George D. Chen, D.D.S. – Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

Implant Supported Dentures – An Approach to Missing Teeth

Tooth loss happens. Sometimes it’s a single tooth that falls out. Other times it’s a series of teeth that have all had to be removed over the course of your life. In the past, the best way to replace those teeth was with dentures. But dental technology has changed considerably, and while dentures are still a great option for missing teeth, they are not the only one.

Dental Implants for Lost Teeth

Ideally, the best way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. Dental implants are, as the name implies, a type of replacement tooth that is implanted directly into the jaw bone. This makes it as strong, functional, and reliable as a real tooth.

But dental implants are not right for everyone. You have to have an extremely healthy jaw bone, for example, which not all patients have – especially as they get older. Multiple implants close together can also be difficult and have complications.

For individual missing teeth, dentures, bridges, and implants are all worth consideration. But when you’re missing multiple teeth, one new option you my want to consider is implant supported dentures – a great combination of dentures and implants.

With implant supported dentures, you use one dental implant to support multiple missing teeth via a removable, but otherwise firmly in place denture. Advantages of this approach include:

  • Ability to remove and clean the implant.
  • Healthy, strong bites no matter what you’re eating.
  • No visible dentures, nor a risk of them falling out.
  • No adhesive.
  • Better for maintain teeth structure and health.

Implant supported dentures in Folsom offer a unique and effective way to address multiple missing teeth.

Call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Today to Get Started

There are many different ways for us to address missing teeth. Let’s have a consultation and find the solution that is best for you. Call our Sacramento County cosmetic dentists today at 916-983-6051 to schedule an appointment.

What Makes Dental Implants So Popular?

There was a time when a missing tooth could have meant a permanent hole in your smile. There were options available, such as dentures, but those options were not considered preferable and many people chose not to address the missing tooth.

But times have changed, and now there are a number of wonderful approaches to addressing teeth that have been lost to trauma, decay, and more.

By far the most “popular” approach is a dental implant, in the sense that both dentists and patients find that it is the best choice for their dental needs. While not everyone qualifies for dental implants, those that do are frequently satisfied with it, as if offers benefits and advantages that are great for your smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants for Patients with Missing Teeth

Every approach to replacing missing teeth – even dentures – has become more comfortable and easier for those that need support. Other options, like dental bridges, are also great choices that bring about a high satisfaction rate. But there are reasons why dental implants are preferred:

  • They Are Durable – Implants are drilled (safely, securely, and pain free) into your jaw bone. This gives them the strength of regular, healthy teeth. You can chew any hard foods, chew, and more all without any risks.
  • They Help Your Bite – Because of their strength and placement, they are able to easily replace the previous tooth within your bite so that you will not have any other bite challenges develop over time.
  • Easy to Care For – Dental implants act just like any other type of tooth. That means that you can brush and floss them just as you would any other teeth, thus keeping them clean and healthy along with the rest of your mouth.
  • Benefits to Your Smile – Dental implants also help your smile, both cosmetically and functionally. Cosmetically, they often look more natural than any other type of tooth replacement. Functionally, they prevent teeth from moving out of place without braces or retainers.

For those that have missing teeth, dental implants are frequently the procedure of choice for keeping your teeth happy and healthy. For more information about implants, or to schedule your appointment, please contact Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, today.

New Year, New Benefits, New Teeth?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Every year brings about new changes, and this year is no different. While we have plenty of exciting in-office news to share over the next few months, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of a few important items that the new year brings.

Dental Benefits Have Refreshed

The vast majority of dental benefits refreshed on January 1st, 2020, which means that if you’ve been waiting for your dental insurance to cover your dental care, you should now be able to see the dentist with more financial support from your dental insurance.

We strongly encourage you to call soon, as your dental care is too important to wait and these early months fill up fast. Schedule for you and your family by calling us right away at 916-983-6051 or filling out the “Request an Appointment” form,

A New Years Resolution for a Lifetime

It’s also a time when many people consider “New Years Resolutions,” like exercising, looking for a new job, changing a diet, and more.

While all these are important, they also require a lifetime commitment. What if there was a resolution that you could finish all at once – a resolution where the benefits lasted you a lifetime?

We’re talking, of course, about cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and more. You deserve to confidently smile more. Let that be a New Year’s Resolution that is easy to keep with results that can last for decades. Learn more at https://www.folsomdentist.com/cosmetic-services/.

More News Incoming!

We have a lot of exciting news coming your way in the next few months. But until then, thank you again for being such an important part of our dental community and we hope you have a wonderful 2020, and beyond.

