South Chico Dental Care
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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It’s normal to have questions about your health care. Here at South Chico Dental Care, we encourage and invite your questions. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in our care. 

Some of our most commonly asked questions are listed here. If yours is not, please give us a call or email us on our contact page and we will be happy to make sure you get the answers you need!

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Molar Root Canal Therapy in Chico, CAdental equipment and fake teeth | Root Canal Therapy in Chico CA

Yes, Dr. Daniel D. Surh, DMD performs most of the molar canal cases for his patients. If you have been experiencing tooth pain or have been diagnosed with needing a root canal treatment, our comfortable office in Chico, CA would be happy to help ease your tooth pain

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Whether you are experiencing tooth pain and need a diagnosis from a dentist or you know that you need a root canal to ease your tooth pain, our office would be happy to help. Contact our Chico, CA office to schedule your first appointment with us. 

Bonded Restorations

If you are like most people, chances are pretty good that you’ll have at least one cavity in your life. We offer modern dental restorations at our Chico, CA dental practice that can keep tooth decay from spreading and preserve your tooth.

Of course, it’s best to try and prevent dental decay from forming in the first place, which is why we recommend that you come in twice a year for a dental checkup and tooth cleaning. We also recommend:

  • Brushing at least twice a day and flossing once—preferably before bedtime
  • Eat a healthy diet that is conducive to good oral health
  • Find out from your dentist what else you might be able to do to promote good oral health

When a dental restoration is needed, we recommend prompt treatment. We use tooth-colored composite material for natural-looking fillings that are virtually invisible. We can also use this same material to fix cavities or other flaws at the front of the mouth since they blend in so seamlessly with your teeth.

You can count on our Chico, CA dental practice to provide you with durable restorations when you develop dental decay. Don’t put off seeking treatment because cavities will just get worse if they are not filled. Call us today to make an appointment!

Comprehensive Family Dentistry

man sitting outside | Family Dentistry in Chico CA | Dr Daniel D SurhYour oral hygiene starts at home. It's crucial to maintain a regular regimen of brushing and flossing to keep your pearly whites shiny and to prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Seeing a dentist regularly is crucial to discovering oral health issues before they become problems. Gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay are the most common problems that your Chico, CA dentist identifies with patients. This is why we recommend that you see your dentist twice a year. 

Why Can't I Go Once a Year?

Because you and your dentist love to catch up on each other's lives! Apart from your lovely conversation, there's a reason your Chico, CA dentist puts you down for two visits a year. Regular visits help your dentist keep a log of your ongoing oral health and note any changes from your last visit. Plus, regardless of how meticulous you might be with brushing and flossing, only your dentist can remove tartar and plaque buildup. Your dental visits also keep track of your general health; in many cases, dentists can identify diabetes, heart disease, and other issues!

Taking Care of Yourself between Visits

It goes without saying that in between your two annual visits, it's essential that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Flossing at least once a day helps remove food debris and plaque. Have you seen your Chico, CA dentist recently? Call us today!

two kids smiling | Family Dentistry in Chico CA | South Chico Dental CareThe standard age for children going to their first Chico, CA dental visit is as soon as their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. Caring for your child's baby teeth requires extra care, and your dentist will go over advice and tips to ensure you have all the information you need. As your child grows, your dentist will advise on how often dental visits should be. Typically, most dentists suggest a six-month check-up to prevent cavities or other tooth issues; however, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits to achieve perfect oral health. 

The Importance of Oral Hygiene for Kids

Talk with your family dentist about how often your child should visit for a dental check-up. In between your twice annual dental visits, it's important that parents instill an excellent system of oral hygiene in their home. Brushing your teeth along with your child can help them perfect their technique by watching you; as well as understand the importance of timing. Many dentists recommend a gentle electric toothbrush with a built-in timer to help time each brushing session. 

We Are Here To Help

At South Chico Dental Care we believe that good oral health starts young. We are happy to provide dental advice for any parents with questions, and we can show techniques that will encourage future oral success with our smallest patients! Call today to schedule your child's first teeth cleaning!

Maintaining a regular oral health regimen is important for your smile and your general health. 

