Restorative Dentistry including Arkansas Dental Implants and Root Canal Therapy
Dental crowns are used to fill gaps in teeth and as well as to strengthen and restore damaged teeth. From porcelain to metal to composite resin materials, dental crowns are created based on the size, shape, color and fit necessary to blend in with your other teeth.
At Rock Family Dental, our dentists may use a tooth crown to:
- strengthen and enhance the appearance of teeth.
- support a tooth with a large tooth filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling on its own.
- protect teeth that are discolored, crooked or misshapen.
- affix bridges.
- protect or restore weak or broken teeth.
- enclose a dental implant.
Missing teeth may not only cause a little musical tune or lisp to escape your mouth when speaking, but you may also experience a difference or difficulty in chewing, as well as slight facial feature alterations. There are several affordable dental treatments to accommodate missing teeth. These include bridges, also called partials, as well as dentures and implants.
A dental bridge uses artificial teeth to take the place of missing teeth and “bridges” the gap where one or more of the missing teeth used to be. Bridges are attached to surrounding teeth for support within the mouth.
There are three types of bridges:
1. Removable – Can be taken out and cleaned by the patient at home. It is made up of a plastic base and multiple teeth attached thus being the preferred solution for multiple missing teeth in one location of the mouth.
2. Fixed – Can only be removed by a dentist and is recommended for people who have lost teeth but not the bone beneath them. It is usually the method preferred for filling the gap between one of two missing teeth.
3. Implant – Attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue, therefore replacing some of the roots as well. Implant bridges are not supported by surrounding teeth. They also tend to me more esthetic, functional and comfortable.
Your dentist will recommend the most ideal type of affordable bridge based on your specific needs. Regardless of which type of bridge your dentist recommends, the benefit it is able to provide ultimately depends on the infrastructure it has to work with. That’s why it is imperative that you keep your remaining teeth and roots healthy and strong.
Losing all of your teeth can be distressing. It can be frightening. But sometimes it is necessary. It is realistic to say that most people do not make it through their entire lives with all of their teeth in tact! That is why dentures and other similar appliances have been created. Be it through gum disease, tooth injury or tooth decay, or just simply old age, losing your teeth can happen and the replacement of your teeth can offer many benefits. Namely, the ability to chew your food, as well as the benefit to your appearance since your teeth do shape your mouth and facial structure and without them your facial muscles can sag.
Dentures are removable and made to closely follow your natural teeth so that your appearance remains intact. They may even improve the look of your smile!
At Rock Family Dental, we provide quality, affordable dentures to our patients to ensure that you receive the best possible option for the replacement of your teeth. We know how important teeth are for appearance, speaking and eating and we want you to leave our office feeling confident in all three.
Dental Extractions/Wisdom Teeth
Be it through surgery or a more simple removal process, dental extractions are tooth removals due to various causes such as tooth disease or gum disease, dental trauma or tooth crowding. Disease and trauma may severely affect your tooth enough that it cannot be repaired with a crown or tooth bonding. This is when an extraction will take place.
When it comes to tooth crowding, the extraction procedure is more often necessary due to the existence of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, or your third molars, get their name because they come with age. Typically the ages of 17-21. They can help you chew and can stay in tact in your mouth if your mouth is wide enough to accommodate them. But many people have to get one or more of these removed to avoid overcrowding. This can cause some damage to surrounding teeth, roots and gums, as well as repositioning in your teeth that can make them more prone to cavity-causing bacteria being trapped in them. It can also make flossing difficult and therefore the buildup of plaque and tartar is more likely.
Not everyone gets wisdom teeth. This does not mean that there is something wrong… or right depending on how you look at it! Theories range from genetics and environment factors that cause them to erupt in some mouths and not in others.
At Rock Family Dental, our dentists will examine your wisdom teeth and the effects they may have or will have on your oral health. If there is pain, any cysts or damage to surrounding teeth, infection, tooth decay or gum disease due to the existence of these third molars, we will likely recommend wisdom teeth removal. You may also need them removed if you are going to start orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist will make this recommendation if needed.
While we recommend brushing and flossing to prevent them, cavities can still happen to the best of us. If left untreated, cavities can lead to tooth decay, tooth abscesses and even tooth extractions. That’s why fillings are so important. Our dentists examine the size and location of a cavity to determine the most ideal materials to use to fill a cavity. We offer fillings in dental amalgam, sometimes described as the “silver-colored” fillings, as well as composite resins which are tooth-colored fillings made of a mixture of either glass or quartz filler.
Cosmetic concerns, lifetime of the filling, insurance coverage and out of pocket cavity fillings costs are some other considerations that we discuss with patients before providing our affordable cavity fillings.
Having only been around for the past 40 years or so, dental implants are a more recent advancement in dentistry. And one of the biggest! You may have uncomfortable dentures, or maybe you don’t want them, you may have missing teeth, or maybe a dental bridge appliance is not an option for your bone structure. Whatever the cause or reason, dental implants can be your remedy.
Made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body, dental implants are posts that are surgically placed in your jawbone so that they operate as a strong foundation for replacement teeth. They are designed to blend in with your surrounding teeth.
Your current oral health status and age may play a part in whether or not dental implants are an option for you. At Rock Family Dental, our dentists will examine these factors, as well as Arkansas dental implants cost as they are determining the best and most affordable recommendations for the treatment of missing teeth.
Root Canal Therapy
When you have a tooth that isn’t ready to let go of the mouth it loves, but needs some repair or restoration, you may need Root Canal Therapy. The soft tissue inside your tooth, called pulp, provides nourishment to your tooth and contains nerves and blood vessels. Through deep cavities, frequent dental procedures, cracked or fractured teeth, or tooth injury, this pulp can become infected.
If this infection to the pulp is left untreated, this leads to the infection of the tissues around the root of your tooth. This infection can include pain, swelling and possibly even an abscess inside the tooth or in the bone around the root of your tooth. Root Canal Therapy cleans and seals these areas to treat and prevent future infection. This process involves local anesthesia and is usually completed in one visit with one follow-up visit. Your restored tooth can last throughout the duration of your life if you commit to proper oral hygiene, brushing and flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly.
At Rock Family Dental, anytime we can save a natural tooth, we will do whatever we can to make sure that happens. Talk to your Rock Family dentist about our affordable Root Canal Therapy.
Scaling and Root Planing
Sometimes it happens. Sometimes we just can’t seem to get in line with regularly brushing and flossing. And sometimes, that affects even those of us with the best of intentions. Or maybe we are just biologically or genetically disposed to having teeth that are harder to care for. Our teeth do a lot of work for us. And we owe them the same effort when it comes to cleaning. But if we just can’t get there or just can’t maintain it, plaque can form. And when plaque forms, the bacteria in this plaque causes your gums to become inflamed and pull away from your teeth to create a pocket where even more plaque can be captured. When you get to this point, regular brushing can no longer help you.
That’s where scaling and root planing enters the scene to deep clean below the gumline. In an effort to prevent and treat early stages of gum disease, your dentist will remove the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline all the way down to the pocket that has formed, in a process called Scaling. And in perfect harmony, the second step to this process, called Root Planing, comes in to smooth out your teeth roots and help your gums reattach to your teeth.
Gum disease, in its early stages called Gingivitis, is treatable. And Scaling and Root Planing is one effort that can provide some relief to your hardworking gums and teeth. From there, you will maintain your newly restored oral health through brushing and flossing regularly.