All posts by Cimberly Gonzales

Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Served

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

Local Observances Claim To Be First Local springtime tributes to the Civil War dead already had been held in various places. One of the first occurred in Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.

It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.

God Bless America.




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Three Tips For Strong Tooth Enamel

The enamel is a vital component to your teeth, and while it is extremely durable, it can wear away if your teeth aren’t cared for properly. Unfortunately, once it is gone, it is gone for good, so you’ll want to take steps to keep it strong.

Eat Foods that Are Known to Protect Tooth Enamel

In order to create a strong enamel, it is important to eat foods that will support your teeth. Calcium is especially important, as calcium that is found in food can counter the acids in your mouth that might result in decay. It can also keep the teeth and bones strong. Milk and cheese can strengthen and protect the enamel, but you should be sure to choose low calorie or fat-free items to keep calorie levels down.

Brush – But Not Too Much

Brushing is important for healthy teeth, but it is important to note that you can over-brush. If you brush too hard or too fast, you can cause your enamel to wear down. Choose a brush with soft bristles, and hold them at about a 45-degree angle with your gums. Move the brush in short, gentle strokes in a back and forth motion, not up and down. You should also be sure to avoid brushing for about an hour after you eat sugary foods or anything high in acid. 

Get Help for Medical Conditions that Might Affect Tooth Enamel

There are certain conditions that could negatively impact your enamel, the most prominent of which include acid reflux, heartburn, and eating disorders. With acid reflux, stomach acids can escape up your throat and could eventually reach the mouth, where they are able to erode the enamel. Frequent vomiting can also cause erosion, which is why eating disorders are so hard on the teeth.

If you are living with any of these conditions, please contact the office of Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine for treatment options and your dentist or tips on how to keep your teeth healthy.

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Dental Implant Expert Thomas R. Gonzales D.D.S. Celebrates 40th Anniversary

 Irvine, CA, May 23, 2017 – Dr. Thomas R. Gonzales, D.D.S., sedation dentist and dental implant expert, celebrates a huge milestone in dentistry. Forty years ago on May, 23, 1977, Dr. Gonzales received his certificate to practice dentistry from the State of California Board of Dental Examiners.

“I am happy to be able to change the smiles and lives of so many of my patients. To see the look on their face when they see their new teeth is priceless.” said Dr. Gonzales.

To commemorate his 40th Anniversary, dental implant expert Dr. Gonzales is offering $8,000 off All-On-4® dental implants (price is per arch) until June 30, 2017. Other anniversary discounts include $300 off per crown and $500 off IV Sedation. Free consultations are available all month long through June 30, 2017. An appointment is required and can be secured by calling the Irvine office of Sedation and Implant Dentistry at (949) 727-0777.

About the Doctor
Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is the owner of Sedation and Implant Dentistry with offices in Las Vegas, Nevada and Irvine, California. He is a board certified Dentist in both California and Nevada. He has lectured on TMJ Therapy for the Loma Linda Institute and was a Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine where he taught courses in IV Sedation. Dr. Gonzales has taken extended educational courses and received numerous certifications from the renounced Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists and American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry. Dr. Gonzales served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

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Contact Information:
Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine
Cimberly Gonzales
(949) 727-0777

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Irvine Dentist Offers Screenings During Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Irvine, California, April 3, 2017
Oral cancer kills nearly one person every hour and dentist Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. knows that early detection can save lives. The Oral Cancer Foundation has designated April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. All month long Dr. Gonzales is offering free oral cancer screenings at Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine, located 113 Waterworks Way, Suite 220, Irvine, CA 92618.

Early detection of oral cancer is most important and can improve treatment success rate. Symptoms include persistent red ulcers, sudden tooth mobility without apparent cause, unusual oral bleeding and prolonged hoarseness. The professionals at Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine are trained to screen for common oral cancer symptoms.

Dr. Gonzales feels strongly about prevention and has been offering oral cancer screenings for years. Free screenings are available all month long in April. An appointment is required and can be secured by calling our Irvine office at (949) 727-0777.

About the Doctor
Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is the owner of Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine. He is board certified Dentist in California and Nevada. He taught TMJ Therapy for the Loma Linda Institute and Emergency Medicine and IV Sedation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. In addition, Dr. Gonzales is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Dental Implant Institute, Dental Organization for Conscious, Sedation, Hispanic Dental Association, International Association for Orthodontics, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Latin American Institute of Dental Research and Education, Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, Nevada Dental Association and Orange County Dental Society. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

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Common Misconceptions About Toothaches

The prevalence of myths and old wives tales about toothaches have led some people to believe some strange things. While many of these myths are harmless, others could actually cause you to make poor decisions regarding your oral health. By identifying some of the strangest things that people believe about toothaches, you can take steps to keep your mouth healthy.

If It Stops Hurting, You’re Fine

Some people believe that if they have a toothache but it stops hurting, they are in the clear. This is an especially attractive myth to people who would like to avoid a trip to the dentist, but unfortunately, tooth pain that lasts for several days before disappearing mysteriously isn’t a great sign. Additionally, the oral health issue that caused the toothache in the first place won’t simply go away, as your teeth aren’t able to heal themselves, so you should still follow up with your dentist.

