Patients can feel empowered by the power of our Restorative Dentistry procedures and management techniques. They can keep their mouth healthy and functional because our dentists are experts at filling cavities and preventing further decay, replacing missing teeth with implants, bridges or dentures and protecting the patient’s teeth with crowns and caps.
Our restorative procedures include:
A filling is mostly used to fill a tooth hollow or cavity which is caused by decay. Dentists also use a filling to repair broken teeth or a cracked tooth or to fix teeth which are worn off due to habits like teeth grinding, nail biting, etc.
If the follow symptoms emerge, chances are that the individual needs a filling:
We recommend a dental filling in cases of tooth decay as a filling can prevent further damage.
The process includes the following steps:
It’s pretty much a domino effect if fillings are not done on time. The decay starts corroding the enamel (outer part of teeth) which in turn exposes the dentin (the hard part below the enamel). The bacteria present in the mouth make contact with the dentin causing infection.
This is the time the sensitivity increases and a filling should be done. If it’s delayed, the infection will spread to the nerve and soon the entire tooth will be damaged thus amounting to a root canal treatment. The adjacent tooth will also be prone to decay and infection if the filling is delayed or skipped.
The post-treatment care is as follows:
A crown is the best solution when the cap is missing or the tooth is fractured. Placement of the crown enables the tooth to perform normally again.
The primary functions of the crown are encapsulated below:
Professionally executed dental crowns also add strength, enhance shape and size and improves the appearance of the tooth. If the dentist’s advice to get a crown is not followed, delay in the process can damage the tooth further to such an extent that an extraction will be the final resort. Moreover, not getting a dental crown can wear down other adjacent teeth causing damage.
A diverse range of dental crowns are possible in today’s day and age.
The various materials used are as follows:
The pro is their durability. The con is that they’re not aesthetically pleasing.
If the patient is looking for durability combined with aesthetics, this is the best choice. The inside of the teeth is made up of metal and the outer portion of the crown is made of porcelain. They almost look like natural teeth. The only drawback is the metal in these crowns may cause a grey line at the gum line.
Some people are against having metal inserted in their mouths but are keen on having the strength of metal. In such cases, Zirconia and E-Max crowns will do nicely. Not only are they strong, they blend perfectly with the tooth’s natural colour making the crown hardly noticeable. It’s the perfect choice for the front, back and even for the bridges. This variant solves the problem of porcelain wearing down and metal being visible.
There are many myths surrounding dental crowns.
Some of them are listed below:
Dental Crowns Don’t Look Natural
A common misconception floating around is that dental crowns are not made in the same likeness of the original tooth and therefore give the appearance of a fake tooth. Fortunately, advanced technology busts this myth by providing crowns in various materials which look like natural teeth. Even metal crowns used as molars have become a viable option since they are never seen.
Crowns Last Forever
Crowns cannot last a lifetime. Proper care and visits to the dentist every 6 months can prolong its shelf-life because only a professional dentist can monitor it and conduct timely replacements.
Food and Beverage Stains the Crown
This is the biggest myth that people believe in. The truth is, crowns are made of porcelain and ceramic which do not stain easily.
Only Used for Restorative Dentistry
The universal belief is that one gets a crown only if they have a fractured tooth, have undergone root canal treatment or have a broken or chipped tooth. But the truth is they are used in cosmetic dentistry as a way to enhance the appearance and to have a whiter and brighter smile.
Dental Crowns Don’t Break or Chip
If the individual bites on something which is extremely hard or has experienced a face injury, chances are that the crown will break regardless of how strong porcelain and other materials are.
Cavity Doesn’t Develop With Crowns
An artificial crown per se is decay-proof but the part below the crown isn’t. Which is why we stress on maintaining complete cleanliness around the area to prevent cavities.
As one ages, dentures will become necessary. They are removable appliances which are used to replace missing teeth and tissues. They are artificial teeth which enable normal functioning of the human mouth.
Dentures fall under 2 categories, namely, Complete and Partial.
We recommend complete dentures when all the teeth are missing and partial dentures when some natural teeth are missing. They are custom-made, especially for a set of teeth and gum line. They must be removed at night and soaked for a good cleaning.
The process includes the following steps:
We first take the impressions of the individual’s jaw to analyse how well they relate to one another and whether they have spaces in-between them.
A wax model is then prepared to check the fitting.
The final denture is made with the wax model.
We run a trial fitting with the individual to make necessary adjustments if required.
Dentures can last long if proper care is given to them.
The following tips should be taken into consideration:
Keep Your Dentures Clean
Brushing dentures with a non-abrasive brush at least once a day is highly recommended. If possible, removing dentures after every meal and washing them with warm water would increase their longevity. If the individual has complete dentures, then mere brushing is adequate.
Our dentists encourage individuals to develop a routine of soaking dentures overnight in water or in the denture solution. On waking up the next day, it is advisable to rinse them with clean water to remove chemicals before putting them in place.
Keep an Eye on the Dentures
We believe that dentures need to be monitored regularly. A visit to the dentist is absolutely essential is if the dentures loosen, slip or if the individual notices a change in the bite. An ill-fitting set of dentures can give rise to infections and irritations.
Some of the common myths are as follows: