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Dental Sealants


Dental sealants at SF Dental House in the Mission District of San Francisco are a sort of thin plastic like coating which is painted on the teeth, usually the premolars and the molars, to prevent decay. These dental sealants quickly bond to the teeth, and the depressions and groves found in them as well, and form a protective covering over the teeth enamel.

Brushing and flossing normally remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of the teeth, however brushing and flossing cannot get into and the nooks and crooks of the back teeth to remove the debris, and so the molars and premolars which are left become vulnerable to decay. Dental sealants protect these impossible to reach areas by sealing out plaque and food.

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The most likely candidates for dental sealants are children and teenagers because decay usually develops in areas of the mouth which cannot easily be reached including the molars and the premolars. However, even adults with perfect teeth can benefit from dental sealants.

Our dental office Mission District advises to get sealants applied to the permanent molars and premolars of children as soon as the teeth sprout out. That way the sealants can start protecting the teeth when the children reach ages of six years and up, as it is at these times that cavities usually develop.

Sometimes these dental sealants are also applied to baby teeth when the child’s teeth show the development of grooves and depressions. Baby teeth play a very important role where placement of teeth is concerned and so it is very important to keep these teeth as healthy as possible so that they are not lost too early.

Applying sealants is quite simple and takes only a few minutes. First, the teeth that need to be sealed are properly cleaned then they are dried off and cotton is put around each tooth to keep it dry. An acid solution is the applied on the edges of the teeth to roughen them up as this helps the dental sealant bond better to the teeth. The teeth are again rinsed and dried off and then the sealant is placed over the tooth enamels where it instantly hardens when it comes into direct contact with the tooth. Sometimes a curing light is used to help in the bonding process.

Dental sealants done properly can help protect the teeth from decay for around 10 years, and like all other cosmetic and general procedures, sealants need to be checked for wear and tear.

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Take Home Teeth Whitening

For the added convenience of our patients, we can provide a kit that will enable them to undergo their teeth whitening treatments at home. We will furnish our patients with a set of specially molded, clear dental trays that are inserted over the upper and lower teeth. A cleaning solution is placed in the trays while you wear them. The trays can be worn at night or on the weekends. In seven to 10 days, you will see your teeth up to eight shades whiter.

For quality teeth whitening, contact our office and discover that brighter, beautiful smile today.

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers use thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front of your teeth to restore them to their original luster. Porcelain veneers can mask the appearance of chipped or stained teeth, while also straightening teeth that are slightly crooked or misaligned.

Porcelain veneers create a smooth, polished appearance and can be color-matched to your other teeth. They will look natural and feel natural. In addition, porcelain veneers will resist the staining or discoloring that is caused by the consumption of such products as tobacco, tea, coffee, and red wine.

For more detailed information on the types of veneers we offer, please visit our porcelain veneers page

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Porcelain Dental Crowns

As part of our commitment to amalgam-free dentistry, SF Dental House provides high quality porcelain crowns for our patients with severely damaged teeth. A crown is a restorative measure utilised when an insufficient amount of tooth remains to hold a filling.

Prior to the placement of a porcelain crown, we will remove the damaged portion of your tooth and reshape the remaining area to properly receive your new crown. An adhesive is then used to securely fit your crown to your tooth.

The ceramic used for your crown can be matched to your natural tooth color. When the procedure is complete, your new porcelain crown will look and feel like a natural fixture of your teeth.

Dental Bridges

SF Dental House can provide you with quality dental bridges if you are missing one or more teeth. Missing teeth can begin a general weakening of the jaw structure as teeth begin to shift and compensate for the ensuing gap.

Our dental bridges are created to look as natural as possible. We use only the finest ceramic materials to create replacement fixtures that look and feel like real teeth. Your dental bridge will be anchored by two invisible crowns, not a wire as is often the case in many bridge placements. When further supported by our superior dental implants, you can trust in the strength and stability of your new dental bridge while marveling at how well they mirror the natural appearance of the rest of your teeth.

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Implant Dentures

Using computer-imaging technology, we are able to create your dentures one tooth at a time. We begin by designing a digital portrait of what you can expect the finished product to look like. We endeavor to ensure that the process is painstakingly precise.

From the photographs, we shift to the design and creation of your dentures. We fashion each tooth to fit in its place as precisely and naturally as possible. In the end, you will be astonished by a set of dentures that will look very much like real teeth.