Dental restorations,commonly known as fillings, are designed to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. They are referred to as fillings because new material fills the cavity or hole left by decay. Today, most teeth are treated with bonded tooth-colored composite resin materials. If caught early, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If left untreated, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth may need root canal treatment or even extraction.
Dental bonding is the process by which composite resin material that closely match the color of the tooth is placed to correct a smile. While it more commonly refers to treatment of the front teeth, this technology is used to fill/restore cavities in molars as well. This can be accomplished to repair damage by decay, to alter the alignment of a tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for other cosmetic purposes that are important to a patient. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to make the bonding process easier. Then, a gel is applied to gently etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bonding agent is applied to acheive a strong bond between the material and the tooth surface. The material placement follows and is hardened during a curing step with a special light. The composite resin material is then shaped and polished to a lustrous, natural finish.
These are used to fill in what appear to be wrinkled grooves usually in the chewing surfaces of a tooth. These areas cannot be adequately cleaned by even the very thin bristles of a tooth brush. Decay may develop over time. Your dentist or dental hygienist will fill these fissures with a resin sealant that "seals" out the cavity causing plaque, making the tooth surface easier to clean! Remember, these sealants must be evaluated and maintained over time to ensure that they continue to protect your teeth from decay causing plaque.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation of teeth. All structures are also referred to as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease occurs when the periodontium is not healthy. It jeopardizes the oral health of the mouth much as a bad foundation threatens the structural integrity of a home. Signs of an unhealthy periodontium or periodontal disease may be: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that pull away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of dental health problems. However, with proper dental treatment and consistent home care, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. Appropriate treatment plays a huge role in restoring oral health. If you're having a problem, please call to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation.
We can recommend customized treatment and help you make decisions to restore your oral health.Gum treatments usually involve hygiene visits with special attention to the infected deep pockets around your tooth/teeth. Smoothing the areas of the teeth just below the gumline can be accomplished with a numbing gel that is very effective in keeping you comfortable during this appointment. An antibiotic agent may be recommended in the deeper areas to help fight infection. If the disease has progressed, you may require laser treatment or referral to a periodontist. Either way, you are well on you way to achieving good oral health!
X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process. Dental x-rays are especially important in revealing decay in between teeth. They become even more so if a patient is not flossing regularly.