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

COMPARE: Dental Implants or Dentures – Which is Better?

Losing a tooth can be stressful. But it is also not that uncommon. Indeed, only 34% of adults between the ages of 40 to 64 have all of their teeth, and that number drops sharply for seniors over 65.

These days, you don’t have to live with missing teeth if you do not want to. There are many different procedures and tools that can be used to help replace your teeth and give you back your smile. Most of the time, you and your dentist will be choosing from one of two options:

  • Dentures
  • Dental Implants

Both of these are outstanding tools for the right patients. But which one to choose depends on the health of your teeth and gums, your age, the amount of teeth you’ve lost, and more.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are false teeth made of strong, durable materials that are essentially “installed” into your gums. Many modern dental implants are designed to look like normal, healthy teeth, but use material like zirconia or ceramic that is known to last for decades without decay. The teeth stay in place almost as though they are screwed in firmly into the location of the missing tooth.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are also false teeth. They are not installed into your gums. Rather, an impression is made of your teeth and gums, and a framework is created to create an acrylic resin that looks like gums. That frame then holds in the false teeth, which are often made of porcelain or similar material. Patients use a non-toxic adhesive to place the dentures in the mouth, creating a realistic smile that looks like you have all your teeth. The dentures can be removed at any time.

Which is Better?

Both dental implants and dentures have their advantages. Overall, dental implants are more popular. These implants essentially create new permanent teeth that will not shift or move, and do not need to be re-applied every morning. However, dental implants do require healthy gums and a healthy jaw bone, because the implants need to have the support necessary to keep them in place.

Many people find that dentures look more like real teeth, and do a better job improving the smile. They are also often preferred when the patient has lost more than one or two teeth. They’re less popular because of the adhesive, and because they do not always stay in place. But for many patients, dentures offer an easy solution to their tooth loss challenges.

Tooth Loss and Senior Dental Care from Esthetic Reflections in Folsom, CA

Whether you have lost teeth as a result of trauma, decay, or age, Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry in Folsom, CA is here to help. Dr. Chen and the rest of our team are happy to determine which options make the most sense for both your comfort level and the health of your teeth. Contact us today to learn more.

Dentures in Folsom at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

We all hope to take perfect care of our teeth. But mistakes happen. Teeth can fall out as a result of trauma, disease/decay, improper dentistry, and more.

Losing teeth doesn’t have to mean losing confidence in your smile. There are dental options out there that can assist you. One of the more common examples is dentures – removable devices that replace missing teeth.

Here in Folsom at Esthetic Reflections, where we specialize in senior care and complex dental needs, we provide comfortable and aesthetically pleasing dentures that are certain to fit your mouth comfortably.

Why Dentures?

We strongly encourage you to come in for a visit to let Dr. Chen, Dr. Skelton, and Dr. Torabian determine which solutions make the most sense for your tooth loss. You may be a candidate for a different type of procedure, such as a dental implant or overdenture.

Dentures are a type of custom-fit replacement for individuals of all ages that struggle with missing teeth. Dentures are usually made with a type of acrylic that looks like gums. It is molded to be an exact impression of your teeth and gums. Every day, you place the dentures in your mouth and adhere them to your gums using a special type of non-toxic paste.

Dentures provide many benefits for those that have struggled with tooth loss:

  • They improve the look of your smile.
  • They help you chew and talk more easily.
  • They fill out your face and prevent facial sagging.

They are considered more than a cosmetic tool, because the muscles in your face and tongue are also strengthened when using dentures, and you are able to improved your oral and physical health by making it easier to chew and swallow your food.

Types of Dentures

There are also several different types of dentures. Traditional “Conventional” dentures are fully removable, and only designed to replace the missing teeth in your mouth comfortably. Before you can be fitted for these types of dentures, your gums will have to have healed from any tooth extractions.

Immediate dentures tend to be used during that healing period. These dentures are considered a temporary tool to give you the appearance and functionality of all of your teeth, but may not be as comfortable as conventional dentures are.

Overdentures are preferred for those with severe tooth loss – all of most of your teeth. These dentures are fitted over your remaining healthy teeth (or dental implants) which makes them sturdier and more comfortable than conventional dentures and allow you to eat more foods (because conventional dentures can dislodge when you chew sticky foods). Overdentures actually have a much higher satisfaction rate than conventional dentures, but may be more expensive and are not right for all types of mouths.

