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Implant-Retained and Traditional Dentures – What’s the Real Difference?

At Classic Dental Smiles, we strive to restore our patients’ smiles, giving them back complete function of their teeth. Tooth decay, gum disease, aging, and past injuries can cause you to require dentures. This is where the big decision comes in. Which kind of dentures will better suit your daily needs: implant-retained or traditional? Rancho … Continue reading “Implant-Retained and Traditional Dentures – What’s the Real Difference?”

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What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Beautiful smile with porcelain veneers

Are you unhappy with the color of your teeth? Does a gap between your front teeth make you unhappy with your smile? Are you ready to repair that chipped tooth from your college days? If you answered yes to any of these questions, porcelain veneers may be a good option for you. Maintaining a healthy … Continue reading “What Are Porcelain Veneers?”

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CHECK OUT OUR REVIEWS!

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

We recently achieved a huge honor from Yelp.com a few weeks ago. Many of our patients have left 5-star reviews for our office on Yelp and we couldn’t be more appreciative of all the support our patients have given us.In case you may not be familiar with this company, Yelp is a review website driven by everyday people who post feedback on local businesses ranging from restaurants and bars to spas and dental professionals. It has been quite a valuable resource for people looking for recommendations from others who are willing to share their experiences. Our office receives no financial compensation for being on Yelp, nor does Yelp …

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CHOOSING THE BEST DENTAL SUPPLIES

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

Just about everyone knows that brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing once each day are important when it comes to taking good care of our teeth and gums. But if you have ever walked down the dental aisle at your local drugstore, you know there are a lot of options for home dental care products. How do you know which ones to use? How do you know which might be best for your own teeth?If you have questions about choosing the best dental supplies, such as toothpaste, floss, and toothbrush, you can always ask Dr. Brian Chan and our staff at Classic Dental Smiles for their …

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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DENTISTS

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

Going to the dentist is probably not on anyone’s top 10 list of fun things to do. The truth is that sometimes the idea of going to the dentist is a lot worse than actually being at the dentist. Part of the reason for this is likely the misconceptions people have about dentists. There are a lot of things that people believe about going the dentist that simply are not true.Let’s examine some of the misconceptions when it comes to vising your Rancho Bernardo dentist. Perhaps getting to the truth being the fiction might help you overcome any reasons you have been putting off seeing the dentist.Misconception #1: …

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ELEMENTS OF A DENTAL CLEANING AND EXAM

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

Most people know that they should visit their dentist regularly for a routine cleaning and exam; most dentists recommend twice each year. Not only does going to the dentist regularly mean you can stay on top of your oral care, but good dental health can also have a positive effect on your overall health. If you develop gum disease, for instance, you might be more prone to develop serious disease, including some types of cancer, strokes, diabetes, among others.If it’s been a while since you’ve been to your Rancho Bernardo CA dentist, let’s make a quick review of the elements of a dental cleaning and exam.Routine Cleaning and …

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Misconceptions/Mistakes About Oral Care

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Related Service(s): Cosmetic Dentistry in Rancho Bernardo, CA

There are a number of misconceptions and mistakes people make about oral care, and we hear a lot of them in our office. Many people underestimate the importance of good oral health when it comes to their overall health, for example. Other people have mistaken ideas about brushing and flossing, as well as gum disease and oral health in general. Let’s take a look at some of the misconceptions people have about their oral health.Myth: There Is No Connection Between Overall Health and Dental HealthWe briefly touched on this above, but this is probably one of the most common mistakes people make when considering their oral health. The …

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POPULAR DENTAL SERVICES

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

At Classic Dental Smiles, we offer a wide array of dental services to meet the needs of all our patients in one office here in Rancho Bernardo. We know the dental office isn’t your favorite place to go but it’s vital towards your overall health that you keep up with your oral health, and working with an experienced team is a great way to feel more comfortable with any of the services you need! Whether you haven’t visited the dentist for a long time, or if you’re just due for your regular cleaning, our team can help! Here are some of our most popular services:Cleanings and checkups: It’s important to visit …

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HOW WE MAKE YOU COMFORTABLE AT YOUR VISIT

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

We know that visiting the dentist is not on many people’s favorite things to do list, so we take it seriously when it comes to ensuring that your visit to Classic Dental Smiles is as pleasant as possible. Here are just a few of the ways we work to make you comfortable at your visit to your Rancho Bernardo dentist.Friendly StaffWhen you come into our office, you’ll be greeted by our experienced, welcoming staff. We believe that a friendly smile goes a long way in making you comfortable and helping to alleviate any anxiety you might be feeling. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.A Comfortable Dental …

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR DENTAL APPOINTMENT

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

Visiting the dentist can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Even if you keep up with great at home oral care habits, visiting a dentist is the only way to prevent serious health issues from occurring with your oral health. Knowing what to expect at your dental appointment can help you stay calm, and feel more ready to approach your vital cleanings and exams!Your Dental AppointmentVisiting the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and exams is extremely important when it comes to preventing bigger complications with your oral health. If any issues do arise, Dr. Brian Chan will be able to identify and treat them …

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HOW DO DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK?

