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Meet your Irvine dentist, Dr. Ghatnekar, providing quality care in one of our six treatment rooms
Dr. Jeevan Ghatnekar

Jeevan Ghatnekar DDS, provides a multitude of dental services to address our patients’ dental health needs. With combination of quality patient care and up-to-date technology, our services treat patients of all ages in a comfortable and relaxed setting. In our Irvine, California dental office we perform the following services in these branches of dentistry: General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Orthodontic Fast Braces Family Dentistry, Emergency Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Dental Veneers, Extractions, Surgical extractions with bone grafting, Dentures, Dental Crowns and more. Dr. Ghatnekar and his team are trained to not only treat patients but will identify what caused the dental condition in the first place. This comprehensive approach sets Dr. Ghatnekar patients to achieve their long term dental health.

Patient Information

Happy Patient

When you walk into the office of Dr. Ghatnekar. you will be immediately greeted by our friendly team who are dedicated to make you feel comfortable during your entire appointment. We understand that patients can feel anxious when going to the dentist, and our staff will take the time to listen to all of your concerns and help you understand exactly what your procedure is going to be like. At Dr. Jeevan Ghatnekar, we accept a variety of insurance plans and payment options like cash and credit cards, because we want to provide a beautiful, healthy smile to everyone in the Irvine, Lake Forest and Tustin area. Call Dr. Jeevan Ghatnekar. today at 949-552-1380. Our goal is provide you with the best service available.


Our Services

Checkups & Teeth Cleanings

Normally, two checkups, cleanings each year and a set of Bitewing X Rays every twelve months are all that you need to achieve a healthy and strong smile that’s free of decay and damage. At these appointments, Dr. Ghatnekar will examine your teeth, your gums, tongue, jaw, bite, and surrounding oral structures to make sure that everything is in good shape. He will also do an Oral Cancer Screening once a year. Regular checkups ensure that a small problem doesn’t have the chance to turn into a big one. Our hygienist will remove any harmful plaque or calculus from your teeth, targeting those hard to reach areas that are too small for your brush and floss. We will also educate you about proper brushing techniques and utilizing proper use of oral hygiene accessories. We will recommend any necessary services based on your needs.


Sealants

Your posterior ( back ) teeth (the molars and premolars) have very deep grooves on their chewing surfaces, and they can be so small and narrow that cleaning them yourself at home is basically impossible. Over time, bacteria and plaque can easily build up in these tiny grooves, leading to decay that is very difficult to detect until it is far along. With dental sealants in Irvine, California, we can easily stop this from happening. They involve placing a thin tooth colored resin over the teeth that literally shields them from all cavity-causing factors.

Sealants


Sports Mouth Guard

Service for protecting teeth with a Sports Mouthguard - Image of young boy wearing a sports guard

Dental injuries are very common for a wide variety of sports, contact or otherwise. Most professional athletes have had to get their teeth fixed at one point or another! To ensure that you or your child’s smile stays safe, Dr. Ghatnekar can provide you with a custom-made mouth guard. Unlike a bulky store bought mouth guard, the custom-made mouth guard by Dr. Ghatnekar is unique for each patient’s teeth, leading to a more comfortable fit and better protection at the same time.


Healthy Gums, Healthy Smile

Family Homecare

If your gums are not healthy, the teeth or the smile is not healthy. Without the proper care, plaque and bacteria can build up along the gum line and cause an infection making your gums bleed if left untreated. Our goal is to help our patients avoid gum disease altogether, but if it occurs, we are ready to offer targeted periodontal therapy in Irvine, CA that can take care of it right away. Our services include regular cleanings, deep periodontal cleanings and periodontal treatment or referral to a periodontist.

Periodontal disease can wreak havoc in your mouth. When the sticky plaque that accumulates on your teeth hardens into tartar (or calculus), gums become irritated and bacteria can invade. Gum disease can get increasingly destructive the longer you go without routine professional oral care. Bleeding, red, or swollen gums are a sign that infection has progressed. Without proper treatment, you could loose teeth due to loss of bone surrounding the roots. But a visit to the dentist could save your oral health.


