• Treatments

  • Repair Damaged Teeth and Rejuvenate Your Smile

    If you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth, a filling may not be enough to restore functionality and enhance your smile. Fortunately, we offer custom-crafted dental crowns, which perform a variety of restorative and cosmetic functions.

    What Is a Dental Crown?

    A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration, made to look virtually identical to your natural teeth. To place a crown, Dr. Yum will carefully reshape your tooth to remove any damaged material and make room for the cap. Thanks to local anesthesia and Dr. Yum’s careful methods, this process will involve little discomfort. After prepping your tooth, he will take impressions to make sure your crown fits snugly around your tooth and does not change your natural bite alignment. These impressions will go to our dental lab, where technicians will meticulously craft your crown. Your dental restoration can be made from several different materials. Choices include gold, porcelain, and zirconium.

    Are You a Candidate for a Dental Crown?

    If you suffer from any of the following concerns, you may be an excellent candidate for a dental crown:

    • A weak or cracked tooth
    • A worn or eroded tooth
    • A large cavity that has left little healthy tooth structure
    • A severely discolored or misshapen tooth
    • Another dramatic cosmetic flaw

    Dental crowns are also important in replacing missing teeth. Two crowns can hold up a custom-made dental bridge. You might also choose a Maryland bonded bridge. This type of restoration is comprised of one crown, attached to the adjacent teeth with tiny metal or resin “wings.” Alternatively, Dr. Yum may suggest replacing your tooth with a single crown atop a permanently positioned dental implant.

    Crowns can also be appropriate for children. For example, a crown can restore a severely damaged tooth or protect a tooth that is at a high risk for decay. This type of restoration may also be an appropriate treatment for a child who is unable to undergo other types of dental care.

    Benefits of Dental Crowns

    Thanks to their significant benefits, dental crowns are one of the most popular forms of restorative dentistry. Crowns do not only repair current damage. They can also prevent future, more serious concerns. If you have a decayed tooth, a crown can prevent large fractures. In some cases, these fractures could extend beyond your gum line, which makes restoration exceedingly difficult. Crowns can also conceal dramatic cosmetic blemishes to give you a younger, healthier-looking smile.

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    Replace Missing Teeth and “Bridge the Gap” in Your Smile

    If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge may be the optimal treatment for your needs. Dental bridges are custom-crafted replacement teeth that can restore your bite, speech, and your appearance.

    An Introduction to Dental Bridges

    A traditional dental bridge is comprised of two abutment teeth and one or more pontics. The abutment teeth are crowns that fit over the natural teeth flanking the gap in your smile. The pontic is an entirely new synthetic tooth that fits inside the gap in your smile. The two crowns hold the full bridge in place. Like single crowns, a dental bridge can be made from metal, porcelain, or zirconia. In some cases, Dr. Yum may recommend a Maryland bonded bridge. This type of bridge is made with a single crown that attaches to the adjacent teeth with metal or resin “wings.”

    Dr. Yum also offers implant-supported bridges. Like traditional bridges, these restorations will be custom-made to blend with your smile. However, implant-supported bridges do not require any change to your natural tooth structure. Rather, these restorations attach directly to small titanium implant posts, surgically placed in your jawbone. Although both types of bridges can be an effective way to restore your dental health, implants are the most stable and durable type of restoration.

    What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

    The most obvious benefit of a dental bridge is the effect it can have on your appearance. By filling in the gap in your smile, a bridge can help you look significantly younger and healthier. In turn, you will feel much more confident and willing to share your smile. You may also notice a marked improvement in your ability to bite and chew. In many cases, you may be able to enjoy a much more varied diet, including hard and crunchy foods.

    Bridges also have other, less obvious, benefits for your overall dental health. For example, your custom-crafted restoration can keep your other teeth from shifting out of place, affecting your comprehensive dental alignment, as well as the force of your bite. Additionally, by filling in the gaps in your smile, a bridge can restore the overall shape of your face, reducing the “sunken” look that often comes with tooth loss.

    Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?

    If you are missing one or more teeth and you want to enjoy renewed dental health, you are likely a candidate for a dental bridge. To qualify for this treatment, your nearby teeth must be healthy enough to support the restoration. Additionally, as a candidate for dental implants, you must have enough jawbone volume to form a stable base for the posts. At your consultation, Dr. Yum will evaluate your oral health and jaw structure to determine the optimal restoration for your needs.

