Oral Sedation in Rancho Bernardo

Comfortable Dental Care in a Relaxed Environment

Dr. Brian Chan wants all his patients to have positive experiences in our dental office, but we know this is not easy for everyone. Millions of Americans suffer from some level of dental anxiety, which can prevent them from getting the care they need. That’s why we have taken steps to make our services more accessible to patients who experience dental anxiety. One of those steps is offering medications that can make you more comfortable during dental treatments.

Do you need a dentist who understands the challenges of dental anxiety? Dr. Brian Chan knows it’s not easy getting routine preventive and restorative work done when fear and panic stand in your way.

Call our Rancho Bernardo California dental office at 858-485-6781 today to learn how we will make your dental experience more relaxed and comfortable.

Dental Anxiety

There are a number of reasons why going to the dentist may create unease in an otherwise relaxed individual. Perhaps you’ve had a negative experience in the past, or at one time experienced pain in the dental chair. Some people are just uncomfortable having others’ hands in such a personal space as one’s mouth. Regardless of the cause, we are sensitive to the challenges your anxiety presents, and want to offer you our compassion and support as you proceed with dental treatments.

Honest Conversations

When you meet with Dr. Chan, be honest about your fears and reservations. Listening is a critical part of the process and we want you to know that your fears and anxieties are being heard and acknowledged. We want to be your dental providers for life and developing a relationship of mutual trust and respect starts with having simple conversations. If we understand what your concerns are we will better understand how to make you comfortable, so you can get the dental care you need.

Many of our patients find that communication between patient and dentist can actually go a long way toward mitigating dental fear. Dr. Chan will always let you know what to expect from a dental procedure, and will not proceed with treatments unless you are comfortable going forward.

Oral Sedation for Anxiety

For patients whose anxiety makes dental treatments difficult or impossible, we offer medications that can help you feel more relaxed during your visit. Oral sedation is not the same thing as “sleep dentistry,” as you will remain conscious throughout the procedure, maintain control of your faculties, and be aware of your surroundings.

The effects of the medication will make you drowsy, so it will be necessary to have someone drive you to and from the appointment. The effects of the medications can last anywhere between 2-12 hours, depending on how much medication is needed. Our team will be present with you the entire time to ensure you have a great, anxiety-free experience.

A Comfortable Environment


For those who are unable to not take pills, or simply prefer not to, we have found that the use of noise-cancelling headphones with music can help enhance relaxation techniques during dental treatment. For some of our patients, listening to great tunes has helped reduce anxiety and fear much more than expected. We also have neck, back and leg pillows as well as plush blankets to aid your comfort during your time in the dental chair.

Call our Rancho Bernardo California dental office today at 858-485-6781 if you would like to take learn more about oral sedation for dental anxiety. Watch and read our patient reviews to see how others have enjoyed our services.


Veneers in Rancho Bernardo, CA

If you’re looking for a way to improve your self-esteem and elevate your confidence, porcelain veneers with Dr. Brain Chan in Rancho Bernardo, CA are a simple fix. Porcelain veneers are rapidly increasing in popularity, which makes them one of the top desired cosmetic procedures that we offer. They easily correct dental imperfections and inevitable wear and tear that diminishes your appearance and holds you back from truly loving your smile.

If you’re ready to perfect your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chan today. Call our Rancho Bernardo office today at 858-485-6781 or contact us online to begin your smile makeover. 

What Can Veneers Correct?

Porcelain veneers can cover a variety of cosmetic imperfections, such as:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Oddly shaped or disproportionate teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Crooked and slightly misaligned teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth

If you have an oddly shaped tooth that stands out from the rest, Dr. Chan can place a wafer-thin veneer over the flaw to enhance the appearance. Veneers can be used in place of braces to straighten uneven smiles. For smiles that fail to respond to professional whitening treatment, veneers are placed over discolored teeth to improve the color, leaving your smile brighter.

How Do Veneers Work?

Each porcelain veneer is custom-created from wafer-thin porcelain and matched to the color of your natural teeth. In cases where you desire a whiter smile, a lighter shade can be chosen to brighten and enhance your smile’s appearance. Dr. Chan will carefully place the veneer over your healthy, but flawed tooth. Veneers are permanently affixed to the front surface of your teeth with a strong bonding adhesive so that when you smile or speak, it completely transforms the aesthetics of your smile.

