We provide more than just a beautiful smile. Through our team of family dental experts and state-of-the-art technology, we offer a variety of specialty and general dentistry services. We take great care to accommodate all of our patients by providing the following services
Teeth Cleaning Good oral hygiene starts with regular dental cleanings. We never just polish your teeth and call it a "teeth cleaning." Regular teeth cleaning helps remove plaque and tartar build-up, which contribute to periodontal disease. We recommend all patients schedule this 60-minute appointment twice each year. Our "regular cleanings" are much more extensive than what you would get at a large clinic or HMO plan office because we take longer time for each appointment.Gum disease can affect your whole body as a chronic infection. It makes diabetes, heart disease, arthritis worse! Most people don't know they have it because it usually causes very little pain.
Whitening and Bleaching Your Teeth
We have touch-up bleaching kits for only $40!
Full Take Home Kits Only $210
There are many different ways to whiten your teeth and to make them brighter. Our teeth discolor over time for many different reasons. A few examples are many different types of foods, different types of drinks, smoking, age, certain medications at an early age, and others.
Most bleaching agents for teeth are a form of peroxide, much stronger than what you buy for your home. Many people ask if this harms your teeth, this answer is NO, not in the concentrations that are used at our office. There have been many studies on the effects of bleaching on teeth. tudies have shown that just about any type or process of commercial teeth bleaching will bleach your teeth. "white strips", the so called 1-hour bleaching , and the take home bleaching kits from the dentist all will lighten your teeth. The difference is a time factor. They all whiten your teeth to the same amount your teeth will bleach out, some faster than others. Another factor is the concentration of the bleach tooth sensitivity Another factor is the cost which can vary widely between types and dental offices.
At our office we prefer to use the take home bleaching kits. They are the most cost effective way to bleaching your teeth in a reasonable amount of time. Some people will notice a difference in a few days at 1-2 hours a day wearing your "trays". Others, might take up to 2 weeks.
Some patients teeth might become sensitive to cold during the bleaching process. We provide ways to combat the sensitivity problem.
Call our office if you have more questions and about the process, or to schedule an appointment and we will get you on your way to whiter, brighter teeth!!!
We work with you to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. We believe in a collaborate approach with the patient to create an effective preventive program that defends against dental diseases and conditions.
While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Snore Guards, Sleep Apnea If you are using a CPAP and have trouble using it we will work with your MD to see if you are a candidate for an intra oral appliance. If you have a problem with snoring our snore guards are easy to make and affordable for everyone. They truly will make a difference in how you sleep and how happy your spous e will be! THIS IS A SAMPLE OF ONLY ONE TYPE OF ORAL APPLIANCE If you or know someone that has a snoring problem it is important to get treated. You do not need a sleep study to have a snore guard made in our office. These can range in prices from a few hundred dollars to a few thousands of dollars. Come in for free consultation now.
Snore Guards SLEEP APNEA and CPAP
Sleep Apnea can only be diagnosed by an M.D. in a sleep study lab.
However, snoring is a sign of possible sleep apnea. A snore guard can be
made by a dentist without having to see a medical specialist.
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and sleep-wake disturbances (SWD) may increase the risk for a first or secondary stroke and decrease stroke recovery, a large literature review shows.
A meta-analysis of 29 studies and 2343 patients with an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke or transient ischemic attack showed that more than 72% had an SDB condition, as defined by an apnea-hypopnea index of more than 5 episodes per hour.
People with sleep apnea are 2-3 times more likely to have a car crash than a non-apneic individual, and 5 times more likely to be involved in a serious car crash. There is a very high prevalence of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) patients in a general dental practice, approaching 34%. Your heart and
blood pressure is affected if you suffer from sleep apnea. Many do not realize that they suffer from this!
About thirty million Americans have sleep apnea, with about 50% of the population undiagnosed.
Any patient that uses a CPAP machine should think about getting and oral appliance to wear in cases where a CPAP can't be used.
What are you going to do if there is a power outage for extended time? What do you do on vacation or camping trips etc?
We have great success with these affordable appliances!
These appliances provide valuable treatment for people who suffer from snoring problems caused by positional changes in the tongue and jaw during sleep which can lead to sleep apnea. There are also other causes of sleep apnea which can lead to serious medical problems. Professional evaluation is needed to determine if you may benefit from a simple, comfortable device or require a more comprehensive evaluation by a sleep apnea specialist. If you or your spouse suffer from this or need a consultation for evaluation, please call our office and make an appointment as soon as possible.
Our snore guards are cost effective and efficient. There are several different types that we use.
Pediatric Dentistry We love to work with children! Our child friendly environment is designed to enhance your family dental visit. We are committed to delivering fun and caring dental experiences for children. Dr Huigens volunteers at a children's dental clinic so he is use to treating children and enjoys it.
