What Are Dental Sealants?

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Dr. Cynthia Stephenson
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Cynthia Stephenson, DDS, is the owner of a dentistry practice in Walnut Creek, California, which she established in 2009. The clinic places a focus on preventive dental care, and Dr. Cynthia Stephenson is committed to pursuing new preventive opportunities and services in the industry.

Dental sealants are one example of preventive dentistry treatment. Used to waylay, or even avert, the decay of teeth, a sealant is an acrylic coating applied to the grooved surface of the most problematic teeth: the chewing molars.

Though brushing and flossing are essential to oral health, some teeth have trenches and edges into which food becomes lodged and can prove difficult to remove. Once coated with sealant, a tooth is effectively shielded from particles that, if overlooked, could expedite decay.

Children and adolescents are good candidates for dental sealants because their teeth are less likely to have existing decay. Once a tooth has begun to decay, or has developed a cavity, it may not be a suitable candidate for sealant application, though in some cases a sealant could be used to forestall further damage.

Once applied, a dental sealant can protect teeth for as many as ten years before reapplication is needed. It is possible for the coating to chip or wear away, however, and a dentist can watch for this erosion during checkups.

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The Give Back a Smile Dental Program for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

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The owner of a dental clinic in Walnut Creek, Cynthia Stephenson, DDS, has served patients in the San Francisco Bay area for more than twenty years. Through her business, Dr. Cynthia Stephenson supports numerous local and national charities including Give Back a Smile, an organization that provides extensive dental treatments to survivors of domestic abuse.

Through the organization, dentists have the opportunity to give back to their communities by helping individuals in need. By reaching out to people whose front teeth have been damaged due to violence from a partner, family member, or sexual assault, Give Back a Smile repairs a bit of the visible harm caused by the attack.

Potential patients interested in the program must complete an application form and either pay a $20 application fee or donate 10 hours of their time through community service. A number of additional criteria must be met, including:

The applicant must have been separated from the violent individual for a minimum of one year (either through relocation, or if the aggressor has been imprisoned).

The applicant must have met with a social worker, counselor, therapist, or doctor at least once.

The applicant must accept that certain dental procedures – including those related to cavities, jaw injuries, or gum disease – are not covered by the Give Back a Smile program.

Once an applicant has gained preliminary acceptance, they attend a consultation with a volunteer dentist, who determines what treatment is required and schedules an appointment.

The 2016 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Conference

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A dentist with more than two decades of experience in the San Francisco Bay area, Cynthia Stephenson, DDS, is the owner of a general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Walnut Creek. Dr. Cynthia Stephenson holds membership with a number of dentistry associations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

Established in 1984, the AACD is currently host to more than 6,000 industry professionals including dentists, lab technicians, and researchers from around the world. Each year, the academy gathers this global community at their four-day conference held during the spring in a select North American city.

AACD 2016 took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in late April, and provided attendees with a wide range of workshops and lectures, all of which doubled as Approved Continuing Education accreditation courses.

To ensure each participant had the best possible experience at the conference, the sessions were categorized with a number of criteria. Attendees could build their schedule with full knowledge of which sessions would best serve them, based on their skill level (foundational, intermediate, or advanced), their specific profession in the industry, their interest in clinical or non-clinical topics, and the number of credits earned.

In addition to extensive course selection, AACD 2016 offered planned outings to explore the host city, daily receptions, and a fundraising event supporting the Give Back a Smile charity.

Symptoms and Treatment of TMJ Syndrome

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Dr. Cynthia Stephenson
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Cynthia Stephenson, DDS, is the owner of a general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Walnut Creek, California. At the clinic, Dr. Cynthia Stephenson and her team provide a wide variety of services including TMJ treatments.

The temporomandibular joint, better known as TMJ, is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. When an individual experiences pain in this region, they may be diagnosed with TMJ syndrome.

Though caused by a problem with the joint itself, the pain from TMJ syndrome may be felt in the rest of the face and ear, or cause neck pain and headaches. The jaw may lock in place, click or pop during chewing, or be difficult to maneuver.

While home remedies such as applying an ice pack, massage, and anti-inflammatory medication can ease or eradicate TMJ pain, medical treatment may be required for more serious cases.

Physical therapy is often recommended in these instances. The treatment is safe and non-invasive and is known to be beneficial. In extreme cases, when all other avenues have been exhausted or an internal issue is suspected, surgery may be undertaken. The procedure, called arthrocentesis, employs local anesthesia and needle, which is inserted to clean and moisten the joint.

About Tooth Extractions

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Dr. Cynthia Stephenson
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Dr. Cynthia Stephenson performs oral health procedures ranging from dental screenings to tooth extractions at her medical office in Walnut Creek, California. Before becoming a dentist, Dr. Cynthia Stephenson enrolled at the UCLA School of Dentistry, where she earned her DDS.

Dentists may recommend that patients have teeth removed if the teeth in question are damaged beyond repair, severely infected, are crowding out other teeth, or are otherwise interfering with natural oral function. Depending on the condition and number of teeth dentists plan to remove, the extraction procedure may differ.

For example, if a patient requires a single tooth pulled and that tooth is intact above the surface of the gum, a dentist may administer a local anesthetic and then carefully remove the tooth from the jaw. However, if a patient requires many teeth to be removed or if those teeth are beneath the gum line, providers may administer a general anesthetic that will put the patient to sleep for the course of the procedure.

Following tooth extractions, patients may experience bleeding in the empty socket. Over time, a blood clot will appear in the socket, and it is important that patients not dislodge this clot while healing occurs. The dental provider will offer care post-extraction instructions.

Tooth Replacements – Implants

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Cynthia Stephenson, DDS, delivers a high professional standard of dental care to patients in and around Walnut Creek, California, and is experienced in installing dental implants. Dr. Cynthia Stephenson underwent surgical implant training during her residency at Albert Einstein Hospital.

When patients lose their teeth and dentists are unable to reinsert or save them, one option to restore oral integrity is for the individual to undergo the dental implant procedure. The treatment involves actually installing a metal implant anchored firmly in the jawbone. On top of this sturdy implant, dentists then place a crown that mimics the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth.

Many patients are attracted to dental implants because they constitute a long-term solution. While tooth-supported dental replacements often fail within a decade, dental implants last a lifetime, necessitating only occasional adjustment. Moreover, the treatment’s track record of success makes it among the most predictably effective solutions of its kind.

For more information about dental implants, prospective patients can log on to dentistofwalnutcreek.com.

Dental Sealants Explained

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Dr. Cynthia Stephenson
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At her private dental practice in Walnut Creek, California, Dr. Cynthia Stephenson maintains a comprehensive selection of dental services for patients of all ages. Cynthia Stephenson, DDS, stresses the importance of preventative dentistry, a practice that typically involves treatments such as topical fluorides, caries control fillings, and sealants.

A relatively simple treatment that can have a significantly positive impact on long-term dental health, dental sealants prevent decay on the surfaces of the teeth used for biting. During the application procedure, the dentist paints an acrylic coating on the surface grooves of the teeth, which seals the deep grooves and protects the enamel from erosion. Often, dental sealants protect the areas that brushing and flossing cannot reach.

Although dental sealants represent one of the most important preventative procedures for children, adults can also benefit from sealants. Each tooth takes only a few minutes to seal, and sealants can last for many years before a reapplication is necessary.