By Laura L. Halvorsen, D.D.S
October 02, 2017
Category: Dentures
Tags: dentures  

Has tooth loss altered your smile? Moraga, CA, dentist Dr. Laura Halvorsen explains how you can benefit from dentures.

Replacing lost teeth offers important advantages dentures

Dentures can help you:

  • Eat a Varied Diet: The healthiest diet is one that contains a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat, poultry, fish and whole grains. Unfortunately, your ability to eat the foods you need to stay healthy declines after you lose teeth. Thanks to dentures, you won't need to limit your diet to soft foods.
  • Speak Clearly: Your teeth, tongue and lips work together when you form words. If teeth are missing, it may be hard to make certain sounds or pronounce words easily. Dentures restore your ability to speak easily and clearly.
  • Prevent Sagging: Your teeth help support the muscles in your lower face. Wearing dentures can help you avoid the sagging that often occurs after tooth loss.

Choose from several types of dentures

During your visit to our Moraga office, we'll explain denture options, including:

  • Full Dentures: These dentures are recommended if you've lost all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw or both jaw. They consist of artificial teeth added to a pink base designed to look like natural gum tissue. You'll receive full dentures after your mouth has healed from tooth extractions.
  • Immediate Dentures: There's no waiting involved with immediate dentures. You'll receive them immediately after your extractions. Because your mouth changes as it heals, you'll eventually need to have immediate dentures relined or rebased to ensure a comfortable fit.
  • Overdentures: If tooth remnants remain, overdentures may be recommended. The dentures fit over broken teeth, allowing you to keep the tooth roots responsible for a strong jawbone.
  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are a good choice if you have some remaining teeth. The dentures are attached to your teeth with small hooks or other types of connectors.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures are supported by a metal framework attached to titanium implants placed in your jawbone. These dentures are less likely to slip and make it easier to chew hard foods.

Are you ready to restore your smile with dentures? Call Moraga, CA, dentist Dr. Laura Halvorsen at (925) 376-4626 to schedule an appointment.

By Laura L. Halvorsen
August 01, 2017
Tags: Dental Implants   veneers  

Achieve the smile you’ve always wanted with these simple yet effective restorations.Dental Appliances


A smile is often one of the first things we notice about a person. So, what does your smile say about you? If it doesn’t say the things you hoped it would, thanks to some annoying imperfections, then our Moraga, CA, dentist Dr. Laura Halvorsen can certainly help turn it around with these cosmetic and restorative dental options:

Dental Veneers

Are you dealing with any of these issues?

  • Discolorations in multiple teeth (that don’t respond to professional teeth whitening)
  • Chips, cracks, breaks or fractures
  • Gaps in teeth
  • Twisted, crooked or overlapping teeth
  • Worn down, short or uneven teeth (often the result from years of teeth grinding)
  • Malformed teeth
  • Unevenly spaced teeth or crowding

If you said “yes” to any of the above issues, then you are in luck. Dental veneers can hide these flaws to give you a smile that will be even and more radiant. How can they do this? Well, these very thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide all these problems.

Veneers can easily alter the shape, length or overall color of your smile in just a couple visits and with minimally invasive techniques.

Dental Crowns

On the other hand, there is some dental work out there that provides both restorative and cosmetic benefits. One of those restorations is a dental crown. These tooth-shaped restorations are tailor made to fit completely over one or more teeth. They can be used to protect a tooth that has been weakened by decay, an infection or by physical trauma. By placing the crown over the tooth it now becomes its new permanent outer layer that is stronger and more resilient.

Of course, crowns can also be used for other purposes. Perhaps you also have a tooth that is severely discolored, malformed or has other severe aesthetic imperfections. If this is the case, then our Moraga, CA, cosmetic dentist may actually recommend getting a dental crown to improve the health and appearance of your tooth.

Crowns can also be used to support a dental bridge (to replace missing teeth) or can be used to cover a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth.

Here in Moraga, CA, Dr. Laura Halvorsen is dedicated to giving you a beautiful, healthy smile. If you want to find out how cosmetic or restorative dentistry can help you then call our office today.

By Laura L. Halvorsen
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental

Are you concerned about the space left by tooth loss? When someone loses a tooth due to decay, infection or injury, the supporting bonedental implants and gum tissue begin to recede. Additionally, the teeth adjacent to the empty socket weaken and move toward it. You can imagine that the dental bite and smile aesthetics change dramatically as a result.

What's the solution? Dr. Laura Halvorsen, your dentist in Moraga, CA, recommends dental implant placement for patients who have healthy jaw bones and good oral and overall health. Do you qualify for this outstanding tooth replacement? Here are the benefits of dental implants and how Dr. Halvorsen places them. The treatment is simpler and more successful than you may think.

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a completely artificial tooth from root to crown. It is composed of three distinct parts:

  1. A titanium screw which resides in the jaw bone, substituting for the natural tooth root
  2. A metal alloy extension post which is bonded to the implant and extends above the gum line
  3. A realistic porcelain crown which finishes, or restores, the implant

Millions of single-tooth implants are placed annually--2.3 million in the United States alone according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Given the success rate of dental implants (upwards of 90 percent), these prosthetics likely will last for decades. Implants possess great adaptability, too, as dentists use them to support fixed bridgework and full and partial dentures.

How Does Your Moraga Dentist Place an Implant?

First, Dr. Halvorsen performs a comprehensive oral examination and takes digital X-rays to ensure the patient has good oral and overall health. She also ensures there is sufficient bone to anchor the implant. With that information, she proceeds with the placement of the implant. In the ensuing weeks, the titanium implant bonds to the jaw bone through osseointegration--quite literally a fusing of the jaw bone to the prosthetic device. This foundation allows for later placement of the extension post and customized porcelain crown.

After an implant is completed, the patient enjoys normal biting, chewing, appearance and speech. Gone are the aesthetic and oral health difficulties associated with smile gaps and ill-fitting dentures. Patients report that their implants look, feel and act like real teeth. Plus, care is as easy as daily flossing and twice-daily brushing along with six-month exams and cleanings with Dr. Halvorsen.

What Can We Do for You?

If you are facing tooth loss or already have a smile gap, contact Dr. Halvorsen for an implant consultation. She'll explain your options so you understand how dental implants could complete your smile. Please call the office in Moraga, CA, today at (925) 376-4626.

By Laura L. Halvorsen
March 31, 2017
Category: Dental
Tags: Dental Implants  

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Cosmetic Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your cosmetic dentist to schedule an appointment.

By Laura L. Halvorsen
March 31, 2017
Category: Dental
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Welcome to the Blog of Country Club Dr Moraga, CA

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Moraga, CA area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health. 

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