A Quick Guide to Common Dental Problems
Troubles lurk in our mouths even when we don’t know it. Our goal is to help prevent dental problems from occurring, but sometimes patients may well be into a painful stage where careful treatment needs to be applied. The good news is Dr. Resendes wants to help you diagnose your dental problems and treat them with the utmost care we can provide!
The following charts provide information on common dental problems and actual case studies with photos of Dr. Resendes’ fine dental work.
A dental crown is a lab-fabricated full coverage restoration that is cemented atop a prepared tooth. Crowns can be made with several materials, including all-metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-porcelain. The purpose of a crown is to protect the underlying tooth and restore it to its natural form and function.
A bridge is a lab-fabricated full coverage restoration that is cemented atop at least two prepared teeth. The primary purpose of a bridge is to replace one or more missing teeth, as well as protect the underlying natural teeth. A bridge can be made with several materials, including all-metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-porcelain.
A composite restoration is placed in a tooth that has a carious lesion, or decay. The filling material comes in different shades and is matched to the existing tooth shade. The benefit of the composite filling is its esthetic beauty, as well as its ability to reduce the amount of tooth structure that must be removed in order to place it. Composites are as hard as they will be as soon as they are placed, so they allow patients to eat and chew immediately.
Tooth-colored bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses composite filling material to repair discolorations or irregularities in otherwise healthy teeth. Bonding can be used to cover intrinsic stains or defects in the enamel, as well as close small gaps between teeth.
Periodontitis is an infection of the bone and gums surrounding teeth, and can be a serious condition that results in tooth loss. Periodontitis is categorized in several stages, depending on the amount of bone loss around the teeth. The most common symptom of periodontitis is the evidence of calculus, otherwise known as tartar. Calculus is plaque made of bacteria and food debris that has hardened and attached to the surface of a tooth. Initial treatment for periodontitis is typically a scaling and root planing procedure, also known as a “deep cleaning.”
Before meeting Dr. Resendes, I was always so nervous going to the dentist. But, she makes me feel like I am part of the family and the best part of her day! Thank you!