Routine dental exams are important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, they can help to avoid the financial costs associated with large treatment plans later on.
The Academy of General Dentistry recommends twice yearly checkups for people of all ages and x-rays annually.
Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene.
Professional cleanings can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach.
It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months.
Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars and premolars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because of deep grooves and depressions.
When considering tooth fillings, one of the options available is composite fillings which are made from durable plastics that are similar in color to natural teeth.
The composite fillings are tooth-colored, they look more natural and are less noticeable compared to other types of fillings.
Another benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they are compatible with sealants, allowing your dentist to perform both procedures in a single sitting and thus preventing further decay.
The most important advantage of composite fillings is their ability to bond to tooth structures.
In many cases these fillings can be repaired by the addition of more composite material.
Compared to fillings which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth's new outer surface.
A dental crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings aren't able to repair the problem and they can help to restore the tooth to its original shape.
The crown is able to provide a protective shell around the damaged or decayed tooth to strengthen it, as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth.
Dental amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It has been used for more than 150 years in hundreds of millions of patients.Dental amalgam fillings are also known as “silver fillings” because of their silver-like appearance.
Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper.
When placing dental amalgam fillings, the dentist first drills the tooth to remove the decay and then shapes the tooth cavity for placement of the amalgam filling.
Under appropriate safety conditions, the dentist mixes the powdered alloy with the liquid mercury to form an amalgam putty. This softened amalgam putty is placed in the prepared cavity, where it hardens into a solid filling.
A gap between your teeth can be potentially dangerous to your dental health, as it can cause your teeth to shift resulting in a change in your bite that could be painful. Dental bridges help alleviate this problem by using the two surrounding teeth as anchors to hold a false tooth in the place where the gap is. Typically, porcelain crowns are placed over the surrounding teeth, and the false tooth, known as a pontic, is fused between them.
Partial and Full Dentures
Standard full dentures are dentures that comprise a full set of upper and lower teeth. This type of denture uses suction to stay in place. They are made of a pliable material which makes suction easy. However, it is for this reason that standard full dentures require routine visits to the dentist. Being pliable, the dentures are susceptible to shrinkage, thus creating an ill-fitting prosthetic that can result in the atrophy of the jawbone.
A dental extraction is the procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
A primary tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in
During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
Tooth whitening is a bleaching process which overturns the discoloration of one’s teeth. The various factors that affect the color of one’s teeth are aging, use of materials that may stain teeth such as coffee, tea, wine, or tobacco, just to name a few.
Home Teeth Whitening, which can be done anywhere and anytime, involves wearing a custom-made bleaching tray (looks like transparent night guard) filled with bleaching agent.
The disadvantage to home bleaching is that the success of the treatment is entirely based on your commitment to wearing the whitening tray routinely for the period prescribed.
Traditional braces have been around for many years. They are the standard among patients looking to straighten their smile. Today's contemporary braces are made of exceptionally strong metals as they need to be able to stand the test of time while they are on your teeth.
While contemporary braces are metallic colored, there are a number of bands and features that can be utilized to spruce them up.
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