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Whether you’ve lost a tooth through trauma or dental decay, it can be a devastating occurrence in your life. The good news is that, with advances in modern dentistry, we can now provide access to better options for tooth replacement that will create functional, long-lasting, natural-looking results.

If you’ve lost a tooth, you know that it can have a very negative impact on your daily life. You may experience problems with speech and with eating certain types of foods as a result of tooth loss. Your self-confidence may be negatively affected because of your appearance. But at Replacement Tooth Dentistry in Novato, CA we can offer you tooth replacement options to resolve those issues quickly. Dental implants have quickly become the choice of treatment for missing tooth replacement.

The term “dental implant” refers to a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. This is the first step in the implant process as the titanium post bonds with your jaw through a process known as “osseointegration”, forming a strong structural basis for a natural-looking dental restoration.

After the titanium post is completely set (about four to six months in most cases), a dental restoration is attached to the implant. The titanium post acts as a substitute for the natural root of the missing tooth, integrating into the structure of the bone and mimicking the appearance and strength of your natural teeth.

Generally, dental implants are used as a replacement for one or more teeth. Dental implants are indeed an exceptional tooth replacement alternative on their own, but they are also very useful in helping improve the strength and comfort of dentures or bridges.

For Novato Dental Implants, when done at our office, the implant is placed strategically to stabilize dentures and replace missing teeth. Bridges used to replace missing teeth are normally affixed to adjacent teeth so they will stay fixed. However, this method causes unnecessary structural stress on the patient’s natural teeth. Now we can use a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, ensuring a comfortable fit, and taking the strain off healthy, natural teeth. 

Dental implants are a versatile tooth-replacement option providing stability and a natural-looking restoration. They can be used alone or with dentures and bridges to improve the appearance and functionality of a patient’s smile.


If you have gone to your dentist for fillings, crowns, bridges or other restorative dentistry, you have most likely heard the dentist talk about your “bite”. You probably already know your bite refers to the position your upper and lower teeth take when you bite down. You may have had to bite down on a colored piece of paper that leaves a mark on your teeth. This helps guide your Novato General Dentist so that we can eliminate high spots on your dental restoration that will impact your bite.

But why is a dental bite (or occlusion) so important, and why does your dentist spend so much time trying to get it just right?

What is Dental Occlusion?

Dental Occlusion (also referred to as dental bite) refers to the way your upper and lower teeth come into contact with each other.  It relates to the alignment of top and bottom teeth whether you are chewing or at rest. The concern in dentistry is whether or not this alignment is healthy.

There are different types of occlusion, (or dental bite):

Static occlusion: The way your teeth fit together when your jaw is at rest 

Centric Occlusion: The way in which your teeth fit together when your jaw is closed. The focus of Centric Occlusion is the alignment of your upper and lower teeth when you bite down.

Malocclusion:  Occurs when your teeth do not align properly and do not fit together in the right way.

Malocclusion can cause under bites, overbites, and cross bites.

Malocclusion (misaligned dental bite) can cause serious problems. It can cause your dental restorations to wear out or break. Malocclusion also causes receding gums, aches in the teeth and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) problems which result in grinding and severe pain in the joint. Because of the unnecessary force on the jaw, patients with malocclusion may develop fatigue in the muscles that can lead to sinus problems, neck and shoulder pain, and headaches.

How is malocclusion treated?
Once your problem is diagnosed, your dentist will determine what the best course of treatment is for your specific case. It may involve orthodontics or dental restorations such as crowns. Other solutions may be sought if your dentist finds that you are grinding your teeth at night (bruxism). In some cases the teeth may need to be reshaped. Orthodontics may be used to reposition your teeth in the case of TMJ problems.

It is important to communicate with the team at Family Dentistry in Novato, CA and let them know the type of problems you are experiencing with your bite and if you are suffering from any other pain in your head or neck you feel may be related.

Patients often come to our practice seeking advice on ways to correct aesthetic dental problems. These patients may require cosmetic dental procedures or treatment for a number to correct a variety of cosmetic defects - to repair a malformed bite or crooked teeth, to treat an injury, or just to improve their overall appearance. For these and many other reasons, cosmetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession. But whatever their reason for seeking treatment, the ultimate goal is to restore a beautiful smile.

In the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in the demand for cosmetic dentistry.  We all understand that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to increases self-confidence.  Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry is no longer a luxury reserved for movie stars, and the professionals at our Marin County Dentist Office are able to improve your smile with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments.

Common cosmetic dental procedures can be performed to correct misshapen, discolored, chipped or missing teeth. Procedures used in the practice of cosmetic dentistry can also change the overall shape of teeth, whether they are too long or short, have gaps, or simply need to be reshaped to create a more attractive smile.

Some of the more common procedures involve:

  • Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
  • Improve or correct bites
  • Lighten or brighten the color of teeth
  • Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments

Which techniques should be used to improve your smile? Before making any decisions, your dentist will need to do a complete dental exam. It is very important to identify any underlying issues that may affect the results of any cosmetic dental procedure. Your Novato Cosmetic Dentist will also discuss your lifestyle with you to determine the best treatment for you. Contact your cosmetic dental professional for more information and to take the first step towards obtaining the smile of your dreams.

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