At Byron Dental Group, we partner with you to take care of your smile. Good oral hygiene is the foundation of a healthy mouth. In addition to regular checkups with us for a cleaning and oral cancer screening, we encourage you to follow these American Dental Associations recommendations:
Cosmetic Bonding is a procedure in which the dentist uses a tooth-colored composite resin to create a more ideal shape for your tooth. This is an excellent option for patients who have teeth with small chips, spaces, or discolored areas.
Cosmetic bonding is generally completed in one visit, and depending on the patient's desires, often without getting numb. First, the tooth is prepared for the bonding by removing any discoloration, decay, or rough areas. An etching gel is then applied to the tooth followed by a bonding agent. Composite resin is then sculpted on your tooth. After shaping and polishing, your tooth will have a beautiful, natural look.
Cosmetic bonding is less expensive and less invasive than crowns or veneers. However, they are less durable than the other options. Patients need to be more careful with these teeth because they can chip or wear over time.
Crowns (or caps) are a restoration used to improve the strength or shape of your tooth. Crowns are most often recommended for teeth that are broken, worn, destroyed by tooth decay, or have had a root canal. Crowns can be tooth-colored or gold.
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. During your first appointment, the dentist will numb and prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to allow for a properly formed crown. Then, accurate molds (impressions) of your teeth will be taken and sent to the dental laboratory.
A temporary crown will be fabricated for you to wear home that day.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, your tooth will be cleaned, and your permanent crown will be evaluated to ensure the spacing, color, and bite are all accurate. The permanent crown will then be cemented into place, and care instructions provided.
A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is placed in your bone and can attach to either a crown or denture. In the right circumstances, dental implants can be a great option for replacing missing teeth. The dentist will take into account the teeth on either side of the space left by your missing tooth, the space itself, bone quality, size, health history and personal factors (esthetics, etc.).
Implants often involve three stages:
1. First, the dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon or periodontist (gums specialist) for placement of the implant (or implants).
2. Once placed, the implant is allowed to heal and integrate into the bone for a period of months (usually 3-6 depending on the oral surgeon's or periodontist's recommendations). Often, the implant is covered by gingival (gum) tissue at this time so you won't even be able to see it.
3. The implant is then ready to restore. The oral surgeon or periodontist will evaluate your implant and place a healing abutment (a short silver cylinder), that will help shape the gingiva for your implant to come.
Your treatment at this point depends on whether the implant is for an existing denture, a new denture, a bridge or a single tooth.
1. If the implant(s) is intended to secure an existing denture, the denture will be modified to permit space for the precision attachment.
2. For a bridge or single tooth implant, the dentist will take impressions (molds) and send them to the dental laboratory for the fabrication of a customized crown. Your return visit will be scheduled about two weeks out for the placement of the crown or bridge.
If your tooth structure has been damaged due to decay or fracture, your dentist may recommend a filling. Composite fillings and amalgam fillings are the two most common filling types.
Composite fillings are white fillings designed to match your natural tooth color. These fillings are bonded to your tooth and can allow for more conservative removal of tooth structure.
Amalgam fillings are the traditional silver fillings. These fillings are more useful in certain areas of the mouth where strength is necessary and the filling is less likely to be seen.
Dentists often disagree over which filling material is indicated for a particular tooth. We often recommend that larger fillings be done with amalgam. Smaller fillings can usually be done with either amalgam or composite, depending on patient desires.
Depending on how many fillings are to be completed, one or two appointments may be required. During the appointment(s), the dentist will numb your tooth unless you request otherwise. The dentist then removes decay and prepares your tooth for the filling. Filling material placement varies depending on the type of filling selected.
A fixed bridge is a natural-looking dental restoration that can replace one or several missing teeth. By using artificial teeth to connect to your natural teeth, it "bridges" the gap between your teeth. Since the fixed bridge is cemented into place, it allows you to chew and speak very similar to how you did with your natural teeth. Before recommending a fixed bridge, the dentist will evaluate your teeth on either side of the space to determine if they are up to the task of supporting the fixed bridge.
A fixed bridge often requires two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare your tooth or teeth on either side of the space and he or she will make sure there is enough space to support the strength and shape needed by fixed bridge. A mold (impression) of the teeth will be taken and sent to the dental laboratory by the dentist. Then, a temporary bridge will be made for you to wear until your next appointment.
At the second appointment, your temporary bridge will be removed, and your teeth will be cleaned. Your permanent fixed bridge will be evaluated for spacing, color, and bite. The fixed bridge will then be cemented in permanently provided no additional obstacles have come up. Care instructions will be provided. Cleaning your fixed bridge with proper brushing and flossing techniques is important to ensure its long term health.
Gum disease (periodontal disease), is an infection of the tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth and a major cause of tooth loss. It is usually painless so patients often do not realize they have it. Signs of gum disease include: red gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums have pulled away from teeth, teeth that are loose or changing position. Since gum disease is often not noticed by a patient, we place great importance on regular dental checkups and periodontal (gum) examinations. Often small changes in home care can make a great difference in gum health.
Gum disease treatment varies based on the severity of the problem. Treatment options in our office may include any of the following: more frequent cleanings, deeper cleanings (root planning), antimicrobial therapy, and in severe cases, we may advise involving a specialist (periodontist). Once the treatment has been performed, we help you maintain healthy gums. With proper treatment it is often possible to return your gum tissue to a healthy state and to prevent tooth loss.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities (malocclusions). Orthodontic treatment is provided by an oral health care provider known as an Orthodontist, who has typically completed two to three years of additional training beyond dental school.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it's also a great way to improve a person's overall self-image. While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and, possibly, gum disease or total tooth loss. Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces. Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.
When teeth are subjected to decay, repeated fillings, fracture, or trauma, the pulp (nerve and blood supply) can be injured. This may cause increased sensitivity to temperature or chewing and can lead to an abscess (infection) of the tooth. Although some abscessed teeth cause severe pain, others have the pulp silently die and do not cause discomfort. Without treatment the infection will spread, and the bone around your tooth will begin to degenerate. Generally, only two options are available: root canal therapy or tooth extraction.
Root canal therapy usually involves one to three appointments. First, you will probably be given local anesthetic to numb the area. Then, a rubber sheet isolates the tooth. Next, your tooth structure is removed above the pulp chamber along with the diseased pulp. The canals that hold the pulp are reshaped, cleansed, and a filling material is placed to prevent future infection of the area.
Depending on the condition of your tooth, a crown may be recommended to prevent future fractures.
Dental sealants are a plastic material applied to the chewing surface of your back teeth (premolars and molars) to act as a barrier to prevent cavities. Deep grooves generally found on premolars and molars are often difficult to keep clean by tooth brushing alone. Sealants protect these areas by "sealing out" plaque and food.
Sealants are easily applied by cleaning your tooth and painting on the sealant. Sealants are then cured with a light, and the plastic resin bonds to the tooth, protecting the deep grooves and pits. No anesthetic is required.
Over time teeth can become discolored or stained, often due to smoking, coffee, tea, colas, or dark fruit juices. Tooth whitening is a safe, inexpensive solution to brighten your teeth in a relatively short time period. Restorations and endodontically treated teeth do not whiten as effectively, so the dentist must evaluate your teeth to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.
While there are several methods of tooth whitening, we have found the most effective and reliable treatment is by using at-home bleaching trays. This procedure involves two appointments. At the first appointment, we take impressions of your upper and lower teeth. We then fabricate thin plastic trays that are closely adapted to your teeth. At the second appointment, we give you the trays along with the bleaching gel and discuss how to use them. Each appointment usually lasts 20-30 minutes, and you do not have to be numb.
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