If your tooth has a small or medium-sized cavity, it will likely be a good candidate for an esthetic “tooth-colored” filling. These are made of composite resin, and are easily and comfortably placed during one visit. Composite fillings bond to your tooth so minimal natural tooth needs to be removed, and they look and feel like your natural tooth. These fillings are environmentally friendly, as they contain no Mercury like the traditional silver fillings do.
A crown or “cap” is a restoration for teeth that have large cavities or cracks from previous fillings, broken or chipped teeth, unsightly front teeth that have large older fillings, or teeth that have had root canal therapy. A crown covers the entire surface of the tooth, and rebuilds the natural contours and appearance of the tooth. Crowns wrap around the tooth, holding them together so they will be super strong for chewing. Typically, crowns are done at two appointments. On your first visit, the tooth will be slightly reduced and contoured, creating space for your new crown. You will then wear a temporary crown while your custom crown is being fabricated in a local Portland Lab. The finished crown will then be cemented to your tooth on the second visit. There are many types of crowns, ranging from beautiful, esthetic metal-free crowns to extremely strong all-gold crowns. Ask Dr. Matt which crowns may be right for you.
A bridge is a great restoration tool that helps us replace one or many missing teeth. Similar to a crown, a bridge requires reducing and contouring the teeth on either side of the space for the missing tooth/teeth. A local laboratory then creates the teeth that are all connected, beautifully filling in the missing tooth/teeth. The bridge is cemented to the surrounding teeth, and, if properly cared for, will last for decades. Depending on the health of the teeth surrounding your space, an implant may be a better option. Ask Dr. Matt which option is best for you.
When a tooth has a very deep cavity, has become sick, or has experienced trauma, the nerve tissue inside the tooth can become infected and die. In order to save the tooth in these circumstances, a root canal procedure is required. During this procedure, the inner nerve tissue, or “pulp,” is removed from the roots of the teeth. The tooth is then sterilized and sealed with a natural rubber material to prevent reinfection. After a tooth has had a root canal, you will need to have a crown placed over the tooth to prevent it from breaking while chewing. Occasionally, root canals do have to be redone to ensure that the entire tooth is cleaned.
If a tooth needs a root canal, there are no alternative treatments to relieve the infection besides removing the sick tooth. The tooth could then be replaced with an implant or a bridge. However, it is best to preserve your natural teeth in most cases.
Implants are an excellent solution to replace a single missing tooth or several. For more than one, an implant-supported bridge is often the best treatment.
Implants can even be used to support a denture, giving you the comfort and stability of natural teeth.
Implants are made of titanium, which is very friendly to the human body. The implant post is placed into the bone and is allowed to heal and become very strong. This usually takes 3-6 months. After the healing is completed, we can secure your implant by attaching them to natural-appearing and strong teeth, or by attaching them to your denture. Implants need to be cared for regularly, and kept extremely clean. A well-cared-for implant will last a lifetime.
Do you ever wake up in the morning with sore teeth, aching facial muscles, popping or pain in your jaw? Do you have regular headaches? If so, you might be clenching or grinding your teeth while you are sleeping. This is a common, often stress-related, problem called Bruxism. If you are clenching or grinding during your sleep, this can affect you in many negative ways.
First, you may not be getting the quality of sleep you need to feel rested. Additionally, your teeth are at very high risk of fracture and wear that is non-reversible. To protect your teeth while you are sleeping, and to help you rest easier, a night guard may be right for you. Models of your teeth will be taken, and the guard will be custom-fabricated to fit over your teeth. Custom night guards will last years and years, and will work hard to protect your smile.
Occasionally a tooth may be decayed or broken beyond repair. If we are unable to save your tooth you may need to have it removed to insure your mouth is healthy. Dr. Matt is skilled at painless extractions and will get you feeling better in no time. (Click here to view emergency procedures)
Dr. Matt can also discuss with you ways to replace this tooth as well.
Wisdom teeth usually grow in during your late teen years or early twenties. For some people there is not enough space in their mouth to accommodate these large molars. These teeth may crowd your other teeth and are difficult to clean and thus susceptible to cavities. Often it is recommended to have your wisdom teeth extracted. Call today for painless wisdom teeth extractions. (Click here to learn more about Timber Dental’s sedation.)
If you are missing some or all of your natural teeth a denture or partial denture may be right for you. These removable devices beautifully replace your missing teeth restoring your bite and your smile.