Restorative Dentistry Vancouver WA
Even with the best prevention, accidents and issues can happen. You might bite down on something and crack a tooth. Perhaps you slip and fall, knocking a tooth out in the process. When these issues occur, your oral health can be compromised. In some cases, so can your smile. At Oasis Dental, we can help to restore and protect your oral health with restorative dentistry.
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A bridge is a traditional solution often used to replace a missing tooth. While there are a few different types of bridges available, the one most frequently used is a fixed bridge. This restoration has a replacement tooth that is anchored into your mouth using crowns that attach to the adjacent teeth. In addition to filling in the empty space, the bridge helps to restore most of the missing tooth’s functions while also preventing the other teeth from shifting out of place. Read more about Dental Bridges.
Damaged teeth can cause many problems. For one, their strength becomes compromised. Biting down could cause a crack to become larger. Worse, the tooth could split or shatter, which would make an extraction necessary. Damaged teeth are also at risk for infection. Many damaged or decayed teeth can be restored with a crown. This is a restoration that sits on top of a damaged tooth, acting as a protective cap or helmet. It protects the tooth from damage and infections, while also allowing it to remain fully functional. Read more about Dental Crowns.
Dental implants are a unique solution for tooth loss. With this treatment, we can replace any number of missing teeth using small posts that are implanted into the jawbone. Implants are the closest to a full tooth replacement, replacing both the crown and the root of a missing tooth. While it is a more expensive option, it does offer many benefits that other replacement solutions are unable to provide. Read more about Dental Implants.
Most adults have developed at least one cavity in a permanent tooth. When a cavity develops, the typical solution is a filling. Fillings essentially fill the hole left behind by decay. They seal the cavity, keeping out bacteria and preventing new decay from developing. This helps to keep the cavity from worsening. Fillings have traditionally been done using an amalgam material, but they can also be done using a tooth-colored composite resin. Read more about Dental Fillings.
More than 50% of all adults have suffered from some form of gum disease. The biggest issue with gum disease is that most people do not know that they have it until it begins to exhibit the more significant impacts on your oral health, including gum recession and tooth loss. As soon as gum disease is noticed, it needs to be treated to prevent it from getting worse and potentially claiming your teeth. The earliest stage of gum disease can be reversed with a professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene. Later stages of gum disease cannot be reversed, but treatment and proper oral care can help you to maintain the health of your mouth. Read more about Gum Disease.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are designed as a unique alternative to the fillings that most patients are more familiar with. These fillings are meant to treat cavities in the chewing surfaces of your molars. Their placement is also a bit different. Instead of being placed directly into the cavity and hardened there, inlays and onlays are both created in a lab and then bonded into the cavity. They are made to strengthen the tooth where a traditional filling might weaken it. Read more about Inlays and Onlays.
Full and Partial Dentures
Both full and partial dentures provide you with another option for tooth replacement. These are the traditional solutions, made up of prosthetic teeth that use your gums for support. They are more realistic than dentures made even just a few decades ago. They are both an effective option as well as an affordable one. Read more about Dentures.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, more than your sleep quality is at risk. Untreated, sleep apnea can harm your overall health, leaving you susceptible to serious diseases and depression. C-PAP is generally the recommended treatment for this condition, but it is not ideal for everyone. Some patients may benefit more from a custom fit oral appliance, which functions to hold your lower jaw forward. In doing so, it keeps soft tissue from blocking your airway so that you can breathe while you sleep. Read more about Sleep Apnea.
Sometimes, despite all of the restorative options available, it is not possible to save a damaged tooth. In such cases, the tooth needs to be extracted. This is done in either a simple procedure or a surgical procedure. Extracting a severely damaged tooth is essential for protecting your oral health and preventing potentially dangerous complications. Following your tooth extraction, we can then help you to decide the best solution for replacement. Read more about Tooth Extraction.
TMJ (Jaw Pain) Therapy
When your jaw hurts, every movement you make can be miserable. Fortunately, there are ways that we can help. A common solution for this issue is a nightguard, which is a device meant to be worn while you sleep. It is meant to absorb the pressure your jaw muscles exert when bruxing so that they do not damage your teeth or harm your jaw. Another solution for this issue may be Botox injections. These injections stop the muscles from contracting, putting a stop to grinding and clenching. They will not, however, affect the normal functions of your mouth, so you will still be able to eat and speak normally. Read more about TMJ.
A root canal is a treatment meant to eliminate a tooth infection. While commonly thought to be a painful procedure that can lead to illnesses and other issues, root canals are very safe, very effective, and do not cause much discomfort at all. Treating an infected tooth with a root canal can save your tooth, preventing it from needing to be extracted. It can also help to protect you from developing serious health conditions. Read more about Root Canals.
For more information on our restorative treatments, and to schedule your appointment, contact Oasis Dental at (360) 836-1100 today.