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Many patients seek out this cosmetic treatment because it provides dramatic and instant results. Due to our advanced CEREC® technology, you can expect a smile makeover in one simple dental visit. This technology allows us to create the veneers in-house, eliminating the need for a dental lab and multiple visits.

What to Expect During the Procedure

In order to be considered for veneers, you must first maintain a healthy smile. At your consultation, Dr. Chan will assess your mouth, gums, and teeth for any decay, disease, or damage. At this time, you should share any concerns you have with the appearance of your teeth. Based on his years of experience with cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Chan will advise you on the best treatment options for you.

After deciding to move forward with the cosmetic procedure, Dr. Chan will take impressions of your teeth. This will help him custom-create each veneer to fit your aesthetic preference. Before any permanent work is completed, Dr. Chan will show you an idea of what the results will look like, giving you the power to choose how your new smile will appear. This allows you the opportunity to make changes so that you get exactly what you want.

Next, Dr. Chan will prepare each tooth for the placement of the veneer. This involves removing a small amount of enamel from the surface of the tooth. Once the veneers are ready, they will be affixed to the surface of your teeth with a bonding agent, instantly providing life-changing results.

Why Should You Choose Porcelain Veneers?

Choosing porcelain veneers with Classic Dental Smiles dentist, Dr. Chan will not only provide a more attractive smile, but improve your confidence and quality of life. A beautiful, Hollywood-perfect smile can do wonders for your professional and social life. Studies have shown that potential employees who possess a radiant smile are more approachable and more likely to be offered the position after attending an interview. Furthermore, they’re more likely to negotiate a higher salary.

Call Today to Schedule Your Consultation

For patients who feel held back from enjoying their life due to the appearance of their smile, porcelain veneers are a great first step in bettering yourself. This cosmetic dentistry treatment can drastically transform your smile in one single visit. Dr. Chan recommends the use of veneers for patients who want to quickly correct minor dental imperfections.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Chan in Rancho Bernardo, CA by calling 858-485-6781 or contacting us online.      

Treat Periodontal Disease with Scaling and Root Planing

What is Periodontal Disease?

Did you know that one out of two adults over the age of 30 in the United States has been diagnosed with periodontal disease? Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic condition in which the buildup of bacterial plaque negatively affects the teeth, gums, and eventually the jawbone. This disease not only affects the mouth, but can lead to more severe issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and even a stroke.

When gum tissue is infected, your gums will become red and inflamed, and possibly begin to bleed. At first the body will try to fight the disease on its own, but if it goes untreated, the infection will affect the jawbone tissue as well, eventually leading to tooth loss. There are many factors that contribute to gum disease development, such as your age, genetics, tobacco use, stress, bruxism (teeth grinding), poor diet, weakened immune system, and poor oral hygiene.

Do you think you have periodontal disease? Call our Rancho Bernardo, CA, office today at (858) 485-6781 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Chan. He will do a thorough exam and review of your medical history to determine the best treatment plan for you.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Outlined below are some of the more common symptoms to be aware of. If you think you are struggling from the effects of periodontal disease, schedule an appointment immediately.

  • Red, sensitive, inflamed, and infected gums
  • Significant gum recession
  • Bleeding gums, especially when you brush and floss
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth and/or tooth loss
  • Bad taste in your mouth

The best way to prevent periodontal disease from occurring is to see your dentist every six months for a checkup, brush twice a day with a fluoride-rich toothpaste, floss daily, and rinse with an antibacterial mouth wash.How to Prevent and Treat Periodontal Disease

periodontal disease treatment resultsThe best way to non-surgically treat periodontal disease is with a deep cleaning, which entails both scaling and root planing. At Classic Dental Smiles, we are passionate about the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. We are proud to provide our patients treatment with highly trained and equipped hygienists who use ultrasonic equipment and antibiotic therapy to treat all stages of gum disease.

In cases where periodontal disease has lead to tooth damage loss, we can also provide you with a restoration. We offer a wide variety of restorations, such as crowns to repair a tooth, or dental implants, bridges,and dentures to replace missing teeth.

What to Expect During Your Treatment

During your appointment, Dr. Chan will first numb your gums with an anesthetic. Once you are comfortable, your hygienist will use our state-of-the-art ultrasonic cleaner to scale teeth. The device uses sonic vibrations to remove plaque, tartar (calculus), and bacteria from above and below the gum line.

To decrease the opportunity for bacteria to build up on teeth roots, we administer root planing. This involves carefully smoothing the rough spots on the root surface of the tooth.

After treatment you may experience some swelling and sensitivity. We recommend avoiding food and beverages that are spicy and overly hot or cold. When needed, over-the-counter pain medications can be taken to reduce any additional pain and discomfort.

Why Periodontal Cleaning is Important

If periodontal disease goes untreated, your oral health will continue to decline, leading to tooth loss, gum recession, and jawbone degeneration that will change the natural contour of your face. It is even possible to have a stroke, heart attack, and possibly lose your life because of bad bacteria that starts in your mouth. It’s important to take the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease very seriously.

By seeing Dr. Chan regularly, you’ll allow him to help improve your oral health, physical health, and quality of life. Our team will do everything we can to remove the infection and return your teeth, bone, and gums back to a healthy status.

Contact Us Today

If you identify with any of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, call our Rancho Bernardo, CA, office today at (858) 485-6781 to schedule your consultation.

Restore Your Smile with White Fillings


close-up-of-dental-cleaningTooth decay, also known as a cavity, is caused by bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) that thrive in acidic environments. S. mutans loves to feed on basic sugars and starches that we consume as food. As the bacteria grow, they will cause a degradation of tooth structure, eat away at the enamel, and destroy deeper layers of dental tissue, unless the cavity is removed. If tooth decay goes untreated, it will eventually lead to tooth loss and/or gum disease.

When a cavity is removed, a dental filling fills the void and restores the tooth. At Classic Dental Smiles, Dr. Brian Chan will use tooth-colored composite resin to repair and protect a tooth with a cavity. As a safe and predictable approach, we believe that white fillings are superior to amalgam, for strengthening a tooth after decay has been eliminated.

Compared to amalgam fillings, our patients also enjoy that composite fillings are white, designed to look and react more like natural teeth. Dr. Chan can also replace unattractive amalgam fillings with white fillings to match the natural look of your smile.

If you have a toothache caused by a cavity, we can treat it with a tooth-colored filling. Call our Rancho Bernardo, CA, office today at (858) 925-5914 to schedule your checkup with Dr. Brian Chan to find the relief you deserve.

How to Decide if a Filling is Right For You

Before Dr. Chan treats your cavity, there are several questions to address, such as:

  • What are your esthetic expectations?
  • Where will the filling be placed in your mouth?
  • How big is the cavity?
  • How difficult will it be to access the cavity and place the filling?

If your cavity is severe, Dr. Chan may recommend a same-day dental crown or partial crown (inlay or onlay) to strengthen the tooth. For mild tooth decay, he may recommend a filling, and for pre-decay, identified by soft areas of demineralization in tooth enamel, he may suggest remineralization. This involves using a special toothpaste and mouthwash to help the enamel fight off the bacteria, so that decay never gains a foothold. Of course, Dr. Chan will also keep a close eye on the demineralized area, when you come in for checkups.

If you don’t have a cavity, but you are interested in changing the appearance of your tooth due to cracks, chips, worn edges, or discoloration, Dr. Chan can use composite resin to administer a treatment called bonding. He can add structure to a tooth with composite resin or layer on a composite veneer to esthetically improve the look of a tooth.

What to Expect When Getting a Filling

Before making a recommendation, we will conduct a complete examination, with digital x-rays and photos, to determine the extent of your cavity and identify any other issues. Dr. Chan will help you understand the condition of your tooth and thoroughly explain the different options available.

If Dr. Chan determines that a dental filling is necessary, he will administer a local anesthetic and carefully remove the bacteria and clean the tooth. Then, he will gently reshape the tooth and roughen the enamel so that the filling securely bonds. Once the tooth is prepared, Dr. Chan will apply the composite resin in layers, using a special curing light to harden the filling. Finally, he will trim away excess resin and polish the tooth to reveal a beautifully restoration.

To make your experience more comfortable, we offer plush blankets and noise-cancelling headphones while your dental filling is being placed. If you struggle with dental anxiety or phobia, we can provide sedation to make your experience more calming.

Caring for Your Smile

After your dental filling has been placed, your tooth will be strengthened and protected. However, once we restore a tooth that has had a cavity, follow a good oral hygiene routine to ward off bad oral bacteria. The best way to do this is by:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing daily
  • Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Visiting the dentist every six months for regular checkups

Contact Us Today

Please take some time to review videos and written testimonials of happy patients who have received white fillings at Classic Dental smiles. We look forward to treating you or your loved one. To schedule a checkup with Dr. Chan, give us a call today our Rancho Bernardo, CA, office at (858) 925-5914.