Come See if Dentures Are Right for You

For those looking for quality dentures in Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova, Granite Bay and other areas of Sacramento County, it is important to find a dentist that genuinely understands your mouth. Not all dental care is created equal.

At Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, we specialize in creating the right dentures that meet your dental needs. Dr. Chen and his team are also experts in what are known as “complex cases,” which have more advanced dental needs. If you’d like to learn more about our dentures, or any of our dental care options, schedule an appointment today.


It is Absolutely Time to Clean Your Teeth

Here at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, we know that not everyone is excited to see the dentist. We do our best to bribe you here with laughter and cookies, but we know that not everyone is excited to book their 6-month cleaning appointments to take care of your teeth.

We would like to strongly recommend though that you book your next cleaning today. That’s because the best way to avoid uncomfortable dental visits is to come for a regular cleaning.

Dental Problems Are Why People Fear the Dentist

One of the primary reasons that patients fear their dental visits is because of the pain or discomfort of a deep cleaning. But often that pain is the result of a delay in cleaning. The longer your dental issues are unresolved, the more you will have abscesses, gum infections, or difficult to clear tartar buildup – all of which make the cleaning more uncomfortable.

By attending all of your dental appointments on time, your teeth will be much easier to clean and much less likely to be infected. Your dental visit will be easier, and you will be less likely to have anxiety for your next visit.

What to Do if You Already Have Severe Dental Anxiety

If the idea of coming to the office for a cleaning already causes too much anxiety, our team is here to help. Dr. Chen can talk to you about options like sedation dentistry, which allows you to take some relaxation medications so that you feel far less stressed coming in for your cleaning.

We are also happy to have you visit the office and get used to your surroundings, and will even walk you through the procedures so that you know what we are doing and why it will help.

Request Your Appointment Today

You can book your cleaning appointment right now on this site at a time that is convenient to you, and we are always available to answer any questions you may have. Don’t wait to take care of your teeth. Book today and let us make sure your upcoming appointments are as pleasant as possible.


Best Dentist for Seniors in Folsom, Sacramento, and El Dorado Hills

Best Dentist for Seniors

Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are a great way to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth. But as we age, there are issues that are both in and out of our control that may lead to minor to serious dental problems. By the time we are seniors, there may be complex dental issues that require expert care.

At Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, Folsom dentist Dr. George Chen and his team are knowledgeable and experienced in what’s known as “complex cases” – a phrase for services that require more than a simple treatment, and need a combination of both general and cosmetic dentistry to refresh the person’s teeth and smile.

Our team is happy to serve seniors looking for the best dentist in Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Granite Bay, and the surrounding areas of Sacramento County. We are able to provide complex case treatments in addition to our general dentistry, and we do our best to offer a comfortable, supportive environment for experienced men and women that want to continue to take great care of their teeth.

If you are a senior looking for a treatment, feel free and request an appointment or contact us at 916-983-6051.

Why Esthetic Reflections – What Are Complex Cases?

Complex cases are dental issues that require a combination of treatments in order to retain functionality and aesthetics. They usually require several distinctive treatments that you and Dr. Chen use to address underlying pathologies. For example, if a patient suffers from an uneven bite, broken and chipped teeth, tooth decay and discoloration, we may treat the patient with:

  • Dental Fillings
  • Orthodontic Treatments (Braces)
  • Endodontic Therapy
  • Tooth Implants
  • Veneers

The result of such a treatment would address both functional and cosmetic dental issues, and allows you and Dr. Chen to restore your smile’s function and look. Dr. Chen and his team also specialize in creating a relaxing atmosphere with options available for those that have a fear of the dentist.

While we provide complex cases for men and women of all ages, Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is a popular choice for seniors, many of whom have had a difficult time finding dentists that understand the unique needs of complex cases within their age group.

Contact Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry for Dental Treatments

Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is also one of the few senior dental providers in Folsom that also has an endodontist and oral surgeon on staff, which means that if you enjoy our office, we will be able to provide you with nearly all of your dental care needs.

Let us be your new dentist. Give us a call today, or click on the button to schedule an appointment. We’re also happy to answer any questions you may have, and you’re welcome to visit us at any time and see what our office offers.

Dry Mouth Dentist in Folsom, CA | Esthetic Reflections and Dr. George Chen

Dry Mouth Dentist in Folsom, CA

Across Folsom, Sacramento, Granite Bay, and the surrounding areas, there are men and women of all ages struggling with dry mouth. Known medically as Xerostamia, dry mouth occurs when your mouth does not make enough saliva, leading to a dry sensation.

