Our Services at Dr. Hattar Dental and Orthodontics
At Dr. Hattar Dental, Dr. Fahed Hattar and our entire Victorville dentistry team are dedicated to providing the most thorough general dentistry care available in the most comfortable environment possible. Call us today at (760) 243-3595 to schedule an appointment.
In addition to general dentistry examinations and cleanings, Dr. Fahed Hattar and the team at Dr. Hattar Dental offer a wide array of cosmetic and restorative dentistry solutions. From smile makeover treatments such as porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, braces, and cosmetic bonding, to smile restoration treatments such as root canals, dental crowns, implants and even dentures, our patients have the full range of dentistry treatments at their disposal. We also treat a range of conditions including sleep apnea, TMJ (emporomandibular joint and muscle disorders), and gum disease.
General and Family Dentistry
Dr. Hattar Dental provides a comprehensive range of dental care to maintain and improve your health and appearance. Our highly trained staff will discuss treatment options and procedures with each patient to inform and involve the patient in the planning of diagnosed dental care. Our dentist is highly trained and your dental procedures will be treated thoroughly and completely even for the simplest dental cares. Basic preventive and restorative treatments such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, and denture repair are some of the more common dental procedures completed during a regular dental check up.
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
When a tooth is cracked, decayed, or damaged, a dental crown may need to be fitted onto the tooth. A dental crown is a permanent covering that fits over the original tooth. Crowns can be made of porcelain, gold or a combination of both materials. Porcelain crowns typically have the most realistic appearance, although they tend to be less durable than other materials when used on the back molars. Dental crowns can whiten, reshape and realign existing teeth, adding to a healthy and vibrant smile.
Full and Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
- A Complete denture may be either "conventional" or "immediate." A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
- Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
The word periodontal means "around the tooth". Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.
Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don't know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.
Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
Bleeding gums - Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
Loose teeth - Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
New spacing between teeth - Caused by bone loss.
Persistent bad breath - Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
Pus around the teeth and gums - Sign that there is an infection present.
Receding gums - Loss of gum around a tooth.
Red and puffy gums - Gums should never be red or swollen.
Tenderness or Discomfort - Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.