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Almost everyone will experience tooth decay at some point in his or her life. Restorative dentistry treats all phases of tooth decay, from simple cavity fillings to entire tooth replacements.
If you have a tooth that is chipped, cracked, badly decayed, or otherwise weakened, Dr. Brian Pearson may suggest a crown for your treatment. Crowns maintain the esthetic appearance of teeth by covering the entire visible surface of the tooth, while adding significant reinforcement and protection to the tooth. After removing all areas of decay, we will take an impression of the tooth to be crowned and send it to the dental laboratory to create the crown. Porcelain crowns are extremely natural looking, which makes them an ideal choice for visible teeth.
When tooth decay has led to the development of a cavity, or a small hole, in the tooth, we will remove all areas of decay and replace them with a filling made of composite resin. Composite resin fillings have surged in popularity because their appearance perfectly matches the natural appearance of teeth. In cases of more extensive decay, porcelain or zirconia crowns are an advisable alternative.
Fixed bridges can improve chewing and esthetic appearance, restoring the smile with a more permanent solution than dentures. Bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. We will prepare the adjacent teeth and take an impression of the area to send to the send to the laboratory to prepare a customized bridge. The bridge is set into place and the artificial tooth is securely cemented to the adjacent teeth, restoring the attractive natural appearance and functionality of the tooth that was lost.
Root Canal Therapy
The inside of each tooth is filled with "pulp", which carries the tooth's blood supply and nerves. If bacteria gain access to the pulp, through a fracture or deep cavity, the pulp may become infected, leading to pain and a risk of tooth loss. In a root canal, Dr. Brian Pearson will remove the infected pulp and replace it with a rubber sealant. The tooth is then sometimes covered with a protective crown, which reinforces the tooth against future fractures and enhances the tooth's appearance. Root canals have an extremely high success rate in saving teeth that would otherwise be lost to infection. The only alternative to root canal therapy is a tooth extraction.
There are a number of different reasons a tooth may need to be extracted (pulled). Some teeth are removed because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. In some cases, the tooth is simply not repairable, with decay extending far below the gumline extensive bone loss due to periodontal disease. Learn more about tooth extractions.
As a parent, you will enjoy our gentle and educational approach to dental care with our young patients. We will always make sure every question that you have is answered before beginning your child's personalized treatment plan. We will also make sure that he or she will leave with easy-to-follow instructions on how to keep a bright, white smile. Learn more about our pediatric dentistry.
Dentures and Partials
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
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