Dental Services

Preventive & Primary Dental Care

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) dedicated to providing high quality, comprehensive, and affordable care. SBNC also provides information about obtaining health insurance coverage for people who are uninsured. We have two Dental clinics, four Medical clinics, and offer Behavioral Health services.

Dental Services We Offer

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Oral Education and Prevention

Our dental clinic places great emphasis on education and prevention. Together with the support of the Assistance League of Santa Barbara, we educate all our little and tall patients on the importance of healthy nutrition and good oral home care.
A healthy mouth needs regular visits to the dentist for examinations and cleanings to stay healthy. Regular dental visits also play an important role in the prevention of oral problems.


Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic or esthetic dentistry simply means that we use procedures and techniques that best mimic the natural shape, color and feel of tooth structure. Several materials lend themselves to this, such as: Composite bonding (white fillings) or metal free ceramic crowns which prevent gray shading of the gingiva and best match the natural translucency and opalescence of tooth enamel. Many of the newer generation ceramic material are made using the latest Cad-Cam technology available, which can be bonded to the existing tooth structure thereby reinforcing the remaining tooth..

 

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Implant Dentistry

Implants have become a mainstay of dentistry. A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth seen in the mouth), bridgework or dentures by a variety of means. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements.

Pediatric Dentistry

We reserve our clinic during the afternoon hours to concentrate on the needs of our younger patients. However, we will be happy to see your child at any time that suits you. We treat all infants, toddlers and children starting from birth. The earlier you visit a dentist with your child, the better we can help you maintain your child’s oral health. Your child’s oral health presents different needs at different stages of development. We are here to coach you and teach you the best methods for keeping your child healthy.

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Restorations: Fillings, Bridges & Crowns

Restorative dentistry pertains to repairing damaged teeth and replacing missing teeth. There are many ways to do this. We can repair damaged teeth with fillings, inlays, onlays and crowns. Tooth replacement can be achieved with implants, fixed bridges or removable dentures. Sometimes, the best solution is a combination of the different options. Each patient presents with a unique situation requiring a customized approach.

Root Canal Therapy

The hard outside shell of a tooth protects the soft nerve and blood vessel tissues in the center. Events such as trauma or decay can injure this fragile tissue. A root canal therapy removes the injured or infected tissue. Often, this will require that the tooth needs to be restored with a crown afterwards.

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Partial & Complete Dentures

Removable dentures are an option for tooth replacement. They replace one or more teeth in either dental arch. They can be a complete denture if they replace all teeth in one arch or a partial denture if they replace only a few teeth. They can be removed and inserted at the patient’s will and require daily cleaning. Dentures can help replacing lost bone and soft tissue for support and esthetic purpose. Removable dentures can be retained by dental implants in order to increase the retention of the denture. Implants also help maintain the remaining bone volume in a patient’s jaw and therefore prevent debilitating bone loss resulting from long term denture use. A denture retained by implants is known as an implant overdenture.