Traditionally, cavities have been filled with amalgam, a material that consists of a mixture of metals suspended in mercury. While exceptionally strong, amalgam is silver in color, making it stand out against the natural enamel. Many patients also have concerns about amalgam due to the metal and mercury content. Tooth-colored fillings provide an aesthetic alternative to amalgam fillings. These fillings use composite resin to fill in your cavities and restore your teeth. These fillings are placed in a similar method to amalgam. After the decay is removed, the material is packed inside the cavity and cured, before finally being polished smooth. Not only do they perfectly match the color of your natural teeth, but they are also metal and mercury-free, and they bond with the tooth structure, meaning less needs to be removed.
A dental crown is a restoration of damaged teeth. It resembles the crown of your tooth and is designed to completely cover the entire visible surface. It essentially acts as a cap for your damaged tooth, protecting it and providing strength.
When you lose your teeth, your whole life is affected. Even the loss of one tooth can have a major impact. Many people think that losing a single tooth is not a big deal because it is not seen. While your appearance is often a major concern when tooth loss occurs, it is not the only one that arises. Losing even just one tooth can affect your ability to eat.
Dentures have been used for centuries as a treatment for replacing teeth. Although, the dentures we use today are vastly different from their earlier predecessors. Dentures have undergone many changes, even within the past few decades, which have made them more natural in appearance, better functioning, and more comfortable to wear. They consist of an acrylic gum-colored base that supports acrylic resin teeth.
Missing teeth are a serious issue. The teeth are an essential part of the mouth, enabling you to do many important tasks every single day. When you lose your teeth, even if it is only one, your whole life is affected. Eating becomes more difficult.
When you look at your teeth in the mirror, they look like simple, solid structures. Appearances can be deceiving. The teeth are quite complex, containing several layers below the hard, protective enamel exterior. The inner layer contains hollow canals that travel to the roots of the teeth. It also houses the pulp, the soft tissue that contains blood vessels and nerves.
There are two types of extractions. The condition of your teeth will play a major role in determining the type of extraction we choose. The first is a simple extraction. This type of extraction is done under a local anesthetic. Sedation may be used if you are feeling anxious.
Your temporomandibular joints, often called the TMJ, are located on each side of your face, where your mandible meets your skull. These joints, along with the muscles, bones, and ligaments attached, are responsible for the movement of your jaw. Each TMJ has a disc, which is set between a ball and socket, that absorbs the impact of the stresses placed upon it.
Waking up in the morning rested and refreshed is a great feeling. You feel ready to start your day and tackle the tasks ahead. Plenty of people have the occasional bad night. They toss and turn and just cannot seem to sleep for more than a few minutes at a time.
Cavities on the chewing surfaces of your molars present unique issues. Amalgam fillings can compromise the teeth, leaving them susceptible to splitting. Tooth-colored fillings are not often strong enough to withstand the chewing pressure the jaw places on these teeth. Inlays and onlays provide an effective treatment. Typically made of ceramic, these fillings are created in a lab from impressions of your mouth. They are designed to provide strength to the tooth, rather than compromise it. Inlays fill cavities that affect only one cusp, while onlays, often called partial crowns, build up the structure of a tooth with two or more affected cusps. After they have been created, they are cemented in place, providing your teeth with the strength they need to function normally.
Periodontal therapy is a noninvasive treatment for gum disease that involves the use of scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is essentially a deep cleaning of your teeth during which all surfaces both above and below your gumline are thoroughly cleaned. Scaling is the cleaning of the visible surfaces of your teeth. Using a scaler, we clean your teeth of all buildup, including stubborn tartar, or calcified plaque.
Gum grafts work well to stop the process of gum recession and bone loss. They can also reduce tooth sensitivity and protect your teeth’s roots from decay.