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Root Canal Procedure

Root Canal Procedure

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed and/or becomes infected. Root canal procedures are performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

A root canal can range anywhere from one to three visits. Your first visit will include being anesthetized (numbed) for the procedure. Then a hole is drilled into the top of your tooth to gain access to the canals in the tooth. Sonar technology is used to determine the length of the canals. Once the length has been verified, the nerve of the tooth is removed and infection is debrided. The canals will be irrigated thoroughly. If all the unhealthy tissue has been removed, we will permanently seal the canals with a rubber like material called Gutta Percha. A temporary filling material will be placed in the hole and you will be given a complete round of antibiotics. You will be brought back into our office approximately two weeks after the Root Canal and will ensure that the tooth is asymptomatic (no longer in any pain or discomfort).

Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth.

Once we know that you are no longer in any pain or discomfort with that tooth we will schedule you for a crown. Root Canal teeth become dry and brittle after the blood supply has been removed and the tooth is no longer vital. A crown must be placed in a reasonable time frame so not to risk the tooth breaking or fracturing. 

Dentures for Missing Teeth

Dentures for Missing Teeth

Using dentures to replace missing teeth is not only great for your oral health; it's a great way to look and feel younger! Today, there are a variety of natural-looking and comfortable dentures for patients who need to replace missing teeth. Made of a gum-colored plastic resin or acrylic base and either resin or porcelain replacement teeth, dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth. If you have several teeth or all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw, full dentures may be your best option. Partial dentures, which can be either fixed or removable, are great for patients who have several missing teeth scattered along the upper or lower jaw.

The process of getting dentures may take a few months and several dental visits. In some cases, same-day dentures are also possible. With same-day dentures, the dentures are created right in the dentist's office instead of at an offsite laboratory. Same-day dentures aren't for everyone, though. If your dentures require a lot of customization, same-day dentures may not be right for you.

Just as with your natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance. With regular wear and tear, your dentures can last 5-7 years. During that time, you may need periodic denture relines to accommodate changes in the contours of your mouth. Regular denture relines involve resurfacing the base to ensure that your dentures fit and function perfectly. If you break your dentures, it's critical to bring them to your dentist for professional denture repair. Home denture repair kits can cause more damage and be even more costly to fix.

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

Everyone – from children to adults – should receive routine cleanings and checkups twice a year. Professional cleanings are important for providing a deep and thorough cleaning of the mouth’s structures. Cleanings remove harmful substances such as tartar, that can’t be removed by flossing and brushing alone. Scheduling regular cleanings can help prevent gum disease.

Checkups are important, too. During examinations, our dentists will look for signs of tooth decay, bone deterioration, gum disease, and oral cancer. By keeping regular appointments, you increase the likelihood of potential problems being detected early on. Early detection of oral conditions often results in conservative treatment that is less time consuming and costly. We also offer preventive services such as fluoride treatments. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and can help ward off tooth decay.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

If your teeth are mildly discolored, misshapen, unevenly spaced, or worn down, porcelain veneers may be the solution. Dentists can place the veneers to make your smile a consistent shade with perfect alignment. These thin, yet durable shells of porcelain will be bonded onto the front surfaces of your teeth, resulting in a new, gorgeous grin.

Veneers are pieces of porcelain that are used to cover a natural tooth. Veneers are used as a permanent covering that conceals visible flaws. These super-thin, tooth-shaped enhancements are bonded over the front of teeth to produce a uniform smile free of visible flaws. This may be done for a variety of reasons. Veneers can cover broken, unusually shaped, or discolored teeth, or even address spaces and gaps between teeth. These strictly cosmetic restorations are used to improve the appearance of a smile quickly, simply, and in an affordable way.

Veneers are beautiful, long lasting, stain-resistant, and affordable for most patients who want to alter their smiles cosmetically. They are a wonderful alternative to dental crowns, orthodontic treatments, and teeth whitening, and multiple veneers can be used to complete an overall smile makeover. Crafted from the highest quality porcelain, veneers are custom made just for you by trained dental technicians. Receiving veneers is an easy process that requires two visits to our practice.

 The first visit consists of tooth preparation, a process where a tiny layer of tooth enamel is removed from teeth. This is done so that veneers blend in seamlessly with the shape of existing tooth structure and the natural curved shape of the mouth. Once this process is complete, our dentist will take molds. Molds are used to determine the specifications of each veneer. Once the veneers are ready, the patient will return to our office for the placement process.

Sinus Augmentation

Sinus Augmentation

Loss of posterior teeth may result in excessive forces being placed on your remaining teeth.  Fortunately, the use of dental implants and crowns allow you to replace these missing teeth.  However, the position of the sinus in the upper posterior areas may be too low for proper placement of dental implants.

A simple procedure allows the sinus floor to be repositioned, creating enough space to properly place an implant.  Various grafting materials are used to encourage your bone to grow more quickly into the area, helping to stabilize the dental implant. Replace with your own bone in this area the grafting material as it grows into the area.

Under certain conditions, an even simpler procedure can be utilized.  When possible, the bone remaining under the sinus floor is gently “pushed up”, thus lifting the floor of the “dropped” sinus.  Bone replacement materials are then placed beneath this lifted bone.  Once again the bone materials are replaced as your body grow new bone into this area.

Sinus augmentation procedures are highly predictable, with studies reporting over 95% success.  Following sufficient healing of a sinus augmentation (6-10 months), implants are placed in a predictable and successful manner.  It is important to realize that if the sinus augmentation procedure does not result in enough bone for implant placement, additional bone may be regenerated through a second sinus augmentation procedure at the time of implant placement.

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

When an infection has reached the nerve that runs through your tooth root, root canal therapy removes the diseased nerve, cleanses the canal, and fills it to stop the infection. Root canal therapy can extend the life of an unhealthy tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Root canal therapy can save teeth that might otherwise have been lost, keeping your smile in tip top shape. 

Root canal therapy is an excellent solution when a tooth has become damaged, deeply decayed, or when the nerve inside of the tooth has become infected. When the nerve has become exposed or infected, the issue can only be resolved through a root canal procedure or a tooth extraction. During a root canal procedure, the tooth is numbed, the infected nerve tissue is removed, and the interior of the tooth is filled with a sterile restorative material. This procedure eliminates the infection while preserving the outer structure of the tooth. 

Dentures As Teeth Replacement Options

Dentures As Teeth Replacement Options

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please.  Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures.  Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures.  There are two types of full dentures.

Conventional Full Dentures. This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed.  It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.

Immediate Full Dentures. Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth.  After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth.  The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth.  You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels.  The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.

Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed.  This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.

Your dentures may take some time to get used to.  The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums.  Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue.  Other times the dentures might feel loose.  These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while.  Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth.  They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.