between your gums, underneath the gumline, and down to the tooth root. The main goal of deep cleaning is to remove infected gum tissue and the plaque and tartar that cause it. In more severe cases, surgical treatments may be suggested. We also provide maintenance information to prevent infection from occurring or reemerging. For more information about periodontal care, please contact Dr. VanDenburgh, our expert dentist at VanDenburgh Dental, today.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment works to restore severely damaged teeth and prevent the need for extraction. Our root canal treatment in Napa aims to save your natural tooth at all costs and maintain its function, normal biting pressure, and natural appearance.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

To understand root canal treatment, it helps to learn about the tooth’s anatomy. The protective outer surface is called enamel, and underneath the enamel is a hard layer called dentin. Underneath it all, there is a soft issue called pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue aiding the growth of the tooth root during development.

In the case of severe decay, the damage extends beyond the dentin and into the pulp, leading to inflammation and infection. The symptoms include intense toothache, and swollen and tender gums around the tooth.

If the infection advances, the severely damaged tooth eventually dies. At that point, the tooth is beyond saving and will require extraction. If detected just in time, the dentist may stop the infection and restore the tooth with root canal, eliminating the need for removal and tooth loss.

How Does Root Canal Treatment Work?

Also known as root canal, root canal treatment removes the infected/dead pulp and thoroughly cleans the inside of the tooth. Once the tooth is completely free of debris, the dentist seals it with a filling or crown to protect from future damage and maintain function and appearance.

If you are experiencing intense toothache, it may be a sign of severe decay and a need for a root canal. A consultation with our dentist will assess the situation and tell you the necessary treatment. To set an appointment or know more about our services, feel free to contact us today.

Dental Sealants

A dental sealant in Napa, CA is a type of preventive dental treatment generally suggested for children. Typically used on your molars and premolars, sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. These surfaces, full of grooves and pits, are hard to clean and prone to decay and wear. Sealants create a smooth, easy-to-clean surface to protect your smile and keep it healthy. Of all the dental treatments we offer at VanDenburgh Dental, sealants are among the easiest to apply.

In fact, it only takes a couple of minutes for our skilled dentist, Dr. VanDenburgh, to apply each sealant. To apply dental sealants, our caring dental team will:

  • Clean and dry the surfaces of the tooth
  • Apply a gentle solution to create a rough texture for an easier bond
  • Clean and dry the tooth a second time
  • Paint the sealant onto the tooth, where it directly bonds and hardens

While sealants are usually used for children, adults may benefit from sealants if they do not have dental restorations on their molars and do not have decay or damage in that region of the mouth. For more information about what a sealant can do for your smile, we encourage you to contact our dental office and schedule a visit today. We look forward to seeing you.

Snoring Treatment

Do you suffer from snoring? Are you embarrassed by keeping family members awake at night? Then consider our premier snoring treatment, a night guard called Silent Nite®. Prescribed by our skilled dentist, Dr. VanDenburgh, Silent Nite is a comfortable, hassle-free dental appliance designed and created specifically as a solution for snoring. Snoring often occurs because your airway becomes blocked as your soft tissues collapse, disrupting your ability to breathe properly during sleep. A night guard in Napa, CA gently repositions your lower jaw by shifting it forward. This ensures your airway is clear and unobstructed during sleep. Custom-made Silent Nite guards are made of strong plastic that resists breaking while remaining comfortable.

Silent Nite is also a powerful tool in preventing and treating sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes short pauses in breathing during sleep. It is characterized by loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, and morning headaches. If left untreated it can increase risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart disease. Silent Nite is perfect for maintaining healthy breathing patterns all night long to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea treatment in Napa, CA, contact VanDenburgh Dental today. We are dedicated to meeting all of your oral health needs.

Tooth Extractions

There are certain circumstances that occur where a tooth, for the health of your smile, must be removed. This is called a tooth extraction. Infection is the most common cause of tooth extractions. To prevent the infection from spreading and damaging other teeth, the tooth is removed and the surrounding area is checked for signs of infection and treated accordingly. Another common type of tooth extraction in Napa, California is wisdom teeth removal. Your third molar, also known as a wisdom tooth, often becomes impacted, meaning it can get stuck in the gums and jawbone, and may grow in sideways. This is dangerous to your smile and often causes multiple complications and pain. Wisdom tooth extraction is done to maintain a healthy smile.

Led by Dr. VanDenburgh, our dental team is caring and compassionate. We work hard to ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed during each tooth extraction. At VanDenburgh Dental, we also understand how important your smile is and what losing a tooth can mean. That is why, during every tooth extraction, we offer multiple restorative and cosmetic services to replace the lost tooth. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that you will be proud to share. For more information about tooth extractions, we encourage you to contact our friendly dentist today.

 

White Fillings

A white filling is a special type of dental restoration used to stop tooth decay from infecting your tooth. Fillings, in general, literally fill in the space left by tooth decay once it is removed to maintain tooth size and function. There are many types of materials that have been used for fillings; at VanDenburgh Dental we use a special composite plastic material for an incredible bond and natural aesthetic. Because the composite material is tooth-colored, they are referred to as white fillings. Dr. VanDenburgh, our excellent dentist, provides high-quality white fillings to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

To place a white filling in Napa, CA, our talented dental team will first remove any decay or damage. The empty area is cleaned thoroughly and composite material is prepared. It is soft and malleable when first applied, allowing Dr. VanDenburgh to shape and sculpt the white filling accordingly. Once the white filling is perfectly fitted to your natural smile and bite, it is hardened with a special light for a long-lasting bond. White fillings are easy to place, quick, and painless. In fact, it generally only takes one visit to our office to have a white filling put in. To schedule your appointment, call our dental office today.