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Related Service(s): Dental Implants Can Boost Your Confidence and Renew Your Smile

Missing teeth can be detrimental to not only your dental health, but also your self-esteem. While there are many procedures that will replace missing teeth, one of the best treatments are dental implants. Implants work by replacing both the root and crown of your missing tooth to give you your oral health and beautiful smile back. At Classic Dental Smiles, we offer the best implant dentistry services in the Rancho Bernardo, CA area.Dental ImplantsDental implants use a titanium rod, which is placed directly into the jawbone. This will supply the crown with the stability needed for years of use without the need to harm or damage surrounding teeth. As the ..

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HOW VENEERS CAN TRANSFORM YOUR SMILE

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Related Service(s): Veneers in Rancho Bernardo, CA

Minor to moderate imperfections in your teeth can cause you to want to hide your smile. While there are many ways your dentist can restore these imperfections, one of the most beneficial treatments would be porcelain veneers. Veneers are attached to the front of the tooth to hide almost any aesthetic issue from discoloration to chips and cracks. Dr. Brian H. Chan and his team at Classic Dental Smiles strive to give all of his patients in the Rancho Bernardo, CA area the smile of their dreams, and often times, that can be achieved with veneers.Benefits of VeneersThey look natural – When repairing imperfections in your smile, one of your …

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WHY IS FLOSSING SO IMPORTANT?

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

It may seem like brushing alone is enough to clean your teeth, mouth, and to help you maintain your oral health, yet this is not always the case. When you skip flossing, you are allowing harmful bacteria to grow in the hard to reach places in between teeth and gums that your toothbrush cannot reach. It is recommended to floss at least once a day to help clear away food particles and bacteria before they cause any damage, however, many people don’t take the time to floss or to do it correctly.Importance of FlossingCleaner mouth – By not flossing, you are cleaning only two thirds of your tooth. When you …

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WHAT DO CAVITIES MEAN FOR YOUR ORAL HEALTH

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Related Service(s): Restore Your Smile with White Fillings

Cavities are one of the most common oral health concerns effecting both children and adults. While over ninety percent of people will have at least one cavity at some point in their life, what causes them, and how can you lower your chances of developing cavities? Dr. Brian Chan and his team at Classic Dental Smiles want to help lower the number of people who develop cavities by offering the best in preventive care treatments in the Rancho Bernardo, CA area.What is a Cavity?Cavities are formed when the outer area of your tooth is eaten away by plaque and tartar. Plaque is formed when sugary and acidic foods you consume …

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FILLINGS

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Related Service(s): Restore Your Smile with White Fillings

Tooth decay effects most people at least once in their life. One of the most common treatments for tooth decay are fillings. People have been getting fillings for nearly 150 years and as technology progresses, they become more beneficial to maintaining our oral health. At Classic Dental Smiles, we specialize in dental fillings and do them on a regular basis so you can be confident you will receive the best in tooth decay repair at our office.What are Fillings?When tooth decay has damaged the enamel of your tooth or has caused an infection in the pulp containing the nerve endings, your dentist will work on the tooth to remove all …

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT CHEWING GUM

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

Chewing gum has always been a tricky subject when it comes to your dental health and whether it is good or bad for your teeth. There are many types of chewing gum from sugar filled bubble gum to sugar free whitening gum, but is it all bad? The gum you choose can have a major effect on your oral health, so it is important to know the difference.Good vs. BadFirst, it is good to know what chewing gum is actually made of. Most gum is made up of a gum base, a softener, a sweetener, and a flavor. The main thing to pay attention to when choosing a chewing gum …

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THE RIGHT WAY TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

When it comes to brushing your teeth, it may seem pretty basic. yet many people are doing it wrong. If you are not using the right tools or using those tools the wrong way, you may be causing more harm than good. For something that we should be doing twice daily, it is important to make sure you are brushing correctly in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, cavities, and other dental problems.The Right ToothbrushIt is important to choose the right tool for the job and that includes choosing the right tooth brush. There are many option when it comes …

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3D X-rays make most Dental Implant complications a thing of the past

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Related Service(s): Dental Implants Can Boost Your Confidence and Renew Your Smile

At Classic Dental Smiles, we recently acquired some of the most high tech pieces of equipment available in dentistry, a 3-D xray machine, more technically known as a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) unit. While a medical grade CT scanner makes multiple revolutions around a patient, a CBCT makes a single revolution (really 180 degrees) dramatically decreasing the amount of radiation and improving the clarity of areas specific to dentistry. Here in Rancho Bernardo, we use the Galileos Comfort Plus, an amazing machine made by Sirona.It’s hard for us to state just how much this has elevated our level of care. The additional information we get from the …

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WHAT TOOTHPASTE SHOULD I USE?

