Dr. Freeman provides restorative dentistry services to diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth, gums and jaw to restore function and appearance to meet the patient’s needs.
Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These composite resins are most often used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. They can be used on the back teeth as well depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay. Composite resins are usually costlier than the older silver amalgam fillings. Filings are usually completed in one appointment.
When a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be repaired with a filling, a porcelain onlay or crown, customized to fit your mouth, is used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used for teeth that are broken due to an accident or trauma or when teeth are discolored and do not respond to teeth whitening. With CEREC®, the newest technology in tooth restoration, most crowns and onlays can be done in one appointment. A porcelain onlay is used when the tooth is not damaged enough for a crown, but still needs more than a filling. Porcelain is harder than white fillings, and bonds securely with a tooth for a permanent seal.
Yes, in the past, if you had a tooth with damage and decay extending into the pulpy root of the tooth, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, the tooth is repairable and saved. Inside each tooth is both the pulp and the nerve. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. These bacteria can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming an abscess. An abscess can cause the pulp tissue to die, resulting in pain and swelling in the tooth and jaw. Certain byproducts of the infection can injure your jawbones and your overall health. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
Root canal treatment is usually completed in 1-3 visits. During treatment, Dr. Freeman removes the diseased pulp and cleans and seals the tooth. Often molars that have endodontic treatment should have a cast crown placed in order to strengthen the remaining structure. Then, as long as you to continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups to maintain good oral hygiene and health the restored tooth is nourished by the surrounding tissues and can last a lifetime.
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