Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be removed from your mouth. Today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever but do take some getting used to and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
Root Canal, or endodontics, is the process of removing the nerves from the roots of a tooth and filling the space with gutta percha (a rubber material). A root canal is often necessary to save an abscessed or infected tooth. If an infected tooth is left alone for a long period of time, an abscess can form. An abscess will show up on an x-ray as a dark spot below the apex of the root. This is actually bone loss in the jaw. It is very important to catch this problem before it deteriorates too far and more bone is lost.
Over time our teeth begin to change and are susceptible to decay. There are many possible reasons for this change in your smile. These reasons can include bruxism (teeth grinding), general tooth decay, cracked fillings, leaking fillings, root canals, and many others. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.
An option that you have when dealing with a missing tooth or teeth is a bridge. In order to maintain the proper mouth functions, it is necessary to replace these missing teeth. The loss of teeth can affect the way you eat, speak, and the alignment of other teeth in your mouth.
Over time our teeth tend to become discolored or stained from smoking, coffee, soda pop, and many other foods. We offer a safe, inexpensive solution to brighten your smile. Whitening your teeth is a very simple procedure that can be completed in a relatively short period of time.
Bonding is adding composite resin to a prepared tooth surface. Composite resin can be used as an alternative to amalgams and veneers. This is an excellent cosmetic option for those patients who do not want the look of silver in their mouths and do not want the expense of veneers. Bonding can be used on teeth that are decayed, cracked, or stained.
In addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed. Our doctors will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants or nightguards to protect against bruxism (grinding of teeth) & TMJ problems.
Porcelain veneers are extremely thin casings of ceramic that are bonded to the front of the patients’ tooth to create a new smile. Porcelain veneers are placed over the front of teeth that appear too small or large, slightly discolored, or simply are not cosmetically pleasing to the patient. For many patients, teeth may have chipped, become discolored, or are slightly crooked. For the majority of these patients, porcelain veneers can prove to be the perfect solution.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the doctors remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets because it is a habitat for the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums. Plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for
bacteria to attach to the teeth. The consequences of a bacterial infection may include an unhealthy smile in which the gums recede from the teeth, bone loss, offensive bad breath, bleeding gums and the possibility of losing some or all of your teeth. Recent research has shown periodontal disease may also play a part in the risk of stroke or heart attack.
Oral Cancer Screeing
During a dental exam, the doctor and hygienist will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas that can be associated with oral cancer.
Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.
Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption, is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other habits like chewing tobacco, along with lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
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