A crown is a tooth cap that consists of a tooth-colored metal which is cemented onto a tooth that may be broken, worn, and severely damaged by tooth decay or wearing of definition. The crown will act as the new surface of the damaged tooth, especially with not much of the physical tooth left. Every crown is fabricated in a dental lab located in the U.S.
Fillings, also known as dental restoratives, are used to fill a cavity. Fillings can either be direct or indirect. A direct filling will be placed directly into a cavity and may be completed in a single visit. Indirect fillings may take a couple of visits as it requires inlays and veneers that use ceramics or composites.
Replacing missing teeth with implants can be a great substitution. An implant is screwed into place in the bone with a tooth-colored crown attached to it. Implants can also be used as a foundation for dentures to help stabilize them and keep them from coming out of place.
Fluoride is a cavity and tooth decay prevention treatment that takes only a few seconds to complete. After a fluoride treatment has taken place, your dentist may remind you not to rinse, eat, or drink for an hour to give the fluoride time to be absorbed by your teeth.
If you wear braces or not, providing your smile with the protection it needs while playing sports is of the utmost importance. Picking the right mouthguard is vital as mouthguards protect your teeth and gums from injury, especially if you participate in any kind of full-contact sport as the American Dental Association suggests that you wear a mouthguard. With three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and is a perfect fit for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and allows you to breathe properly. Your dentist will show you how to choose the right mouthguard to maintain a beautiful smile.
If you find yourself waking up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, you may have a condition called bruxism. This is a condition where one is clenching or grinding their teeth while they are sleeping. To prevent bruxism from damaging your teeth, nightguards are a great non-invasive treatment. Nightguards prevent your teeth from receiving additional damage from constant teeth grinding and your dentist can create one that’s a custom fit.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that’s needed when bacteria reaches the nerve of the tooth. Often times when a tooth is cracked or has a cavity, it allows bacteria to sneak in and infect the pulp tissue. An abscess or pus may form within the tooth and cause severe pain and swelling. When the tissue is removed, the tooth’s interior is thoroughly cleaned and sealed.
Dental sealants are a resin that’s placed in the grooves of your teeth that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush, which provides them with further protection from decay and cavities. Sealants provide a smoother surface to your teeth and will make it less likely for tooth decay or cavities to occur. While sealants are typically applied to children’s permanent teeth, your dentist may recommend sealants depending on the current state of your teeth.
Small imperfections such as gaps, stains, chipped or misshapen teeth can keep you from owning your smile and being confident. But thanks to veneers, you no longer have to hide! Veneers can help you obtain a more natural appearance as they are thin, custom-made shells created with porcelain that are placed on the front side of your teeth.