Let’s face it, very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that — “fill” a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it.
Diagnostic & Preventative
Add a dental visit to this year’s spring cleaning list. A professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health, reports the Academy of General Dentistry, an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.
It is strongly recommended that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every three to six months.
Your wedding is coming up, and you want your smile to be its brightest, or maybe you have an important speaking engagement. Whatever the reason, tooth bleaching isn’t just for movie stars, and it isn’t just for one day. Tooth bleaching safely lightens the color of the teeth, lasting for up to five years. The most effective and safest method of tooth bleaching is dentist supervised.
There are two types of dental restorations: direct and indirect. Direct restorations are fillings placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include dental amalgam, glass ionomers, resin ionomers and some resin composite fillings. Indirect restorations generally require two or more visits. They include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns and bridges fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics or composites.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth.
Root Canal Therapy
Once upon a time, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called a root canal therapy you may save that tooth. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile.
Composite Resin (White Fillings)
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers, typically using a light specialized to harden each layer.
When a tooth is broken down, unrestorable, or beyond hope of fixing, removal of the tooth is necessary. We will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, we will advise you of the post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.