Tooth-colored restorations offer numerous benefits. These resin fillings are bonded tightly to the teeth, providing a superior fit and preserving the natural tooth structure. They are particularly useful when a significant portion of the tooth is damaged. The presence of Fluoride in the resin contributes to preventing tooth decay. These restorations mimic the wear of natural teeth.
Dental amalgam, a metal mixture used for dental fillings, has been utilized for over 150 years. It offers advantages such as low cost, strength, durability, and bacteriostatic effects. Amalgam is easy to use, adaptable for filling irregular spaces, and hardens into a solid compound. It lasts longer than other restorative materials, with an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. However, advancements in composite materials have narrowed the gap in longevity. In cases where amalgam is not suitable, composite fillings are recommended for their conservative preparation and suitability for small restorations. The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has deemed amalgam and composite materials safe and effective for tooth restoration.
Dental sealants are a highly effective method of preventing decay on the biting surfaces of teeth. This simple procedure involves applying a tooth-colored acrylic coating that seals the deep grooves, providing a barrier against plaque and acids. By protecting the depressions and grooves, sealants prevent food particles and plaque buildup in areas difficult to reach with brushing and flossing. The application process is quick, taking just a few minutes per tooth, and sealants are durable enough to withstand normal chewing forces for several years before a reapplication is necessary. Both children and adults can benefit from sealants in the ongoing battle against tooth decay.
A denture, also known as a complete denture, is a removable appliance that replaces natural teeth, providing support to the cheeks and lips. Dentures are typically made of acrylic and can be created in two ways. Conventional dentures are made after tooth extraction and once the gums have healed, while immediate dentures are inserted immediately after extraction, allowing the tissues to heal beneath them. Upper dentures cover the palate, while lower dentures have a horseshoe shape to accommodate the tongue. Denture teeth can be made of plastic, porcelain, or a combination and can be attached to dental implants for a more secure fit. Over time, dentures may require replacement or relining to maintain proper jaw alignment as the bone and gum ridges naturally recede. Regular dental check-ups are essential for denture wearers to monitor oral tissues for any changes or signs of disease.
It is crucial to replace missing teeth to maintain proper oral function and appearance. Dental bridges offer a solution for tooth loss as fixed or removable options. Fixed bridges are directly attached by crowning abutment teeth or bonding artificial teeth, while removable bridges utilize clasps or precision attachments. Missing teeth affect chewing, speaking, and overall dental health, so replacing them is essential. Fixed bridges restore both functionality and appearance by supporting lips and cheeks. They require professional removal, unlike removable bridges. Bridges prevent gum disease, speech disorders, the sinking of the mouth, and aging appearance caused by tooth loss. The attachment process involves the enamel and dentin removal, impressions sent to a lab, and cementing the bridge with crowns for support. Bridges can be made of materials like gold, non-precious, or porcelain bonded to metal. Maintaining oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing is crucial to preserve the bridge and support from neighboring teeth.
Dental implants offer a natural-looking, functional solution for missing teeth. These tiny titanium posts are surgically placed into the jawbone, bonding with the bone to create a strong foundation. Implants restore the ability to eat, speak, and smile while preserving facial contours and preventing bone deterioration. The process involves an evaluation, dental/radiographic examination, and health history, followed by the surgical placement of the implants and attachment of small posts. Temporary dentures can be worn during three to six months of healing. Once the implant has bonded, a healing collar is attached, impressions are taken, and the final teeth are created and connected to the implants. The entire procedure typically takes six to eight months, and most patients experience minimal disruption to their daily lives.
Our goal is to provide seamless dentistry that is indistinguishable from natural teeth. We offer porcelain or porcelain "pasted on gold" crowns to repair severe dental issues and replace missing teeth, resulting in a complete smile and functional bite. Our high-quality work ensures long-lasting results, with treatments typically lasting 20 to 30 years. Fitting a dental crown requires two visits involving decay removal, tooth shaping, temporary crown placement, and final crown fitting and adjustment. Dental crowns have numerous benefits, including replacing missing teeth, supporting damaged teeth, and offering natural-looking results. Crown and bridgework is a reliable solution for major dental problems caused by accidents, diseases, or wear and tear. They can also address hairline cracks, weakened teeth, and appearance concerns, relieving pain and restoring dental function.
Tooth extraction may be necessary for various reasons, such as severe decay, advanced gum disease, irreparable damage, poor tooth positioning, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. It's important to consider alternatives to extractions and tooth replacement to avoid complications like impaired chewing, jaw joint issues, and tooth shifting. The extraction process involves numbing the area with a local anesthetic, applying pressure to widen the socket, and potentially sectioning the tooth for removal. Aftercare involves controlling bleeding, protecting blood clots, avoiding rinsing or spitting, managing to swell with ice, managing pain with over-the-counter medication, adjusting eating habits, and practicing gentle cleaning. A dry socket, a delayed healing condition, can be treated with a medicated dressing. The resulting hole from extraction will gradually fill in with bone over several weeks or months.
A root canal is a common dental procedure that can save natural teeth and eliminate the need for implants or bridges. It involves removing infected pulp from the tooth and sealing the root canal system. Symptoms of a pulp infection include visible injury, swelling, sensitivity to temperature, and tooth/gum pain. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia, with a success rate of about 90%. After treatment, a follow-up restoration is needed, and good dental hygiene should be maintained. The cost varies based on the severity of damage but is generally more affordable than tooth removal and replacement.
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