TREATMENTS

Family Dentistry

The eruption of the first baby tooth – the growth of a child’s permanent teeth – the maintenance of good oral health through the adult and senior years – your family dentist plays a key role in helping you achieve good dental health at all ages.

Gallery Dental Arts makes your oral health a priority throughout your life. We serve many families from Pasadena and the neighboring communities, and Dr. Boyajian is uniquely qualified and experienced to meet the dental needs and goals of everyone in your family.

Pasadena's “caring, gentle” family dentist

Concerned about the health and wellness of his patients, Dr. Boyajian practices holistic dentistry with the very latest in biocompatible dentistry, ozone therapy and metal free dentistry. At Gallery Dental Arts in Pasadena, we are constantly striving to improve the patient experience for the entire family.

Pediatric Dentistry

Starting a child early with regular dental exams and care can mean a lifetime of better oral health. From the time of a child’s first tooth, Dr. Boyajian can help you develop healthy hygiene habits for your child that can protect against early tooth decay, as well as tooth alignment and gum problems in adulthood.

Pediatric dental care services

In addition to regular cleanings, Gallery Dental Arts provides pediatric dental care that includes:

  • Infant oral health exams

  • Digital x-rays to see erupting teeth, extra or missing teeth, and bone disease at their earliest stages

  • Nutrition and diet recommendations

  • Fillings for tooth cavities or defects

  • Management of pediatric periodontal disease and other gum diseases and conditions

  • Restorative care for fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth

Your child’s dental health – our goal

Our goal is to help your child achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Gallery Dental Arts in Pasadena welcomes children of all ages and will strive to make their visit positive and fun!

We invite you to call today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Boyajian, one of Pasadena's premier cosmetic, general and holistic dentists. It would be our pleasure to serve you.

COSMETIC DENSTISTY

Veneers

Veneers are an easy and long-lasting way to improve both the appearance and functionality of your teeth. This shell or layer of porcelain or composite resin is bonded to the surface of the tooth to give you the smile you desire without more extensive restorative or cosmetic treatments. Some dental problems cannot be solved with veneers, but in the right situations, veneers can give you the smile you’ve desired.

Veneers solve a number of problems

By covering the tooth with strong, stain-resistant porcelain or resin veneer shells, you can solve a number of problems including:

  • Discoloration

  • Large gaps between teeth

  • Worn, chipped or broken teeth

  • Misshapen teeth

  • Misaligned or uneven teeth

In instances where a veneer can be used instead of a crown, the veneer is durable alternative that allows much more of the tooth structure to be saved.

Prepping your tooth for veneer

Veneers are very thin, so only a very thin layer of the tooth’s enamel needs be removed. This will make treated tooth the same size as the original when the veneer is applied. Some of the newer veneers, such as Lumineers, require minimal to no prep. To eliminate any chance of discomfort while preparing your tooth, a local anesthetic may be used. At your first of two veneer visits, Dr. Boyajian will make a model of the tooth to be sent to a lab to create the perfectly fitted veneer. He’ll make sure the tooth color is perfectly matched to your surrounding teeth for a natural look. When you return, the veneer will be bonded to your tooth with a special, strong adhesive for a durable, long-lasting fit.

Maintaining your veneers

Some beverages such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine may stain or discolor your veneers, so you should avoid these for the best long-term results. Veneers should last for many years, but just like your natural teeth, they can chip or break. Small chips can be repaired; for larger chips or breaks, a new veneer may be needed.

If you’re interested in dramatically improving your smile easily and at an affordable cost, ask Gallery Dental Arts about using veneers for your cosmetic dentistry needs.

Cosmetic Bonding

Do you wish you could make those gaps, chips and dark teeth just disappear? Having a less than perfect smile doesn’t have to be your only choice. Today’s advances in dental techniques and technology offer new options for correcting these dental problems. Cosmetic bonding has become a popular treatment that may be just what your smile needs.

Dental problems corrected with cosmetic bonding

In cosmetic bonding, strong dental materials are permanently attached to your teeth using dental adhesives coupled with a special crystalizing light. This treatment provides a long-lasting, less expensive option for a variety of dental problems. Cosmetic bonding can:

  • Repair decayed, chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged teeth

  • Protect exposed roots

  • Change a tooth’s shape or size

  • Cover discolored teeth

  • Close spaces or large gaps between teeth

Direct composite bonding

Composite materials can be directly applied to the tooth and sculpted to fit, correcting problems in just one visit. Because the material is bonded directly to the tooth, little or no preparation is needed. The material comes in a number of tooth-colored shades – and with Dr. Boyajian’s skilled artistic eye, the repaired tooth can be made to look just like your natural teeth. The results are so good, direct composite bonding can be used on your front teeth to give you a minimally invasive smile makeover!

Caring for your direct composite bonding restoration

Direct composite bonding restorations can provide you with a healthy and beautiful smile for many years, but you’ll want to take proper care of the teeth to protect them. While composite bonding restorations may stain, chip or break more easily than porcelain veneers or other cosmetic treatments, most repairs can be done in one visit.

