If you have damaged, lost or missing teeth, you should consider a restorative dentistry from Angwin Dental. As with all of our dental services, Dr. Peter VandenHoven and our experienced staff will create your custom treatment plan, and make sure that you’re kept comfortable and informed throughout the process.
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Having one or more missing teeth can have serious effects on your dental health and personal appearance, including:
- A shift in the alignment of your teeth
- Increased risk of periodontal disease
- Increased risk of tooth decay
- Loss of adjacent teeth
- Speech disorders
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Dental bridges are used to replace missing a missing tooth, except bridges are supported by the teeth on either side called abutment teeth. Bridges improve your ability to chew and speak as well as enhance your smile, and have been shown to reduce the risk of losing teeth that are adjacent to a missing tooth. In addition, dental bridges can help keep your jaw and face from changing shape.
Sometimes referred to as “caps”, crowns completely cover every visible part of the damaged tooth. A part of your tooth remains but is essentially “rebuilt” to resemble the tooth at its exterior best.
Crowns are effective in: restoring a tooth to its original size and shape; supplying physical support for the treated tooth; and enhancing the physical appearance of the affected tooth. A crown can strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and improve the overall appearance of your teeth.
If you have lost or missing teeth due to periodontitis, tooth decay or an injury, you may wish to consider a dental implant from Angwin Dental. Significantly stronger than bridges or dentures, a dental implant offers a permanent solution to replacing a lost tooth. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that acts like a root. It is placed into your jaw bone and is allowed to integrate with the bone up to 4 months, prior to restoring the implant with a crown. This procedure is relatively simple and is effective in most cases. A beautiful new dental implant and porcelain crown that looks and functions just like a real tooth can help restore the overall health of your mouth, and your smiling confidence!
Dentures are a removable tooth replacement option for a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full arch. Crafted to mimic a patient’s tooth shape and color, dentures enable patients to bite and chew naturally. It is critical to have dentures properly fitted as slipping can cause mouth and gum sores. Dentures often boost patients’ confidence by restoring normal speech patterns and a complete beautiful smile!
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth. Root canal is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and symptoms:
An abscess (or pimpling) on the gums.
Sensitivity to hot and cold.
Severe toothache pain.
Sometimes no symptoms are present.
Swelling and/or tenderness.
Reasons for root canal:
Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
Infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
Injury or trauma to the tooth.
What does root canal therapy involve?
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and is performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist). While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.
Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will enhance the life of your root canal treatment!