A bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth and attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutments. Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for having a bridge. Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth are designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of harmful effects.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth. The crown covers the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and to approve its appearance. When the crown is cemented into place it will fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that is visible above the gum line. There are many reasons why a crown may be diagnosed. Some of the most common reasons are to restore a broken or worn tooth, to cover and support a tooth with a large filling and not a lot of tooth structure left, and to cover an implant. In our office crowns require two visits. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown. At your next visit, we will remove the temporary crown and fit and adjust the final crown until ready to be cemented in place.
Composite resin is a filling material designed for aesthetic dental restorations. Formulated to resemble the color of your natural tooth, composite resin is often used for filling dental cavities or for dental bonding front teeth.
Sealants are a clear or tooth-colored acrylic coating that is painted on the biting surface of the tooth. They act as a preventative measure to protect the tooth against decay. They are easily applied taking only a couple minutes per tooth. Sealants protect the grooves and depressions of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can't reach.
Dentures are a removable appliance used to replace some or all natural teeth on an arch and provide support for the lips and mouth. There are several types of dentures. Depending on your needs, one will be designed to fit your needs. Partials typically have a metal framework with metal clasps connected to your teeth. However, some partials are made with a more aesthetic clasp. Full dentures are made with acrylic and replace all natural teeth on an arch.
A tooth may have to be extracted for a number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed, or have advanced periodontal disease. Others may have broken where it cannot be repaired, or are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted wisdom teeth). On occasion, teeth are extracted in preparation for orthodontic treatment. In many cases the removal of a tooth or teeth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your joint in the jaw, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid complications following the extraction, the doctor will discuss your options for replacing the extracted tooth.
Implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. After you have been seen by the specialist for implant surgery and the implant is fully integrated, you are now ready for the restorative process. Implant crowns are very similar to the process of a dental crown. The main difference being that instead of attaching to your natural tooth, the crown is cemented onto an abutment that is attached to the implant.
Endodontic therapy (or root canal) is needed when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. That may be caused by a variety of causes such as deep decay, faulty crowns, a crack in the tooth, or several procedures performed on a tooth. Trauma can also be a cause of pulp damage, even if there are no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess. The procedure involves removing the living pulp from the center of the tooth and filling the pulp cavity with a warm gutta percha material.
Snoring can be a real problem, not only for the person who snores but for the partner and other family members who live with the snorer. A snore guard can be the solution for a more restful night's sleep. This affordable device is flexible, thin and comfortable. A snore guard uses special S-shaped connectors that are attached to upper and lower trays and it positions the lower jaw forward, thus opening the airway and preventing snoring. The trays are comprised of a soft inner layer with a hard outer layer that is durable and BPA-free.
It's no secret that a bright, white smile leaves a lasting impression. One of the most effective ways to achieve your white smile is with custom whitening trays. Typically trays are made for both the upper and lower arch. The trays are soft and flexible making bleaching comfortable. And because you will be bleaching at home, you can whiten when it's most convenient for you. With our whitening system, your teeth may be visibly whiter in one day. Teeth are noticeable whiter in one to two weeks.
Severe tooth, jaw or facial muscle pain could be caused from grinding or clenching your teeth. Grinding of the teeth is a medical condition called bruxism. Bruxism can cause the jaw to become stiff and tired. It can also cause severe tooth pain and jaw or facial muscle pain. Over time, bruxism will result in wearing down the natural tooth. Studies have shown that those who grind and clench their teeth experience up to 80 times the normal wear per day compared with those who do not. A nightguard can reduce the risk of wear of your existing teeth and reduce pain. It is a clear, thin, removable device that is custom made and worn over your lower or upper teeth as you sleep.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color. To apply a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. This is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth.