Gum Surgery

Periodontists treat their patients with the most conservative measures possible, but sometimes surgery is necessary to facilitate oral health and aesthetics. Some of the reasons your periodontist may recommend gum surgery include:

  • To restore gum tissues lost to periodontal disease. Also known as guided tissue regeneration, this procedure is often combined with bone grafting to help support the teeth.
  • To cosmetically improve your gum line. Known as mucogingival surgery, this procedure grafts soft oral tissues into the gum line to fill in areas that have become recessed. The gum grafts conceal exposed tooth roots to allow for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • To prepare your teeth for dental restorations. The purpose of this type of gum surgery is to reveal more of the tooth’s root, effectively lengthening the crown of the tooth. Crown lengthening is reserved for patients who have decay below the gum line or have inadequate tooth structure to support a dental restoration.

Did you know…

that your jaw bone and gums should naturally hug the roots of each tooth, encircling the base of the crown to hold it in place? But when gum disease is allowed to progress, the gums can recede and begin to create ‘pockets’ around the teeth that will only become deeper with time. As bacteria proliferate in these pockets, patients experience further bone and tissue loss. Gum surgery is often the most conservative solution for patients with advanced gum disease – otherwise leaving the option of eventually having the teeth extracted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for gum surgery?

Gum surgery may be right for you if you need crown lengthening for a restoration, you want to cosmetically enhance your gum line, or you have 3mm or greater pockets around your teeth due to periodontal disease. To find out more about gum surgery and your options for treatment, schedule an appointment with your periodontist.

What should I expect during a gum surgery?

Gum surgery is an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia. Most patients feel no discomfort during the procedure, and you may be under mild sedation for its duration.

Will I need to follow any special instructions following my gum surgery?

Although the surgery itself should not be uncomfortable, you will experience sore and swollen gums in the days immediately following the procedure. Use a cold pack to reduce swelling in the hours after the treatment, and consume only a soft diet for the first few days after the procedure. Your periodontist may prescribe pain medication as well as antibiotics to ensure your recovery is free of complication. Be sure to keep the surgical site clean, and schedule a time to return to your periodontist’s office if you have sutures that need to be removed.

Botox injections are used not only for therapeutic purposes but for cosmetic ones too. Unlike other fillers, which are superficially injected just beneath the skin, Botox is injected directly into the muscle. Because Botox is made of a neurotoxin, it blocks signals between the muscle and the brain, ultimately preventing muscle contraction in a localized area. When the muscle relaxes, wrinkles smooth out and soften. Performed correctly, these injections only affect targeted muscles while still allowing for facial expression. Botox can be used for any type of wrinkle that has not been caused by sun damage or stretching of the skin due to gravity. Results are usually best on expression lines, such as those around the eyes and forehead.

Did you know…

that 11 million women have undergone Botox? In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that it is the most common cosmetic treatment requested in America, with numbers at an all-time high. More than a million treatments are performed every year, and it isn’t just the rich and famous indulging in the liquid facelift. People of all economic backgrounds get Botox because of its affordability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for Botox treatments?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 65, consult with your dermatologist to find out if Botox is right for you. The best candidates for cosmetic Botox treatments are usually men and women bothered by facial lines and wrinkles – particularly those along the forehead and between the eyes. You should not get Botox injections if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you suffer from any type of neurological disease.

What should I expect when getting Botox?

Botox injections are in-office procedures performed in just a few minutes. In fact, you can schedule a Botox injection for your lunch hour or on your way home from work. Injections use a very fine needle, which is inserted into the facial muscles. There is very little discomfort during the injection, and anesthesia is necessary.

Are there any special instructions I will need to follow after getting Botox?

There is a minimal recovery period of approximately 48 hours after getting Botox. During this time, you may experience bruising or headaches. Avoid rubbing your face in areas treated with Botox, and do not lie down for the first few hours after the injections. Keep in mind that results from Botox – though significant – usually begin to fade within 4 to 6 months. You’ll need to return for retreatment periodically.

Botox – the cosmetic formulation frequently used to help smooth lines and wrinkles – is effective in the treatment of chronic migraine headaches. Millions of Americans suffer from migraine headaches, many of which are debilitating. As an alternative to pain medications, which provide only temporary relief, Botox that is given at regular intervals, a few times a year, can reduce the frequency and intensity of future headaches over time.

Did you know?

Pain relieving medications have long been the standard of managing chronic headaches and migraines. But did you know that Botox has been approved for the prevention of chronic migraines by the Food and Drug Administration? The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence conducted controlled trials to test the efficacy of Botox for migraine headaches in comparison to placebos. In each trial, Botox significantly out-performed the placebo, producing a noticeable reduction in headache frequency.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have chronic migraines. Am I a candidate for Botox treatment?

Botox is generally not the first line of treatment for migraine headaches. Instead, it is reserved for patients who have been unresponsive to headache medications. You may be a candidate for Botox for migraines if you have headaches on at least 15 days each month, with more than half of them being migraines. The only way to know for sure if Botox could help alleviate your headaches is by scheduling a consultation with your doctor.

What should I expect during a migraine Botox treatment?

Your Botox treatments will be administered in your doctor’s office. Most sessions take only 5 to 10 minutes, during which time a fine needle is used to inject small amounts of Botox into 7 key areas of the head. There is a total of 31 injections, which may induce mild discomfort. You’ll be allowed to return home the same day and resume normal activities soon after.

What types of results can I expect after getting Botox for my headaches?

Botox can provide significant pain relief for chronic headaches, but results vary from person to person. Keep in mind that it may take several weeks and more than one treatment before your headaches begin responding to Botox injections. Botox is not effective for the treatment of existing headaches.

Coming soon…

Dental appliances are a valuable tool in your practice. You use them to repair and protect the teeth, and perhaps to help patients with sleep disorders. Both you and your patients rely on appliances to perform as intended. You don’t have time for delays or remakes; you expect consistent and reliable results, time after time.

When you choose our lab, you are choosing to work with a highly professional, full-service team that can provide you with custom-crafted orthodontic appliances that are comfortable, well-made, and fabricated according to your specifications.

Our technicians can produce a wide range of dental appliances, including:

  • Fixed Retainers
  • Removable Retainers
  • TMJ Splints
  • Expanders
  • Spacers
  • Jaw Repositioners
  • Nighttime Sleep Appliances
  • Custom Mouth Guards
  • And More

When you need appliances that fit your patients the first time, choose the team here at our dental lab to assist you in the design and fabrication process. We take pride in our quality of work and enjoy providing dentists with appliance solutions that are easy-to-wear and easy to care for. Call us today for more information about the types of appliances we can produce for your practice.

We look forward to serving you soon.

Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that interferes with healthy breathing patterns during sleep. It is characterized by snoring, which may be so loud that it affects the sleep quality of bed partners. Having sleep apnea can put a strain on relationships, cause daytime fatigue, and even lead to other secondary conditions like depression. Worse, severe cases of sleep apnea can be life threatening.

Though snoring is a primary symptom of sleep apnea, not all people who snore actually have sleep apnea. As much as 50 percent of Americans snore at some time, whether occasionally or chronically. However, only 20 percent of American adults have sleep apnea. So how do you know the difference? Harmless snoring does not interfere with breathing patterns. Sleep apnea, on the other hand, causes breathing cessations and sometimes ‘gasping’ during sleep.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need treatment for sleep apnea?

You may need to see a doctor if you or your partner have been awakened by your chronic snoring and/or gasping for air. Though this condition can be very dangerous, your doctor can help you discover ways of managing sleep apnea and protecting healthy breathing during sleep.

How will my doctor screen for sleep apnea?

Your doctor’s first goal will be to determine whether your snoring is benign or a symptom of sleep apnea. This may be determined by speaking with you and your partner about your symptoms. If you do not have a partner who can confirm snoring or breathing interruptions, your doctor may request a sleep study.

