CLEANINGS (Preventative Care)
It is important for you to visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings. This allows us to find problems earlier on and to prevent problems for you in the future. It also helps to maintain the health and whiteness of your teeth. Our hygenists here at Bengtson Family Dental are experienced in cleaning and taking x-rays of patients' teeth.
Fillings are used in an area of the tooth where there is a cavity or decay.
In this procedure, the decay is cleaned out of the affected teeth and filled in with resin. We perfer to use a white resin filling, but we also offer traditional fillings at patient's request.
It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first appointment, all decay is removed from the tooth and the tooth is shaped to fit the crown and a temporany crown is worn. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. In the second appointment, the temporary is removed, and the permanent crown is adjusted as needed, then cemented in place.
For this procedure, the entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return to carry on as usual. Often implants can used to further stabilize the dentures.
In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted by an oral surgeon into the bone and allowed to heal. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, Dr. Bengtson works to attach the replacement tooth on top of the shaft.
This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.
Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages such as the following:
Dental implants can also be used to support and retain a denture, especially a lower denture which often is loose and difficult to wear. Implant supported dentures can greatly help a patient to be able to eat and to wear their dentures.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include the following:
A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a negative chain reaction. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and with one missing, they start to "fall". As this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before they need to be extracted.
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it's where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area.
Problems in this area can cause:
Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If issues persist a referral to a TMJ specialist is often recommended.