    Permanent Restorations for Your Missing Teeth

    If you are looking for durable and highly lifelike replacements for your missing teeth, you may want to consider dental implants. These restorations are surgically affixed inside your jawbone, making them an outstanding way to replace one, several, or all of your teeth.

    What Are Dental Implants?

    Dental implants are small biocompatible titanium posts. After determining the optimal positions for these posts, Dr. Yum will position them inside your bone. Over several months, your bone will seal around the implants. Through this process, known as osseointegration, they will become replacements for your dental roots. After your gums and bone have healed, Dr. Yum will attach a beautifully crafted crown, bridge, or denture. When you care for your implants properly, your new teeth could last the rest of your life.

    The Advantages of Dental Implants

    In addition to their durability, implants offer significant advantages for your dental health. Like traditional bridges, implants will keep your other teeth from shifting out of position. In addition to preventing widespread misalignment, the restorations can maintain the healthy force and balance of your bite. In this way, they can reduce your risk for bruxism, dental erosion, and TMJ Disorder. Perhaps most significantly, implants are the only dental restoration that can prevent jawbone degeneration. Like your dental roots, implants send regenerative signals that stimulate the production of new minerals.

    Implants can also enhance your appearance. First, because your restorations will nestle directly against your gum tissue, they will be virtually identical to natural teeth. They will also be crafted from the latest dental material, giving them a lifelike sparkle. Second, by replacing your missing teeth, implants can restore your facial shape and profile. The new restorations will fill out your lips and cheeks, restoring youthful volume.

    Are You a Good Candidate for Implants?

    Dental implants may be a great option if you are missing one or more teeth. However, to be considered for this treatment, you must have enough volume to support the restorations. Dr. Yum will use x-rays and other imaging to examine your jawbone and determine your candidacy for treatment. If you do not qualify for implants, he may recommend another lifelike option, such as a traditional bridge or removable dentures.

    Tooth-Colored Restorations for Cavities

    It’s no secret that a dental filling is often the most effective treatment for a cavity. However, you no longer have to settle for a noticeable silver amalgam restoration. Today, Dr. Yum and many other dentists offer composite resin fillings, which can be custom-matched to the natural shade of your smile.

    Learn More about Composite Fillings

    If you have developed a cavity, a filling can strengthen your tooth and restore full functionality. Additionally, because Dr. Yum will remove all bacteria before placing the restoration, the treatment can prevent further decay and infection. Composite resin is a durable mixture of plastic and glass. It comes in a diverse range of shades, and Dr. Yum will choose one that blends naturally with your smile.

    The Advantages of Composite Resin

    While metal fillings can strengthen your tooth and prevent further damage, modern composite resin offers a number of significant benefits for your health and appearance. The advantages include:

    • Cosmetics: Traditional metal fillings will often begin to show through patients’ teeth over time. In contrast, composite will never alter the color of your smile.
    • Strength: Typically, composite will form a stronger bond with your tooth than metal. Therefore, it can more effectively repair your tooth.
    • Less invasive: To place a composite filling, Dr. Yum will need to remove much less dental material than he would if he were placing a metal restoration.
    • Mercury free: Composite resin does not contain mercury, a toxic metal that has been linked to serious health conditions. Silver amalgam, on the other hand, contains high levels of mercury, which can leak from the filling and enter into your blood stream.

    Are You a Candidate for a Composite Filling?

    If you have a small to moderately sized cavity, and you are looking for a lifelike, durable restoration, you are likely a candidate for a composite filling. Dr. Yum typically treats larger cavities with dental crowns, inlays, or onlays. He will closely examine your tooth to determine the right procedure for your needs. If he decides a filling is right for you, he will evaluate the color of your tooth, so he can choose the most natural shade of composite.

    Protect Your Smile and Oral-Systemic Health

    As part of his commitment to holistic dentistry, Dr. Sang Yum proudly offers mercury filling removal. By replacing old silver amalgam fillings with tooth-colored composite resin restorations, your dentist can enhance your appearance and overall wellness.

    What Is Mercury Filling Removal?

    Traditionally, fillings were always made of metal. Unfortunately, silver amalgam, the most commonly used metal, contains high levels of mercury. Scientists have linked this toxic material to a number of health concerns. Dr. Yum can remove silver amalgam fillings, being careful not to release the mercury into your body. Then he will replace them with tooth-colored composite resin fillings. The second half of this procedure is virtually identical to the placement of a first time filling, and Dr. Yum will choose the composite that is most similar to the natural shade of your smile.

