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Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures
There are different types of dentures, but they share a common function: they are one of three(3) treatment options that replace teeth that have been lost or that will need to be removed. Either excessive decay or gum and bone disease with bone loss can be reasons to require tooth removal. The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures and partial dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can used to further stabilize the dentures.

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays
Our dentists will consider inlay/onlay dental restoration when treating a tooth affected by mild tooth decay, or where old or damaged metal fillings may need to be replaced. Porcelain and gold are the materials used to manufacture inlays, which are applied to the indented surfaces on the crown of the tooth. Onlays, which are also made from porcelain or gold, are used where decay has affected the areas between the cusps of a tooth. Whether an inlay or an onlay restoration is pursued depends upon the tooth being restored, as does the material chosen for the restoration. Inlays and onlays provide a patient with an aesthetic and long-lasting restoration.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is gingivitis (gum disease)in a more advanced stage. Periodontal disease can destroy bone and tooth material as well as gum tissue if not diagnosed and treated by an Our dentist. Periodontal disease is usually manifested in red and tender areas with bleeding during brushing. Gum disease and periodontal disease can be attributed to poor oral hygiene. Periodontal disease may require implementation of an extensive oral hygiene regimen, root planning and scaling, hard (bone) and soft (gum) tissue grafting, extraction of affected and failed teeth, and administration of antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatory.