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Whether you simply need regular preventive maintenance for your teeth and gums, or you have an emergency dental problem, Advanced Dental and Dr. Chitra are ready to help you. With a convenient office location in Aliso Viejo, and a caring, committed team, we can assist your dental health and any general dentistry issue.
Dr. Chitra and her team have the training and skills to address any dental issues. One call will get you the care that you and your family deserve.

“After a few horrible experiences, I have finally found an honest dental professional who is dedicated to her patients health and well being.”
-Kerry N.

Our Featured Services

Advanced Dental offers a wide range of treatments, including:

What Is Teeth Cleaning?
When we say teeth cleaning, we’re talking about a professional dental cleaning, not just brushing your teeth at home. Without a professional cleaning, tartar and plaque could build up, discolor your teeth, affect your gums and bone, and lead to decay or tooth loss.

What Is Teeth Cleaning?
When we say teeth cleaning, we’re talking about a professional dental cleaning, not just brushing your teeth at home. Without a professional cleaning, tartar and plaque could build up, discolor your teeth, affect your gums and bone, and lead to decay or tooth loss.

And when you think about the consequences of not taking care of your teeth, visiting the dentist twice a year (recommended) doesn’t sound so bad after all. A professional teeth cleaning gets all the plaque and tartar off your teeth.

The dental cleaning procedure depends on the condition of your teeth, the time a cleaning takes can vary. But usually, the whole appointment can last between 30 minutes and an hour.

Here’s the step-by-step process of a dental cleaning:

The dental professional, usually a dental hygienist, will first examine your mouth to get a baseline. Using a small mirror, they will look around your teeth and gums for signs of inflammation, plaque and tartar, or other oral health concerns. If they discover any of these issues, they may double-check with the dentist to make sure they can go ahead with the cleaning.

Removal Of Plaque And Tartar
If they find any plaque and/or tartar, they will remove them with a tool called a scaler. Usually, plaque and tartar congregate near your gum line and between your teeth. It will sound like scraping and that may concern you, but you should know that this is perfectly normal. And the more buildup in your mouth, the more scraping they will have to do.

If this sounds like a dreadful experience, the best thing you can do to minimize the scraping is to brush and floss every day. Doing so removes plaque from your teeth, keeping it from building up and hardening into tartar.

Cleaning With Toothpaste
After the hygienist has removed all of the tartar and plaque, they will brush your teeth using an electric toothbrush. This will make a sort of grinding noise against your teeth, but this is also normal. It’s essentially giving your teeth a deep clean. The toothpaste they use will feel gritty because it’s made with particles that help scrub your teeth.

Yes, flossing at home is a great idea. But getting an expert to floss your teeth is the real deal. They are able to get deep between your teeth and get all of the gunk out. Plus, when the hygienist flosses your teeth, it removes any plaque and toothpaste from the previous steps.

You will then rinse out your mouth to get rid of anything left behind. They provide the rinse and it usually has liquid fluoride in it.

Fluoride Treatment
The final step is the fluoride treatment, which some but not all dentists will do. This is when the hygienist will ask you what flavor gel you want. Then a dentist cleans your teeth, they’ll first scrape off any left over plaque and tartar, then they’ll brush your teeth, then they’ll give you a fluoride treatment. Every step is very important. Then they’ll place a gel-covered mouthpiece over your teeth and let it sit there for about a minute. This process helps deter cavities for several months afterward.Instead of using this mouthpiece, some dentist may use a sticky paste that they brush onto your teeth.

Deep Cleaning Teeth
A deep cleaning is slightly different than a typical teeth cleaning. It’s a procedure specifically for people who have gum and periodontal disease, and may require visits every few months.

What Does Deep Cleaning Look Like?
It’s similar to a basic cleaning in that it involves scaling, but the hygienist will also do root planing. That’s when they will remove plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth. Getting a deep clean may require at least two visits to the dentist.

