Lake Nona Family Dentistry

At All Smiles Big and Small, Dr. Gabriel Sangalang and Dr. Patricia Villalta and their team of assistants provide complete dentistry services for patients of all ages. Below are some of the most common procedures.

Dental Fillings

Filling a tooth that has only a small amount of decay is the best way to preserve it. To complete this process, your dentist removes that decayed portion and replaces it with composite filling material. The filling material typically goes directly on top of your tooth. Dr. Sangalang or Dr. Villalta uses an air abrasion instrument or dental drill to remove only the decayed portion of the affected tooth. Your dentist then places resin material over the new hole in your tooth, applies the filling material, and holds a curing light over it to force the hardening process.

Tooth Extractions

Although saving a tooth is always a priority, sometimes this just isn’t possible due to decay, infection, or trauma. You may also have extra teeth that serve no useful purpose, such as wisdom teeth. Prior to extracting your tooth, Dr. Sangalang or Dr. Villalta will review your medical history to ensure that you’re in good health prior to the extraction.

Before starting the procedure, your dentist provides you with anesthesia so you don’t feel any discomfort. She then expands the tooth socket and separates it from its ligament. With a set of dental instruments called forceps and a dental elevator, your dentist applies firm pressure to the tooth until it becomes loose enough to remove. Once the tooth is out, your dentist will place gauze in the space and ask you to bite down firmly to control post-surgical bleeding.

Treatment of TMJ

You have temporomandibular joints in both the lower and upper portions of your jaw. This is what holds them together and enables you to chew your food, speak, sneeze, yawn, and more. When you have chronic pain in these joints, it means you could have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Common causes include arthritis, frequent clenching of teeth, jaw injury, and a slipped disc. Some of the symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Popping or clicking sound when opening your jaw
  • Facial swelling
  • Feeling tired after eating or speaking
  • Difficulty chewing your food

Dr. Sangalang and Dr. Villalta always attempt conservative treatments for TMJ first. Some of these include applying an ice pack to the tender areas, taking non-prescription pain medication, or wearing a night guard to prevent tooth grinding. It’s only when TMJ becomes advanced and these methods don’t help to relieve it that your dentist might recommend surgical correction.