Our Services

Why Choose Us

Whether your dental needs are a full mouth dental implant, complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile.  Below are just some of the many procedures and services we regularly provide to our patients, with a gentle touch, and stunning results.  Your smile is our first priority, and we’ll give you something to smile about.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.  We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.


Dental Implants

Despite improvements in dental care, millions of people still suffer from tooth loss due to tooth decay, gum disease, injury, and other causes. In the past, the only viable treatment options were bridges and dentures; however, today, dental implants are a better alternative for people with missing teeth. Since dental implants look, feel, and function like regular teeth, they allow the patient to live normally and smile with confidence. See below for a brief video on dental implants. Read More

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Dentures/ Partial Dentures

Bay Area Implant DentistConventional Denture
Once many of the teeth have been lost, or decayed to the point that they are non-restorable; the best restorative option is sometimes a complete upper and lower denture. Dentures have the ability to restore a dentally compromised patient to a very esthetically pleasing and functional result.

Partials
A great option for restoring a patient who is missing a few teeth in either the upper or lower arch is called a partial denture. This one removable appliance is designed to replace several missing teeth at once, and restore a patient to improved esthetics and function. There are two types of partial dentures, Metal Cast Partial Dentures in which the framework of the denture is of a high quality metal that is custom designed to lock on to the existing teeth. The other type is the Acrylic Partial Denture which provides a highly esthetic result. These dentures are fabricated entirely of acrylic material and snap into place around the existing teeth.

Implanted Supported Dentures
Many patients end up due to an overall lack of dental health needing upper and lower dentures. One of the biggest complaints for these patients is movement or instability of the denture, especially the lower denture. New technology offers a solution to this problem. By placing several dental implants in the jaw and placing custom attachments in the existing denture, it is possible for a denture to snap into place providing a secure, sound restorative option for denture wearers.

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Bonding/ White Fillings

San Pablo Implantd DentistComposite fillings are sometimes referred to as "white fillings". A composite filling is a white filling material (tooth color) used to repair small cavities, broken or chipped teeth and worn teeth. According to American Dental Association, composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. Depending on the extent of the decay a filling is not enough, than an inlay or a crown may be needed.
Dental composite resins are types of synthetic resins which are used in dentistry as restorative material or adhesives. Synthetic resins evolved as restorative materials since they were insoluble, aesthetic, and insensitive to dehydration and were inexpensive. It is easy to manipulate them as well.
In Dr. Tsang's office, the material used in a composite filling is colored to match the patient's natural teeth. Composite fillings are bonded in place with a high intensity light, thereby causing the filling to "stick" to the tooth for improved strength. Most composite fillings also have fluoride incorporated into the material, which is released into the mouth. This gives the tooth added protection against decay. Composite fillings look and feel better on the tooth, require less tooth preparation by the dentist, and generally last longer than amalgam fillings.

Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites can also be "bonded" or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth.
Composite fillings require a cavity that can be kept clean and dry during filling and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time.

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Root Canal Treatment

East Bay Dental ImplantRoot Canal, or endodontics, is the process of removing the nerves from the roots of a tooth.  A root canal is often necessary to save an infected tooth.  If an infected tooth is left alone for a long period of time, an abscess can form.  An abscess will show up on an x-ray as a dark spot below the apex of the root.  This is actually bone loss in the jaw.  It is very important to catch this problem before it deteriorates too far.

Process
The first step of the procedure is to anesthetize the effected area.  The next step is to open an access point through the top, or biting surface of the tooth.  The doctor will then determine a working length of each canal.  Each canal is then cleaned and shaped in preparation for the filling material.  Once each canal is prepared, it is filled with an inert material called gutta percha.  The canals are then sealed.  The tooth is now ready for a restoration, which is usually a crown.  This entire procedure is often completed in two visits.

Why do I need a root canal?
There are a number of reasons why one of your teeth may need a root canal.  These include but are not limited to, a very deep cavity that extends into the nerve, a trauma to the tooth that exposes the nerve, or a crack in the tooth that extends into the nerve of the tooth.

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Extractions

Bay Area Implant DentistBefore removing a wisdom tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time. A general anesthetic prevents pain in the whole body and will make you groggy or cause you to sleep through the procedure. Your dentist will probably recommend that you don't eat or drink after midnight on the night before surgery, so you are prepared for the anesthetic.

To remove the wisdom tooth, your dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. He or she will separate the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth. Sometimes the dentist will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.

After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time and some have to be removed after a few days. Your dentist will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed. A folded cotton gauze pad placed over the wound will help stop the bleeding.

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Crowns and Bridges

San Pablo Implant DentistCrowns are used to replace and cover missing portions of teeth. Bridges are mountings for artificial teeth attached at either end to natural teeth. Both of these devices were made of gold and used by the Etruscans (people living in the ancient country of Etruria, an area of western Italy) 2,500 years ago. Crowns and bridges fell out of use during the Middle Ages and were only gradually rediscovered.

