This is a type of restoration that caps or completely covers a tooth or dental implant. Most times crowns are needed when there is a large cavity or after a tooth has had a root canal.
WHAT IS A VENEER?
This is a thin layer of porcelain or ceramic material placed over a tooth surface with removing little to no tooth structure. Often times veneers are placed for aesthetic reasons.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY DENTURE?
Handling a denture requires care. It’s a good idea to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water just in case you accidentally drop the denture. Brush the denture each day, to remove food deposits and plaque.
Brushing your denture helps prevent the appliance from becoming permanently stained. It’s best to use a brush that is designed for cleaning dentures. A denture brush has bristles that are arranged to fit the shape of the denture. A regular, soft-bristled toothbrush is also acceptable. Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage the denture.
Clean your dentures by thoroughly rinsing off loose food particles. Moisten the brush and apply the denture cleaner. Brush all denture surfaces gently to avoid damaging the plastic. A dentist/denturist can recommend the proper method for keeping your dentures in good shape.
WILL MY DENTURE NEED ADJUSTING?
Over time, adjusting the denture may be necessary. As you age, your mouth changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a loose-fitting denture.
REPAIRS TO MY DENTURE?
You can do serious harm to your denture and to your health by trying to adjust or repair your denture.
A denture that is not made to fit precisely by a dentist/denturist can cause irritation and sores. Using a do-it-yourself kit can damage the appliance beyond repair, Glues sold over-the-counter often contain harmful chemicals and should not be used on a denture.
If your denture no longer fits properly, if it breaks, cracks or chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose, see your dentist/denturist immediately. In many cases, dentists/denturists can make necessary adjustments or repairs, often on the same day.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SEE MY DENTIST?
Your dentist/denturist will advise you on how often you should visit. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are vital for maintaining a healthy smile.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY?
Root Canal Therapy – is needed when the root’s nerve has become infected and needs to be removed and replaced with a material to prevent further infection.
WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
This procedure involves the removal of the nerve inside a tooth. When a root dies it needs to be removed from inside the tooth to treat infection and as preventative maintenance. Most times, a crown is needed after a root canal procedure has been performed.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
Tooth decay (caries) is treated by removing the decay and preparing the tooth to receive a filling in the area where the cavity was. If the decay is too deep, the tooth may require a root canal and a crown or tooth extraction.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF TOOTH DECAY?
Tooth decay usually does not cause symptoms until you have a cavity or an infected tooth. When this occurs, a toothache is the most common symptom.
WHAT CAUSES TOOTH DECAY?
The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay. A clear, sticky substance called plaque that contains bacteria is always forming on your teeth and gums. As the bacteria feed on the sugars in the food you eat, they make acids. The acids attack for 20 minutes or more after eating. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.
HOW DO I PREVENT TOOTH DECAY?
You can easily prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist for teeth cleaning and checkups, and avoiding foods that are high in sugar.
Tooth decay is the process that results in a cavity (dental caries). It occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Periodontal disease is a serious, chronic bacterial infection that attacks the gums and bones that support your teeth. Left untreated it leads to tooth loss and may contribute to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pre-term or low birth weight infants.
By scheduling regular checkups, early stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to a much more serious condition. If your condition is more advanced, treatment in the dental office will be required.
Mini dental implants are about half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant.
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An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.
If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile.
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