At Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry, our goal is to restore any parts of your smile that are damaged and protect healthy teeth so they stay that way. We also want you to enjoy your smile and feel confident when you communicate with other people.
Specialized Dentistry in Berkeley, CA
Dr. Amy Au is a prosthodontist, one of nine recognized dental specialties. Prosthodontists specialize in expertly treating dental damage by restoring damaged or missing teeth. They also focus on aesthetic dentistry using tooth crowns, dental implants, bridges, and porcelain veneers. Prosthodontists strive to combine both aesthetics and function to help protect bite and jaw movement.
Becoming a prosthodontist requires at least three years of additional training beyond dental school. It also demands a commitment to continuing research and education to stay on the leading edge of high quality, state-of-the-art restorative dental treatments.
It Starts With Prevention
There’s no way around it; if you want to avoid complicated and costly treatments in the future, you have to be proactive about managing your dental health. This includes proper oral hygiene and routine preventive dental exams and cleanings.
During your semi-annual exams, we use state-of-the-art technology like digital x-rays to identify dental conditions in their earliest stages. Professional cleanings enable us to check for gum disease and take steps to correct it before it permanently damages your smile.
Solutions For A Damaged Smile
There are many reasons why you may require restorative treatments like tooth-colored fillings, crowns, bridges, and porcelain veneers. You may have suffered trauma to the tooth during an accident or athletic activities, or maybe your oral health care has just gotten away from you.
In either case, Dr. Au will perform a comprehensive examination, identify problem areas, and make recommendations to help you regain your oral health.
A Healthy Tooth Replacement Solution At Our Berkeley Dental Office
Although there are many reasons why you may have lost a tooth, what is critical is replacing a missing tooth as quickly as possible. When you lose a tooth, there is no root to stimulate healthy bone growth in your jaw. This leads to bone resorption, where the bone in your jaw starts to deteriorate.
Choosing dental implants in this situation is a healthy, wise decision you can make. Dentures and bridges are also dental prostheses that restore the appearance of your smile. However, tooth implants become a fixed part of your dental anatomy and can support surrounding bone levels since the implant works to keep your bone healthy and stimulated.
The supported crown or bridge does not need to be removed from the mouth. Dental implants also allow us to combine the best of both worlds by designing dentures, bridges, or crowns that can be snap-fit attached to implants to provide a fit that is superior to removable denture prostheses alone.
Tooth replacement is a specialized service that prosthodontist, Dr. Au, offers at our Berkeley dental office. She spends time explaining your treatment options to you because our goal is for you to be an active participant in your dental care so you can make confident decisions about your treatment.
Easy Sleep Apnea Treatment in Berkeley, CA
Sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder that puts you at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and depression. If you snore heavily or often wake up feeling more fatigued than when you went to sleep, you may have sleep apnea.
If you have sleep apnea and dread the thought of being tethered to a CPAP machine for the rest of your life, we may have a better solution for you. After consulting with your primary doctor and determining if you are a good candidate, Dr. Au can create a customized oral device that is an FDA-approved treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Learn More About Our Berkeley Dental Services
The team at Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry would love the opportunity to meet with you. We will be happy to arrange a consultation so we can discuss the ways we can help your oral health so you can enjoy an attractive and fully functioning smile.