3764 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117
Second opinions are available one on one with Dr. Young. Her experience with the mouth and the field of dentistry will provide you with confidence that you are choosing the right treatment. There are options available that will meet your needs and save natural tooth structure. Dr. Young will review dental images and other diagnostic tools to assess your oral health to provide you the confidence to help chose the right treatment.
Digital X-Rays are the future of dental diagnostics. With lightening speed we can capture images of the internal structures of the mouth and display the images on our digital patient chart. Our trained staff puts patient comfort first as they skillfully take diagnostic, quality images. The largest benefit to digital x-rays are the high quality images produced and reduced exposure to radiation.
Intraoral Camera with the most current camera, we can give the patient an exclusive view into their mouth, as Dr. Young discusses oral findings. Live streaming video captures views of teeth and other oral structures with crystal clear clarity.
Tooth-Colored Fillings are an attractive alternative to silver (amalgam) fillings, as they blend well with the natural teeth. Fillings made from composite resin or porcelain are lifelike. Dr. Barbara Young offers a restoration that is so natural-looking in appearance; the filling goes unnoticed by others.
Teeth Whitening is one of the easiest ways to dramatically improve your smile. Whitening teeth has been a dental procedure used by many dentists for years. There are a few techniques available; use of lights in-office, followed by at home whitening, use of lasers, and use at home methods.
The at-home method has by far the most positive literature to support its use as a safe and effective whitening technique. Impressions are taken of your teeth and customized plastic trays are fabricated. The whitening chemical is customized to your individual needs, based on strength needed for your case. You apply the (whitening) agent at home and are monitored routinely at the office. It usually takes about three weeks to reach the maximum effect.
Porcelain Veneers are minimally invasive. They offer our patients a great way to hide tooth blemishes, creating a smile that is beautiful and confident in appearance. Porcelain veneers can transform virtually any flawed smile into a work of art worth grinning about! They are shells of ceramic porcelain that are bonded to the fronts of the teeth to cover imperfections. Veneers can be used to hide chipped, cracked, stained, misaligned, or poorly shaped teeth. The ceramic porcelain material of a veneer is extremely durable and virtually stain-free, providing a long term solution that looks completely natural in appearance.
Porcelain Crowns are one of the most versatile restorative options. Crowns by our dental office are designed and placed with the appearance and function of your smile in mind. Results are so natural; you may forget there was ever a need for dental treatment to begin with!
There are several reasons to recommend a crown. A crown is a dental restoration that may be used to protect a tooth when it is at risk for a break, to attach a dental bridge, or to restore a tooth after a root canal.
Inlays and Onlays (“Partial Crowns”) are a conservative option to a full crown. These restorations that are made in the dental laboratory and require two visits to complete. These are used when regular fillings are not adequate to restore the teeth to function and a full crown is too aggressive.
The difference between inlays and onlays is that an inlay usually fills a hole and restores one to three sides of the tooth. An onlay is usually larger and restores the sides of the tooth as well as a part or the entire chewing surface.
Inlays and onlays can be made of different types of materials, gold, ceramic, or resin. As with fillings, there is a big difference in longevity among these materials, with gold having the greatest longevity. Choice of material is guided by size, location, function, and esthetics.
Gold Crowns, Inlays and Onlays are one of Dr. Young's specialties. As a decorated member of the Richard V. Tucker Gold Study Clubs, Dr. Young has been expertly trained in the art of gold restorations. Gold is a great choice for molar restorations, because even a thin layer of the precious metal can protect the tooth from decay, fracture and cracking. Gold feels and functions more like a natural tooth than any other restorative material.
Implants In the past, dentures and bridges were the only options available to replace missing teeth. Today, patients can select dental implants as the preferred tooth-replacement solution. Implants restore function, preserve bone health, and provide a naturally beautiful appearance
Dental implants are a direct replacement for the missing tooth and tooth root. Small dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, becoming the new root. Over time, the implants will fuse to the jawbone and create a solid foundation for your new crown. Once this fusion is complete, an “abutment” will be placed on the implant, where a beautiful porcelain or gold crown will be attached. The end result is a sturdy tooth or set of teeth that will look and feel natural.
Nightguards & Sports Mouthguards To keep your smile in the best shape possible, we offer nightguards and sports mouthguards. You can maintain the health, length and beauty of your teeth, whether for dental protection from nighttime grinding or for contact sports.
While sleeping at night, you may be grinding your teeth without even realizing it. This nightly grinding can pose serious risk to the integrity of the teeth, causing wear on the enamel, fractures in the teeth, and in some cases, a change in bite. A nightguard offers a comfortable solution for nightly grinding, with a custom-fit that fits easily on the upper teeth to cushion teeth from wear.
For our patients who play contact sports, a sports mouthguard is a solution for protecting the mouth from trauma. If you play aggressive sports such as football, basketball, soccer, or hockey, ask about a custom-fit sport mouthguard can keep your smile in topnotch shape while playing the sport you love.
Dentistry for Children (Pediatric Dentistry) We believe education is really the key to prevention and a huge component of pediatric dentistry. We strive to present a fun and comfortable atmosphere for our young patients, so they’ll enjoy coming to the dentist for future visits. In order to be successful, preventive strategies in dentistry begin early on and continue for a lifetime. By age 2-3 we find the tell-show-do technique is very effective with children as they become interactive with our staff. We explain what we will be doing in child-friendly terminology so they will know what to expect. Educating them in this manner helps them feel at ease with the dental setting and allows us to emphasize the important of having optimal dental health. (Plus, we have an awesome toy chest!)
Root Canal Therapy A root canal involves removing the damaged or infected tooth pulp (nerves) from the roots of your tooth. The resulting space is filled with special medicated dental materials which restore the tooth to its full function. This procedure can save your tooth, make the pain go away, and improve your oral health. Having a root canal is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed.
Oral Surgery There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. Other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so we may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant.
Prophylaxis (Dental Cleaning) Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults after 35, yet it can be prevented with proper oral care. Regularly scheduled professional cleanings, in combination with daily brushing and flossing, can keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, when gum disease does occur, our team is well equipped to treat it.
Periodontics (Gum Disease Treatment) Many people experience gum disease. It begins with gums that are red, swollen and bleed easily and can progress to gum recession and bone loss. In the early stages, gum disease can be reversed.
Dr. Barbara Young