crownIf a tooth is weakened because of tooth decay, cracks, or chips, then a dental crown might be needed to strengthen the tooth. Crowns are also often used if a tooth has been treated with a large filling, such as after a root canal because there isn’t a lot of tooth remaining after the treatment. The dental crown is beneficial to restore the tooth so that you have full function and a natural appearance to your smile.
Dental crowns usually require two or three visits to complete the procedure. During the first visit, the tooth will be prepared, and then an impression is created using a putty or paste. That impression is sent to the dental lab where the crown is created. You will have a temporary crown in your mouth while the permanent is being made, then you will return to the dental office when it is time to secure the permanent crown in your mouth.

Dental Bridges

dental-bridgeWhen one or more teeth are missing, dental bridges can be used to restore the areas where the teeth are gone. With a dental bridge, it is essential to have healthy teeth on either side to be the anchor that supports the bridge. The anchor teeth are capped with the dental appliance, and the bridge fits perfectly over the gap in the mouth to give you a natural smile.

If you are missing a tooth, then it is essential to talk with an experienced dentist about restoration options. Missing teeth can lead to other dental complications, such as shifting teeth, a misaligned bite, TMJ, additional tooth loss, and more. These dental bridges are a good solution to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting around within your mouth.

A high-quality dental bridge can last for many years, especially if proper care is used. Regular oral hygiene is necessary to protect the gums and teeth around the dental bridge.

Dental Implants

dental-implantDental implants offer a great long-term solution for missing teeth. If you have gaps that need to be filled in within your mouth, then you should compare the benefits of dental implants with other types of dental restorations. These implants have the same function as the original tooth, which means that you will be able to eat and talk like normal.

Implants are done with a strong post that is inserted into the jaw bone where the tooth was once located. Then, it is necessary to give the post some time to bond in the jaw bone, so you will need to wait for a few months before your next appointment. Once the post is held in place by the jaw bone, then the treatment is finished with a follow-up appointment to place a dental crown on top of the post. The final result is a dental restoration that looks and acts like a natural tooth.

Dentures & Partials

Dentures are a popular treatment for restorative dentistry, mainly because they offer a fast, cost-effective way to replace missing teeth. Depending on the number of natural teeth that are in your mouth, you might need partial or full dentures. Partial dentures can be used to fill in smaller gaps, while full dentures are needed to replace all of the teeth on one or both of the jaws.

If you already have healthy teeth in place, then the preferred treatment is usually partial dentures. It is important to protect the healthy teeth whenever possible. But, there are situations where it might make sense to use full dentures.

Dentures are cheaper than other dental restorations, such as implants. But, they require a bit more maintenance since they can be removed from the mouth. To learn more about the types of dentures that will be best for your mouth, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Root Canals

If the nerve of the tooth is affected by an infection, then it is essential that treatment is used right away to repair the tooth. The nerve is located within the root, and an ongoing infection can result in serious pain, and it can even be harmful to your health. Just because a tooth is infected, doesn’t necessarily mean that it needs to be removed, because a root canal can be a treatment that will save the tooth.

We use high-tech equipment to perform root canals, to improve the outcome of the treatment and ensure your comfort during the appointment. During this treatment, the inside area of the tooth will be removed so that the root can be thoroughly cleaned. Then, the root is sealed and filled in to keep it strong. Finally, the tooth is finished with a crown on top to create a beautiful, natural appearance for your smile.

TMD Therapy/Night Guards

If your jaw muscles are tight or sore, then you might be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD. There are a variety of symptoms that could indicate that you are suffering from this dental problem, such as clenching, grinding, headaches, facial pain, jaw pain, and more. Many times, a person suffers from these symptoms mostly at night, although there are some patients who have symptoms that continue throughout the day.

Do you think that you might be suffering from TMJ? It is important to talk with us about night guards for TMD treatments because ongoing symptoms can result in damage to your teeth. With the right TMD therapy, it is possible to reduce the symptoms and protect your teeth. A protective night guard can be used while you are sleeping to prevent clenching and grinding during the night.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions might be needed to remove wisdom teeth, prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatments, or to remove a tooth that is deeply decayed. Dental extractions can be completed with minimal discomfort because we use modern medical technology to manage pain and speed up the treatment.

After the tooth extraction is done, you will have a few instructions to follow at home. These guidelines are designed to prevent complications, keep you comfortable, and reduce the pain and swelling that can occur.

When the tooth is extracted, it is essential to consider the space that is left behind. Space can cause the jawbone to change shape and degenerate when the mouth is healing and after the gums have healed over. In this situation, you might consider the benefits of a dental implant or a bridge to fill in space and prevent the loss within the jaw bone.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

adp-white_fillingsWhen a tooth needs to be repaired because of a cavity, chip, or break, then we like to use white composite fillings to restore the tooth. In the case of tooth decay, the decayed areas of the tooth are removed, and space is filled in with the composite material. White fillings are preferred because they look natural. The color can be matched to your teeth to allow the filling to blend in with the rest of your mouth.

One big benefit to using white composite fillings is that they can bond strongly with the structure of the tooth, including both enamel and the dentin areas of the tooth. The composite materials are hardened with a special light that sets the material. Usually, it is applied in layers to create a comfortable filling for the tooth. Finally, the composite area is polished to improve the feel of the tooth and ensure that it fits naturally within your bite.