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Periodontics refers to an area around a tooth, including gums and bone. Periodontal treatment is administered to these areas, in response to various periodontal diseases that develop overtime in adults.
Occlusal Night Guards
Also known as prophylaxis, this procedure is primarily preventative dental cleaning. This is to remove dental plaque and prevent gum disease, cavities and other dental diseases that may lead to more specialized dental treatments. It is highly recommended to be done at least twice a year.
Bridges are used to recreate support between missing teeth and gaps, maintaining a proper bite and avoiding imbalance that may lead to gum disease. They span the space of the missing teeth and are cemented to the natural teeth (or implants).
A crown is also known as a cap, and is placed on a tooth for a number of reasons. A crown can be used as a protection after a root canal, or on cracked teeth to prevent from chipping. To prevent further damage, teeth with large fillings may also need a crown to prevent breakage and gum damage. It can also be placed cosmetically to enhance the appearance of a tooth and create tooth like structure for improved functioning.
An implant is a screw with a top resembling a tooth, and placed into the jawbone to support efforts to replace missing teeth. Dental implant restorations refer to crowns, bridges, or dentures, which are added onto dental implants.
I'This is a horseshoe shaped piece of plastic, which is worn over the teeth to protect them against damage caused by clenching or grinding. It creates a physical barrier between ones upper and lower teeth pressure is placed on the Occlusal guard rather than damaging the teeth. They are usually worn at night when one cannot control the clenching or grinding.
These guards are mouthpieces that are worn to prevent injury to the mouth and teeth due to sports and other athletic activity. Generally these are worn only on the top teeth.
Teeth Whitening "Bleaching"
This in-office tooth whitening option gets teeth brighter, faster. The bleaching solution is effective, and can combine heat or light to speed and intensify the whitening process. Results vary and may take a varying number of follow-up appointments to achieve maximum results.
Bonding refers to the use of a tooth colored material to repair a tooth, damaged by any variety of issues. Bonding can be done in a single visit, and the material ‘bonds’ with the tooth for a strong hold. This procedure is commonly used for cosmetic purposes to improve appearances, close spaces between teeth, or to change the shape or color of teeth. .
Restorative work on a tooth as a result of a cavity is done with a ‘filling’ (the actual material) used to replace the area that was once filled with tooth decay.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into ones mouth. There are two types of dentures that can be used, depending on a patients needs: full or partial.