A filling is a material that is placed inside of a tooth to restore the tooth to function. Usually a filling is placed because there was either decay removed or tooth loss. There are two types of filling material. The first one is the dental amalgam or silver filling. It has been a very strong, durable and predictable filling material. The second option is the acrylic or plastic material. Many patient's refer to it as the white filling. it has grown in popularity in the last 20 years due to its natural look to surrounding teeth. It is about 15-20% more expensive and its clinical wear is slightly less than the amalgam.
Inside the tooth is a soft tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and it helps to grow the root of your tooth. A root canal is needed when the tissue is inflamed or infected (these may happen for a number of reasons). During a root canal, your dentist removes the infected/inflamed tissue, cleans the inside of the tooth, then fills it with gutta-percha (a rubber-like material).
The CEREC Machine is a streamlined, computer-aided process that allows dentist to efficiently create and insert individual ceramic restorations in a single appointment. The process includes taking a digital impression, designing the restoration, and manufacturing the restoration. In order to have this all done in one visit, an intraoral camera and a milling machine is also needed. The ceramic used is more biocompatible and tooth-like (both physically and aesthetically than amalgam or gold.
Intraoral Cameras allow the patient to see what their doctor sees through magnification. It offers better quality and can show an endodontic hole.
Digital Dental X-Rays are pictures of your teeth, bones, and the soft tissues around them. The x-rays are used to assist in finding any problems. X-ray images can show wisdom teeth, bone loss, and cavities. You start out your hygiene appointment with the x-rays, and by the time your cleaning is finished, the digital x-rays are developed and appear on your hygienists' computer screen, making it both easier for your hygienist and dentist to see but also easier to store in your file.
Crowns achieve full whitening coverage of teeth. Many people know them as "caps." A crown simply covers the entire tooth. Whereas the veneer only covers the front and edge of the tooth, a crown covers the entire surface. Here again, reduction or cutting of the tooth is necessary. More prepping or cutting is necessary due to the thickness of the porcelain. However, the end result is both strong and aesthetic. As with veneers, crowns can correct slight variations in shape and size of teeth as well as color. Today's crowns are increasingly more aesthetic due to the fact that there are no metals used as was in the past. The all porcelain crowns are made to withstand much more due to the new generation of porcelains.
Bridges are used to replace a tooth (or several teeth that are next to one another) by using the surrounding teeth as anchors. The existing teeth are first shaved down and then the bridge is attached to the now shaved teeth. Once finished, the bridge looks like all of your natural teeth.
Veneers are a very conservative yet effective way to change minor crooked teeth as well as obtain whiter teeth. A veneer is basically a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the front of a tooth. But before that can be done, the tooth needs to be prepared or reduced approximately 1.5 to 2mm. This is done to the front and the edge of the tooth. This allows room for the veneer so it does not look bulky. Typically, veneers are placed on all upper and lower front teeth.
A partial is an alternative to a bridge if you lack the required teeth to support the bridge. The teeth are fabricated according to which teeth are missing and which ones are still natural. A wire holds onto the fabricated teeth and clasps onto the existing ones, creating a full smile. Like dentures, partials can be taken out easily.
Dentures are an option when no natural teeth are left on either the top or bottom arch of the mouth. The soft and hard tissues of the mouth are what keep the denture in place.
Although thorough home care is effective at removing food particles and plaque, it is always possible to miss the hard to reach areas, especially those in the back. Dental Sealants help the susceptible areas stay protected. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is brushed over the tooth to help prevent tooth decay. The sealant adheres to the grooves and crevices, forming a protective shield.
More people are being diagnosed with oral cancer today than ever before. If caught early, patients have a 90% survival rate. Signs and symptoms often cannot be seen, unless your dental professional tests you. The test is less than three minutes and consists of three light modes: White Light, Fluorescent Violet Light, and Green-Amber Reflection Light. White Light examines the entire mouth. Violet Light identifies irregular tissue development, which may be benign or cancerous. Green-Amber Light tests the blood vessels around the lesions. Areas with increased diffuse vasculature are more likely to be cancerous.
All athletes should be fitted by their dentist for a mouth guard. Store bought mouth guard may be inexpensive, but a custom fit mouth guard is ideal and more effective at preventing mouth injuries. Our PLAYSAFE Mouth Guards come in custom colors to math any uniform. There are five different types of mouth guards depending on what sports it will be worn for.
While sleeping, the muscles in the throat and mouth relax, making the breathing airway smaller, which may cause snoring. The SILENT NITE snoring prevention device gently positions the lower jaw into a forward position, opening up airways. The Upper and lower forms are custom made to fit your mouth.
Bruxism is the damage of teeth due to grinding, which often occurs while sleeping or due to stress. Without treatment, bruxism can lead to tooth loss or TMJ. In order to prevent damage, a Bruxism Appliance is custom fit to your mouth. Put it in every night before going to bed; and instead of grinding on your teeth, you will grind on the plastic instead. It can also be worn during the day if you notice yourself continuing to grind.