At Dr Pawar's, we know that your smile is one of the first things others notice about you. From routine cleanings to cutting-edge cosmetic treatments, we are fully- equipped to handle all of your family’s dental health needs.
Below is a partial list of the expert general and cosmetic procedures performed in our Folsom office, as well as a brief overview of our professional dental focus - implants and composite fillings:
Dental Implant Specialists
Dental implants are among the most effective solution for gaps in your smile. They look and feel just like your natural teeth, and can last for 30 years or more.
Dr Pawar works with the best implant specialists in the area to make sure that you get the best results. Thanks to our 99 percent implant success rate, you can be rest assured in knowing your smile is in the best possible hands.
Safe Composite Fillings
As part of our commitment to patient satisfaction, we utilize composite fillings to treat dental cavities and other issues. Unlike silver amalgam, composite fillings match the color of your natural teeth. Additionally, composite is a safe, affordable method of treating a variety of dental concerns.
At Dr Pawar's, we offer a wide array of general and cosmetic dental services under one roof. Call us at 916-235-6212 to embark on your journey to better dental health.
Molars are the teeth that are the most vulnerable to cavities and decay. They are subjected to the most to food particles and bacteria from the chewing process, and they are also very difficult to reach and clean. That is why sealants are such a great way to protect teeth against harm!
When our dentists do sealant work, they first place an adhesive on your tooth, then a liquid sealant over that. Both harden to create a nearly impenetrable barrier against bacteria and give you long-lasting protection for up to 10 years.
Remember, your first set of molars first comes in at around age 5. The second set comes in at around age 7. It is important to place a sealant on them early to ensure the very best protections.
Digital X-Rays are fast becoming one of the most useful tools in dentistry. With digital x-rays, a dentist can take an image of your teeth, enhance it, and get an excellent look at any issues that may be evolving, on or under the surface, with almost pinpoint accuracy. Patients also prefer digital x-rays, as they use almost 80% less radiation than standard x-rays.
Bonding is a very popular tool dentists use to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, cover up stains or discoloration, or fill teeth after a cavity has been removed. The process is very simple: a composite resin is applied and molded over an adhesive gel, dried with an LED light, is polished, and lasts approximately 10 years! It is safe, affordable, and more attractive than unsightly silver amalgams. Bonding greatly improves the overall aesthetics of your teeth.
Extractions (Wisdom Teeth):
When wisdom teeth grow in (around the teenage years) they can often cause a variety of dental problems, if not treated. Overcrowding, infection (pericoronitis) under the operculum (flap of skin growing over the tooth), pain due to teeth protruding through gums, and more. Wisdom teeth can even be impacted and require surgical removal.
It is always the right decision to examine and (when necessary) remove problem wisdom teeth early. After your consultation, and your decision to move forward with the extraction, our dentists will numb the area where the work will be done (or put you under local anesthesia), and begin to remove the tooth. There are times when the tooth must be broken into several parts (impacted) before it can be removed, but the procedure is still fairly simple.
After the extraction procedure, you will be groggy and need the assistance of a family member or friend to bring you home. Once you are recuperating, there could be bleeding and pain for up to 24 hours from the affected area. Apply gauze, use ice packs for the swelling, and take appropriate amounts of medication for the pain. If bleeding persists past 24 hours, please call us back for further assistance.
Following your extraction procedure, there are various types of soft foods that are always recommended, so not to aggravate your healing process. These include:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
- And other food you can eat without chewing...
It is also not recommended to suck any liquids through a straw, as it may upset your mouth’s natural healing ability as well. If problems persist, contact your dentist for more follow up.
Scaling and Planing:
Gingivitis is a generative disease which multiplies the amount of bacteria in your mouth. If left unchecked, it can be degenerative to tooth surface and tissue; causing your gums to become inflamed and begin to bleed. Plaque and tartar continue to build and it can become difficult to brush your teeth or eat without pain.
The good news is, the procedures to prevent gingivitis, called scaling and planing, are simple and can be done in your dentists office without anesthesia. Both are non-surgical procedures and both can be done in 1-3 visits; depending on the progression of your condition.
Scaling: Scaling is the removal of dental tartar from your tooth’s surface. It is simple, non-invasive, and generally rids your mouth of gingivitis.
Planing: Planing, or root planing, is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure. This process is slightly more complicated and, again, is generally done in more than one visit.
