Bridges, crowns and dentures are not the only choice for replacing extracted teeth. Implants are surgically placed below the gum line and fused to the jawbone. Individual teeth or complete arches of teeth can be replaced using implants. These implants will last for many years and require the same up keep as regular teeth, including check ups as well as brushing and flossing. The dentist will be happy to discuss if mini or root form implants are right for you.
Veneers and Lumineers
A Veneer is an extremely durable wafer-thin shell of material that can be placed on a tooth to modify its color or appearance. Veneers require minimal tooth preparation, when compared to other cosmetic dental procedures, and can produce outstanding results. Because porcelain is non-porous, our veneers are extremely durable, and won’t stain.
Invisalign is Align Technology’s foundation produces a series of removable, virtually invisible aligners that are custom-created utilizing leading-edge computer technology. Treatment allows for maximum flexibility and is used to treat a wide range of malocclusion. It offers patients a comfortable, easy-to-use product.
Bridges and Crowns
A bridge and a crown are both prosthetic devices that are fixed in place. Different from dentures, which are removable, bridges and crowns are cemented to implants or existing teeth and can not be removed except by a dentist. Bridges and crowns can be used to complete a broken tooth, support a deformed tooth or completely replace missing teeth.
The removal of a tooth can come as the result of tooth decay, infection, a fractured tooth, gum disease or lack of space for the teeth in the mouth, such as an impacted wisdom tooth. When the tooth is removed there may be a small amount of normal bleeding. After extraction, there may be several options for replacing the tooth and our dentist will be more than happy to explain all of these options.
Full and Overdentures
Overdentures describe a situation where the dentures fit over any remaining roots in the mouth as opposed to resting directly on the soft gum tissue and is often more preferable than full dentures where the teeth are completely removed. Dr. Swanson can discuss with you which type of dentures are right for your individual situation.
A partial denture is attached to your existing teeth and fills the gap of several missing teeth. This appliance is removable but must be attached to healthy teeth to support it. Often the existing teeth that the partial denture will be attached to need to be repaired or reinforced with bridges or crowns before the metal frame can be attached.
Root canals have a bad and undeserved reputation. A root canal is actually a relatively simple procedure, involving little or no pain and only one to three visits. Root canal therapy enables you to save your tooth. When the pulp within the tooth becomes damaged the pulp tissue will die and can become infected. With root canal therapy, the pulp is removed and the canals cleaned out and then sealed to protect the tooth. A post and crown is then placed over the tooth to make it stronger.
A sealant is a shield or coating that adheres to the surface of the tooth to protect it from decay. Sealants are normally applied to the back permanent teeth just after they come in. During this procedure the teeth to be sealed are cleaned, and then etched with a chemical to make the sealant adhere. The teeth are then rinsed and dried and then the sealant is applied with a small sponge or brush. Then a special ultraviolet light is used to harden the sealant. This process will protect the tooth from decay by blocking the oxygen and food that bacteria need to grow and can last for many years.
Scaling And Root Planning, fine scale, etc
Treating and preventing periodontal disease depends on the type of periodontal disease and how far the condition has progressed from gingivitis (mild inflamation of the gums due to plaque buildup) to periodontitis (gum separated from tooth) or advanced periodontitis (gums continue to recede and separate further from the tooth).
Scaling cleans the teeth to remove deposits above the and below the gumline.