Tooth pain is a sign of possible decay and/or infection. Regular dental visits and exams provide early detection and can reduce the cost of expensive dental procedures that may be needed with advanced decay. Tooth pain restoration treats all types of decay, from cavities to missing teeth. If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact us to schedule an appointment.
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A cavity, or small hole, is found in the tooth resulting from tooth decay.
Your dentist will remove the decayed tooth material, clean the area and fill the cavity will either silver amalgam or a composite resin. Composite resin is made to match your teeth color, allowing the newly filled cavity to look completely natural.
Dependent on the extent of decay and damage, porcelain inlays or crowns may be advised.
A weakened, decaying tooth structure
A porcelain inlay or onlay may be used in place of a filling when the tooth structure needs reinforcement. After removing and cleaning the decayed area, your dentist will use an impression of the area to create an inlay (covering one or more tooth surfaces) or an onlay (covering the chewing surface of the tooth) out of porcelain. These inlays and onlays are long lasting and help to stabilize and restore the tooth.
If tooth decay is too advanced to be healed with a filling or inlays/onlays, a porcelain crown may be recommended.
Badly decayed and structurally weak teeth
A porcelain crown covers the entire tooth, protecting it from further decay and providing reinforcement. After removing and cleaning the decayed area, your dentist will create and send an impression of your tooth to be crowned to the laboratory. Once the lab has formed the crown, it will be placed on top of the decayed tooth, creating a completely natural-looking smile.
Tooth extraction may be recommended if the decay is too advanced to be restored. In such a case, porcelain bridges and implants would be suggested for a complete, beautiful smile.
One or more teeth are missing resulting in an undesirable smile, trouble eating or talking and pain.
Porcelain bridges complete your smile by replacing the missing tooth with a new one create from porcelain. The surrounding teeth provide stability as the artificial tooth is secured to them, creating a bridge between the missing tooth and the remaining teeth. The bridge restores your smile and allows for full functionality in eating and speaking.
Dental implants may be used to replace missing teeth. Implants do no rely on the stability of surrounding teeth.
Inside each tooth is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains the tooth’s blood supply and nerves. Pain and infection can occur when the pulp is exposed to bacteria through a crack or cavity.
A root canal will be recommended for removing the infected pulp. Your dentist will clean the infected area and replace the pulp with a rubber-like material. The tooth will then be restored with a protective crown or filling for reinforcement. Root canals are highly successful and keep your smile looking natural and healthy.
Tooth extraction is the only alternative to receiving root canal therapy.