Amalgam fillings have been used for over 150 years to treat cavities. Amalgam is made up of metals (silver, tin, nickel, copper), suspended in liquid mercury. When cured, it hardens into an exceptionally strong filling that can withstand very strong bite forces. This makes these fillings perfect for teeth at the back of your mouth.
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Infections in your teeth are the result of bacteria entering the inner layer (the dentin). This can occur in a variety of ways – chips, cracks, tooth decay, gum disease. Once the bacteria are inside, they turn the hollow canals of the dentin, which extend down to the root of the tooth, into their new hiding place. There, they begin to multiply and irritate the pulp, which houses nerves and blood vessels.
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There are several types of damage that can occur to your teeth – chips, cracks, cavities. This damage can compromise the strength and health of the affected tooth. The tooth can split or shatter. You may develop an infection inside of the tooth.
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A bridge is a dental restoration that bridges the gap left behind by your missing tooth. It can be used to replace up to three missing teeth. Typically made from ceramic, it consists of a false tooth (or teeth) set between two crowns. The false tooth, or pontic tooth, fill the space, while the crowns anchor onto your adjacent healthy teeth, securing your restoration in place.
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Dentures - Complete & Partial
Dentures are a removable prosthetic device. They consist of acrylic resin teeth set into a hard, acrylic base. The base is supported by your gums and held in place by suction. They are made to be removed every night for cleaning and left out so that your gums have an opportunity to heal.
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Same Day Dentures
Dentures have been used for hundreds of years to replace missing teeth. They are still a popular option today, although today’s dentures are nothing like the ones used originally. They are even significantly different from the dentures used just a few decades ago.
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Inlays & Onlays
When it comes to cavities, fillings (amalgam or composite resin) are the typical go-to solution. Cavities on the chewing surfaces of your molars, however, can present a bit of an issue. Placing fillings in these areas can compromise the strength of the tooth, which can put it at risk for serious damage.
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Scaling and root planing is an essential treatment for removing plaque, tartar (hardened plaque that cannot be removed by brushing) and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth and their roots. However, in some cases, your gum tissue may be too inflamed for us to perform this treatment effectively.
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