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Related Service(s): Treat Periodontal Disease with Scaling and Root Planing

The use of toothpaste is another frequent question we get at the office. Which kind is the best, does the brand matter, do the whitening ones really work, etc. These are all great questions and while we do not believe there is a “king of toothpastes” out there, there are specific ones we like to recommend based on a patients specific clinical situation.The purpose of toothpaste is to help remove plaque from your teeth, aiding the body to clear those pearly whites of any harmful bacteria. Many people love the minty, fresh breath that toothpaste leaves behind but it’s important to understand that the freshness of your breath …

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ICE, ICE, BABY…

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

One of the more frequent questions we get is in regards to chewing ice. There are plenty of people who have grown up chewing ice and just can’t help themselves when it’s available. To be fair, we’ve all chewed ice at some point in our lives. For many, this is a very gratifying habit that is hard to break. However, from a dental perspective chewing ice is one of the greatest dental “no-no’s” one can commit, on par with using mouth rinse in place of brushing and flossing. To put it simply, chewing ice frequently results in broken teeth. And broken teeth usually hurt. A lot.Thankfully, …

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PROTECTING MOUTHS ONE KINDERGARTEN CLASS AT A TIME

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

Our hygienist, Kelly, recently visited the kindergarten classes at the Cambridge school in Rancho Penasquitos. It was a great time of sharing with the students the basics of dental care and how important it is to take care of your teeth. Kelly shared how damaging “cavity bugs” can be to one’s teeth and gums and how brushing and flossing can get rid of these bugs so that cavities do not form. Each student got a chance to brush Allie the alligator’s teeth and there was definitely a lot of fun and laughter that accompanied it.At Classic Dental Smiles, we see patients of …

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TOOTHBRUSH WARS!

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Related Service(s): Treat Periodontal Disease with Scaling and Root Planing

“What’s the difference between a regular toothbrush and an electric one?” This is a very popular question that we get asked all the time. In our Rancho Bernardo office, we like to say that the best toothbrush is the one you’ll use (the same goes for the different brands of floss). For those of who prefer manual, great! If you love powering on your electric toothbrush, more power to you! For those on the fence, let’s review the advantages of both options.Advantages of Manual/Regular Toothbrushes:Cheap and easy to replaceFamiliarReadily available in stores, hotels, airports, etc.Allows users to have greater control over the force and speed of brushingAdvantages of Electric Toothbrushes:Proven …

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HELP, I’M MEEELTIIIING……

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

We live in a fast-paced, on-demand, instant gratification world. Many times the expectations of a project or task can require a lot of uninterrupted work, which can lead to less sleep and lack of energy. We all know that energy drinks are no stranger to the food scene. Monster, Rock Star, Red Bull, etc. are all major players. Their overwhelming success has led to a HUGE influx of smaller companies entering into the market all vying for a piece of the multi-million dollar pie. While it may seem convenient to grab a can next time you need an energy boost, we want to share some of the effects …

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5 tips for finding the right dentist

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Related Service(s): Restore Your Tooth to Full Function with Same-Day Crowns and Onlays

Although it may not seem like it, dental practices are everywhere — even in towns that don’t boast a huge population. If you live in a big city and you don’t already have a dentist you trust, it can be overwhelming figuring out the best dentist for you in your area. The following tips can help you make the right choice for you, even with so many options — ahem — in your face.1. Ask friends and/or family. What better people to ask than those you already trust and have a relationship with. It’s always helpful to ask for feedback from people that already visit the dentist of interest. Consider …

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7 Technology Advancements That Make Your Dental Visits More Effective — and More Comfortable

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Related Service(s): General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

The oral health industry has made major strides in bringing comfort to the dentist’s chair. And there’s a lot to be excited about in the coming years — but there’s a lot to feel comfortable about right now, as well. Take a look at just a few of the industry advancements that make sure you’re getting more effective and more comfortable dental care.1. CAD/CAM Technology – Also simply known as “single day restorations”. The use of cad/cam technology allows the digital creation of a porcelain restorations without having to take the goopy impressions, having a temporary made, and returning for a second visit to have the crown cemented on. The …

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