A dental filling is a treatment to restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structure resulting from dental decay or external trauma. Here at Eastern Hills Family Dental we use a composite material that is the same color as your natural tooth.
A crown is needed when the tooth in question has too much decay or tooth structure missing and a filling will not work. in simplistic terms, a crown is a "hat" that is cemented onto the tooth after all of the decay is removed. this crown will protect the tooth for many many years to come.
A bridge is needed when one or more teeth are missing. The teeth adjacent to the spaces are prepared for a crown and then the lab will fabricate a 3, 4, or 5 unit bridge which functions in the same manner as a single crown.
When a tooth is no longer savable due to decay or an infection, the tooth then needs to be removed (extracted). There are two types of dental extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction means that the tooth was able to be removed without having to use any surgical burs, removing any bone, or laying a flap for better visibility, unlike a surgical extraction where all at least one of the above was needed to safely remove the tooth. Dr. Deanna Mathisen may suggest a bone graft after an extraction is done. A bone graft is performed to make sure the integrity of the jawbone is maintained for future or immediate dental work.
A root canal is needed when the nerve of the tooth is inflamed or infected and needs to be removed. If this is needed, the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. If you have further questions regarding this procedure, the team at Eastern Hills Family Dental have the answers.
Dentures and partial dentures can be differentiated by the presence natural teeth. If you are having all of your teeth removed due to decay or periodontal disease, then a full upper and lower denture would be appropriate. If you have some teeth that are stable, then a partial denture would be the appropriate treatment. Dr. Deanna Mathisen is happy to discuss these treatment options with you.
Night guards can be used to alleviate bruxism, or teeth grinding. This appliance is worn while sleeping and made from taking an impression of your mouth. This impression is then used to make the appliance that is worn on the top teeth. Wearing a night guard can help ease sore jaw, a dull headache, or tooth pain. If you suffer from jaw pain in the morning or think you might need this type of appliance, Dr. Deanna Mathisen can do an exam and diagnose the correct treatment for your specific needs.