General Dentistry Treatments

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Bellevue Dentists | Hygiene
 

Hygiene and Cleanings

A healthy, beautiful smile starts with a good foundation of excellent hygiene care. Your oral hygiene routine at home in conjunction with regular cleanings will give you a good basis for a healthy smile. Your oral health is important.

Our highly experienced and well-trained hygienists care strongly about preventative oral care. This is exemplified by listening carefully to each and every patient’s concerns. Our team will take as much time as needed to explain problem areas and show you how to care effectively for your oral health.

We realize you have many choices for hygiene care. At Dr. Benca and Dean's practice, you and your family can expect nothing but the best dental health and preventative care available. Our experienced staff pride themselves on extremely thorough but gentle cleanings. Furthermore, we’ll make your family’s hygiene appointments comfortable and convenient to fit your busy schedule by seeing all family members at once.

We want to improve the health of your smile. Your appointment may include digital x-rays, a full meticulous cleaning and polish, a comprehensive examination of your periodontal and tooth condition, and optional, but highly recommended—fluoride application. Keeping up with your preventative care can make the difference in living with a healthy mouth without any future complications.

 

Sealants

Sealants are an extra defense in blocking cavities and preventing tooth decay. While most dentists only offer this preventive measure to children, at Benca & Dean Dentistry, we offer sealants to adults as well.

Sealants are thin, tooth-colored coatings that are bonded to any tooth surface and are highly successful in sealing off any grooves or fissures where bacteria may settle and grow. Sealants are often used when permanent molars develop and can be worn for several years. Drs. Benca and Dean emphasize the importance of getting sealants at a young age especially under the age of 16 because children are more prone to cavities during this time.

We will accommodate your child’s needs to make them feel comfortable and enjoy their time at the dentist. The sealant application process is safe and painless. Not only does your child start off their oral hygiene cavity-free, but this preventive measure will help to ward off future restorative dentistry.

 
Bellevue Dentists | Sealants
 
Bellevue Dentists | Scaling and Planing
 

Scaling and Root Planing

If left untreated, periodontal disease, or the build-up of tartar and calculus below the gum line, can grow into a severe condition. You may experience red, swollen, or puffy gums, periodontal pocket readings more than “four,” or persistent bleeding in the gums during brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss and other health-related illnesses.

We want you to be comfortable during this appointment, and our amenities allow you and your state-of-mind to be at ease. Dr. Benca and Dean anesthetize the appropriate area to your desired comfort level and offers nitrous oxide if you feel anxious about the treatment. We have satellite radio or movies available to watch during the cleaning; you won’t even notice this standard procedure taking place.

Scaling and root planning are usually performed in two appointments and utilizes innovative dental tools to gently but thoroughly clean the affected roots and bacterial buildup within the gum pockets. After treatment, we’ll create your individual recall program. Perio maintenance cleaning appointments may occur every three to four months to ensure your gums and teeth remain healthy and resistant to periodontal disease.

Drs. Benca and Dean are expert Bellevue general dentists, who are well educated in the field of oral pathology.

 

Laser Cavity Detection

Laser cavity detection is the latest significant breakthrough in the precise diagnosis of tooth decay. While utilizing our Diagnodent laser detection system, we can accurately catch tooth decay at a very early stage. The Diagodent is a pen-like probe that sends a safe, painless laser beam into the tooth to detect any decay. This helps prevent pain, cavities, root canals, and crowns.

Contact Benca & Dean Dentistry, premier dentists in Tukwila, to request more information now!

 
Bellevue Dentists | Sealants
 
Bellevue Dentists | Mouthguards
 

Night Guards and Sports Guards

Whether you are involved in a contact sport or have a habit of nighttime clenching, sports and night guards from Benca & Dean Dentistry, can aid in helping to protect your teeth from severe damage. Our night guards and mouth guards are crafted in reputable labs, perfectly customized to your bite to provide instant protection and relief.

While it’s true you can get store-bought mouth guards at your convenience, they will not form accurately with your bite. The boil-and-bite technology is not customized to your bite, which makes it uncomfortable to wear and also prevents it from fully protecting your smile.

First, perfect professional impressions of your bite are taken and sent to our talented lab. Within 2-3 days, you can enter the playing field with your beautiful custom-made mouth guard. Whether you’re a professional athlete or playing for leisure, sports guards are great for protecting your teeth from traumatic, severe damage.

Night guards are designed differently than sports guards in that they protect your teeth from the wear associated with clenching and grinding. We offer several types of night guards made of a variety of materials including a hard guard, a thermal plastic guard, an in-office soft guard, and a more aesthetic-looking clear guard. Sports and night guards can protect your teeth from circumstances beyond your control.

 

Oral Cancer Screening

Dr. Benca and Dr. Dean's background training and education in oral pathology and oral health make them especially aware of the dangers that oral lesions pose to their patients. That is why Drs. Benca and Dean are very excited about being able to offer oral cancer testing technology to ensure the continued good health of their patients.

The Velscope Oral Cancer Screening System was developed in the Northwest and studied by the University of Washington as a highly effective aid in the early detection of oral lesions. It can see beneath the surface, detecting any cancerous growth beyond where just a visual exam can. The examination with the Velscope only takes a few minutes and is pain-free and safe.

HPV is now known to be an independent risk factor for oral and throat cancers. The incidence of oral HPV-associated oral and throat cancers is estimated at 50%-65%.