    The Benefits of Mercury Filling Removal

    The most important benefit of mercury filling removal is the effect it can have on your overall health. Over time, the mercury inside of a metal filling can leak into your blood stream, travelling to all parts of your body. Over the last 20 years, scientists have declared this metal to be an environmental hazard. They have also linked the material to Alzheimer’s disease, brain damage, kidney dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, and many other serious health concerns.

    In addition to the effects that filling removal can have on your overall physical health, this procedure can also strengthen your teeth and improve your smile. Unlike metal, composite resin forms a direct bond with teeth. In this way, these tooth-colored fillings can provide greater stability for weakened teeth. Additionally, amalgam fillings may eventually become visible, giving your smile a gray or metallic tint. Because composite will be individually matched to your teeth, they will never spoil the appearance of your grin.

    Is Filling Removal Right for You?

    If you are concerned about the effects of mercury on your health and the environment, then filling removal may be a great solution. Not all scientists agree that silver amalgam fillings contain enough mercury to be a true health risk. However, Dr. Yum does not believe in in taking unnecessary chances. That is why is always happy to perform this procedure upon request.

    Lighten Your Smile and Improve Your Self-Confidence

    Do you long for a dazzling, youthful smile? If so, our dentist-supervised teeth whitening may be a great way to enhance your grin and your overall appearance.

    What Is Teeth Whitening?

    Most people suffer from some dental discoloration. Dark-colored and acidic foods are the most common causes of stains. However, they can also result from smoking, genetics, age, medications, and various other factors. Teeth whitening treatments use peroxide-based bleaching gel to break apart the chemical bonds between stained molecules. After just one treatment session, your smile could be six shades lighter or more.

    There are two primary options for professional whitening: in-office bleaching and at-home treatment. During in-office bleaching, one of our team members will coat your teeth in a strong whitening gel. After your one-hour treatment, your smile could be dramatically lighter. If you choose at-home whitening, you will receive a set of custom-made trays. After filling the trays with whitening gel, you will wear them around your teeth for 30 to 45 minutes a day. Typically, the full treatment will take about 2 weeks, and it can achieve similar results to in-office whitening.

    The Benefits of Professional Whitening over Store-Bought Brands

    Although there are a number of do-it-yourself whitening treatments on the market, dental experts agree that professional whitening offers significant benefits that these other products cannot provide. Many drugstore whitening products contain unsafe levels of peroxide that can cause gum irritation. Others contain abrasives that can damage your dental enamel. Whitening strips, though generally safe, will not provide the dramatic results that you desire.

    Is Teeth Whitening Right for You?

    If you are embarrassed by mild to moderate stains on your dental enamel, you may be a good candidate for teeth whitening. Unfortunately, whitening treatment cannot address intrinsic stains on the inside of your teeth. Nevertheless, if you wish to treat this type of discoloration, Dr. Yum may recommend an alternative treatment, such as bonding or porcelain veneers. Additionally, you should inform Dr. Yum if you suffer from tooth sensitivity. He may recommend in-office bleaching, which can provide better protection for your soft gum tissues. With professional supervision, teeth whitening is extremely safe and effective.

    Gentle, Precise Treatment to Eliminate Dental Infection

    Are you suffering from a toothache, or have you been diagnosed with an infected tooth? If so, a root canal may ease your pain and save your tooth. Dr. Yum offers extremely gentle and precise treatment, so you will experience very little discomfort or post-treatment sensitivity.

    What Are Root Canals?

    If the soft inner pulp of your tooth has become infected or inflamed, Dr. Yum will typically recommend root canal therapy. During this treatment, he will clean all bacteria and infected pulp from inside your tooth. He will also clean and seal your root canals. Finally, he will restore your tooth with a custom-made dental crown. Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue will be numb during this procedure. Typically, the only thing you will feel is a gentle sensation of pressure. The entire treatment will take place over one or two office visits, depending on the severity of your infection and your unique health needs. After your procedure, you should enjoy full dental function and a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

    Benefits of Root Canals

    If you have a dental infection, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If the infection is allowed to spread, you could develop an abscess. This small sac at the tip of your root can cause extreme discomfort, as well as chronic bad breath. Additionally, the bacteria will continue to multiply, destroying more of your tooth. They could even spread to other teeth, your nearby gum tissue, or even your jawbone. Therefore, root canal therapy will not only end your sensitivity. It will also save the rest of your tooth or even your entire smile.

    Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?

    If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you may require a root canal:

    • Chronic toothache
    • Persistent sore on one part of your gums
    • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
    • One tooth that has darkened on the inside
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discomfort when chewing
    • Facial swelling

    If you present with any of these symptoms, Dr. Yum will provide a complete, gentle examination. Then he will recommend the treatment that is most suited to your health needs.

    Completely Restore Your Bite and Smile

    Whether you are missing a significant number or all of your teeth, dentures can be an excellent solution. These removable restorations will be custom-created to fit comfortably in your mouth and match your natural facial structure.

    Understanding the Basics of Dentures

    Dentures are removable restorations, made up of a gum-colored plastic base and lifelike synthetic teeth. Your restoration will be custom-made from impressions of your dental arch, so they will fit securely and comfortably in your mouth. Dr. Yum and our partner ceramists will also examine the structure of your face to ensure that your dentures match your overall appearance.

    There are two types of dentures:

    • Complete dentures: A complete denture can replace your entire upper and/or lower dental arch. These restorations will fit around your alveolar ridge, and you will use denture adhesive to keep them in place.
    • Partial dentures: These restorations are designed to replace several adjoining missing teeth. If you still have some remaining healthy teeth, you may be a good candidate for a partial denture. This restoration will also fit around your gum tissue, but it will also attach to the nearby teeth with small, hidden metal clips.

    Why Choose Dentures?

    Dentures can greatly improve your quality of life. First, they can end the embarrassment of missing teeth, giving you a full, natural-looking smile. Additionally, dentures fill in your lips and cheeks. In this way, they can prevent a sunken appearance, and they can help you look significantly younger. However, dentures do not only offer cosmetic benefits. Your new teeth can also restore your healthy bite, allowing you to eat a more complete and varied diet. In many cases, you may also find that you can speak more clearly and smile without embarrassment.

    Are Dentures Right for You?

    If you are missing all or many of your teeth, you are likely a candidate for dentures. Before providing your restoration, Dr. Yum will conduct a complete evaluation. At this time, he can explain more about the different type of dentures, and he will help you select the right type for you.

    Thorough Exams to Detect the Early Signs of Periodontal Disease

    Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common condition among men and women of all ages. Without timely care, the disease can cause tooth loss, gum recession, and even jawbone damage. Dr. Yum offers frequent screenings to diagnose gum disease in the earliest and most easily treatable stages.

    What Is Gum Disease?

    Your mouth contains billions of microbes, and some of these bacteria are actually beneficial to your oral health. However, when harmful bacteria build up on your teeth, they will multiply. Eventually, they will spread past your gum line. In the earliest stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis, the bacteria will simply cause mild gum irritation and sensitivity. Eventually, however, the bacteria will form pockets in your gum tissue. These pockets will only become larger as the bacteria continue to multiply. Once the disease has progressed to full periodontitis, you could experience tooth loss, gum recession, and jawbone degeneration.

    How We Diagnose Gum Disease

    Dr. Yum can easily diagnose gum disease with a visual scan or with an evaluation of your symptoms. The side effects of gingivitis include gum irritation, sensitivity, mild redness, and easily bleeding gums. In the more advanced stages of periodontal disease, you may experience more severe symptoms. These could include:

    • Severe gum sensitivity
    • Loose or missing teeth
    • Chronic bad breath
    • Fluid-filled sacs on your gums
    • Periodontal pockets (typically only detectable by a dentist)
    • Changes in your bite alignment
    • Changes in your bone density
    • A change in fit of your denture or other restoration

    Are You a Candidate for a Gum Disease Screening

    The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it from occurring or to detect it in the earliest stages. For optimal dental health, you should schedule biannual exams and cleanings at Redmond Dental Care. Your hygienist will remove the harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease, and Dr. Yum will check for the symptoms of this condition. If he discovers that you are suffering from periodontitis, he also offersperiodontal therapy to control your symptoms and prevent further damage to your smile.

    Custom-Made Restorations to Repair Damaged Molars

    Ceramic dental onlays are larger than dental fillings, but they are a more conservative alternative to full dental crowns. These individually fabricated restorations can be a great way to repair and strengthen damaged molars.

    What Is a Dental Onlay?