The idea is to get all of the bacteria removed from the pockets of your teeth, allowing the gums to heal and stay healthy.

Preventive dental care is important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums throughout your life. It’s a combination of regular dental check-ups along with developing good habits like brushing and flossing. You should be visiting the dentist approximately twice each year for preventative maintenance care. Taking care of your teeth starts early in childhood and extends throughout the course of your life.

Common preventive dentistry services:
● Twice yearly exams
● Teeth cleaning
● X-rays
● Flouride treatments

Below are some oral health basics for preventative care:
● Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day (usually morning and night) using an electric soft bristled brush (insert link to what brush Chitra recommends) and a fluoride toothpaste (insert link to what toothpaste Chira recommends). Dr.Chitra can recommend the best toothbrush and toothpaste for you.
● Floss daily to get food that’s stuck between teeth before it turns to plaque.
● Use a mouthwash to rinse out food particles after flossing.
● Avoid acidic foods that can harm tooth enamel.
● Be cautious with hard foods, like some candies, foods with bones, seeds, or pits that could damage or chip teeth.
● Don’t smoke or use tobacco products
● Use a mouthguard when playing sports.
● If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist for a nighttime mouth guard to help reduce gum recession.

What is preventive dentistry for children?
As soon as a child gets their first tooth, preventive dental care can begins. Preventive dentistry for kids can help identify problems early on in your child’s life before dental problems become worse and often more costly. Services typically include the following:
● Promote good dental habits, including brushing and flossing, guidance on thumb sucking, as well as advice on eating habits that help improve dental health.
● Regular teeth cleanings and oral exams, usually every 6 months
● Fluoride application (usually up to a certain age)
● Sealants
● Routine X-rays to help track jaw and teeth development
● Fitting athletic mouth guards
● Referrals to orthodontists if teeth are crooked
● Referrals to other dental specialists as needed
● Helping identify related health issues that may impact a child’s dental health

What are the benefits of preventive dentistry?
Regular preventive dental exams provide the following benefits to your oral health.
● Lowers your risk for developing tooth decay, gum disease, and more serious dental problems.
● Helps promote good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing.
● Early identification of dental problems may help minimize treatment and cost.
● Enables your dentist to do a full exam of your mouth, jaw, neck, etc. to identify any related problems.
● Helps reduce dental problems related to some chronic medical conditions. Diabetes, osteoporosis, certain cancers, and eating disorders can all have an effect on dental and oral health.
● For people with chronic conditions, regular preventive dental care is an important part of overall health.

Children have very specific dental care requirements. Dr. Chitra Tiruveedula is well-versed in working with younger patients and will treat your child with care, respect and kindness. Children love coming to our office because we make it so much fun for them to have happy smiles!

Dr. Chitra is dedicated to the oral health of children. They have the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood. In addition, Dr. Chitra promotes dental health education in local schools.

Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first 6 months of life. By age 6 or 7 years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children face possible oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. Today, early childhood dental caries—an infectious disease—is 5 times more common in children than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.

Our dental office provides comprehensive oral health care that includes the following:

●  Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child
●  Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
●  Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)
●  Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)
●  Repair of tooth cavities or defects
●  Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
●  Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease
●  Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth)
Children are not just small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. Dr. Chitra knows how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable. In addition, Advanced Dental uses specially designed equipment in offices to make it a friendly and caring environment. Advanced Dental offers a wide range of treatment options, as well as expertise and training to care for your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth.

Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. When one
undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.

What happens during a root canal treatment?
Advanced Dental provides a comfortable procedure that can relieve your pain and save your natural tooth. There’s no need to be worried if your prescribed a root canal procedure to treat a damaged or diseased tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.

Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

A modern root canal treatment is nothing like those old sayings! It’s very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Getting a root canal treatment is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.

