RESTORATION AND REPLACEMENT:
Dentures and Partials
Root Canal Therapy
Clear Correct Braces
Crowns and Bridges
Extractions (Tooth Removal)
Commonly called "caps," a crown is a restoration that covers and existing tooth. Crowns are frequently used to cover, protect, and stregthen teeth that are weak and vulnerable to breakage. Crowns are frequently placed on a tooth immediately after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out or when cracks are detected in the tooth. When a very large filling is used to repair a very large cavity, a tooth may become weak and vulnerable to breakage. Our jaw muscles are the strongest muscles in the human body. Therefore teeth are subjected to tremendous stress and pressure. Crowns support weak teeth. They surround and cover the tooth, providing strength and protection from breakage. Some broken and cracked teeth cannot be salvaged, and require removal. Crowns help to minimize this possibility.
Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of a tooth. The shape, size, and color of a tooth can be completely changed by placing a crown on the tooth. Crowns are made out of a variety of materials, some include metal, gold and/or porcelain. Porcelain crowns are tooth-colored. They look like natural teeth.
Dentures are one option for replacing missing teeth. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, however replacing them helps restore some normal functions such as talking, eating and smiling. Dentures are removable.
If all of the teeth are missing, a full denture is required. If some teeth are still present in the mouth, then partial dentures can be made. Since partial dentures are anchored to some of the remaining teeth, it is important that those teeth be healthy and stable, thus the entire mouth is examined prior to making a new denture.
There is usually a short adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth.
Implants can be used to help stabilize dentures that need extra support.
A dental implant is one option for replacing one or more missing teeth. In this procedure, an 'artificial root' (the implant) is implanted into the jaw, replacing the natural tooth root that once resided there. Once the implant is stable, the dentist attaches the replacement tooth onto the implant - recreating the natural appearance and function of a natural tooth.
Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth. Schedule a consultation with the dentist to hear treatment recommendations.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is necessary when the nerves and blood vessels within the center of a tooth become irreversibly damaged, or infected. This center portion of the tooth is called the pulp. The pulp is frequently damaged from a very deep cavity, a fractured tooth, or blunt trauma to the tooth. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include pain, swelling, or sensitivity to cold. However, frequently there are no obvious symptoms, so the patient may be unaware that there is a problem until it is detected by the dentist using an x-ray.
When a tooth becomes infected, the only treatment options are to either remove the tooth, or save it with a root canal. It is advised to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. During root canal therapy the infected portion of the tooth is cleaned out and disinfected - allowing you to keep your natural tooth. Since a portion of the tooth is removed during the root canal, a crown is usually recommended to help protect the tooth from breaking. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are typically not a painful procedure. Local anesthetic is used to control the pain, as is done for many other dental procedures.
It is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible (with the exception of wisdom teeth). The other teeth in the mouth frequently begin shifting positions if a missing tooth is not replaced. This can lead to many cosmetic and functional problems.
TMJ stands for temporal mandibular joint (jaw joint). Problems with this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, congenital abnormalities, or excess muscle tension. Common signs of TMJ problems are headaches or facial pain. Pain, soreness, clicking, and/or popping of the jaw during opening and closing the mouth are also common indicators that there is a problem.
Treatments for TMJ problems can include replacing missing teeth, or adjusting the position of existing teeth.Sometimes an appliance can be made to reduce tension in the area. Medication and physical therapy can also be very effective. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
Consult the dentist for diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
...Anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. The color, alignment, spacing and contour of the teeth are characteristics that create the overall appearance of your smile. Any of these features can be altered to create a stunning looking mouth.
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