Who should be tested?

  • Patients with traditional risk factors for oral cancer.
  • Patients who are sexually active.
  • Patients with a family history of oral cancer.
  • Patients with signs and symptoms of oral cancer.
  • Patients with suspicious oral lesions.
 
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Bellevue Dentists | TMJ Treatment
 

TMJ Treatment

Did you know every jaw movement is controlled by just one joint? The temporomandibular joint – or TMJ – is the hinge on each side of the head, connecting your lower jaw to the base of your skull. It gives you the flexibility to speak, chew and yawn. However, when that joint becomes misaligned from clenching, grinding, or traumatic injuries, it results in the disorder of TMJ.

Dr. Benca and Dr. Dean's background in oral medicine and oral pathology allows them to preventively treat cases of TMJ, stopping the uncomfortable symptoms before they result in a chronic painful condition.
The symptoms of this disorder can be painful and affect the performance of your entire body.

Common symptoms of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) include:

  • Achy and soreness in the jaw
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
  • Constant headaches
  • Dizziness

Preventative measures are the most cost-effective and convenient way to keep your TMJ symptoms from worsening. Call our office today to schedule a comprehensive exam.

 

Metal-Free Fillings

As a comprehensive provider of dentistry in Tukwila, Drs. Benca and Dean highly recommend mercury-free composite resins as their material of choice.

We want you to be comfortable and love your smile. Dr. Benca and Dr. Dean's twenty plus years performing composite fillings guarantee your teeth will look natural and protect your dental restoration for many years to come. With little preparation time, metal-free fillings are a conservative restoration procedure.

Dr. Benca and Dr. Dean remove minimum healthy tooth enamel and focus on making the composite material bond firmly to your natural tooth structure. Their skilled hands can precisely shape and blend the composite material to your natural tooth contours. Composite fillings come with an added bonus: The materials are extremely resilient and durable and have a lasting longevity to keep your tooth healthy.

Dr. Benca and Dr. Dean will place a glossy sealant after the filling has been placed to give your tooth that natural, healthy shine. In short, you will have strong tooth-colored fillings that blend naturally with your smile.

 
Bellevue Dentists | Metal Free Fillings
 
Bellevue Dentists | Root Canals
 

Root Canals

At Benca & Dean Dentistry, we value the life of your tooth. When it’s in danger, we provide gentle and efficient root canal therapy. Drs. Benca and Dean treat simple root canal cases in-office quickly and efficiently to save your tooth from further infection.

Root canal therapy is needed when the tooth nerve or pulp is infected or abscessed from extensive tooth decay or injury. Treatment involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning the canal, and sealing it with sterilized dental materials. Finally, the tooth will be capped with a tooth-colored crown, color-matching the rest of your natural smile. This process will protect the tooth from future infections, and restores its strength.

There is the stigma that root canal therapy is a painful procedure, but the pain from an infected tooth significantly exceeds any minimal pain associated with the procedure itself, root canal therapy is a fantastically effective procedure. Our experience utilizing all of the latest techniques and advanced modern technologies translate into a root canal that is both comfortable and pain-free.

 

Dental Implants

Dental implants can be the most efficient way to restore your smile and renew full oral functions such as eating, drinking, and speaking. Modern dental implant techniques provide a means to natural-looking, healthy smiles like no other tooth replacement options.

Treatment for dental implants may vary, depending on the knowledge and experience of the team involved, to produce the finest results. With Drs. Benca and Dean's multitude of experience, they understand that efficient dental implant placement only happens by partnering with an excellent team of periodontal surgeons.

A titanium post is surgically placed precisely in the jawbone with the appropriate amount of bone structure and gum tissue. Once the implant and bone fuse together to form a solid foundation, Drs. Benca and Dean place and shape a crown to top the titanium post to blend naturally with your other teeth. Upon completion, you will have achieved an absolutely beautiful smile with no indication you received dental implants.

 
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Bellevue Dentists | Dental Bridges
 

Dental Bridges

If you’ve been considering your tooth replacement options to fill the gaps from missing teeth, dental bridges may be the best solution for you. At Benca & Dean Dentistry, we offer affordable and aesthetically pleasing bridges to restore the beauty and functionality of your smile.

A bridge is a prosthetic tooth – or several prosthetic teeth – that fills in the gap left behind by missing teeth. To support the dental prosthesis, porcelain crowns are bonded on the neighboring teeth surrounding the missing tooth. When dental implants are not an option, high-quality bridge restorations offer many excellent benefits including the following:

  • Restore your smile aesthetically
  • Improve the ability to speak, chew, and eat
  • Fix your bite properly
  • Prevents other natural teeth from drifting out of position (malocclusion)
  • Guards mouth against periodontal disease, bone loss, and tooth decay
  • Stabilizes facial muscles

Our dental bridges are custom-crafted to appear and function naturally with your smile. We design your durable bridge by taking impressions of the appropriate area and sending it to our highly accurate dental lab. A bridge will behave and blend naturally with your smile; anyone around you will hardly notice you received restorative dentistry.

Bridges are the best cost-effective alternative in restoring multiple teeth compared to dental implants. We understand dental implants are not for everyone. We will take the time to educate you about each replacement option so that you can make an informed decision about which treatment path is best suited to you.

 

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Expect your dental experience to be fabulous!