Cosmetic bonding in Pasadena

At Gallery Dental Arts, we want you to be aware of all the options when choosing the best treatment for your dental issues. The condition of your teeth and gums will affect the success and longevity of a direct composite bonding treatment. Dr. Boyajian may recommend other treatment options, such as crowns and veneers, or a combination of treatments, depending on your dental issues. We may also recommend pre-treatment teeth whitening to better match the color of the composite restoration to your natural teeth.
Cosmetic bonding has already helped countless people achieve the healthy, eye-catching smile they’ve always wanted. Now it’s your turn!

Digital Impressions

The Future Has Arrived

Digital impressions represent cutting-edge technology that allows dentists to create a virtual, computer-generated replica of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth using lasers and other optical scanning devices. The digital technology captures clear and highly accurate impression data in mere minutes, without the need for traditional impression materials that some patients find inconvenient and messy. Many patients find digital impressions an easier and more comfortable procedure because traditional impression materials are avoided. The impression information then is transferred to a computer and used to create restorations, often without the need for stone models.

Benefits of Digital Impressions

Digital optical impressions significantly increase efficiency, productivity, and accuracy, and make it possible for dentists to e-mail the virtual impression to the laboratory, rather than send a traditional impression or stone model via regular mail. Also, digital impressions can be used to make same-day dentistry restorations, thereby speeding up patient treatment and reducing the need for multiple office visits.

Other benefits of digital impressions include:

  • Improved image/impression quality for better-fitting restorations

  • Less chair time

  • No need for distasteful impression materials that cause some patients to gag

  • More comfortable, less anxious experience for patients and the dental team

  • Reduced possibility of impression-taking errors and elimination of material inaccuracies for fewer restoration mistakes

  • Patients tend to appreciate the new technology and state-of-the-art dental care, so they become more engaged in, and better informed about, the treatment process because they can see their impressions on-screen chairside.

  • The scan of the teeth being restored, as well as the opposing teeth and bite, can be completed in just three to five minutes.

  • The digital impression can be stored electronically indefinitely, which saves space, contributes to efficient recordkeeping, and supports a paper-free environment.

  • Green dentistry and eco-friendly aspects include eliminating the need for disposable plastic trays and impression materials, which otherwise would be polluting landfill space; digital data is eliminated with the “delete” button.

Digital Impressions vs. Traditional Impressions

Traditional impression-taking potentially involves multiple materials and occasionally more steps. Because this is a highly delicate and skilled process, it is easier to introduce error throughout any of the numerous steps involved, either from the human element, or material defects such as voids, air bubbles, or improper setting or distortions.

Digital impression devices eliminate much of the labor and guesswork associated with traditional impressions, and greatly reduce or eliminate errors. Simultaneously they increase time savings, both during the impression appointment and delivery of the restorations.

Digital impression devices, in most cases, eliminate the need for a return visit to the office considering the restoration can be made in the dentist’s office rather than be shipped to a laboratory. If they are not made within the dental office, in most instances the restoration can be fabricated faster due to the elimination of the working time required with traditional materials, such as stone, and shipping times.

Digital impressions prevent the need for impression materials to be placed in the mouth for upwards of five minutes during conventional techniques. This allows patients who are fearful of gagging, or claustrophobic, to be more comfortable throughout the procedure. This advanced technology has allowed many patients to get their much needed dental work completed, which they may have avoided preventing the use of conventional impressions.

With a physical impression, dentists rely on visual (usually with loupes) evaluations to determine if the impressions are ready to ship to the laboratory. A traditional impression is captured in the negative, making it more difficult to identify mistakes. If mistakes are identified, the dentist will need to take another impression, which means patients must undergo the procedure again, resulting in greater inconvenience and a longer appointment, as well as time lost, and added cost and material use for the dentist.

On the other hand, a digital scan enables dentists to see the “positive” image and magnify and evaluate it carefully. Errors can be corrected immediately before submitting the impression to the laboratory. With digital impressions, when the final impression is scanned and the bite registration obtained, a virtually articulated model of the preparation (one showing how the upper and lower teeth come together) is visible on the monitor.

The system also will indicate in color if any areas of inadequate tooth reduction are present. This allows dentists to modify the amount of tooth reduction immediately to ensure that proposed restorations will fit comfortably and function properly.

If an area is missed in the initial digital scan, some digital impression systems allow the operator to “patch” the scan without retaking the entire impression.

With digital impression technology, additional scans can be layered onto the original virtual model for enhanced visual representation. A repeat scan to capture a revised or voided image improves the previous virtual model, without introducing new errors. Only the previously missing data is added to the model. The more scans that are added, the more accurate the virtual model; this is exactly the opposite of a traditional physical impression.

As the dentist reviews the electronic real-time image, he or she can enlarge and manipulate it for enhanced detail to ensure that any possible mistakes are identified and corrected onscreen before sending the digital impression electronically to the dental laboratory or in-office dental CAD/CAM system. The delivery workflow will vary depending on the digital impression system the dental practice works with. Current digital impression systems available for the dental office are digital impressions only or digital chairside CAD/CAM systems.