Dental bonding can produce amazing improvements by fixing chips in your teeth. Bonding is covering the front surface of teeth with durable plastic to either change the tooth’s color or shape, or to rebuild broken teeth. Bonding is similar to veneers, however, tooth covered resin material is used instead of porcelain for a lower cost alternative to improve your smile. Bonding is great for children who have chipped front teeth and for adults who need an alternative for veneers.
Cosmetic contouring (tooth reshaping) is a cosmetic dentistry technique that removes small amounts of tooth enamel (the outer covering of the tooth) in order to change the shape, length, or surface of one or more teeth. Even a few millimeters of reduction in the right places can really improve the appearance of teeth. The process is often combined with bonding, a cosmetic dentistry treatment that uses tooth-colored composite material to sculpt and shape the teeth.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Full and Partial Dentures
Whether you’re missing some or all of your natural teeth, you can derive many benefits from replacing them with full or partial dentures. Replacement teeth help fill out your smile by giving support to your cheeks and lips. Replacement teeth create a more youthful, vibrant appearance by holding up facial muscles and aiding in speaking, chewing, swallowing, and smiling.
For years dentists have been using silver and other metals for teeth fillings. Today, we use a composite filling that is tooth-colored along with the metal materials to restore decayed teeth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes. These fillings are also more aesthetically pleasing.
The third and last step of a dental implant procedure is called implant restoration—the placement of a permanent dental crown. Once the oral surgeon has determined that the titanium implant has properly fused to the jawbone, a dental crown—custom-designed to blend in with your natural teeth—will be affixed to the top of the implant.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked.
Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco, medication, illness, or due to genetics. Pleases ask your dentist if you would be a good candidate for teeth whitening at your next appointment.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective. Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth after their permanent teeth have erupted as a preventative measure against tooth decay.
A root canal is a term used to describe the natural cavity in the center of the tooth. This area contains a soft area known as the pulp chamber that houses the nerves. If this area becomes irritated or infected due to cavities, trauma or decay, root canal therapy is necessary. If left untreated, the infection can cause an abscess, which can lead to swelling of the face and neck and bone loss around the roots of teeth.
A dental extraction is the removal of teeth from the dental alveolus (socket) in the alveolar bone. Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become un-restorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease or dental trauma. Sometimes wisdom teeth are impacted (stuck and unable to grow normally in the mouth) and may cause recurrent infections of the gum. In orthodontics, if the teeth are crowded, sound teeth may be extracted (often bicuspids) to create space so the rest of the teeth can be straightened.
Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal Disease starts when plaque and tartar accumulate at the base of your teeth and affect the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque leads to an infection in the gums (gingival) called Gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early state of periodontal disease where gums may become red, swollen, and bleed easily. If left untreated, the infection can spread through the oral cavity and into the rest of the body. The spread of bacteria may cause infection, delayed healing and generalized illness. Because of the bacterial infection associated with Periodontitis, tooth abscesses are also common.
Dental braces can correct crooked and crowded teeth, a misaligned bite, and jaw problems. Braces also eliminate problems you may have with eating, speaking properly, or with keeping your teeth clean. Traditional braces have come a long way over the years, becoming sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable.
Benefits of Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment: Some orthodontic conditions are simply easier to correct if they’re corrected early. Interceptive orthodontic treatment is all about preventing more severe problems later on.