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Tooth Whitening treatments have turned into one of the hottest themes in dental esthetics. Every day new techniques enter the market making this treatment available for almost each patient. There are many products and treatments offered over the counter; however none of them are as efficient or long term as those provided by a Dental professional. Broken teeth, poorly fitting old restorations can present negative effects over the teeth when a non controlled bleaching is done. These types of problems can be avoided with a comprehensive oral examination done by your dentist. After the examination, Dr’s Stedem can give you the best treatment plan to ensure your new beautiful white smile.
Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry
New generations of restorative dental materials help us to offer our patients beautiful and esthetic restorations. Even if you have broken teeth, old restorations with different shades or colors, or one or more teeth are missing. The use of composites or porcelain over decayed teeth and restorations can make a tremendous change in your smile. Each individual case must be evaluated first by our team of specialists in order to deliver the best treatment options.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is a type of restoration that will be cemented over a prepared tooth looking to restore the form and function of the original. Decayed, broken and/or pigmented teeth compromise the normal function and esthetics for the patient. A bridge is a restoration that will replace a missing tooth making use of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth which will support the missing tooth. Both crowns and bridges can be made from multiple types of materials, from less to more esthetic. Each patient must be first evaluated to determine the best treatment option.
Periodontal Treatments (Gum Treatment)
Teeth were created with the purpose to last in mouth the entire life of the patient. However, proper care utilizing correct brushing, flossing and mouth rinse is needed daily. With these appropriate actions you will be able to prevent any infections or abnormalities of the gums.
If you have ever seen a TV commercial for tooth paste or tooth brushes, maybe you have hear the word periodontum. The periodontum is the name given to all those structures that surround the tooth and support it in order to maintain proper function in the mouth.
How can you recognize if you have a periodontal disease?
The ADA has classified symptoms of periodontal disease:
Bleeding of the gums while brushing.
As with most diseases, Periodontitis shows primary symptoms, but if you don’t take action when they appear the disease continues silently and sometimes painless until it becomes a real problem to your health.
Remember that periodontal disease is an infection that occurs around the supporting tissues of the teeth, affecting structures like the gum, the periodontal ligament and the bone which provides the ultimate support. It is very easy to loose healthy teeth due to advanced stages of this disease.
What should I do?
If you presently have any of the described symptoms, please contact us for a simple exam. We can provide more information of this disease, so that you may better understand it and learn how to treat and prevent reoccurrences.
How much is this treatment?
Extractions and Surgeries
Evolution in dentistry is always looking for more conservative procedures. Conserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible is the best option for preserving permanent tooth structure and a healthy functional dentition. Each tooth has a specific purpose and function in the mouth. The teeth work as a team in the first stage of food digestion known as mastication. A dental extraction or tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. To extract a tooth is a decision that your dentist must make when there is no option or possibility of saving it.
Oral surgery can be defined in several forms, for example:
Oral surgery is any type of surgery or procedure involving the mouth. It deals with the diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions of the jaw and mouth structures that require surgical intervention. Also oral surgery can be defined as a dental specialty limited to the surgical removal of teeth and the treatment of disease, deformities and defects of the jaws and associated structures.
To name some of the surgeries that are commonly performed in our dental office are:
Surgery of Impacted third molars (wisdom teeth)
All of these procedures are done under anesthesia and pain control procedures, using sterilized instruments in an aseptic area.
Endodontics (Root canal treatments)
The root canal is the hollow area at the center of a tooth.
D dental implant is an artificial screw like object placed into your jaw to maintain bone structure and also used to support crowns and bridges. Dental implants are an ideal option for patients with good general oral health and who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, or some other reason.
A dental implant can
Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
Are there different types of implants?
Yes today there are two different types of implants. The endosteal (in the bone), which is the most commonly used type of implant. The different types include screws, cylinders or blades which are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Implants like this are usually used as an alternative for patients that need bridges or are using removable prostheses. Then we have also the subperiosteal (on the bone). These implants are placed on the top of the jaw with the metal framework’s posts protruding trough the gum to hold the prostheses. This option is an ideal solution for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have lost the necessary supporting bone for the other type of implant mentioned above.
How do I know if I am a candidate for implants?
First, you as a patient must visit our dental office. Here one of our dental professionals will perform an exam and ask you some questions about your general health and oral habits. After this we can give you your treatment options.
What can I expect after treatment?
If you decide on implants you will be excited about the advantages over traditional treatments such as bridges, dentures or partial dentures. Once your mouth has been restored by our team of professionals it will feel as though you have your own teeth again. As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply. Our periodontist will aide you in home care techniques after treatment is complete.
A dental prosthesis is an artificial replacement for one or more natural teeth or part of a tooth, or associated structures. We are even able to restore your smile even if you are an edentulous patient, which means that you lost all ready all your teeth for one reason or another. Your new smile, possible with complete dentures can be made to your exact specifications. You also have the option to support these complete dentures with implants. Another prosthesis option is the use of partial dentures, which replaces teeth and associated structures on a partially edentulous jaw (some missing teeth), and can be readily removed from the mouth. Dental prosthesis are used for cosmetic or functional reasons, or both. Dentures and partial dentures are designed by our specialist to meet your exact needs and specifications. The reconstruction of the dentition extensively damaged through tooth surface loss may require a removable or complete prosthesis. This can be the most cost efficient form of treatment when either the teeth are severely worn or the patient wants a simpler and more economical approach rather than fixed reconstruction.
Bite and Night Guards
There are a large number of problems that involve the teeth, head, neck muscles, ligaments, head bones and the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) involved during the masticatory functions. When these problems appear the correct functions of the mastication process become complicated. Most of the problems are centered at the TMJ also called, TMJ syndrome. TMJ can be caused by incorrect formation of the jaw bones, incorrect bite relation or simply too much stress reflected on the muscles that give support to the TMJ.
What are the symptoms?
There are several signs and symptoms of TMJ syndrome. Here are the descriptions of a few:
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