We all wish we could have perfect teeth, and would never need a fix. However, statistics show that most people will experience some sort of tooth decay, such as a cavity, during their lifetime. The use of fillings is the most effective way of addressing a particular area of decay and shoring it up to prevent further problems. The process involves completely removing the decay from the area and then filling that area with an appropriate, durable material. Any material used for fillings has benefits and drawbacks based on the location of the decay and the particular patient. At Edwards, Krol & Nazarov, we make our patients feel as comfortable as possible during such procedures.
Often when a patient has a tooth that has been weakened from decay and/or multiple fillings, a crown can be used to provide a strong reinforcement. In addition, such teeth may also be discolored and unattractive, and a crown can also provide a cosmetic function and serve as a way to give a patient a more confident smile.
Missing one or more teeth can negatively impact someone’s quality of life, making eating and clear speaking more difficult. In addition, missing multiple teeth can be a blow to one’s self-esteem. A bridge is a way to permanently address this issue by replacing lost teeth with artificial teeth that are attached permanently to the adjacent teeth. A combination of materials can be used to best match the patient’s natural teeth and to bring back that winning smile.
Dental Implant Restorations
Like bridges, dental implants are used to replace a single missing tooth or missing teeth areas. However, implants are designed to be compatible to the human body. The process, called Osseointegration (combining with the bone) sets an incredibly strong foundation for the replacement teeth that set after the bone growth takes place. At Edwards, Krol & Nazarov, we will assess a patient's need for such a procedure and work with our partner dental surgeons to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures and partial dentures replace missing teeth with a removable product that requires regular maintenance, just like natural teeth. For those who require dentures, we take great care to ensure just the right fit and proper aesthetics and function to make your smile feel natural. Regular brushing and rinsing at night are ways to effectively maintain your dentures. Often those with full dentures feel that visiting a dentist is no longer necessary. On the contrary, the dangers of gum disease remain as bacteria and plaque can still build up on your dentures and your gums. More importantly, we always provide an oral cancer exam during regular checkups. Also, at Edwards, Krol & Nazarov, we will ensure that a patient’s dentures are still a good fit for comfort and overall health to help maintain your quality of life.
Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy may be an option when the soft tissue in a tooth (called pulp) becomes inflamed, infected or diseased. During the root canal process, the inflamed pulp is removed and the canal is cleaned and sealed. Allowing a diseased pulp to continue unaddressed often leads to a possible abscess and/or tooth loss.
Grinding of teeth can be a major issue for some people, leading to enamel loss, chipping, cracks and possible temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, as well as other issues. Occlusal guards are fitted to the patients teeth and are commonly worn overnight when grinding, or clenching, often takes place.