Originally from the city of San Fernando just north of Los Angeles, Dr. Manuel Chavez attended The Bishop of Alemany Catholic High School. After graduation he entered California State University, Northridge majoring in Computer Science / Engineering. Upon deciding a career in health care was his future, he changed his major to pre-med science and graduated with a degree in biology.
Afterward, Dr. Chavez applied to dental school and was accepted to the University of California at San Francisco. After receiving his Doctorate, Dr. Chavez was chosen for a General Practice Residency in Fresno at Valley Medical Center, now named University Medical Center. Upon completion of his Residency, Dr. Chavez entered private practice in Visalia and Clovis, ultimately purchasing a practice in Fresno where he has been for the last 24 years.
Dr. Chavez is married to his high school sweetheart Rossanne, and together they have three boys; Nathan, Samuel, and Thomas. As a family, they love to attend sporting events, car shows, travelling to the coast, reading, going to the movies, and just relaxing at home.
Dr. Chavez is a member of:
American Dental Association
California Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
American Academy of Implantology
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Fresno-Madera Dental Society
UCSF Dental Alumni Association
Sheri is one of the first faces patients see when they walk through our door. She has been with the practice 43 plus years. She has seen patients since they were young children and now they are bringing their young children in. Sheri attended Reedley College where she achieved her Dental Assisting Degree. When she joined the practice in 1974 she worked as a dental assistant for several years. She moved to the front desk when her two daughters started school. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters and their families. Especially her 3 grandchildren. She also enjoys baking and doing crafts.
Olivia attended Galen College and graduated in 2001. She has been working in dentistry for over 16 years. Olivia has been with Dr. Chavez since 2009. She has worked as an RDA and now she does front office billing. One of the things she loves most about dentistry is to see how changing a patients smile transforms their lives. She enjoys spending time with her family on the weekends barbequing, watching football & shopping.
Bernice is originally from Central Valley of Mendota CA. Bernice graduated from Galen College. She has been a Dental Assistant for 21 years, working with Dr. Chavez since 2003. Bernice married Frank in 2005 and they have 3 beautiful girls. Desiree is the oldest she just graduated from UC Irvine and is an Educational Therapist in Orange County. Marissa is the middle child and she is a senior at UC Davis. She is doing her Internship at the Capital. Brianna the youngest, is 8 years old and loves riding her bike and doing arts and crafts.
Kaitlyn was born and raised in Sanger CA. She graduated from Kaplan College in 2010 and did continuing education for her RDA license. She takes pride in her job and helping others. When she isn't working, you will find her spending time with her husband John and their son Jensen. She enjoys the outdoors and photography.
Danielle has been an RDA for 9 years. She was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She is currently in school to get her Registered Dental Hygienist Degree. When she isn’t working, she enjoys doing yoga and spending time with her Husband Brian and her Daughter Brielle.
Judy studied at Cabrillo College she graduated in 1970. Judy has been with Dr. Chavez since 1996. She enjoys being a Dental Hygienist and prides herself in being gentle yet thorough. She loves to spend her weekends with her husband and 5 grandchildren.
Kim studied to be a dental assistant at Reedley College. After earning her RDA license she continued her education at Fresno City College, becoming a Hygienist in 1987. She has been a Hygienist for Dr. Chavez since 1996. Behind Kim’s smile is a person who enjoys getting to know her patients. Allowing her to give personal, quality care and attention. In her spare time, Kim enjoys many different types of art and crafts and playing her flute in several different musical groups. She also enjoys her weekend get aways with her husband Michael.
Annette studied at Fresno City College under the well respected Monta Denver, Jean Kulbeth, & Dr. Doumanian, She Graduated Hygiene school in 2005. She enjoys patient education and giving each individual personal care. When she is not working she enjoys traveling with her husband and 4 children.
Jadira was born and raised in Clovis , CA. She graduated from FCC's Dental Hygiene Program in 2018. Her favorite thing about being a Dental Hygienist is the connections she makes with her patients. Jadira grew up coming to Dr. Chavez and is happy to now be a Hygienist here.
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Scheduling regular teeth cleaning appointments can help to prevent painful and costly dental problems in the future. We encourage our patients to visit us at least twice per calendar year. However, if you have gum disease, you will be required to visit more regularly.
Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care. During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The dentist or hygienist will also evaluate your risk of developing other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities.
Most individuals require at least one tooth filling in their lifetime. Dental fillings are most commonly used to effectively treat cavities. In addition, they can be used to repair broken or cracked teeth. Most dental filling procedures include topical and local anesthetic to numb the area of treatment, decay removal from the affected tooth, tooth restoration through composite or amalgam filling, and a comprehensive bite check to ensure the teeth are aligned comfortably.
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess may form. A tooth that needs a root canal often is one that has a large filling or extensive decay or other weakness, a crown and post, or other restoration often needs to be placed on the tooth to protect it, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to full function.
A crown (often called a cap) fits over and replaces the entire part of a tooth above the gum line. It encases the tooth and becomes the tooth's new outer surface. Crowns may be made of porcelain or a metal base covered with a thin layer of ceramic that matches your teeth and looks like a normal, healthy tooth. Some crowns for the teeth in the back of the mouth may even be made of gold. Tooth decay is removed and a impression is taken of your teeth to create a mold used for making the crown.
The reality is that missing teeth will affect the overall health and aesthetics of the teeth. When a tooth is removed, the bone immediately begins to resorb and the surrounding teeth begin to move.The placement of an implant will prevent that movement as well as continue to stimulate the bone, especially if a tooth has been missing for a period of time. As the bone resorbs there is a loss of muscle attachment and may result in the skin appearing ‘saggy’. In this respect, replacing the tooth into the bone with a dental implant allows the muscle to become stronger and the bone to revitalize. This allows the facial skin to expand looking smoother.
Teeth can become stained from the foods we eat and drink. A great way to bring back the brilliance and radiance of your smile is with Teeth Whitening treatments. In-office bleach treatments and at-home whitening custom trays are available options.
Invisalign is a great option if you have thought about having straighter teeth, closing up some spaces or just improving your smile. Have you noticed more wear and chipping of your teeth? Teeth that are aligned correctly decrease wear and chipping. Bleeding and swollen gums? Teeth that are aligned correctly are easier to clean and keep healthy. Call us for your no cost evaluation. We have great financing available.
Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise. Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. We can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding at night.