    An onlay will sit directly on the flat top of your molar. It will fit over the sharp, pointed cusp and extend partway down the sides of your tooth. Onlays are sometimes called “partial crowns.” Like crowns, your onlays will be custom-crafted to match your natural teeth, and they can be fabricated from several different materials. Although gold is strong and durable, we often recommend tooth-colored composite or porcelain for a more natural appearance. These materials provide a lifelike sparkle. They also come in a range of natural-looking shades, so Dr. Yum can choose a color that blends with your surrounding teeth. To make sure your inlay looks natural and maintains the natural force of your bite, Dr. Yum will take a series of impressions. These measurements will go to our partner lab, so the technicians can create a restoration that is a near-perfect fit for your tooth.

    How Dental Onlays Can Benefit Your Oral Health

    An inlay can cover a cracked tooth, as well as a cavity that is too large for a filling. Because an inlay is much smaller than a dental crown, Dr. Yum will need to remove much less of your tooth. The advanced porcelain will form a strong bond with your tooth, strengthening the outer structure. The inlay will also prevent bacteria from entering through the crack or cavity. In this way, the restoration can prevent the need forroot canal therapy, extraction, and other more extensive restorative care.

    Are You a Candidate for a Dental Onlay?

    If you suffer from any of the following dental concerns, an inlay may be the optimal solution:

    • A large cavity
    • A cracked or fractured tooth
    • A severely worn tooth
    • An otherwise weakened tooth

    Dr. Yum can also replace an old filling with a dental onlay. He will provide a complete exam and consultation to make sure an onlay is appropriate for your needs.

    Treatment to Give You a Full and Restful Night’s Sleep

    Obstructive sleep apnea can take a huge toll on your health, and it can affect nearly every aspect of your life. Fortunately, the team at Redmond Dental Care offers personalized, non-invasive treatment.

    What Is Sleep Apnea?

    There are actually two varieties of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is related to brain function; while you are sleeping, your brain does not send the necessary signals to trigger breathing. This rare condition requires a specialist’s care. However, Dr. Yum offers successful treatment for Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This more common, though underdiagnosed, condition arises when your tongue and soft palate slacken during the night. As they droop, they block the flow of air. Each time you stop breathing, you may wake up abruptly, or you may unconsciously move to a lighter stage of sleep. In some cases, this can occur hundreds of times every night, and you will suffer chronic exhaustion and a host of other symptoms.

    Treatment for Sleep Apnea

    Typically, custom-made oral appliances are the most effective treatment for OSA. There are several different oral appliances available. Dr. Yum will work closely with you to find the most effective treatment for your condition. If needed, he will try several appliances until you get the relief you need. A mandibular advancement device is the most commonly used appliance. This splint will fit around your teeth, much like a sports mouthguard. It will realign your jaw during sleep, pushing the lower jaw outward and downward. In this way, it can tighten your soft tissues to keep your airways open. In other cases, Dr. Yum may recommend a tongue-retaining appliance. It will push your tongue slightly forward, preventing it from falling back into your throat. Although these devices require a bit of an adjustment period, they are much more comfortable than bulky CPAP machines and masks.

    Do You Require Sleep Apnea Treatment?

    If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may suffer from sleep apnea:

    • Loud snoring
    • Repeatedly or abruptly waking up during the night, particularly if it is accompanied by gasps or shortness of breath
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Dry mouth
    • Frequent sore throats in the morning
    • Headaches
    • Mood swings and irritability
    • Inattention and forgetfulness

    Advanced Techniques Designed to Imitate Nature

    At Redmond Dental Care, Dr. Yum and his team use advanced biomimetic techniques to provide outstanding protection for your long-term dental health. During our restorative and cosmetic procedures, we focus on minimal-prep treatments that will prevent future infection and preserve more of your dental structure.

    What Is Biomimetic Dentistry?

    Biomimetic dentistry strives to copy nature. Therefore, each of our procedures begins with a thorough exam and evaluation. In this way, Dr. Yum can not only provide you with strong dental restorations. He can also strengthen your teeth themselves. Using modern adhesives and bonding techniques, he can rebuild damaged teeth to provide strong foundations for dental crowns, inlays, and onlays. Biomimetic dentistry also   focuses on no-prep or minimal-prep procedures. Therefore, when placing a crown, onlay, or porcelain veneers, Dr. Yum uses conservative methods. He will always save as much of your tooth as possible, while still removing all harmful bacteria and infected material.