Dietary Risk Factors for Tooth Erosion

When we look at your teeth during your annual checkups, one of the problems that we’re trying to identify is any sign of tooth erosion.

Your teeth are covered in enamel, the strongest substance in the human body. But despite its strength, that enamel is prone to damage and decay. That’s one of the reasons that we brush and floss our teeth – to remove bacteria, disease, and acids that weaken and wear down the enamel.

Several issues can lead to tooth erosion. Some of these are not always in your control. But one potential cause of tooth erosion is diet – and some of the issues that diet can lead to. Because it’s in your control, it is a good idea to understand how and why diet can erode your teeth so that you can make an effort to prevent it.

How Diet Causes Tooth Erosion

The leading dietary issue that causes tooth erosion is the ingestion of acid and acid causing foods. Acid is what eats away at your tooth enamel, and depending on the foods you eat, you may be consuming things that lead to an uptick in acid.

The following are some examples of foods that cause excess acid:

  • Soda – Soda is highly acidic and contains sugar that erode teeth.
  • Sour Candy – Many sour candies are very acidic and also spend a long time in your mouth.
  • Alcohol – Alcohol is also naturally acidic, and frequent drinking can be especially problematic.

It may not be a specific food that causes issues either. Sometimes, the issue is acid reflux. If you struggle with acid reflux, the foods that trigger the reflux can cause serious issues with your enamel. For some people, it’s spicy food. For others it’s oily food or food that is high in carbohydrates. Knowing what triggers your acid reflux is important, because if you can acid triggering foods you can avoid acid in the mouth.

Erosion is Preventable

Avoiding these foods is important for avoiding dental erosion. But if you absolutely cannot avoid these foods, you can also make sure that you alter your behaviors so that you won’t have as much acid in your mouth. You can use a straw for soda, chew gum to increase saliva, and make sure that you’re brushing your teeth with a soft brush bristle soon after eating.

You should also make sure that you come see us for your dental appointments so that you can be confident that your dental erosion is being stopped and treated before it becomes a more serious issue. For more information about erosion, contact us today.

Looking for an El Dorado Hills Dentist – Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

Looking for an El Dorado Hills Dentist – Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

There is more to a dentist than location. The average person sees a dentist only one or two times a year for a cleaning and examination, and yet far too often they choose the closest dentist they can find. Dentistry is a highly skilled field. You can’t always see the difference after your appointments, but the talent of each dentist can be seen in the health of your teeth over the course of your life.

Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is in Folsom. But we are also one of the leading dentists for El Dorado Hills. Founder Dr. George Chen won Style Magazine’s “Reader’s Choice Award” for “Best Dentist” 10 years in a row in the Folsom and El Dorado Hills area, and – located only one exit away or right down Green Valley/Blue Ravine Road – Dr. Chen and Dr. Christina Skelton continue to treat hundreds of patients from EDH looking for a dentist that will make a difference in their dental health.

If you are looking for a dentist in El Dorado Hills, we encourage you to call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry today at 916-983-6051, or fill out the “Request an Appointment” form and our front desk team will get back to you as soon as we can.

Why Choose Esthetic Reflections as Your El Dorado Hills Dentist?

Both Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen were trained at the prestigious Loma Linda University, consistently ranked in the top 5 dental schools in California and top 50 in the United States. Both completed advanced training not only in general and family dentistry, but also cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and Invisalign.

They treat children and adults of all ages, and are one of the few dentists capable of providing services for “complex cases” – dentistry for severe dental issues that requires coordination between multiple procedures and dental care. Located only 10 minutes away from El Dorado Hills depending on your location, Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is a dental office with a difference you can see and experience:

  • We know that not everyone “wants” to see the dentist. It is why we are dedicated to making sure that your entire visit from beginning to end is not only comfortable, but enjoyable. It’s important to visit the dentist every 6 months at minimum to care for your teeth. Our hope is that you’ll feel comfortable and confident enough to visit, knowing you’ll enjoy your experience.
  • We also know that it’s difficult for the average patient to tell the difference between dental skill and technique. Visit any dentist and your teeth will probably feel clean and cared for. But the more skilled dentists are able to offer better care. Our dentists have undergone significant training, and continue to train regularly on new approaches and interventions to give you the best quality care.
  • Finally, we believe in the power of science and technology. Our office is always equipped with the newest technologies assuming they pass rigorous research standards and are proven to provide better quality care. From our CEREC dental crowns to our CariVu, Digital X-Rays, and more, you can trust you’re getting the latest in dental science.

