Ross Family Dentistry

 

Dr. George Little, DDS

7 Redwood Drive, Ross, California 94957  415.925.2545

Services

Dr. Little and his team believe that caring for your smile is one of the most important factors in caring for your health. We have a highly trusted network of local specialists we can refer you to in the event you have a need beyond our services offered below:


Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers can change the shape, color, length, or width of your teeth. Veneers are a thin, semi-translucent laminate bonded to your teeth. While they're not suitable for every patient, veneers are the most aesthetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions including diastemas (spaces between teeth), broken or chipped teeth, unsightly, stained, permanently stained teeth that can't be bleached through whitening, or crooked teeth.

Composites

Dental composites are also called white fillings. These materials are similar to those used in direct fillings and are tooth colored. Their strength and durability is not as high as porcelain or metal restorations but they provide a look that will match the color of the tooth.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function. A bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of bridge consists of crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants. Our office employs a technology called Cerec which allows for crowns to be made in-house the same day the patient is seen.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are an exciting technology that has been used in our practice for more than 20 years. Dental implants act as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth and provide the foundation for a crown, bridge, or other dental restoration. Implants have helped hundreds of patients achieve teeth replacement without damaging adjacent teeth or living with cumbersome removable bridges. Dental implants provide biting comfort and stop adjacent teeth from shifting positions. Implants have the added benefit of preventing further bone loss where a tooth was removed, thereby avoiding weakening of the jawbone and collapse of facial structures.

Inlays/Onlays

More conservative than a crown, inlays and onlays are two methods of restoring normal tooth structure after decay or other damage. Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because unlike a standard filling, both are made in a laboratory and cemented or bonded to the surface of the tooth during a second visit.

An inlay is done when the tooth structure replaced within the cusp tips of the tooth. If the damage is more extensive and the new structure covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps, the procedure is called an onlay. Like a crown, an onlay covers and protects the tooth's biting surface. Where a crown covers the entire tooth, an onlay fits inside the tooth cusps and covers only the biting surfaces. Because an onlay is fabricated in a dental laboratory, it takes two or more appointments to restore a tooth with an onlay.

Dentures and Partials

There are many reasons people lose their teeth, either from periodontal disease, decay, or injuries. An important step in maintaining a healthy smile is to replace missing teeth. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can change position, drifting into the surrounding space. Teeth that are out of position can damage tissues in the mouth. In addition, it may be difficult to clean thoroughly between crooked teeth. As a result you run the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease, which can lead to the loss of additional teeth.

Dentures can replace your missing teeth and give you the smile and confidence you deserve. A removable partial denture fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile. A denture helps you to properly chew food, a difficult task when you are missing teeth. In addition, a denture may improve speech and prevent a sagging face by providing support for lips and cheeks.

Bonding

Cosmetic tooth bonding can work wonders for your smile. Tooth bonding can correct a tooth gap, cover spots, chips, and discoloration, and even re-shape teeth. It is also great for instant repair of a broken front tooth.

Teeth Whitening

We offer a teeth whitening system called Zoom. Zoom is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. The procedure takes less than an hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by as little as 45 minutes of bleaching.

Orthodontics -- Traditional and Invisalign

We offer patients traditional orthodontics and if the patient's case allows we are certified to offer Invisalign. Invislign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements that we plan out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile you've always wanted.


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