The gold shell crown was described by Pierre Mouton of France in 1746. It was not until 1873 that the gold shell crown was patented. The Logan crown, patented in 1885, used porcelain fused to a platinum post. It replaced the unsatisfactory wooden posts previously used. In 1907 the detached-post crown was introduced, which was more easily adjustable.

Bridge work developed as crowns did. Dentists would add extra facing to a crown to hold a replacement for an adjacent missing tooth. The major advance came with the detachable facings patented by Dr. Walter Mason of New Jersey in 1890 and the improved interchangeable facings introduced by the American dentist Thomas Steele in 1904. The common problem of broken facings was now easy to fix and permanent bridge installation became both possible and successful.

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Veneers

Richmond Implant DentistDental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.

Getting a dental veneer usually requires three trips to the dentist – one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process described below.

    Diagnosis and treatment planning. This first step involves active participation between you and your dentist. Explain to your dentist the result that you are trying to achieve. During this appointment your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. He or she also may takex-raxys and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.

    Preparation. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Before trimming off the enamel, you and your dentist will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, your dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed for an additional cost.

    Bonding. Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. He or she will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched -- which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly position on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer's placement.

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Teeth Whitening

Richmond Dental ImplantsYour smile is important. It's one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful. it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking.

Whitening can get your smile looking its best. Non-professional procedures and clinically unproven teeth whitening tips can often lead to unsatisfactory results, you should look for a whitening procedure that is:

  • • Fast and convenient
    • Long lasting
    • Low sensitivity
    • Proven to be safe and effective
    • Performed by a Dental Professional

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Child Dentistry

Richmond Dental ImplantChildren dentistry as it is known at a lot of places is one of the most chellenging aspects of dentistry as it sometimes involves taking care of patients who are below the age of reason and don’t necessarily always know what is best for them. Therefore we at Winning Smile Dental  take our children seriously and provide dental care by our experienced team.

Pediatric Dentistry refers to a branch of dentistry that specializes in dental care for children under the age of 16. Pediatric dentists require an extra two to three years of dental training that prepare them in meeting the unique dental needs of infant, children, and adolescent dental care. This also includes those with special health care needs.

When should parents begin to clean their baby’s teeth?“The sooner, the better!” The [American Academy of Pediatric Dentistrystates that parents should begin dental cleaning at birth, by cleaning their child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water. Unless it is advised by your child’s pediatric dentist, fluoridated toothpaste is not recommended until 2-3 years of age.

When should children first visit a dentist?"First visit by first birthday" According to the [American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry;] children should first visit the dentist when they receive their first tooth or by the child’s first birthday. Early dental care is important for dental prevention in the future. However, dental problems can begin early. A major dental concern for young children is Early Childhood Caries, also known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries.

How can I prevent tooth decay from a bottle or nursing? To prevent tooth decay in young children, the [American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; recommends that children be encouraged to begin drinking from a cup as they approach their first birthday. At nap times or at night, children should not fall asleep with a bottle. It is recommended that nighttime breast-feeding be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt. Drinking juice or other sugary drinks from a bottle should always be avoided. When such drinks are offered, they should be served in a cup.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Richmond Dental ImplantCeramic Onlays
A very cosmetically appealing option to repair a back tooth that is missing a significant amount of tooth structure is a “ceramic” or porcelain onlay. These types of restorations are a strong restorative option and have a high esthetic appeal due to the strong resemblance to natural tooth due to the translucency of porcelain.

Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites can also be "bonded" or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth.

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Hygiene/Periodontal Health

Richmond Dental ImplantCleanings
While proper home care is the first step in maintaining oral health, it is essential to have professional cleanings every six months, or more frequently depending on the need. These visits, referred to as “dental prophylaxis”, are generally performed by a board certified dental hygienist whose training specializes in keeping patients maintained in optimum oral health. A dental hygienist uses special instruments to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from those hard to reach areas and reinforces proper preventive home care techniques. These visits should be maintained at least every six months to insure that periodontal health (that of the gums) is maintained. During these visits the dentist also performs an exam of the entire mouth to insure that oral health is properly maintained.

Sealants
One key component of oral health prevention is protecting the deeply grooved teeth in the back of the mouth. These deep grooves and fissures are susceptible to sticky foods and bacteria and can form cavities. Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. Sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.

Fluoride
Used as a topical agent, fluoride actually has the ability to remineralize areas of teeth that have begun to decay, and halt further progression of disease. Fluoride is present in toothpaste, and can be applied in higher dosages in varnish and gels by a dental professional.

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Services List

  • Implant Dentistry:
  • Dental Implants for:
  • Single missing tooth
  • Multiple missing teeth
  • Family Dentistry:
  • Dentures/ Partial Dentures
  • Root Canal Treatment
  • Extractions
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Child Dentistry
  • Hygiene/Periodontal Health
  • Cosmetic Dentistry:
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Veneers
  • Bonding/ White Fillings
  • Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Veneer

Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth...

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Child Dentistry


Children dentistry as it is known at a lot of places is one of the most chellenging aspects of dentistry as...

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