During Your Cleaning & Exam

girl smiling in the dental chair | Dentist in Chico CA | South Chico Dental CareDental exams are a standard part of preventative care, and are nothing to be anxious about! During your routine  dental exam, your dentist will perform an oral examination of your mouth while checking for cavities and gum disease. At South Chico Dental Care, your dentist will check to make sure you don't have any oral health issues that could develop into future problems.

Your dentist may check your neck and mouth for any irregularities and to ensure that you are perfectly healthy. Your dental exam may include x-rays, photos, or other diagnostic methods. 

Your Chico, CA dentist will check your teeth, gums, and mouth. They will also check for gum disease, tooth decay, as well as cavities. During your dental cleaning, any stains or plaque will be removed to restore your smile's brilliance. If you require any fluoride or sealants, your dentist will recommend them to you and explain their benefits. 

During your exam, you may go over your lifestyle, your diet, and brushing and flossing techniques. Your dentist may recommend different toothbrushes, ways of brushing, or other dental tips to ensure your future oral health. If you have teeth that are causing you issues or that you would like cosmetically changed, your dental cleaning is a great visit to start communication about improving your smile. 

Maintaining Oral Health & Preventing Treatment

It's essential to maintain regular dental exams to protect your oral and general health. Your dentist has a unique vantage point to document any changes in your mouth and health every six months and can let you know about any potential problems. 

If you're nervous about your dental cleaning, communicate with your dental team at South Chico Dental Care. We will work with you to keep you comfortable! Contact us today to schedule a cleaning.

Dental Crowns

woman pondering dental implants | Dental Implants in Chico CA | South Chico Dental CareDental Implant Therapy in Chico, CA

Yes, Dr. Surh performs dental implant therapy to replace missing teeth. Whether you have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, trauma, or a failed root canal, the team at South Chico Dental Care takes your dental care very seriously. We specialize in tooth replacement for both aesthetic reasons and functionality with dental implants. 

Pricing Information

The current special pricing for the whole treatment including the permanent implant crown is $2,400. You can find more information about accepted insurance plans and payment methods on our Financials page.

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  Please contact our Chico office for more information and to book your consultation today.

Dental Implant Therapy

woman pondering dental implants | Dental Implants in Chico CA | South Chico Dental CareDental Implant Therapy in Chico, CA

Yes, Dr. Surh performs dental implant therapy to replace missing teeth. Whether you have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, trauma, or a failed root canal, the team at South Chico Dental Care takes your dental care very seriously. We specialize in tooth replacement for both aesthetic reasons and functionality with dental implants. 

Pricing Information

The current special pricing for the whole treatment including the permanent implant crown is $2,400. You can find more information about accepted insurance plans and payment methods on our Financials page.

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  Please contact our Chico office for more information and to book your consultation today.

At South Chico Dental Care, we are in-network with many of the major insurance companies. As a courtesy, we will file your insurance claim for you. If you have a dental paper with a question mark on itinsurance plan that is not listed here, please contact our office to see if we accept your insurance.

  • Aetna PPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/Prudent Buyer PPO+
  • Assurant
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO 100
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO 200
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO 300
  • Blue Shield
  • Cigna Dental PPO (Radius)
  • Cigna Dental PPO (Core)
  • Connection Dental/GEHA
  • Dental Benefit Providers
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • Dentemax
  • Dental PPA
  • Guardian
  • Humana/Comp Benefits
  • Mavarest
  • MetLife PDP (PPO)
  • Premier Access PPO
  • Principle PPO
  • United Concordia
  • United Healthcare

We Will Work With You

Many of our patients have other insurance plans or no insurance at all. We will work with you to determine the cost of your treatment and help you estimate any out-of-pocket expenses. We can also work with you to complete your necessary treatment in phases so that you can fit your necessary dental care into your budget. 

CareCredit as an Option for You

As an additional option, we offer financing through CareCredit for those patients wishing to break down their dental payments over time.

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Contact our office to discuss financial options with our helpful team and take the first step to improved dental health and overall wellness.

