Non-surgical gum treatment
The foundation of your teeth consists of your gums, ligaments, and bone around each tooth. All these create a structure called the periodontium. If your periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes your teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth are signs of the unhealthy periodontium. It may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state with proper gum treatments. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The Treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root “planning” done under a local anesthetic, and we also administer local antibiotic agents. It is very important to have gum problems checked promptly. Gum disease left alone will most likely need treatment through surgery or removing the tooth.
Crowns And Bridges
Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged or to replace missing teeth. A crown (also known as a cap) is used to completely cover a damaged tooth. A crown will not only strengthen a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, and alignment. Crowns are used to:
- Protect a weak tooth from fracture
- Replace a large filling if there is little tooth structure left
- Completely cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Restore a broken tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had a root canal
- Attach a bridge to the tooth
- Cover a dental implant
A bridge is a very effective method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge uses teeth on either side as support to hold one or more artificial teeth cemented into place. To make Bridge work look natural, it is as much of an art as it is a science since it must replace a missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used could be gold alloys, porcelain that is bonded to metal alloy, or it could be all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The material used depends on requirements for strength, wear, and aesthetics.
It is important that a missing tooth is replaced quickly. If not, the teeth surrounding the gap can begin to shift inward causing additional issues. Since our teeth use their neighbors for support, if one is lost the neighboring teeth begin to shift into the open spaces. This may cause issues with the bite because of the changes in pressure and can elevate into problems with the jaw such as TMJ.
To make a bridge or crown the dentist first makes an impression of your mouth. That impression is sent to a dental lab where your crown or bridge will be created to fit your mouth and match your natural tooth color. In the meantime, a temporary crown or bridge will be placed into your mouth.
Bridges and crowns are so durable they can last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene.