Gracepoint Family Dentistry offers the latest in restorative treatments and technologies to help restore your smile. These include fillings, crowns
, root canal treatment, and dentures.
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To treat a cavity, we remove first the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decay was. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth or teeth that have been worn down from misuse (i.e., nail biting or tooth grinding).
The location and extent of the decay, cost of filling material, insurance coverage, and your dentist’s recommendation will all help determine the type of filling that best addresses your specific needs.
Caring for fillings
To maintain your fillings, you should follow good oral hygiene practices: visit us regularly for cleanings, brush with a toothpaste containing fluoride and floss at least once daily. If your dentist suspects that a filling may be cracked, he will take x-rays to assess the situation. Call us and make an appointment if your tooth is extremely sensitive, if you feel a sharp edge, if you notice a crack in the filling, or if a piece of the filling is missing.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is used to save a tooth that is badly decayed and / or has become infected. The soft area within the center of the tooth (nerve and pulp) can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. However, most patients report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced leading up to dental care is truly the painful period of time, not the root canal itself.
Signs you may need a root canal:
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity or pain due to hot or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
- However, sometimes no symptoms are present
What should I expect after the root canal?
The root canal procedure should relieve the pain you feel. Until your root canal procedure is completely finished, it is wise to minimize chewing on the tooth under repair. This step will help avoid re-contamination of the interior of the tooth and may prevent a fragile tooth from breaking before it can be fully restored. For the first few days following the completion of treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure.
Afterwards, brush and floss as you regularly would and see your dentist at normally scheduled intervals. The final step of the root canal procedure is application of a restoration, such as a crown, to cover and protect the tooth.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. Complete dentures replace all of your teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position, much like a bridge. Complete dentures are either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed.
Who needs a denture?
Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some of their natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support and greatly enhance facial muscles.
How do you care for a denture?
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled toothbrush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
A denture is fragile, so it is important to handle it carefully. Remove and brush the denture daily, using products designed specifically for cleaning dentures. Don’t sterilize your denture with boiling water because it will cause it to warp. If you wear a partial denture, be sure to remove it before brushing your natural teeth. When not in use, soak it in a cleanser solution or in water. Get in the habit of keeping the denture in the same safe and handy place to reduce the likelihood of it being misplaced.
Continue seeing your dentist regularly
Continue having regular dental checkups so a dentist can examine oral tissues for any signs of disease or cancer. As you age, your mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain a proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust or possibly remake your denture. Never attempt to adjust a denture yourself and do not use denture adhesives for a prolonged period because it can contribute to bone loss. When in doubt, give us a call at 763-400-4908.
Are Cleanings Important?
We know that controlling bacteria and inflammation in the mouth is an important aspect of both a person’s oral health and general health. Here at our office, we can help by offering professional dental cleanings on a regular schedule.
Are Cleanings Enough?
It is important to realize that even a professional dental cleaning may not be enough to control inflammation and infection for some people.
These individuals may be candidates for a more extensive procedure known as scaling and root planing.
Keep Your Mouth Healthy
Did you know that many diseases and conditions first show signs in the mouth? Good dental health is an important factor in overall health — that’s why the American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist every six months.
Building a relationship with a dental practice can help you maintain and improve your smile, and prevent problems before they become serious.
Home Fluoride Treatments
At-home options for fluoride treatment include prescription toothpaste or a rinse to be used daily.
It is important to follow all recommendations made by your dentist and to also be aware of the fluoride levels in your water, both community water supplies and private wells.
Protect Your Smile With a Mouthguard
All children and adults who participate in contact sports should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth against blows to the face or mouth. Visit Gracepoint Family Dentistry to get a custom mouthguard
that protects your teeth. Contact us
today for an appointment.