Nightguards and Appliances

You're Not AloneJaw Pain | South Chico Dental Care | California

If you wake up with jaw pain and headaches, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from a serious-but-common dental condition called bruxism. Bruxism is defined as "excessive clenching or grinding of your teeth." It usually happens while you sleep but may happen during the day, as well, particularly in stressful situations or during rigorous exercise.

Possible Causes of Morning Jaw Pain

If you wake up with jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, sore teeth, or neck pain, you might be clenching and grinding your teeth. This behavior can cause serious damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw joints. Therefore, addressing it as soon as possible when you notice the symptoms can help prevent extensive damage.

Bruxism and Custom Nightguards

At South Chico Dental Care, we treat bruxism with custom nightguards. Not only do they protect your teeth, but they also help to relieve the symptoms of clenching and grinding by guiding your jaw into a comfortable position. Our patients report getting used to wearing nightguards to bed after only a couple of nights. Because we create custom appliances, they fit snugly and stay where they belong while you sleep. Investing in a nightguard can save you thousands in damaged teeth and dentistry. They are a part of many patients' preventive dental care routines.

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Ready to investigate the source of your jaw pain? Contact our office today to schedule your consultation and take a step towards living a pain-free life.

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Disease Gum Disease | south Chico Dental Care | California

When your gums bleed, it is your body's way of asking you to take notice because there is a problem. Bleeding gums are a sign of a serious condition called periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.

Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissue surrounding your teeth. It occurs because bacteria collect at your gum line along with food particles. Together, they can cause an infection as well as unsightly plaque and tartar at your gum line.

Treating Gum Disease

When your gums bleed and hurt, you might be inclined to avoid brushing or flossing. However, that is the opposite of what is necessary to restore your periodontal health. Diligent brushing and flossing, as well as a trip to the dentist, will help you get back on track.

Side Effect of Untreated Gum Disease

Failure to treat gum disease can result in some serious consequences, such as bad breath, sensitivity, pain, loose teeth, bone loss, and in severe cases, tooth loss. Researchers have also linked periodontal disease to systemic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses.

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In many cases, we can reverse gum disease in its early stages. When you come to South Chico Dental Care, Dr. Daniel Surh and his skilled hygienist will determine the best course of treatment to restore your periodontal health. Call our office today to schedule your consultation.

Six Month Smiles

Adult Braces | South Chico Dental Care | California

More adults than ever are choosing to get braces, often because they didn’t have the opportunity when they were children.

Adult Braces

While many adult patients want to improve their smile’s appearance with straighter teeth, they express dread and concern about the hassles commonly associated with traditional orthodontics.

Six Month Smiles

Dr. Daniel Surh offers a solution that allows our adult patients to have a straighter, more beautiful smile in a short amount of time. Six Month Smiles uses nearly invisible bracket technology that moves teeth quickly and comfortably into a more aesthetic arrangement.

Because Six Month Smiles only focuses on the teeth that show when you smile, your treatment time is shorter. Most cases complete in an average of just six months. That makes Six Month Smiles faster than clear aligner systems like Invisalign. The reduced treatment time also helps keep costs lower.

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If you are an adult who is seeking to improve the appearance of your smile by straightening your teeth, please contact our office for an evaluation. 

Under Armour Mouthguards

When it comes to protecting the teeth of the athletes in your family, mouthguards are an essential piece of equipment. Specific sports are more associated with injuries and trauma than others, but any time you or your child is put at risk of sudden impact because of another player, a high-speed ball, or any other equipment, mouthguards are a necessity. Many athletic programs, from young children through college age, now require that team members wear mouthguards.

At our Chico, CA dental office, we use Under Armour mouthguards because of their comfortable, streamlined fit. Unlike the mouthguards you purchase at the sporting goods store, Under Armour mouthguards are made to fit snugly. Because they are more comfortable, athletes are more apt to wear them consistently, which is essential to protect the teeth.

Under Armour is a well-respected brand name of sports equipment, and its mouthguards tend to be more affordable than many other brands, so purchasing them can fit into most family budgets. Under Armour mouthguards also come with a $32,000 dental warranty, which provides peace of mind.

Don’t risk tooth damage because of trauma from sports. Call our Chico, CA dental office to learn more about comfortable, effective Under Armour mouthguards.

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