When a problem is found, Dr. Whitaker will ensure you get timely and appropriate treatment. Probably the most common (and highly effective) dental restoration involves removing tooth decay and placing a filling in the affected tooth. But that's not the only restorative procedure we provide. Custom Dental Care offers you a place to go when you need prompt treatment for dental trauma - for example, a broken, loosened or knocked-out tooth. Our team can diagnose and treat the causes of tooth pain or periodontal (gum) disease to a certain extent. We also offer treatments for missing teeth, place crowns or bridgework, and help you get fitted with dentures. At Custom Dental we provide more advanced treatments, such as root canal therapy, orthodontics, and dental implants, as well. Having a broken tooth, a chipped tooth, missing tooth or dental cavity isn't ideal for anyone. While there are certain things you can do to avoid tooth decay and tooth loss - like brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly - you can't always dodge the kind of accidents that might cause physical damage to your teeth.
A dental crown is exceptionally versatile and may be used for a number of purposes ranging from covering stained teeth and protecting teeth from tooth decay to restoring a broken tooth and holding a dental bridge in place. Made from a variety of restorative dentistry materials, dental crowns can either blend right in with your natural teeth or add a little "bling" to your smile. Patients who prefer the natural look typically choose porcelain, ceramic or composite dental crowns; those who want some extra shine can choose from gold, nickel or chromium dental crowns.
A dental bridge is a dental appliance that's used to fill the gap created by a missing tooth. Made of a pontic (artificial tooth) and dental crowns, a dental bridge is permanently fixed to abutment teeth (the teeth that are on one or both sides of the gap). There are three types of dental bridges: a traditional bridge, which is made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal; a cantilever bridge, which is used when only one abutment tooth surrounds the gap; and a Maryland bonded bridge, which is primarily used for front teeth. Dentures are another popular solution for replacing missing teeth. Partial dentures are available in removable or fixed form and are used to replace one or several missing teeth; full dentures are removable and replace all missing teeth, either on the upper or lower mandible or both. Compared to dental implants, dentures are the more affordable option but can take some time getting used to.
It's estimated that about 90 percent of people in the U.S. have cavities. In fact, dental cavities are on the rise particularly among children, possibly due to the increased consumption of sugar-laden sports drinks, energy drinks and flavored waters. The good news is if you have a dental cavity today, you don't have to wind up with a mouth filled with silver tomorrow. Today, a tooth filling can be made from natural-looking restorative dentistry materials such as composite resin. Composite resin fillings - also called white fillings - match your natural tooth color, virtually masking any signs of cavities!