Your child should be seen by a dentist as soon as the first tooth comes in. Sharing kisses with your baby then starts the development of bacteria in the babies mouth. If the parents have poor oral hygiene, the aggressive bacteria are transmitted to the child's mouth which can start them off with a higher incidence of gum and tooth problems as they age.
Patients with Disabilities
We have several patients with varying degrees of disability. With our treatment rooms we can accommodate patients restricted to wheelchairs. We can slide patients onto our dental chairs form gurneys also. Dr. Huigens has a masters degree in medicine as a Physician's Assistant and practiced in orthopedic surgery before going to dental school.
Sale on lower jaw implants, includes crown for only $2100.00 that is over 1/2 half! Come in for a free consultation.
Dr Huigens is certified to do denture stabilization with mini implants to attach to your lower denture. These can be done in one appointment and leave the same day with a secure denture that won't come out unless you want it to. They are cost effective and last a lifetime! Dr. Huigens also places regular implants that can replace one or many more teeth. Once restored they feel like your own teeth. Be aware of the qualifications of the doctor doing your implants and where the implants are made! We also refer patients to highly qualified oral surgeons to place implants in difficult areas like near the sinus. You don't need to make years of car payment like payments to hold a denture in. Mini implants can be done in a few hours, complete! They will hold your dentures in until you want them out. Instead of $15,000, we can place 4 mini implants in you lower jaw for as little as $4000 when we use and reline your existing denture. Call for a free consultation!
Above shows a regular implant placed for a missing front tooth.
Mini implant being place for a single tooth in a tight space.
Mini implant model showing that only 4 are needed to hold a lower denture securely.
We are running a special on lower jaw implants that don't require a bone graft. Single tooth implant for INCLUDING abutment and crown for as little as $2100. These are highest quality implants and ceramic crowns manufactured in the USA. Call now for a free exam and consultation with Dr. Huigens in La Verne , close to Claremont, San Dimas, Pomona, Glendora, Upland.
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
There is actually no or only minor short term pain involve that is usually treated with Tylenol or Ibuprofen for a day or two.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a "screw" is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration.
We provide restoration of tooth structure with metal, porcelain or resin materials. We will take care of you and your family's cavities by using the most current technology available for fillings.
Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an, LED light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.
Silver Filling Replacement
- We offer mercury-free fillings and replacements for those patients who prefer this option. Porcelain and composite resin tooth-colored restorations are not only beautiful, but also add strength to weakened teeth .
Veneers - Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Veneers can mask many problems that affect your smile. You can do one or many veneers at a time. They are very thin but strong coverings for your teeth.
Digital Dental x-rays are essential diagnostic tools that provide valuable information to help us evaluate your oral health. We can look at what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums to identify any potential problems and create an individualized dental treatment plan. A digital x-ray is 80% less radiation than a conventional x-ray.
Crown and Bridges
A crown is a cap that is designed to be placed over a tooth to restore its strength and improve its appearance. A crown may be needed for traumatic fractures, wear due to teeth grinding, tooth decay, cracked fillings and root canals.
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Root canals are needed when a tooth has become infected or is needed for proper restoration. Dr. Huigens does the majority of the root canals. They have gotten a bad reputation from patients being in pain BEFORE they get a root canal done. It is better to avoidroot canals by getting regular check ups so problems can be seen early and treated before they need a root canal.
Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.
When a tooth is beyond repair, tooth extraction helps to sustain and preserve the health of your gums and bone. A failed tooth can be caused by an unsuccessful root canal, periodontal disease, or extensive tooth decay, in which case an extraction can bring relief.
Wisdom teeth extractions are a fairly common procedure. Wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it means the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly, or the tooth may only emerge partially.
When a wisdom tooth only emerges partially a flap of skin, called an operculum, may form over the tooth. This can make the tooth hard to clean, and pieces of food may be caught under the skin. This makes it easy for an infection, called pericoronitis, to develop. It will usually go away on its own, but it causes swelling and pain in the area.
Impacted teeth and wisdom teeth that can potentially cause problems, like infections, need to be removed. Extractions can range from a single tooth, to removing all four wisdom teeth at once. Based on the preference of the doctor and/or the patient, a local anesthetic could be used to numb the areas where the teeth will be extracted. Others will prefer to go under a general anesthetic so that they will be sedated during the procedure.
The gum tissue around the wisdom tooth is cut open to reveal the tooth. The tooth is loosened by gripping it tightly and wiggling it back and forth until it can be lifted out of the gums. Sometimes a tooth may be impacted so tightly that it cannot be simply lifted out of the gums. In cases like this the tooth will be broken up into pieces first before being removed. Depending on the incision and extraction site, sutures may be needed to close the area. Soluble sutures are the best option, which will dissolve on their own.
After the surgery you will need to rest. You need to be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call your dentist. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist will prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use an ice pack for the pain. Your dentist might also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
- ...and other food you can eat without chewing.
When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly call your dentist for a follow up.
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