|Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is designed to correct disorders of the dental pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Teeth with abscessed or infected nerves were once removed with corrective therapy. But today, in 95 percent of pulpal infection cases, the actual tooth can be preserved through modern Endodontic procedures. Also known as pulp specialists, Endodontists have received specialized training in root canal therapy procedures.
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the infected nerve and the sealing of the roots in order to save the tooth and avoid extraction. Upon the completion of root canal treatment, a filling or a crown may be needed to restore the tooth’s original structure.
The way root canal therapy is performed today is vastly different than how it was done a few years ago. Root canals can be done without discomfort, more quickly and more accurately due to new technology.
A root canal procedure is performed in our dental office by Dr. Turner. Root canal therapy is usually a comfortable, painless experience for the patient. Root canal treatments are highly successful and usually last a lifetime
If lost teeth are making chewing difficult for you, then a porcelain dental bridge could be the answer. A porcelain bridge can restore the shape of your face and alleviate stress caused by missing teeth.
A lost tooth can start a vicious cycle of further loss of opposing teeth, and the drifting of adjacent teeth, causing an imbalanced bite, poor chewing ability and compromised aesthetics.
A dental fixed bridge is a non-removable appliance used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. The empty space is filled with artificial teeth, or porcelain crowns, that are connected to the teeth that are on both sides of the space. These “abutment teeth” are usually crowned, and serve as the anchoring teeth for the bridge.
Porcelain bridges are highly durable and will last many years. They help maintain your facial shape and can prevent your remaining adjacent teeth from shifting out of position. The procedure usually requires two to three dental visits.
Cleaning & Prevention
One of the most valuable and cost-effective dental services that we offer to our patients is preventive care. By having a dental examination and cleaning performed at least twice each year, we can easily help you maintain your dental health and diagnose and treat any conditions before they become a major problem, helping you keep your teeth for life.
At each preventive maintenance visit, Dr. Turner will perform an oral soft tissue cancer screening exam, update your medical history, take x-rays, and thoroughly check your teeth and gums for problems. Your teeth will also be gently cleaned and polished with our ultrasonic instruments.
Regular visits are comfortable, usually last an hour or less, and are supplemented by various amenities such as our flat-screen television, DVD player, hot towels, pillows, and aromatherapy candles.
We will keep in touch with you on at least a semi-annual basis by sending you an email followed by a phone call to schedule your maintenance visits.
Dental cleanings will include the removal of calculus (tartar), a hard plaque that is firmly attached to the tooth surface. This will help avoid gum inflammation and the onset of gum disease. Our teeth polishing will remove stains that are not otherwise removed during regular brushing.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth.” With periodontal disease, a pocket or space is formed between the tooth and the gums due to the accumulation of plaque which hardens, resulting in heavy, thick tartar.
Gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums, causes the gums to appear red and swollen and to bleed upon brushing. Tooth mobility and bad breath are also common side effects of gingivitis. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Periodontitis is a condition where there is bone loss involvement. Factors that may cause periodontal disease are smoking, medications, diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy, stress and genetics. Gingivitis and Periodontitis are reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care. Treatment choices may include both surgical and non-surgical procedures.
Scaling and root planning are the initial treatments for these types of gum disease. This non-surgical procedure removes tartar below the gum line, cleans and smoothes the root surface, and allows healing to begin. Scaling scrapes off plaque and tartar and root planning smoothes the root. A smooth, healthy root surface allows the gums to reattach to the teeth. Following the procedure, your gums will feel better and bleed less.
When a tooth is fractured, severely damaged by decay, or has a large, old filling, a crown (also called a cap) is often placed. A crown strengthens the tooth, protects the tooth structure and improves appearance.
Sometimes teeth that need porcelain crowns may also need root canals because the nerve inside the tooth has been damaged. When back teeth have root canals performed, they need to have porcelain crowns placed to strengthen them because they can become brittle over time.
A porcelain crown restores a worn-down or fractured tooth to its original or ideal shade, size and shape. A porcelain crown replaces large fillings and protects teeth from further breakage and from the recurrence of decay.
To prepare the tooth for a crown, it is reduced, which allows the crown to fit over it. An impression of the teeth and gums is made and sent to the lab for the crown fabrication. A temporary crown is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is made. On the next visit, we remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown onto the tooth.
Our dental office uses all porcelain crowns to replace old metal crowns where gray lines may appear at the gum line. All porcelain crowns are metal-free and have a more translucent and life-like appearance. Crown procedures usually require two appointments.