Restoring your smile!
To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed. A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth. To prevent tooth decay, The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Applying sealant is a simple and painless process. It takes only a few minutes. Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups.
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures could replace all the teeth in an arch (Full Denture), or individual teeth in an arch (Partial Denture).
Dental bridges bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. A dental crown may be needed To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth or to hold a dental bridge. There are various other applications for crowns.
Gum disease can loosen or severely damage a tooth. A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed, or by request, teeth can be removed. Sometimes, it is a cheaper alternative to remove the teeth and place a false one in. We may refer you to a specialist for this procedure, such as removing an impacted third or other delicate removals.
Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports. Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances, your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.
A night guard is a removable acrylic appliance that fits over the upper and lower teeth used to prevent wear and temporomandibular damage caused by grinding or clenching of the teeth during sleep. Grinding implies the moving of the jaw back and forth, while clenching is biting down with pressure for an extended period of time. The guard acts as a protective layer between your top and bottom teeth.
Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint. Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck, like from a heavy blow or whiplash, can lead to TMD.