Restoration also known as a filing involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases. We can customize a treatment plan to restore teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing. This will restore the function and integrity of missing tooth structure resulting from caries or external trauma as well as to the replacement of such structure.
Dental implant surgery is surgery performed in stages: Your damaged tooth is removed. Your jawbone is prepared for surgery, a process that may involve bone grafting. After your jawbone heals, your oral surgeon places the dental implant metal post into your jawbone.
A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allow a replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. An implant doesn’t come loose like a denture can. A collar, called a healing cap, is screwed onto the top of the implant. It helps the surrounding gum tissue to heal. After a few weeks, the healing cap is removed. The abutment is screwed into the implant and used to support the crown.
Though the life span of a dental implant will vary with each patient, many have lasted for over 30 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants should last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years.
Endodontic treatment also known as Root canal treatment, is a dental procedure in which the diseased or damaged pulp of a tooth is removed and the inside areas the pulp chamber and root canals are filled and sealed. Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.
When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected, a successful root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out. Keeping your tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with an artificial tooth.
A dental extraction (also referred to as tooth pulling) is the removal of teeth from the dental alveolus (socket) in the alveolar bone.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth – the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth, top and bottom. Most have four, although some are born with less and even more than four!
When a tooth has a cavity or fracture that involves half the width of the tooth or more, it needs to be covered with a crown. This is because the remaining tooth around the large filling is so weak that it is prone to fracture.
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 crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
It typically takes two separate appointments to make and place a new dental crown. The first appointment involves: 1) Preparing (shaping) the tooth, 2) Taking its impression and 3) Placing a temporary crown. The time needed to perform these steps can range from 60 – 90 minutes. At the second visit, we will fit the permanent crown. There will usually be about 1 to 2 weeks between appointments.
Generally, dental crowns last between five and 15 years. We’ve seen some crowns last even longer, up to 25 or 30 years. Because crowns should last at least five years, most insurance companies will pay if the crown needs to be replaced anytime after those first five years.
As teeth become loose, they can cause differences in the way your mouth “feels” when biting or chewing. Once bacteria causes infection around the tooth root, biting down can cause pressure, that may result in pain in and around the tooth and gum.
Our surgeons may also recommend dental crown lengthening to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
You may want to improve a “gummy” smile because your teeth appear short. Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, our surgeons perform a dental crown lengthening procedure.
Regular professional teeth cleanings are a must for everyone, it prevents the yellowing of teeth, while keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. For everyone who wants a gleaming happy smile, that can only be achieved through professional cleaning. No matter how thorough your brushing and flossing is, it can’t remove all the tartar and plaque in your mouth. Here are the reasons why you should get your teeth professionally cleaned: prevent gum disease, stop bleeding gums, strengthen loose teeth, get a brighter smile, maintains oral health, detect oral cancer, prevent bad breath.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration also known as a fixed dental prosthesis used to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth and can last five to 15 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years.
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The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Once trays are ready, then you are ready to start straightening your teeth! You will wear a set of Invisalign trays for two weeks at a time. Each tray is manufactured so that the teeth are slightly straighter than the previous tray. The teeth will typically move 1/10mm per tray.
We offer three modalities of sedation for your comfort: Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), Oral sedation, IV sedation…
Nitrous oxide (‘laughing gas”): fa safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. It is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. Best not to eat or drink anything for a minimum of two hours prior to your appointment. No need to have an escort to take you home, as it is out of your system once the procedure is complete and the mask is removed.
Oral sedation: dentistry is a medical procedure involving the administration of oral sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a dental procedure and reduce patients fear and anxiety related to the experience. Patient must be accompanied by and escort home, as well no eating or drinking for 8 hours prior to procedure, except for light sips of water for a minimum of two hours prior to procedure.
IV sedation (Harbour Dental Location Only): For simple oral surgery procedures to more involved procedures such as removal of wisdom teeth and placement of dental implants. Medications are administered through an intravenous line (I.V.). IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on. The drugs used for IV sedation produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much or any of what happened.