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Our teeth can become damaged in several ways. Age, cavities, injuries, and habits such as teeth grinding all can take a toll. Some of this damage turns up as a white, yellow, brown, or black spot on a tooth, or an entire discolored tooth. You also may notice that your gums have receded or that one of your teeth wriggles.
Other times, the damage isn’t visible, but you notice something wrong when you eat. If you have a tooth that feels sensitive to hot, cold or sweet food or beverages, that’s a strong sign of dental decay that has cracked or compromised the outer tooth enamel, exposing the nerves underneath. Another sign of a cracked tooth is a sudden, sharp pain in your mouth when you bite. When we bite, the pressure causes a cracked tooth to open, irritating the nerve inside; the pain subsides when you stop biting.
We realize that many people are nervous about visiting a dentist, but such symptoms should not be ignored. A tooth problem that’s not identified and repaired leads to greater problems, such as a tooth being extracted. This causes not only an unsightly gap in your smile but can affect how you speak and what you can eat. What’s more, such gaps can cause the surrounding teeth to shift out of position, causing other issues.
Fortunately, our dentists in Boca Raton, FL, have solutions to address all of these concerns and restore your healthy smile.
Cavities aren’t just for kids. More than 90 percent of Americans have had a cavity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. What’s more, 1 in 4 adults has untreated cavities.
Untreated cavities not only cause pain but a poor appearance and impact our ability to eat and concentrate. The good news is, a dental filling is an easy and cost-effective way to fix a tooth damaged by decay.
To treat a tooth with a cavity, our dentist in Boca Raton will remove the decayed area and fill it with a tooth-colored material called a composite filling. This material chemically bonds to your tooth, making it stronger, and doesn’t require the dentist to drill away any healthy tooth structure to make room for it. Composite fillings are resistant to fracture and look natural. They’re quite durable, able to withstand the daily pressure of biting and chewing. Best of all, they don’t include mercury like old-fashioned –colored fillings do.
What Is a Tooth Crown?
Dental fillings are intended to treat decay that affects just a small part of your tooth. If you do not have enough healthy enamel to bond to a filling, then the dentist will suggest a crown instead.
A dental crown acts as a cap for your tooth, completely covering the tooth down to the gums. It strengthens the underlying tooth as well as restores its normal function.
Our dentists in Boca Raton will create a custom crown that matches the translucency, shape, and color of your other teeth. Only you and your dentist will be able to tell that it’s not your natural tooth once it’s in place.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Crowning or capping a tooth usually takes two visits. First, your tooth needs to be prepared to fit inside the crown. If you have very little natural tooth left, the dentist may perform what’s called a core build-up: building up the tooth with a filling material to support the crown.
Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression of it to send to the dental lab. Then the dentist will attach a temporary crown to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. Your permanent crown, made from dental porcelain, will be adhered in place at your next visit.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a permanent solution that places an artificial tooth where a natural tooth no longer exists. It can fill a space in your smile left by a missing tooth, for instance.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
A dental bridge is fixed permanently in the mouth unlike a partial denture, which is removable. A bridge actually includes two crowns that fit over the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. These crowns affix to an artificial tooth called a pontic, which looks just like a crown and fills in for the missing tooth.
One missing tooth can be replaced through a three-unit bridge composed of two crowns and one pontic. If you have two missing teeth, you’ll need a four-unit bridge: two crowns supporting two pontics. Longer bridges can also be created depending on your needs.
If you have additional questions about, fillings crowns or dental bridges, call our office in Boca Raton today to schedule an appointment.