You do your best to take care of your mouth. You brush and floss daily. You get regular dental cleanings and exams. However, even with your best efforts, it is still possible to experience issues with your oral health, including tooth damage, gum disease, and more. Along with the health of your mouth, issues can affect the appearance of your smile as well as your confidence. Fortunately, it is possible to restore the condition of your mouth. At Advanced Dental Arts NW, we can do this with restorative dentistry.
If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone. An estimated 80% of American adults currently have some form of the disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious damage to the soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth. Sometimes the cause is due to a bad bite or a poorly-contacting restoration requiring primarily an adjustment, and sometimes it is due to hygiene issues or poor interactions among the teeth. Whatever the cause, it is almost always in your best interest to maintain your natural teeth as long as possible, and we can help you in that goal by performing periodontal maintenance. We remain here to help you establish long-term simple protocols to achieve long-term periodontal health and comfort.
Learn more about gingivitis and the progression of gum disease.
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis” (which means “inflammation around the tooth”). In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form “pockets” that are infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line.
Learn more about treatment for periodontitis.
Dental Bonding Bonding is a procedure meant to restore the appearance of your teeth in the event of minor flaws – cracks, chips, gaps, misshapen teeth, discoloration. Bonding involves the use of composite resin material, which is made up of the fine glass, plastic, and other materials. Composite resin blends in with the rest of your natural enamel, creating a flawless fix for minor issues.
Cavities have long been treated with amalgam. While effective, amalgam poses a few issues. The biggest problem with amalgam is that it stands out from the rest of your teeth. It also contains metals, along with mercury. Tooth-colored fillings provide a way to treat cavities that blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. They use the same composite resin that is used for dental bonding. It matches your enamel, and it contains no metal or mercury. Learn more about our philosophy on long-lasting treatment.
Root Canal Therapy Infections inside the teeth are painful, as well as potentially dangerous, and need to be treated right away. The only way to treat an infection is to remove the pulp of the tooth and disinfect it from the inside. A hole is drilled into the top of the tooth, and small tools are used to remove the pulp and shape the hollow canals inside. The tooth is then disinfected, filled with a material called gutta percha, and capped with a crown.
Our goal at Advanced Dental Arts NW is to provide dental work that is imperceptible to the bite and imperceivable to the eye. We exchange existing crowns and dental fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth. At ADANW, we were one of the very first offices internationally to adapt the CEREC 3D technology, and we have been using it continuously since 2002. Cerec 3D is a computerized system for designing and milling beautiful porcelain crowns and tooth restorations (inlays and onlays) in a single visit.
Learn more about single visit restorations.
At Advanced Dental Arts NW we use bonded porcelain restorations for virtually all dental crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers. Unlike composite materials, porcelains wear at approximately the same rate as natural tooth structure, and will not shrink, distort or abrade disproportionately.
Crowns are used for more serious damage to a tooth that can compromise the affected tooth’s health and integrity. Crowns can be made from metal, or they can be made from ceramic. Their main jobs are to hold a damaged tooth together (preventing further harm), prevent infection, and provide the tooth with strength.
Tooth ExtractionsYour teeth perform numerous essential tasks every day and are integral to the health of your mouth and jaw. Because of this, we do everything we can to save a damaged tooth. However, there are some instances that the tooth is damaged beyond repair. In these cases, we will extract, or remove the tooth. If we do need to extract a tooth, we will discuss options for replacing it.
A dental bridge is one option available for replacing a missing tooth (or up to three missing teeth). It consists of your replacement tooth (pontic tooth) set between two dental crowns. The crowns are used to anchor the bridge to the teeth adjacent to the space, holding it securely in place.
Dentures are another option for replacing missing teeth. There are two types of denture – full and partial. Full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth while partials replace a section of missing teeth between healthy teeth. Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth, consisting of acrylic resin teeth set into an acrylic base. They are made from molds of your mouth and supported directly on your gums.
Dental implants are the most recent addition to your available options for replacing missing teeth. They are unlike any other dental restoration, requiring a surgical procedure to insert titanium rods into your jawbone. While they do require a lengthy recovery time (several weeks to several months), implants offer several benefits over other, more traditional, restorative options, including greater comfort, permanence, and the preservation of your jawbone.
For more information on our restorative dentistry procedures, or to schedule your consultation, contact Advanced Dental Arts NW today at (503) 446-2722.