Fillings are used to treat a cavity. The dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area where decayed material was removed. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and worn down teeth from misuse (such as nail-biting or tooth grinding). When left untreated cavities can grow and more invasive procedures may be required to restore the tooth.
Silver Fluroide Diamine(SDF)
SDF is a liquid used to help prevent cavities from growing or spreading to other teeth. SDF can strengthen teeth. It is used for those that don't want or can't get traditional fillings, such as children and people with special needs. SDF is painted on a tooth just like sealants. SDF is reapplied every 6 months as needed.
Common reasons for an extraction is a tooth being too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons for an extraction may be a crowded mouth, infection, risk of infection, and gum disease.
Endodontic treatment treats problems involving the inside of your tooth. The most common procedure is a root canal. A root canal removes the tooth's nerve and tooth pulp that is damaged or infected. If untreated the tooth will die. We do not do Endodontic treatment on molars.
Replacement for all of your teeth, complete dentures are removable, made out of acrylic, and are suctioned to the gum tissue to keep them in place. Once all the teeth are removed it take about 8-12 weeks for the gums to heal before dentures can be started. The denture process requires 4 appointments with each appointment being at least 2 weeks apart.
A partial denture helps restore jaw function if you are missing one or more teeth. A partial denture is removable and look just like natural teeth. It is made from a combination of metal and acrylic. Appointments for partial dentures will vary. If extractions are done then healing time is needed. This can vary depending on how many extractions. Partial dentures can take 2-4 appointments for completion with each appointment being at least 2 weeks apart.
A crown or "cap" is a tooth-shaped covering that fits over a damaged, decayed, or unattractive tooth. A crown is also used to cover a dental implant. A crown covers the tooth above the gum line. A crown will usually take 2-3 visits that are scheduled at least 2 weeks apart.