Few dentists in El Dorado Hills or Folsom are able to offer this level of service, and our hope is that you’ll be able to see it for yourself every time you’re in the office. Our staff provides service with a smile, and will always give you the most attention that we can to make your experience better.

Our General and Family Dental Services

Most of our EDH patients choose us for our general dental care. These are the procedures and visits that keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and functional. We offer all major procedures that you can expect from your primary dentist, including:

  • Dental Cleanings
  • Dental Sealants
  • Dental Fillings
  • Dental Crowns, and More

We have tooth colored sealants, fillings, and same day dental crowns so that no one can tell when you’ve had us help with your teeth. We also have functional cosmetic services, like dental implants, to make sure that your smile is both healthy and looking its absolute best.

Our Local Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Every smile deserves to be seen. Yet so often there are those that hide their smile or are shy about the way it appears. Cosmetic dentistry is a way to address the appearance of your smile so that you can be more confident and ready to show it off. We have helped hundreds of El Dorado Hills patients improve the look of their smile, with services that include:

  • Dental Implants
  • Tooth Whitening
  • Invisalign
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Dental Bridges
  • Dental Bonding
  • “Smile Makeover” Services

We also strongly believe in enhancing both form and function. Many of our El Dorado Hills cosmetic dentist services are also used to provide functional support, such as improving your bite, making your teeth easier to clean, and more. For patients that want to improve their smile, our cosmetic dentistry services are a great choice.

Sedation Dentistry for Dental Anxiety in El Dorado Hills, CA

One of the services we’re most proud to offer that are unavailable at many other dental offices in El Dorado Hills is sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a technique that only licensed dentists can use to help patients that have several dental anxiety, still receive the dental care they need.

Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen use medically safe sedatives to relax those with dental anxiety. There are different approaches to sedation dentistry, and we encourage you to contact us to learn more about these techniques, but if you have a fear of the dentist our team is here to make sure that you still are able to get treatment.

Comprehensive Dental Care – Many Insurance Options Accepted

Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry accepts many forms of insurance, including Cigna and Delta Dental. We’re also happy to perform a free insurance benefits analysis to determine the costs for your care and how much is available for your use.

We know you have your choices in El Dorado Hills dentists. We hope you’ll consider choosing Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, located only a very short drive away and offering comprehensive, top of the line support for your dental care needs. If you’re interested in getting started, please contact Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry by calling 916-983-6051 today.

How to Get Here

From El Dorado Hills, getting to Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is fairly easy. From the Town Center, simply hop on the freeway going west towards Folsom and get off at the next exit (East Bidwell Street). Head north up East Bidwell until you get to Hana Way, then take a right.

From Francisco/North El Dorado Hills Blvd, you can take Green Valley towards Folsom the entire way until you get to East Bidwell Street. Take a left on East Bidwell and then another left on Hana Way. We are Suite 103.

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2020 Resolutions: A New Smile

Every year, on January 1st, we all tend to make “New Year’s Resolutions” – promises that we make to ourselves about changes we hope to integrate into our lives for the new year. This year is an extra special one, as it marks the beginning of a new decade at a time when many of us are finding life more stressful than ever, with less and less time for self-care.

The problem, as we all know, is that all too often we do not follow through on our resolutions. We may want these things for ourselves, but many of them:

  • Require a significant commitment at a time when our lives are busier than ever.
  • May be changes we want for ourselves now, but may not care about later.
  • Represent something temporary – something without long term implications.

For example, healthy living is extremely important, and something that we have always tried to promote here at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry. But a resolution of “going to the gym more” only works if you genuinely enjoy the gym. A resolution of “eat healthier” only works when you have the means and time to make healthy foods.

These are all important changes, but they are also ideas that tend to be fleeting in our busy lives. It helps to have resolutions that are:

  • Easier to complete.
  • Longer lasting.
  • Capable of providing a substantial change to our health and happiness.

That is why this year, maybe it’s time to consider cosmetic dentistry, for those that have long wanted to improve their smile but have been waiting for the right moment.

What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do?

Many of us live with issues with our smile, both aesthetic and functional. Missing teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, stained teeth – these are common among men and women of all ages. They cause us to cover our mouths when we smile or feel self-conscious when meeting new people.

They also represent a great new year’s resolution – one with the potential to really change how we feel about ourselves, all in a way that is both beneficial and achievable. Using cosmetic dentistry techniques, Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen can help to change your smile in a way that benefits you both cosmetically and functionally, providing you with a healthier looking smile, better bite, and chance to feel confident in yourself again.

Why Cosmetic Dentistry is a Great Resolution?

What makes cosmetic dentistry such a great New Year’s Resolution is that it has everything a great resolution needs:

  • It is self-care. You deserve to be proud of your smile and happy with yourself. If you’ve felt uncomfortable about your smile in the past, cosmetic dentistry offers you a way to build your confidence and take care of your oral health in the process.
  • It is easily obtainable. Most smile makeovers can be completed in a few appointments, and in some cases just one appointment. That means you’re able to see the results of this resolution right away.
  • It is long lasting. Depending on the treatment, many of these procedures can last for years, decades, or even the rest of your life – well beyond 2020 alone.

So if you’re someone that has always struggled with your new year’s resolutions, and you’ve always wanted to improve the look or function of your smile, maybe your 2020 resolution is the perfect time to make a resolution that will truly last. Contact us today at 916-984-6051 today for a consultation.

Benefits of CEREC Same Day Crowns for Folsom Dental Patients

Folsom is a working community. There are many families here that find themselves very busy with work at places like Intel, the State of California, Kaiser, and more. It’s hard for people to find time to see the dentist, so when that time is available it becomes important to get all the treatment you need right away.

Dental crowns have always been one of the most important procedures that we perform in dentistry. But traditional crowns struggled with a problem that directly affected busy families: they required multiple dental visits, often spread several weeks apart. But now, Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen are able to offer same day dental crowns using the state of the art CEREC CAD/CAM System, and it’s changing how patients are able to receive treatment.

What Are Same Day Crowns?

Not long ago, crowns needed to be crafted by a third party, so your dentist would prepare your teeth, fit you with a temporary crown, send the data about your dental requirements to another company, wait until the crown arrived, and then call you back in for a visit to install the crown.

The process usually took about two weeks. Temporary crowns were an annoying inconvenience, and patients would need to be available right away to make sure that the crown could be fitted before the temporary crown fell off. But with CEREC, the machine is able to used CAD technology to create a tooth while you wait. Dr. Skelton or Dr. Chen take your measurements and data, program it into the machine, and the machine creates a permanent crown in hours instead of weeks.

Why Are Same Day Crowns Important?

For the dentist, same day crowns make sure that your procedure is completed to the best of our ability in the shortest amount of time, which helps streamline the process and ensures a procedure with fewer complications. But they’re also highly advantageous for the patient, with benefits that include:

  • Less Time – We know how busy you are. Those in Folsom and El Dorado Hills rarely have a lot of time available to spend going to the dentist. This ensures that all you need to plan for is one dental visit, drastically reducing scheduling inconveniences.
  • No Temp Crowns – Few patients enjoy temporary crowns. That’s because they’re not fitted to the mouth, they require some foul tasting putty, and they do not have the appearance of real teeth the way that your permanent crown will.
  • Better Outcome – With temporary crowns, your dentist needs to drill deeper into the tooth in order to fit the crown and prepare for the new one. Once it arrives, there are few options if there is some type of mistake. But with CEREC crowns, you’re still in the office in there are any problems, you will not need to drill more tooth, and you won’t run any risks of a temporary crown falling out or causing problems with your bite.

There are situations in which a traditional dental crown may be preferred, and we’ll be happy to talk to about them if they happen. But for most patients, same-day crowns are simply better. Learn more about our dental crowns in Folsom by contacting Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, today.

 

Tooth Pain Help in Folsom with Dr. Christina Skelton and Dr. George Chen

There is nothing quite like tooth pain. For some, tooth pain is one of the most severe forms of pain and discomfort the human body can experience. Your mouth is different from other parts of your body, in that it has thousands of pain receptors and converts any kind of contact into instant pain that is often considered unbearable. Even though it’s “just your teeth,” there is little denying that tooth pain often feels like an emergency.

If you have tooth pain in Folsom, or you are living in nearby El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Granite Bay, or anywhere in the Greater Sacramento metro area, call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry today at 916-983-6051. We may also be available for emergency appointments when needed.

Causes of Tooth Pain

Your teeth and gums protect the pulp and nerves within the tooth. If any foreign items make contact with these nerves, it stimulates the pain receptors and causes discomfort. That pain may not be limited to the mouth, either. Pain behind the eye, or behind the ear, or in the head, or in the jaw or neck may also be linked to exposing these nerves.

Tooth pain can occur all at once or gradually, and is typically caused by issues that include:

  • Tooth decay.
  • Cracked or broken tooth.
  • Dental infections.

Biting a hard object or getting hit in the mouth can damage teeth and lead to pain. But if it doesn’t appear to have a clear cause, chances are that you have a cavity or infection that has reached the tooth pulp.