Saving the natural tooth by root canal treatment has many advantages:
● Efficient chewing
● Normal biting force and sensation
● Natural appearance
● Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

Does a root canal hurt?
Since patients are given anesthesia, a root canal isn’t more painful than a regular dental procedure, such as a filling or getting a wisdom tooth removed. However, a root canal is generally a bit sore or numb after the procedure, and can even cause mild discomfort for a few days.

How do you know if you need a root canal?
Root canals are needed for a cracked tooth from injury or genetics, a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling. Patients generally need a root canal when they notice their teeth are sensitive, particularly to hot and cold sensations.

There are a few symptoms that mean you might need a root canal:
● Severe pain while chewing or biting
● Pimples on the gums
● A chipped or cracked tooth
● Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
● Swollen or tender gums
● Deep decay or darkening of the gums

If you have been told that you are in need of a root canal, or you suspect this may be the case, Advanced Dental can perform the surgery in the office. We will do everything in our power to make the process as easy and efficient as we can.

Have you lost several or all of your teeth? Advanced Dental can help! Dentures are a great way to bring back your smile and allow you to function normally when talking, speaking and eating.

Conventional or Immediate Full Denture

Partial Denture

But what are Dentures?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Dr. Chitra will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.

How do Dentures Work?
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Dr. Chitra will determine which of the three types of dentures described below is best for you:
1) Immediate Full Denture
2) Partial Denture.
3) Conventional Full Denture

Immediate Full Denture
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. Dr. Chitra takes measurements and makes models of your jaw during a prior visit. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.

Partial Denture
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.

Conventional Full Denture
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.

What is the procedure for a tooth extraction?
Your tooth extraction (removing a tooth) will either be simple or surgical, depending on whether your tooth is visible or impacted.
When tooth removal is necessary, we use the most advanced equipment to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. If you wish to have a tooth implant after your extraction, Our team will put together a plan that will work best for your lifestyle. While many teens and some adults get their wisdom teeth removed, there are other reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary in adulthood.
Excessive tooth decay, tooth infection, and crowding are common cases that can all require a tooth extraction. Those who get braces may need one or two teeth removed to provide room for their other teeth as they shift into place.
Tooth extraction is performed by Dr. Chitra or Dr. Yang and is a relatively quick outpatient procedure with either local, general, intravenous anesthesia, or a combination. Removing visible teeth is a simple extraction. Teeth that are broken, below the surface, or impacted require a more involved procedure.
Simple extraction
You will receive a local anesthetic, which numbs the area around your tooth so you’ll feel only pressure, not pain, during the procedure. An instrument called the elevator will be used to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it.
Surgical extraction
You will likely receive both local anesthesia and intravenous anesthesia, the latter of which makes you calm and relaxed. You may also receive general anesthesia, depending on any medical conditions. With general anesthesia, you will remain unconscious during the procedure. Dr. Yang, our in-house specialist will cut into your gum with a small incision. Dr. Yang may need to remove bone around your tooth or cut your tooth before it can be extracted
What is the recovery period from a tooth extraction?
It normally takes a few days to recover after a tooth extraction. The following steps help ensure that your recovery goes smoothly:
1. Apply an ice pack to your cheek directly after the procedure to reduce swelling. Use the ice pack for 10 minutes each time.
2. After the dentist places the gauze pad over the affected area, bite down to reduce bleeding and to aid in clot formation. Leave the gauze on for three to four hours, or until the pad is soaked with blood.
3. Take any medications as prescribed, including over-the-counter painkillers.
4. Rest and relax for the first 24 hours. Do not jump immediately into your regular routine the following day.
5. Don’t use a straw for the first 24 hours.
6. Don’t smoke.
7. Don’t rinse for 24 hours after the tooth extraction, and spit only gently.
8. Use pillows to prop your head up when you lie down.
9. Brush and floss your teeth like normal, but avoid the extraction site.
10. The day after the procedure, eat soft foods, such as yogurt, pudding, and applesauce.
11. After 24 hours, add a half-teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water to rinse out your mouth.
12. As you heal over the next few days, you can slowly reintroduce other foods into your diet

If you have been waking up with sore jaws, you may have a misaligned bite. Misalignment can be fixed in our office using equipment to adjust the jawbone. Occlusal adjustment is the modification of the biting surfaces of a tooth, or teeth, to help reduce the misalignment.