What types of treatments are available for people with sleep apnea?

There are many ways of treating the symptoms of sleep apnea. This may include conservative approaches, such as a new sleeping position or the use of an oral appliance. If your apnea symptoms are severe or conservative treatments are not working, you may be prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP) to open the airway. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Keep in mind that a diagnosis of sleep apnea is not always permanent. Many patients find that losing weight can be an effective way of opening the airway during sleep.

At Smile Line Dentistry, we take a comprehensive approach to patient care, offering our patients the latest in BOTOX® & Dermal Filler dental therapeutic treatments. Today facial injectables are widely used to alleviate TMD, facial pain and number of other dental related issues. Experienced in an extensive range of dental procedures, Dr. Mandeep Sidhu is highly skilled and trained to perform non-invasive injectables to treat facial muscles and structures in and around the mouth. In addition, BOTOX® & Dermal Filler dental treatments often have a dual benefit, offering patients therapeutic care while also providing aesthetic results.

Qualifications

Dentists are trained to anesthetize cranial nerves in the head and neck that are critically sensitive, more so than the nerves treated with BOTOX®. A dentist seeks to optimize the results of any cosmetic or restorative dental procedure, and Dr. Sidhu considers the benefits of facial injectables for the most comprehensive approach to your customized treatment plan. Who has more knowledge or training of the oral maxillofacial areas and experience giving painless injections than a dentist? Arguably there is no one more qualified to offer BOTOX® and filler treatments.

Experience these Dental Advantages at Smile Line Dentistry:

  • Extensive training and knowledge of facial muscles & expression dynamics
  • Highly experienced with injections
  • Trained and accredited to augment with the best techniques
  • Consideration of facial and dental proportions for optimal results
  • Treatments offered quickly and convenient treatments during routine dental visits
  • TMD & Facial Pain expertise
  • Best anesthetic options for minimal discomfort
  • Incredible attention to detail

BOTOX® Therapeutic

BOTOX® is used to remedy a number of dental issues, such as facial pain, jaw tension, angular cheilitis and facial muscle spasms.  TMJ disorder, teeth clenching, and teeth grinding (Bruxism), can cause pain and discomfort, disrupting daily life.  Quick and painless BOTOX® injections deliver targeted treatment to relax the muscles that control the jaw, preventing wear on teeth and alleviating facial pain. TMJ BOTOX treatments also have an aesthetic effect of naturally slimming the face, narrowing the appearance of a square or wide jaw. Upper face areas can also be treated with BOTOX®  to help with tension headaches and facial pain that are often times associated with TMD. Treating these areas will also help reduce the signs of aging that come from heavy contraction of muscles.

Do you suffer from Bruxism (teeth grinding) or another TMJ condition?

BOTOX ® is a proven alternative to help you alleviate symptoms and provide instant relief.

Many patients see their dentist with complaints of jaw or facial pain. In many cases, this pain is caused by either bruxism (teeth grinding) or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which are related conditions.

TMJ disorders refer to a collection of jaw problems that may be treated by a dentist. The jaw joint is a complex one, with a number of structures that facilitate vertical and lateral movements. Problems may develop in the numerous muscles, ligaments and nerves that help the joint perform correctly. A misaligned jaw can also lead to TMJ disorder.

Do you suffer from Bruxism (teeth grinding) or another TMJ condition?

BOTOX ® is a proven alternative to help you alleviate symptoms and provide instant relief.

Many patients see their dentist with complaints of jaw or facial pain. In many cases, this pain is caused by either bruxism (teeth grinding) or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which are related conditions.

TMJ disorders refer to a collection of jaw problems that may be treated by a dentist. The jaw joint is a complex one, with a number of structures that facilitate vertical and lateral movements. Problems may develop in the numerous muscles, ligaments and nerves that help the joint perform correctly. A misaligned jaw can also lead to TMJ disorder.

