Repair Your Smile
Repairing smile has been a standard of care that we provide to our patients with restoring teeth to its natural look and feel with using the best quality products.
Fillings – Composite & Tooth Colored
Our seasoned and experienced Gladstone dentists are experts when it comes to spotting and treating cavities and tooth decay. When decay has damaged or destroyed parts of your tooth, it can cause pain and eventual loss of the tooth. We can stop the decay by filling the cavity before it becomes a more serious problem.
Fillings are a procedure in which the decayed parts of a tooth are removed and replaced with some other viable material such as porcelain, gold, amalgam or composite resin. By removing and replacing the decayed part of the tooth, you are restoring normal functionality to your tooth.
After first numbing the area with a local anesthetic, a dentist will use a drill or special laser to remove all of the decayed sections of the tooth. Next, the dentist will clean out the area that has been drilled. If the tooth decay was near the root, then the dentist will usually put in a protective liner that safeguards the nerve. After the area has been cleaned sufficiently, the dentist will actually fill the area with material. Our dentists use a high quality, tooth-colored composite resin. Once the filling has hardened, the dentist will sculpt and polish it until it has the desired look and feel.
We are committed to being a full-service dental practice. We do routine cleanings and evaluations, root canals, crowns, bridges, sealants, tooth implants and extractions, soft tissue treatment, tissue re-contouring, laser gum therapy and a multitude of other professional dental services.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canals are fairly simple and straightforward treatments, and our highly accomplished and caring Gladstone dentists are more than capable of performing them while also ensuring that our patients are comfortable throughout the process.
A root canal is a procedure that is used to salvage a tooth that has been badly damaged by decay or infection. If the pulp or nerves in your teeth become infected, then it is time for a root canal.
A root canal usually takes one to two visits to complete. First, the dentist will numb the tooth. Then they will use a special drill to bore an access hole into the tooth. Using special cleaning devices, the dentist will remove all of the decay and debris all the way down the root canal. After all of the nastiness has been cleaned and removed, the dentist will fill the inside of the tooth with a rubber substance called “gutta percha”. After the inner tooth has been filled, the dentist will seal the drill hole in the tooth with a filling or a crown.
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Crowns are “caps” that are placed on damaged or decayed teeth that are shaped to look like natural teeth. Crowns are meant to cover the entire visible part of a tooth above the gum line, adding strength and restoring the original shape of teeth. Having a crown placed usually takes two dental appointments to complete.
On the first visit, the dentist will numb the tooth, shave it down and take a mold of the tooth. The mold is used to make a crown that fits the tooth perfectly. On the next visit, the dentist will place the crown over the tooth and make sure that it is the right fit. Once they have determined that it is, they will permanently bond the crown to the tooth using a special cement or glue product. Our dentists use gold, porcelain fused with metal and porcelain/zirconia materials to make long lasting crowns that can be made to match the color of your natural teeth.
Losing a tooth (or teeth) as an adult can be a terrifying and disheartening experience, and can have some serious consequences. If you lose an adult tooth, other teeth can shift their position and your bite pattern can become altered. A missing tooth can also have an effect on your ability to speak normally.
If a patient is missing one tooth, then a bridge will fill the gap with an artificial tooth and will permanently hold the fake tooth, called a “Pontic”, in place by attaching it to the adjacent natural teeth with crowns. Natural teeth can support Bridges as well as tooth implants. They can restore someone’s smile and self-esteem as well as improve chewing and biting.
Bridge placement takes at least two dental appointments to complete. In the first appointment, the dentist will shape the adjacent teeth so that crowns can be placed on them. With the second appointment the dentist will install the permanent bridge and will evaluate the bridge to ensure that it fits right. This process can take multiple appointments because the dentist has to take the time to ensure the bridge fits nice and snug.
Bridges are just one service we offer. As a family focused practice, we have made it a point to offer a full list of comprehensive and cosmetic dental services. From regular prophylaxis appointments and orthodontic evaluations to root canals and gum grafts, we can accommodate the dental health needs of you and your entire family.