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Filling (tooth colored and silver amalgam)
Amalgam fillings have been a hallmark of dentistry for decades. Amalgam or silver fillings are often the most predictable way to restore teeth that are broken or have cavities. For those that would prefer tooth colored fillings (composites) are also a great esthetic way to restore your smile.
There are circumstances in which composite serves better than amalgams and vice-versa. For example, when a more conservative preparation would be beneficial, composite is the recommended restorative material. These situations would include small occlusal restorations, in which amalgam would require the removal of more sound tooth structure. For cosmetic purposes, composite is preferred when a restoration is required on an immediately visible portion of a tooth
Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp (nerve) becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep cavity, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, over use of the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Contrary to jokes about the matter, modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
- Removes pain from patient
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Crown & Bridge
Both crowns and most bridges are “fixed prosthetic devices”. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
How do Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. The procedure of a crown requires two visits: (1) to prepare the tooth to make space for the crown and (2) to cement the customized crown made by a dentist lab specialist to fit perfectly in the patient’s mouth.
Implants (Mini and Traditional)
Implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. When used to support a dental bridge or dental crown because multiple teeth are missing, dental implants represent a cavity-resistant and stable foundation for these restorations. Implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures to prevent movement or sliding of dentures. Although there are many restorative options for replacing missing teeth, none have proven as functionally effective and durable as dental implants. To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, call for a consult today.
Dentures & Partials
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available — complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. The remaing teeth help support the partial denture giving it more stability.
How Are Dentures Made?
The denture development process takes a few weeks and several appointments. Once your dentist determines what type of appliance is best for you, the general steps are to:
- Make a series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements of how your jaws relate to one another and how much space is between them.
- Create models, wax forms, and/or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. You will “try in” this model several times and the denture will be assessed for color, shape, and fit before the final denture is cast.
- Cast a final denture
- Adjustments will be made as necessary
Gum disease and cavities can loosen or severely damage a tooth. A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed because it may be non-restorable.
Before removing your tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. For those patients who need a little more to help relax them during exactions, nitrous oxide is available upon request.
Wisdom teeth can begin to bother a patient at any age. Most of the time it is between the ages of 16 and 25. As the teeth begin to form and move in the jaw, it is important to have them evaluated by your dentist to avoid unfavorable positions of the teeth that can lead to impactions or situations where the nerve could be damaged.
Most patient’s wisdom teeth are able to be addressed by well trained general dentists. A full mouth x-ray will help determine if we are able to extract them in our office or assist you in setting up an appointment with a specialist.
To remove the wisdom tooth, your dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. He or she will separate the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth. Sometimes the dentist will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time and some have to be removed after a few days. Your dentist will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed. A folded cotton gauze pad placed over the wound will help stop the bleeding.
For people who tend to avoid dentists for a variety of reasons, sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it’s used depends on the severity of the fear. Schedule a consult today to find if oral sedation is right for you!