A crown is a tooth-shaped 'cap' that is placed over a tooth, covering it to restore is shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns are used to restore a broken or worn down tooth, to cover a dental implant, for cosmetic modification, to hold a bridge in place, and to cover and support a tooth with a large filling when not much natural tooth structure remains. They come in a variety of types: stainless steel, all metal, porcelain fused to metal, all porcelain/ceramic, zirconia, gold, and several different tooth-colored materials.
An extraction is the removal of a tooth. Generally this is done when a tooth is severely damaged, unrepairable or abcessed.
Composite and Sedative Fillings
A composite filling is a tooth-colored filing made up of a plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. These are more esthetic than Amalgam fillings.
A Sedative filling is a medicated temporary filling used where the cavity is very near or to the pulp (nerve). The medicated filling helps soothe a tooth nerve that's aggravated by decay or dental exploration, and allows the tooth to begin repairing itself.
BELVIDERE DENTAL DESIGNS
COMMON PROCEDURE EXPLANATIONS
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete denture is when all the teeth are missing (either upper or lower)
A partial denture only replaces the teeth that are missing and lets you keep your remaining natural teeth.
Root Canal Therapy
A Root canal is a treatment needed when an injury or large cavity damages the tooth's root causing it to become infected or inflammed. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth to the pulp chamber (where nerve tissue & blood vessels are). Using special files the doctor will clean the infection and unhealthy pulp out of the canals. Canals are then filled with a permanent material to help keep free from infection or contamination. A temporary filling is placed until a permanent filling or crown is done.
Dental Bridges literally bridge the gap created by 1 or more missing teeth. Made up of 2 or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and false tooth/teeth in between. A bridge is fixed, meaning it is not removable. It is supported by either natural remaining teeth or implants.
Scaling and Root Planing
This is the most common treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. It is the removal of calculus and plaque, especially targeting the area below the gumine, along the root.