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Post-Op Instructions


Fillings
For most doctors and patients, composite (tooth colored) restorations have replaced amalgam (silver) as the restoration of choice. Tooth colored restorations come in multiple shades and can blend into almost any natural tooth color. A composite is made of light cured plastic.
Crowns
Often called “caps”, a crown is designed to replace the outer structure of a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. The purpose of the crown is to allow the tooth to function as a solid unit. This is especially important in teeth which have suffered due to a large amount of decay, trauma, or even heavy wear. Most teeth that have been treated by endodontic procedures (root canal treatment) will require a crown restoration. Traditional crowns are composed of a metal substructure covered by porcelain. More recent advancements in crown fabrication and cementation have allowed the development of crowns that consist of only porcelain.
Bridges
A “bridge” is a cemented device which can be used to replace a missing tooth. By connecting to a tooth on each side of a space or missing tooth, the gap can be filled to provide better function. Bridge fabrication is similar to that of a crown.
Root Canal
Nerve problems can arise from a variety of reasons. The primary cause of nerve disease is decay. Additionally, trauma is another major cause of nerve death. A typical endodontic procedure involves the removal of the nerve, or pulp, from the interior of the tooth. This is followed by medicaments placed into the canal to remove bacteria. Finally, the now empty space is billed with a material to seal the tooth to prevent re-infection. The tooth can then be restored into function.
Wisdom Teeth
Third molars or "wisdom teeth" are the last set of molars in the mouth. Wisdom teeth typical do not have enough room to enter the mouth or can grow in malpositioned. When erupted into the mouth, they are more prone to decay, gingival swelling and infection. If they are impacted (fully encased in jawbone) or partially impacted, they can be more prone to cyst development or jaw infection. Wisdom teeth can also cause shifting of the other teeth. They are typically removed under I.V. sedation, providing the patient a comfortable and pain-free experience.
Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry uses different medicines to help patients relax during dental treatment. There are three options for sedation dentistry. The first is nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as "laughing gas." It is administered through a nose piece and is used in combination with local anesthesia. The nitrous oxide takes only five minutes to enter and exit your system, therefore you do not need to have a driver.Oral sedation and I.V. sedation are deeper levels of sedation. You are required to have a driver to and from your dental appointment. Oral sedation requires taking a pill the night before the appointment and another pill an hour before the appointment to relax. I.V. sedation is classified as moderate conscience sedation. An I.V. catheter is inserted into your arm and sedation medication is administered through the flexible catheter. You still breathe on your own but will have amnesia from the procedure. It is commonly used for wisdom teeth extraction, when multiple teeth need worked on at one time or the patient's anxiety level is very high.
Implants
A dental implant replaces the root of a natural tooth. It is surgically placed into the jaw bone and acts like an artificial root. Implants can be used to replace top or bottom teeth or to retain a denture or partial denture for increased stability. A restored dental implant has three parts: the implant, the abutment and the crown. The abutment is used to connect the implant to the dental crown. The implant crown is able to be flossed and brushed like a natural tooth. They have high esthetics and durability.
Laser dentistry
Lasers have multiple applications in dentistry. Lasers can shorten healing times of the soft tissue as compared with traditional procedures. They can be used for:
  • • Esthetically recontouring and shaping the gum tissue
  • • Managing the gum tissue during a crown or filling procedure
  • • Treatment of an apathous ulcer, commonly known as a "canker sore"
  • • Uncovering a dental implant
  • • Cleaning around the teeth to aid in to periodontal health, referred to as sulcular debridement
  • • Removing oral pathology such as a fibroma, mucocele or papilloma
  • • Frenectomies (removing the small piece of tissue usually found by the front teeth on the top or the bottom, traditional done with a scalpel)
  • • Ablation and coagulation of the soft tissues
Veneers
A veneer is a thin porcelain facing used to correct for tooth shape or contour as well as dental disease not involving the complete tooth. This type of restoration is quickly becoming one of the most sought after procedures in dentistry. Because a veneer contains no dark metals, it most effectively reproduces that seen in nature. This ability to mimic natural tooth, often makes the veneer the restoration of choice in front teeth with beautiful results.
Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal health is the foundation for successful dentistry. Without healthy supporting bone and gingival (gum) tissues, even the best dentistry will fail. We have implemented a program designed to intercept periodontal problems before they become irreversible. Often in conjunction with a Periodontal Specialist, we can help patients attain stable periodontal health.
Partials & Dentures
Removable partials and dentures allow the replacement of individual or multiple teeth in one appliance. A partial can replace a single missing front tooth while the patient heals after implant surgery. A partial can also be used to replace several missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. When all of a patient’s teeth must be replaced, a denture is fabricated to restore function and esthetics. There are many different types of removable appliances to choose from. They can be retained by your remaining natural teeth in the case of a partial or, they can be “snapped” onto implants for added retention.

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