Have you avoided going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear? Do bad childhood experiences prevent you from taking care of your current dental health issues? Approximately 50% of the population avoids the dentist and fear is the number one reason for this. Oral Sedation has become the solution for many nervous people.
Teeth that are suffering from severe dental decay or gum disease may require removal by the dentist. With today's advances in dental technology, the tools required for dental extractions allow for less invasive procedures than in the past. Most extractions can be done by your dentist; however more complicated wisdom tooth extractions may be referred to a specialist known as an oral surgeon. It's important to note that good health and taking care of your teeth will reduce the need for dental extractions.
Dental implants are an effective alternative to dentures and dental bridges. With dental implants, patients can eat what they want, when they want and never have to worry about embarrassing mishaps or the pain of ill-fitting dentures. Dental implants are fused to the jawbone, giving you a reliable, secure fit and preventing further bones loss. They are ideal for replacing one or more teeth, supporting a partial fixed bridge or a complete dental restoration through the use of maxillofacial surgery.
Dental implants are a wonderful choice for many patients. Be sure to ask Dr. MacDonald if dental implants are the right choice for you.
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Ceramic crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The "traditional bridge" is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
A composite filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. Composite fillings are tooth colored and can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.