Get major restorative under control, then dental maintenance can be easy

Dental exam and treatment options

Restorative dentistry is our specialty and people often wonder what their experience might be with dental implants and reconstruction.  Every case is different, and we strive to give every client an experience in our office that is personally tailored to their specific dental needs.

During the examination process, we go through a very detailed dental history with our patients, explain all their options and provide our recommendations regarding the most effective restorative solution. We want our patients to be involved in their treatment process and we give a variety of solutions within the range of excellent treatment options.

We use the dental acronym of BARC to help patients evaluate each option based on their individual values and needs.  For each treatment option, each of the following are discussed:

  • B – Benefits to the patient of the treatment being considered
  • A – Alternatives to the treatment, which always includes the option of not progressing with treatment
  • R – Risks involved with the treatment being considered
  • C – Complications that could be possible for the treatment being considered

After helping patients regain dental health by treating their restorative needs, patients are typically able to maintain their dental health more easily with their regular dental hygiene and dental check up appointments.

Our patients say they are very happy with their experiences and highly recommend Dr. Mastrovich for others considering this type of dental treatment because of his expertise in both the Escondido area and the dental community in San Diego.  Patients repeatedly thank Dr Mastrovich and his entire team for taking the time to help them understand their options and the pros and cons of each, while recognizing each patient’s uniqueness and specific needs.  Again and again, patients talk of how they feel like they’ve found their dental home and can feel comfortable and confident coming to Dr Mastrovich’s dental office.



TMJ pain, implants, and dental occlusion, Oh My!

TMJ orthotic appliances
TMJ orthotic appliance

Dr. Mastrovich is an expert at seeing the dental restorative ‘big picture’ and envisioning the patient’s end goal. He quarterbacks the patients through the process of initial diagnosis and final resolution. Patients can present with one problem, like TMJ pain, and ultimate long term resolution of that problem can involve a series of steps or phases. Initial resolution of TMJ pain may be accomplished by orthotic appliance therapy (custom fabricated acrylic mouth piece) to better support the jaw joint function. Once stable and pain free while wearing the appliance, the next step is diagnosis of restorative dentistry needed to support the joint long term (which may include crowns, dental implants or orthodontics, depending on the case).

These sisters share their diverse needs and experiences that brought them to Dr. Mastrovich: TMJ dysfunction pain, implants, and the need for a dentist with the expertise in occlusion (how teeth fit together when biting) that would implement the treatment to bring long term comfort. Ultimately, these sisters say they smile a lot, thanks to Dr. Mastrovich.