DENTAL FILLINGS, CROWNS AND IMPLANTS IN PACOIMA, CA
For comprehensive restorative dentistry, turn to the professionals at Plenty O' Smiles. From bridges and crowns to cleanings and fillings, Dr. O and the team can advise you on the best restorative procedure for you!
There is an assortment of treatment options aimed to restore the surface of teeth or replace missing teeth. Fillings, often use amalgam to restore the
tooth's surface, and are generally placed on posterior or teeth located in the back of the mouth. Amalgam fillings are an alloy, which does contain mercury or a mercury substitute. Another type of filling is composite fillings, which are resins used for tooth-colored restorations and are used in both front and back teeth.
Crowns are a type of restoration covering that covers the entire portion of a tooth that has been damaged, chipped, cracked or, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth
Healthy site, subject to extensive restoration that threatens the rest of the tooth. They can be made from gold, porcelain or a different ceramic material. Bridges, however, are a prosthetic replacement of one or more natural teeth. They consist of crowns that are adjacent to the space with a replacement tooth (pontic) attached to the crowns.
When considering implants, a tooth replacement wherein a titanium screw is placed in the jaw bone and a crown is connected to the implant. According to the Journal of the ADA, it can provide a more natural look and feel.
The infected tooth is opened for getting access to the pulp chamber.
The infected pulp is removed and the tooth interior is cleaned. The canals and cleaned and shaped.
The canals and the opening to the tooth are filled and sealed. Additional procedures such as post, build up and crown may be needed.
The teeth receiving veneers are polished and reduced to allow for the fittings to be placed over the teeth. It is important to understand that the reduction process is not reversible.
An impression or mold is created after the preparation. A replica of the teeth are created from this so the veneers fittings can be created based on the mold.
After being created, the veneers are bonded to the teeth using a bonding system, and a cement that creates strong adhesion, essentially fusing the tooth and veneer together.
For full dentures, the remaining unhealthy teeth are extracted so an impression of the mouth can be created.
Once the gums have healed, an impression of the mouth is made and the dentures are created to fit.
The dentures are fitted and tested to ensure a proper fit.
OCCLUSAL OR NIGHT GUARD
Many patients grind their teeth at night. This can be from either stress or occlusal disharmony.
To protect the teeth, an occlusal guard is fabricated.
An impression is taken, and the occlusal guard is then fabricated in a dental laboratory to be fitted later by the dentist.
Partial dentures are used to fill in gaps in the dental arch, and attach to the surrounding existing teeth.
An impression is taken for the appliance to be fabricated in a dental laboratory.
Depending on the fit needed, clasps can be used to attach the denture to surrounding teeth.
To prepare the teeth, they are fully cleaned before beginning the process.
An impression is taken of both the upper and lower arch.
Stone models are made from the impression for the fabrication of the bleaching trays.
The trays, bleaching gel and instructions are provided for the patient to take home.
The patient will fill the tray with bleaching gel and wear in the mouth for about 60-90 minutes as instructed by the Dentist.
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. A thorough evaluation is needed first.
A titanium rod is placed in the jawbone under the gum line where the missing or removed tooth was. This serves as the root of the new implant tooth.
A temporary crown may be placed while the implant is fusing to the jawbone over the next few months.
A custom designed dental crown is created and affixed to the top of the implant.
The tooth and area is anesthetized to prevent pain.
A variety of tools can be used such as dental elevators or forceps to work the tooth from the ligament and out of the socket.
The socket is cleaned and infected tissue is removed.
Additional methods to control bleeding or stitching may be required so the socket can heal properly.