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Dental Restorations

Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always discuss with you the available options, and recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment.  Providing you with excellent care is our number one priority when creating your beautiful smile.


What would you like to learn more about?

  • Fillings

  • Sealants

  • Crowns (Caps)

  • Dental Implants

  • Fixed Bridges

  • Dentures and Partial Dentures

  • Root Canal Treatment

  • TMJ Treatments


Fillings

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that produce acids that attack the teeth. Bacteria feed on sugars found in food and drinks. Each time you consume food or drinks, acids attack your teeth. This acid can eventually eat away at the teeth causing tooth decay, which can form a hole called a cavity. Dental treatment for a cavity is called a filling.

Procedure:

  1. Your tooth will be numbed in the area around the tooth decay
  2. The decayed portion of the tooth will be removed with a drill, air abrasion instrument or a laser
  3. The hole is then cleaned out and prepared for a filling

There are several types of filling materials including composite tooth-colored fillings, silver amalgam, or gold or porcelain inlays.

You can discuss which type of filling will work best for you at the time of your visit. Composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, close space between teeth, or to fix worn teeth.


Sealants

A sealant is a thin protective coating usually made of plastic that is applied to the top chewing surface of back teeth. These teeth have many crevices, nooks and crannies that make them more difficult to clean. A sealant acts as a shield to prevent bacterial acids from attacking the teeth, lessening the possibility of tooth decay.

Sealants are a painless and simple procedure that can be placed in adults but is especially beneficial for children.

The CDC reports, “school age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.” Sealants can last several years before they need to be reapplied.


Crowns (Caps)

A crown is a tooth shaped cover that fits over a tooth. Crowns are necessary to restore a tooth that has decay that is too large for a filling or has broken, been cracked or worn down. Crowns may also be used after root canal treatment to protect the tooth, or to cover a dental implant.

Procedure:

  1. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing decay and shaping the surface so the crown will fit properly
  2. An impression is taken and a temporary crown placed until your next visit
  3. The impression is sent to a dental lab and it generally takes 2-3 weeks before the custom crown will be back in the office for placement
  4. On the second visit, the crown will be placed by your dentist and then cemented in place, after adjustments have been made to ensuring the fit and your bite are accurate and comfortable.

Crowns are generally made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or zirconia, all are tooth-colored that blend in with your natural teeth. Generally, two visits are needed to obtain a crown.


Tooth Replacement Options

If one or more teeth are missing, there are several replacement options available. Dr. Davis is happy to discuss which option would be best for you.

 

Dental Implants

The major advantage of dental implants is that they are most like your natural teeth. Implants are posts made of titanium that are surgically placed in the jaw. These posts act as anchors for your replacement teeth.

Implants can replace:

  • A single tooth
  • Several teeth
  • Be used to attach a whole denture in place

Not all people are good candidates for implants. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health. Some chronic illnesses may slow healing. Sufficient bone structure is necessary to support the implant.

Dr. Davis can help you decide if dental implants are an option for you.

 

Fixed Bridges

A fixed bridge fills the space where one or more teeth are missing. “Fixed” means the bridge is cemented in place and cannot be removed by the patient. A bridge consists of a crown on each end of the appliance, with one or more “pontics”, the replacement for your missing teeth, in the middle.

Advantages to Fixed Bridges:

  • They look and feel like natural teeth
  • They are less expensive and require less dental visits than implants
  • They don’t require removal for cleaning

On your first visit, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared for crowns, impressions are made and sent to a dental lab. On the second visit, , the bridge will be fitted, adjusted and then cemented in place.


Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. Replacement teeth are attached to a plastic base that matches the color of your gums. There are two types of dentures, complete and partial dentures.

Both types of dentures may require several appointments. Your dentures or partial will be precisely adjusted to ensure a comfortable and proper fit. Both are removable and are to be taken out of your mouth for cleaning.

Our office will instruct you on proper cleaning and care of your new denture. It may take some time to get used to wearing a partial or a complete denture, but with time you should adjust.

Dentures will make eating and speaking easier and enhance your appearance.

 

Complete Dentures

These are used when all teeth are missing. Complete dentures can be made after teeth are removed and the gums have healed (conventional denture), or they can be made before the teeth are removed and immediately placed in the mouth on the day that the teeth are extracted (immediate denture). Dentures are durable and can last many years but they may need periodic adjustments and refitting.

 

Partial Dentures

Replace only a section of missing teeth. They usually attach to existing teeth with a metal clasp. They prevent your existing teeth from shifting.


Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is implemented to save a tooth when there is injury to the pulp inside the tooth. The pulp runs through the roots of the tooth and contains blood vessels and nerves. The pulp can become inflamed or infected, and the tooth may die. Common causes are from a crack or chip in the tooth, a deep cavity or filling, or trauma to the tooth. When the pulp is infected, an abscess may form at the tip of the root and eat away at the surrounding bone. Abscess formation is very dangerous and causes severe pain.

Without root canal treatment to remove the infection, the tooth may need to be removed.

Signs and symptoms of nerve infection/inflammation:

  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, sweets

  • Pain - can be intermittent

  • Swelling and/or tenderness

  • An abscess on the gums

  • A bad taste in the mouth

  • Sometimes no symptoms are present and the infection is picked up on examination

Root canal treatment may take one or more visits. In some cases, you may be referred to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal treatment.

Your tooth will be numbed to prevent discomfort and a rubber dam placed around the tooth to keep it dry while treatment is given.  An opening in the tooth is made and the pulp or nerve will be removed. The root canals of the tooth are filed, cleaned and shaped. A temporary filling may be placed until your next visit.

Usually a week later, the canals will be filled with a special dental material. Your tooth will be restored with a dental filling or a crown by your dentist.

Root canal treatment can last many years and is an effective way to save your natural teeth.


TMJ Treatments

TMJ or temporal-mandibular joint, is the place where your jaw (mandible) and skull (near the temple) meet. Disorders of this joint may be caused by a combination of factors but may be related to genetics, arthritis, jaw injury or muscle tension. The exact cause may be difficult to determine.

Signs and symptoms of TMJ Disorder may be:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw

  • Headaches

  • Aching around your ear

  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing

  • Clicking or popping of the jaw

  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth; locking of the jaw

Home treatments that may provide some relief: cold packs to the area, OTC nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Nsaids), eating soft foods, avoid chewing gum, gentle massage and relaxation techniques.

When home remedies are not effective, dental treatments can include a dental splint or mouth piece, muscle relaxants, adjusting your bite, or physical therapy. In severe cases of TMJ, surgery may be necessary by an oral surgeon or TMJ specialist.