Dr. Stephen L. Chan is a dentist with special emphasis in bio-compatible, biological, green, natural, and holistic dentistry. He has expertise in all major aspects of dentistry, including general and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Chan has over 30 years of experience and also keeps up with all the latest techniques in dentistry as well. He has a regular dental column in the health section of a local newspaper to educate the public on the newest trends in dentistry. He’s dedicated to utilizing the most effective technology to create outstanding smiles for his patients and help them to achieve better health.
Dental implants are basically small titanium posts that are used as the replacement for the roots of a missing tooth. These implants are inserted into the jawbone while a patient is under local anesthesia. This surgical procedure is minor and very routine. Over time, the implant will fuse to the jawbone. After it has properly fused, we’ll place a lifelike crown on top of the implant that’s custom-made to match the rest of the teeth.
Dental implants aren’t only capable of replacing one tooth either – they can be used to replace multiple teeth as well. At Smilehaven Dental Center, we’re able to provide a wide variety of tooth replacement solutions that include:
Dental implants offer many benefits, including the following:
Holistic dentistry offers a different approach to dentistry than traditional dental care. A holistic dentist believes that a person’s oral health is connected to the health of the rest of the body and will place an emphasis on whole-body healing and wellness instead of just simply treating an oral problem. They won’t just take care of a person’s mouth – they’ll essentially take care of a patient’s entire body with bio-compatible whole body dentistry.
Your La Mesa and El Cajon, CA holistic dentist follows the principles of holistic dentistry, which can differ from a traditional dentist. For example, your natural dentist believes in the following philosophies:
Veneers are essentially thin shells that can be utilized as covers for a patient’s teeth. They’ll be able to mask dental imperfections and restore the appearance of the teeth, allowing for a more beautiful smile. Veneers blend in flawlessly with existing teeth; others will just assume that they’re part of your natural teeth.
The main benefit of veneers is that they’ll restore the appearance of your teeth if you happen to have any noticeable defects or problems with them. They’ll mask any of these minor imperfections and also help restore a proper function to them, making your teeth more durable.
Having said that, there are many other dental treatments that can be used to fix cracked, broken, or otherwise imperfect teeth as well. These can include crowns and dental implants. However, we at Smilehaven Dental Center believe that veneers are by far the best option when they’re applicable. Veneers will leave as much of your natural tooth structure intact as possible, which will help ensure the integrity of the tooth. This will optimize your dental health as well as your overall health.
Veneers are excellent at restoring a number of different dental problems. They can fix teeth that are:
Placing veneers is a simple process that follows these basic steps:
Teeth whitening offers many benefits that include, but aren’t limited to, the following:
With holistic dentistry, the main difference with other dentists is that holistic dentists also take a patient’s entire physical well-being into account. Regular cosmetic dentists will only focus on a patient’s mouth while ignoring other aspects of the body. This is a mistake when it comes to teeth whitening and a reason why you should go to a trusted holistic dentist instead. Many dentists will utilize chemicals to whiten a person’s teeth. These materials that they use are non-biocompatible, toxic, and potentially carcinogenic.
At Smilehaven Dental, our teeth whitening solutions are both biocompatible and effective – they’ll be safe and healthy for your entire body. Dr. Chan will investigate your teeth and also your eating habits in order to educate you of the potential benefits or risks that come from eating certain foods. This will lead to much better results when it comes to teeth whitening.
If you’ve ever found yourself unsatisfied with your smile or even if you’ve ever just thought that your smile wasn’t as nice as it could be, cosmetic dentistry could be just the solution for you. While cosmetic dentistry can obviously improve the way that your smile looks, it can provide numerous other benefits as well. A beautiful smile can:
Cosmetic dentistry can help out a person’s smile in many different ways. Some of these treatments that you’ll be able to receive from your cosmetic dentist in La Mesa and El Cajon, CA are as follows:
Dr. Chan, as well as the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends seeing your dentist twice per year for cleanings and regular checkups.
At Smilehaven Dental Center, we go out of our way to ensure your experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. Many of our dental treatment options require no local anesthetic. We have many methods to alleviate pain and will choose the one that you are most comfortable with.
Bio-compatible dentists practice dentistry that benefits more than just your mouth. In fact, bio-compatible dentists place special emphasis on dental treatments that are designed to keep your entire body in balance. With our Bio-compatibility testsand safe dental materials, we are confident that bio-compatible dental work is the best choice you can make for your overall health.
If you happen to have a dental emergency, please call our office as soon as possible. Should your emergency take place during normal business hours, we will be glad to work you in to our schedule. If your emergency takes place outside of office hours, during the weekend or during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
Yes, payment plans are available at our La Mesa dental office. We accept the majority of dental insurances and will be happy to process your claim on your behalf upon receipt of your co-payment. Our interest rate is amongst the best in the industry and we accept most forms of payment including cash, Care credit, checks, and Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards.
Yes, there are several methods Dr. Chan uses to whiten teeth in our La Mesa, CA. The most common methods of teeth whitening are in-office, overnight, and daily treatments. In-office treatments typically last 1-2 hours, and you can read or relax during the treatment. Overnight whitening involves creating an impression of your teeth and making a mouth guard that is tailor made to your bite. Every day you will fill the mouth guard with special whitening gel and wear it overnight or for a few hours during the day. This process generally takes about two weeks. Be wary of over the counter teeth whiteners as many of them contain toxins. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.
No problem. Dr. Chan is trained in a variety of procedures that can help these problems. One of these methods includes porcelain veneers, which are designed to look and perform like natural teeth. Veneers are individually attached to the fronts of existing teeth and can be positioned to close gaps. Composite bonding uses a composite material made from plastics to fill gaps of your teeth and to correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and composite bonding are always color-matched so they blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.
The ideal toothbrush varies with different age groups. Adults should use a small to mid-sized sized toothbrush containing soft or medium bristles. Oversized toothbrushes make it difficult to reach all areas of the mouth thoroughly, predominantly the back of the mouth. Children should only use small toothbrushes with soft bristles. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are especially effective for individuals with sensitive teeth. There are an abundance of toothbrush styles available. Dr. Chan can help you decide which type of brush is perfect for your smile.
Flossing is just as, if not more important than brushing. Floss once or twice daily to prevent cavities from forming in between the teeth. Flossing also helps promotes the health of your gums.
Crowns and caps are one in the same, and both can be used interchangeably. Caps and crowns are made to restore a tooth that is broken, fractured or decayed by literally covering or capping the tooth. Dentists will usually use the term “crowns” while most people call them “caps”.
Both dentures and bridges are designed to replace missing teeth. A bridge is sometimes called a fixed partial denture and fills a void previously occupied by a tooth. Fixed bridges are the most popular, and consist of a filler tooth attached to two crowns, which fit over existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
A partial denture is different from a fixed bridge because they are removable. Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth that are attached to gum-colored bases. These bases are connected using a thin, metal framework. The denture is attached to natural, healthy teeth using metal clasps or precision attachments, both of which are virtually invisible to anyone other than the user.
At Smilehaven Dental Clinic, we cannot in good conscience recommend root canal therapy. Root canals often result in infections, and have been linked in some studies to more serious health concerns such as cancer. This is because root canals involve stopping blood flow (which fights bacteria) to the root of the tooth and filling the canal with an artificial material, making the operated root canal a possible haven for bacteria. If you have a root infection, make an appointment with our office for potential alternative treatments that are safer and more bio-compatible.