Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Your team at Laurel Manor Dental is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and to providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry available.
When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. However, with advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Crowns are customized for you, covering broken, cracked, or discolored teeth. Crowns are a durable, strong, long-lasting method of enhancing both the look and functionality of your smile. After some preparation of the tooth or teeth that will receive the crown(s), your doctor will position a custom milled, lifelike porcelain crown, or a gold crown over your damaged tooth, restoring your good oral health. You may have existing porcelain or gold crowns that need attention. Your doctor can update your restorations to look and feel like new again.
When teeth are missing, your smile undergoes significant changes. Missing teeth cause you to chew differently and may cause mouth pain. Additionally, as your remaining teeth work to compensate for the tooth loss, gaps and spaces form that only make the situation worse. A porcelain bridge, custom designed by your doctor at Laurel Manor Dental, keeps your smile aligned and your bite functional. Bridges are anchored to existing teeth or crowns on either side of the missing tooth. They are semi-permanent, meaning they can only be affixed or removed by a dentist and are a long-term restorative solution.
A dental implant is one of the most permanent forms of restorative dentistry available and can be used to restore a single tooth or several teeth. Dental implants involve the placement of a surgical grade titanium post by one of the doctor’s trusted specialists. As the bone bonds to the post, it forms a secure foundation for the attachment of a crown or a prosthetic tooth that is custom created just for you. Dental implants are sometimes used instead of bridges in order to maintain the integrity of the teeth on either side of the missing teeth.
The effects of clenching or grinding your teeth while sleeping can not only cause damage to teeth, but also can also lead to headaches, tension in the neck and shoulders, and even snoring or difficulty breathing. This often sub-conscious habit can be costly. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a custom-made bite splint, also known as a nightguard, to help alleviate these effects. A bite splint is a clear, thin, removable device worn over either upper or lower teeth as a proactive step to offset the pain caused by bruxing (grinding).
Every effort is made for you to keep all of your teeth, as this is always the best and preferred solution. However, in the instance where a tooth cannot be saved, it may be recommended to have the tooth extracted. This extraction can be done here in our office, or if your doctor feels it is necessary, they may refer you to a trusted specialist.