Crowns are one of the most effective tools for fixing decay, cracks, discoloration, and weakness in teeth. They help you recover your smile, and dental professionals use them to prevent additional problems in teeth. Crowns are the best answer in cases where filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including: porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a more natural look and feel, porcelain crowns are the usual favorite of patients and doctors. They can even be matched the shade of your teeth to further camouflage any work that is done.
Crowns take approximately 2-3 dentist visits to install. On the first visit, the tooth’s enamel is reshaped and filed (painlessly with local anesthetics) so the crown can be placed over it. Once the tooth has been shaped, a mold is taken of that tooth, and of the surrounding teeth as well. It is then sent to a dental lab so the crowns can be custom-shaped and designed to fit the natural color and contours of your teeth. Until the time of installation, you will be given a temporary crown by your dentist.
After about 2-3 weeks, your personalized crown will come back from the lab and will be ready for installation. You will have another appointment with us where we will numb the area of the tooth for installation then place the crown using specialized dental cement. Crowns last for approximately 10-15 years and should be cared for (brushing and flossing) like any of your other teeth.
If you are missing teeth, you should seriously consider bridges as the best replacement solution. They use the existing structure of your teeth to “bridge” the gaps and create a normalcy for chewing, speaking, and your overall jaw line. Bridges consist of two crowns on either end, which are placed on the abutment, and a pontic, the new tooth that replaces the missing tooth. They are a smart, durable dental device that can made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain, and are made to ensure the highest level of strength.
To construct a dental bridge for you, abutments of your existing teeth, and the actual base in your jaw, are shaped properly next to where the bridge will exist. After the abutments and base are created, a mold is taken and sent to a dental lab. That mold is then used to create a bridge that will fit properly according to your needs. While you wait, you will be given a temporary bridge and another appointment will be scheduled for you for installation.
During your next appointment, we will fit the bridge with dental cement to make sure the bridge is set properly, and you will have your radiant smile once again.
Root canals have the reputation of the most feared and notorious procedures in dentistry and endodontics. However, with the evolution of modern dental procedures, it is MUCH LESS terrifying than most patients believe. In most cases, due to anesthetics and proper pain medication, the procedure can be performed with little to no pain at all!
But for all their notoriety, root canals are necessary and can be very beneficial for your teeth. When a tooth becomes infected, it is usually related to the nerves. If untreated, it can usually turn into an abscess, and that can lead to bone loss in the jaw. Root canals prevent this, and improve the overall health and appearance of the tooth.
The procedure for a root canal is fairly simple. The area around the tooth is numbed, a canal is drilled into the tooth to remove any infected tissue, and the tooth is cleaned. After the infected materials have been removed, the space is filled with a protective sealant called gutta percha. Finally, it is capped (ideally) with a crown for added durability.
To ease pain and soreness from a root canal, over-the-counter painkillers are recommended. If you require something stronger, our dentists will be able to prescribe those medications at their discretion.
Cosmetic contouring gives those people living with a gummy smile, uneven gum lines, and elongated teeth, a chance to have an even, radiant smile that they, and others, will love. Cosmetic contouring, or cosmetic periodontal surgery, sculpts the gum line so that it evens the amount of exposed teeth vs. the gums. These procedures are are affordable, available to the average person, and highly-beneficial for your overall appearance.
But how does this dental procedure work? If a patient has an overly-high amount of gums covering their teeth, this procedure can remove the excess and expose more of the tooth crown. For those whose gum line has receded, small grafts can be implanted to create an aesthetic balance. These grafts can also eliminate gum pockets that are a favorite home for periodontal disease.
Gone are the days when only the rich, or those fortunate to be born with perfect teeth, could enjoy their smile. If you aren’t satisfied with the way your smile looks, contact us today.
Teeth are essential to everyday tasks like speaking and eating. Not having teeth can make even these simple tasks much more difficult - almost impossible even - and cause you great discomfort. That is why specialty dentures are one of the most-effective and most-used dental solutions in the industry.
Dentures have become more sophisticated over the years, but still serve a simple purpose. They are artificial, removable teeth that give you all of the abilities of normal teeth. There are two types of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. And, there are also two types of full dentures: conventional dentures, and immediate dentures.
- Partial dentures: Partial dentures are like a dental bridge, inasmuch as they remove the spaces between your teeth, but they can be removed and also are not permanent.
- Full Dentures: When all teeth are removed from the mouth, full dentures are fabricated to replace them.
