First, the decayed tooth material is removed. Then, Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will trim the surrounding area to prepare it for the filling. Next, a metal amalgam or dental composite filling material will be selected.
The filling material is applied in layers to the tooth, covering up the exposed section of the inner pulp. Once the tooth has been filled, Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will continue trimming and refining the shape of the filling until it looks and feels just like part of your natural smile.
Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain, and are designed to cover up all of your remaining enamel after your tooth has been trimmed. They are often used to restore old, large fillings, to restore teeth with large cavities, or to repair teeth that have recently been treated with root canal therapy. Crowns may also sometimes be used for purely cosmetic purposes, though this is rare. To find out if a crown is right for you, come in for an appointment at Carlson Family Dentistry.
Dental bridges consist of two crowns that are attached to healthy “abutment” teeth on either side of your missing tooth or teeth. Between these two crowns, a pontic (false tooth) is suspended using a metal and plastic framework. This tooth “bridges” the gap between the two crowns.
Root canal therapy is necessary when your tooth has been damaged to such an extent that the interior root “pulp” is exposed to oral bacteria and becomes infected. This may happen due to a deep cavity or oral trauma that cracks and damages your teeth.
If an infected tooth is left untreated, it will eventually die. Root canal therapy is used to open up your tooth, extract the infected material, disinfect the tooth, and restore it. This prevents further damage and saves your natural tooth.
Partial dentures may be right for you if you are missing one or multiple teeth, but your remaining teeth are healthy and in good shape. Partial dentures consist of a metal-and-wire framework that supports a number of false teeth. Typically, they attach to your remaining healthy teeth using metal clips.
Full dentures, on the other hand, are intended to replace all of your teeth. They are only recommended if your oral health is seriously compromised because any remaining teeth must be extracted before you can have full arch dentures placed. To find out if dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation with the team at Carlson Family Dentistry.