A Toothache Means the Tooth Needs to Come Out

Just because you have a toothache doesn’t mean that you’ll end up losing the tooth. If damaged pulp or an abscess is the culprit for your pain, a root canal can actually save the tooth by removing the damaged area before topping it with a crown. Don’t let fear of an extraction prevent you from seeking treatment for a toothache.

Since Toothaches Are Common, You Should Simply Chew on the Other Side

While it is true that toothaches are common, they are the sign of a problem that you shouldn’t ignore. Simply chewing on the other side of your mouth will not address the underlying issue, and it will actually cause the problem to worsen.

Now that some of these strange toothache myths have been dismissed, you should understand that tooth pain should never be ignored. Contact our office today to set up an appointment to have your aching tooth examined.

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What You Need To Know About Dental Implants

Do you shirk smiling in public just because of missing tooth or chipped or damaged tooth? If that so, then dental implants procedure is what can help you a lot. A dental implant as its name suggests serves as the replacement for missing or chipped tooth. Dental implants are widely used to replace single or many missed teeth. Since replaced teeth look and function like natural teeth, more and more people these days are turning to dental implants in Irvine for restored dental health.

Who should go for dental implants?

Anyone who has missing or chipped tooth or teeth can take help of dental implants in Orange COunty to restore that beautiful smile. Dental implants patients come from all walks of life and ages. However, 18 years is minimum age for dental implants. Besides, you should first consult your family doctor who will better guide you about the need of dental implants.

Types of Dental Implants

Typically made of titanium, the dental implant is an effective solution for missing teeth. There are mainly two types of implants .i.e. Endosteal and Subperiosteal implants. Since dental implants come in different sizes and heights, you need to ask your doctor what will suit you best.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Here is a list of benefits of dental implants that attract people for taking up the services of dental implants in Las Vegas:

  1. Dental implants are a long-term solution for damaged teeth.
  2. Better option for natural and healthy teeth.
  3. Restore beautiful smile.
  4. Enjoy the food you want to eat.
  5. Get rid of oral issues.
  6. Build confidence with charming personality keeping attractive smile.

Therefore, what you are waiting for? Restore your beautiful smile by availing the efficient services of Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine..

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Before Your Next Appointment With The Dentist

Before your next appointment with Dr. Gonzales and Dr. Tran read over the following preventative health and wellness tips. Many factors may affect your overall health that can be controllable, while others may be uncontrollable such as your genetic makeup or your age. You can make positive changes to your lifestyle by taking small steps toward healthy living in order to beat the controllable pieces of your health. You have the opportunity to reduce your overall risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, obesity, diabetes and other common chronic diseases by playing an active role in the management of your health and wellness. Some examples of positive healthy steps you can incorporate in your life are:

  • See your doctor for regular screenings not just when you are sick
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods, and limit excess calories and saturated fat
  • Be physically active
  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Quit smoking
  • Protect yourself from too much sun exposure.

If you have any questions, please give our office a call at (949) 727-0777.


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Are Dental Implants Right For You?

Your teeth were intended to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t. Making the decision to replace missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose the ability to chew when a tooth is lost, missing teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, crowded and create future problems.

There are the obvious complications of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth. Having dental implants should always be regarded as an option to replace a weak or missing tooth. Dental implants have been used for treating missing teeth for over 50 years. The procedure is recognized as a successful treatment choice. This method of permanent replacement is considered more reliable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.

Most patients ponder the difficult decision to undergo surgery. Utilizing a method to insert dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth can be a little stressful.  Many practitioners, including general dentists, are well qualified to perform implants, based on their extensive experience and in-depth training.  Dr. Thomas Gonzales and his well trained staff will provide all the answers to the questions you have about dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are replacements for the roots of missing teeth. They act as a foundation for a replacement tooth, crown or a set of replacement teeth. The replacement of the entire upper/lower and at times both is also known as the Hybrid 4 and All-on-4® procedure.


Am I A candidate For Implants?

Implant patients are of all ages and implant dentistry can be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth. There are many reasons a potential patient may want dental implants. Some people have had an injury, others may have been born without certain teeth. Neglected and decayed teeth are prime candidates for dental implants. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.

Are There Different Kinds of Implants?

There are many shapes, sizes and brands of implants available. Dr. Gonzales educates his patients to determine which implants are the best for you and help you create the beautiful smile of your dreams.

Do I Have Enough Bone?

An important factor is for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Dr. Gonzales will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed.

Will This Take A Long Time?

Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation requires a separate evaluation. Dr. Gonzales will be able to give you an approximate timetable. Having a great plan is the best, that way there are no surprises.

Whom Should I Consult For My Implant Treatment?

There are a lot of choices for implant dentistry but getting a long lasting, natural looking comfortable fit comes down to the skill and experience of the dentist. Dr. Gonzales has been a guest speaker on dental implants for over 20 years. He maintains a commitment to excellence and has spent countless hours mastering the placement of dental implants at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and the The Dental Implant Institute.

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