Restorative Dentistry Frederick, MD
Dental bridges offer our patients a fantastic and permanent, tooth replacement option. When multiple consecutive teeth are missing it can be hard to eat of speak properly. Dental bridges give you back the use of teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma.
Dental bridges require two, healthy teeth on either side to act as anchoring supports. If anchor teeth are not available, a dental implant can often be placed to act as a substitute. Our dental lab uses all the highest quality materials and methods to create all of the prosthetics that we provide to our patients.
When a tooth has suffered irreparable damage due to decay or trauma, it will often be necessary to place a crown over it to ensure its viability in the mouth. To place a crown usually requires two visits to our office – the first we prepare your tooth to receive a crown and place a temporary, the second we will place the permanent crown.
Dental implants are currently the best tooth replacement option on the market. They provide our patients the full functionality of a natural tooth, which include the ability to eat unhindered. Implants are permanently set in the bone of the jaw and encourage healthy soft tissue and bone growth. As mentioned above, dental implants can even act as anchors for other, larger dental appliances like bridges and full arch solutions.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures and partial dentures offer our patients a viable tooth replacement option that gives them a reason to smile again. Studies show that tooth loss can wreak havoc, not only on your oral health, but your self-esteem. Dentures are made to look very convincingly like teeth. Full dentures are made to replace all the teeth in the mouth, so often it will be necessary to extract a few existing teeth in order to have full dentures made.
Partial dentures are another removable dental appliance, but these are held in place by the surrounding healthy teeth. Usually they grip the surrounding teeth with a metal frame, clasp, or wire that is hard to see at a glance.
Inlays & Onlays
Teeth have a lot of work to do and the pressures that they are subjected to is impressive. Over time they will get a bit banged up, chips and cracks can compound. When a tooth is in need of restoration we are often able to repair any damage using either inlays or onlays, or both. Inlays are things that we place into the structure of a tooth, like dental fillings. Onlays are things that we place onto a tooth, like a crown or a bridge. Whichever one we end up using, they are primarily used to either restore teeth’s structure, or give you a more beautiful smile.
Inlays and onlays are used to restore portions of the tooth, or to strengthen a tooth. They are alternatives to using fillings or a crown to restore the integrity of the tooth.
Fillings allow us to return the structural integrity of a tooth that has had decay removed from it. There are several different materials available from the silvery looking amalgam fillings to gold and even tooth colored fillings.
A tooth extraction is the procedure done to remove a tooth that is damaged beyond repair from its socket in the jawbone.
When your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is misaligned, you may experience headaches, extreme pain in the jaw, and ear or sinus infections.