Same Day Crowns with CEREC Technology
As our teeth age they tend to get beat up. Either from decay, broken teeth, or withstanding every day wear and tear, teeth often need to be crowned. A crown is sometimes referred to as a ‘cap’, and that’s just what it is. They are designed to surround the tooth 360 degrees, thus providing the protection the tooth needs, all the while looking strikingly like the natural tooth.
A bridge is one of the few ways we have to replace missing teeth. A bridge is where a fake tooth is attached to two crowns on each side of it, and that unit is cemented in placed, thus replacing a missing tooth and simultaneously crowning both teeth on each adjacent side.
CEREC (CEramic REConstruction) Technology
Of all the advancements in Dentistry over the years the thing that is most exciting is how much technology has increased the quality of treatment we can offer. Dental Technology has now made it possible to decrease your number of office visits for routine dental treatment. Here at Advancta we have the ability to make your crowns and inlays/onlays all in one visit, no impressions, no waiting on the labs, and when you leave you are done with that treatment, no second visits. In addition to crowns in one day, we can also replace plastic or metal fillings with porcelain. Porcelain has the strength of metal and the aesthetics of white composite. Please ask us at your next visit or over the phone if this is a good option for you and your oral health.
Often referred to as ‘clear braces’, Invisalign is a wonderful way for individuals to get the straight smile they’ve always wanted without going through the discomfort of traditional braces.
How does it work?
Invisalign works buy using pressure points precisely placed into plastic trays that over time move your teeth where we want them. You wear a new set of plastic trays every two weeks until the desired outcome is achieved. You will be sent home with 6-8 weeks worth of trays to wear on your own, after which you return to the office for a quick check up and to get your replacement trays.
The two most common questions are, “How long will it take?” and “How much is it?” Because every case is unique its difficult to answer those questions until an evaluation has been completed at which time we can have a better idea of the case difficulty.
After a tooth has developed enough decay that a concavity has formed it becomes necessary to remove the effected area and all bacteria present and restore that tooth to its original form with a filling.
Dental fillings have evolved over the years from gold, amalgam (silver), and now composites (tooth colored). Gold is rarely used any longer, and the amalgam materials are being used less and less, however the type of filling material is dependent on factors present in each individual situation. It’s best to consult with your dentist regarding the pros and cons to which material is best for you at that time.
Teeth can be restored to their original form in two ways. It is helpful to have an understanding of each:
First, Direct Restorations: A direct restoration is another way of saying a “filling”. You come into the office, the decay is removed, and a filling is placed at the same time.
Second, Indirect Restorations: An indirect restoration is what needs to occur when an impression needs to be taken of the prepared tooth after the decay has been removed and a lab makes the “filling” out of gold, porcelain, or composite. These “fillings” are typically referred to as “onlays” or “inlays”, but “crowns” are made in the same way.
When some or all of a persons teeth are lost one of the ways to replace them is with dentures. Dentures can be a beautiful way to improve your smile, and typically are the most cost effective way to replace missing teeth.
Partial Denture. This is used when some of a persons teeth are missing. The teeth are attached to a framework which is customized for you to give the denture strength and stability.
Full Denture. This is used to replace all of a persons teeth.
There are advantages and disadvantages to any treatment. Before making the big decision of how you will replace missing teeth, make sure your dentist has taken the adequate time to explain to you all your options so you can make an informed decision.
Dental implants have improved immensely over the years. We are seeing great success with the new designs and materials available to us now. An implant is a titanium ‘screw’ that is placed in a persons jawbone as anchorage for a future crown to be attached. The question is usually asked, “How painful is it?” Great question and legitimate concern! Most patients have little to no pain after an implant is placed. Most complain more about where the ‘gums’ had to be sutured back together rather than the implant itself.
Implants can replace one or multiple missing teeth. They can also be used to anchor and stabilize either a Full or Partial Denture.
Implant Retained Dentures
The two most common complaints with a denture are that they can become loose and create sore spots on the gums. Implants can fix both those problems! Because the bone structure in the jaw diminishes over time after teeth have been removed, a dentures adaptation to the bone becomes ill fitting and as a result, rubs sore spots and painful ulcers onto the underlying soft tissue.
With the development of dental implants, an Implant Retained Over-Denture can be made. This special denture connects to the implants for support and strength allowing the patient to not only avoid the problems of sore gums, but also it allows you better chewing ability while eating. The fear of having the denture becoming loose while out in public is no longer a problem! Implant Retained Dentures, hands down, has made the greatest impact on the quality of life for denture wearers.
At times the best treatment is to extract a tooth. There are two types of extractions, one being referred to as a ‘simple extraction’. The second is when more extensive work is required, called a ‘surgical extraction’. Whatever your needs may be if an extraction is required, you can expect to be treated like family at Advanta Dental. We get that it’s scary, and will take extra precautions to make sure you feel comfortable and at ease as best possible prior, during, and after the procedure.
A tooth is like an onion, it has multiple layers. The outer layer is enamel, the hard outer shell! Below that is the dentin, which is softer and porous. The deepest layer of a tooth after you pass through the dentin is actually not a layer at all but rather a hallow space called the ‘pulp’ which is filled with blood vessels and nerve tissue.
A healthy tooth will sense hot and cold changes, and at small doses usually doesn’t cause any pain, however an unhealthy tooth is either overly sensitive to any temperature changes, or it isn’t sensitive at all, in which case the tooth has ‘died’, or rather the pulp tissue is no longer vital.
A tooth needs a root canal when the pulp tissue (nerves and blood vessels) becomes affected by bacterial insult or when the blood vessels are damaged beyond repair. Things that cause the need for a root canal are: Extensive decay, cracks in teeth, severe tooth wear (usually from grinding), and or dental trauma.
Patients often ask, “What is a root canal?” To simplify the process, the inner layer or pulp tissue is completely removed and disinfected, followed by sealing up and filling in the pulp chamber to prevent a re-infection of bacteria. It has come a long way over the years and we have great success with modern root canal therapy.
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