Your Oral Health Is Our Top Priority
Dr. Andrew Hunter believes that anyone can achieve great oral health through comprehensive general dentistry care. Daily brushing and flossing are important to healthy teeth and gums, but excellent oral health is really only possible with regular dental visits for cleanings, exams and other treatments. Dr. Hunter and our team encourage you to visit our El Cajon dental practice regularly so we can help keep your teeth and gums in prime condition.
Dr. Hunter offers the following general dentistry services:
Routine Cleanings and Dental Examinations
Professional cleanings are crucial to eliminating bacteria in the nooks and crannies your toothbrush and floss cannot reach. After your teeth have been cleaned and polished, Dr. Hunter will examine your entire mouth, looking at your teeth, gums, tongue, palate and the rest of the soft tissues. He may use diagnostic tools like the Galileos 3D CT scanner to obtain clear images of your jaws and facial structures, as he looks for problems that the naked eye might miss. Dr. Hunter wants to catch any problems in their earliest stages, when they are more easily treatable.
Like veneers, crowns are placed over the exterior of the tooth. However, they are more substantial than veneers and are used in cases where the teeth are structurally compromised and need support and strength. Porcelain crowns are custom-created to blend in beautifully with the surrounding natural teeth.
Dr. Hunter’s patients can enjoy crowns that are planned and placed in a single visit. The CEREC system makes it possible to receive a top quality, perfectly fitting crown in a timely and convenient fashion.
Bridges are a popular way to fill gaps left by missing teeth. A traditional bridge is composed of an artificial tooth, which sits in the gap and is supported by two crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. The entire bridge looks natural and blends in with the surrounding native teeth.
Fillings are small restorations that reconstruct teeth with cavities. Traditional tooth fillings were crafted from conspicuous metal materials but today’s fillings are made of tooth-colored material. Dr. Hunter is frequently asked to replace old metal or amalgam fillings with their tooth-colored alternatives.
Inlays and Onlays
When a tooth has sustained damage that is too great for a filling but not serious enough for a crown, an inlay or an onlay may be recommended. An inlay is a small piece that fits inside the cusp tips (i.e., top edges) of the tooth, and an onlay is larger and extends over the cusps of the tooth.
Orthodontics shift teeth that are crooked, crowded or poorly spaced into the proper position and alignment. Modern orthodontic systems, like ClearCorrect and Invisalign, are able to straighten teeth without noticeable and uncomfortable brackets and wires. They use clear plastic aligners, which put gentle force on the teeth to move them. The aligners are comfortable, removable and virtually unnoticeable.
Occasionally, cases of minor tooth misalignment and crookedness can be concealed quickly and easily. Instant orthodontics is the process of placing a set of porcelain veneers over the front top teeth to cover up crookedness, small spaces or poor alignment.
Gum disease threatens the health of the gums, teeth and bone supporting the teeth. There are a variety of ways to rehabilitate diseased or infected gums, including deep cleanings, medication and surgery.
Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disease
The temporomandibular joint, or the TMJ, is the complex hinge that connects the jaw to the lower skull. When it malfunctions, it causes significant jaw pain, headaches and other debilitating problems. TMJ disorder can be treated many different ways, such as with medication, special mouth guards, splints or physical therapy.
Mouth guards serve two distinctive purposes: to protect the teeth from chronic clenching/grinding and to protect the mouth from sports-related injuries. Having a dentist professionally fit you or your child for a customized mouth guard is preferable, because the appliance will fit properly and comfortably, and it will offer the best protection against damage.
Contact Our El Cajon Dentist
If you would like to schedule a cleaning or exam, or discuss a specific dental need or concern, please call (619) 444-6157 or email our practice today. Dr. Hunter is proud to offer general dentistry in El Cajon and the entire East County area of San Diego.