 

Symptoms of TMJ disorders:

  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Earaches
  • Clicking or popping noises during chewing
  • Masseter muscle enlargement (squared face appearance)

The BOTOX® alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick and effective.

Who is a candidate for BOTOX® Jaw Treatment?

BOTOX® is a safe alternative treatment for most people who experience jaw tension or have a TMJ disorder. This treatment helps to alleviate pain from many joint and muscle spasms associated with TMJ.

What are the Benefits of BOTOX® Treatment for Jaw Tension?

BOTOX® injections often provide substantial relief while reducing the ability of facial muscles to engage in problematic, excessive grinding.

BOTOX® allows muscles to perform daily activities such as talking, chewing, and swallowing. In addition, the treatment can help safeguard dental health, since excessive grinding can result in worn teeth and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.

How long does the TMJ BOTOX® treatment take?

The TMJ BOTOX® treatment is a non-surgical procedure performed in our dental office that takes just a few minutes.

How long do results last?

Most patients experience noticeable improvement within 1-2 days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week. Results last 3-4 months.

What are the benefits of the BOTOX® Bruxism Treatment?

Bruxism is a specific condition in which people grind or clench their teeth, often while sleeping (most do so involuntarily). Grinding or clenching causes the muscle to grow stronger, resulting in headaches, earaches, or facial pain, which worsen with time.

BOTOX® treatments have been shown to alleviate Bruxism. BOTOX® Bruxism treatment works by relaxing the jaw muscle sufficiently to reduce grinding symptoms while maintaining normal jaw and teeth action.

Besides relief from jaw pain, tension and headaches, patients see a dramatic change in appearance after 2-3 sessions of BOTOX® treatments. The square, heavy appearance of their lower face softens into a more narrow and esthetically pleasing one.

BOTOX®  for Gummy Smiles

Gummy smile refers to the excessive display of gum tissue when smiling, often considered unattractive.

What causes a gummy smile?

  • Overgrowth of the upper jaw
  • Short upper lip
  • Hyperactive upper lip: Most common in females
  • Overgrowth of gum tissues

 

What are the benefits of the Gummy Smile BOTOX® treatment?

An injection of BOTOX® above the upper lip reduces the lifting action of lip muscles, thus reducing the display of gum tissues. Treatments provide patients with a more aesthetic and beautiful smile.

How long do treatments last?

Treatments are painless and take 2-5 minutes. The results can last between 3-4 months.

Dermal Fillers

As our skin ages, it gradually loses its major constituents: Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acid.  Collagen acts as the major support protein for our skin, elastin allows our skin to stay firm, and hyaluronic acid helps to trap water and add volume to our skin – keeping collagen and elastin moist.  Since Hyaluronic Acid is a primary component of healthy skin, naturally diminishing levels associated with age result in dryness, reduced flexibility, and facial volume deficiencies.

Smile Line Dentistry provides Juvéderm™ treatments to restore perioral volume loss and sagging and depressions in the skin that can lead to angular cheilitis. Angular cheilitis is a common inflammatory condition affecting the corners of the mouth or oral commissures when skin breaks down due to the aging process.

Juvéderm™ is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in your skin.Dermal Fillers can be used to volumize lips, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, corners of mouth, filling interdental papilla (the small gap between adjacent teeth), and to correct smile asymmetries.

Who Should Consider Facial Injectables?

Minimally invasive injectables are becoming an increasingly popular remedy for the appearance of aging skin. However, many people may not be aware of their other uses. Candidates for injectable treatments include:

  • Men or women showing volume loss who wish to restore problem areas
  • People who suffer from teeth grinding (Bruxism), clenching, jaw tension or TMJ disorder
  • Patients who wish to lower a moderate to severe gummy smile
  • Patients who may suffer from facial pain and headaches, or eye/facial muscle spasms

 

Anesthetic Options

One of the many advantages of treatments in our dental office is the use of multiple anesthetic options.  Patient comfort is important to us. For this reason, we offer prescription strength numbing cream and ice that can be applied to areas prior to treatments. We offer a modified dental block for painless injections in sensitive areas such as the lips. Dr. Sidhu can also perform this procedure with lidocaine diluted within the filler, providing maximum patient comfort every time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are treatments painless?