Dry mouth causes two distinct dental issues:

  • Discomfort – Dry mouth is uncomfortable. Whether you notice it or not, you are used to your mouth feeling moistened. Dry mouth leaves an irritating dry sensation that is distracting.
  • Oral Health Problems – Dry mouth can also lead to the development of oral health issues. Saliva is critical for acid control and digestion. It has antibacterial properties. It improves the health of your gums and teeth, and it provides minerals your teeth need.

Those that suffer with dry mouth often need immediate intervention. Here in Folsom, Dr. Chen and the rest of our team provide dry mouth treatments to those that are struggling with the condition, using medically validated approaches to address your teeth. If you would like to learn more about our dry mouth dental treatments, call us today at 916-983-6051.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

There are many different issues that can lead to the development of dry mouth. One of the most common is simply the use of medications that lead to decreased salivary production. Other causes include:

  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Salivary Gland Dysfunction
  • Rare Illnesses

The exact cause may require a diagnosis. Dry mouth is seen as a common issue with seniors, but it is usually a side effect of medication, not a typical issue with aging itself. Several common medicines associated with aging lead to the development of dry mouth.

What Are The Symptoms of Dry Mouth?

The primary symptom of dry mouth is a dry feeling in your mouth and less saliva production. However, untreated dry mouth may lead to other issues that cause their own symptoms as a result of the lack of saliva, such as:

  • Infection
  • Burning Sensations
  • Sore Throat
  • Tooth Decay

Dr. Chen, or your Folsom dentist here at Esthetic Reflections, will have to examine whether or not your dry mouth has led to other oral health issues in order to make sure you receive the best possible care. Treating dry mouth may only be one step in the process, but Esthetic Reflections will do our best to make sure you feel comfortable and relaxed with your treatment.

How is Dry Mouth Treated?

There are several different ways to treat dry mouth, and Dr. Chen or Dr. Skelton will review the strategies that are available with you before beginning treatment. One of the treatments we support here is NeutraSal. NeutraSal is a simple, easy to use rinse that:

  • Adds moisture to the mouth.
  • Eliminates oral bacteria.
  • Repairs tissues.
  • Nourishes teeth.

NeutraSal is one of several treatments available, but it is one of the ones we like most here in our office, as it makes it easier to talk, chew, eat, drink, and more with greater comfort and fewer oral health risks. If possible, we’ll also have to look at the cause of your dry mouth and see if there is anything we can change.

Your Dry Mouth Dentist in Folsom at Esthetic Reflections

If you are struggling with dry mouth, let our team here at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry help. Give us a call today at 916-983-6051 or fill out our form below to request an appointment.

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Root Canal in Folsom, CA | Now at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

Root Canal in Folsom, CA

Now at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

No one wants to hear that they need a root canal. But it happens to the best of us. Even dentists need root canals once in a while when a cavity was accidentally left untreated for too long.

For many, the words “root canal” cause fear. Yet it doesn’t have to be this way. At Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, we make sure to create an environment where your root canal therapy can be completed comfortably, and provide you with the support you need to feel confident in the outcome.

Our Root Canal Therapy in the Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and Orangevale Area

Based in Folsom, Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry has provided areas like El Dorado Hills, Granite Bay, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, and other surrounding areas with both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for years.

Our focus has always been a combination of expert care with patient comfort, because the only way to treat your teeth is if you are happy to come in and receive the treatment. We believe that an important part of dental care is creating an environment that makes you want to come see the dentist.

Which is why we are pleased to be able to add root canal treatments to our list of services, by partnering with a highly talented endodontist that trained under the person that literally created the most successful root canal therapy in use today. Dr. Bernadett joins Dr. Chen, Dr. Skelton, and Dr. Torabian, providing her endodontic services to our patients.

Dr. Bernadett studied under Dr. Herbert Schilder at Boston University, who is responsible for creating the technique that endodontists around the world use to fill root canals successfully. This makes Dr. Bernadett one of the foremost experts in root canals in California.

Yet Dr. Bernadett joins us not only as a skilled dental expert, but also as someone that is just as committed to patient satisfaction and comfort. She, along with the rest of Esthetic Reflections, goes out of her way to make sure that you walk away from the chair feeling confident about your experience and ready to come back if you ever need help.

What is a Root Canal?

When a dental cavity is left untreated, it can reach the nerve of the tooth. Once it has reached the nerve, it is at risk for infection and disease, which can lead to severe nerve pain and toothache, along with potential damage to the teeth and gum over time.

