Below is a brief overview of various services and treatments we provide.
This is not a full list, but rather what we do the most of, as well as some specialty techniques Dr. Mendoza has been certified in.
We're also available for Emergency Dental Treatments - if you're in need of emergency care, contact us.
Restoration refers to any treatment related to restoring the function of the tooth by replacing missing or damaged tooth structure. Restorations are classified as either direct or indirect. Direct restorations are made directly inside the mouth of the patient, while indirect restorations are made outside of the patient's mouth and then placed inside.
Common restorations include:
- Inlays, onlays, and veneers
- Porcelain crowns & fixed bridges
- Root canal therapy
- Tooth-colored dental fillings
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improvements in appearance and in creating a positive change to your teeth and your smile. These elements include color, position, shape, size, alignment, and smaller elements you may not normally consider on your own.
Our office provides a full array of cosmetic treatments. Most people think only of tooth whitening or porcelain veneers (both of which we offer), but a good cosmetic dentist can provide much more.
The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay.
Invisalign® straightens your teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. They gradually and gently shift your teeth into place.
There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference to your daily life.
We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue (which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth). Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ.
For more serious cases of TMJ, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a mouthguard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend certain invasive procedures.
All-on-4® Implant Supported Denture
The All-on-4® treatment concept is a cost-efficient, graftless solution that provides patients with a fixed full-arch prosthesis on the day of surgery.
- Full-arch rehabilitation with only four implants
Two straight anterior implants and two implants tilted up to 45º in the posterior
- Immediate Function (fixed provisional bridge)
For patients meeting criteria for immediate loading of implants
- Graftless procedure
Bone grafting is avoided by tilting the posterior implants, utilizing available bone
cerec one-day dentistry
Gone are the days where the patient must return for multiple visits to complete a restoration. With CEREC® Technology, we can design, fabricate, and place a ceramic restoration in just one visit. (The need for temporaries or impressions has also been eliminated.)
A digital 3D camera creates a digital image, replacing the more traditional impression. The computer-aided design (CAD) software enables us to design and create a precise restoration specific to your dental needs. These highly durable restorations can also be color-matched for a more natural looking smile.
How Does Tooth Bonding Work?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
The dental bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair.
Benjamin Franklin once stated, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At Urban Dentistry, we want to help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. One of the ways we can do this is through our comprehensive preventive care options.
These dental treatments are designed to keep your teeth and gums clean, shiny, and free of damage and decay. Additionally, our advanced techniques and technology can help to reduce the risk of future dental complications, minimize the need for restorative procedures, and screen for oral cancer. We also understand that preventive care is only useful if you receive it, so we strive to make your experience with us as quick, effective, and pleasant as possible.
We utilize the most advanced technology available to enhance your health and experience at our office. Digital X‐rays use about 90 percent less radiation than traditional X‐rays, and they don’t require you to wear heavy, lead‐lined vests or bite down on uncomfortable filmstrips.
Digital X‐rays also provide a higher‐definition image in less time, allowing us to diagnose dental concerns faster and more accurately than ever before.
ORAL CAncer screenings
Early detection and treatment is essential in the fight against cancer, which can affect any of the soft tissues of the mouth as well as the facial bones. Our oral cancer screening will evaluate your gums, tongue, throat, lips, and other structures for preliminary signs of oral cancer.
Speedy diagnosis and care has been shown to dramatically increase one’s chance of survival. We complete this in‐depth scan as part of your regular twice‐yearly comprehensive oral examination.
To help our patients overcome possible nervousness or discomfort, we offer a number of sedation dentistry options, which are designed to relax you and place you in a state of calm prior to undergoing a procedure.
Two of the most popular sedation dentistry methods are nitrous oxide and oral medication. These techniques can effectively calm anxiety and enhance relaxation while keeping you conscious and in control.
Better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide can enhance relaxation without compromising your ability to think and respond normally. This method offers a temporary soporific effect that will fade quickly when you discontinue use. Once you are comfortable in the dental chair, we will place a small mask over your nose. You will then be asked to breathe normally as the combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen begin to flow.
Mainly you should feel a sense of calm, but you may also feel a little bit giggly or extra cheerful. After your procedure is completed, we will give you time to let the gas clear from your system. You should then be able to return to normal activity.
Oral Conscious Sedation
We can also prescribe oral medication based on your anxiety level, medical history, complexity of the procedure to be performed, and several other factors. You will feel sleepy after taking the medication; however, you should wake easily and be able to respond to simple requests.
If you receive oral medication, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member following treatment. Additionally, we ask that you remain at our office for a brief period of observation to ensure the procedure was successful and that there are no concerns.