blog 1On behalf of Dr. Caeg-Bustamante, and the entire staff of Dentistry at the Promenade, we would like to welcome you to our practice’s dentistry blog!

From cosmetic dentistry treatments like teeth whitening and veneers to restorative dentistry services like dental implants and dental crowns, to general dentistry care, Dr. Caeg-Bustamente and her team offer exceptional, compassionate care to patients at every turn.

Located in Mission Valley, our dentistry practice is proud to serve many different communities and help bring smiles all across San Diego. No matter where you’re from, our restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry professionals can provide you with the smile you desire.

Learn more about the services we offer such as dental crowns and Invisalign, and other oral and dental topics by checking out our latest blog posts. Or, contact us at Dentistry at the Promenade today. You can reach us directly at: (619) 574-0205. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about getting started with our dental treatment team.


 All About Crowns & Bridges

(Posted: September 12 2016)


family 1The older we get, the weaker our teeth become due to wear and tear. Over the years, we might lose a tooth due to an accident, undetected decay, or because metal fillings becoming less effective.

However, thanks to the latest advancements in dental technology, we can now address these gaps with the restoration procedure involving dental crowns and dental bridges.

Dr. Estela Caeg-Bustamante and her Mission Valley staff have provided exceptional cosmetic dental care to the San Diego community since 1985. Trust the Dentistry at the Promenade to take care of any dental needs you may have!

Dental Crowns

A crown, also known as a dental cap, is created to cement a tooth above the gum line.  Dental crowns are used in place of dental veneers for more serious scenarios,including:

  • Covering a dental implant

  • Attaching a bridge

  • Replacing a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining

  • Covering a tooth after a root canal procedure

  • Restoring a fractured tooth, discolored tooth, or poorly shaped tooth

Dentistry at the Promenade offers dental crowns that are crafted from quality, materials such as high-tech porcelains. These porcelains are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They allow patients to have strong, functional teeth that fit flawlessly with the rest of the smile.

Dental Bridges

Similar to dental crowns, dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that can improve your smile. Dental bridges are recommended for patients that are missing one or more teeth. They utilize a minimum of three crowns (or more depending on the number of missing teeth that need replacing), spanning the gap to hold lifelike replacement teeth.

Taking Care Of Your Crowns & Bridgework

Although permanent fixtures, dental crowns and dental bridges still carry the risk of coming loose or falling out. To best prevent this from happening, upon receiving treatment for a brand new crown or bridge, avoid sticky and chewy foods, hard foods, ice, and other hard foods such as raw vegetables.

You should always maintain regular oral hygiene practices - brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily to reduce dental plaque buildup. Additionally, the importance of visiting your trusted San Diego cosmetic dentist increases when you have dental crowns and bridgework done. Regular cleanings at our Mission Valley office will ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy and beautiful.

Contact Dentistry at the Promenade Today!

To learn more about dental crowns and dental bridges, contact us today! We are conveniently located within the Promenade Rio Vista apartment complex at the address below:

8555 Station Village Way,

Suite A

San Diego, CA 92108

Phone: 619-574-0205

You can also request an appointment online or send us an email at We look forward to seeing you soon!




 Filling You In: An Overview of Dental Fillings

(Posted: July 28 2016)

 coupleDentistry at the Promenade proudly provides expert dental treatment in a warm, welcoming office environment.

Our experienced dentist and highly trained dental specialists work hard to treat every patient on an individual basis, designing personalized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique dental needs. We offer a wide variety of treatments for a diverse range of dental problems, one of the most common of which is dental fillings. 

Treating Dental Cavities

Cavities, holes in the teeth caused by decay from bacteria, are one of the most common dental problems. In fact, more than 75% of people get a cavity by age 17. Dental fillings treat cavities and stop tooth decay, preventing further damage to the inner tissues of the tooth and restoring the look and function of the tooth. Fillings work the way one might expect—they use a strong, biocompatible material to fill the cavity and stop decay. Without a filling, the decay might progress to the soft, sensitive pulp at the center of the tooth, which would require a root canal to treat. 

The Filling Process

Before beginning treatment, we perform an x-ray on the tooth to understand the true extent of the decay. After analyzing the x-ray, your Mission Valley dentist will anesthetize the tooth and remove the dead and decayed tissue, then clean away any remaining bacteria or debris. Once the tooth is clean and free from decay, your dentist will apply a translucent cement and add the filling material, which hardens into a strong, durable replacement for the lost portion of the tooth. At the end of the procedure, your tooth will be strong as ever and look like a normal part of your smile. 

