The best way to maintain a bright and happy smile is to keep regularly scheduled exams and cleanings, which are recommended every six months. X-rays are generally taken one time per year, or as needed. Preventive care such as exams and cleanings help avoid future problems that require restoration, such as fillings, root canals, crowns, extractions, implants, dentures/partials, root canals or periodontal (gum) services. However, if any of these are needed we can provide these services with excellent quality and care.
Bonding is a composite resin filling placed in the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Composites are the solution for restoring decayed teeth, making cosmetic improvements and even changing the color of your teeth or the reshaping of teeth. Bonding will lighten any stains you may have, close up minor gaps and can be used to correct crooked teeth. Basically, bonding will cover any natural flaws applying a thin coating of a plastic material on the front surface of your teeth. After this, Dr. Harmon will apply a bonding material and sculpt, color and shape it to provide a pleasing result. A high-intensity light then hardens the plastic, and the surface is finely polished.
A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many ten years or more.
Most of us have had amalgam fillings (silver) or gold filling restorations. Some amalgam fillings were what we have called mercury fillings, as some amalgam fillings contained mercury. Metal fillings were effective, but very conspicuous and tended to blacken in color over time.
Composite resin dental fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings. Tooth fillings colored to look like a natural tooth are known as composite resin dental fillings,are made of a plastic dental resin. Composite resin dental fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile. Many dental insurance plans cover their use.
As we age, many of us find ourselves with teeth that are no longer structurally sound. Root canals, lost fillings, decay below a filling, chipping and cracking of the enamel are all things that can lead to large scale defects in a tooth’s surface. When the entire surface of the tooth is a problem, but the root system is intact, a crown might be just what the dentist orders.
Grinding your teeth, an improper bite, age, fillings and tooth decay can all be contributing factors in the wearing down, cracking or breakage of your teeth. Dental crowns cover the entire visible surface of your affected tooth and add strength, durability and tooth stability.
There are tiny canals within your tooth that may become infected. This leads to the pulp inside your tooth also becoming infected as well. If this procedure is necessary, Dr. Harmon prefers that his patients seek treatment with an endodontist to remove any infection and to perform the root canal procedure. Once root canal treatment is completed, the patient is directed to return their general dentist to have the tooth restored with either a filling or a crown.