Citrus Grove Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Keeping you comfortable during dental procedures is one of our top priorities at Citrus Grove Dentistry. Dr. Erickson utilizes some of the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you don't feel a thing during your dental procedures. He has also developed his own technique for delivering dental anesthetic in a comfortable way that makes it as easy as possible for both kids and adults.

Dr. Erickson has worked with children at a specialized pediatric dental practice for over eight years, and he knows how to make them feel at ease. Your family will love his caring and friendly demeanor, which will make you feel right at home.

If you struggle with feelings of fear or anxiety about your dental appointments, we also offer nitrous oxide. Delivered through a comfortable inhalation mask, nitrous oxide works quickly to help you feel relaxed, it is safe for children, and we can use it during most types of dental procedures. If you think that nitrous would help you get the dentistry you need more comfortably, please discuss your concerns with Dr. Erickson. Together you'll work out a plan to help you get the treatment you need in the manner that is most comfortable for you.

Dental Implants

A missing tooth is troublesome in many ways. Eating, chewing, talking, and interacting with other people can be challenging due to your lost tooth. The good news is that your Citrus Heights dentist offers several solutions for replacing missing teeth.

A dental bridge can replace one or multiple adjacent missing teeth. Bridges use crowns that anchor to healthy teeth with artificial teeth attached in between. Your bridge is made of porcelain restorations that are customized to match your smile.

Tooth implants offer an excellent solution for restoring single and multiple missing teeth. Dental implants replace both your tooth and its missing root, which is essentially giving you a brand new tooth. Your implant tooth looks and feels like a natural tooth and provides all the function you had before your tooth loss.

Dr. Erickson offers comprehensive implant dentistry at Citrus Grove Dentistry, which means he can complete both the surgical and restorative aspects of your treatment, and you won't be referred anywhere else. He utilizes Bicon implants, which are smaller and require less bone for support. This means that patients who have suffered bone loss can easily support these implants without the need for a bone grafting procedure.

Contact our dental office today to learn more about how we can help you restore your smile.

Dental implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement for several reasons.

First, they offer the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth, which also makes them easy to care for with routine brushing and flossing.

Next, they're a reliable treatment with a 95 percent success rate. Tooth implants in Citrus Heights also offer exceptional longevity that is better than any other option since they can potentially last for a lifetime.

However, probably the most significant advantage they offer is one that you cannot see. When your tooth root is lost, your jawbone has nothing to support, and it begins to deteriorate. This impacts support for your surrounding teeth, and can also change the appearance of your face. A dental implant replaces your root and keeps your bone healthy and stimulated.

When you don't replace a tooth, neighboring teeth will shift. This can cause bite misalignment and painful problems with your jaw joint (TMJ). Replacing your tooth with a dental implant keeps your bite aligned correctly and functioning properly so you can eat and enjoy your food with ease.

Would you like to learn more about dental implants in Citrus Heights? Contact Citrus Grove Dentistry today to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Erickson.

Emergency Dental Care

Even if you are a new patient to Citrus Grove Dentistry, Dr. Erickson and his team welcome emergency patients, and we make every effort to see dental emergencies the same day if possible. We also have instructions over the phone for what to do if your dental emergency takes place outside of our business hours. In most cases, we can offer same-day dentistry to help you get the relief you need fast. Please don't hesitate to call your emergency dentist in Citrus Heights at (916) 961-2180 if you or a loved one is in an emergency situation. 

Some of the tooth emergencies we handle are:

  • Broken teeth
  • Lost or broken restorations like crowns or fillings
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Toothaches, abscesses, or tooth infections
  • Knocked-out teeth

You should treat most of these conditions as soon as possible, so please don't wait to call us. Even if you're not sure your situation is an actual dental emergency, call us anyway. We are happy to assess your problem over the phone and determine if you need immediate attention or get you scheduled at a later date if it can wait.

Contact Citrus Grove Dentistry today at (916) 961-2180 if you need prompt emergency care.

General Dentistry

Dentistry is all about prevention, and unfortunately, if you're teeth are hurting, it's likely that there is already a problem. Because most dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease start without much pain, it is essential to visit your dentist in Citrus Heights regularly for preventive cleanings and checkups.

Dr. Erickson can detect many concerns early on, which can help you avoid painful situations that might require more complex treatment procedures.

As an example, if Dr. Erickson finds a cavity in your tooth when you treat it early on, it can likely be taken care of with a simple tooth-colored filling that will complement your smile. If tooth decay is left untreated or undiagnosed, it will keep progressing until it reaches the nerve of your tooth, where it can cause an infection.

Now your tooth will be hurting, and it will also require a more complicated treatment like root canal therapy to relieve your pain and eliminate your infection.

Being proactive about visiting Citrus Grove Dentistry at least every six months for preventive care will save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Contact our Citrus Heights dental office today at (916) 961-2180 to schedule your next appointment. 

Teeth Whitening

It is natural, over time, for our teeth to become stained or discolored. Enamel eventually wears and gets thinner, which causes the second layer of your teeth called dentin to show. This is what can give your teeth a darker, more yellowed appearance.

There are other factors that we can control that contribute to the discoloration of teeth, such as:

  • Certain foods and beverages
  • Some types of medication like tetracycline
  • Habits like smoking or tobacco use
  • Poor dental hygiene

A few foods and drinks to be aware of that can cause staining are coffee, black tea, red wine, dark-colored berries (such as blueberries), soy sauce, curries, and marinara sauce. You don't have to eliminate these items completely, but by being aware of which foods cause staining, you can limit your consumption or be sure to brush your teeth afterward. 

Professional teeth whitening with your dentist in Citrus Heights can also give you a whiter, more beautiful smile. Dr. Erickson offers custom take-home whitening kits that can brighten your teeth in as little as ten to fourteen days.

Choosing professional teeth whitening typically offers better, more reliable results for most patients. Contact Citrus Grove Dentistry today to learn more about teeth whitening.

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