A teeth cleaning is one of the simplest things you can do to ensure healthy teeth and optimal hygiene for your mouth. Routine cleanings are crucial to keeping your teeth and gums healthy by preventing tooth decay, bacterial infection, and gingivitis. During a cleaning a dentist removes tartar and plaque surrounding the area where your teeth meet the gums. Excessive plaque or tartar in the mouth causes bleeding gums and, without additional care, can lead to disease. Periodontitis, a severe gum disease, can deteriorate the bones, the gums and the surrounding tissue. 75% of people in the United States have some form of periodontitis and statistically 97% of them will suffer lasting damage because they didn’t get it checked out soon enough.
Fillings are used by a dentist to restore a tooth back to its original shape when dental carries (cavities) occur. When a tooth has decayed, the decayed part must be removed and replaced (or filled). In the past dentists have used many different materials such as: gold, porcelain, and amalgam (silver) to fill cavities.The newest filling material and the only kind used here at My Teeth Dental and Orthodontics is composite resin. Composite resin provides a stronger, safer, and stain resistant filling than previously used materials. Also, it gives the dentist the opportunity to make an exact color match.
Crowns are caps for broken, damaged, or weak teeth. Made from either porcelain or ceramic material, they are made to match your smile. They can restore the tooth's shape, size, strength and appearance. A mold of the tooth in need of repair is taken, then the damaged area is filled in, and a crown is placed over the tooth. Crowns are recommended when a cavity threatens the health of the overall tooth, and to improve your teeth aesthetically. A crown is a permanent solution that can help extend the life of a tooth rather than extracting a damaged tooth.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth whenever possible because they offer a permanent replacement. Missing teeth can affect your ability to speak, chew, and cause the surrounding teeth to warp in a an attempt to fill the space. Dental implants involve a surgical procedure where a titanium post is inserted into your jaw bone so a replacement tooth can be placed on top of it. Usually a crown Is placed on top of the post. Implants are permanent and stable. To be a candidate for implants you must have enough healthy bone structure to secure the titanium bolt. When implants are not possible bridges or dentures are used.
BRIDGES / DENTURES
A dental bridge is used to fill the small gaps left behind in the mouth when teeth are pulled or missing. They are made of crowns and molded to fit within these gaps. They aide in chewing, and prevent your existing teeth from trying to compensate for the missing space. Dentures are used when the teeth are un-repairable and are a complete or partial set of replacement teeth. They are customized for comfort and a less expensive way to improve your smile, while providing support for your cheeks and lips. Also, they can potentially last forever if properly cared for.
A root canal is a dental procedure used when a cavity in the tooth has spread down to the root of your tooth and into your gum, causing it to become infected or inflamed. When getting a root canal, it is first necessary to remove the infected root, and replace it with a permanent filling. The dentist will first, numb the tooth; second, remove the tooth’s root and third, fill it with a temporary filling until a permanent filling or crown is inserted. A crown is usually placed on top after a root canal has been filled. The crown will be specifically created for your mouth to provide an aesthetically pleasing result, .
A dental extraction is the procedure of removing a tooth. Teeth extractions are necessary when there is no hope in repairing the tooth. Sometimes due to severe decay or infection, it is best to remove the tooth.This may be the best option to choose from if a tooth has been broken, deteriorated by decay, or by gum disease. Ideally, after the tooth is extracted, an implant will be put in place of it and a crown will go on top of the implant, creating the appearance of a healthy tooth.