When a tooth is affected by decay (cavities), cracks, or fractures, fillings are done to replace the affected tooth structure. If caught early, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. Composite fillings are tooth colored and are bonded to the tooth. Fillings are durable and provide several years of keeping your smile beautiful.
When a tooth is compromised to the point it cannot be restored with fillings, a crown needs to be placed. The crown covers and protects the entire tooth and restores its original size and shape. Crowns are generally made of porcelain-like materials and are usually tooth colored. They are strong and last several years in the mouth.
A bridge serves to replace missing teeth. Bridges are generally made of porcelain-like materials and are usually tooth colored. A bridge is fixed (non-removable) and is cemented onto anchoring teeth. Bridges last many years.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that inflames the gum tissues and leads to the loss of connective tissue and jawbone around the teeth. Scaling and root planing is performed to remove the bacteria causing the infection.
Cosmetic dentistry is done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their teeth can have it fixed. Treatment options include: tooth colored fillings, veneers, all-porcelain crowns, teeth whitening, and orthodontics.
Root Canal Therapy
When the dental pulp (nerve) of a tooth is affected by decay (cavities) or infection, a root canal is performed. The root canal treatment removes the decay and bacteria and saves the tooth. Root canal therapy has high success rates and allows the tooth to continue to function.
A dental implant is usually made of titanium and replaces a missing tooth. It is fixed (non-removable) in the mouth and functions the closest to a natural tooth of any tooth replacement dental treatment available today. Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures and partial dentures serve to replace all or some of the teeth. They differ from implants and bridges in that they are removable (non-fixed) from the mouth.
When a tooth is badly compromised by decay (cavities), fractures, bone loss, etc. and the tooth cannot be restored, the tooth is extracted (removed).
Invisalign® uses clear aligners, which fit over the teeth. Over a period of months the aligners move and straighten the teeth. This is an alternative to traditional braces.
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