Fillings are needed when you have cavities or perhaps a fractured tooth. The 2 primary types of fillings are, “Composite and Amalgams”.
Amalgams, or “silver” fillings, are the type most people are familiar with. The metallic color of the fillings has made it less popular these days.
More than ever, the Composite or “white filling” is the preferred choice of customers, because the material blends with the natural tooth color and is typically more durable than silver. Technically, the material bonds well with the natural tooth and can help to prevent fractures. White fillings do not darken teeth, improving the appearance of your smile and the material used makes the tooth less sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
Crowns, also known as “Caps” can give teeth a new lease on life. When a tooth has extreme decay and too weak to withstand a filling a Crown might be an option. A crown may also be used for a chipped tooth. It completely covers the partial tooth that exists and becomes the tooth’s outer service. Porcelain and gold are the most common materials used for the crown. Both have advantages, but gold is usually used for teeth in the back of the mouth.
A bridge is a tooth created to replace a missing tooth and is cemented to the existing tooth or “crown” next door. It allows the dentist to replace a tooth without the use of a denture or implant. Missing teeth will cause your existing teeth to grow unevenly and separate. A bridge is a possible remedy. It improves, chewing, appearance and stops the shifting of teeth.
Crooked teeth, lightly discolored teeth, lengthen short teeth, repair a chipped tooth; these are just a few reasons a dentist might use Veneers. It’s one of the most popular services offered by dentists. So what is a Veneer? It’s a thin shell of porcelain custom made to the exact color and shape of your teeth and bonded to secure. Once set, the Veneer can be strong and resistant to fracture. To properly complete this process, you might need multiple visits to your dentists.
We’ve all seen the set of teeth in the jar. Well, those are dentures, but think outside of the box. There are many designs for dentures that can actually be attached to remaining permanent teeth or implants. Of course, the conventional, removable dentures do still exist if you are missing all of your teeth. Considering dentures, if needed, will benefit your appearance. Without the support of dentures, your facial muscles will sag, and it could make you appear older. Dentures are not a one time purchase. They are custom made and as you age and the structure of your mouth changes, new dentures may be required, but if properly placed, the benefit is worth the process.
If you have missing or weak teeth, it’s not hard to imagine what it would be like to eat all the foods you love without any discomfort. Implants offer the strength and durability to allow that. Implants have become one of the most popular choices for tooth restoration. Simply put, the process involves implanting an “anchor” into your mouth and then adding an artificial prosthesis. A detailed consultation with your dentist is needed to determine if implants are a good option for you.
Who doesn’t like bright, white teeth?
This has an immediate impact on your appearance and adds confidence to your smile. There are many ways to whiten your teeth, but the “take home” tray is one of the easiest and convenient. Thin trays filled with peroxide gel are placed over your teeth and can be left on during the day or while you sleep. Other whitening options are over the counter gel strips that are more economical, a one-time bleaching method and a Deep Bleaching treatment at the dentist office.
You know them as “Braces” and technology has come far in creating options to fit most lifestyles and budget. “Invisalign” is the hot option now and Dr. Bennett’s office is a certified “Invisalign” provider. The advantages of “Invisalign” are many. They are clear and removable for eating and brushing, not to mention the one big advantage, no one knows you wearing a corrective devise. Invisalign provides a series of trays and you change the insert as your teeth begin to correct themselves. Clearly, Invisalign is an option worth considering if corrective treatment is needed.
Gum disease, that’s what this is. “Periodontal” means “around the tooth” and Periodontal Disease is not something that should be ignored. It’s a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gum and bone that support your teeth. If untreated, it could lead to tooth loss. Symptoms include bad breath, bleeding gums, sensitive or painful gums and swelling. Many factors could cause this disease, but regular checkups and proper care of your teeth can help prevent it.
The name itself strikes fear into most people. When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, the root canal removes the nerve and pulp under the tooth. The tooth is cleaned out and sealed. If this is not done, the area can become infected and the tooth could become abscessed and that can create a completely different set of problems that could extend beyond the inside of your mouth. A root canal can usually be completed in on visit to your dentist. And if there is a fractured tooth in the problem area, a crown is typically put on.
Good dental hygiene should start when children are young. Dr. Bennett and his team love working with children to help set them on the right path to good dental habits. The process that children go through is explained in very basic terms to ensure their understanding. Dr. Bennett also has Nitrous Oxide, better known as laughing gas if needed to help children relax.
Anxiety and Managing Pain
There is tremendous anxiety for many people who have to go to the dentist. If fact, some people stay away from the dental office as long as they can. This is not a good idea and today, you’ll find many options to assist with relieving pain. Dr. Bennett’s office uses Nitrous Oxide, also known own as laughing gas. We offer this at no charge to all of our patients for any of their dental needs. Oral sedation is also offered, and is an option upon request.
In medical terms it’s called Bruxism, but to most people it’s known as “Teeth Grinding” This is a common practice and some people who grind their teeth don’t always realize it. It can be caused by stress and anxiety. Frequently, teeth grinding happens when you are sleeping and you may not be aware, but if noticed, ask your dentist about the most appropriate solution for you, possibly a mouth guard. Failure to address this problem could result in more complicated oral problems, such as tooth loss.
It’s a good guess that you would like to prevent tooth decay and if that is true, Sealants are one way to do it. Dental sealants are a plastic material that covers one or more teeth to help prevent cavities. The sealant is spread over the chewing areas of the back teeth that are hard to reach even with thorough brushing. Sealants prevent food from being trapped and ultimately prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria. There is no drilling for this process; it’s cost effective and safe.
Making good dental hygiene a priority is just as important at keeping the rest of your body healthy. In fact, our oral hygiene is often how we are judged, when meeting new people. Our dental hygiene team is committed to assisting you in maintaining good habits at home. We offer comprehensive dental exams, including an oral cancer screening, a check for gum disease and cavities. Daily preventative care will help stop problems before they develop and is much less troublesome than allowing problems to progress. Remember, the result of good oral hygiene is a mouth that looks and smells healthy.