Halitosis

Halitosis

Halitosis refers to bad breath that doesn’t go away even if you brush your teeth or chew freshening gum. It can cause a person to feel really self-conscious in social situations or avoid them altogether, and often, it’s an indicator of an underlying oral infection. We have a number of strategies and services designed to combat halitosis, ensuring that your breath will not only smell fresh today but tomorrow and all the days after as well.


Gum Recession

Service to repair Gum Recession - image of gum recession and inflammation

As gum disease forming bacteria break down the gum tissue around teeth, it causes the gums to pull away or recede from the teeth. This can make the teeth look unnaturally long, plus it exposes the sensitive cementum around the roots of the teeth. This makes them more prone to develop decay and higher sensitivity to cold, sweet and sour foods, that can result into tooth loss. At Dr. Ghatnekar’s office in Irvine, CA, we can help with treating this condition and services to repair gum recession.


If You Are In Pain And Need Help

Common Dental Emergencies Are As Follows

In case of Dental emergency as a result of toothache or trauma please call Dr. Ghatnekar right away. It is good to seek a professional opinion as quickly as possible to prevent the problem from getting worse. Dr. Ghatnekar will be available via facetime or WhatsApp to provide help. Following pointers will help you reduce discomfort in different situations:


The Cost of Treating Dental EmergenciesToothaches

Toothaches can occur due to a large cavity, fractured tooth or from trauma. Cold compression, over the counter medication like Aleve/Advil/Tylenol will help alleviate the pain. You still need to seek professional help. Dr. Ghatnekar offers palliative and restorative services following treatment for toothaches.


Broken / Chipped tooth

If you broke or chipped tooth playing sports or bit on a fork or hard food, store the piece that broke off in a container in water and bring it to the office and we may be able to attach to the broken tooth. There are several service options available depending on the situation.


Knocked Out or Avulsed tooth.

If you loose a tooth as a result of trauma, try to rinse it with water and place it back in the socket without touching the root of the toot. If you are not able to do so, place it in milk or saltwater and bring it to the office. Dr Ghatnekar might be able to place it back in the socket if possible.


Lost Filling or a Crown

Loosing a filling and or crown getting dislodged from a tooth is a common occurrence. Please make sure to find the dislodged restoration, rinse it with water and then put some toothpaste inside the restoration and place it back on the tooth and be careful to not chew anything on that side until you get to Dr. Ghatnekar’s office to have it properly treated.


Jaw and/or Soft Tissue Injuries

Jaw and/or Soft Tissue Injuries

If you’ve suffered a laceration to your gums, we can help with that as well, but if the bleeding doesn’t stop after about 10 minutes of compression, head straight to your local emergency room. You should go to the ER if you suspect that you have a broken jaw as well.

If you are ever unsure whether your situation constitutes a dental emergency, it is best not to ignore the problem. Call your emergency dentist Dr. Ghatnekar, describe your circumstances, and he’ll give you advice on what to do next. In many cases, our dental office will be able to provide you service in a same-day appointment.

In most of the situations above, please call Dr. Ghatnekar’s office and he will be able to Facetime or WhatsApp video call with you and advise you.


The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Treating a dental emergency can be as simple as having a patient take an antibiotic to deal with an infection or as complicated as needing to remove and replace a tooth. It all depends on a person’s specific situation. All service options are more expensive than avoiding an emergency completely, of course, but if you ever require urgent care, we’ll quickly go over what you’ll be expected to pay so there isn’t an unpleasant surprise at checkout.


Restorations That Bring Back Broken Or Decayed Teeth

Service to repair broken tooth - image of broken front tooth and image of it repaired

Many people have teeth that are decayed or damaged, and while these problems might seem small at first, they will likely get worse as time goes by. The teeth can’t naturally heal themselves, but at Dr. Ghatnekar DDS office, we can lend a helping hand with the service of restorative dentistry in Irvine, CA. Using custom-designed restorations like Inlay/Onlay/Crown made of the finest materials, we can make even the most compromised tooth look and function like new again, often in just one or two easy appointments.


Dental Crowns

Service for replacing broken tooth: Dental Crown image

When a tooth has a cavity that is way too large to be repaired with a filling or has developed a sizable crack or chipping, a dental crown is just what would be needed. Made of strong and natural-looking Zirconium or Lithium DiSilicate material which is tooth colored, these restorations fit directly over damaged teeth to protect them as well as bring back their original appearance and function. Every crown Dr. Ghatnekar makes is 100% custom-made, and is made after using an Intraoral Scan of the area. The process takes less than a week or sometimes three days to place on your tooth.


