When a tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, we may recommend the placement of a crown or car crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown. Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office.
Few incidents have greater impact on dental health and personal appearance than tooth loss. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease.
When tooth loss occurs, we may recommend the placement of a bridge. A bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored by one or more crowns on each side.
Dental implants can be an effective method to replace one tooth or several teeth. Each implant consists of a metal anchor that is inserted into the jawbone, and a protruding post, which is outfitted with an artificial tooth. Implants can also support a bridge, replace a partial denture or secure a fixed denture. The process requires surgery and may take up to a year to complete, but usually takes about four to six months.
Root Canal Treatment
If your tooth’s nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, root canal treatment is often the only way to save your tooth.
Inside your tooth’s hard outer shell is a nourishing pulp of blood vessels, lymph vessels and nerves. The root canals, which contain the pulp, extend to the bone.
Deep tooth decay, or an injury, can cause serious damage and infection to the pulp’s nerves and vessels. Root canal or Endodontic treatment, cleans out the infected pulp chamber and repairs the damage.
Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be: spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting. Sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone.
Step 1: After the tooth is anesthetized, an opening is made through the crown into the pulp chamber.
Step 2: The length of the root canals is determined.
Step 3: Unhealthy pulp is removed. Canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.
Step 4: Canals are filled and sealed. A metal post may be added for structural support or to retain restorative materials.
Step 5: The tooth is sealed with a temporary filling. Usually a gold or porcelain crown adds further protection.
The material used to fill your root canal will probably last you a lifetime, although given enough wear, the filling or crown may need to be replaced.