Dr. Ceja offers dental sealants here in National City, California.
Sealants are liquid coatings that harden on to the chewing surfaces of teeth and are showing a great deal of effectiveness in preventing cavities-even on teeth where decay has begun.
The pits and grooves of your teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing sometimes misses these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
The sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces and are designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of teeth.
Sealants actually were developed about 50 years ago, but didn't become commonly used until the 1970s. Today, sealants are becoming widely popular and effective; young children are great candidates for preventative measures like sealants (especially on molars) because in many cases, decay has not set in. Even on teeth where decay is present, sealants have been shown to fight additional damage.
Sealants are applied by first cleaning the tooth surface. The procedure is followed by "etching" the tooth with a chemical substance, which allows the sealant to better adhere. After the sealant is applied, a warm light source is directed to the site to promote faster drying. Sealants usually need re-application every five to 10 years.
If you have any questions about sealants, please feel free to speak with
Dr. Ceja or one of our dental team members today.
Dr. Ceja feels that there is no reason for you to be concerned if you require a root canal. Endodontics, also known as root canal therapy, refers to a filling of the root structure of your tooth. This is usually required as a result of trauma to the tooth or significant decay that involves the nerve or pulp of your tooth.
During an root canal procedure, the tooth is cleaned, filled and restored to its original shape and size. Generally, Dr. Ceja will secure a crown which is placed over the tooth to protect it from further problems. Similar to a helmet on your head, this crown will protect your tooth for years to come, and the root canal (Endodontic) treatment allows your tooth to survive, thus you will have the use of that tooth for years to come.
As with all treatments that Dr. Ceja provides, we will ensure your complete comfort and understanding. A root canal is nothing to be worried about, it is however extremely important in the saving of your tooth!
If you have any further questions on root canal treatment, please speak with one of our professionals today.
The Temporomandibular joint, or TMJ/TMD, allows you to open and close your mouth, speak, swallow and chew food. Dysfunction of the joint may result in symptoms like clicking and popping sounds, headaches, migraine headaches, neck and facial pain, locking of the jaw and ringing in the ears.
The TM joints are part of a large group of muscles, ligaments and bones that work together as a system. Because of this complex system a problem in one area can cause symptoms elsewhere. Many things can trigger TMJ disorder, such as trauma to the face, whiplash, bad posture, an uneven bite (malocclusion) where the teeth are not being able to properly support the jaw. This can occur from missing teeth, misaligned teeth, or back teeth that are too short.
When this condition is prolonged, the body begins to compensate by involving muscles in other areas such as the neck, throat, and upper and lower back, arms, etc. If you suffer from head, neck, or facial pain, Dr. Ceja may be able to help to relieve symptoms and restore optimum function.
As well, Dr. Ceja may utilize a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraines who have 15 or more days each month with headaches lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older.
Botox of course is well known for its use in treatment of wrinkles and treating facial tics and spasms. Its tolerability and safety record for these uses are excellent.
The discovery of Botox for treatment of migraines was quite by accident. Several patients who were using Botox for injection of wrinkles also happened to have migraines. They reported improvement in their headaches following injection of Botox to their brow and forehead muscles.
Patients may require a set of 2-3 treatments before maximum benefit is seen. Treatments are spaced at 12 week intervals.
If you or someone you know has chronic headaches, neck and shoulder stiffness, ringing in the ears or even dizziness, speak with Dr. Ceja or any one of our dental team members today.
Advances in dentistry materials have made metal fillings obsolete. Dr. Ceja utilizes new composite materials to restore teeth because they are extremely durable, and they blend perfectly with your natural teeth. No more unsightly metal to detract from your smile; just a beautiful natural smile.
If you have any questions about the composite, white fillings that we utilize in our office, please feel free to speak with either Dr. Ceja or one of our team members today.
Before & After
Wisdom teeth are extracted for two general reasons: either the wisdom teeth have already become impacted, or the wisdom teeth could potentially become problematic if not extracted.
What are impacted wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are the third molars, the last teeth to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to erupt. They may have grown in at an awkward angle or are blocked by another tooth or even your jawbone. Over time, your impacted tooth could cause problems such as decay, damage to other teeth or pain.
Wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 21. However, they may begin causing problems years earlier. There is not always enough room at the back of your jaw for your wisdom teeth, this can lead to inflammation, pain and difficulty opening your jaw.
Potential problems caused by the presence of improperly grown-in wisdom teeth include infections caused by food particles easily trapped in the jaw area behind the wisdom teeth where regular brushing and flossing is difficult and ineffective. Such infections may be frequent, and can cause considerable pain and medical danger.
Another reason to have a wisdom tooth removed is if the tooth has grown in improperly, causing the tongue to brush up against it.
Dr. Ceja will always suggest saving a tooth whenever possible. Other than wisdom teeth, you may have other problematic teeth that have decay or have been traumatized. There are ways to save your original teeth from extraction and we suggest that you speak with Dr. Ceja or one of our team members before you decide which course of action is best for you.
Root Canal Therapy