June 6, 2016
Your molar has become sensitive to heat, cold and sugary foods. What’s happening? Contact Dr. Gary Klugman, Salinas, CA dentist. This highly-skilled family dentist is a Distinguished Mentor for the Center for Restorative Excellence in Seattle. Simply put, he knows if you have dental decay requiring treatment. (more…)
August 14, 2015
For some people, oral piercings are a means of self-expression and individuality. The truth of the matter is, however, that piercings have been practiced by most civilizations throughout history. Preserved bodies, such as those of Egyptian pharaohs, have piercings. Mayans practiced the art of tongue piercing, and as a mark of puberty, Eskimo young men pierced their lower lips. So the trend is hardly new. What is new, though, is what we know about the connection between oral piercing and oral health. Committed to your complete oral health, Dr. Gary Klugman and Dr. Christina Bianco at Blanco Circle Dental Care in Salinas, CA, offer the facts about oral piercing and the health of mouth.
May 22, 2015
So, you’ve decided to whiten your teeth. Good for you! Really. After all, researchers have found that people with white teeth are considered to be smarter, more out-going and—no surprise—more attractive than people whose smiles are not white. Now, you must decide how you’re going to whiten your teeth. What if you could choose a treatment that kept your smile bright and white indefinitely? Bright White Forever is a plan that Dr. Gary Klugman and Dr. Christina Bianco at Blanco Circle Dental Care offer to patients in and around Salinas, CA, to help them not only maintain white smiles, but healthy smiles, too.
At Blanco Circle Dental Care, we do offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening with Opalescence products. These treatments, however, can cost as much as $350. With White Bright Forever, you only pay an initial membership fee of $89! For this price, you’ll receive bleaching trays that are custom-made to fit your mouth, as well as professional grade whitening gel. Simply fill the trays and wear them whenever you have the time, and you’ll soon have a whiter and brighter smile right in the comfort of your own home.
Bright White Forever and You
In return for this great deal, the dentists and their staff at Blanco Circle Dental Care only ask that you:
Schedule regular dental checkups. To remain a member-in-good-standing in the Bright White Forever program, we’ll need to see you in the office at least twice each year for regular exams. These checkups help ensure your dental health. In addition, when you come to our office for one of these visits, we’ll give you more bleaching gel.
Provide 48 hours notice if you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment. We’re happy to reschedule your checkup, but please let us know in advance so we can offer your time slot to another patient.
Call Our Office Today
If you’d like to learn more about Bright White Forever, or if you’re ready to schedule a checkup, then call Blanco Circle Dental Care. We conveniently serve patients in Salinas, CA, as well as Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy and King City and beyond.
May 8, 2015
If you have any missing teeth, then think of all the things you’ll be able to do better and more easily if you replace those teeth. For one, you’ll be able to speak more clearly. Secondly, you’ll maintain a healthier diet because you’ll again be able to chew nutritious foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. And last but certainly not least, you’ll smile and laugh more often and just plain look better without missing teeth. Now are you ready to replace those gaps in your smile with natural looking replacements? If the answer to that question is, “Yes!” then Dr. Gary Klugman and Dr. Christina Bianco at Blanco Circle Dental Care in Salinas, CA, are ready to restore your happy smile with dental implants.
Dental implants are one of a few options available for tooth replacement. What makes dental implants different is that they don’t just replace the portion of your tooth that is visible above the gum line; they also replace a tooth’s root. As such, a dental implant more closely resembles a natural tooth than other tooth replacement choices.
Dental Implants for You
At Blanco Circle Dental Care, our dentists will first conduct a thorough examination of your oral health and the density of your jawbone in order to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. Most patients are, in which case you are only two appointments away from have a full smile again. At the first appointment, a titanium post will be surgically implanted in the bone beneath the space of your missing tooth. If you have more than one missing tooth, then posts can be implanted at points along an arch; these post can then anchor a full or partial denture.
Once you’ve healed and the post and surrounding bone tissue are tightly bonded, a porcelain crown is attached and your new tooth is complete.
Call Our Office Today
To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, call Blanco Circle Dental Care. We conveniently serve patients in Salinas, CA, as well as Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy and King City and beyond.
April 22, 2015
If you didn’t have the opportunity to have traditional braces when you were a child, then you may still want to have orthodontic treatment, but not the mouthful of metal. No worries. With ClearCorrect Invisible Braces, Dr. Gary Klugman and Dr. Christina Bianco at Blanco Circle Dental Care have made many smiles around Salinas, CA, more attractive and they can do the same for you.
