Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged or unattractive. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.
A dental implant is usually a titanium post placed in the bone to mimic a natural tooth root. Once the implant is stable a crown is connected to it to make it look like a natural tooth. To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
The loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted (removed) such as severe decay or advanced periodontal disease.
A filling is a way to restore a damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape. There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, composite and porcelain.
- Gold fillings are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. Gold fillings are often the most expensive but consider it the best and may last your lifetime.
- Amalgam (silver) fillings are a cheaper choice. Due to their dark color they are very noticeable. Also, many object to their mercury content. Our office does not place amalgam fillings.
- Composite resins are custom made to the color of your teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While white fillings may be less noticeable they usually last about 15 years. They may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.
- Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and they resist staining and wear.
Veneers are a thin covering of porcelain that are bonded over the outside (visible area) of the tooth to improve your smile. The look great! It involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory and ready to be bonded in place.
The gum tissue and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. Healthy gum tissue is pink and does not bleed. Unhealthy gum tissue is red,swollen and readily bleeds. It is called periodontal disease. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning done under a local anesthetic. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery. For more information about the connection between oral health and systemic health, please visit this article by the American Dental Hygienists' Association. For information related to smoking and periodontal disease, please read this article provided by the same organization.
Root canal treatment is usually made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to this pulp. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected and bacteria can extend through the root tip into the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). This infection must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold, pain, swelling, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup. A root canal is performed to remove the infected tooth pulp and fill the pulp area to prevent any further infection. Usually a filing and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
We offer complimentary consultations on our treatment plans. We recommend a comprehensive x-ray and exam appointment. Once you have done that appointment we will take the time to review the information and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and desires. OUR PATIENTS TELL US THAT WE ARE THE ONLY DENTAL OFFICE THAT DOES THIS!!!!!