Posts for: February, 2020
As tough as teeth are, life can take its toll on them and sometimes lead to parts of them chipping off. Although it might not affect a tooth's overall health, it can certainly downgrade its appearance.
But we can restore a chipped tooth like new, and it may not require extensive dental work. Thanks to a versatile dental material called composite resin, we can often bring back a tooth's natural appearance in just one visit.
Tooth-colored resins have been around for decades, but their application has been limited due to issues with durability. Recently developed bonding techniques, though, have made them a workable option for restoring mild to moderate tooth defects.
We do this by applying and bonding the composite resin to a tooth to “fill in” the missing portion. While it's often a short process, it does require a thorough understanding of tooth anatomy, function and aesthetics.
We begin with a comprehensive exam to assess the true condition of a chipped tooth. Some dental defects might be better served with a porcelain restoration like a veneer or crown for best results. Still, there are a wide range of defects for which composite resins is a solid repair choice.
Once we've determined bonding is appropriate, we prepare the tooth by first roughening its outer surface and then etching it with an acid solution to increase bonding strength. We then apply a luting agent, a kind of dental cement, also to aid with bonding.
We then begin applying the composite resin in liquid form, one layer at a time. This layering process helps simulate the color depth and shape of the tooth, and to further incorporate strength into the restoration. We're also careful at this point to match the variations of color with those of the surrounding teeth so that it looks as natural as possible.
As we finish each layer, we apply a curing light to harden the resin. We can then polish the finished product and make adjustments for the bite. The end result is a tooth that not only looks whole, but natural and blended with the rest of your teeth. Bonding could truly change your smile in just one visit.
If you would like more information on cosmetic dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
Despite what you may have heard, a root canal actually offers some pretty amazing and long-term benefits to someone who is dealing with an infected, decayed or damaged tooth. Our Chatham, NY, dentist Domenic Riccobono knows the importance of gentle dentistry, especially when it comes to getting root canal treatment. Find out how this simple endodontic procedure could actually save your tooth.
Why is a root canal performed?
This virtually painless dental procedure is one of the most commonly performed procedures and it’s necessary when bacteria have entered the inside of the tooth, infecting the dental pulp. Once the pulp is infected or irritated the only option is to turn to our Chatham, NY, general dentist for treatment. An infected dental pulp will not heal by itself.
What are the benefits of root canal treatment?
If you’ve just found out that you need to get a root canal you may be looking for some reassurance. This simple procedure offers some amazing benefits including,
It stops the spread of infection
Decay or a dental infection occurs because there are bacteria present within the cavity of a tooth. During a root canal, our dentist will remove the bacteria and disinfect the dental cavity of the infected tooth. Once the bacteria is removed this prevents the infection from spreading further into the tooth. Here at Countryside Dental, our team ensures that you get a comprehensive, effective and gentle root canal treatment in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
It gets rid of your pain
Most people that need a root canal come into our office complaining of dental pain. The pulp is the only “feeling” part of the tooth because it contains nerves; therefore, you may be battling some pretty bad pain. A root canal will remove the pulp and any bacteria to get rid of your pain and to finally provide you with some relief.
It can save teeth
The purpose of a root canal is to preserve your natural tooth. The last thing we want our patients to worry about is losing a tooth. If a tooth is left untreated, bacteria will continue to spread until the tooth needs to be extracted. This can also cause damage to neighboring teeth and bone. By getting a root canal done when you need it you prevent further complications and you get to save your natural tooth.
Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY, is dedicated to creating beautiful and healthy smiles for life. If dental damage or other problems is affecting your oral health then call our office right away at (518) 392-5231.
Dentists around the world routinely remove diseased or damaged teeth every day. While some extractions require surgery, many don't: Your family dentist can perform these simple extractions, usually with little complication.
The term simple doesn't necessarily mean easy—as we'll note in a moment, it takes a deft and experienced hand to perform this type of extraction. The term in this case refers more to the type and condition of the tooth: The tooth roots are relatively straight and reside in the bone at an accessible angle. There are otherwise no meaningful impediments to removing it straight out.
The idea of “pulling a tooth” out of the jaw isn't the most accurate way to describe the procedure. A tooth is actually held in place within its bony socket by the periodontal ligament, a tough, elastic tissue between the tooth root and the bone that attaches to both through tiny fibrous extensions. The best method is to first loosen the tooth from the ligament's tiny attachments, for which experienced dentists can develop a certain feel. Once released from the ligament, the tooth will usually come free easily from its socket.
Not all teeth, though, can be removed in this manner. Teeth with multiple roots like back molars, and without a straight trajectory out of the socket, can have a complicated removal. Other dental conditions could also prove problematic for simple extraction, such as brittle roots that might fragment during removal.
For these and other complications, your general dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon for the tooth extraction. But even with the surgical component, these more complicated extractions are relatively minor and routine—millions of wisdom teeth, for example, are removed every year in this manner.
If you have a tooth that needs to be removed due to disease or injury, your dentist will first determine the best way to remove it and will refer you, if necessary, for surgical extraction. And whatever kind of extraction you undergo, the dentist performing it will make sure you remain pain-free during the procedure.
While tooth preservation is usually the best course for long-term dental health, it's sometimes best to remove a tooth. If that should happen, your dentist will make sure it's done with as little discomfort to you as possible.
If you would like more information on dental extraction methods, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Simple Tooth Extraction?”