General & Family Dentistry
Thanks to technological advances, general dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to fill cavities. Among the choices are natural tooth-colored materials such as resin-based composite fillings and more traditional dental fillings such as those made of metal amalgam. The advent of new materials for fillings has been beneficial, especially in terms of aesthetics, but does not eliminate the appropriateness of traditional dental materials that are stronger, more durable and less expensive. Our family dentist believe that these materials are best in situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.
When it comes to removing minor decay and restoring the appearance of teeth, dental fillings are the basic procedure for achieving a beautiful and cost-effective result. While most dental specialists formerly relied on silver (amalgam) teeth fillings for cavities, that is no longer the case. Although silver fillings have proven to be an effective solution for treating tooth decay, they have become less popular over the years and have been replaced by aesthetically pleasing white composite fillings. As a family dentist practice, we provide a variety of cavity filling options for patients seeking dental care.
There is a wide variety of materials used for filling cavities and they vary in strength, color, and cost. According to our family dentist, there are two most common types are amalgam and composite. 1) Amalgam Fillings: Amalgam has been used by dental professionals for more than a century; Amalgam fillings are strong and are therefore ideal for filling cavities in the back of the mouth such as in the molars, where chewing takes place. Since they are made of a combination of several metallic elements, amalgam fillings can be noticeable when you laugh or smile. These fillings are among the least expensive of all cavity-filling materials. 2) Composite Fillings: Sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins, these fillings feature a combination of glass or quartz filler and can be made to match the color of your tooth. Composite fillings are also fairly durable and are ideal for small-to-mid-size restorations in areas of your mouth that perform moderate chewing.
Dental crowns are custom made by our general dentist to comfortably and effectively fit your smile. Crowns can be made from a number of materials, including porcelain; porcelain crowns are often chosen for their natural-looking appearance.
A dental crown is a restoration that can be used for a number of restorative and cosmetic purposes. The crown covers the entire tooth, starting at the gum line. This restores the tooth to optimal structure, strength, and shape. A crown may be recommended to: 1) Improve the function and appearance of a misshapen tooth, 2) Attach a dental bridge, 3) Strengthen a weakened or cracked tooth, 4) Protect a tooth after root canal therapy (endodontics), 5) Enhance the aesthetics of a seriously darkened or stained tooth, 6) Support a large dental filling if little natural tooth structure is left, and 7) Repair a severely decayed or otherwise damaged tooth. As a general dentist, we provide a full range of option for dental crowns.
Adult teeth may be lost for a variety of reasons, such as advanced periodontal disease, trauma, or decay. According to our family dentist, if missing teeth are not replaced, your other teeth can drift out of position. These areas are more likely to develop gum disease and induce the decay of surrounding teeth.
A bridge is a restorative structure that is used to replace missing teeth. Bridges consist of one or more false teeth that are held in place by crowns that are attached to the surrounding teeth. Bridges can be made with a gold alloy substructure or can be made metal free (all ceramic). Bridges fall under two main categories, "fixed" and "removable." Fixed bridges are cemented in place and cannot be taken out. Removable bridges are not permanently attached and can be removed at night or for cleaning purposes. Bridges can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile by replacing missing teeth. The materials used to create the bridge are made to match the color of your natural teeth, while providing strong structural support.
The teeth next to the empty space will be reduced in order to receive the crown portion of the bridge. Then, an impression will be taken of the whole area (the missing area and the two teeth next to it). This impression is then sent to a lab, and a bridge is custom-designed to fit the area. Just as with the placement of a crown, a temporary bridge will be put in place to protect your teeth and gum while the restoration is being constructed. We may provide you with a "flipper" in place of a temporary bridge. A flipper is a temporary false tooth that latches onto a metal wire on the adjacent teeth.
If you have missing teeth, a high quality dental bridge in the Arlington may be your solution. Call you family dentist today for your personal dental bridge consultation.
Complete And Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable, artificial teeth that restore your ability to eat properly, as well as support your facial structure and improve your speech. Sometimes patients lose all or most of their teeth due to decay, gum disease or accident. In these cases, our family dentist can fit you with complete or partial dentures to give you a beautiful smile again.
Temporary—complete or partial—dentures typically made from acrylic are useful for patients who have either lost or will lose teeth to gum disease or other problems. These keep patients from going toothless during the healing process or while more-permanent dentures are being made. Our general dentist provides up to six months of follow-up care for temporary dentures, which includes all necessary adjustments for proper fit and comfort.
Partials made with a cast metal framework for strength are best for patients who are missing several teeth, but whose remaining teeth are healthy and solid in the bone. Flexible partials made from a flexible nylon-type material are permanent partials that are considered more cosmetic because no metal is used and more comfortable because of increased flexibility.
Complete dentures are for people who are missing all natural teeth. Our family dentist offers the more affordable standard dentures, as well as the premium dentures that provide the highest quality in appearance and comfort. A second feature of premium dentures is the inclusion of a back-up denture which is incorporated in the fee.
Dental hygiene and cleaning
The secret to beautiful, healthy teeth lies in consistent dental hygiene, regular brushing, and a routine dental exam. If you cannot remember the last time you had an annual checkup, you are likely way past due. Preventive dental services are important, which is why our family dentist encourages its' patients to undergo routine dental maintenance treatments including exams, digital x-rays, and deep cleanings by one of our top trained hygienist. Post a deep cleaning, our general dentist will evaluate any dental treatment that maybe needed.
If you want to keep those pearly whites looking their best, professional teeth cleanings are essential in maintaining healthy, plaque-free teeth. Many people believe that having an annual checkup is enough to preserve a beautiful smile. In reality, professional teeth cleanings are required to remove hidden tartar, plaque and bacteria that is not visible to the naked eye. Our general dentist can help you keep and maintain a health smile.
Dental x-rays are an integral part of a comprehensive treatment plan for our family dentist. In order to see the big picture, our general dentist require a dental radiograph, more commonly referred to as dental x-rays. These dental x-rays allow the dentist to get an in-depth look below the teeth and gums. For patients convenience, our general dentist preforms on-site dental x-rays. With a proper dental radiograph, our team of dental professionals are able to give patients informed evaluations.
Our digital x-rays check for any cracked or decayed teeth. We will also screen for signs of oral cancer and examine your gums for any evidence of periodontal disease. If you have any dental fillings, crowns, or other restorations, our general dentist will make sure they are still in good condition.
Additionally, we will take diagnostic X-rays to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Bitewing X-rays are typically taken every 6 months and a panoramic X-ray is taken every 3 to 5 years. to find our more information, contact our Arlington dental office to schedule an appointment with our general dentist.
Teeth Sensitivity may be caused by various reasons like decay or cavities, fractured teeth, worn out filling, periodontal disease, chipping of tooth, or exposure of pulp to cavities or decay. One of the most common and easy way to treat sensitive teeth is to use desensitizing toothpaste. The desensitizing tooth paste contains compounds to foam a layer on your teeth to block transmission of heat or cold, or acidic or sticky substance to transmit to the root, from the tooth surface. When applied regularly desensitizing toothpaste helps to reduce sensitivity of teeth.
Your dentist may prescribe fluoride treatment to increase the enamel strength. Stronger enamel will reduce sensitive transmission from tooth surface to the root. Your dentist could also prescribe toothpaste with concentrated fluoride for every day brushing to help maintain and restore health of tooth enamel.
Sensitivity caused by decay is treated by fillings or other restorative process like crowns or inlays or bonding. Surgical gum grafting is another process to reduce sensitivity due to recession of gum which often exposes the cementum that protects the root. Some patients will need root canal treatment if root is exposed due to caries or crack on tooth.
In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity.