Root Canal procedures are preformed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. This treatment can also protect the tooth from any future damage, while also alleviating any pain and discomfort that is being experienced. Root canals are often performed by an Endodontist who is a specialist in the area of soft tissue.
We feel that every patient in our practice deserves to have a smile they can be proud of!
Crowns are used to strengthen and protect what is left of the tooth structure while a bridge is a device used to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns and the abutment (or anchor) teeth, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that is at or above the gum line. Both crowns and bridges can improve the appearance of your smile, and restore chewing function.
With crowns and bridges you have a choice of materials. We can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth(or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, sometimes allowing them to be made lighter then your natural teeth to improve and brighten your smile.
Brushing and flossing your teeth helps limit bacteria and plaque buildup. A Combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay and cavities. Taking steps to limit bacteria will prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems form occurring. Regular preventive care visits with our hygienists are recommended to maintain your oral health.
Early dental care promotes a lifetime of healthy smiles. Learning how to maintain optimum oral health starts at childhood, it is important for kids to start learning early. We recommend the first visit around age 3 or when all 20 “baby” teeth have erupted.
Patients who have lost several teeth are at a greater risk for developing oral health complications including gum disease and jaw disorders. Dentures act as replacement teeth and help patients feel confident about their smiles. Our Catawba dentist works with patients to craft dentures that fit well and are natural looking. This goes a long way toward making tasks such as chewing and talking more comfortable, in addition to protecting the gums from decay.
We do everything in our power to preserve patient’s natural teeth. However, in situations where the health of the tooth is severely compromised, extraction may be necessary. Our Catawba dentist is experienced in this procedure, and works hard to ensure both patient comfort and safety throughout the entire treatment process.
Amalgam – The Classic “silver” filling is used for more than a century, dental amalgam is actually an alloy made up of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. The mercury combines with the other metals in the amalgam to make it stable and safe. These fillings are strong and inexpensive, but also quite noticeable. They also require relatively more tooth preparation (drilling) than other types.
Composite – A popular choice for those who don’t want their fillings to show, composite is a mixture of plastic and glass, Which actually bonds to the rest of the tooth. Composites are more expensive than amalgam fillings, and the newer materials can hold up almost as long. Less drilling of the tooth is necessary when placing composite as compared to amalgam.