- Tooth whitening(Bleaching)
- Porcelain bonding
- Ceramic inlays
- Porcelain crowns
- Tooth colored fillings
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You may have pain on opening or closing your mouth, eating and chewing food, and even speaking. Problems of this nature are what the public generally associate with the term "TMJ".
All of these above symptoms of "TMJ" can range in severity from mild to devastating. The most prominent case of TMD that I am aware of was that of the actor, Burt Reynolds. His pain derailed his career, brought about drug addiction, and was a factor in his several divorces.
A great deal of his suffering was due to the fact that TMD was only beginning to be understood as a disease entity at that time. Even today, there is still a great deal of misunderstanding about the true causes of this syndrome, even among dentists, and thus you will find a great deal of disagreement about the correct treatment. This is slowly changing as dental schools are now teaching relevant courses in occlusion.
Braces are applied to teeth for various reasons, including poorly aligned jaws, crooked, crowded and missing teeth, or a bad bite (also called malocclusion).
The pits and grooves of your teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing sometimes misses some of these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
Enter sealants, which are thin coatings applied to the chewing surfaces designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of your teeth.
Sealants actually were developed about 50 years ago, but didn't become commonly used until the 1970s. Today, sealants are becoming widely popular and effective; young children are great candidates for preventative measures like sealants because in many cases, decay has not set in. Even on teeth where decay is present, sealants have been shown to fight additional damage.
Sealants are applied by first cleaning the tooth surface. The procedure is followed by "etching" the tooth with an abrasive substance, which allows the sealant to better adhere. After the sealant is applied, a warm light source is directed to the site to promote faster drying. Sealants usually need re-application every five to 10 years
One of the biggest dental problems that can happen to someone is the loss of a tooth. Missing teeth can destroy the look of a person’s teeth and cause people to become self-conscious about their smile. Although the cosmetic repercussions of missing teeth are large, the dental problems caused by missing teeth are even more problematic. This is because the space left behind from missing teeth or a missing tooth needs to be filled to avoid teeth drifting. Teeth drifting refer to teeth migrating to open spaces left behind by missing teeth. To compensate for a missing tooth, the adjacent teeth will begin to shift and grow in a crooked manner to fill this space. What results are crooked teeth that are difficult to clean, which can result in further tooth loss.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants.
Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; others need to be removed by a dentist. Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances. Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.
Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.
Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.