- Conventional Full Dentures: Conventional full dentures will need to go in over completely-healed gums. This may take months (if your mouth is injured, pre-dentures). You may be without teeth for this period.
- Immediate Full Dentures: Prior to the removal of most or all of your teeth, your dentist will take measurements to fit your dentures to your mouth. After your teeth have been removed, the immediate full dentures can be placed in your mouth; allowing you to keep your teeth at all times. However, you should schedule a follow up with your dentist, as your jawbone will heal and possibly shift. This will cause your dentures to need adjusting.
Dentures take some time to get used to. Care for your dentures like you would your regular teeth (remove plaque and food particles) and store them in warm water or a denture cleaning solution. They are quite fragile, so please do not drop them or adjust them. Always seek the help of a dental professional for all your needs.
Gingivitis and periodontitis can affect the gums in a variety of negative ways. Bacteria and plaque build up, gums stretch, and you get large, unsightly pockets. Even after these pockets are cleaned out, they still remain on your gums, and can even recede. This causes your teeth to look elongated.
Gum grafts help to prevent and correct that by restoring the gums to their natural, healthy state. Gum grafts use soft gum tissue from the roof of the mouth to cover places where the gums have receded. They cover everything from exposed teeth to root surfaces and encourage new tissue to grow. This procedure is very simple and involves very little downtime.
Unlike bridges, dental implants are an excellent alternative to missing teeth, AND they do not require any reshaping of the teeth around them. However, the entire process for dental implants can take anywhere from 2-3 months for the procedure, and 3-6 months for healing. It should be considered carefully before going forward.
During implant surgery, an incision is made in the gums so that the necessary screw can be drilled down into the jaw bone. After the screw is inserted, the gums are sutured to improve the healing process. During the 3-6 months of healing, the jaw bone will grow around the implant (osseointegration), and a temporary crown is placed on the tooth to help with chewing and speech.
After the healing process is complete, an abutment is created as a base for the new tooth. A mold is made of the abutment, the abutment is removed for a more permanent restoration, and a crown is cemented onto the new implant (after another visit).
Your smile is now new, uniform, and fully restored.
Veneers can reshape and redesign the look of your entire smile. These ceramic shells cover your existing teeth and fix the look of stains, cracks, spaces, misalignments, chips, and more. Installing veneers does take more than one visit to the dentist (usually 2-3), but the benefits more than outweigh the time involved.
The veneer process begins with a discussion about the shape and design you want from your smile. Once the plan is in place, your dentist will prepare your teeth for the placement of the veneers. Impressions of the newly-prepared teeth are taken, and then sent to the lab to be fabricated. On the final visit, when the fabrications come back from the lab (10-14 days), we bond them to your teeth; ensuring a great smile that lasts a lifetime.
Like veneers, Lumineers are bonded to your teeth to improve the overall look and feel of your smile. However, unlike veneers, Lumineers are very thin porcelain covers that require very minimal preparation. Lumineers are perfect for minor aesthetic repairs, cause no pain in their implementation, and only require 1-2 visits to the dentist.
Are your teeth not as bright as they used to be? You’re not alone. Stains from coffee, wine, and smoking dim the bright enamel on our teeth over time, and often leave something to be desired from our smile.
Teeth whitening is great way to get the white back! This simple procedure can restore the natural color of your teeth, and even make them brighter than they were before.
It all begins with our incredibly-effective teeth whitening trays. Completed in 2 steps, this system creates an impression of your teeth for your personalized tray then uses a concentrated whitening gel filler to make your teeth 4-8 shades brighter!
The whole process takes only a few days and can give you a brilliant white smile that you will love.
Whether you chose traditional braces or clear braces, both are the most effective way to straighten your smile. Though they can be more expensive, clear braces have the advantage of being nearly invisible. Traditional braces, while more noticeable, use incredibly strong, thin metals for a straightening power that is unmatched. Take some time to review both types of braces then contact us to schedule an appointment.
Clear braces let you look your best at all times while straightening your teeth. Modern advances in dental science make clear braces the clear choice, as they are translucent, won’t stain, and won’t wear over time. You have no metallic look to your braces and clear braces will simultaneously change the way your teeth are structured forever.
Traditional braces are the time-tested straightening tools of dentistry. Through the modern standards of the industry, braces don’t have to be large, heavy, or clanky anymore. Their sturdy metallic construction makes them virtually indestructible, and the colored bands and features available give them a bit of fun.