Bryan S. Baker, D.D.S., Inc.
ESTHETICS, IMPLANTS & RECONSTRUCTIVE DENTISTRY
            310-545-5910

1213 Manhattan Ave. :: Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 :: phone 310.545.5910 :: fax 310.545.8707


TREATMENTS

GENERAL PROCEDURES

Our practice provides the highest-quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease, injury and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.

Fillings

A filling is a restoration used to replace tooth structure lost to decay or fracture. Fillings can be silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite. We will discuss the options with you and help you make an informed decision best for your situation.

Tooth Extractions

Your third molars are commonly known as "wisdom teeth." Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to fully erupt and are then impacted. When any tooth lacks the space to come through and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding can occur. To avoid this, extraction of the wisdom teeth may be advised. If that is the case, we will likely refer you to one of our partnering oral surgeons.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium root replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants arose from the patient's need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand their usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:

  • Replacement of  a Single Tooth
  • Replacement of Multiple Adjacent Teeth
  • Replacement of an Entire Arch of Teeth

Treatment planning for implants requires a coordinated effort between our office and the surgeon's office to get you the most predictable result.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns

A crown is a permanent restoration that is custom-fitted over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, or a combination of these materials. We will review your restorative options with you to help you make the best decision for your tooth.

A crown is a two-appointment procedure in our office. During the first appointment we will:

  • Remove all old restorative materials, decay and fractures affecting the tooth
  • Remove enough tooth structure to make room for the selected restorative material
  • Make an impression of your teeth for our lab to create a custom-made crown
  • Make a temporary crown to be worn while the lab is making your crown

During the second appointment we will:

  • Remove the temporary crown and cement
  • Make whatever adjustments to the crown outside of the mouth
  • Cement your new restoration
  • Bridges

A bridge is another option for tooth replacement, along with implants, for situations when there is a missing tooth surrounded by sound adjacent teeth. The teeth on either side of the empty space are prepared for crowns, and the final restoration "bridges" the gap with a pontic which replaces the missing tooth. The appointments needed for a bridge are similar to those for a crown, although a few additional steps may be required depending on the circumstance.

Veneers

Veneers are thin facades of porcelain adhered to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers. Common problems that veneers are used to treat:

  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

Composite Bonding

A composite resin is bonded directly onto the tooth and is often used to improve the appearance of your teeth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding typically removes little of the original tooth and relies on adhesive dentistry. Bonding is a common solution for:

  • Repairing chipped teeth
  • Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth's surface 

Invisalign®

Invisalign® uses a series of aligners to straighten teeth without traditional braces. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth without the obstacle course of braces.

With Invisalign we ask our patients to wear each set of aligners in the series for about two weeks, about 20-22 hours per day. They only need to be removed when you eat, drink, brush and floss. Your teeth will move gradually each week. We like to follow up with our patients every 2nd or 3rd tray to ensure proper movement of the teeth. The average treatment time for most of our patients is 6-15 months.