Crowns are full coverage restorations that restores a tooth's shape, size and strength. Dentists have long relied on full gold or porcelain-metal crowns for long-term durability. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are dental crowns that are fabricated from metal and then covered with a thin layer of porcelain. Over time porcelain chips from the metal substructure and may potential cause gum rescession. Our crowns are fabricated out of solid zirconia, aslo called BruxZir. They are virtually unbreaktable and more resistant to chipping, cracking or breaking in the mouth. BruxZir crowns esthetically look more like a natural tooth.
A bridge replaces a missing tooth by using the surrounding teeth for support both functionally and cosmetically. It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons before it causes other dental issues. If not treated, the surrounding teeth begin to shift in position. When this happens you may experience changes in bite, pain in your jaw(TMJ), bone loss or deterioration of surrounding teeth.
FILLINGS AND SEALANTS
Fillings are a tooth colored composite resin that is done to remove decay, old amalgan fillings or for cosmetic purposes. If not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and possibly a crown. In some situations if decay is to extensive the tooth will need to be extracted and additional treatment may be needed to replace the missing tooth. Sealants are normally done on a child's upper and lower molars to protect the chewing surfaces from developing cavities. Sealants can help protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years and 50% of cavities for up to 4 years.
Extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually due to decay, trauma, and crowding. We also perform wisdom teeth extractions in office!
IMPLANTS Dental implants provide many advantages and can last a life time! They help improve appearance and most importantly self-esteem. They are a great option to replace a missing teeth or can be used stabilize a denture. Implants preserves bone and significantly reduces bone resorption or deterioration
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the root (pulp). Regular cleanings and exams with the doctor can potentially detect problems before a root canal is needed. Trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy. Once the pulp becomes infected, it eats away at the surrounding bone causing an abscess. If a root canal is needed it must be treated and cannot heal on its own. You will experience sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup. Once the root canal has been completed, it is recommended to have a crown placed to reinforce the structure and integrity of the tooth.
Dentures are a great option if you have lost all your natural teeth and appearance. There are many factors that can lead to the loss of your natural teeth, whether it be genetics, gum disease, decay or an injury. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but you can still eat and talk normally.
There is an adjustment period after dentures are delivered and it can take some time to get used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return. Often implants can be used to further stabilize the dentures.
We offer treatment for many different oral appliance therapy. These appliances can be permanent or removable. They perform a variety of functions, including: athelitic and night guards, retainers, sleep apnea, snore relief and many more.
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it's where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.
Problems in this area can cause:
- Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face