Tooth Repair & Replacement in Newtown Square, PA
As we get older, our teeth can change. Age, medication, accidents, poor hygiene and bad habits like teeth grinding can all damage teeth. You may noticed that a tooth is discolored or has a white, yellow, or dark spot on it. Your gums may recede or you may notice your teeth are crooked or misaligned. One or more teeth may even seem loose.
Sometimes you can see the change; other times, you can feel it. If you have a tooth that is sensitive to hot or cold food or temperatures, that may be a sign that you have a cavity or a crack in the tooth. You may also notice a sudden, sharp pain in your tooth when you bite. If the problem is not identified and fixed, the tooth may need to be removed, which would leave a hole. A missing tooth or missing teeth is more than just a cosmetic problem; it can impact what you can eat and how well you can speak. If the space is not filled, the jaw bone may recede and the teeth on either side of the gap may shift out of position, causing even more problems.
Fortunately, our dentist in Newtown Square has several solutions to address these problems and restore your smile to a healthy state.
Dental Fillings: Fillings have come a long way since the silver, amalgam ones you may have had as a child. Modern tooth fillings are made of composite resins that match the color of your teeth. Also, they require less drilling than amalgam fillings.
A composite filling is the easiest and most cost-effective way to fill a cavity and arrest tooth decay. The material bonds with the tooth, making it stronger and more fracture-resistant while allowing the tooth to better withstand the rigors of chewing.
Such fillings are most effective when tooth decay has damaged only a small portion of the tooth, leaving enough of a healthy tooth for the dentist to attach the filling.
Dental Crowns: A crown is a custom-made cap that fits over your tooth, completely covering it above the gum line. A single tooth may need a crown if it is damaged or has a cavity (dental decay) that is too big to be fixed with a filling. A crown improves the appearance of a damaged, discolored, misshaped, worn, cracked or broken tooth while also strengthening it and protecting it from further decay. Functionally, it can also serve as an anchor or support for bridges or dentures.
Porcelain Crowns: Porcelain crowns look just like natural teeth. Our dentist will create a crown that matches the shape, color, and translucency of your other teeth. Once it’s in place, your family and friends won’t be able to tell it’s not a natural tooth.
There are other materials besides porcelain that can be used to make dental crowns too; our dentist will be happy to discuss the options with you.
Dental Bonding: This is a simple fix for teeth that require minor repair or cosmetic improvements. The bond is a tooth-colored resin which is applied to your tooth and is hardened and bonded to the tooth with an ultraviolet light, then shaped and polished. The bond repairs decayed, chipped or cracked teeth, closes spaces between teeth, and improves the appearance of misshaped, worn or discolored teeth.
Dental Bridges: If you’re familiar with the phrase “filling the gap,” then it’s easier to understand what a dental bridge accomplishes. Obviously, when you lose a tooth a gap is created, and the dental bridge fills that gap. But how?
Generally, bridges include two dental crowns (or caps) which are secured to healthy teeth on either side of the gap. In between, the gap is filled with the appropriate number of artificial teeth depending on how many teeth are missing. The crowns and artificial teeth are all part of a single unit.
Two crowns and one artificial tooth (also called a pontic) are called a 3-unit bridge. Two crowns and two artificial teeth are called a 4-unit bridge, and so on.
Dental Implants: Dental implants have revolutionized replacement teeth. A dental implant replaces the roots of the tooth. A biocompatible titanium post is secured in the jawbone, preserving the shape of the jaw and providing a support for either a crown, a bridge, or a denture. Implants look and function just like natural teeth, and usually last a lifetime. LEARN MORE
Implant-Supported Bridge: Two teeth – natural or artificial – are required as supports for a traditional dental bridge. When a natural tooth isn’t available, an implanted tooth is the best option as a support for the bridge. Implants can also support a full row of teeth. LEARN MORE
Implant-Supported Denture: Dental implants are like an insurance policy the helps prevent the slippage of your dentures. Without implants, you rely on a dental adhesive or the natural suction created by saliva to hold your dentures in place. Dental implants provide stable support to anchor your denture. LEARN MORE
Full Dentures: A full denture is also called a complete denture. There are three kinds. A traditional denture contains a full row of teeth attached to a base designed to sit on your gums. A removable overdenture is a full row of teeth that snaps on to dental implants, but is removed for cleaning. A fixed denture, also known as an implant-supported denture or an implant-supported bridge, is a row of teeth permanently attached to dental implants. This type of denture stays in the mouth, just like natural teeth. LEARN MORE
Partial Dentures: A partial denture replaces one or more missing teeth and is attached to healthy natural teeth with clasps. Unlike a bridge, a partial denture is removable. LEARN MORE
Root Canal Treatment: Teeth have roots which contain the pulp (nerves and blood vessels) of the tooth. A root canal is needed when the pulp has become infected or damaged. The root canal eliminates the pain and saves the natural tooth. If the infected tooth isn’t treated, the tooth may need to be extracted.
Sealants: Brushing and flossing are the first line of defense against dental decay, but sealants are able to help protect areas such as chewing surfaces on the back molars which are especially susceptible to tooth decay. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than those with sealants.”
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If you have a tooth that is hurting, damaged, or needs to be replaced, please call our dental office in Newtown Square today at (484) 458-5392. We look forward to helping you look and feel better.