General Treatment

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Your Dentist in Diamond Bar, CA

At Furumoto Dentistry, we're proud to help patients throughout the Diamond Bar community achieve gorgeous, world-class smiles. As a multi-specialty dentist, we can often complete all your dental work in-house without the need for an outside specialist, helping to save you both time and money. Whether you need general or preventive dental care, cosmetic dental treatment, or restorative dental procedures to help repair damage from tooth decay or trauma, our treatment team of expert dentists will help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are a simple, effective way to treat cavities by replacing decayed tooth material with a robust and biocompatible filling. At our office, we provide fillings for new cavities, and we can also replace old, broken-down amalgam or metal fillings with new, healthier composite materials.

White Fillings vs. Silver Amalgam Fillings

In the past, most dentists used a silver amalgam material to fill in teeth and repair cavities. While this treatment still makes sense in some instances, amalgam fillings come with a host of problems, and most patients and dentists now prefer newer, biocompatible fillings made from a white composite material. We can replace old silver fillings with fresh, white fillings, which provide a variety of benefits:

  • Stronger Teeth: White fillings bond to and strengthen the tooth, whereas silver fillings make teeth more brittle and susceptible to breaking.
  • Appearance: White fillings blend in with teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • Comfort: Silver amalgam can cause painful sensitivity to hot and cold, whereas white fillings protect against this.
  • Convenience: White fillings require us to remove less healthy tooth material to place the filling, preserving more of your natural tooth structure.
  • Health: Most silver amalgam fillings contain traces of mercury, a known toxin. White fillings contain no mercury whatsoever, helping to protect your health in the long term.

Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is a simple, convenient treatment for a variety of minor dental issues. The process involves applying layers of a composite resin material to the front of teeth, then shaping the composite material to match the look and shape of your natural teeth. We can use cosmetic bonding to treat a number of issues, including:

  • Fixing chips or repairing cracks in teeth
  • Closing gaps and spaces in the smile
  • Repairing discolored or faded areas on the teeth.

A few of the benefits of composite bonding include:

  • The entire treatment process usually takes less than an hour.
  • Unlike dental veneers, we can generally preserve your natural tooth structure with composite bonding.
  • With composite materials, we can custom color-match to the exact shade of your teeth.
  • Composite bonding provides an affordable way to correct minor dental problems.

While it comes with many advantages, it's important to understand that composite bonding isn't as long-lasting as veneers or crowns, and you'll likely need to replace or touch up composite bonds as time goes on. Furthermore, composite bonds are vulnerable to staining from things like coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and some foods. You'll need to brush your composite bonds regularly to keep them as clean and beautiful as possible.

Root Canals

While it may be the most infamous procedure in dentistry, root canals don't really deserve their bad rap. In fact, the root canal procedure is routine, almost entirely painless, and helps to save your tooth and prevent problems in the long-run.

Root canals are necessary when a cavity eats through the outer enamel and the dentin of a tooth, reaching all the way to the inner tooth root. This advanced stage of decay threatens not only the tooth itself, but also the health of the gums, jawbone, and surrounding teeth. A root canal involves clearing away the decayed tissue and replacing it with a strong, biocompatible filler material, restoring the integrity of the tooth and protecting the health of your mouth.

The Root Canal Procedure

Getting a root canal at our Diamond Bar office is a simple, convenient procedure that normally takes just one visit to complete. For most patients, the process looks like this:

  • First, we'll apply a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure.
  • Your Diamond Bar dentist will then apply a dental dam to isolate the damaged tooth.
  • Your dentist will open the tooth up and clear away any infected dental tissue or pulp, then thoroughly clean the tooth of any bacteria or decay.
  • Once clean, your dentist will use special tools to reshape the tooth and root canal, preparing it for filling.
  • Your dentist will then fill the root canal with a biocompatible material that bonds with your tooth.
  • Finally, your dentist will place a crown over the tooth. This may be a permanent crown, or Dr. Mike or Dr. Brent may put a temporary crown while your permanent crown is constructed. If the latter, we'll bring you in for a second appointment to place your permanent crown.

Tooth Extractions

As a leading cosmetic dentist in Diamond Bar, we strive to protect your original teeth whenever possible – but in some cases, the best option for your smile is to extract one or more teeth. The most common situation for tooth extractions is with the third molars, or the "wisdom teeth."

Wisdom teeth usually appear in the late teens or early twenties, and unfortunately, most people don't have space in their mouths for wisdom teeth to erupt correctly – or even to erupt at all. In these cases, the teeth become "impacted," which means they grow in at an angle. Impacted wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and cause serious problems in the gum and bone structure.

For most patients, the best option is to simply remove the wisdom teeth in a minor surgical procedure. As a multi-specialty dentist serving the Diamond Bar area, we can perform wisdom teeth extractions right from our office, making the entire process quick and convenient.

Contact Your Dentist in Diamond Bar, CA

Whether you're looking for composite bonding or a root canal in Diamond Bar, our office is committed to helping our patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Call us today at (909) 861-3515 to learn more about the treatments we have to offer, and don't hesitate to reach out to us at our contact page to schedule a consultation appointment. We're looking forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams through high-quality dental treatment!