Dr. Dante Gonzales, DMD


Dr. Gonzales, Sharecare Editorial Advisory Board Member, received his bachelor's degree from U.C.L.A. and attended Tufts University School of Dentistry. His postgraduate residency and masters degree was completed at the orthodontics program in the University of the Pacific, in San Francisco. Dr. Gonzales is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Currently, Dr. Gonzales is in private practice in Dublin, California. Education: • Bachelor’s Degree: UCLA • Post Graduate: Tufts University School of Dentistry • Masters Degree: Orthodontics, University of the Pacific, San Francisco Residency: • University of the Pacific Certification: • American Board of Orthodontics • American Association of Orthodontists



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  • White spots on your teeth are not always the same. White spots on your teeth can have different causes.

    • Hypocalcification - Most white spots are formed during the time the tooth is developing inside of the jaw. The tooth may have been disturbed, or the some change in the body caused the
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  • That all depends on how deep the tooth decay is.

    • If the tooth decay is very superficial then brushing, flossing, and fluoride treatments will usually help arrest the decay and prevent a cavity from forming.
    • Once the decay has penetrated into the tooth enamel and formed a cavity then
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  • An orthodontic chin cup is an extraoral (outside of the mouth) appliance. The appliance is used to effect an orthopedic (skeletal) change in the relationship between the upper and lower jaws. Young patients that have a larger than normal mandible (lower jaw) will usually present with an "underbite"

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  • Reverse pull headgear, also known as a "facemask", is a semi-custom appliance. This appliance is pre-made and is adjusted to fit on the patients face. The appliance has pads that can usually be adjusted to fit comfortably on the forehead and chin by moving them either up or down. In addition, there

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  • The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation at age 7. The reason being is that many of the permanent teeth are erupting at this age and the bite is starting to develop. An orthodontic evaluation will help determine if there are any serious problems developing. If

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  • Although the nerve and the blood supply have been removed from your tooth during the rooth canal, the tissues surrounding the tooth, like the periodontal ligaments, may have some residual inflammation. This inflammation can make the tooth sensitive even after you have removed the nerve during the...Read More
  • Every cavity should be taken very seriously. A cavity, if left untreated, can eventually infect the pulp of the tooth. Once the pulp of the tooth is infected, root canal therapy and a crown may be needed in order to save the tooth. If a cavity is detected by your dentist early, then the treatment needed...Read More
  • Dante Gonzales, DMD has posted a blog entry:

    To X-ray or not X-ray . . .

    A recent study published in the scientific journal Cancer associates dental X-rays with an increased risk of developing

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  • Once the cavity or crack has reached the pulp of the tooth, root canal therapy will help prevent further progression of the diseased tooth, and help relieve any pain. Once the pulp is infected or there is a crack into the pulp chamber then there are really only two choices, root canal therapy or

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  • Root canals are usually only needed when there is decay or a crack into the pulp chamber of the tooth. Good oral hygiene, seeing your dentist regularly, and protecting the teeth from trauma will help prevent the need for a root canal. Brushing and flossing everyday should help prevent cavities, h

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  • A tooth with a root canal can be weaker than a healthy tooth without a root canal. However, teeth with root canals can last a lifetime if taken care of. The support structures like the bone and ligaments are still intact and healthy. But, if not taken care of, the tooth could suffer periodontal disease,...Read More
  • There are many advantages to getting a dental implant instead of the alternatives: a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture. The first and foremost advantage is durability. A successful implant placement can last a lifetime.

    Other advantages include not having to cut down adjacent tooth structure

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  • Professional tooth whitening usually involves a much stronger whitening agent (peroxide) in the gel than you can get over the counter. It also involves supervision by your dentist. Usually, the dentist will make a custom whitening kit for you to take home and whiten your teeth at home, but come back

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  • Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can be very harmful to your teeth and your jaw joint (TMJ). Grinding your teeth can lead to excessive wear, chipping, fractures, sensitivity to hot and cold, and even tooth loss. Grinding your teeth is usually done at night when you are asleep and not aware of the damage

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  • Clear plastic retainers, or vacuform retainers, are custom made just like all other retainers. They cover 80-90% of the tooth and hold the teeth in place. There are several different types of plastic that can be used. Some plastics are very clear and almost invisible when worn. There are some other

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