Tooth Filling, Root Canal, Crowns & Bridges, Dental Implants, Dentures
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Restorative Dentistry in Toledo
Restorative dentistry refers to the various ways we are able to replace missing teeth or repair missing parts of the tooth structure. Tooth structure can be missing due to decay or fracture of a tooth.
The concept of a tooth filling is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. We will replace old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.
With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.
We are proud to offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy. A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler. A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain.
There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including:
• Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
• Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
• Tooth decay
• Chipped or broken tooth
• Blow to the tooth
• Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
• Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
When left untreated, these problems can lead to severe tooth decay reaching the root of the tooth, causing extensive damage to the tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, we can perform a root canal to preserve the tooth and retain its original integrity.
What is the Root Canal Procedure?
• The patient undergoes anesthesia.
• A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
• The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
• The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
• With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
• The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
• A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening
• Following a recovery period, the patient will return for the placement of a permanent restoration.
We work with each patient individually to discuss the details of your treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest standard of care.
Caries, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease. Tooth decay may negatively impact your quality of life. Current research suggests that bacteria from the mouth have far wider associations with other medical problems.
When your teeth and gums are consistently exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids may form that begin to eat away at tooth enamel. Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, soft drinks, and even fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth. Those deposits bond with the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and form plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth, with tooth decay resulting.
Getting a Tooth Pulled
A tooth extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, if a patient has gum disease, or if the tooth is impacted (usually the wisdom teeth).
Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. We offer complimentary Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), numbing gels and other comforts to help make your procedure as comfortable as possible.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your third molars are more commonly called “wisdom teeth.” Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.
In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.
To potentially stave off this result, an extraction of one, several or all of the wisdom teeth may be advised. If that is the case, we have the ability to perform extractions when the wisdom teeth are fully erupted, with minimum discomfort. Ask our team for more information regarding tooth extractions if you feel you may need one.
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. They are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. The crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface.
Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the look of natural teeth and are very strong.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated outside from your mouth.
Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
A bridge fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease. Bridges also safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
There are three main types of bridges:
• Fixed bridge is the most popular and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
• The “Maryland” bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches the existing tooth color.
• The cantilever bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.
Dental Implants in Toledo
An implant is a replacement tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium — the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that pairs well with human bone.
A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
Should You Get Single or Multiple Dental Implants?
Implants are versatile. If you are missing only one tooth, an implant plus a replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). If you’ve lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be fixed in your mouth permanently with a strategic number of implants.
An “All-on-Four” denture is a permanently fixed denture to a set of implants. Imagine not having to worry about your dentures falling out ever again. They make chewing and speaking easy. let us show you how we can make your dentures secure and your confidence soar again.
Why Choose Implants Over Dentures or Bridges
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can, therefore, be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence.
Implants not only look more natural but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth.
In fact, bridges are expected to last only seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants can last up to a lifetime.
Dentures in Toledo
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are three types of dentures: full, partial, and implant supported.
Full Dentures are given to patients when all the natural teeth have been removed. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate full dentures are placed right after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple months of use.
Partial Dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are also considered a removable alternative to bridges.
Implant Supported Dentures are dentures that are attached to implants that are permanently placed into the mouth. This makes them non-removable and the most comfortable option for most people. They function more like your natural teeth. You will still need to maintain routine teeth cleanings where the dentures will be removed and cleaned in our office. Daily you will brush and clean around them like you do your natural teeth.
We look forward to helping you find the best option for your mouth. Please contact our office for a consultation and we will be happy to show and discuss all options with you.