Dental Practitioners are experts in injections and anesthetic techniques resulting in minimal discomfort for pain-free treatments.

How long will results last?

Depending on the area treated, Juvéderm™ results typically last from 6 months to 1 year. BOTOX ® can last 3-4 months, sometimes longer.

How long do treatments take?

Procedures are brief and only take approximately 10-30 minutes depending on treatment(s).They can be done during routine dental appointments, with no downtime.

Are BOTOX® and Dermal Filler treatments safe?

BOTOX® is one of the safest cosmetic procedures available and its use has a history of more than 20 years. Only a small amount is needed to produce optimal results. Juvéderm™ is a hyaluronic acid, which is produced naturally in your own body. During your consultation, Dr. Sidhu will review your options, including any possible contraindications.

International Academy of Facial Aesthetics

Dr. Mandeep Sidhu is certified through one of the country’s leading facial injectable training programs for dental practitioners, DentaSpa Seminars. Dr. Sidhu is also a member of the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics (IAFA), whereshe continues to stay up-to-speed with the latest advances and techniques within the facial injectables industry.  Having access to new innovations, advanced techniques, comprehensive training courses, and cutting-edge products, Dr. Sidhu is one of the most qualified practitioners to offer facial injectable treatments for the face and oral-maxillofacial area. As a member of the IAFA, Dr. Sidhu is committed to education and excellence in patient care. As a patient, you can feel safe and know that she has gone beyond acquiring complete education in the field and is also dedicated to her continued growth in dentistry.

Consultation

We are dedicated to meeting your aesthetic goals. During your consultation, Dr. Sidhu will ascertain your needs and answer any questions you may have regarding treatments. With Dr. Sidhu’s extensive knowledge of head and neck anatomy and structure, you can feel assured that you are receiving the most complete evaluation and best treatment plan to provide you with optimal results.

Walk Out of Our Office with another reason to smile

By combining BOTOX® or Filler treatments as part of your dental treatment plan, Dr. Sidhu can create the optimal therapeutic and aesthetic outcome for your restorative dental care.

If you are seeking whole-mouth dental care, then turn to the best in the business:
Dr. Mandeep (Mona) Sidhu at Smile Line Dentistry

Call us at 925-754-1661 and schedule a consultation.

 

Go back to Patient Education

Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile – sometimes by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single session. According to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening procedures have become some of the most popular esthetic dental treatments among patients throughout the country, including. Professional teeth whitening services can be performed in an office setting or prescribed for take-home use by a patient. In comparison to over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, professional whitening uses stronger whitening agents that deliver faster and more effective results.

Did you know…

that the teeth naturally darken as we age? Furthermore, certain foods, beverages, medications and habits can contribute to a darker, yellowed, or stained smile. However, it is possible to erase years of stains in a single professional whitening session and sustain those results for many years with proper maintenance. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, professional whitening is best maintained by a combination of good oral care and take-home whitening treatments as recommended by your dentist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

You may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening if you are experiencing discoloration, but otherwise have healthy teeth and healthy gums. Schedule a consultation with a dentist to find out if tooth whitening could be right for you. Some patients, such as those who are pregnant or sensitive to whitening agents, may not be candidates for professional whitening.

What Should I Expect When I Get My Teeth Whitened?

Teeth whitening consists of a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth, with all debris carefully removed. Your dentist will then protect your gums before applying a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. The product will be activated and left on the teeth for several minutes before being washed off with water. Your results will vary according to the natural shade of your teeth and degree of discoloration, but it is normal for patients to experience a lightening of several shades in a single visit.

What Type of Post-Treatment Care is Required After Having My Teeth Whitened?

It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity following a professional whitening treatment. You may be instructed to avoid consuming highly pigmented beverages for at least 24 hours to prevent the teeth from becoming stained again. Examples include tea, coffee and wine. Depending on your results and long-term teeth whitening goals, you may also be sent home from your procedure with an at-home whitening kit for later use.

Go back to Patient Education

Dental veneers – also known as laminates – are used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of one or more teeth. Veneers are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that are customized for a desirable color and shape. They are bonded to the surface of the teeth to reshape broken, misshapen or irregular teeth, as well as provide a solution for discolored teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments. Patients with veneers typically achieve a natural tooth appearance that is well-tolerated by the gums and also resistant to future stains.

Did you know…

that dental veneers are a conservative way of completely making over your smile? In fact, veneers are a go-to cosmetic procedure that has become popular with celebrities who want a brighter and more symmetrical smile. Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff and Ben Affleck are just some of Hollywood’s elite who have seen a cosmetic dentist for laminates. Fortunately, affordability and accessibility make it easy for anyone to get dental veneers – including patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for dental veneers or laminates?

Dental veneers may be right for you if you are looking for an alternative to crowns and caps. Veneers can help you if you have gaps between your teeth or teeth that are broken, chipped, irregularly shaped or misaligned. To find out more about whether dental veneers are right for you, contact a cosmetic dentist to schedule a consultation.

What should I expect when I get my dental veneers?

Before dental veneers can be placed on the teeth, the surface of the teeth must be prepared for bonding. After administering a local anesthetic, your dentist will buff away approximately half a millimeter from the surface of the teeth. You’ll then bite into a mold that will be used to form your veneers in a dental lab. When the veneers are ready, you’ll be asked to return to have them fitted, bonded and adjusted for shape and color.

Will I need to follow any post-treatment care instructions?

There is no special care required for dental veneers, and normal brushing and flossing can be resumed immediately. Because veneers are usually placed over the course of two appointments, it is normal to experience some sensitivity between the first and second visit when the teeth have been reduced in preparation for bonding.

Go back to Patient Education

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which is the bone structure, muscles and connective tissues that surround the jaw and control chewing. When patients experience disorders of this joint, they are said to have a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Symptoms of TMD include pain and tenderness near the jaw, as well as popping or clicking in the joint when speaking or chewing. There are many ways of treating TMJ disorders, ranging from non-invasive therapy and bite splints to injections or surgery. Left untreated, however, TMJ disorders can lead to headaches, muscle pain, malocclusion and tooth damage from grinding or clenching.

Did you know…

that TMD alone is not a disorder, but instead a collection of disorders that affect the temporomandibular joint? It is the second most common pain-causing musculoskeletal condition in the U.S. according to the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, as many as 12 percent of Americans may suffer from some type of TMD, with women twice as likely to be affected than men. But despite the prevalence and wide availability of treatment, only one out every three people with TMD fails to seek treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if TMJ treatment is right for me?

You will first need to be formally examined and diagnosed with TMJ disorder. You dentist will evaluate the extent of the condition and determine what course of treatment is best for you. Usually, the initial approach involves conservative treatments, such as self-care, physical therapy and bite guards. Medications may also be used to relax the jaw or relieve pain. Patients who do not respond to conservative treatments may be considered for surgery or joint injections.

What should I expect if I undergo treatment for TMJ

TMJ treatment varies from patient to patient, so your experience may be very different than someone else’s. You’ll probably be asked to adopt certain lifestyle changes to help facilitate rehabilitation in your jaw. For example, you may be asked to avoid sudden jaw movements, such as yelling or yawning. You may also need to begin sleeping on your back and take steps to reduce your stress levels.

Will I need to follow any special post-care instructions while being treated for TMJ?

Your post-treatment care instructions will vary according to the type of treatment you receive. If you undergo an aggressive treatment, such as surgery, you may be temporarily subject to an all-liquid diet. You’ll also need to apply ice to the face to minimize swelling and also keep the surgical site clean and dry.

Go back to Patient Education

Skip to content