Inlays/ Onlays

Our services include Inlays and onlays are sometimes called “partial cns” because they only cover a portion of a tooth’s surface. This makes them a more conservative approach than a full crown, and they enable Dr. Ghatnekar to preserve more of a tooth while repairing it, making it stronger overall. Inlays can reinforce the interior of a tooth similar to a filling, while onlays can do this and also restore the cusps, or chewing surfaces. Typically, they are made of Lithium DiSilicate or Zirconium and bonded to the tooth.


Tooth Colored Fillings

TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS

Traditional fillings are made of a metallic material called amalgam, and this is why they have such a dark gray color that makes them instantly stick out in any smile. To help us repair our patients’ teeth without changing their appearance, we only use tooth-colored fillings, which are made out of a composite resin. It comes in several natural shades, release fluoride in the tooth and also expand and contract the same way as patients’ natural teeth. meaning we can blend it into a patient’s smile and make the restoration practically invisible.


Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular Dentistry

Your jaw, head, and neck are actually one big interconnected system of muscles, ligaments, and nerves, and because of this, a problem in one part can easily lead to issues in another. Patients experiencing frequent headaches, for example, are surprised to find out that they can often be caused by an out-of-balance jaw joint. If you’re experiencing any kind of chronic pain above and including your shoulders that other doctors haven’t been able to solve, Dr. Ghatnekar can provide answers and services for the relief you need using neuromuscular dentistry.


I am Missing One or More Teeth–Dental Implants/Crown and Bridge

Implants

Whether you are missing one tooth or a full arch of teeth, our dentist and team can help you restore your smile with beautiful, long-lasting results. Dr. Ghatnekar places dental implants in Irvine, California, and can provide you with a strong, beautiful lifelike restoration as well, helping you get the results you desire in our state-of-the-art dental office. Dental implants provide a state-of-the-art solution to tooth loss that’s unmatched by more traditional options. This is because they’re designed to seamlessly replicate every part of the original dental structure, including the root beneath the gum line that stimulates the jawbone and provides an enduring foundation. The final result is durable, attractive, and meant to last for decades or even the rest of the patient’s natural life. At Dr. Ghatnekar’s office in Irvine, California, we can provide every stage of this transformative procedure right here in-office.

Our team utilizes porcelain/or metal free Zirconia dental bridges and zirconia dental crowns to give you a beautiful smile result. Call our office at 949-552-1380 if you have any questions or would like an appointment.

Multiple Services To Repair And Replace Damaged Teeth

At Dr. Ghatnekar’s office Irvine, California we focus on prevention as much as possible to help you avoid major dental problems. But, despite our best efforts, sometimes teeth sustain severe damage from decay, fractures, and other injuries. If we’re unable to repair a damaged tooth with a white composite filling, we might recommend a dental crown. Or, if an extraction is necessary because a tooth can’t be saved as a result of vertical fracture, we have replacement options such as a dental bridge or implant. If you have damaged or missing teeth, please call us to schedule a visit. We’ll create a personalized treatment plan to give you the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve!


How Does a Crown Work?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. It covers the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. There are multiple reasons we may recommend a crown such as protecting a tooth after a root canal, when damage is too severe due to loss of tooth structure to be repaired with a filling, or to mask cosmetic irregularities.

To make a crown the area is anesthetized with a local anesthetic and the tooth is reduced in size and properly shaped to create space for the Crown. After the preparation of the tooth Dr. Ghatnekar uses a digital scan to make a crown for you which is customized to your tooth and cemented on your to about 4-5 days later. During the interim period we place a temporary crown on your tooth which functions like your own tooth. Additional services associated with crowns may include bleaching adjacent teeth to brighten all your teeth.


How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

A dental bridge is a non-removable restoration that replaces a missing tooth by using the two healthy teeth on either side of a missing tooth as a support. After putting dental crowns on these two teeth, they’re fused to a “floating” dental crown in the middle to bridge the gap. This restores the function and appearance of a complete smile. The procedure is very similar to getting a dental crown, and we can make your bridge with the same way we make the single crown.


