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James C. Calcagno, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentistry

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early-detectionOral cancer often begins as a small red or white lesion and can affect any part of the oral cavity. Patients are often un-aware of abnormal cells or suspicious lesions in their mouths. Dentists and dental hygienists have the tools and knowledge to screen for oral cancer and incorporate a cancer screening in their dental exams.

Signs of oral cancer may include red or white patches, lumps, or crusted lesions. Monitoring them for any changes in size or color is important. Tobacco and alcohol consumption increase the risk for oral cancer. Should you notice any changes to your oral mucosa or suspicious lesion, contact your dentist for an evaluation.

tmjMany people suffer from jaw pain or facial pain. The Temporomandibular Joint is made from two joints ligaments, and muscles that allow us to open and close our mouth. In between the TM joint lies a disc that helps cushion the joint. This allows us to open, close, shift and allow our mouth to move freely. When this disc is damaged or stressed, it can result in jaw pain. Dentists and hygienists are able to detect TM Joint disorders by palpating for popping or clicking of the jaw, headaches, excessive wear or fractures of the teeth, and range of motion.

Some causes of TM joint discomfort are resulted from a bad bite, grinding, clenching, arthritis, or injury. The diagnosis of TM Joint disorder may require a thorough evaluation of a patients medical history, dental X-rays, and cast models of the teeth ( impressions).

x-rayMany patients are unsure about the actual risks and benefits of dental x-rays. As a practicing dentist for the past 25 years, I have encountered many patients with these concerns. I take them seriously and support their desire to have the least amount of radiation exposure as possible BUT there are benefits to having routine x-rays for most people that out weigh the risks.

Through the careful use of x-rays we are able to detect and measure dental decay, bone irregularities, root pathologies, periodontal disease, the eruption of teeth, and countless other issues. Early detection of hidden problems allow dental professionals to intervene and correct problems before they become more serious, and this in turn has helped people keep their teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime.

invisalignThere are many reasons why adults choose or are recommended to correct their bite. Some of those reasons include: straightening, improving a “bad bite”, prevention of periodontal disease, function, and cosmetics. As we age, our teeth can shift causing malocclusion and crowding. To correct these problems, Orthodontic treatment is often necessary. If a person has a “bad bite”, overtime this could cause excessive wear on their teeth and casue discomfort, broken restorations, fractured teeth, sensitivity, and areas that are difficult to clean.

brushWelcome to our blog! This is our first blog, so we decided to talk a little about a common dental problem, one we see almost daily. Do you have sensitive teeth? What is a sensitive tooth?

A sensitive tooth is one that responds abnormally to something like heat, cold, or pressure. In most cases it is a simple problem, easily managed. But in other cases it can be severe, and need more attention from the professionals!

Client Testimonials

Dr Calcagno has been my dentists for over 20 years. He and his entire staff will always spend time to have everything explained to you and what all the possible options are. They will treat you like family, need I say more!5stars
I always have a great experience at Dr. Calcagno's office. Dr. Calcagno and his Staff are always very caring and positive. It is a wonderful environment and always love to go back to his office. They have taken care of all my dental needs and go above and beyond for their clients. 5stars
Always satisfied with the expert service from Dr. Calcagno and his very qualified staff.5stars

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As always!!!...the best care a patient can receive. Dr. Calcagno, you and your staff have my healthcare at the top of your mission. Thank you for a wonderful visit and keeping my smile, smiling!!! Enjoy your work days and keep those smiles coming.5stars
I love this dental office! The whole office is so professional yet super friendly. The office staff sets the tone by knowing exactly who you are when you walk in the door. The hygienist does the best job ever, and the doctor is super friendly at the same time explaining the best course of action to correct any problems without feeling any pressure. I highly recommend this dental office!5stars

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As always, a very pleasant, relaxing visit..this team is the best! And Dr.Calcagno their suburb leader!5stars
My dental hygenist does an excellent job of cleaning my teeth in a thorough and efficient manner. The dentist exam is also thorough and I appreciate that he keeps me informed about areas of concern and what his plan of action is.5stars
The dental asst always makes me feel so comfortable so my anticipation is never stressful. I thought i was going to need a crown or at the least a new filling but he was able to repair the tooth... Thank you Dr. Calcagno and staff.5stars

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The entire staff is excellent in delivering the highest quality dental care under the guidance of Dr. Calcagno. I drive from San Jose to see the Calcagno team. They are, far and away, the very best.5stars
Camille is very professional and excellent at what she does. She always makes me feel comfortable. Recently, someone tried to recruit my husband and I to their dental practice. I told my husband; "no Camille, no deal!" My experience with Dr. Calcagno and his staff has made the experience of "going to the dentist," pleasurable. Thank you.5stars

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