Tooth Colored Fillings

In the past, cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings (silver colored). These fillings, especially when close to the front of the mouth, are highly noticeable and unaesthetic. Often, these fillings cause discoloration of the natural tooth structure. Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to composite resin restorations (tooth colored fillings) as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative. Composite materials restore form and function by utilizing a moldable tooth colored plastic material that is hardened with an intense visible light to restore the tooth.

Crowns and Bridges

When a tooth is fractured, has a large old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, your dentist may recommend the placement of a crown. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile.

Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown (precious & non-precious) and the all-metal gold crown.

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to the dentist's office. At the first appointment, the Dentist removes decay and shapes the tooth, takes an impression and fabricates a temporary crown. At the delivery appointment, the dentist removes the temporary crown, fits and adjusts the final crown and cements the crown into place.


BRIDGES: Few incidents have a greater impact on dental health and personal appearance than tooth loss. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position. This can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease. When tooth loss occurs, your dentist may recommend the placement of a bridge. A bridge is one or more replacement teeth (to replace missing teeth) attached to one or more crowns on each side.

Dentures

Teeth naturally deteriorate over time. When a tooth has deteriorated substantially (due to decay, fracture or normal wear), it often needs to be extracted. When a patient is missing multiple teeth, dentures are a treatment option for the replacement of those teeth. Dentures can create natural and healthy looking teeth. A properly fitting set of dentures can greatly enhance your smile and sense of self-esteem. 

Complete and Partial Dentures
Complete dentures are used when few or no original teeth remain. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom (or both) of your mouth and are customized to fit your mouth. The dentist begins by removing any remaining teeth so the dentures can be fabricated. The dentist then takes impressions to create a mold of your gums. These molds are sent to a dental lab where customized dentures are constructed.

Partial dentures are prepared in much the same way as complete dentures except that some healthy natural teeth remain in your mouth.

Immediate Dentures
Immediate Dentures allows patients to have their Dentures on the same day their teeth are removed. This prevents the embarrassment of being without teeth. As the extraction sites heal & the bone remodels, the denture will require adjustments & relining to make it fit better. When the healing process is complete a new denture may be required.

Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)

Endodontics is the field of dentistry that treats the root canal system (the nerve and blood supply to the tooth). When decay extends to the pulp or the nerve inside the tooth, the person almost always experiences spontaneous throbbing pain. The pain increases at night and is aggravated with cold & sweet foods. The Dentist relieves the pain and pressure symptoms by treating the root canal system which houses the tooth nerve or pulp (a “root canal”). 

Treatment begins with profound anesthesia so that you do not feel the treatment being performed. The tooth nerve is accessed by drilling into the tooth, the infected nerve is removed, canals are cleaned and filled with a bio-inert material. 

Following root canal treatment, the tooth the tooth that has received treatment is fragile due to loss of tooth structure from decay and mechanical instrumentation, and is therefore prone to fracture. Overtime color changes to the tooth are also observed (gray/dark color). To protect the tooth from fracture, the root canal treated tooth requires a crown. Sometimes, when an extensive amount of tooth structure has been lost, a post (a metal or glass fiber pin) will need to be placed for retention of the crown. 

We work with skilled dentists who have specialized in root canal treatment (Endodontists). To learn more please call our office today.

Dental Implants

When a tooth is lost the bony process that houses the tooth begins to resorb due to a lack of stimulation. This causes a decrease in the width and height of the bone in the area the tooth is lost. Neighboring teeth and opposing teeth begin to move into the space. This can cause food lodgment, decay to neighboring teeth and gum disease. Loss of teeth can also cause the cheeks and lips to collapse giving an aged look. 

The consequences of tooth loss can be prevented by replacing lost tooth in a timely manner. Although there are several options to replace a missing tooth, often dental implants are the best option. Implants are small titanium screws that are surgically placed in the bone. Once integrated into bone, they act like the root of a tooth. Small posts (abutments) are attached to the implant and protrude into the mouth. A crown is then fabricated and either screwed or cemented to the post to restore the missing tooth space. A restored implant functions and looks like a natural tooth. Implants maintain the bone where the missing tooth used to be. Since implants are titanium posts there is no chance for decay on implants. Implants can service you for many years with regular professional cleaning and proper home care. 

Another option for replacing a missing tooth is a fixed bridge. For a bridge to be placed it is necessary to cut down the healthy tooth structure of the adjacent teeth. There is also the additional cost of possibly having to replace the bridge once, twice or more over the course of a lifetime due to decay or gum problems affecting the anchor teeth (teeth next to the missing tooth). For these reasons, implants are often a more ideal treatment option for replacing missing teeth.

A removable partial denture or a complete denture can also be used to replace missing teeth (usually these are used when there are a greater number of teeth missing). The chewing efficiency with a denture is reduced to more than half of that of natural teeth. The teeth that support the partial denture are weakened due to the excessive loads acting on them and eventually can be lost. The denture rests on the gum tissue which can cause tissue abrasion and bone loss. 

Studies show that within five to seven years there is a failure rate of up to 30% in teeth located next to a fixed bridge or removable partial denture.

Who is a candidate for Implants? 
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth is a candidate for implants. With the exception of growing children, dental implants are often the solution of choice, even for patients with the following health concerns.

Existing Medical Conditions: If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.

Gum Disease or Problem Teeth: Almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay has been successful.

Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures: Implants can replace removable partial dentures or complete dentures. They can also be used to stabilize and secure dentures, making it much more comfortable and functional.

Smokers: Although smoking lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn't eliminate implants as a treatment option.

Bone Loss: Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained and experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.

Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child's orthodontic treatment plan. Your family dentist or orthodontist can guide you in this instance.

Procedure

Dental Implant placement usually takes one to two surgical appointments:

  1. During the first surgical appointment the implant site is prepared to receive the implant following strict aseptic procedures and the implant is placed into the prepared site. If the placement will be done in one appointment, a cover screw is placed over the implant that protrudes through the gum tissue. If the placement will be done in two appointments, the gum tissue is sutured over the implant. Your surgeon will determine whether one or two surgical appointments are necessary. The implant takes 4- 6 months to fuse with the bone.

  2. If two surgical appointments are needed, during the second appointment, the implant is uncovered and the appropriate post is attached to which the replacement tooth is anchored. An impression of the post is taken and sent to the lab for the fabrication of the implant crown. During this time a temporary crown is placed. Once the final crown is back it is cemented with permanent cement.

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