Dr. Masek is able to provide comprehensive examinations using the latest advances in technology, such as digital x-rays, computerized bite analysis, intra-oral cameras that produce detailed images of the teeth, and details of the condition of your oral health. Written treatment plans are provided at the completion of the examination describing the dental procedures recommended and their associated costs, so you may discuss it with your family and friends.
We take x-rays only when necessary to evaluate teeth and supporting boney tissue, to screen for oral boney lesions and to detect decay between teeth and areas not visible to the naked eye. Since gum and bone problems happen slowly over time, they are often not felt or detected from the surface. X-rays are important for detecting bone loss and infections at root surfaces. Many people are understandably concerned about excessive radiation. Utilizing the recent advances in modern technology, we are proud to offer a healthier approach to prevention. We take digital radio graphs, which use up to 80% less x-radiation than conventional techniques. These are safer for the environment as no chemicals are used, easily stored on a computer to be reproduced, and the images are available to be viewed immediately with exceptional detail.
Our doctors believe stongly in taking a preventative approach to dental care. Promoting health through preventative and routine hygiene care is the heart of our practice. More than just "cleaning", these visits allow us to monitor your health and catch potential problems early.
The use of laser, antimicrobials and individual patient education, places our patients in the best position to keep their teeth for life. Ask about the latest techniques and products to assist you in your home care
The application of tooth colored filling material (composite) to the teeth has been a dental technique for many years. Recent advances in technology have increased the strength, durability and longevity of these restorations.
Dr. Masek uses bonding material that he molds and sculpts to achieve outstanding natural looking results. Bonding can be used to restore decayed teeth, close spaces between teeth, repair chips, correct discoloration, and straighten misaligned teeth.
Through artistry and engineering, Dr. Masek achieves beautiful results restoring teeth with all porcelain CEREC crowns in a single visit. These crowns are computer designed for strength and an exceptional fit. Dr. Masek is able to custom stain the crowns to match the nuances in your own natural teeth, featuring the same "life-like" vitality and blend color.
Porcelain crowns may be placed to repair teeth that are broken, fractured, decayed, or have very, large old fillings. In cases where improved strength, health and esthetics are all important, porcelain crowns can be an ideal choice.
Inlays and Onlays are designed to restore your teeth back to their original appearance and function without removing an excessive amount of tooth structure, frequently avoiding the need for a crown.These conservative porcelain CEREC restorations provide a natural looking, beautiful substitute for unsightly silver mercury fillings. And it is all done in a single visit appointment.
CEREC Porcelain veneers offer an esthetically pleasing, natural looking smile that is unsurpassed by other restorative options. These strong and long lasting restorations are thin shells of porcelain,which are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are virtually undetectable and are highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. They allow us to brighten, lengthen, and reshape your teeth while conserving tooth structure.
Veneers are an excellent way to mask misshapen, mal-aligned, cracked, chipped, stained or otherwise damaged teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
A Smile Makeover is accomplished through Smile Design. Smile Design is truly a work of art, coupled with science. The term Smile Design applies to the enhancement of a smile using a combination of methods. A patient's eyes, lip line, coloring, gum tissue contouring, and face are all considered when a new smile is designed for you. With advanced training through The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Masek can offer you a beautiful new smile, whether you are interested in subtle or dramatic changes.
Patients often desire a permanent solution to missing teeth. There are many technologies that Dr. Masek may utilize, dependent on a patient's priorities, values, and expectations.These technologies may include implant placement, bridges, partials or dentures. Speak to Dr. Masek about tooth replacement.
Dental Implants are used to replace a tooth that has already been lost. They can replace one tooth or a full arch fixed bridge, or help to hold dentures in place. The technology has come far in the past two decades and now is so predictable as to make placing implants and restoring them the treatment of choice in many situations. Here at Dental Expressions in San Diego California we regularly replace missing teeth with dental implants.
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. The restoration can be made from porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of these materials and is bonded or cemented onto surrounding teeth for support. Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviating the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth.
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or to crowns with devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible.
If you've lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You'll be able to eat and speak - things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost. Implants can be used to secure loose dentures for added comfort.
Full mouth rejuvenation involves restoring the teeth, bite, and self-esteem back to a natural looking and youthful feeling condition. Full mouth rejuvenation may be the answer to many problems, such as tooth sensitivity, worn teeth, sore jaw muscles, and recurring headaches. Dr. Masek performs a comprehensive examination and discusses your options so that you have a clear plan for your treatment.
Tooth whitening or bleaching is one of the most popular areas of cosmetic dentistry. Even subtle changes in shading can make someone look years younger. Several factors can contribute to the darkening of teeth, including the effects of age, certain foods and drinks, smoking, medications and even genetics.
Dental Expressions offers In-Office Whitening for immediate results, as well as At Home Whitening techniques. Consider whitening to give you a new and radiant smile!
Invisalign is a ground breaking alternative way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign uses a series of removable aligners that are virtually invisible, so you don't have to worry about your appearance. You can take them out for daily necessities like eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Comfortable, convenient and complimentary to your smile, Invisalign is the preferred method of teeth alignment for many patients. At the completion of your Invisalign treatment,
A misaligned bite can lead to a variety of problems from chewing sensitivity, hot and cold discomfort, headaches and muscles and joint pain. TekScan is a computerized device that can help determine where problems are with your bite. You can see just how your bite works.
Nitrous Oxide is commonly known as "Laughing Gas" while you are not likely to be laughing through your treatment, Nitrous Oxide can help you relax and enjoy your visit. It is administered through a nose mask and is combined with oxygen. Once your done, you breathe straight oxygen and there are no after affects.
Lasers can be used for a variety of dental treatments. Dental Expressions, we use them in situations that involve gum tissue. Laser disinfection is performed by our hygienists during deep cleaning. Dr.Masek uses a laser for re-contouring a gummy smile or to treat some types of gum disease. Our Diagnodent Laser is used to detect early decay in some teeth.