L. Dawn Christian, DDS
71 Valley Street, Ste. 101
South Orange, NJ 07079
+1 973 761 4800
If there’s one rule in Dentistry, it’s that unhandled problems DON’T just get better over time. It’s an unfortunate fact that they WILL get worse. Even if you’re not in pain, unfilled cavities, cracked teeth, old amalgam fillngs, etc. are slowly spoiling your future oral health.
Wouldn’t you like to have that healthy snile you’ve always dreamed about? Free from problems, able to chew without pain (on BOTH sides of you mouth) and cavity-free? Our expert Dentists provide gentle, pain-free Restorative dental treatments to handle your dental problems. Enjoy a healthy smile now and into the future!
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Fillings are used to repair an area of a tooth that is missing or must be removed due to injury or decay. Village Dental Group’s holistic approach means we do not use mercury fillings, and attempt to reduce the side-effects of treatment by finding materials that best suit the patient and procedures. Additionally, all fillings are tooth-colored and functional, making a nice cosmetic impact to your smile.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed over the top of a whole tooth. Crowns are used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or if an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
With proper care, a good-quality crown will last several years. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
The tooth is prepared and an impression is taken and sent to the lab. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place using a special cement. Depending on the purpose, crowns can be all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or all metal.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures because they are permanent, and are cemented to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges, including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, only your dentist can only remove a fixed bridge.
Implants are like metallic roots that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. They are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth!
Dentures are a common way to remedy missing teeth and restore your smile, but they must be removed and cleaned daily. If you have teeth left, there are partial dentures. If you have no teeth we can make full dentures, which can also be secured by implants. At Village Dental Group we care about the health of your mouth and how it makes you feel. Getting dentures can help alleviate any insecurity about missing teeth or an imperfect smile.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success! It involves removing any diseased tissue to halt the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. Root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth. Before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals.
Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.
A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.
Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.
Most patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as a healthy original.
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