Taking care of your mouth is essential for preventing serious issues from occurring. Brushing and flossing daily, along with twice yearly cleanings and exams help you to prevent issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and more. Ignoring any part of your oral hygiene routine can significantly increase your risk for complications. Should an oral health issue develop, Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry can help with restorative dentistry procedures.
Dental implants are a modern solution used to replace missing teeth. This unique treatment involves the use of a surgical procedure to place small titanium posts into your jawbone. The posts are there to provide support for your dental restorations, or ceramic crowns, just like the roots of natural teeth. As you heal from surgery, the bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in your jaw so that they can provide secure support for your new teeth.
Chao Pinhole Gum Grafting
Traditionally, gum recession has been treated with gum grafting. Today, we can provide you with a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting with Chao pinhole gum grafting. This technique involves the use of a pin-like tool to make an access hole in your gums about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen. Specialized tools are then used to loosen your gum tissue and rearrange it to cover the affected teeth. Next, collagen strips are inserted into the gums through the access hole. These collagen strips help to stabilize your gums while you heal. There is no need for surgical wounds, blades, or stitches. The procedure is generally quicker, and healing is much faster.
Cavities are a common dental issue. They affect millions of people, children and adults alike. They form as a result of tooth decay, which occurs when the acids produced by plaque and bacteria erode your tooth enamel. Once cavities form, they only continue to grow larger over time. Fillings are a common treatment for cavities. Made from amalgam or composite resin, they fill in the spaces in your teeth left behind by cavities, preventing further damage and protecting the health of your teeth and your mouth.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures are the traditional treatment for replacing missing teeth. They are a removable prosthesis consisting of acrylic resin teeth set into a rigid gum-colored base. The base sits directly on your gums, relying on the tissue and the bony ridge underneath for support. Dentures are commonly used to replace an entire arch of teeth. Partial dentures replace a section of missing teeth.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are a treatment used to restore damaged teeth. They are cap-like restorations that are made to cover over the entire visible surface of the affected teeth. To place crowns, the affected teeth need to be prepared. This process involves removing a portion of the enamel from the affected teeth. Crowns are then made from impressions of the mouth and placed over the damaged teeth, protecting them from further harm, preventing infections, and restoring their strength.
A bridge is a traditional restoration for replacing one to three missing teeth. A fixed bridge is the most common type, consisting of pontic, or replacement teeth, that fill in the space left behind by your missing teeth. The pontic teeth have a crown on each side, which are then used to anchor the bridge securely in place.
While saving damaged teeth is always the preferred solution, this is not always possible. Severe damage or decay may require extraction or removal of the affected teeth. There are two types of extractions, simple and surgical. The type of extraction you need depends upon the severity of your situation. Once the affected teeth have been extracted, we can then discuss your options for replacement.
Infections in the teeth are not only painful; they can be dangerous. Bacteria inside the tooth can spill out through the root and enter into the bloodstream. Once there, it can travel throughout the body and cause serious health issues. Infections can often be treated with a root canal. This is a procedure that removes the infection by removing the pulp, shaping the canals, and disinfecting the entire interior of the tooth. A special material is placed inside the tooth to seal the canals, and the tooth is capped with a crown. With a root canal, we can help to restore the health of your mouth and prevent the need for a tooth extraction.
When your mouth has been affected by oral health issues, restorative dentistry procedures can help to improve its health and give you back your beautiful smile. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry today at (425) 270-1075.