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When and Why Should Wisdom Teeth be Extracted?

Having wisdom teeth extracted is a common event at the end of the teen years. As part of our comprehensive care, we offer wisdom teeth extractions in our Hayward dental office when they become necessary.When You Need Your Wisdom Teeth RemovedNot everyone will need to have all four of their wisdom teeth removed. In some cases, the teeth can emerge without incident.In most cases, however, wisdom teeth become problematic by growing in at odd angles or failing to erupt at all. This occurs because not enough room exists at the back of the mouth for these large molars. When they press against your other teeth or grow in sideways, they ...

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Don't Let Gum Disease Wreck Your Quality of Life

Periodontal Treatment in Hayward, CA
Like many people, you probably take your oral health for granted until a problem like gum disease occurs. Suddenly it seems like everything in your life revolves around the condition of your teeth.At our Hayward dental office, we take a proactive approach to periodontics and the prevention of gum disease. We see the negative impact that poor dental health can have on our patients, but we also see how restored oral health can dramatically improve a patient’s outlook.Periodontal Disease and Quality of LifePeriodontal disease attacks the gums and bone that support your teeth. Some signs that you may have periodontal disease are bleeding, inflamed, or tender gums. Brushing your teeth ...

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Financial Options to Help You Pay for Your Dental Care

Financial Information | Hayward CA Dentist
Budgets are a concern for most families these days, and our team is dedicated to helping our patients find solutions to getting the dental care they need to stay healthy and comfortable.Insurance BenefitsIf you have dental insurance, we will submit your claims for you, saving you time and the frustration of trying to understand this often-confusing process. We work with all PPO insurance plans and we are in network with Delta Dental, Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Guardian, and Humana.It is important to remember that your insurance coverage is an agreement between you and your insurance provider. Each plan has its own waiting periods, deductibles, and maximum benefits. Our knowledgeable team can ...

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Dental Care – from Cavemen to Today!

Dental Care History | Hayward CA
You or someone in your family has trouble implementing a regular teeth brushing routine, consider the primitive tools that cavemen used to clean their teeth – mostly frayed sticks.It seems that having something caught between teeth has been an issue since humans first walked the Earth, especially with raw food diets that include sinewy raw meat and tough seeds and nuts.Food leaves residue on teeth that hardens into plaque within just a few days. Once it solidifies, removing it with a toothbrush or floss is impossible. That is why regular dental cleanings are so important!Habits Uncovered by Fossil ResearchBy examining the calcified residue on fossils from the earliest humans, many ...

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The Differences (and Similarities) between Dental Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges | Hayward CA
We expect our teeth to last us a lifetime. But life happens, and sometimes it impacts our teeth. You may have a damaged tooth that is cracked or has a very large filling, and you are wondering if the tooth can be saved.Perhaps you are missing one or more teeth, and you are concerned about the health of your remaining teeth.When it comes to tooth repair or replacement, dental crowns and bridges are quite common – and effective. Talk to Dr. Virna Villas, your cosmetic dentist in Hayward, CA, about whether or not you need a dental crown or bridge for missing or damaged teeth.How Dental Crowns and Bridges Are ...

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Helping Your Child Develop Positive Oral Care Habits

Oral Care Habits | Hayward CA
Getting kids to do anything can be a real challenge, but when it comes to their oral care, a good routine is essential to a lifelong healthy smile. At our family dental practice, we welcome kids and work with parents to help your child develop positive oral care habits early and protect their precious smiles.Bringing your child to the dentist by his or her first birthday is a great time to help familiarize them with the dental office. We make dental visits fun, educational, and interactive for kids so they enjoy their time with us.Making Kids Feel ComfortableWe speak to kids in language they can understand and allow them to ...

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Treating Patients of All Ages

Family Dentistry Hayward CA
Our patients lead busy lives!One of our goals is to help each of our patients fit regular dental care for their entire family into their schedule.At Highland Dental of Hayward, we can provide outstanding dental care to every member of your family – even your children! Hayward dentists Drs. Josh Tran and Virna Villas love caring for children as part of our practice and helping them get started down the road to lifelong good habits and excellent oral health.Little details make a big difference when it comes to children’s dental care. Kids aren’t just “miniature adults.” In addition to their specific dental needs, they have shorter attention spans and are ...

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