With decades of experience and a commitment to offering each of their patients individualized care, Acton Dental Office doctors love being able to provide their dentistry guests with life-changing results.
Dental Implants are cutting edge technology for tooth replacement. With a dental implant, a titanium screw is surgically placed into the jaw bone, taking the place of the tooth roots. After the bone has healed and bonded to the implant, a second stage takes place where an abutment, (the upper half of the implant), is mounted onto the implant itself, and then a crown is seated on top of the abutment, replacing the missing tooth.
The dentist can only do so much in restoring a tooth with fillings. Sometimes the structure of the tooth is compromised, or it needs the re-enforcement of being completely capped with a crown. At Actone Dental we use 4 types of dental crowns. After all the decay has been removed, and the tooth has been reconstructed with resin composite, it will need to be shaved down to fit underneath a crown, which will seal it from further decomposition.
Root canals may be needed to save a tooth that is infected, or to keep a tooth from being hypersensitive as a result of a deep cavity or if extensive drilling on the tooth is needed when placing on a crown. The nerve and blood supply have to be completely removed, and the conduits filled with a material called gutta-percha. With the root canal, the roots are numbed to allow the dentist to get rid of the affected nerve, remove any infection, and save the tooth.
Sometimes a patient will come in and they have bone loss in portions of the jawbone. This can be caused by periodontal disease, and if some the bacteria will need to be dealt with before any grafting treatment can be considered. Also, when a tooth is removed, and the hole needs to be filled in, we can do a bone graft. For an individual extraction site, we do a ridge preservation graft.
The old type of silver amalgam fillings is no longer used these days. The reason is because amalgam not only looks bad, leaving black spots on your teeth, but because one of the components in amalgam is a toxin, called mercury. Although the levels of mercury are very low, most people are health conscious, and are afraid of mercury leaching into their blood system.
Even though a person has good hygiene and keeps their teeth clean, nevertheless from the things one eats, or drinks, like coffee, coke, tea, wine, etc., and/or the use of tobacco products, your teeth can get stained. Yellow stained teeth look terrible. The thing is, brushing just doesn’t remove the stains, and too much brushing can cause gun recession.
It’s common among patients to get quite confused about what these terms mean. Veneers are like crowns, except they are for cosmetic purposes, and are placed on the front surfaces of the teeth only, where as a crown will completely encapsulate the teeth. Veneers are made of porcelain only, and so they are the most aesthetic. While veneers allow your teeth to appear a lot better, the crowns give them more stability and durability.
Most people understand that a crown is a cap the covers the tooth. The main difference between crowns and veneers is that the veneer mainly covers the front visible side of the tooth, but do not cover the entire tooth. The front enamel must be shaved down a little, as well as the sides and top of the tooth. This give the veneer a good surface to bond to, without shaving down the full tooth. Veneers are mainly used for cosmetic smile makeovers.
On common way of replacing missing teeth is through the use of a fixed bridge. Here is an explication, as well as the pluses and negatives. A bridge, by definition, joins one fixed point, over a gap, to another fixed point. In the matter of teeth, if you are missing one or more teeth the dentist can make a prosthetic of crowns to fill in the missing gap.