Patients that have these large cavities are in need of endodontic care, also known as a root canal. During a root canal, Dr. Bernadett removes all of the diseased nerves from the tooth. They then fill the tooth canal with a polymer that prevents any further infection of the tooth, and then re-seals the tooth so that it continues to act like a normal, healthy tooth.

Come See Us Today

If your teeth hurt or you already know you need a root canal, give us a call today at 916-983-6051. We are happy to make root canals available to our patients, so that we no longer need to refer you to an outside specialist. You can enjoy your root canal therapy in our Folsom office, and feel confident and comfortable surrounding by our familiar staff.

Gum Injuries | Comfortable Treatment in Folsom, CA

Many people think dentistry is about your teeth. But in many ways, dentistry is really about your gums. It is your gums that are most responsible for pain. It is your gums that are most likely to become diseased or damaged. Your gums are also one of the more sensitive areas of the mouth.

That’s why when we receive calls about dental emergencies, it is not always about the teeth. It is about a gum injury. Your gums are considered soft tissue, which means that they can be damaged by a variety of different accidents:

  • Falls
  • Sports Injuries
  • Fights

Even hot liquids can damage gums, as can chewing on a very sharp or hard food. As a gum injury specialist in Folsom and Sacramento, Dr. Chen and his team have seen their share of gum injuries. If you have a gum injury emergency, or you’re not sure, make sure you call our office right away at 916-983-6051.

What to Do if You Suspect a Gum Injury

If there is considerable pain or bleeding, it is important to call our office right away. For most gum injuries, the amount of bleeding is minor, although because of the saliva in the mouth it is not uncommon to experience what looks like a lot of blood. If you see bleeding, try to stick some gauze (or a clean towel, if no gauze is available) on the wound and hold it there for about 5 minutes.

It is then important to switch to a new piece of gauze or a different part of the towel, hold for another 5 minutes. If you still see blood, repeat one more time. Any bleeding that has lasted over 15 minutes is a dental emergency. If you are in mild pain, you can take a non-NSAID pain reliever, like Tylenol, and see if it goes away over time. Severe pain warrants a visit to emergency care.

Other Gum Emergencies

Gum injuries are not always the result of trauma. Sometimes, untreated gum disease can become a more significant – and possibly urgent – mouth issue. For example, if your gums are infected, that infection can cause pressure on the nerve, causing extreme pain. Over time, the infection may even spread to other areas of the body.

This is one example of gum disease that, while not technically an injury, could result in injury-like gum pain that requires some type of dental intervention.

Emergency and Non-Emergency Treatment for Gum Injuries in Folsom, CA

Based in Folsom and serving areas like Granite Bay, El Dorado Hills, Orangevale, and other nearby cities, Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry and Dr. George Chen are available to assist you if you think you have suffered from an injured gum. We have an emergency dental service available if needed, or we can schedule you in for a fast appointment.

At Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, we know how stressful it can be if you find that you suffered from a gum injury. We want to help. Whether it is our emergency dental service or our scheduled support, we have a staff that will try to make your experience as comfortable as possible during this time of pain, and dentists that will go out of their way to make sure the treatment is as effective as it can be. Call us at 916-983-6051 to get started.


Smile Makeovers: Not Just For Looks

Just a few days ago, we posted about smile makeovers, and how there is technically no such thing as a “true” smile makeover, but that it is a popular marketing term for a series of cosmetic treatments designed to give you more confidence in the look of your smile.

At Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, we’re not always fond of some of the marketing terms they use, but we are fond of the idea – that sometimes there are procedures that will help you overhaul your smile so that you’re happier with the results.

But we’d like to emphasize that here in our office, we don’t just view smile makeovers as a cosmetic term. Indeed, Dr. Chen is known for his work with complex cases and his experience with BOTH cosmetic and general dentistry. That is why, for us, some of our smile makeovers have little to do with cosmetics at all. We frequently perform “smile makeovers” that look at the function of your smile, not its looks.

What is a Functional Smile Makeover?

Many times, a smile makeover is needed not because it is wanted cosmetically, but because the patient shows dental issues, such as teeth that are out of alignment, broken teeth, or problematic gums. These issues are dental concerns first, cosmetic concerns second. For example, a patient may have a narrow mouth that causes crowding and a tongue that is too large, causing sleep apnea. They may have cosmetic issues they want to address as well, but it is their dental issues that bring them to our office.

