Our practice provides the latest cosmetic dental procedures for full-mouth restoration, single-tooth restoration, or anywhere in between. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health. We accomplish this through a teamwork approach, where we provide the latest in techniques and technologies, and our patients maintain their scheduled dental appointments.
Teeth can be damaged by decay or trauma. Fillings are used to restore damaged tooth structure with a dental material. With today’s advancements, tooth-colored materials are typically a superior choice for restoring teeth.
However, we do offer silver fillings if they are preferred or when a tooth-colored filling is contraindicated. We can also replace old, broken-down amalgam/silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.
In some instances, damage to a tooth exceeds what can be treated with a filling. Trauma and deep decay are the two main reasons why a root canal may be indicated. A root canal is a procedure that removes the nerve from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal, and replaces it with a strengthening filler, restoring the health and integrity of the natural tooth.
This procedure involves:
- The patient receives local anesthetic.
- A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
- The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
- The tooth is cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
- With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
- The tooth is filled again with a biocompatible filling material.
- A filling is placed to cover the access opening.
- The patient must see Dr. Magno for a permanent restoration of the tooth.
An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered such extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, if the patient has gum disease, or if the tooth is impacted (usually the wisdom teeth). Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically.
Third molars are more commonly called "wisdom teeth." Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction. When any tooth lacks the space to erupt, or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise.
Sometimes, an impacted wisdom tooth can become inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone. If this situation goes untreated, serious damage can occur to the underlying bone, surrounding teeth, and tissues.
To stave off this result, an extraction of one, or possibly all of the wisdom teeth may be advised. If that is the case, we will likely refer you to one of the highly skilled oral surgeons with whom we work very closely.
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged, or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials.
The crown process involves:
- Numbing the tooth
- Removal of any decay.
- Re-contouring the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
- Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes a few weeks to receive back from the lab).
- • Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes a few weeks to receive back from the lab).
- Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.
- After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place.
This process generally consists of a minimum of two visits over a three to four week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain the integrity of the crown and the health of the teeth and gums..
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease. Bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
There are three main types of bridges, namely:
A fixed bridge is the most popular and consists of an artificial tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
The “Maryland” bridge is used to replace missing front teeth and consists of an artificial tooth that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches existing tooth color.
The cantilever bridge is used when there is a tooth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The artificial tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space.
The process for making a bridge is the same as the process for making a crown, except more teeth are involved. Typically, there are two appointments needed over a 4-week period.