How Do We Treat Tooth Pain?

Treating tooth pain depends on the underlying cause. Some of the most common options include:

  • Root Canal
  • Crowns
  • Dental Fillings

Luckily, toothaches respond well to treatment, and the treatment for a toothache tends to be a simple and comfortable procedure that we can perform in our office at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry.

When is Dental Pain an Emergency?

We’ll always try to schedule you in as soon as possible if you have a toothache, because we know how painful it can be. But in some cases, your dental pain may be considered an emergency and requires treatment as fast as possible. Examples include:

  • If the pain doesn’t respond to an over the counter pain medication.
  • There is significant bleeding from the gum/tooth site
  • Tooth has been knocked out (it is sometimes possible to save the tooth if placed back fast enough).
  • There is evidence of a severe infection, including swelling or pus.

These are only a few examples. If you aren’t sure, we welcome you to call us today.

Keep Dental Emergencies Away

Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is available to treat tooth pain in Folsom. But many types of tooth pain can be prevented as well. Make sure you come for your regular dental visits, so that we can prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

 

 

All Your Appointments – All At Once

As we near the end of the year, those of us here at Esthetic Reflections with Dentistry do our best to remind all of our patients something so important:

Every year, on December 31st, all of the dental insurance benefits they had available for the year will expire.

You paid for your dental insurance all year, whether it was through your employer or separately on your own. When they’re gone, they’re gone forever, and while it’s true you refresh it in the new year, that’s your money that is lost when it goes unused. If you and your family have any benefits remaining, the time to schedule it is now.

Time for You and the Whole Family

At Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, our schedule fills up fast. That’s why we strongly encourage you to schedule your appointments now – while the best times are still available.

If you haven’t yet used your dental insurance benefits, call us at 916-983-6051. We also accept new patients, and in some cases we may be able to see your entire family on the SAME DAY depending on the time and procedures available*.

We’re also more than happy to do complementary benefits checks to see what you have remaining and what services you can receive, and we can always schedule you for a second appointment after the new year if the work needed can wait or be spread out between visits.

It’s so important to take care of your dental health. Come see us at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry in Folsom. 916-983-6051, or fill out the “Request an Appointment” button right here on our site.

*Spots do fill up very fast, so please call us as soon as possible.

What to Know About Dental Care This November

Halloween is tomorrow, and then the day after starts what can loosely be described as a long holiday season. November is when we start planning for family visits, friend gatherings, vacations, and time away from school, and while Thanksgiving itself is still several weeks away and Christmas and Hanukkah longer still, mentally and financially, the beginning of this season is about to begin.

You have a lot on your mind during this time of year. But, as always, it’s still important to care about your oral health. That is why we have compiled a few important things to know about dental care and oral health coming into this November holiday season.

This to Know About Oral Health in November

  1. Your Holiday Stress Does Affect Your Teeth – Even though it’s always fun to see friends and family, the stress of the holidays, including the gift buying, the family tensions, and the vacation planning, can be extremely damaging to your oral health. Stress increases the amount of bad dental bacteria, leads to tooth grinding and clenching, and increases your susceptibility to infections. You should be giving your teeth the utmost care all year, but that is especially true during this time of year.
  2. Thanksgiving Food is Bad for Teeth – Most holiday food can be damaging to your teeth and gums. During the holiday, the pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, wine, stuffing, and more are all rich in sugars that increase dental bacteria and may stain teeth. Brushing and flossing often during and after Thanksgiving can help reduce the risk. There is some good news though – turkey is one of the best foods you can eat for your teeth, provided it doesn’t get stuck in between them.
  3. There Are Two Months Left on Your Dental Benefits – November is also a reminder that your dental benefits do expire, and they expire soon before they refresh for the 2020 year. This can lead to several challenges. First, it means you’ll want to schedule an appointment within these last two months to utilize your benefits. Second, it means that other people are doing the same, and so prime appointments may not be available. We strongly encourage you to call and schedule your time now, before your ideal appointment window fills up.

Dental Care for November and the Holidays

With those issues in mind, the good news is that you can prevent or reduce the damage of most dental issues by making sure your brushing and flossing is prioritized this holiday season, so that holiday foods do not get stuck in teeth. In addition, your dental benefits will refresh in January, so if you plan to partake in a lot of foods and activities that are not ideal for your dental health, you can set up an appointment in January and our dentists will do their best to help prevent long term issues.

But as your current or future dentist, we want to make sure that you’re caring for your oral health this time of year. The holiday season is about to be here, but let’s not forget how important your health is to even more enjoyable holidays now and in the future.