Our version of smile makeovers can focus on addressing these dental health issues, giving you a healthier smile before we worry about a cosmetic change. We’ll also look at what makes the most sense cosmetically, but your dental health will be our top priority.

Dr. Chen – An Expert at Complex Cases

Dr. Chen is a general and cosmetic dentist that is trained in complex cases – the very cases that require smile makeovers. Dr. Chen is happy to assist you with cosmetic concerns, but we believe that it is more important to provide high quality dental care, rather than focus on marketing terms like “smile makeover.”

We are here for you. If you have any concerns with your smile, cosmetic or functional, give us a call today and Dr. Chen and his team will be here to help.

Smile Makeovers in Folsom, CA

Smile Makeovers in Folsom, CA | What it is, and Do You Need It?

Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to improve your smile, and if you have been interested in the idea of a healthier looking smile, you may have come across a popular marketing term: “Smile Makeover.” If so, it is likely that you have questions about smile makeovers, including what they are, if they help, how much they cost, and more. We’ll explore these answers below, but if you’d like to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry options available in Folsom, CA, contact us today at 916-983-6051.

What is a Smile Makeover?

The term “Smile Makeover” is not a medical term. Rather, it is a marketing term to refer to the process of renewing a person’s smile using a variety of cosmetic dentistry techniques. It is up to you and your cosmetic dentist to determine which techniques are best, but some of the options that may be considered include:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Tooth Implants
  • Teeth Whitening
  • White Fillings
  • Invisalign/Teeth Straightening
  • Dental Crowns and Caps, and More

Candidates for a smile makeover in Folsom are those that feel shy or embarrassed about the look of their smile, and are interested in the idea of a group of elective procedures to change it dramatically, creating an aesthetically pleasing smile that matches the look they hope to achieve.

How Much is a Smile Makeover?

Smile makeover costs vary considerably. Since the term is a marketing phrase rather than a specific procedure, the cost is directly related to your dental assessment and aesthetic goals.

Should You Consider a Smile Makeover?

At Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry in Folsom, CA, we prioritize high quality care over marketing terminology. Rather than consider a smile makeover, consider receiving a true assessment from a cosmetic dentist that genuinely cares about your teeth.

You’ll find that there are often cosmetic procedures that also have several dental hygiene and dental care benefits, and that the specific procedures you consider should be based solely on the current health and appearance of your teeth.

Dr. Chen is one of the few cosmetic dentists that is also a general dentist. He is also one of the few that offers “Smile Makeovers” that are functional, not just cosmetic, helping those that struggle with issues that affect their smile.

We are able to offer you a genuine assessment without any of the marketing terminology, and can provide you with feedback about what can help give you the smile you hope to achieve. If you are looking to refresh your smile, call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry today at 916-983-6051, or click the button below to request an appointment.

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How a Simple Teeth Cleaning Can Reduce Bad Breath

The scent of our breath projects more than what we ate in the day. It tells us about our health as well. That is why, for so many of us here in Folsom, struggling with bad breath is our biggest nightmare. All of us want to make sure that when we are chatting with someone they are able to focus on our words, not our odors.

If you are someone that struggles with bad breath – also known as halitosis – chances are it is one of your biggest sources of stress. It may be time to consider talking to a dentist.

More Than a Mint: How We Treat Halitosis

The instinct when struggling with bad breath is to pop a breath mint in our mouths and hope that it masks the smell. But breath mints do not solve the problem. They simply hide it in the short term.

Instead of loading your pockets with mints, it may be time to schedule an appointment with Dr. George Chen here at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry. Most cases of bad breath can be mitigated or eliminated with only one treatment here in our offices.

Our best defense against halitosis is simply your basic teeth cleaning. Many cases of bad breath come from the buildup of oral bacteria in and around the teeth, gums, and tongue. When we clean your teeth, we eliminate this stored bacteria, which then gives your mouth a much healthier smell. If your  bad breath is related to tooth decay, dry mouth, gum disease, or other oral conditions, we can assist there as well.

In addition, when the cause of bad breath is unrelated to oral health, such as:

  • GERD/Acid Reflux
  • Tonsil Stones
  • Smoking

We’ll at least be able to make sure that you have everything you need to continue to fight your bad breath, and we’ll let you know what you should consider for next steps.

Call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Today

No one wants to struggle with bad breath. If you find that you consistently have an odor in your breath that you want to address, give us a call today at 916-983-6051 and let’s schedule an appointment to see if we can find the cause of your bad breath.

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