ClearCorrect straightens teeth using a series of clear, custom-made and removable aligners that move teeth gradually. You’ll need to wear your ClearCorrect aligners for the better part of the day, removing them only to eat, drink or brush and floss your teeth. ClearCorrect can be used to treat a number of orthodontic conditions, including:
- Teeth that are crooked or rotated
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are overcrowded
The ClearCorrect Process
When you come to Blanco Circle Dental Care for ClearCorrect, we’ll take impressions, photographs and x-rays of your teeth. These, along with a detailed prescription from Dr. Klugman or Dr. Bianco will be sent to the ClearCorrect lab where a 3D model of your teeth is created. From this, a treatment plan is developed to show you how and where your teeth will move through each phase of your ClearCorrect orthodontic course. If you and the dentist approve the treatment plan, then your aligners will be fabricated in the ClearCorrect lab and sent to Blanco Circle Dental Care.
The aligners arrive in a series of sets. You’ll need to wear each set for about three weeks before moving on to the next set. As you progress, you’ll see your teeth gradually move into position. Depending on your unique situation, treatment may take one to two years. Then, you’ll see the beautifully straight smile you’ve always wanted.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’d like to learn more about what ClearCorrect can do for your smile, then call for a consultation at Blanco Circle Dental Care. We conveniently serve patients in Salinas, CA, as well as Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy and King City and beyond.
March 8, 2015
If you can’t remember the last time you had a dental checkup because you are fearful of anything having to do with dentistry, well then, you are in good company. Millions of adults count themselves among those who are dental-phobes. Nowadays, however, you don’t need to fear the dentist. With sedation dentistry, Dr. Gary Klugman and Dr. Christina Bianco at Blanco Circle Dental Care in Salinas, CA, can soothe your fears so you can have that long overdue dental work.
Most people don’t realize that regularly seeing your dentist is more than just a matter of your oral health—it’s also a matter of your overall health. The health of your teeth and gums is connected to the health of other bodily systems. For example, gum disease has been linked to high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, obesity and low infant birth weight among many other conditions. Therefore, when you take care of your oral health, you take care of yourself.
Sedation Dentistry at Blanco Circle Dental Care
At Blanco Circle Dental Care, we want to help you overcome your fear of dentistry so you can enjoy good health. Therefore, we offer three kinds of sedation dentistry. One option is nitrous oxide sedation. With this method, you breathe a regulated amount of nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, through a nose mask. The nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture relaxes you, so you can have your dental work completed in comfort. Once the gas is stopped, the effect wears off immediately.
Another option is oral conscious sedation. In this case, you will be given a prescription for a mild sedative that you will take before coming to our office for you dental appointment. You will feel calm, but remain conscious so you can communicate with the doctor during treatment. Because the medication is a sedative, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from our office.
Finally, there is IV sedation, which is reserved for longer appointments, such as those involving oral surgery, or for people with a sensitive gag reflex or painful TMJ symptoms that prevent them from keeping their mouths open for a long time.
Call Our Office Today
If you would like to learn more about how sedation dentistry could help you overcome your fear of the dentist, then call Blanco Circle Dental Care in Salinas, CA. We conveniently serve patients in Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy and King City and beyond.
February 22, 2015
Beautiful and healthy smiles don’t just happen. Like anything worth having they take work. And in this case, the work is completed by a partnership: you and your dentist. With general and family dentistry from Blanco Circle Dental Care in Salinas CA, you can rely on Dr. Gary Klugman and Dr. Christina Bianco to be your trusted partners in achieving beautiful and healthy smiles for you and your entire family.
Dental Checkups: the Foundation of General and Family Dentistry
In keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Drs. Klugman and Bianco would like to see you and each member of your family every six months for checkups. With these regularly scheduled visits, we can better track your oral health and spot any developments before they become painful or expensive problems.
At these checkups, we will clean your teeth and remove plaque buildup; we’ll check the health of your gums and other soft tissue; and we’ll carefully examine your teeth for decay. If we do find a cavity—or any other concerning issue, such as gum disease, signs of TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) or teeth clenching and grinding—then we will want to treat with the most up-to-date procedure. Thus, we offer tooth-colored fillings for cavities, TMJ therapy to relieve your pain and nightguards to protect your teeth from nighttime teeth grinding.
Your Role in General and Family Dentistry
Dr. Klugman and Dr. Bianco want you to take a proactive role in your dental care. Therefore, we encourage you to contact our office immediately if you or a family member is experiencing discomfort or any visible concern. Beyond that, our dental hygienists will show you how to properly brush and floss your teeth, so that you can maintain your oral health in between your regularly scheduled checkups.
Schedule an Appointment Today
For the best in general and family dentistry in Salinas, CA, call the office of Blanco Circle Dental Care today. We conveniently serve patients in Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy and King City and beyond.
February 8, 2015
When you see your smile in the mirror or in a picture, is your eye drawn to that one little flaw? If there was just something you could do to fix it, then you’d have the greatest smile imaginable. Well, cosmetic bonding might be the fix your smile needs. Dr. Gary Klugman and Dr. Christina Bianco at Blanco Circle Dental Care in Salinas, CA, have used cosmetic bonding to improve many patients’ smiles and they can do the same for you!
With cosmetic bonding, the dentists at Blanco Circle Dental Care can repair a number of imperfections in your smile, including teeth that are chipped, cracked or stained and discolored; teeth that are somewhat misaligned or have irregular gaps between them; and teeth that are overly worn down.