Types of Fillings

Our office offers many types of fillings, and your dentist can work with you to select the one that best suits your needs and lifestyle. 

  • Amalgam Filling: These classic, silver fillings have been used for more than a century, and offer a strong, inexpensive filling material. Because it's made of metal, though, it's more noticeable than other types of dental fillings and your tooth may require more drilling preparation. 
  • Cast Gold: While expensive, cast gold fillings use a gold alloy to provide an extremely strong, durable, and long-lasting filling. The gold is very noticeable, but depending on your preference, this may be a desirable outcome.
  • Composite Fillings: Composite fillings mix plastic and glass to create a tooth-colored filling that's durable and about as long-lasting as a metal filling. They require less drilling to prepare the tooth, but they're also more expensive than metal fillings.
  • Porcelain: Dental ceramics are durable, natural-looking, and won't stain the way composites sometimes do. While brittle and sometimes more expensive than composites, they're one of the most aesthetically pleasing types of dental fillings.
  • Glass Ionomer: These inexpensive, translucent fillings are made from a mixture of acrylic and glass powders. They don't last as long as other types of dental fillings, but they blend in with your natural teeth well and release fluoride over time, helping to strengthen teeth and prevent decay.


After you get your dental filling, your mouth may be numb from the anesthesia for several hours. Until the numbness wears off, try to avoid drinking liquids that are too hot or too cold, and chew with the side of your mouth opposite the new filling. It's normal to experience some sensitivity to temperature for the first few weeks after receiving your filling, but if it continues for much longer than that or you have pain when biting down, let us know—we may need to adjust the filling. You can brush and floss normally, and you'll still want to visit your Mission Valley dentist twice a year for regular check ups. With conscientious oral hygiene and regular professional dental care, your filling will last years and your smile will last the rest of your life.

Contact Your Mission Valley Dentist

Dental fillings are one of the most common procedures our dentists perform, and if you think you might need one, we're here to help. Feel free to book an appointment online at our Mission Valley office. Or if you have any questions, go ahead and call us directly at (619) 574-0205. We look forward to hearing from you, and we're excited to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!




The Benefits of Dental Bonding

(Posted: June 30, 2016)

smile 1Dentistry at the Promenade knows how important it is for patients of all ages to have a confident, healthy smile. As such, our Mission Valley dentist offers a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services, like dental bonding, to help you achieve the beautifully enhanced grin you desire.

What is Bonding Used For?

Comprehensive dental bonding treats minor spacing irregularities, discoloration, cracks, and chips in the teeth. Bonding can also be used for simple cosmetic dentistry improvements, like making teeth longer or altering their shape. At Dentistry at the Promenade, our dental bonding services are simple, inexpensive, and dramatically improve your smile after just one trip to our Mission Valley office. 

The Dental Bonding Process 

Unlike veneers and dental crowns, dental bonding is a quick procedure that uses tooth-colored materials to replace damaged tooth areas. After determining your personalized treatment plan, Dr. Caeg-Bustamante will begin the procedure by cleaning the target area, ensuring there is no plaque on the surface of the teeth. Then the composite resin bonding material will be matched to the current shade of your teeth. Following, the surface of the tooth is “etched” with a tooth roughing gel and coated lightly with a conditioning treatment to ensure the bonding materials stick to the tooth. And finally, the matching composite resin shade is applied and is molded to match the structure of your teeth. Once the molding is dry and hardened by using a special ultraviolet light, Dr. Caeg-Bustamante will put the final touches on the bond by shaping and polishing it until optimal results are achieved.

Advantages of Dental Bonding 

In addition to being one of the easiest and most cost-effective cosmetic dentistry procedures, dental bonding offers many other advantages, such as:

  • Little to no removal of tooth enamel
  • No anesthesia, unless the bond is filling a cavity
  • Only one, 30-60 minute visit to complete treatment
  • A dental bond that, with proper care, can last 3-10 years

Contact Our Mission Valley Office Today

Just like normal teeth, dental bonds need to be brushed and flossed daily, and professionally cleaned by a dentist twice a year. If you are interested in dental bonding, or have questions about any of our other services like dental crowns or veneers, do not hesitate to contact us at our Mission Valley office. If interested in scheduling a visit with Dr. Caeg-Bustamante, you can reach out to us directly at (619) 574-0205, or book an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you soon!