General Dental Services
At Meadowbrook Dental Care, we enjoy the joy it brings you to restore smiles, while making our patients comfortable at the time of service. Thanks to rapid advances in dental technology, there are many different options that we are able to offer to our patients in order to ensure both. The following are some of the general dental services that we offer:
Crowns are known as fixed restorations, meaning that they are placed and not meant to be removed to help a tooth restore shape, size and strength. A crown covers and supports a tooth that has a large cavity, resulting in not enough tooth structure left to survive on its own. Crowns are often times the best option because they protect weak teeth from breaking, restore teeth that are already broken, and can be used to cover teeth that are badly shaped & discolored. Dental crowns are also used as attachments to implants in order to replace teeth that are missing.
Like crowns, bridges are also known as fixed restorations and not meant to be removed once they are placed. They are used as an alternative to implants in order to replace teeth that are missing. In the same way that a bridge connects two pieces of land, this is how a dental bridge connects two teeth that have one or more teeth missing between them. A bridge consists of two outer crowns fused to one or more completely false tooth/teeth creating one single unit.
There are different types of dentures for the varying types of mouths. Partial dentures are ones that are used to replace several teeth that are missing in a specific area of the mouth. Complete dentures are ones that are used when all teeth are missing in a given arch. A custom denture can be attached to individual implants or a row of implants, helping to secure the denture in place. Dentures can be either fixed or removal types, and are long-lasting, durable, and natural-looking. They help to increase both speaking and chewing ability, as well as the overall functioning of your mouth.
Fillings, Inlays & Onlays
“Fillings” are used to fill cavities when decay is present in a tooth in one or more area(s). At times, cavities can become too large for an ordinary filling to be placed. In that case, we may suggest an inlay or an onlay as an alternative to a crown. These restorations are skillfully made in a laboratory to fit the unique shape of the cavity on your tooth. We understand that there are concerns regarding the use of mercury fillings in your mouth, so we have chosen to use only mercury-free advanced materials that contain no metals and match the color of natural teeth for fillings, inlays, and onlays.
Each and every tooth contains at least one long, thin strand of dental pulp that extends through the tooth and provides the tooth with nutrients and nerves needed for its health. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves may die and would then have to be removed. Root canals are designed to save these damaged teeth from having to be completely removed. During the procedure and after the area has been numbed, the diseased pulp is removed and the tooth is permanently sealed with a crown.