Tooth Colored Fillings (Bonding/Sealants)
Bonding is used for many purposes such as closing small gaps or spaces, repairing a chipped or fractured tooth covering up discolored teeth, replacing older leaky silver fillings, preventative restorations and sealants.
Bonding takes natural looking material and attaches it to the tooth surface adhesively reinforcing the remaining too structure. With good home care and regular visits, they will last many years.
Periodontal Care (Healthy Teeth and Gums)
The key to a healthy smile is to brush, floss, and rinse daily, along with visits to your hygienist every three to six months. Brush with a soft toothbrush gently with a short back and forth round circular motion. Brush in sections at a time reaching each surface of the tooth. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Floss daily by gently scraping the side of each tooth away from the gum and the backside of your last tooth. Rinse for about one minute every day with mouthwash or coconut oil to remove the extra plaque above the gum line.
Come for a cleaning with your hygienist every three to six months. He or she will reach all the places you are not able to with brushing, flossing, and rinsing and remove all the hard tartar to give you a beautiful clean smile.
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the damaged tissue and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess may form. A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory -- to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day function of the tooth.
Implants (Replacing Lost Teeth)
Implants are artificial teeth that are surgically set in the jaw to replace a missing tooth. Implants can replace all, a couple, or only one of your teeth. An implant takes multiple visits to your dentist and it may take three to nine months to complete the implant process. It is important to replace missing teeth because of the many dental problems it can cause. Not replacing lost teeth can lead to an unbalanced bite, chewing stress, decay, and disease.
Implants are often the preferred treatment method to replace one tooth rather than a fixed bridge. Please call to see Dr. VanWyck for a consultation to discuss this possibility.
Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration is a result of aging, coffee, tea, tobacco, nerve degeneration, and much more. Dr. VanWyck uses Discus Dental Nite White trays to whiten his patients' teeth. It is a fast, safe, and very effective teeth whitening system. The whitening gel is placed in a clear thin bleaching tray that fits over your teeth and is worn for two weeks 2-3 hours a day.
Results are generally seen after the first application and is continued for ten to fourteen days. Call or stop by our office to schedule an appointment for new whiter teeth.
Crowns, Bridges & Dentures
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth -- to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crown, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Permanent crowns can be made from a gold alloy, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.