Cosmetic Dentistry in Rancho Bernardo, CA

beautiful smiling womanClassic Dental Smiles offers a wide range of cosmetic dental services to transform your smile. Many people first think about cosmetic dentistry when they have an upcoming event they want to look their best for, such as a wedding or reunion. However, cosmetic treatments are an excellent way to improve confidence in your everyday smile, so you can look your bes,t always.

If you’d like to explore cosmetic dentistry for your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Chan in our Rancho Bernardo, CA dental office today. Call us at 858-485-6781 to make an appointment.

Do you have flaws you would like to correct?

  • chipped teeth
  • overly pointed teeth
  • small teeth or “gummy” smile
  • gaps or overlapping teeth
  • stains that don’t respond to whitening
  • crooked smile, overbite or under bite
  • straightened teeth that have shifted

Dr. Brian Chan would love the opportunity to help you find a smile you’d love to show off. Call us today for a consultation!

Cosmetic Solutions for a Radiant Smile

Whether it involves restoring a single tooth or a full arch, our aim is to provide beautiful and functional restorations that last a lifetime. We offer cosmetic solutions that help patients experience the power of a confident, radiant smile. Whether your teeth are chipped, worn, or discolored, Dr. Brian Chan offers a high level of artistry and craftsmanship to address your needs in Rancho Bernardo.

Although cosmetic dental treatments are primarily designed to enhance the appearance of your smile, in many cases they can also improve the function of the mouth. For instance, a person may have problems with their bite that lead to TMJ issues. In a case like this, we can use cosmetic dental treatments to help alleviate those issues, dramatically improving everyday activities such as eating or even speaking. Gum recession is another condition that can be corrected with bonding or veneers, which give your teeth a brand new, beautiful surface.

Our wide range of services include teeth whitening, dental bonding, tooth-colored fillings, same-day porcelain veneers and crowns, and personalized smile design. Before starting on any treatment, we make sure to take the time to understand your concerns and expectations. We will develop a treatment plan in conjunction with your goals and will review all your options for achieving the healthy, beautiful smile you desire.

Proven Results

Please check out our smile gallery for examples of our real-life dentistry on display. Many of our patients have simple needs, and we’ve been able to provide them with big, beautiful changes that result in a healthier, more beautiful smile.

Others patients have had more complex needs, and our cosmetic treatments have had a positive, life-changing effect on their smiles. Many of these changes can be accomplished in one visit. Or, if desired, we can provide a temporary mockup of your new smile so that you can live with the look for a while, get feedback from friends and family, and evaluate any changes you’d like to make.

At Classic Dental Smiles, one of our primary goals is for you to be absolutely happy with any esthetic work that we accomplish together. We want results to exceed your expectations, so we promise your absolute satisfaction with anything we do!

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in Rancho Bernardo, CA

If you’re ready to take the next step toward the beautiful smile of your dreams, please give us a call or fill out the information box to the right. We’ll be happy to schedule a consultation with you at our Rancho Bernardo office to discuss your needs and the array of solutions we offer to transform your smile and maybe even your life!

Call our office today at (858) 485-6781. Or schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Chan in our Rancho Bernardo, CA dental office today.

Teeth Whitening in Rancho Bernardo, CA


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Here at Classic Dental Smiles, we care about giving you the best tools and treatments for optimal oral health. We offer preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry services for all of your smile-related needs. One of our most popular cosmetic treatments is teeth whitening.

Call our Rancho Bernardo, California office today at (858) 485-6781 if you would like to find out more about our whitening treatments.

Your daily brushing and flossing routine is a great tool for removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth, but it doesn’t do very much to remove the pigments that settle into the enamel of your teeth. When you consume staining foods and drinks (such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark colored berries) they leave behind pigments that can contribute to an overall yellowing effect on your teeth.

These pigments do not damage your teeth, but stained enamel can lower your self-confidence and  your inclination to smile frequently and naturally. Multiple psychological studies have proven that smiling is good for your well-being. Smiling frequently—even when you don’t feel like it—can elevate your mood and open you up to positive interaction with others. People who smile frequently and easily are perceived more positively by those around them. If you have been covering or inhibiting your smile, consider how much better you might feel if you brightened up your teeth, even just a few shades whiter.

