Monday, December 14, 2015

Don't wait.

I had a patient come in with a bad toothache. She told me that a filling had fallen out of her tooth about two years ago but since she did not have dental insurance she did not have it treated at that time.  The tooth continued to decay and at the time she finally came to see me in order to save the tooth she would need a root canal and a crown. Now that she had dental insurance she would "only" have to come up with about $1200.00 with insurance covering the other $1200.00. Sounds great, doesn't it? The problem is that if she had the filling replaced when it first come out, it would have cost her about $300.00 without any insurance. So waiting to have dental insurance will cost her an additional $900.00. My point is don't wait to have treatment done. Teeth problems do not get better on their own. They only get worse and more expensive.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Never Too Old

I had a very nice senior patient come in last month. She had a broken crown on her front tooth and wanted it "fixed." As I was discussing the treatment with her for that one tooth, she asked if I could do anything to make her other front teeth look better. I told her what different treatments we could do for her and she surprised me when she wanted not only her crown replaced but also another five veneers to improve her smile. We finished the treatment and about two weeks later I received this nice note,

Dear Dr. Moretta,
I am loving my new smile! Thank you very much for giving me a look I never expected to have - certainly not at 80. Looking forward to the smiling years ahead.
Sincerely, Diane.

So remember, it is never too late to improve yourself.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Protect your oral health during pregnancy

In honor of Mother's Day, we decided to dedicate this month's post to all of our supermoms and shed light on this amazing part of a woman's life. Pregnancy is exceedingly exciting for most woman and oral health can often be forgotten during this amazing time. However, it is more important to care for your teeth during pregnancy more than any other time of your life because of the changes your body will be going through in 9 months of gestation and afterwards.
If you are pregnant or are planning to becomes pregnant, our dentist recommends the following:
  • Advise your dentist as soon as you know you are pregnant. It is important that dental treatment in both the first and third trimester are avoided, as a precautionary measure. Routine dental care is safe for the second trimester.
  • Please advise us the names of any prenatal vitamins you are taking and the dosage amounts so that we may take this information into consideration for any required dental treatment.
  • Avoid any kind of X-rays during pregnancy, including X-rays of your mouth as this may harm your baby.
  • Practice good oral hygiene. Overall health is directly linked to oral health. If your teeth are taken care of so will you and your baby.
Congratulations on your quest to becoming a mother if you have decided to take that journey or on your pregnancy if you are already pregnant. Motherhood is a rewarding time in your life and as your dentist, we will be with you every step of the way for both you and your baby.

Robert J. Moretta, D.D.S, F.A.G.D - Sea Cliff Dental
18652 Florida St. #300
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Oral Cancer Symptoms

Oral cancer is tricky. It can sometimes be asymptomatic so that patients are unaware that there is anything to worry about and it can sometime create symptoms that can be mistaken for another condition. It's extremely important to be screened regularly for oral cancer and also to visit our dentist in order to ensure that there is nothing to worry about. Remember, the earlier the oral cancer is diagnosed, the better your chances of survival.

Some symptoms or signs of oral cancer include: 

  • Mouth sores that do not heal 
  • Lumps or thinking of lips and mouth tissues 
  • Loose teeth for unexplained reasons 
  • Pain of the jaw, including stiffness 
  • Difficulty chewing or speaking 

Over 43,000 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2015. In honor of oral cancer awareness month, please help us spread awareness of the disease. Schedule your screening today! It could save your life.\

Contact Information:

Robert J. Moretta, D.D.S, F.A.G.D - Sea Cliff Dental
18652 Florida St. #300
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dental Implants, Veneers, Teeth Whitening & More in Huntington Beach

Our dental office is located in Huntington Beach, California and our cosmetic dentist provides a full range of dental services in Huntington Beach such as: dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening, bonding, root canals.

Call our dentist today and receive the best dental service at (714) 848 4247 or visit our dental office:
18652 Florida St., Suite #300
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dental implants offered by our dentist in Huntington Beach!

Dental implants are an excellent long-term option for tooth replacement when someone is missing one or more teeth.

Our dentist in Huntington Beach specializes in smile restorations with dental implants with a high success rate.

Dental implants are placed in a series of visits with our Huntington Beach dentist and require no special care other than regular brushing and flossing.

Contact our dental office today for more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

18652 Florida St., Suite #300 New
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 848-4247

Monday, March 16, 2015

What to look for in a dentist:

Choosing a new dentist may make you uneasy. However, it shouldn’t have to be as long as you know what to look for. Depending on the kind of patient you are, whether you are an anxious patient who needs sedation or are a patient who does not, generally you will need to look for the qualities that suit you best when determining which dentist to go to. We’ve put together a list of qualities that you should look for in your future dentist:

  • Simplicity: Find a dental office that will place you first. This is important because as long as they place patients as a priority, their services should always be outstanding. Having a dentist that will answer your questions accordingly and recommend a solution quickly will make your dental experience much more pleasant. 
  • Good Office Etiquette: We all have busy lives. You shouldn’t have to wait more than 15 to 20 minutes to see the dentist when you have an appointment. Additionally, staff should be inviting and friendly since you will be in contact with them every time you go to the dental office. 
  • Professional: Look into the dentist’s credentials. Find out where he or she completed dental school and how long he or she has been practicing. It is your oral health we are talking about and you can never place quality of your dental treatment in question. 
  • Accepted insurances or financing options: Last but not least, make sure to choose a dentist that accepts your insurance, if applicable or one that has financing options that suit you. 
  • Specialized dental services: Look for a dentist that specializes in the type of treatment you are looking to get, ie. Dental implants, endodontics, periodontics, etc. 
  • Check for before & after photos: Especially if you are getting cosmetic procedures done like teeth whitening or any kind of smile restorations, take a look at the dentist’s smile gallery so that you get a feel for the kind of work he or she completes. You may want more natural results, but seeing dental work completed by the dentist will help you make a decision.  

Our Huntington Beach dentist has all of these qualities and more. Because Dr. Moretta is so passionate about dentistry, it is his priority to provide patients with outstanding results in the most comfortable environment possible. Call today for an appointment!

Contact Information:

Robert J. Moretta, D.D.S, F.A.G.D - Sea Cliff Dental
18652 Florida St. #300
Huntington Beach, CA 92648