Dr. Gregory Hurt and the San Marcos Dental Center have been providing quality dental and health services for San Diego and the general Southern California region for the last 30 years. Based in San Marcos, San Diego, we have developed a large base of satisfied clients who take pride in their healthy and impressive smiles, as much as our team takes pride in creating and maintaining those smiles. Our practice has been able to keep up with the leading technologies within the dental field and we feel confident that our services can satisfy your expectations.
Prophylaxis is a standard process that is performed by the hygienist each time you have a dental cleaning. Prophylaxis includes scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of calcified plaque and tartar from the outer surfaces of the teeth. Root planing is scaling that takes place below the gum line.
Not only do white teeth enhance your smile, but they make you feel more confident about your appearance. You will actually look younger and feel better in just 20 minutes! You deserve to have a stunning and exceptional smile, and we can help you achieve that smile.
A dental extraction (also referred to as exodontia) is the removal of a tooth from an individual’s mouth. Extractions are typically performed for a wide variety of reasons (both cosmetic and health-related), including tooth decay that has destroyed a sufficient amount of the tooth’s structure to render the tooth beyond restoration. The extraction of wisdom teeth is commonly performed in order to prevent their impact into other teeth, as is the extraction of healthy teeth to create room for orthodontic procedures.
When an individual’s tooth is damaged, a restorative and cosmetic procedure such as bonding, veneer fabrication, or a crown (full or partial) may be necessary to repair both the function and form of the teeth. Choosing between these treatments typically depends upon several factors. A treatment plan can be formulated following a consultation and correct diagnostic procedures. The appropriate restoration procedure is chosen based on the patient’s needs and its ability to provide a cosmetic and functional outcome.
False teeth, commonly known as “dentures“, are prosthetic devices constructed specifically to replace missing teeth. Typically, these devices are supported by the mouth’s surrounding soft (gums) and hard tissues (teeth). Although most dentures are removable, there are many different denture designs including some that rely on bonding onto teeth or dental implants. Dentures are divided into two categories: those designed for insertion into the upper row of teeth and those for the lower row (jaw).
For patients looking to replace missing teeth, dental implants can be both an effective and alternative treatment. Implants produce structural support for individual crowns, bridges or dentures. In addition, implants serve as an artificial root that new teeth can be joined to. They are normally comprised of titanium, a safe and durable material that effectively becomes bonded to the bone. The typical method of inserting dental implants involves three significant parts: insertion of the implant, osseointegration (the amount of time necessary to join the implant to the jawbone), and the joining of the implant to the restoration.
Dental veneers (sometimes known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials made with the purpose of covering the front surface of an individual’s teeth in order to improve one’s appearance. The veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their shape, color, length, or size.
Dental bonding is the procedure whereby a durable tooth-colored plastic material (resin) is applied to the teeth and hardened (typically with an ultraviolet light), which ultimately affixes, or “bonds”, the material to the patient’s tooth to improve or restore their smile.
Invisalign® takes a state-of-the-art approach to straightening teeth, using a customized sequence of aligners created for specially for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that is worn over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into their proper place, based on the specific movements your dentist or orthodontist has planned out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach nor wires to tighten. You just insert a new set of aligners about every fourteen days until your treatment is finished. You’ll get a bright and straight smile without interference in your day-to-day activities. The best part about the Invisalign process is that most people will have no idea you’re even straightening your teeth!
Are you one of the millions of American needing adult braces who are currently dissatisfied, insecure, or even embarrassed of your uneven smile? Many individuals spend their entire adulthood covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel helpless because they don’t want to wear adult metal braces for extended periods of time or they are worried that other procedures to straighten their teeth could be too costly or too expensive. As lucky would have it there is now an effective, safe and economical cosmetic braces solution that works seamlessly with your lifestyle.