Monthly Archives: March 2011

Crowns – An Overview

Crowns are one of the most popular dental procedures used to save teeth from decay.

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An Overview:

The process involves encompassing the entire tooth in a material that will prevent decay, reduce sensitivity, and still keep the tooth alive.

They are usually used when a cavity has gotten so large that a filling would be inadequate and the cavity is threatening to kill the tooth.

There are several different materials that can be used to cover the tooth, and then bonded to the tooth using special cement.

Depending on where the tooth is located and the cosmetic appeal patients may choose a material that blends with the natural teeth they already have.

A dentist will take an impression of the decaying tooth, as well as those alongside it, and send the mold off to a lab where that tooth impression will be used to sculpt a cover.

The desired material has to be chosen by this point because that is what the cover is made out of.  While the crown is being made the dentist will give the patient a temporary crown that is cemented on, which is meant to last up to a few weeks while the other tooth is being prepared.

Once the crown is ready it can be placed on the tooth in a single visit, usually without the need of any pain medications.

As soon as the crown is placed on the tooth and the cement has dried the patient can use that tooth like they would any other.

Crowns are good for up to fifteen years.  Crowns are a good choice for people of all ages, even young children with dental problems.

They can be redone fairly easily and are much more cost effective when compared to root canals and other procedures.

TMJ – A Closer Look

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint disorder) affects thousands of people, and it is something that rarely gets better on its own.

emergencydentist sacramento031 150x150 TMJ   A Closer LookThe fact of the matter is that TMJ is known to get worse with time!  What it comes down to is, TMJ is swelling and inflammation where the jawbone and skull come together.

Most of the time the pain is located to the jaw area and sometimes the ears, but it has been known to cause severe head aches and other health related problems

If you think that you’re suffering from TMJ the best thing you can do is get into your dentist right away and have them take some x rays and do an examination.

The dentist will be able to feel the joints in your jaw and determine how much inflammation there is, and what type of treatment is necessary.

Sometimes the simplest treatment can be the one that provides the most comfort to a patient.  First, you can take over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs to see if that will help.

The dentist will probably tell you that as well, but if that doesn’t work they may try something a little different.  They can refer you to a specialist that will teach you how to do exercises that will relax your jaw and hopefully relieve some of that tension.

Another great thing that dentists can do for people that have TMJ is to create a bite plate for that person.  Bite plates are used to make sure that every time that person bites down their teeth are coming into just the right place.

This will relieve much of the grinding and pressure exerted on the jaws by one another.  Many patients have found that this gives them the most relief from their TMJ symptoms.

Dental Implants

Emergency Dentist Sacramento takes a look at dental implants.

Do you need a tooth replacement? if so, you should look into dental implants. Dental surgeons can implant artificial teeth into just about anybody, regardless of age or the condition of the mouth. Implants are a perfect option for those that have several missing teeth, and they don’t want to deal with dentures.

A dental surgeon takes a piece of titanium and implants it into the bone. As the body heals the titanium screw will bond with the bone making it just like any other tooth, except stronger. Basically, it performs like a root. Titanium is hypoallergenic, which means that everybody can get them done and not have to worry about adverse reactions.

The teeth will look just like any other teeth, which is nice because you won’t have to explain to people why your smile looks different. They’re functional too, you’ll be able to eat food and not have to worry about teeth falling out or coming unglued from the roof of your mouth. Implants are good for more than just replacing teeth, some dentists use them to support other dental work that they’re already doing such as crowns or bridges. They are also great for preventing teeth from sliding if you’ve got gaps.

A dentist can take a look at your teeth and let you know if implants are right for you. There is always something they can do to improve the overall look and function of your teeth, there are procedures out there that most people aren’t even aware of. So for your own benefit you should go in and talk to a specialist about your teeth.