    The Benefits of Biomimetic Dentistry

    Biomimetic techniques offer a number of benefits over traditional treatment methods. First, these techniques are very conservative, and they preserve large portions of your teeth. Although metal and modern dental porcelain are very durable, nothing compares to the strength of the body’s own materials. Therefore, thanks to biomimetic techniques, you will be far less likely to sustain dental damage in the future. In turn, you will save a significant amount of time and money. Additionally, your biomimetic dentist will concentrate on sealing off your tooth from bacteria, so you are less likely to need a crown or root canal therapy in the future. Finally, biomimetic techniques are more convenient. Because we use minimal-prep veneers and crowns, Dr. Yum can often complete your treatment in just one office visit.

    Are You a Candidate for Biomimetic Dentistry?

    If you require restorative care, or if you want to enhance your smile with cosmetic treatment, you are a good candidate for biomimetic dentistry. Because these techniques simply copy nature, even children can benefit from our treatment philosophy and advanced procedures.

    Discreet Treatment to Straighten Your Smile

    Orthodontic treatment has changed dramatically in the last several decades. In the past, bulky metal braces were the only option if you wanted to straighten your teeth. Today, you can achieve a beautiful, straight smile with virtually undetectable Invisalign® treatment.

    How Invisalign® Works

    Invisalign® is an innovative orthodontic method that uses clear aligners to gently straighten your teeth and improve your smile. If Dr. Yum determines that you are a candidate for Invisalign®, he will take digital impressions of your teeth. Using an advanced computer program, he will design a series of clear aligner trays that will gradually shift your teeth into healthier positions. He can even display the designs on an exam room computer, so you will know what to expect during your treatment.

    After Invisalign® technicians fabricate your clear braces, you will wear each one for about two weeks. The clear plastic trays will place a gentle force on your teeth to gradually straighten your smile. Treatment typically takes about 9 to 18 months, although this varies for each patient.

    Why Choose Invisalign®?

    Invisalign® offers a number of benefits, although subtlety is the most obvious advantage. The clear aligner trays will be virtually invisible, even to someone who is standing at a close distance. However, there are a number of additional benefits to this highly personalized treatment. These include:

    • Comfort: Invisalign® trays will exert less force on your teeth than traditional braces. Plus, unlike metal brackets, the smooth plastic will not irritate your lips and the inside of your cheeks.
    • Oral health: Because you can remove the Invisalign® trays, you can maintain thorough dental hygiene. Therefore, you will face a lower risk for discoloration and decay than you would if you had a bonded orthodontic appliance.
    • Diet: You can take your Invisalign® trays out to eat. Therefore, you can continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

    Is Invisalign Right for You?

    If you are an adult or teen with mild to moderate dental misalignment, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign®. This treatment can enhance the aesthetics of your grin. It can also treat most forms of malocclusion, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. However, if you have particularly severe misalignment, Invisalign® may not be the right solution for your smile. Dr. Yum will determine your candidacy for clear braces at your initial consultation.

    Enjoy a Spectacular Smile with Our Personalized Treatment

    Although your dental health is most important to us, we want you to feel confident about your appearance, as well. For this reason, Dr. Yum offers a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Each treatment will be customized to meet your needs and give you the stellar smile you dream of.

    Our Cosmetic Treatment Options

    Here at Redmond Dental Care, Dr. Yum and his team offer a full selection of cosmetic treatments. The dentist will provide a complete consultation to explain each option and help you select one or more procedures that will address your individual concerns. Your choices include:

    • Teeth Whitening: Powerful whitening gel can reduce the dental stains that result from food, smoking, and environmental factors. The treatment can often lighten your smile by six shades or more.
    • Veneers: Porcelain shells affix to the front of your teeth to cover dramatic stains, small chips, and other flaws. Custom-crafted to match your smile, veneers can also reshape and resize your teeth.
    • Bonding: By coating your teeth in color-matched composite resin, Dr. Yum can perform many of the same functions that he can with porcelain veneers. Bonding may be a great alternative to veneers if you are watching budget.
    • Crowns: Although dentists typically use crowns to repair damaged teeth, a lifelike porcelain crown can also enhance a misshapen or otherwise flawed tooth.
    • Invisalign®: These clear braces are comfortable and virtually invisible. They can enhance the look of your smile and correct mild to moderate bite alignment.
    • Ceramic inlays and onlays: If you have an aesthetically compromised molar or an obvious metal filling, you may opt for an inlay or onlay. These restorations will fit over the chewing surfaces of your back teeth.

