326 South Melrose Drive
Suite 101
Vista, CA 92081



FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Answers to some of the most frequently asked dental questions to keep you informed. Have a question that’s not answered on this list? Contact us, we’re happy to help!

Family Dentistry

At Tri-City Dental Excellence, we understand that adults & children have different needs & we address them all. Adults want the best technology, the most informed doctors & the highest-quality care, while kids want to be comfortable & respected. Our experienced staff offer the best of both worlds with our approach to family dentistry. Our goal is to provide an exceptional dental experience for your entire family.

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Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is the area of dentistry concerned with preventing dental problems before they become costly or painful, or both. A large part of preventive dentistry is patient education. This includes learning the proper at-home dental care, nutrition, etc. Another aspect of preventive dentistry is oral hygiene through regular dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, mouthguards & more.

At Tri-City Dental Care we make every effort to ensure that you, our patients, are well-informed & educated on proper at-home dental care so as to avoid, as much as possible, the need for further dental treatments.

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Digital X-Rays

Tri-City Dental Excellence offers in-office digital x-rays for your convenience. Digital x-rays are computer-generated images that require up to 90% less radiation than conventional film-type x-rays. Instead of using the traditional silver-oxide x-ray film, which must be developed & then fixed in caustic & environmentally damaging solutions, the new system takes pictures via a small electronic sensor. A picture of the tooth is instantaneously transmitted onto the monitor in the treatment room so we can see your teeth & surrounding structures immediately.

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Restorative Dentistry

We offer state-of-the-art restorative dentistry if it becomes necessary. We know that even when you do everything right, something can go wrong. If you are suffering from a dental problem, we are here to help. Modern technology combined with the in-depth experience of our clinical team can assure you of a successful & long-lasting result. Whether the cause is an accident or disease, we can restore your smile with the many restorative dentistry services we provide.

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If you’ve lost teeth from decay, injury or periodontal (gum) disease, dentures are the solution. Whether you need partial or full dentures, they’re essential not only to improve the look of your smile but also your oral health. In addition to allowing you to eat as if you had never lost your teeth, dentures also protect against facial sagging that would otherwise occur & cause a more aged appearance. Dentures can also improve your speech. Denture maintenance combined with a regular regimen of proper brushing can guarantee you’ll lead a more comfortable & healthy life.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are man-made replacements for natural teeth. The implants themselves are artificial tooth roots anchored in the gum or jawbone, on which replacement teeth are permanently secured. Because implanted teeth are fixed in the mouth—rather than being removable, like dentures—they allow a return to the comfort & function of natural teeth. Increased chewing ability means you can enjoy more nutritious foods, contributing to your overall health & well-being.
In short, dental implants improve the quality of your life. They can improve your appearance, boost your self-confidence & allow you to speak with greater clarity.

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The CEREC 3® – Dental Crowns in One Visit

With the CEREC 3, getting a dental crown takes only one visit instead of the traditional three. After creating a scan of your mouth using advanced 3D imaging, the CEREC 3 system creates matched, custom dental crowns out of natural ceramic that can be installed immediately. Dental crowns in one visit means restoring your smile without taking extra time off from work or school.

Call Tri-City Dental Excellence today to see how our dentists can help repair your smile in one easy visit.

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Endodontic Care

Put simply, endodontic care is the term for the treatments & procedures a dentist will use to save a tooth if it becomes infected or injured. Endodontics involves treating the tissues inside your teeth that surround the root & includes root canal therapy. An endodontist is a dental specialist who completes at least two additional years of training & uses advanced technology & procedures to comfortably preserve your natural teeth & keep you smiling.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Having a great smile can make a huge difference in the way you look & feel. We offer a complete range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to create the confident smile you’ve always wanted. We begin with a detailed smile assessment, discussing with you which aspects you like & dislike about your smile. Once our assessment is complete, we will discuss with you cosmetic dentistry options to help your smile look more natural, healthy & youthful.

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns & can perfect your smile by masking stains, hiding chips, correcting misalignment & creating uniformity. Our porcelain veneers, which are made of thin, customized material designed to slide over the teeth, look incredibly natural, are long-lasting & are relatively easy to apply.

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Invisalign ® Invisible Braces

Invisalign is the revolutionary way to help you get straight & even teeth without noticeable & painful metal braces. Virtually undetectable, Invisalign aligners are made of strong & clear plastic that gradually guide your teeth into perfect alignment. Unlike metal braces, they have no wires or brackets. Tooth impressions are made, from which Invisalign develops customized aligners that will slide directly over your teeth. Aligners are typically worn full-time (except when eating or drinking) for 12-48 months—no longer than you would wear traditional metal braces. Aligners are replaced every two weeks as your teeth shift into place.

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Zoom!® In-Office Teeth Whitening

Now you can have significantly whiter teeth in a matter of minutes. Both comfortable & affordable, Zoom! in-office teeth whitening can make your teeth up to six to eight shades lighter in as little as 45 minutes. Zoom! in-office teeth whitening is safe, effective, fast & performed only by dental professionals.

Call Tri-City Dental Excellence today to schedule your way to a brighter smile!

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Sleep Apnea & Snoring Appliances

Did you know that people with sleep apnea can stop breathing for roughly 10-30 seconds at a time while they are sleeping? This can happen 5 to 30 or more times per hour, & hundreds of times throughout the night! If you suffer from sleep apnea or snoring, we can help. Through the use of oral appliances, you’ll avoid the health consequences of sleep apnea, including increased rates of depression, diabetes, heart disease & stroke. These devices will also help relieve snoring, leading to a better night’s rest for you & your partner. For more information, call Tri-City Dental Excellence today at 760-216-6686!

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Oral Surgery (Tooth Extractions)

Sometimes it becomes necessary for a tooth to be removed because of crowding, disease or trauma. No matter the reason, we use a conservative approach with all oral surgery procedures, commonly called tooth extractions. Our experienced oral surgeon with perform your oral surgery with expert skill to ensure the most comfortable recovery & the best possible result.

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Sedation Dentistry

Wake up to a more healthy & beautiful smile with amazingly comfortable sedation dentistry. We care for patients who:

• Are afraid of needles & shots.
• Have had bad experiences before.
• Have not been to the dentist in a long time.
• Always gag when having dental work done.
• Just can’t seem to get numb.
• Feel their teeth are too far gone for traditional treatment.

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