My Child has Crooked Teeth
Orthodontics, Irvine, California
Enjoy A Straighter And Healthier Smile

Crooked and spaced teeth aren’t only problematic because of cosmetics. Orthodontic concerns can also significantly harm a patient’s health over the years, resulting in a dysfunctional bite, difficulty with oral hygiene. At Dr. Ghatnekar’s office in Irvine, California, patients in need can discover treatment options for finally correcting these issues in the long-term and enjoying a smile that both looks and feels better than ever. Dr. Ghatnekar welcomes you in for a consultation to discuss options and services for orthodontics in Irvine, California.


Functional Orthodontics Services

Functional orthodontics is focused on guiding child’s oral development to ensure that they have a functional as well as an attractive smile. Dr. Ghatnekar can use conservative treatments to correct slight teeth and jaw misalignments early and help your child avoid the need for more extensive care in the future, all the while giving them a well-balanced appearance. This approach can also be used to correct habits like thumb/finger sucking and even increase the size of a patient’s airway to help them get quality sleep every night.


 

FASTBRACES®

Ortho service: link to Fast Braces information

Dr. Ghatnekar uses a FASTBRACES®  technology to straighten your teeth in a very short time. FASTBRACES® is comprehensive orthodontics, just like traditional braces and not short-term cosmetic orthodontics. It is an alternative to conventional treatments and utilizes doctor-prescribed treatment plans to address “bad bites” or malocclusions, such as overbites, underbites, crowding/crooked teeth, spacing/gaps, open bite and crossbites. This technology can be used for children as well as adults and is less expensive and faster in treatment time than traditional orthodontics and Invisalign® Clear Braces.

FASTBRACES® technology allows the process of straightening the roots to an upright position from day one by using patented braces, a patented method for restoring alveolar bone, and a patented method for treating orthodontitis of the gums (gingivitis from crooked teeth). The FASTBRACES® patented technology enables dentist providers to grow alveolar bone in order to straighten teeth quickly and avoid tooth extraction or sometimes even jaw surgery.


Headache Relief And Migraine or TMJ Pain Relief

The acronym “TMJ” is often wrongly used to refer to problems that affect the jaw. TMJ is simply the joint called Temporo Mandibular Joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull; problems with the joint are properly referred to as TMJ dysfunction, or TMD. This painful condition is often the result of stress, a misaligned bite, anatomical defects, or trauma. It can lead to a host of symptoms, including difficulty chewing, headaches, and persistent jaw and neck pain. What can you do to find relief? Your first step should be to schedule a consultation. Dr Ghatnekar has taken additional training to help patients use the right type of TMJ therapy for each unique patient.


Jaw & Neck Pain

TMJ problems may cause pain throughout your jaw and neck and temperature sensitivity in your teeth. While you can use painkillers to mask such symptoms, lasting relief can only be found by addressing the cause of the problem — TMD.


Always Tired & Snoring

Frequent snoring and fatigue are more than just annoyances. They can be signs of obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous disorder that interferes with breathing at night and could indicate the patient to be having hypertension. Dr. Ghatnekar offers effective snoring treatments and services.


Sedation Dentistry Service

Do you struggle with feelings of nervousness, anxiety, or even outright fear when faced with an upcoming dentist’s appointment? You’re not alone. Countless patients of all ages experience these negative emotions, but they can be overcome with the calming power of sedation dentistry in Irvine, California.. Whether you’re in need of treatment for a damaged tooth or extraction of a bad tooth, it’s easier than ever to feel genuinely at ease throughout the procedure here in Irvine, California

Dr. Ghatnekar offers the se oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide sedation (“laughing gas”),


Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation Service

Service for patient comfort - Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

We offer the service of Nitrous Oxide, also known as “Laughing Gas,” which is a pain-relieving gas that is combined with oxygen to help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during their dental treatment. A light, tingling feeling is often experienced by patients as well as an altered sense of time. All patients are candidates for nitrous oxide therapy. It can be used for all cosmetic dentistry and restorative procedures, and it’s available for hygiene visits. Nitrous Oxide is non-allergenic and its effects are completely reversible within a few minutes.

The benefits of Nitrous Oxide are a rapid onset to reduce pain and anxiety, no lingering effects, no hangover effect, and the ability to engage in conversation during treatment. When your treatment is complete, you can even safely drive home or return to work.


Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Our services include Oral Conscious Sedation.  We will give you a prescription for a sedative to take the night before treatment to guarantee a good night’s sleep and to make sure you wake up feeling relaxed. You will take one to two tiny pills before your appointment and have a companion accompany you to our dental office. Upon arrival, you will be relaxed, pain-free, and unaware of the treatment. Our experienced, caring team will monitor and care for you throughout your entire visit. When finished, you will feel like you have had the best nap of your life. It’ll seem like only minutes have passed! Most clients feel no discomfort. Fortunately, sedation medications have an amnesic effect. That means you’ll have very little, if any, memory of the sights, smells, or sounds of your visit. You may be a bit wobbly, so your companion will need to take you home and stay with you until you’ve completely recovered.

You’ll be amazed at how much can be accomplished in such a seemingly short period of time, while you were totally relaxed… and completely comfortable.


Tooth Extraction

While our focus at Dr. Ghatnekar’s Irvine office is on preventative care, we perform tooth extractions on a regular basis. We are always looking for ways to avoid an extraction by keeping your oral health in good shape. We will clean your teeth on a regular basis, discuss a healthy diet with you, and treat gum disease, cavities, and infections to the best of our abilities; in order to keep your teeth healthy and intact. As a general dentist, we will also work to restore your tooth if it has been damaged – all of which can help you maintain your natural teeth for years to come. If you are experiencing discomfort or your tooth is in need of repair, please call our Irvine dental office at (949) 552-1380 to schedule an appointment. During your examination, we will let you know if your tooth can be saved or if a tooth extraction is the best option for preventing the spread of infection and eliminating your discomfort. In our Irvine dentist office, we will take the steps necessary to ensure your comfort so that regardless of which treatment option you select, you will feel relaxed during the process.

The process of having a tooth extraction

If you do need to have a tooth extraction, there are several ways that we can go about the procedure. First, we will numb the area of your mouth so that you do not feel any direct discomfort. You will feel pressure during the procedure but otherwise remain relaxed and comfortable. If your tooth has matured and broken through the gums, we can use dental tools to wiggle the tooth and pull it out of the socket. Afterward, the area will be thoroughly cleaned, irrigated with saline and gauze will be used to stop the bleeding while you recover. If your tooth is impacted oral surgery may be necessary to remove it. When completing this procedure in our dental office, we typically create an incision in the gums so that there is a flap. The flap is gently lifted so that we have access to the impacted tooth. In many cases, we can wiggle the tooth and lift it out of the socket. However, if there is bone or tissue on top of the tooth, it will need to be cut away first. If the tooth is particularly stubborn and not budging, we might need to break it into several pieces and remove it. Once the tooth has been removed from the socket, the area will be thoroughly cleaned before the flap is sutured in place. Gauze is then used to stop the bleeding. Patient is dismissed with ice pack.

How to care for your mouth after a tooth extraction

At Dr. Ghatnekar’s office in Irvine, California, we perform a tooth extraction in the least invasive manner possible to shorten the recovery time. Most of our patients will recover in the office for around an hour while we make sure that the bleeding has sufficiently slowed down, and any anesthesia is wearing off. At home, you will want to rest and taking a nap is highly recommended. Be sure to drink plenty of water but avoid drinking anything that is too hot or too cold as this could lead to sensitivity for the first couple of days. We also recommend avoiding the use of a straw, for the first few days, as the suction could cause blood clot to dislodge and start bleeding. Degree of difficulty in extraction will influence how long it takes to recover but, in general, the swelling will go down after a few days. In Dr. Ghatnekar’s office, we recommend taking Ibuprofen, Aleve/ Advil to help reduce the swelling and to use an ice pack or cold compress for 15 minutes at a time. During your recovery, you should eat foods that are high in nutrition but soft. Drinking a smoothie with vegetables, fruit, yogurt, and protein powder is an excellent way to keep your nutrition levels up without needing to bite down on anything. While caring for your mouth after a tooth extraction, you also need to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Brush your surrounding teeth like normal while carefully avoiding the surgical site. You can also rinse with water and baking soda or an antibacterial mouthwash to reduce the risk of an infection developing. We may want to see you for a follow-up appointment for suture removal as well. Following your extraction, services are available to replace removed teeth.