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Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases. At Marciano Dental Group, we will suggest a treatment plan to restore teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing. Teeth that are affected by any of these defects can qualify for restorative care. Whether it's a filling, a crown, an implant or bridge, there can be several options available as treatment.
A root canal must be performed if the dental nerve has died and/or is infected. The objective of a root canal is to completely remove the destroyed tissue (which may also be infected with bacteria in some cases) from the interior of the tooth, so that the infection is prevented from spreading to the bone. It is important to stay on top of your dental hygiene to ensure that any problems are caught sooner than later. Give us a call to set up an appointment for and exam and a cleaning. Don't overlook your teeth when you plan your annual doctor visits.
Tooth bonding refers to the use of a tooth-colored resin material adhered to the tooth through the use of a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Bonding is often used as an alternative to fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede.
Direct composite bonding can be used to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between teeth and build up the worn-down edges of teeth. The composite materials may also be directly applied and sculpted to the surfaces of teeth that show most prominently when you smile, for minimally invasive smile makeovers. In the dental world these are called direct composite veneers but generically known by most to be called "bonding."
The beneficial advantage of dental implants over other tooth replacement systems is that an implant connects directly to the jaw bone. Of course, it’s not the same as the original connection, but it does function the same. When a tooth is lost, bone loss will eventually occur in that quadrant. The root of the tooth is no longer stimulating and stabilizing the bone. Besides causing damage to the immediate area, tooth loss affects remaining teeth by shifting the surrounding teeth. This can create esthetic issues and bite problems. A lost tooth can also affect facial structures such as the jaw, muscles, jaw joints, and even the skin. Replacing a tooth with an implant and a crown is not a one-day procedure. The implant needs time to adhere to the bone and create a healthy connection before the crown can be attached and a proper bite can be achieved. In most situations, it will take a few months to complete the implant and crown process.
Partial dentures have been used for many years to replace groups of teeth or a few teeth scattered across the lower or upper jaw. There are a variety of removable partial dentures available to patients and each one comes with its own set of pros and cons. All partial dentures attach to remaining teeth and have a gum–colored portion meant to blend into the existing gum, with prosthetic teeth to replace the missing teeth. Full dentures are like partial dentures in that they are prosthetic teeth and gums used to replace missing teeth. The main difference between full and partial dentures is that full dentures are a total replacement system for either upper or lower teeth and, in some cases, both. Some dentures can be referred to as a bridge. A fixed dental bridge is a non-removable prosthesis attached to the remaining natural teeth. The false tooth or teeth literally bridge the gap between natural teeth. Fixed bridges can be an alternative for some people as they are usually aesthetically pleasing; however, bridges can also present some problems. The natural teeth that lie on either side of the bridge are filed to accept the appliance. This step in the bridge-making procedure may make these teeth prone to bacterial plaque accumulations, decay, periodontal disease, and the possible need for future root canals.