Restorative Dentistry is defined as “…the study, diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures and the rehabilitation of the dentition to functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual.” There are a variety of procedures we can utilize to treat medical and cosmetic problems that will restore your smile’s beauty and as well as your comfort and satisfaction.
When a tooth has significant decay, such as cavities, the damaged portion will need to be removed and then a specific material will be used to “fill” the tooth. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked, broken or worn teeth. The materials used for fillings range from gold, silver amalgam, and porcelain to plastic or composite fillings that more closely match your tooth’s natural color. Discoloration can be an early sign of decay. If left untreated, decay can create problems that cause pain and require more intensive steps to repair. Fillings are a simple, less invasive way to preserve your teeth.
Crown and Bridge
While dentures can be removed and cleaned daily, Crowns and Bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Crowns are used to strengthen a damaged tooth, improve a tooth’s appearance or shape, or even improve a tooth’s alignment by completely covering the damaged tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, metal alloys, acrylic, and ceramic. Bridges, on the other hand, are used when a patient is missing one or more teeth. By cementing the bridge to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the gap, they keep the remaining teeth from rotating or shifting into the empty spaces. Crowns and Bridges will restore your smile and bite without the daily maintenance of dentures.
Today, Root Canal treatment makes it possible to save teeth that years ago simply would have been removed. Inside the center of the tooth is a small, thread-like tissue known as the pulp, which can become diseased. When the pulp is removed, the empty space is cleaned, shaped, filled, and sealed off. If you are experiencing tooth pain or swelling in your cheek or gums, you may need a root canal to repair the damage and eliminate the pain.
Whenever possible, we will try to save a tooth that has been damaged. However, this is not always possible and the tooth will need to be extracted. Simple extractions are the removal of teeth that can be seen in the mouth. First, we will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an “elevator” and then use forceps to remove the tooth. We understand how important your teeth are. Feel free to ask us if an extraction is right for you.
Periodontics is defined as “…the study of clinical aspects of the supporting structures of the teeth, which includes the gums, jaw, root, and the periodontal ligament”. We offer treatment for gum and tooth disease and we educate our patients with regard to tooth brushing, flossing, and periodic dental checkups. We also provide guidelines for identifying and managing oral disease risks. We believe that prevention is the most cost-effective means of controlling oral diseases and improving your oral health.
Digital radiography has replaced traditional dental X-rays. Not only we get to view the digital image immediately, the images can be stored for easy comparison, they can be enhanced, and they can be sent to another dentist quickly. Unlike old X-rays that required radiation and a heavy protective vest, sensors or phosphor plates are used to capture the x-ray image, which are then digitally scanned into a computer. Digital X-rays offer immediate and better results with much lower radiation.
An Intraoral Camera is a small video camera that allows both the dentist and the patient to see enlarged images of the patient’s teeth and gums. It resembles a large pen and is outfitted with a disposable protective sheath. We insert the camera into your mouth and gently move it around so that images are taken from a variety of angles while we simultaneously view them on a monitor. Cracks in teeth, failing restorations, and other problems that are difficult to see with the naked eye become very clear. The Intraoral Camera has become an indispensable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions.