What is a Denture?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and tissues connected to those teeth. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and attached to existing teeth for retention and stability.
What is an Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth.
Reasons for an Extraction?
Some of these includ large cavities, broken teeth, and infections.
eCleanings & Prevention
What is a Cleaning?
A cleaning (adult prophylaxis) is typically completed by a Registered Dental Hygienist for the removal of debris not under the gums such as plaque tartar, calculus, and some stains. A cleaning is NOT the same treatment that is recommended for gum disease (periodontitis).
What is a Restoration?
There are many types of dental restorations used to repair or “restore” teeth. Two of the most common types of restorations are fillings and crowns.
Root Canal Therapy
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that accesses and shapes the inside of each root in a tooth. Each tooth has its own size, shape, and number of roots. Following root canal therapy, a crown is usually required to restore tooth.
What is a Cavity (Decay)?
A cavity (caries or decay) is a process where bacteria destroys tooth structure. When cavities are small they often do not cause pain, however once they progress and get larger pain is usually a symptom. Treating cavities early before they get large is best.
What is a Mouth Guard?
A mouthguard (sometimes known as an occlusal guard) is an appliance that usually fits over the upper teeth to protect them if/when a patient clenches or grinds their teeth. This appliance is generally worn at night during sleep.
Crown & Veneers
What is a Crown or Veneer?
These restorations are designed to cover larger surfaces of teeth generally due to greater tooth loss. A crown can cover all or part of a tooth whereas a veneer generally covers the outside part of a tooth. Both are either cemented or bonded to teeth. There are a variety of materials used to produce crowns and veneers however most are made of porcelain. Crowns and veneers usually offer the patient an increased prognosis over time as opposed to fillings.
What is a crown preparation?
In order to allow for the fit of a crown, a tooth is usually “prepared” by removing a certain portion of a tooth to make room for the space a crown occupies on a tooth. In few cases very little tooth structure is removed.