Root canal therapy often takes two or more appointments to complete. A temporary filling or crown is placed to protect the tooth between appointments. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
When a tooth is cracked, decayed, or damaged, a dental crown may need to be fitted onto the tooth. A dental crown is a permanent covering that fits over the original tooth. Porcelain crowns typically have the most realistic appearance and new advances in materials give us option of making beautiful, strong, long lasting, porcelain crowns.
When you need a small filling but don’t want ugly silver in your teeth, direct resin or white fillings are the way to go. Their most obvious advantage is beauty – a well-done white filling can be indistinguishable from the natural tooth. They have many advantages. White fillings can change the appearance of teeth, strengthen teeth, and more conservatively treat teeth – all things that silver fillings cannot do
Stained, yellowed and darkened teeth can be whitened by different techniques. The in-office (one hour) teeth whitening is the preferred method for several reasons. First it is done in approximately one hour. Second, the dentist can monitor the results and decide if more or less cycles of treatment are needed. Also the dentist can be determine if further home treatment is needed to enhance the results.
A dental bridge is a restoration used to fill the space where a tooth is missing. A typical dental bridge consists of a pontic (a filler tooth) that is attached to two surrounding teeth by crowns (abutments). Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded or cemented into the teeth.
Implants are surgical grade titanium posts that are surgically placed beneath your gums to replace the roots of teeth that have been extracted in the past. After placement, the implants fuse to the bone and act as artificial tooth roots. Replacement teeth – that can be either removable or non-removable – are then attached to the implants.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material designed to cover the front surface of teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length and resulting in a greatly improved appearance.
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, nearly undetectable, removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. It has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide.