Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases.
Tooth colored fillings are a popular treatment for making your smile more beautiful by filling in cracks or covering up gaps. It is commonly used as a cavity filling. This type of bonding can restore stained or discolored teeth to a natural looking color, as well.
A dental crown is one of the most common procedures we do in dentistry to restore a tooth’s function.
Over the course of time, teeth can begin to weaken. They become prone to dental issues like decay, stains and cracks. And, when a tooth is damaged, it may require a crown to help protect or restore it.
We use porcelain (tooth-colored) or gold crowns to cover an entire tooth when it is severely damaged due to decay, fracture or old restorations. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse or protect an existing filling that is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve as an aesthetic use and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
The process of crown fabrication will take two or three appointments at the office. The first step involves filing off some enamel of the damaged tooth in preparation for the crown. Dr. Brown will administer local anesthetic to eliminate your discomfort.
Once the preparation is complete, a mold will be made to use for creating the crown. A temporary crown will be made and cemented while the permanent crown is being fabricated. Within two to three weeks, you will be back at the dentist to have the permanent crown fitted and cemented in.
With proper home care, crowns should last 8 plus years and they should be cared for as well as your natural teeth.
A bridge can be used when a patient is missing one or more teeth.
Basically, a bridge is a set of crowns that are connected together and provide the same benefits as a single crown, to give stability and function.
A dental bridge works the same way a bridge on a road would. There are two supports, which are the teeth next to the missing tooth. The bridge covers those supporting teeth and replaces the tooth or teeth in between. The missing teeth are replaced and supported to help the patient chew and speak properly. The bridge will help hold the existing, natural teeth in their proper place.
Without those missing teeth, your jaw structure will slowly change. Eating and talking may become difficult without tooth replacements.
The process in fabrication of a bridge is similar to that of a crown and the number of appointments will vary depending on length and number of missing teeth.
People wearing crowns and bridges need to take extra care when eating and cleaning their teeth. It is best to avoid chewing hard and sticky substances, as the crowns or bridges might crack or come off. You also need to properly clean underneath bridges in order to prevent bacteria from forming, which is vital in preventing cavities and decay.
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hand candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between 1 and 4 root canals.
Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots.
A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems. An inner-tooth disease brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity. A spreading infection can also cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success. It involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.
We can perform root canal therapy on anterior teeth and select molar/posterior teeth.
Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits for completion with the final restoration. There are certain situations where your tooth is better restored by a specialist called an Endodontist. Dr. Brown works hand in hand with a number of specialists in the Des Moines Metro area who can handle any difficult situation you might have.
With our staff’s advanced technology and experience, root canals aren’t something to be afraid of. And, when combined with our sedation dentistry, they can be a breeze! If you need to have this procedure, schedule an appointment today.
Circumstances do present themselves where we find teeth missing. A fact of life is that our teeth age just like we do. However, with modern advances in dentistry we can replace your missing teeth with something that looks and feels great. Nothing is as good as our natural teeth, but Dr. Brown has been trained in making natural-looking dentures that can restore a beautiful smile and replace teeth for speaking and eating.
Each patient’s case will vary, it’s possible for a patient to receive a full set of dentures to replace all of a patient’s teeth or to receive a set of partial dentures. Full sets of dentures are divided into three types:
Call us today for a consultation that could not only improve the fit of your dentures but also improve your life.