Pain while chewing and teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures can be signs of a damaged or infected tooth. Our dentists may suggest a root canal to clean and disinfect the damaged area and bring your tooth back to health. During your root canal procedure, your dentist will remove the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully clean and fill the canals, and then seal the tooth to protect it from further damage. A crown may be placed over your tooth to complete the restoration and give you back full functionality.
If your tooth has been broken or you've had significant decay that results in a large filling, a dental crown may be the restorative option for you. Crowns are custom-made to match the shape and color of your natural teeth, and they cover your entire tooth to protect it from further damage. Along with restoring and strengthening damaged teeth, crowns can also improve the appearance of your smile. With proper care, crowns can last decades.
Missing teeth can take a toll on your confidence and your overall health. To fill in the gaps that are left behind, our dentists may suggest a dental implant. An implant is anchored by a surgically placed titanium post that acts as a tooth root. Once the post is placed and has completely healed, our dentists will create a natural-looking custom crown that attaches to the post and acts as a replacement tooth. Visit our office or give us a call to discuss whether a dental implant is the right solution for you.
Dental fillings are usually the best option for most small-to-medium-sized cavities. If you have a sensitive tooth or can see visible holes or pits in your tooth, you may have a cavity, and you might need a dental filling. At Green Leaf Dental, we offer tooth-colored composite fillings.
Composite fillings are made of a pliable blend of dental resin and crushed glass, and are matched perfectly to the color of your tooth. To begin the process, your dentist at Green Leaf Dental will clean and numb your tooth, and then use a dental drill to remove any decayed enamel from your tooth.
Once the area has been prepared, the composite material will be applied to the cavity layer-by-layer, and the tooth structure will be rebuilt. Once the overall shape looks good, your filling will be hardened with a UV light. Then, your dentist will check your bite and make any final adjustments.
The sooner you get a filling, the more likely it is that you can avoid the need for a more costly procedure like a dental crown. Getting immediate treatment also reduces your risk of further complications like a tooth infection, so schedule an appointment at our office right away.
A dental bridge is a type of dental prosthesis that is designed to replace one missing tooth, or a row of several missing teeth. A dental bridge uses two dental crowns, which must be attached to healthy teeth next to the missing tooth or teeth.
Between these crowns, the bridge uses a metal or composite structure to suspend one or more false teeth (pontics) to restore your smile. This literally “bridges” the gap where you’ve lost your teeth, which is where the term “dental bridge” comes from.
If you are missing one tooth or a row of several teeth, dental bridges are a great way to restore your smile permanently. Unlike a partial denture, you never need to remove your dental bridge, and it will look and feel more natural, and will never move or shift in your mouth
Partial dentures are a cost-effective, fast way to restore your smile if you’ve lost one or several of your teeth. Typically, partial dentures use a metal and/or plastic framework to support your false teeth. The dentures are designed to clip onto your remaining healthy teeth, which secures them in place, and restores your smile.
Full dentures, on the other hand, are designed to replace your entire upper row, lower row, or both rows of teeth. They consist of an acrylic base that supports a full arch of false teeth.
In most cases, full dentures are usually only a good option if most or all of your teeth have been damaged by periodontal (gum) disease, extensive tooth decay, or a serious accident. This is because full dentures require the extraction of all of your remaining teeth before they can be properly fitted.