Dentistry

Dentistry can cover a wide range of issues. Below are some general issues and various solutions we can provide. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us to discuss a custom solution.

Broken Teeth

Broken teeth can lead to poor appearance, pain, dental infection, bite issues and eventually tooth loss.  Teeth can break through normal use or through trauma.  It is always advisable to have broken teeth repaired as soon as possible to avoid more extensive treatment in the future.  Depending on the size of the fracture, as well as which tooth is broken, there are three main ways to fix a broken tooth:

These dental restorations are indirect.  An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the cusps of the tooth.  They are custom-made to fit the prepared cavity and are cemented into place.  An onlay is a more extensive restoration that covers one or more cusps of a tooth.

Crowns are required when a tooth has undergone substantial breakdown due to decay, fracture or leaking dental fillings. They are required when a back tooth has undergone root canal therapy and may be required if a tooth has pain when biting. Crowns are usually made of porcelain, gold, ceramic or zirconia.

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can occur naturally or can happen due to dental disease.  Missing teeth not only cause issues with appearance but also with how the teeth work together. Once a tooth is lost, the teeth in the surrounding area will begin to shift and periodontal disease or jaw joint problems can occur. Missing teeth can be replaced in several removable or fixed (permanent) options.

An Implant is a device, usually made of titanium or tantalum, used to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. Implants may be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture.

A bridge is a prosthetic appliance to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is permanently cemented and cannot be removed by the patient. They are typically made from porcelain, zirconia or gold.

Dentures are a removable plate or frame holding one or more artificial teeth.

Worn Teeth

Similar to broken teeth worn teeth pose several different issues. Firstly, worn teeth can eventually lead to exposure of the nerve which is quite painful. Worn teeth also pose a problem if the wear is so bad that if a tooth needs to be fixed the dentist does not have enough room to make the correction. Many time worn teeth requires multiple phases of dentistry to get the teeth back to healthy levels. Our dentists will help you decide which of the following treatments you will require to fix your worn down teeth:

A porcelain restoration that is cemented to the front surface of the tooth.  This is a cosmetic procedure to change the shape and look of your front teeth.

Crowns are required when a tooth has undergone substantial breakdown due to decay, fracture or leaking dental fillings. They are required when a back tooth has undergone root canal therapy and may be required if a tooth has pain when biting. Crowns are usually made of porcelain, gold, ceramic or zirconia.
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Crooked Teeth

Have your teeth shifted over the years or are have they always been crooked? Aside from your appearance and feelings about your teeth, crooked teeth can also can be an issue when cleaning your teeth. It is widely recognized that poor oral health can lead to systemic diseases such at heart disease and diabetes and is very important to be able to clean your teeth properly. Straight teeth are not only more esthetic but also easier to keep clean. There are many options for those that are looking to have straight teeth:

A porcelain restoration that is cemented to the front surface of the tooth.  This is a cosmetic procedure to change the shape and look of your front teeth.

Crowns are required when a tooth has undergone substantial breakdown due to decay, fracture or leaking dental fillings. They are required when a back tooth has undergone root canal therapy and may be required if a tooth has pain when biting. Crowns are usually made of porcelain, gold, ceramic or zirconia.
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Tooth Infections

When a cavity progresses down to the nerve or a tooth is broken to the point of hitting the nerve the tooth will eventually become infected. An infected tooth, or abscess, can be very painful and is one of the few dental conditions that can lead to hospitalization, and on very rare occasions, death. Tooth infections should not be taken lightly and need to be resolved quickly to avoid more critical conditions. Our doctors will let you know which of these treatments are recommended:

Cavities

Cavities are holes in your teeth caused by decay that start as small spots in the grooves of your teeth or in between the teeth and can be present without you knowing it until it’s too late. It is best to fix cavities as soon as possible to avoid the further decay and infecting the nerve or spreading to other teeth. Our doctors search for cavities at your check-up appointments and give you advise based on the findings. Depending on the size and location there are several options:

Composite fillings are an aesthetic solution to restoring your teeth after removing cavities. A minimal preparation is made to remove decay, a composite filling is placed and cured (hardened) by an ultraviolet light. The filling is then adjusted and polished by the dentist to allow an even bite.

These dental restorations are indirect.  An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the cusps of the tooth.  They are custom-made to fit the prepared cavity and are cemented into place.  An onlay is a more extensive restoration that covers one or more cusps of a tooth.

Crowns are required when a tooth has undergone substantial breakdown due to decay, fracture or leaking dental fillings. They are required when a back tooth has undergone root canal therapy and may be required if a tooth has pain when biting. Crowns are usually made of porcelain, gold, ceramic or zirconia.

Discolored Teeth

Teeth can be discolored for many different reasons. Most of the time discolored teeth are only an esthetic problem. Because of the many causes of discoloration it is always best to have a dentist give you their recommendation on how to improve the appearance of your teeth. Let our dentists guide you through the process of changing the shade of your teeth. These are some of the options available:

A cosmetic dental procedure that whitens the teeth using a bleaching solution. We offer both in-office bleaching and custom trays made specifically to fit your teeth to take home. 

A porcelain restoration that is cemented to the front surface of the tooth.  This is a cosmetic procedure to change the shape and look of your front teeth.

Crowns are required when a tooth has undergone substantial breakdown due to decay, fracture or leaking dental fillings. They are required when a back tooth has undergone root canal therapy and may be required if a tooth has pain when biting. Crowns are usually made of porcelain, gold, ceramic or zirconia.

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Jaw Joint Problems (TMJ)

The jaw joint is one of the most important joints in the body.  It is used to eat, drink, speak and swallow. If there is discomfort with the joint it can have a tremendous effect on your well-being. Some side effects are worn teeth, pain the joints or muscles of the face, popping or clicking, lock jaw, and migraine headaches. TMJ problems can be difficult to diagnose and it is best to have a dentist evaluate the problem to help you make a decision about treatment. Some of the solutions for TMJ problems are:

An appliance made to protect your teeth from grinding while sleeping.

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