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a relatively simple procedure that Dr. Klugman or Dr. Bianco can usually accomplish in a single visit. In fact, if you’ve ever needed a dental cavity filled, then chances are you have some of the same material dentists use for bonding in your mouth already. In the case of cosmetic bonding, this same material—a tooth-colored composite resin—is applied to the surface of your flawed tooth or teeth to create a more pleasing appearance.
To restore your tooth, the dentist applies the composite resin to the tooth’s surface, and then carefully shapes it and quickly hardens it with a curing light. This process is repeated until the flaw is repaired and the desired appearance is achieved. Finally, we make sure the bonding material is polished to match the sheen of your existing teeth. In one short visit, that one little flaw is fixed and you have a beautiful, new smile!
Call Our Office Today
If you’d like to schedule an appointment for cosmetic bonding, then call the office of Blanco Circle Dental Care in Salinas, CA. We conveniently serve patients in Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy and King City and beyond.
December 22, 2014
As dental procedures go, root canals have a bad reputation. That’s because most patients don’t realize the profound benefits of root canal therapy. Root canal therapy cannot only immediately relieve toothache pain and discomfort, but can also save your natural teeth from extraction. Make an appointment with the experienced family and restorative dentists of Blanco Circle for the root canal therapy you need today. Dr. Klugman and Dr. Bianco can compassionately perform your root canal therapy procedure. Blanco Circle Dental Care proudly serves families throughout Salinas, CA, Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy, King City, and the surrounding areas.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
During a root canal therapy procedure the dentist will remove infected pulp from the center of your damaged tooth to prevent the spread of infection to your surrounding healthy teeth. The pulp chambers or “canals” are then disinfected, shaped, filled, and sealed for protection. A successful root canal therapy procedure should eliminate any tooth pain and discomfort and save the tooth from developing an abscess or needing eventual extraction.
When Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need root canal therapy:
- Any level of localized tooth pain or discomfort ranging from just slight to extreme, with throbbing.
- Tooth pain that lessens or intensifies as you change position.
- Pain in response to chewing, biting, or pressing on the tooth.
- Completely spontaneous tooth pain.
- Pain triggered by hot or cold beverages.
- Pain that lingers for only a few minutes, before finally fading.
- Pain that last for hours on end.
- Pain that keeps you from having a peaceful night’s sleep.
Tooth infections can only worsen over time. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get your infected teeth treated. Make an appointment with Dr. Klugman and Dr. Bianco for the root canal therapy that can save your natural teeth. Blanco Circle Dental Care proudly restores smiles daily throughout Salinas, CA, Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy, King City, and nearby areas.
December 8, 2014
If you dread hearing the words, “Say Cheese!” each holiday season, it’s time to make a change. Everyone deserves a bright and confident smile for their holiday photos. If you are less than satisfied with the color, hue, or brightness of your smile, you can make an appointment with Dr. Klugman and Dr. Bianco of Blanco Circle Dental Care today for quick and effective professional teeth whitening treatment. Blanco Circle proudly restores smiles daily throughout Salinas, CA, Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy, King City, and the surrounding communities.
What Are Your Teeth Whitening Options?
- Teeth Whitening Toothpaste- Although there are many brands of toothpaste on the market claiming to be able to whiten your teeth, none of them actually can. These products only contain mild abrasives which are barely able to polish away the shallow surface stains left by your morning cup of coffee. Whitening toothpastes are only effective as a maintenance tool used in between more effective teeth whitening treatments.
- Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening– These products come in many varieties including whitening rinses, strips, gels, and take-home trays; however, it can take several weeks of daily use before you can achieve the same results as one application of a professional teeth whitening product. Because of this, there is also a high risk of gum irritation and infection.
- Professional Teeth Whitening– Blanco Circle offers both in-office and take-home professional teeth whitening options. Dr. Klugman and Dr. Bianco use the Opalescence teeth whitening system with comfortable and customized whitening trays and professional-grade teeth whitening solution; as well as instructions for proper use. They can also provide protection from irritation if you have sensitive teeth and gums.
Blanco Circle Bright White Forever Teeth Whitening Program
Blanco Circle now offers free teeth whitening for life to patients who meet certain requirements. In this program you will receive the take-home custom whitening trays and professional bleaching gel refills to use at your leisure for life. Participation in the Bright White Forever program is simple. All you need to do is:
- Come in for regular dental hygiene appointments at least once every six months and
- Give at least 48 hours notice for dental appointment cancellations
If you’ve been hiding your smile, Blanco Circle Dental Care can help you shine bright this holiday season with safe and effective professional teeth whitening in just one visit. Make an appointment with the experienced cosmetic dentists of Blanco Circle today, to correct any cosmetic dental imperfection. Dr. Klugman and Dr. Bianco proudly serve families throughout Salinas, CA, Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy, King City, and nearby areas.