If you value a bright, white smile as part of your overall appearance, we recommend professional whitening approximately every two years to remove accumulated stains.

Call our Rancho Bernardo, California office today at (858) 485-6781 if you would like to find out more about our whitening treatments.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

You’ve probably noticed commercial products that remove stains on your laundry or carpeting with the oxy- prefix in their names. Maybe you remember someone using bubbly soda water to remove a stain at a party, and being surprised when it actually worked. Soda water can remove stains because it contains carbon dioxide (CO2) gas, which releases oxygen as the bubbles burst. Both of these products use the natural cleaning power of oxygen to release pigments from the fibers in your clothing.

Teeth whitening systems also use oxygen, in the form of hydrogen peroxide gels, which safely dissolve staining pigments deep in the surface of the teeth. You can find hydrogen peroxide-containing strips and gels in over-the-counter products at the drugstore, but the best whitening results come from the professional products that can only be distributed by dentists.

Our Whitening System

Our whitening system is based on professional strength whitening gels and customized trays, which you can use at your convenience and in the privacy of your own home. When you come to our office we will take your dental impression, which is used to construct a set of trays that are a perfect fit for your teeth and mouth. Once the trays have been produced, you can begin your at-home whitening treatment and see results in as little as one day.

Customized trays can enhance the stain-busting properties of whitening gels in two ways. Since over-the-counter whitening strips and trays are one-size-fits-all, they can easily slip out of place, spreading the whitening gel to other parts of the mouth or diluting it with saliva. But with custom-fitting trays, the gel stays on the enamel of your teeth, where it can whiten more effectively.

Additionally, well-fitting trays reduce the potential for tooth and gum sensitivity, which sometimes happens after using hydrogen peroxide gels. If you experience no tooth sensitivity you are going to be much more likely to wear the trays for the recommended length of time and see dramatic results more quickly.

The Fastest, Simplest Route to a New Smile

We cannot predict how everyone’s teeth will react to whitening treatments, but we know that many of our patients have seen dramatic results in very little time. Many of our staff also use the trays and gels and can testify to amazing results with little to no sensitivity.

Teeth whitening is a fast and economical way to brighten and refresh your smile. It is less invasive than many other cosmetic dentistry treatments, and can transform your smile with no risk of damage to your teeth and gums.

Call us today at (858) 485-6781 if you would like to visit our Rancho Bernardo, California office to learn about our teeth whitening packages.

General Dentistry Rancho Bernardo CA

happy woman thumbs upHere in Rancho Bernardo, Classic Dental Smiles provides a full range of dental services to meet all your family’s needs. Whether you need a simple filling, a root canal, or a complex smile reconstruction, our goal is to provide functional and esthetic restorations to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Do you need a family dentist? We provide general dentistry services for all members of your family, from the youngest to the oldest. Call our Rancho Bernardo dental office today at 858-485-6781 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Chan.

The Classic Services

The clinical services offered at Classic Dental Smiles start with simple preventive dental cleanings. Along with routine exams, these cleanings are your best defense against disease and decay. When bacteria are not properly cleaned from your teeth, cavities can form, and fillings may be needed to prevent the decay from worsening. Sometimes we see cavities that are so large that a simple filling will not suffice; in this case, a crown or a root canal is the best way to restore the function and appearance of the tooth.

If a tooth cannot be saved by a root canal and crown, we are able to plan and restore dental implants to replace missing teeth. If multiple teeth are missing, we may recommend dentures or partial dentures to restore your dental functioning.

For healthy teeth, one of the easiest and most conservative ways to achieve a quick, dramatic transformation that improves the quality of your smile is teeth whitening. We love comparing before and after photos of teeth whitening with our patients because the improvement is usually quite stunning. Porcelain veneers are another popular way to improve your smile. At our dental practice, veneers (like crowns) can usually be created and placed in the same visit or shortly thereafter.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Our focus is always on preventive care, to stop tooth decay from occurring in the first place. If you’re fortunate enough to have healthy teeth and gums that do not require any restorative treatments, we look forward to helping you keep them in optimal condition by providing regular professional dental cleanings and exams.

When you visit us for a dental cleaning one of our licensed dental hygienists will take the time to remove any accumulated calculus (tartar) from the places in your mouth that are hard to keep clean with brushing and flossing alone. Plaque is the stickly film of bacteria and food particles that you find on your teeth at the end of the day—and most of it comes off when we brush and floss at night. But even those of us with the best oral hygiene will have spots on our teeth where plaque may accumulate and solidify into insoluble tartar, which can only be removed with dental tools. Removing this plaque every six months with a dental cleaning is the best way to prevent cavities.

We will also provide fluoride gel treatment to protect your enamel and remineralize any soft spots that have formed on your teeth (the precursors to cavities). Sealants may also be applied to protect the deep cracks and fissures that make molars so vulnerable to cavities.


The Classic Office

We believe our Rancho Bernardo office to be a place of healing, and we offer a variety of amenities to help calm your nerves and make your dental visits as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Our services are offered in a conveniently located, clean, modern environment that has been designed to reduce anxiety and relax both patients and staff.

Memory foam neck and leg pillows, plush blankets, and noise-canceling headphones are our favorite stress reducing comforts we offer patients at Classic Dental Smiles. We are also certified to provide oral sedation for patients who experience dental anxiety. Please ask us about this service at your next appointment.

For other practical information and tips about dentistry, please check out our blog, where we post material we think you may find interesting or useful. If you have any questions about our services or treatments, please contact us using this website, send us an email, or call us today at 858-485-6781.

Dentures and Partials in Rancho Bernardo, CA

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At Classic Dental Smiles, we want all our patients to have healthy, strong, and beautiful smiles. But when our patients experience tooth decay and gum disease, tooth loss can take away their reason to smile. Fortunately dentures and partial dentures can replace natural teeth, to restore oral function and appearance.

If you would like to learn more about dentures, call our Rancho Bernardo dental office today at 858-485-6781 for a consultation with Dr. Brian Chan and our dental team.

No one enjoys losing teeth; it changes the way you look, permanently altering your smile. But that’s not the only adverse effect of tooth loss. Changes to the way a bite feels and functions, the development of headaches, and advancing bone loss are just a few problems that can occur when teeth are lost. Furthermore, empty tooth sockets create space for neighboring teeth to shift into the void, causing further complications.

Dentures can restore missing teeth, provide support to adjacent teeth, and add confidence to your smile. The ability to chew is restored and bone loss can be avoided with dentures. They can be worn on the top arch, bottom arch, or both, and can be removable or permanently fixed in the mouth (by way of dental implants). If you’ve lost teeth, dentures are a cost-effective solution to replace your missing teeth’s healthy appearance and function, all with one appliance.

Complete and Partial Dentures

Simply put, complete dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, while partial dentures replace individual teeth missing from different areas. Both are made with high strength acrylic, or acrylic reinforced with metal to add strength. The acrylic is generally colored  to imitate gum tissue and prosthetic teeth made of porcelain to give a natural look to your smile.

Both partial and complete dentures are improved by the addition of stabilizing dental implants. With implants, partials and complete dentures can be removable or fixed, and jaw bone degeneration is halted.

How do dentures feel?

Complete and partial dentures will feel unusual to a first-time wearer. Most patients take some time to adjust, and each case is different. Generally, we have found that new denture wearers require a few days to a full month to adjust to the feeling and the process of using their new replacement teeth. However, once the adjustment period is over, most patients love their dentures so much that they wear them every day.

No matter how well a denture is created and fitted, patients often have some initial difficulty learning how to stabilize the lower denture, as it fits into the mouth differently than a top arch appliance. This is why many opt for the dental-implant-supported dentures on the bottom arch; implants can anchor the denture in place and make chewing and speaking easier.

Next Steps

If you are interested in learning more about dentures, we recommend coming in for a consultation with Dr. Brian Chan to review your oral health, concerns, and treatment options.

Ultimately our goal is that no one notice that you are wearing a denture. Just like all the restorations we complete at Classic Dental Smiles, we seek to mimic what nature has given you in form, appearance, and function.

If you would like to learn more about dentures, call our Rancho Bernardo dental office today at 858-485-6781 for a consultation with Dr. Brian Chan and our dental team.

Dental Implants Can Boost Your Confidence and Renew Your Smile

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Why Dental Implants?

One of the greatest innovations in dentistry has been the advent of dental implants. It is a proven solution to replacing missing teeth without affecting neighboring teeth as with a traditional bridge. Unlike a removable partial denture, it is permanently placed so you don’t have to remove it every night. Multiple research studies indicate dental implants have an outstanding success rate of over 95% and can even last a lifetime.


What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the bone, replacing the root form of the missing tooth. Generally, the area is left alone for as little as three to six months so the bone can integrate around the implant. Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, a crown is placed over the top of the implant. It will blend into the natural look of your smile, giving the impression a tooth was ever missing in the first place.

There are a variety of applications for dental implants. If multiple teeth are missing, sometimes two implants can be placed and a bridge used to replace the missing teeth. For those who have problems with dentures staying in place, implants can be used to anchor the denture to the gums by way of a ball and socket type connection, or permanently affixed to the implants so that the denture does not move at all. Implants can also be used to help move teeth in orthodontics. It all depends on the clinical situation and what is best for each individual.


Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

At Classic Dental Smiles, we understand that missing teeth can be a hassle, but also affect your overall quality of life. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you:

  • Have trouble chewing and poor digestion from missing teeth
  • Have trouble with your speech due to missing teeth
  • Have low self-confidence due to cracked, broken, or missing teeth
  • Are not experiencing any symptoms of gum disease
  • Have strong jawbone mass

If Dr. Chan has determined that you are in good overall health and committed to following a good oral health regimen, you can move forward with dental implant placement.

Sirona Galileos Comfort PLUS

Through the use of Sirona Galileos ComfortPLUS, at Classic Dental Smiles we have the ability to see the underlying facial structures in three dimensions (3D) that uses cone beam technology. With this state-of-the-art technology, we are able to see whether or not additional procedures need to be completed before an implant is placed, identifying possible complications prior to the surgery. It is very crucial that you have strong bone mass in order to move forward with dental implants.

Three-dimensional imaging saves the patient time and money, helping us to provide the highest level of care. By using this cone beam technology, Dr. Chan can see your natural teeth and determine if your tooth is worth saving with a filling or crown, or if it should be removed and replaced with an implant. Traditional x-rays only show two dimensions while cone beam technology adds that critical third dimension. If there is a problem, this technology allows us to identify it right away, giving you the answers you not only need, but deserve, so we can treat you more effectively.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Once your dental implants are in place, you will notice an immediate difference in your overall quality of life, such as:

  • Renewed appearance
  • Better speech
  • Increased confidence
  • Enjoyment of your favorite foods
  • Restored bite and overall dental function
  • Prevention of misalignment, TMJ disorder, and gum disease

At Classic Dental Smiles , placing dental implants is one of our favorite procedures. We complete the entire procedure in our office from the placement of the implant to the crown restoration. You can rest assured that the team at Classic Dental Smiles will make sure you are happy with the results of your dental implants.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about dental implants, please feel free give us a call our Rancho Bernardo, CA, office today at (858) 485-6781.

Root Canals in Rancho Bernardo, CA

We offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services for all of your smile and oral health needs. When our patients suffer from painful toothaches, they often find themselves in need of the endodontic therapy known as root canal treatment.

Endodontic therapy refers to the treatment of the inside of the tooth, also known as the pulp, which contains the nerve endings and blood vessels that keep it alive. When the pulp becomes painfully infected, a root canal treatment will remove the inside of the tooth and replace it with a long lasting filling to preserve function and appearance. A root canal leaves the tooth dead, technically, but will allow you to continue using it indefinitely. When decay and infection have breached the pulp, root canal treatment is always preferable to extraction.

If you experience a painful toothache or would like to find out more about root canal treatment call our Rancho Bernardo, California dental office today at (858) 485-6781.

When Is a Root Canal Needed?

When tooth decay or damage from physical trauma goes beyond the enamel and dentin and into the pulp of a tooth, a root canal is the only way preserve the tooth. A root canal may be needed for a number of reasons; a deep cavity, a cracked or bruised tooth, or a tooth that has previously had a dental filling are some possibilities.

Although the human body is usually very good at fighting infection, it cannot repair the inside of a tooth. It cannot clear the infection on its own, because the space is so small that the infection blocks out the blood supply, which the body’s natural way of bringing in cells to fight infection. With the “highway” shut down at the root, there is no way for the body to fight the infection, so it only becomes more severe. This eventually results in pain and, if untreated, can affect neighboring teeth or lead to the pain and swelling that indicates an abscess.

