If you require assistance with damaged or decayed teeth, Tamarac Dental Care can help you regain a healthy and functional smile through restorative dentistry techniques.
At Tamarac Dental Care, we are a mercury-free practice. A composite filling is a tooth colored filling that is used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay or fracture. Composite fillings provide durability and resistance to fracture in small to moderate sized restorations. They are placed in a single visit. As with most dental restorations, they are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.
When a tooth is broken down due to decay or fracture and needs structural support, a crown may be needed. Also known as “caps”, crowns are made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. This procedure requires a minimum of two appointments.
Bridges are an extension of the crown used to replace missing teeth. Crowns are placed on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth connected with a porcelain replacement replicating the missing tooth. Bridges can restore function in your mouth as well as provide aesthetic benefits. You and your dentist can decide which option is best for you.
Today’s treatment of choice for replacing teeth is the dental implant. A dental implant replaces a missing tooth with a titanium root. A crown is then placed on top of the root. Your dentist will help you determine if you are a good candidate for implants. For more information, visit perio.org.
Sometimes root canal treatment is needed for two main reasons: infection or irreversible damage to the pulp. Root canal therapy is a specialized dental procedure that may help you save a diseased tooth. Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. After the dentist removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Then your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger.
Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile! Click here for more information.
Why do I need root canal therapy?
Because the tooth will not heal by itself and the following may occur:
- Infection will spread
- The bone around the tooth will begin to break down
- The tooth may fall-out
Root canal procedure: unhealthy tooth, drilling, filing with endofile, rubber filling and crown
Dentures and Partial Dentures
An important step in maintaining a healthy smile is to replace missing teeth. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can change position, drifting into the surrounding space. In addition, it may be difficult to clean between crooked teeth. As a result, you run the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to the loss of additional teeth. A denture or partial denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth.
Dentures are usually fabricated from acrylic materials but may occasionally incorporate the use of other materials. There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after all teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. With immediate dentures, the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
A removable partial denture fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile. Though dental implants are the state-of-the-art treatment to replace teeth, partial dentures are a less costly alternative. Both types of dentures help you to properly chew food, a difficult task when you are missing teeth. In addition, a denture may improve speech and prevent a sagging face by providing support for lips and cheeks.