Effective use of fluorides and other advances in dental care have done a great deal to prevent tooth decay, but teeth are still far from immune to decay and damage. Sometimes, restorative measures must be taken to fix the damage and prevent it from worsening, so your smile can be beautiful, healthy, and functional again.
Dr. Gilbert, prioritizes your dental health above all else, and will make all of your restorative options known to you. He will only recommend the treatment that he believes is right for you.
Cavities, as well as cracks and breaks in teeth, will be filled by your dentist after removing decayed tooth material, to preserve the tooth’s form, function, and integrity. Composite resin is popular for its ability to mimic the appearance of your teeth, allowing it to blend in seamlessly and improve the aesthetic beauty of your smile. Composite fillings provide strong support for tooth structure, and is the most popular filling in use.
A crown, is a tooth-shaped covering that completely encases a tooth to restore its strength, as well as its appearance. Crowns are commonly used to protect and restore weakened and damaged teeth, and are a strong and long-lasting restorative measure, but could eventually need to be replaced. Like fillings, they come in a variety of materials, but because of a crown’s higher visibility crowns that mimic the appearance of a tooth are by far the most popular choice.
A root canal is a restorative procedure typically used to repair and save a tooth that has become infected or badly decayed. During a root canal, a hole is drilled to access the tooth’s damaged or infected nerve and pulp – that is, the tissue inside of the tooth – which are then removed, and the inside is thoroughly cleaned of bacteria and debris. The tooth is then sealed up with special dental paste and compounds. Root canal therapy may be followed up with other restorative treatments afterward, depending on the needs of the tooth.
Root canals are often thought to be painful, but the great majority of patients report no more pain than they experience having a filling replaced. Root canals, in fact, not only save teeth that would otherwise have to be removed, but completely relieve the excruciating pain of tooth infection.
Dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace missing teeth, and help restore and enhance your smile. They come in two types, complete and partial, depending on whether all or only some of your teeth have been lost.
Complete dentures are used if you have lost all of your natural teeth, and can be either conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are created to fit your mouth after your teeth have been removed, and are typically ready to be placed about two or three months after removal. Immediate dentures are made beforehand, and are ready for use upon removal of the teeth – however, the gums will gradually shrink after the teeth are removed, so immediate dentures will eventually stop fitting, and are best used as a substitute while conventional dentures are made.
Partial dentures are used if only some of your teeth are missing, and consist of replacement teeth affixed to a plastic base.
Partial dentures not only give you a complete smile, but protect your remaining natural teeth by filling gaps and and preventing the teeth from shifting position.
Night Guard Bruxism
Bruxism (a term derived from the Greek for “biting” or “gnashing”), or teeth grinding, is a very common problem that is characterized by excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth, potentially wearing teeth down, or even badly damaging them, if the problem is severe. Bruxism can also shorten the life of any restorative measures, such as crowns and fillings.
Sleep bruxism is one of the most common sleep-related movement disorders, estimated to affect approximately 10% of adults. Because so many things can cause tooth wear, it is often difficult to pinpoint bruxism as the source of the problem, particularly as the person suffering from it may not be aware of the issue. Only a trained professional will know what to look for in diagnosing this disorder, and how best to treat it.