Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new material fills holes that decay left. Now days most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth may need root canal treatment or extraction.
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. (Crowns are made in office offering convenience and affordability)
Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist will apply a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
There are different types of dentures, but they share their common function: to replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it's time for dentures. Relax. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but you can still eat and talk regularly.
The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can be used to further stabilize the dentures.
(we offer partial and full dentures)
Night guard and sport guards are nearly the same thing. Night guards guard against the breakdown of your teeth in cases of patients grinding their teeth while sleeping. We can provide a comfortable retainer, unlike those store bought night guards, we offer custom fit high grade plastic retainers that wont wake you up in the middle of the night.
Our Sport guards are very similar they also are made from high grade plastic but are slightly thicker. We offer custom fit and personalized retainers, that will not only fit your teeth perfectly but your personality as well. Contact our office for more information
Night Guards/ Sport Guards
RCT / Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants, they literally bridge the gap created by one or missing teeth.