Dentistry Bend, OR
Taking care of your mouth is essential for keeping it happy and healthy. Much of your oral care takes place at home. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. These habits are essential for eliminating plaque and bacteria buildup from your teeth to prevent serious issues like cavities and gum disease. In addition to taking care of your mouth at home, maintaining your oral health also requires professional dental care. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bend - Thomas E. Wold, DMD is here to help.
Cleanings are performed to help you thoroughly clean your mouth. Even if you brush and floss properly every day, there are some regions of your mouth that are more difficult to reach than others. Even if you think you have completely cleaned your mouth, some areas still have lingering buildup. Plaque and bacteria continue to accumulate, which can lead to cavities and gum disease despite good oral hygiene practices.
Additionally, plaque can harden into tartar, a substance that cannot be removed no matter how often you brush. With cleanings, we can help you completely clean your mouth. We can help you to eliminate all buildup, including the most stubborn tartar, from your teeth. We are also able to clean the areas of your mouth that you might not otherwise be able to thoroughly clean on your own.
Your gums are assessed for signs of gum disease, including redness, swelling, gum recession, and the formation of periodontal pockets. We also check your intraoral tissues for early warning signs of oral cancer. By detecting issues in their earliest stages, we can provide you with immediate treatment to prevent more significant issues. In many cases, the treatments needed in the early stages are much less invasive.
Fillings are a common treatment for cavities. We fill cavities with composite fillings. These fillings are an alternative to traditional amalgam. Composite is made up of a mixture of fine glass, plastic, and other materials. Unlike amalgam, it does not contain any metals nor does it contain any mercury. It is also naturally tooth colored, instead of the silver color of amalgam. Composite fillings not as strong as amalgam, but they can still withstand most normal daily wear and tear. Because they are tooth-colored, they are perfect for treating cavities at the front of the mouth, where amalgam would create aesthetic concerns.
A crown is a dental restoration that is used to treat damaged teeth as well as decayed teeth that cannot be treated with a filling. It resembles a small cap in appearance and is made to fit completely over the affected tooth, encasing it entirely. It functions to prevent further damage, prevent infections, and restore strength to the tooth so that it can function normally. Crowns are excellent solutions for teeth that have more significant cracks and chips, larger amounts of decay, or for teeth that have received a root canal.
Crowns can be made from a few different types of materials. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Metal crowns, for instance, are the strongest crowns available. They also require the least amount of enamel removal from your teeth. However, they are gold or silver, which can cause aesthetic issues. Ceramic crowns, on the other hand, provide the greatest aesthetic benefits, but they are not as strong as metal. They are also a great option for those who are allergic to metal.
With a bridge, all of the functions of your missing tooth are restored. You can bite and normally chew, as well as speak normally. Your oral health improves, and your bite pressures are evenly distributed. This helps to prevent damage to your adjacent teeth. A bridge also functions to help your adjacent teeth stay in alignment, preventing them from shifting into the empty space. Bridges, like crowns, can be made from many different materials, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, and porcelain. Porcelain bridges are often the most popular solution because they can restore the aesthetics of your smile, in addition to the functions of your missing tooth.
Root canal therapy is a treatment used to restore an infected tooth, eliminating the infection and preserving the tooth. With this treatment, you avoid the need for tooth extraction and replacement. A root canal begins with a small hole in the top of the infected tooth. Next, small tools are used to remove the pulp and nerve. The entire interior of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected.
The tooth is filled with a material called gutta percha, which helps to seal the canals to prevent new infections. Finally, once your root canal is complete, a crown is placed on the tooth. The crown aids in preventing further infections and restoring the strength to the tooth so that it can continue to function as normal. Root canals have a very high success rate, and a treated tooth can often go on to last a lifetime.
Getting dental implants is a bit more involved than the process for more traditional treatments. Implants require surgery. After your implants are placed into your jaw, you are provided with temporary teeth. These teeth are used until you have fully healed. The recovery period after implant surgery varies from patient to patient but typically takes a few weeks to several months. Once you have fully healed from implant surgery, we then take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are used to design and create your final dental restorations. Once these teeth have been completed, they are secured into place using small screws.
Periodontal therapy is a treatment performed to stop the progression of gum disease and restore your oral health. It involves a treatment called scaling and root planing. This treatment is like a deep cleaning for your teeth. Scaling is the process of scraping the visible surfaces of your teeth, including along and just below your gum line. We use a tool called a scaler to eliminate even the most stubborn buildup. Root planing is the smoothing of your root surfaces. By eliminating buildup from your tooth roots, your gums can begin reattaching.
In some cases, a single scaling and root planing are not enough to help stop gum disease. In these cases, periodontal maintenance may be recommended. This is a series of regularly scheduled exams and cleanings to help your mouth to continue healing.
There are several different types of mouth guards available. We recommend a custom fit mouth guard for the best protection. While you can find mouth guards in most sporting goods stores, custom mouth guards are custom made just for you. We make your mouth guard against an impression of your mouth. This enables us to create a mouth guard that will provide you with optimal protection. We also use the highest quality materials, so you can play confidently knowing that you are protected.
There is a small amount of bone separating your jaw from your maxillary sinus cavities. When you lose bone mass here, the area thins. An implant may puncture the sinus cavity, which can then lead to chronic sinus infections and other issues. A sinus lift is a procedure performed before implant placement to protect your sinus cavities. During the procedure, the floors of your sinus cavities are lifted, and bone grafting material is placed underneath. This creates more space between the jaw and the cavities and provides greater stability for dental implants. After you have healed from your sinus lift, you are then able to receive your dental implants.
An extraction is the removal of a tooth from your mouth. This can be done in one of two ways. Simple extractions are fairly straightforward. This process involves loosening the tooth and lifting it free. A surgical extraction is necessary in more complex cases. With this type of extraction, incisions are made in your gums so that we can completely remove the tooth from its socket. Extractions are needed for many reasons, including extremely damaged teeth, excessively decayed teeth, and impacted teeth. Teeth may also need to be extracted before orthodontic treatment to correct issues with overcrowding.
It is our goal to provide you with the best quality of care to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Aesthetic Dentistry of Bend - Thomas E. Wold, DMD at (541) 389-0261 today.