Root canal therapy is treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The treatment involves removing the pulp and the nerves of the tooth, and cleaning the infected area. A tooth's pulp and nerve are not important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, bacteria builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The results in pain and swelling, and your tooth would likely have to be removed. 

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
  • Severe tooth pain while chewing
  • Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
  • Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth

What does the treatment involve?

First, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth.. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If the dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth. 

Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.



A dental extraction is the procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include: 

  • Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
  • Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
  • A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in
  • During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
  • Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in

What to expect
Your dentist will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes. 

Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow your dentist's instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.



Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular method for replacing missing teeth. In this procedure, titanium supports are surgically fused with your jawbone, and act as an anchor for naturally looking false teeth. Dental implants are not only used for individual tooth replacement, but can also be used when replacing multiple teeth as an alternative to dentures. 

Advantages of dental implants
  • Implants are extremely natural looking
  • Fusion of the implants into your jaw make them very stable and comfortable compared to traditional dentures
  • They last a lifetime

Disadvantages of dental implants
  • Implants are expensive and a major financial investment
  • The process of getting implants can be time consuming and requires multiple visits to the dentist
  • There is a chance the surgery fails (roughly 5% of the time)

Types of implants
Your dentist will be able to tell you which of the three types of implants is right for you: 
  • Root form implant: This is the most common type of implant where the screw is shaped like the root of a tooth.
  • Plate Form Implant:A plate form implant has a flat and long shape and is better suited for a narrow jawbone.
  • Subperiosteal Implants: In some cases where there is not enough bone width or height for the root form or plate form implant, a subperiosteal implant may be prescribed. This type of implant is designed to sit on top of the bone, but under the gums.



Denture Basics: Information for First-Time Denture Wearers
We all hope our natural teeth will last a lifetime. But when this isn’t possible, dental professionals can offer a number of options to restore oral function and appearance. Thanks to advances in polymer science, the vast majority of dentures are now made with extremely high-quality, durable plastic, and are stronger, more comfortable, and more natural looking than ever before. In short, these are not your grandmother’s dentures! 
Denture Basics
A wide variety of dentures is available for individuals who are missing some or all of their teeth. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth on the upper and/or lower jaw and rest on the gums that cover the jawbone. These dentures can be made more secure when attached to one or more tooth roots (overdenture) or to dental implants (implant overdenture). Some implant overdentures can be removed by the wearer and others can be removed only by a dental practitioner. 
Partial dentures replace only some of the teeth and attach to the remaining natural teeth with clasps or mechanical components known as attachments (precision and semi-precision partial dentures, also called attachment partial dentures). Your dentist or prosthodontist (a dentist who specializes in restoring and replacing teeth) will help you decide what type of denture and treatment plan are best for you. 
Denture Types Defined
  • Conventional dentures: Replace all missing teeth in a jaw and rest on the gum tissue
  • Conventional overdentures: Replace all missing teeth, rest on the gum tissue, and are also supported with attachment to one or more tooth roots
  • Implant overdentures: Replace all missing teeth in a jaw and connect to surgically placed dental implants
  • Conventional partial dentures: Replace some missing teeth and are held in place with clasps that wrap around adjacent teeth
  • Precision and semi-precision partial dentures (also called attachment partial dentures): Replace some missing teeth and are held in place with mechanical components called attachments 
Getting Your Dentures: The Process
The types of treatments needed before dentures can be placed and the amount of time those treatments take will vary depending upon a person’s overall oral health, the number and location of missing teeth, and the type of denture selected to replace those teeth. These treatments can include:
  • Impressions or molds of the contour of the mouth, used as a model for the denture
  • Extractions to remove any unhealthy teeth
  • Implant surgery for those receiving implant overdentures
  • Adjustments to achieve the best fit and level of comfort once dentures are placed
Individuals who require extractions or implant surgery will need to wait several weeks for the mouth to heal before dentures can be placed. For some people, a temporary or “immediate” denture can be placed in the mouth on the same day extractions are performed, and worn until the permanent denture is fitted. 
What to Expect: Getting Used to Your Dentures
It takes some time to get used to the feeling of dentures in your mouth, after which you should be able to comfortably eat, speak, and smile. The following is normal when complete dentures are initially placed in the mouth:
  • A feeling of fullness in the mouth, face, lips, and/or cheeks, which will subside quickly.
  • Temporary minor changes in speech sounds, which will be more apparent to you than to others.
  • Tip: Speaking slowly and enunciating precisely helps the tongue and facial muscles adapt more quickly.
  • Changes in chewing patterns while getting used to the jaw movements required for chewing with dentures, which may take several weeks.
  • Tip: Start with small pieces of soft food, gradually increasing the food’s firmness, and chew food on both sides of the mouth simultaneously with only your back teeth. A small amount of denture adhesive may help to stabilize your dentures.



Your Dentist Discusses Laser Dentistry in Hesperia CA

What is laser dentistry?
The first step to a better smile begins with the proper equipment, and at Family Specialty Dentistry, we only use the best. As part of this commitment, we specialize in laser dentistry. Laser dentistry in Hesperia CA is the utilization of high-tech dental lasers to remove tooth decay, treat periodontal disease, whiten teeth, and remove diseased tissue. Laser dentistry is also used as a treatment for sensitive teeth; we can desensitize teeth in a revolutionary way, sealing the roots of teeth. There are three highly specialized lasers: the WaterLase, a diode laser, and the DIAGNOdent.
What is a WaterLase laser?
WaterLase is a patented water laser from Biolase. It is a safe and gentle alternative to traditional dental tools. WaterLase combines laser energy with water and air to cut through teeth and gum tissue. There are many benefits to using WaterLase; it is virtually painless, reduces bleeding and pain after dental surgery, and increases accuracy and precision.
What is a diode laser?
A diode laser uses heat generated from the energy of the laser to gently cut through soft tissues and dental decay. This is used as a part of dental hygiene treatments to remove plaque and tartar and during periodontal treatments. Diode lasers are also used to whiten teeth by activating a bleaching gel that absorbs into teeth to break down deep-rooted stains.
What is the DIAGNOdent?
The DIAGNOdent is one of the premier diagnostic tools in laser dentistry. With the DIAGNOdent laser, dentists are able to detect and target even the smallest areas of tooth decay. It is especially useful in finding cavities and decay on the tooth’s biting surface, an area where X-rays have a harder time detecting decay.
For more information on laser dentistry, we invite you to contact us today by calling our Hesperia dental office at (760) 947-7777, or calling our Rancho Cucamonga dental office (909) 985-9898.


It is not a given that we must lose teeth as we age. If we maintain good oral hygiene and have regular professional cleanings and oral examinations, chances are we can keep our natural teeth for life. That involves not only caring for the teeth themselves, but also the structures that surround them: the gums and tooth-supporting bone. Gum disease, which is a bacterial infection, threatens these supporting tissues. That is why dental professionals are always on the lookout for early signs that patients may not notice. When signs of trouble become apparent, periodontal therapy may be suggested.
Periodontal therapy can take various forms, but the goal is always to restore diseased tissues to health. Gum (periodontal) disease can spread from the gums to the bone that supports the teeth, and may even cause tooth loss in the most severe cases. There are very effective therapies to combat this, ranging from scalings (deep cleanings) that remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from beneath the gum line, to surgical repair of lost gum and bone tissue.
If you're suffering from gum disease, contact Family Specialty Dentistry at either of our locations in Hesperia at (760) 947-7777 or Rancho Cucamonga at (909) 985-9898.


Oral and maxillofacial surgery specializes in treating diseases, injuries, and defects around the head, neck, jaw and face area, as well as the hard and soft tissues of the regions of your mouth and jaw. This also includes diagnosing the possibility of TMJ disorders.


This is recognized as a specialty of dentistry and requires several years of education, skill and experience. These surgeries range from corrective jaw surgery, wisdom teeth removal, dental implant and bone grafting procedures.


You may need oral surgery if you're experiencing the following sensations:

  • Facial pain (can relate to TMJ/TMD)
  • Wisdom teeth pain
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Reconstructive surgery due to an injury
  • Disease/infection in the face, jaw or neck area


If you have any questions about oral surgery, contact our office closest to you.


Dental Office in Hesperia: (760) 947-7777

Dental Office in Rancho Cucamonga: (909) 985-9898


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