general dentistry San Francisco, CA

General Dentistry

Helping our patients maintain a healthy mouth and smile is the main goal of general dentistry. We prefer to provide more minor, preventive care than to see patients suffer with more intensive treatments from a problem that was not managed in time. We want to ensure that your oral health is in its optimal state and positively contributing to the health of your entire body. We are here to brighten your smile and pave the way for a brighter life.

Teeth Whitening San Francisco, CA

Teeth Whitening

Whiter teeth typically look more aesthetically beautiful, cleaner, and healthier. At Marina Dental Care in San Francisco, Tracy Chan, DDS, provides only the most effective teeth-whitening options, such as quality take-home trays and the innovative Zoom!® laser system. With Zoom! you can have whiter teeth and zap away problem stains in just 90 minutes or less at Marina Dental Care. Schedule over the phone or online today.

Why do teeth become stained?

Your teeth might become stained as a result of certain substances and outside factors, such as:

  • Genetics
  • Diseases like tooth decay
  • Tobacco
  • Trauma
  • Foods and drinks like coffee and red wine
  • Medications

If you have poor dental hygiene, this might also cause your teeth to become stained over time.

What are my teeth-whitening options?

Various teeth-whitening treatments are available, including:

  • Take-home whitening strips and kits
  • Over-the-counter gels
  • Whitening toothpastes
  • In-office Zoom! teeth whitening 

Professional whitening treatments give you the best outcome for deeper stains. Treatments like Zoom! whitening make it easier than ever to achieve beautiful pearly whites. Zoom! whitening is a simple, painless, and effective process.

Zoom! laser whitening

Zoom! whitening is an efficient teeth-whitening treatment that usually takes around 90 minutes or less. Zoom! involves both laser light and bleaching gel for beautiful and lasting results.

Zoom! allows you to transform discolored and stained teeth multiple shades whiter in just one simple, convenient in-office visit to Marina Dental Care.

How does teeth whitening work?

Most dental teeth-whitening treatments use special dental bleaching chemicals to break up and disseminate stains into smaller particles. This creates less concentration of stained color so your teeth appear much whiter.

Dr. Chan also carefully uses the Zoom! hydrogen peroxide gel and the Zoom! laser light to target and break up your unwanted stains.

What are the benefits of the Zoom! laser?

Marina Dental Care merges quality dental bleaching gels with advanced laser technology. Dr. Chan has extensive experience and training in teeth whitening and brings the skill, knowledge, and precision of a trained dentist to help you achieve whiter and brighter teeth.

Your Zoom! treatment is customized to suit you and you can choose from a wide selection of white shades to complement and match your complexion. With Zoom!, you get immediate results without any downtime. Your teeth might be a little sensitive, but the Zoom! procedure is well-tolerated and yields impressive red carpet-worthy results.

Dr. Chan even gives you custom touch-up kits you take home to further boost your results. 

For whiter and more beautiful-looking teeth with minimal investment of your time, uncover the many benefits of the latest advanced teeth-whitening treatments like the Zoom! laser. Click online or call Marina Dental Care today.

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Root Canals San Francisco, CA

Root Canals

A root canal can save your natural tooth structure and alleviate pain from an infected tooth root. At Marina Dental Care in San Francisco, skilled dentist Tracy Chan, DDS, has extensive experience providing successful root canals to protect and enhance your dental health. If you have questions about root canals, call Marina Dental Care or schedule an appointment through the online booking system.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a safe and effective dental procedure involving removal of infected pulp in your tooth. Dr. Chan removes the pulp and replaces it with a biocompatible material to save the structure of your tooth so you maintain optimal functioning and appearance. 

The pulp is necessary for your tooth’s development and growth, and it contains nerves and blood vessels. However, once your tooth fully matures, the pulp isn’t needed for its integrity. If the pulp is infected, it’s safer to remove it.

Why would I choose a root canal?

You might not experience any symptoms indicating that you need a root canal. During your regular professional dental checkup and cleaning at Marina Dental Care, Dr. Chan can see any infection of the pulp on an X-ray. 

Some of the signs or symptoms that you might need a root canal are:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pus drainage or an abscess near an infected tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to cold and hot
  • Soreness when you chew or press on your tooth

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s best you contact Dr. Chan to determine if a root canal is the best way to relieve your pain.

Is a root canal painful?

Dr. Chan performs root canals under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel much during your procedure. You might feel a little sensitive and sore in the area for a few days after your procedure, but you can use over-the-counter pain medications to relieve any discomfort.

If your pain persists for more than a few days, you should contact Dr. Chan. Once the healing process is complete, your root canal should alleviate any pain you felt from your infected tooth.

What happens during a root canal?

With a root canal, Dr. Chan numbs the area around your affected tooth before making a small hole in your tooth. She scrapes out any signs of infection and places a dental solution inside that kills bacteria.

Dr. Chan adds a rubbery material called gutta-percha to fill in the area where the infected pulp was. To complete your root canal procedure, Dr. Chan carefully seals the site.

A root canal is typically fitted with a crown to protect the vulnerable area. Dr. Chan makes sure your crown is a beautiful match for your teeth. Crowns are generally made from a sturdy porcelain. 

Find out if a root canal is the right choice to protect and improve your dental health by calling Marina Dental Care or clicking to schedule online.

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Emergency Dentistry San Francisco, CA

Emergency Dentistry

If you’re dealing with knocked-out teeth, a mouth wound, a cracked tooth, or another emergency dental situation, it should be taken care of by a highly qualified emergency dentist as soon as possible. At Marina Dental Care in San Francisco, Tracy Chan, DDS, and the committed dental experts serve your emergency dental needs as compassionately and efficiently as possible. If you have a dental emergency, schedule online, call the office, or walk in during business hours.

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry treats dental injuries and pain that require medical attention as quickly as possible. Many dental emergencies involve saving broken or knocked-out teeth.

In a dental emergency, seeking prompt dental care could mean the difference between losing or saving your tooth.

What’s considered a dental emergency?

If you’re concerned about a moderate to severe mouth injury, you should call Marina Dental Care. You need to take immediate action to get immediate treatment. Some examples of dental emergencies include: 

  • Uncomfortable swelling in your tongue, mouth, or gums
  • A severely cracked or broken tooth
  • A cut or tear on your lips
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Intense tooth or mouth pain
  • Bleeding from your cheeks, gums, or tongue
  • Trauma to your mouth or face

You might not be dealing with a dental emergency if your tooth is slightly chipped and isn’t painful. Nonetheless, you should still visit Marina Dental Care for an evaluation if you have concerns and questions about your dental health. Dr. Chan can discuss your treatment options and teach you how to best take care of your tooth.

What should I do if I have a knocked-out tooth?

A knocked-out tooth is considered a serious dental emergency. Without the right prompt emergency dental care, you could lose your tooth. Start by quickly cleaning your mouth and the injured tooth, particularly if it’s fallen out and gotten dirty. Rinse your mouth and your tooth with lukewarm water and avoid touching the tooth's roots. 

Hold your tooth gently by the top or crown when you clean it and don’t pick up your tooth from the root. Using a light pressure, gently reposition your cleaned tooth into the empty socket in your gum.

Softly bite down on a gauze pad to hold your tooth in place until you can visit Marina Dental Care. Call Marina Dental Care as soon as you can or have someone call for you to obtain medical advice and explain the situation.

.If you can’t place your tooth back into the socket, put it in a small cup of milk to preserve it until you get to the dental office 

Rest assured you can depend on the empathy, expertise, and efficiency of the Marina Dental Care team. If you have a dental emergency, call, book online, or walk in during office hours.

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