Protecting one of your most valuable and important assets your gum and your smile starts with visiting your dentist for regular checkups, also including comprehensive examination and X-rays will help in detecting earlier cavities and gum disease. We encourage all patients to schedule regular dental visits; and cleaning every six months on a routine basis. It’s very essential to the successful treatment the early detection of the problem
When a tooth decays, a filling becomes necessary and several factors should be considered in determining the type of the restoration your need. This means locating the size and depth of the cavity, Amalgam filling have been used by dentists for over one hundred years, an alternative material that is gaining much popularity over traditional amalgam is composite resin known as white filling. These tooth-colored fillings help restore natural appearance of decayed teeth, with less tooth structure removal and the other advantage is that those white fillings are mercury free materials. Poor drat oral hygiene and lack of saliva can all contribute to early tooth decay, therefore it’s always important to have regular dental examinations to detect the decays as soon as possible.
Crowns are tooth like coverings placed over a professionally and carefully prepared existing tooth in order to restore, improve, and strengthen the appearance of the tooth. Crowns in our practice are made from all-ceramic, high precious, gold and metal fixed to porcelain. Our aim is to create crowns that not only look, but feel as comfortable and natural as your own teeth are. The procedure to have a crown needs usually 2-3 visits and generally requires ten working days, during that period; a temporary crown will cover, protect, and restore that carefully prepared tooth.
A bridge is a restoration that replaces the space when one or more teeth have lost. The losing of any permanent teeth whether it is due to the dental decay, periodontal disease or trauma may cause serious problems for adjacent and antagonist (opposing) teeth, which will be another factor to accelerate periodontal gum disease and eventually causing more teeth loss.
This is a specialized treatment is used to save the teeth which are severely damaged due to a deep cavity, fracture or sometimes due to severe or advances periodontal (gum) disease. The procedure involves removal of the diseased and infected pulp, once the infected pulp is removed; the canals are disinfected, cleaned, and sealed. This procedure is done under local anesthesia. After a root canal procedure, a crown is generally required to protect the tooth from fracturing. If you have additional questions please visit the Academy of American Endodntries www.are.org.
The fit, appearance, comfort a, and durability of dentures have improved a lot in recent years thanks to the advances in dental technology. Dentures can replace an individual missing tooth or cover and replace whole missing teeth. Usually after initial placement of a denture some minor adjustments may be require. A follow up examination is extremely important to ensure that tissues underneath the replacement teeth remain healthy. This procedure usually takes five to six weeks for initial replacement.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults and sometimes with young patients. It all starts when a plaque, which is a sticky film that forms on tooth surface, is made of mostly bacteria. If it is not removed the plaque hardens to form calculus, a more solid and firm film, calculus deepens the space between the gum and the teeth, forming tooth pockets. Early signs of periodontal disease are: bleeding upon brushing, bad breath/ bad taste, change in color (more red) /texture in gum, gum becomes more fluffy or receded, pus between teeth, or pain upon chewing. Treatment starts when it’s in the early stages by light scaling and proper oral hygiene. In advanced cases planning and scaling is needed (SRP). This is done under local anesthesia. In severe cases periodontal surgery and sometimes bone grafting and reshaping is needed. For additional information please visit am.aec of periodontal.aap.org.
These are usually recommended for patients who have a teeth grinding habit.(bouxism). Bouxism is when you clench (tightly hold and your top and bottom teeth together). People clench and grind without being aware of it during both day and night. Grinding can wear down your teeth sometimes and it may cause eating disorders and headaches. To prevent this, mouth guards have been used to treat teeth grinding and clenching .There are many different types of splints, some fit over the top teeth and some on the bottom. They are made professionally to keep your jaw more relaxed and to avoid grinding your teeth. No anesthesia is needed. For more information please visit www.pubmed.clenching.
There are two types of teeth whitening. In office, or take- home whitening. Both whitening ways must be done and followed up by a professional dentist. The ADA recommends having the teeth checked by a dentist before undergoing any whitening method. In our office, we examine the patient thoroughly taking health and dental history by observing hard and soft tissues. Treatment times and recommendations are dependent on the condition of a person’s teeth and overall health issues like sensitivity and allergy to hydrogen carbamide.