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By Robert Wick, DDS
March 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

A root canal is an important treatment for dental patients who are struggling with the effects and symptoms of advanced dental decay. Root CanalEarly intervention is best, but even if the tooth pain is severe, a root canal could still help. Get the professional opinion of a family dentist at Complete Family Dentistry in Hayward, CA.

Benefits of a Root Canal
While many patients are nervous about what will happen when they sit in the dentist’s chair for a root canal, it’s more important to focus on how it will help. These are some of the key benefits of going in for a root canal at the first sign of dental decay:

- You’ll be able to keep your natural tooth, which is usually the best outcome for your dental health.
- Toothaches and discomfort will be eliminated after just a few days, while pain intensity will decrease after damaged nerves are removed.
- You will avoid the expense of cosmetic or restorative treatments, such as bridges or dental implants.

When Is This Treatment Needed?
Although a visual exam by your Hayward, CA, family dentist is the best way to know if you have a tooth infection, there is also a number of symptoms you will notice if there is a problem. Take note of the following possible signs of tooth decay that can be resolved with a root canal:

- Tooth pain that doesn’t subside.
- Dark spots on the teeth.
- Inflammation around the base of the tooth, or sores on the gumline.
- Bad mouth odor.

How a Root Canal Helps
The purpose of a root canal is to remove dental decay so that a tooth has a chance to heal. This treatment is also used to avoid the possibility of tooth loss. The tooth is disinfected and filled with a protective substance in order to reduce the chance of future infection. Also, because the tooth is usually topped with a permanent crown, it will look stronger, healthier, and more beautiful after the treatment is complete.

A Valuable Treatment
The benefits of undergoing root canal therapy will outweigh any nervousness that you may have about the procedure. Go to Complete Family Dentistry in Hayward, CA, for a consultation. Call (510) 782-1444 today to schedule a family dentist appointment with Dr. Robert Wick!

By Robert Wick, DDS
November 09, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

If you want a whiter, straighter and more attractive smile then you’ve come to the right place.

No matter whether you want to remove stubborn dental stains to brighten your teeth or you want to hide that small chip in your front tooth, there are many ways in which our Hayward, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Robert Wick, can help you achieve a more symmetrical and beautiful smile through the help of cosmetic dentistry.

More about Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry specializes in enhancing and improving the shape, size, color, and overall look of your smile. While the goal of cosmetic dentistry isn’t to restore damaged teeth, in some situations, the cosmetic treatments available from our Hayward practice, such as dental veneers, can reinforce and strengthen teeth. This can be a particular benefit for patients who have worn teeth due to teeth grinding or jaw clenching.

Cosmetic dentistry is also able to,

  • Whiten your teeth and remove stains
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Straighten your smile
  • Cover chips and cracks (as well as internal discolorations)
  • Even out “gummy smiles”

If you can think of it, cosmetic dentistry can do it! Besides enhancing your teeth and giving you a makeover, you may also discover that getting cosmetic dentistry will also improve your oral health. This is because you’re more likely to need to change certain everyday habits in order to benefit your smile. This includes everything from eating a healthy diet and avoiding stain-causing foods and drinks to quitting smoking. You may also find that you’ve gotten better about flossing every day because you want to keep your new smile looking its best!

If you are someone who deals with headaches as a result of TMJ disorder this could be the result of a misalignment. If you are an older teen or adult dealing with crookedness, crowding, or gaps between teeth, then Invisalign may be able to improve your headache symptoms and jaw pain by correcting this misalignment problem with the use of transparent aligners rather than metal braces.

Of course, we would be remiss not to mention the huge boost to your self-esteem that cosmetic dentistry can offer. Most people turn to us for cosmetic dentistry because they are unsatisfied with their smiles, which can greatly impact their self-confidence. After all, once you feel more confident in your appearance, you may finally find yourself asking your crush on a date or asking your boss for that promotion!

Call Today!

Are you interested in finding out how cosmetic dentistry can improve your appearance? If so, call Complete Family Dentistry's Wayward office today at (510) 782-1444 to schedule a consultation with us. We would be happy to talk to you about your cosmetic options!

By Robert Wick, DDS
August 23, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

porcelain veneersSmile problems? Porcelain veneers can conceal your dental flaws and improve your look. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, porcelain shells that fit over the teeth. Dr. Robert Wick is one of the finest dentists in Hayward, CA. He offers state-of-the-art porcelain veneers to his patients. Here are several reasons to consider veneers. 

1. You want to whiten your teeth.

Pigments from dark-colored beverages and foods can cause permanent stains on your teeth. Tobacco use and certain medications can also stain teeth. Dental veneers can give you the bright-white smile you've always wanted. Unlike natural teeth, dental veneers resist stains remarkably well. 

2. You want to close a tooth gap.

A diastema is a gap between the teeth. This condition affects both children and adults. These spaces can form anywhere in the mouth. Your Hayward dentist can close the gaps between your teeth through the use of porcelain veneers. These porcelain shells fit over the surface of your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile. 

3. You want to fix your broken teeth. 

Dental veneers are routinely used to restore teeth that are cracked, chipped, or broken. If you have broken teeth, veneers can cover them and restore their appearance and function. A veneer covers the front of the tooth with a thicker section to replace the broken part of the tooth. 

4. You want to fix your crooked teeth.

For some people, having crooked teeth can affect their self-confidence and self-esteem. You may not need braces to fix your crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers are used to restore crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers can straighten your smile, without the discomfort or hassle of braces. 

5. You want to look years younger.

It's no secret that our teeth play an important role in defining how old we look. If you want to look younger, getting porcelain veneers is a good place to start. Veneers will give you a celebrity smile and make you look younger instantly. That's why it's such a popular procedure among Hollywood stars.

Ready for a smile makeover? Call our dental office at 510-782-1444 today to schedule a dental consultation in Hayward, CA. Porcelain veneers have helped millions of Americans enhance their smiles, boosting their self-esteem and enhancing their lives. And they will do the same for you!

By Robert Wick, DDS
May 21, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth whitening is one of today's most popular and effective cosmetic dental treatments. Offered by your Hayward, CA, dentist, Dr. Robert Wick, professional teeth whitening can help you achieve a brighter, more youthful appearance. Rest assured; you'll receive expert care that leaves you smiling.

Stains, stains, stains

Yes, they accumulate over the years. Smoking, dark foods and beverages, and simple aging are the commonest causes, but fortunately, these discolorations also are the easiest to remedy. Here's why.

Most dental stains are composed of organic matter which catches in tooth enamel. Enamel is a network of highly calcified fibers, much like a piece of cotton cloth or burlap, except that the network is rock-hard. Food residues, tobacco, and other material build up, and over time teeth appear several shades darker than they once did.

Additionally, teeth may darken from oral injury, root canal therapy, or abscess. If these conditions cause teeth to change color, professional teeth whitening in Hayward will not solve the problems; only restorative treatments will.

If you desire a whiter smile, Dr. Wick will examine your teeth and gums to confirm they are healthy enough for the procedure. Smiles with many restorations such as crowns, fillings, and veneers generally are not good candidates, and people who have gum problems must have those addressed first before undergoing any cosmetic dental treatment.

Your whitening options

If you are a candidate for professional whitening, you have two choices: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. Both kinds render similar results: enamel that is several shades brighter.

In-office whitening takes a single two-hour visit during which the dentist swabs on powerful hydrogen peroxide gel and activates it with a special light. At-home whitening uses a less concentrated gel applied via acrylic trays. The trays are worn for several days in a row for a specifically prescribed time each day.

Each method protects the soft tissues of the mouth, including the gums, from sensitivity issues, a frequent and uncomfortable result of over-the-counter strips and shopping mall treatments. Dr. Wick will explain your options to you so you make an informed choice.

After whitening

Expect dramatic results which last indefinitely if you:

  • Brush, floss, and get six-month cleanings and examinations with Dr. Wick
  • Undergo whitening touch-ups when needed
  • Forego tobacco
  • Limit staining drinks and foods (you can drink your tea, coffee, or cola with a straw)

Learn more

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that people who undergo professional teeth whitening generally feel better about their personal appearance. Would you like to be more confident when you smile? Then, contact Dr. Wick in Hayward, CA, for a teeth whitening consultation: (510) 782-1444. You will love the results!

By Robert Wick, DDS
January 29, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: root canal  

You have some dental symptoms that will not go away. Bad breath, sharp pain when you chew, and just a feeling of malaise typically mean root canalinfection. Infection threatens the integrity of a tooth, but don't worry. Your Hayward dentist, Dr. Robert Wick, offers root canal therapy, a tried and true restorative procedure that may allow your tooth to stay comfortably in place for years.

What is root canal therapy?

The formal name is endodontics. It involves treating the soft pulp contained in the interior of each tooth. The pulp helps a tooth develop during adolescence, but as a person ages, its active function diminishes.

Therefore, if the pulp becomes inflamed or infected through injury or decay, it may be removed, the tooth sealed with inert gutta-percha and then protected with a customized dental crown. In short, that's root canal therapy in Hayward, and it's a tooth-saver.

Do you need it?

Dr. Wick can tell you by looking at your tooth and gums, X-raying the area and evaluating your symptoms. Many of his patients who qualify for root canal therapy in Hayward exhibit these symptoms:

  • Visible crack in the tooth enamel
  • Deep discoloration of the tooth
  • Sharp pain when biting or chewing
  • A red pimple on the gums
  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Swollen jaw
  • Throbbing toothache
  • Fever and malaise

Additionally, most avulsed (knocked out) teeth require root canal therapy. Teeth which have been displaced laterally or deeper into the socket (luxated) usually qualify for root canal therapy a week or two after injury, says the American Association of Endodontists.

Does it hurt?

Root canal therapy in Hayward requires only locally injected numbing medication and over the counter ibuprofen afterwards. Generally, a two-visit root canal treatment relieves the extreme symptoms associated with abscess or injury.

So if you've heard people say that root canals really hurt and take multiple appointments, don't believe them. Dr. Wick and his team comfortably save injured and ailing teeth, avoiding the problems extraction causes (smile gaps, compromised speech and eating, and drifting of remaining teeth).

Don't wait

If you're noticing dental symptoms such as the ones outlined above, contact Dr. Robert Wick in Hayward for an appointment. The National Consumer Advisory Board has selected Dr. Wick as one of America's Best Dentists. So you know you're in good hands. Call (510) 782-1444.

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