Affordable General Dentistry
Good oral health begins with general dentistry. In Vancouver, WA, Dr. Saleh’s commitment to patient-centered care motivates him to provide affordable general dentistry. So at Vista Dental, you do not need dental insurance to receive high-quality care. Dr. Saleh has advanced training in all areas of general dentistry to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile.
Affordable Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, or root canal therapy, is a procedure that removes infected tooth pulp. The tooth pulp is the living tissue, blood vessels, and nerves inside your tooth. The process can help save your tooth.
When Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
Most often, you will need root canal therapy when you have a tooth infection. A toothache is usually a symptom of an infection. When deep decay or a tooth fracture results in infection, the tooth pulp will swell, and pressure will build inside the tooth. The infection will spread without root canal treatment—possibly to other teeth or your jawbone or into your bloodstream.
What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?
During a root canal procedure, Dr. Saleh will numb your tooth to make treatment painless. Then he completes the steps below.
- Make an opening in the crown, or biting surface, of your tooth
- Use special root canal instruments to remove the infected pulp deep into the roots
- Reshape the pulp chamber and canals
- Disinfect the tooth
- Reinforce the tooth as needed
- Seal the tooth
- Protect it with a crown after healing is complete
What Can You Expect After Root Canal Treatment?
- Discomfort – You might feel some mild discomfort or sensitivity that you can control with over-the-counter medication. It will improve during the next few days.
- Caring for your tooth – Eat soft foods for the rest of the day. Avoid using the tooth to chew hard or crunchy foods. Gently brush and floss your teeth.
- Follow-up appointment– Dr. Saleh will ensure your tooth is healing progressively.
Dr. Saleh makes the root canal process painless. See our fee guide for affordable root canal treatment.
Affordable Dental Fillings
A dental filling is a material that replaces holes or gaps in your teeth left from tooth decay. Fillings restore a tooth’s size and shape. Dr. Saleh only uses white composite fillings.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are a blend of tooth-colored dental resin, or plastic, and glass. Dr. Saleh selects a shade of composite that matches your natural tooth color. So, when you laugh or smile broadly, people will not notice your fillings.
What Are the Advantages of White Fillings?
White composite fillings have several advantages:
- Blend with your teeth and look natural
- Bond to teeth to strengthen and support them
- Insulate teeth from extreme hot or cold temperatures and minimize sensitivity
What Is the Process for Composite Fillings?
The composite fillings process takes more time and skill than amalgam (silver) fillings. It requires keeping your tooth dry throughout the procedure to place well-bonded fillings. Dr. Saleh completes these steps:
- Numb your tooth
- Remove decay
- Clean your tooth
- For deep decay, line the tooth to protect the tooth nerve and prevent sensitivity
- Apply tooth-colored composite in layers and harden each layer
- Shape and trim the composite
- Polish your tooth
What Can You Expect After Getting Composite Fillings?
- Discomfort – Your tooth will be irritated and sensitive to heat or cold. Teeth with deep decay can be more sensitive. Symptoms will progressively decrease over the next week.
- Caring for your tooth – You can resume your regular diet within a few hours. Brush and floss your teeth regularly.
- Follow-up appointments – No special follow-up care is required. Keep your regularly scheduled dental cleaning and exam appointments.
Affordable Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is a series of dental crowns joined at the sides. A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth in a row. The crown on either end covers a natural tooth to help anchor the bridge. If you have multiple missing teeth in a row, you may be a candidate for an implant-supported bridge.
Advantages of a Dental Bridge
- Restores tooth function and your smile’s appearance
- Reliable and esthetic if placed by a trained cosmetic dentist
- Total treatment time is faster than dental implants
- Costs less than dental implants
Disadvantages of a Dental Bridge
- Requires filing down the tooth on either side of the missing one(s)
- Any existing crown adjacent to the missing tooth must be removed
- It lasts an average of ten years, but dental implants can last a lifetime
Disadvantages of a Dental Bridge
The dental bridge process includes these steps:
- Reshape the natural teeth next to the missing one(s) so that crowns will fit over them
- Take impressions of your teeth to make a model of your final bridge
- Place a temporary bridge for you to wear while a ceramist makes the final restoration
- Cement the bridge in place when you and Dr. Saleh are sure it fits correctly
What Can You Expect After Getting a Dental Bridge?
- Discomfort – Tooth sensitivity, tenderness, and soreness are usual symptoms after the procedure. You can manage discomfort with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Most of the soreness will improve in a few days. But it takes a few weeks for your gums to heal completely. Also, it takes about two weeks to adjust to the feel of the dental bridge in your mouth.
- Take impressions of your teeth to make a model of your final bridge
- Caring for your bridge – Eat a soft diet for about a week, and progressively eat foods that require more chewing. Avoid hot, cold, crunchy, and sticky foods. Regularly brush and floss your teeth.
- Follow-up appointments – Dr. Saleh will check the dental bridge in intervals to ensure you are healing well and your bite (the way your upper and lower teeth meet) is comfortable.
Affordable Complete Dentures
If all your upper or lower teeth are missing, a complete denture is a removable arch of replacement teeth. A denture has an acrylic base with embedded artificial teeth. Dr. Saleh offers high-quality, affordable dentures that fit well and look natural.
When all your teeth are missing, dentures can improve your quality of life in several ways:
- Make it easier to eat, chew, and digest food
- Help you enjoy smiling again
- Minimize embarrassment with socializing
- Help restore your facial appearance
Although wearing a denture is much better than going without one, some disadvantages include:
- It rests directly on your gums can irritate them over time
- Jawbone shrinkage occurs when all your teeth are missing, and a denture does not stimulate bone
- A removable denture does not last as long as an implant-supported denture
What Is the Denture Process?
When you receive a denture from Dr. Saleh, he will ensure it complements your lips and facial features and fits well. You can expect these steps:
- Extract teeth as needed – Sometimes, tooth extractions precede getting dentures. And healing time after extraction is about six to eight weeks. Dr. Saleh will explain your options for a temporary denture.
- Preliminary impressions – Preliminary, or initial, impressions ensure your dentures are stable and secure. Impressions of your mouth gather details of your arch and help Dr. Saleh make a customized tray for your final impressions. Dr. Saleh may be able to use your existing denture to make an impression.
- Custom tray – Dr. Saleh places impression material in the custom tray to produce a highly accurate mold of your mouth.
- Wax model – You will be able to closely examine and try on a wax model of your denture for a preview of how your new smile will look and feel. If you are hesitant about the look or feel of the wax model, Dr. Saleh will change or remake it.
- Final denture – Our ceramist works closely with Dr. Saleh to ensure high-quality, highly aesthetic results.
You will be able to smile with confidence.
What Can You Expect After Getting a Denture?
- Discomfort – You may experience some soreness and increased saliva flow over the next two weeks as your mouth adjusts to the denture. The adjustment period could be longer if you had recent tooth extractions.
- Eating and speaking – The more you wear your denture, the faster you can adjust to eating and speaking with it.
- Caring for your denture – Remove your denture nightly to let your gums rest. Clean it with denture cleaner, a denture brush, or a soft toothbrush.
- Follow-up appointments – Dr. Saleh will ensure your gums are healthy, your denture fits well, and your bite (the way upper and lower teeth meet) is aligned.
See our fee guide for affordable dentures. If you are interested in stabilizing your denture with dental implants, ask us about implant-supported dentures. Read details on our affordable full-mouth dental implants page.
Affordable Partial Dentures
A partial denture is a removable or fixed appliance that replaces one or more or missing teeth. Its gum-colored base holds replacement teeth. And it clasps onto adjacent teeth. Dr. Saleh makes it affordable to get a high-quality partial denture.
What Are the Advantages of a Partial Denture?
Some advantages of a partial denture include:
- Keeps your smile complete
- Prevents nearby teeth from shifting that occurs when other teeth are missing
- Makes it easier to chew
- Can improve your ability to pronounce words
What Are the Disadvantages of a Partial Denture?
It is better to have a partial denture than to leave a space from a missing tooth. But some disadvantages include:
- Clasps around adjacent teeth can stress them
- It does not function as well as a dental bridge or implant
- Every five to seven years, you will need to replace it to maintain proper fit and appearance
What Is the Partial Denture Process?
Dr. Saleh will ensure your partial denture fits well and is in harmony with your bite. He will do the following:
- Take impressions of your teeth
- Assess your bite and arch
- Determine clasp design
- Use a wax try-in to verify accurate fit, bite, and aesthetics
- Send instructions to the lab to make your partial denture
- Clasp the denture onto your teeth to ensure it fits well and looks great
What Can You Expect After Getting a Partial Denture?
After you get a partial denture, you can expect an adjustment period.
- Discomfort – You may feel some soreness as your mouth adjusts to the appliance.
- Eating and speaking – Keep the partial denture in most of the time during the adjustment period. Follow Dr. Saleh’s instructions for wearing and removing it.
- Caring for your denture – Rinse your mouth after meals. Remove your denture nightly to let your gums rest. Clean it with denture cleaner, a denture brush, or a soft toothbrush.
- Follow-up appointments – Dr. Saleh will check your gums, adjacent teeth, and the partial denture to ensure proper fit. He will adjust the denture as needed.
Your oral health and well-being are Dr. Saleh’s priority. As your primary care provider for dentistry, he will be your strongest advocate.
Our Patient Says…
“I had a great experience! Vista Dental didn’t push me—just told me what I needed to get teeth ready for a procedure coming up. I love that there is no pressure, especially when you’re paying out of pocket and do not have coverage.” – Jessica H.