    No matter which treatment you choose, you will benefit from our biomimetic techniques. When placing crowns or veneers, Dr. Yum will use minimal-prep or no-prep techniques to preserve as much of your teeth as possible.

    The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

    There are a number of reasons to consider cosmetic treatment. Our personalized care can significantly improve the appearance of your smile. Because we use hand crafted restorations and advanced dental materials, your cosmetic enhancements will be virtually identical to your natural dental enamel. Thanks to our meticulous treatment, you may also look significantly younger following your care. In turn, you will feel more self-confident. You may even feel more prepared to take on leadership roles in the workplace or engage in a wider range of social settings.

    Cosmetic Dentistry Candidates

    If any of the following cosmetic flaws have affected your smile, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic treatments:

    • Discoloration
    • Gaps between teeth
    • Cracked or chipped teeth
    • Enamel erosion or uneven edges
    • Unusually small or irregularly shaped teeth

    To be considered for cosmetic care, you should not have any untreated decay or gum disease.

    Compassionate Care for the Littlest Patients

    Dr. Yum and his team offer complete dental care to children of all ages. With ongoing exams and preventative treatment, we can set your child on a path to a lifetime of dental health.

    What Is Pediatric Dentistry?

    Preventative care is the focus of our pediatric treatment. We encourage you to bring your child in for biannual dental visits. Our hygienist will thoroughly clean his or her teeth. Dr. Yum will also monitor your child’s oral development, looking for signs of misalignment, cavities, and other concerns. Sealants can further protect your little one’s smile. These thin plastic coatings go on the back teeth. After the clear or tooth-colored material hardens, it will form a barrier to prevent bacteria and food from accumulating on your child’s teeth.

    Additionally, fluoride treatments can strengthen teeth during development. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is also found in most city water supplies. It helps to replace lost minerals, strengthen teeth, and prevent decay.

    During all of our treatments, we work hard to keep children comfortable and relaxed. We truly enjoy treating young patients, and we know how to make dental care fun!

    The Importance of Pediatric Care

    Establishing a dental care routine at an early age is vital to your child’s oral health. Tooth decay is a vicious cycle. If it begins in childhood, your little one is likely to struggle with decay for his or her entire life. Fortunately, routine exams and cleanings, as well as our other preventative treatments, can significantly reduce your child’s risk for cavities, both now and in the future. Education is also an important part of our pediatric treatments. We will guide you and your child, teaching you about the best ways to care for your teeth and protect your child’s smile for life.

    Does Your Child Need Dental Treatment?

    The American Dental Academy® recommends that children come in for their first dental visit no more than six months after their first teeth appear. Typically this occurs around age 1. Whether your child has just started teething, or he has a full set of baby teeth, we encourage you to come in for the gentle care your little one needs.

    Minimal-Prep Veneers to Transform Your Smile

    Whether you want to enhance a single flawed tooth, or you want to rejuvenate your entire smile, porcelain veneers may be the solution. Ultra-thin veneers attach to the front of your teeth, concealing blemishes and reshaping irregular teeth.

    What Are Veneers?

    Porcelain veneers are thin shells, created to correspond with the shape and color of your teeth. They attach directly to the front of your teeth. In this way, they can correct even severe aesthetic flaws. Because of his commitment to biomimetic dentistry, Dr. Yum uses ultra-thin veneers. These restorations are about the thickness of a contact lens, but they are incredibly strong and durable. Thanks to their reduced size, Dr. Yum will need to remove very little enamel, if any, before affixing them to your teeth.

    Dental porcelain comes in a range of shades, and Dr. Yum will choose the most natural-looking color available. He will also take impressions of your teeth to ensure that your veneers are a near-perfect match to your smile. In most cases, you will receive your custom-crafted veneers in just two weeks. In some instances, you may only have a one-week turnaround!

    Are You a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

    If you are embarrassed by one or more of the following concerns, porcelain veneers may be the solution for you:

    • Severe stains that teeth whitening cannot reduce
    • Misshapen or overly small teeth
    • Worn teeth
    • Small spaces between your teeth
    • Slightly crooked teeth
    • Hairline cracks or small chips

    Because we use minimal-prep veneers, you may be a candidate for this treatment, even if you have suffered some enamel erosion. Nevertheless, Dr. Yum will conduct a complete consultation to make sure this treatment is suitable for your smile.