If you experience a painful toothache that does not go away, your pulp may have become infected, and a root canal will be necessary. Some patients may not have a throbbing toothache, but experience pain when pressure is applied to the tooth or when eating hot and cold foods. If you have these symptoms, we can take an x-ray of the area to determine whether the tooth’s root has become infected, or another diagnosis is given.

What Is a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment has four steps, essentially: (1) the living tissues of the pulp are thoroughly removed, (2) the remaining space inside the roots is cleaned and disinfected, (3) the roots are filled with a flexible and durable substance called gutta-percha, and finally (4) a filling or crown is applied to restore the visible portion of the tooth, above the gum line.

A root canal is an excellent way to extend the usefulness of a tooth and avoid having to remove it completely. During the procedure, the infected tissues need to be removed and the entire pulp chamber thoroughly disinfected. Our intention is to create the cleanest environment possible before placing the filling inside of the pulp chamber, to prevent reinfection from bacteria or tooth decay.  Once the infection is gone, the pain subsides—though discomfort may linger for a couple of days. The tooth is restored with a filling or a crown, depending on the circumstances.

A Painless Solution?

Root canals may have a reputation for being slow, painful procedures, but we use highly effective anesthetics, so you will experience little to no sensation in the affected area during treatment. Most people report full numbness, and it’s not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during the procedure.

Call our Rancho Bernardo, California dental office today at (858) 485-6781 if you are experiencing a toothache or would like to find out more about root canal treatments.

Restore Your Tooth to Full Function with Same-Day Crowns and Onlays


Did you know that smiling can increase your self-confidence and improve your overall quality of life? Your smile is an important part of your livelihood. It can affect your job, relationships, and even your success in life, which is why we place great importance in helping our patients restore their smile.

Have you experienced tooth loss, a broken or cracked tooth, or do you have a tooth in significant need of repair? At Classic Dental Smiles, we’re pleased to offer beautiful dental crowns and onlays to restore a tooth to its full function and beauty.

To learn more about our same-day crowns and onlays, call our Rancho Bernardo, CA, office today at (858) 485-6781 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Brian Chan.

Dental Crown vs. Onlay

If you have severe tooth decay, to the point where the structural integrity of your tooth has become compromised, a dental crown will be needed. A crown, also known as a “cap,” is a type of dental restoration that goes over the top of the tooth to strengthen and extend the life of the tooth. If a crown is not placed, the tooth could collapse or break off.

When tooth decay is too severe for a filling but the damage is not severe enough for a crown, Dr. Chan will recommend an onlay. An onlay can restore a tooth with a large cavity, protecting it from further damage.

What is CEREC Technology?

CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” and uses CAD/CAM computer technology to design and customize a porcelain restoration in one office visit. During your appointment, Dr. Chan will take a digital scan of your tooth, design the crown or onlay on the computer, and use the special chairside milling machine to create the restoration from a single block of porcelain. After the fit is verified and the esthetics approved by the patient, Dr. Chan will use dental cement to permanently place your crown.

This state-of-the-art technology eliminates the need for multiple visits, minimizes your out-of-pocket cost, and prevents more damage from occurring.


What to Expect During Your Appointment

When you arrive for your appointment, Dr. Chan will use oral sedation to numb the area affected. Once you are completely comfortable, Dr. Chan will remove the bacteria and unhealthy tissue from the inside of the tooth, reshaping and preparing it for a crown or onlay.

Next, Dr. Chan will use CEREC to take digital impressions in order to create your customized crown to complement the color, shape, and look of your smile. Before placing permanently placing the restoration with tooth-colored resin, Dr. Chan will make sure it matches the natural look of your smile and fits comfortably. For a few days afterwards you may experience minimal discomfort and sensitivity.


Benefits of CEREC Crowns

We are proud to provide CEREC technology for crown restorations. We believe it to be one of the best and most convenient services a dental office can offer their patients. CEREC technology has truly improved the level of care we can provide for our patients. There are so many advantages that it is almost hard to summarize. A few benefits you can expect include:

  • Restore your dental function
  • Renew your smile and overall appearance
  • Strengthen and protect a cracked, broken, discolored, or severely decayed tooth
  • Last you for many years if properly cared for
  • Enhance your dental implants and bridges

To extend the life of your restoration, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regularly visiting your dentist for dental exams and cleanings.

Contact Us

We look forward to meeting you and giving you the care you deserve! Give us a call at our Rancho Bernardo, CA, office today at (858) 485-6781 to learn more about fillings, onlays, crowns, and our CEREC technology.