Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry
Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry is a general term that refers to any procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the teeth, gums, and smile. In today’s society, patients are continuously trying to make improvements to their appearance. With modern techniques in dentistry, it’s possible to restore form and function to broken down, decayed teeth while greatly improving patients’ smile and also the quality of their lives.
Dental implants are replacement artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone by a dentist. Dental implants are a great alternative to replace missing teeth. A natural looking porcelain crown can be placed over the implant to restore the missing area. Implants can also provide stability and support to removable partial or complete dentures. Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis and gum disease) is a progressive disease which affects the supporting and surrounding tissue of the gums, and also the underlying jawbone. If left untreated, periodontal disease can result in loose, unstable teeth, and even tooth loss. Periodontal disease is in fact the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the developed world and should not be taken lightly. Periodontal disease begins when the toxins found in plaque start to attack the soft or gingival tissue surrounding the teeth. This bacterium embeds itself in the gum and rapidly breeds, causing a bacterial infection. As the infection progresses, it starts to burrow deeper into the tissue causing inflammation or irritation between the teeth and gums. The response of the body is to destroy the infected tissue, which is why the gums appear to recede. The resulting pockets between the teeth deepen and, if no treatment is sought, the tissue which makes up the jawbone also recedes causing unstable teeth and tooth loss.
TMJ (Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction)
Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) are problems or symptoms of the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.