    The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

    If you are a candidate for veneers, you will enjoy their many benefits. First, veneers are very lifelike. Thanks to our advanced materials, they are virtually identical to dental enamel. Second, they are easy to care for. In fact, you will maintain your veneers just like your natural teeth – with brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits. With this regular care, your veneers could last ten years or more. Thanks to the many aesthetic and practical benefits of porcelain veneers, you will enjoy an improved self-confidence, and you will be more willing to share your smile with those around you.

    Ease Discomfort and Enhance Your Overall Wellness

    If you have TMJ Disorder, you may suffer from chronic or even debilitating pain. At Redmond Dental Care, Dr. Yum offers several non-invasive treatments that can dramatically reduce your discomfort.

    What Is TMJ Disorder?

    Your TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, are the hinges that connect your jawbone to your skull. Because these joints have a huge range of movement, they are quite complex. TMJ Disorder (TMD) arises when the surrounding system of ligaments and muscles becomes inflamed. Alternatively, the soft disc inside your joint could slip out of place, causing friction and severe discomfort. There are many things that can cause TMJ Disorder, including dental misalignment. However, bruxism (chronic grinding and clinching) is the most common cause of TMD.

    How We Treat TMJ

    Although there are several treatment options for TMJ Disorder, a custom-made mouthguard is the most common solution. In most cases, you will only need to wear your device at night. It will prevent your teeth from touching, thus reducing pressure on your sensitive joints. If you suffer from severe TMJ, you may need to wear your mouthguard during the day, as well. In other cases, restorative treatment can help alleviate your symptoms. If you have worn or missing teeth, it can affect the balance of your bite, placing uneven pressure on your TMJs. By placing crowns, bridges, or dental implants, Dr. Yum can often redistribute force across your entire dental arch. Similarly, dental misalignment can increase pressure on your jaw. Therefore, in some cases, Invisalign® or other orthodontic treatment may be the most effective solution.

    Do You Suffer from TMJ?

    If you struggle with one or more of the following symptoms, you may benefit from TMJ treatment:

    • Jaw pain
    • Chronic headaches
    • Dental erosion or hairline fractures in your teeth
    • Facial swelling
    • A popping noise when you open or close your mouth
    • Jaw stiffness
    • Ringing in your ears
    • Pain or stiffness in your neck and/or shoulders

    After discussing your symptoms, Dr. Yum will conduct a manual examination. Then he can decide on the most effective way to ease your discomfort.

    Lasting and Effective Treatment for Gum Disease

    If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you will benefit from Dr. Yum’s periodontal therapy. He offers several treatment options and will carefully select the right one for you.

    What Is Periodontal Therapy?

    Gum disease occurs when harmful oral bacteria accumulate in your mouth. During the early stages, or gingivitis, the condition simply causes mild to moderate gum inflammation. However, when the disease progresses to full periodontitis, pockets of bacteria form in your gums, causing the soft tissues to pull away from the underlying bone. Periodontal therapy is designed to eliminate these harmful bacteria and prevent further damage to your oral health.

    The exact steps of your treatment will depend on the severity of your disease. Dr. Yum will provide a thorough evaluation and determine the treatment that is most suited to your condition. In many cases, a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and planing, is the most effective option. The dentist will remove all bacteria from your gums before smoothing the rough places on your dental roots. These patches often attract bacteria, so the procedure can prevent a flare up of your gum disease. If you have a more severe case of periodontitis, Dr. Yum may recommend more aggressive treatment.

    Understanding the Importance of Periodontal Therapy

    Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. With our periodontal therapy, Dr. Yum may be able to save your smile and prevent the need for more extensive restorative treatment. Additionally, gum disease can cause significant gum recession. Oral bacteria can even move into your jawbone, affecting your facial structure. In severe cases, you could experience a dangerous bone infection due to untreated gum disease. For all of these reasons, it is important to seek periodontal treatment as soon as possible.

    Please note that once your condition has progressed beyond mild gingivitis, there is no cure for gum disease. However, timely treatment can keep your symptoms under control. You should also undergo routine screenings, so Dr. Yum can monitor your condition.

    Are You a Candidate for Periodontal Therapy?

    If you suffer from the symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis, ask Dr. Yum about periodontal therapy. Potential symptoms include:

    • Red, inflamed, or irritated gums
    • Loose or missing teeth
    • Tooth or gum sensitivity
    • Gum recession
    • Jawbone recession
    • Loose dentures or a changing jaw structure