Your Dental Questions Answered
If you've just had a tooth extracted or your dentist has recommended that a tooth be extracted, the following information will help you get through the first few days after your extraction. Should anything occur that seems out of the normal, do not hesitate to call your dentist.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
TMD describes a variety of conditions that affect jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints, and nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Symptoms may occur on one or both sides of the face, head or jaw, or develop after an injury. TMD affects more than twice as many women than men and is the most common non-dental related chronic orofacial pain.
Porcelain veneers are extremely thin ceramic shells that are applied to the teeth in order to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile. They are most commonly used on the upper front teeth, but can also be used on the lower and back teeth.
Porcelain Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay. They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown.
Endodontic Therapy: Root Canal
Root canal therapy refers to the process by which a dentist treats the inner aspects of a tooth, specifically that area inside a tooth that is occupied by its "pulp tissue." Most people would probably refer to a tooth's pulp tissue as its "nerve." While a tooth's pulp tissue does contain nerve fibers it is also composed of arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and connective tissue.
Amalgam & Bonded Resins
A filling is a way to restore a tooth, damaged by decay, back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he first removes the decayed tooth material. The affected area is then thoroughly cleaned, and a filling material is then placed in the cavity. Once the dentist has determined you have a cavity and need a filling, you are given the choice between an amalgam (silver) filling, and a composite (white) filling.
Tooth Bleaching / Whitening
Want whiter teeth? A beautiful smile can be obtained in less than five minutes a day. Our simple bleaching procedure has helped many people achieve the smile they've been dreaming of. Let us know at any appointment if you are interested in our bleaching procedure.
Dental Crown & Bridges
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
Read more about dental crowns and bridges here.
Clear Teeth Aligners: Invisalign & ClearCorrect
Invisalign and ClearConnect are two excellent systems that are used to straighten teeth. Each uses clear aligners to gently move teeth to the desired position. These aligners are removable, which makes it much easier to practice quality oral hygiene, and are virtually unnoticeable. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Sato, he can recommend what’s best for your smile.
You can find more information about Invisalign and ClearConnect here.