1) Resin Fillings
If your silver fillings make you feel self-conscious when you smile, consider replacing them with tooth colored fillings. Tooth colored fillings are just as durable as they are attractive! Made of composite resin, they match the natural color of your teeth and are an excellent option for small to mid-sized cavities. Tooth colored fillings are strong, stain resistant, and require less removal of your tooth structure than silver fillings.
A crown or cap is usually indicated under these cicumstances:
-A damaged or fractured tooth due to extensive decay or trauma
-To protect the weak tooth structure such as large fillings
-To cover a root canal tooth
-To cover a dental implant
-To cover a discolored or misaligned tooth
They can be made from a lot of different materials, such as gold, alloys, and porcelain
They are an alternative to placing implants for replacing missing teeth. Neighboring teeth are prepared to support/anchor missing teeth. Think of a crown but splinted from one tooth to another tooth and spanning missing teeth. Bridges are fixed and cemented in your mouth.
Dentures or false teeth are removable replacements for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures. Complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures which replace all the teeth on the upper or lower jaw could be immediate or conventional.
The immediate denture is made before teeth are extracted, and it is placed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are extracted. Although this process require more adjustments, the patient does not have to go without teeth.
Conventional dentures are placed once the healing process is completed usually within 3-6 months of extractions. During the healing stage patient receives a transitional or temporary denture/immediate denture.
Partial dentures are dentures that are partially supported by remaining natural teeth. They have better retention or stay in better than full dentures.
The new trend in dentures are the implant retained dentures. Implants not only replace individual missing teeth but they can anchor or support a complete denture. Patients can get a lot retention with this type of denture.
5) Root canals
Root canals get a bad rap. We ask that you don’t believe the rumors; the dreaded root canal isn’t actually dreadful at all! Root canals are needed when either decay, a crack, or an injury infects the inner tooth (the pulp). In the earliest stages of infection, you may not feel any pain at all, but when it progresses, you could experience excruciating pain, swelling or the formation of a dental abscess. This procedure simply removes the nerve and all tissues inside the canal and leaves the rest of the tooth/root intact.
In most cases, we will work our hardest to ensure patients keep their healthy, natural teeth, but there are some situations where extraction is unavoidable. The most common reasons for tooth extraction include:
-severe decay below the gum line
-in preparation for orthodontic treatment due to crowding
-facial trauma that leads to significant fractures, cracks, or breaks
-infection that spreads to gums, leading to abscess or other advanced concerns
-the presence of third molars (wisdom teeth), which often need to be removed because of pain, difficulty in cleansability from it’s position ( leading to decay or perio disease) , or lack of space in the jaw.