Before the procedure begins, Dr. Chitra begins by having you bite on a thin piece of paper on the tooth until the teeth meet together in the proper position. The paper transfers color to the areas where contact occurs. The doctor will then smooth the area where the marks have been left by removing just enough of the tooth or restoration to eliminate the interference.

A malocclusion that is left uncorrected may lead to serious problems. Some examples include:

●  Chipping and fracturing of teeth
●  Loose or missing teeth
●  Mild tooth pain progressing to severe pain and need for a root canal
●  Teeth sensitive to heat and cold
●  Teeth becoming crowded and cracked
●  Worsening of periodontal disease
●  Bone recession
●  Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) problems
●  Teeth grinding or clenching, often at night while sleeping, which puts pressure on teeth, damages them and causes bite problems
●  Clicking noise when opening and closing your jaw
●  Nerve or muscle disorders or damage
●  Damage to dental implants or dentures

Your mouth knows more about your body than you do! Our team is trained to spot any types of diseases or conditions using oral pathology exams. These are painless and done during your regular visit.

Do you have a habit of grinding your teeth during the day or at night when you are asleep? Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake or during sleep. Dr. Chitra can recommend devices to help you put a halt to this habit that can hurt your teeth.
Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:
●  Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake up your sleep partner
●  Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose
●  Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
●  Increased tooth pain or sensitivity
●  Tired or tight jaw muscles, or a locked jaw that won’t open or close completely
●  Jaw, neck or face pain or soreness
●  Pain that feels like an earache, though it’s actually not a problem with your ear
●  Dull headache starting in the temples
●  Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
●  Sleep disruption

We know that emergencies regarding the mouth, teeth and gums can and do happen at all hours. That is why we are available for emergency dental care. Just call us whenever you have an issue, even if it is in the middle of the night!

Sometimes, bridges and dentures aren’t enough in terms of treatment. If you have one or more teeth that need to be replaced, Advanced Dental can help with dental implants at our office in Aliso Viejo. Dr. Yang, who is a team member at Advanced Dental, is a Board Certified Periodontist and an expert in implant procedures. We structure your implants just like natural teeth. With a crown portion that replaces your missing tooth and a titanium implant that acts as the root, no one will notice the difference! Even you will feel as though your smile is completely natural.

People who suffer from TMJ, also known as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, tend to clench their jaws and grind their teeth, especially when they are anxious or asleep. This leaves TMJ patients feeling as if they have sore jaws, and their back teeth may be worn down. Eventually, they also may have trouble chewing, or regularly experience a “popping” sensation when they open or close their mouths. It is impossible to diagnose yourself with TMJ, but if these signs sound familiar to you, it is important to set up an appointment with a dental care provider like Dr. Chitra right away. Her training will help get to the heart of your issues, and if you are determined to have TMJ, she can fit you with a night guard and discuss the possibility of surgery if the condition is particularly severe. However, in most cases, behavioral changes and the wearing of the night guard device is usually enough to solve the problem.

Our orthodontic Invisalign braces can help patients correct their bite and teeth appearance, but there are many other benefits you will experience:
● Correcting uneven bite surface to prevent excessive pressure on certain teeth
● Preventing TMJ dysfunction due to uneven pressure
● Ability to better chew food
● Ability to speak more clearly
● And more!

If your teeth aren’t straight and you’ve noticed it hinders your ability to feel confident and clean your mouth, or you notice any of the adverse effects above, Dr. Chitra can help. Whether you’re sensitive to metal or are simply looking for a subtle way to correct your malocclusion, we can go over the benefits of Invisalign with you.

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