Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and

Abscessed Tooth

  By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Abscessed Tooth When your tooth becomes infected, it is clinically known as an abscessed tooth.  The main reason for an abscessed tooth is tooth decay.  An abscessed tooth can lead to serious damage including rotting of the pulp, and core of the tooth. 


By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist What’s in a Filling? Amalgams, the clinical term for fillings, are made out of synthetic materials that are used to repair a part of the tooth that has been damaged due to traumatic injury or decay.  There are three main materials that are used

Fluoride and Dental Care

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist About Fluoride The dental community has highly regarded the use of fluoride for decades as being an important mineral for strengthening teeth enamel because fluoride mineralized the enamel of the teeth.  This strengthening of the teeth prevents the deterioration of tooth structures and decay.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA In September 1995 the American Sleep Disorder Association (ASDA) endorsed oral appliance therapy as the third currently acceptable treatment modality for snoring and sleep apnea. The two most common solutions include continuous positive air pressure or the removal of either the excess palatal tissue or the uvula. It has been estimated

Cosmetic Dentistry

Overview People choose aesthetic dental procedures/surgery for various reasons-to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an injury, or just improve their overall appearance. Whatever the reason, the ultimate goal is to restore a beautiful smile. For these and many other reasons, aesthetic dentistry has become a vital and important

Maxillofacial Surgery

When facial reconstruction, including procedures involving the oral cavity, is called for, a specialist is needed. Surgical procedures of the neck and head area are performed by a maxillofacial surgeon. Common maxillofacial procedures include denture-related procedures and jaw surgery. Jaw Correction Protruding chins, crooked or buck teeth or misaligned teeth are good candidates for maxillofacial


People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, which left untreated, can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth. One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull,

Flap Surgery

Some people have problems with gums that don’t conform to their teeth as well as they should. Gums should be snug around the base of teeth so the teeth can be anchored firmly and grow properly. Conditions such as prolonged or untreated gum disease can actually cause gums to separate from teeth and form opportunistic

Scaling and Root Planing

Advanced gum disease sometime requires the dentist to clean below the gum line to remove stubborn, crusty deposits called tartar or calculus, and to remove damage near the tooth root. This is done to prevent further damage and restore and stabilize the tooth. For some patients, a local anesthetic is administered to the affected area.