General Dentistry

For a lifetime of healthy and happy smiles, general dental care is an essential component.

Our general dentistry services include standard cleanings and examinations, along with minor repairs and restorations.

At Nevada City Smiles, we understand how important a smile can have on someone’s confidence and health. This is why our team in Nevada City, CA is committed to taking the proper steps to protect and strengthen our oral health so that you can go on smiling for years to come. Learn more about all the ways we can benefit your smile!

Cleanings & Exams

If your goal is to have a happy, healthy smile, then regular visits to our office are a must. During your appointments, we will conduct an examination where we evaluate the overall health of your mouth, looking for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease. After your examination, our team will professionally clean your mouth thoroughly, removing any tartar or plaque buildup, leaving you behind a fresh and brighter smile.


If there are holes in your teeth due to cavities, it is important to have this filled as soon as possible. The longer the holes remain open, the more harmful bacteria have time to enter in, creating more damage to the already weakened tooth. At Nevada City Smiles, we are proud to say that we are a mercury-free practice, meaning that we do not use mercury as fillings. Instead, we offer tooth-colored restorations and porcelain inlays that not only look good but are also very strong. The end result is an aesthetically pleasing finish.

If you already have one or more mercury fillings placed from past dental work, we are also able to remove and replace them with more biocompatible materials. Mercury fillings are not only unsightly, but they can poorly impact your health as well. This is because mercury is steadily ingested overtime as you eat, drink, brush, or floss – teeth grinding may even cause you to inhale the vapors particles. As this continues, it can contribute to mercury toxicity and cause symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and memory loss; in addition to this, it places you at risk for a variety of health conditions. 

To discuss your need for a filling or prophylactic removal of a mercury filling, contact our office today!


Dental sealants are a great way to protect your pearly whites from plaque and bacteria. This simple procedure involves painting an acrylic coating onto the surface of each tooth, which effectively seals those deep grooves acting as barriers for enamel against acids found in the food we consume every day. Dental sealants are a great way to keep your teeth healthy and fight against tooth decay and can be used by children or adults.

Bridges & Crowns

Each tooth plays an important role in your oral health. If you are missing one or more, this can have a negative effect not only on your smile but on your health as well. One option for replacing a missing tooth is through dental bridges. There are two types: fixed and removable bridges. Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or bonding artificial ones directly to them while removable ones can be attached with metal clasps. Once a dental bridge is in place, it will be covered with a dental crown, which will look and feel like your natural teeth so you can go back to smiling confidently again.

Tooth Extractions

Though we strive to exhaust all other options before we turn to extract a tooth, sometimes a tooth extraction may be necessary in order to preserve the overall health of the mouth. There are a number of reasons why we may resort to tooth extraction, such as severe decay or gum disease. In some cases, a tooth may need to come out because it’s positioned improperly within the mouth and has become impacted. For the tooth extraction procedure, our team ensures that the area is properly numb before going in and extracting the tooth. There might be some discomfort after the extraction, but our team will be there to assist you every step of the way.

Non-Surgical Root Canals

The majority of people in America will have a root canal sometime during their lifetime. Well over 14 million procedures are performed every year, and it’s one way to avoid having dental implants or bridges installed. If you have a swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, and pain in your gums then there is a high chance that you may need a root canal. Our professionals will numb the area with a local anesthetic and go into the tooth to restore the diseased pulp. A root canal typically requires one visit, but depending on the mouth, it could demand more visits. 

If you are in need of a root canal or would simply like to learn more about the general dentistry options that are available at our practice, give our office a call today!

Same-Day Emergency Service

A dental emergency is any type of accident or injury that occurs to the teeth, gums, or oral structures that require urgent medical treatment. Common dental emergencies include cracked or broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, gum lacerations, and severe toothaches. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, the most important thing is to seek professional help right away so that further damage is avoided and the best possible outcome is achieved.

We understand that dental emergencies can be very stressful, which is why our team is proud to provide our patients with same-day emergency service. With timely emergency care, we are able to accommodate these patients and deliver the best care when they need it most. By addressing their needs immediately, we can avoid the worry and solve problems in a hurry!

If you are ever in need of emergency dental care, please contact our office right away and we will work you into our schedule as soon as possible!

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