Did you know that over 50% of children aged 6 and over have some type of tooth decay? Without treating cavities the result can be tooth pain, infection, and at worse, tooth loss. Amalgam fillings are a way of repairing and/or restoring teeth back to their normal function. The process is quick, painless, and relatively long-lasting. In addition to cavities dental fillings can also be used to repair teeth cracks and fractures.
Composite fillings otherwise known as white fillings are a type of dental restoration designed specifically to blend in seamlessly with a patient’s remaining teeth. While amalgam fillings are darker and can easily by seen by others, composite tooth-colored fillings are more discreet. Similarly to amalgams, white fillings can be used to repair chipped, fractured, or broken teeth as well as filling in tooth cavities. They’re ideal for treating teeth at the front of the mouth that can be see when the patient smiles.
Did you know that according to the CDC, more than 64 million US adults are currently living with, or have lived with gum disease? Yet in virtually every case the problem is preventable. That said, perhaps the best news is that gum disease is also fully curable and treatable. This is achieved with a combination of proper normal daily cleaning/flossing and scaling/root planing. The latter is otherwise known as dental deep cleaning.
Without doubt one of the main foundations of dentistry is preventative care. In order to prevent gum disease and cavities from occurring, regular visits to your dentist are essential. The American Dental Association suggests that patients should visit their local dentist for regular check-ups and hygiene cleans every 6 months. Yet according to the centers for Disease Control only 57% of Americans aged over 65 attend the dentist regularly, while 61% of adults under 65 go regularly.
When dental emergencies happen, waiting several days for an appointment with a dentist is not an option. Chesterfield emergency dentists are committed to helping patients manage sudden injuries and complications that require immediate treatment. Some emergencies are extremely painful, and a visit to the dentist can provide palliative relief. On the other hand, some emergencies can threaten the health of the teeth, and receiving rapid dental treatment could mean the difference in saving a tooth or losing it.
If there’s one procedure that most patients are apprehensive about it’s tooth extraction. However, as with most treatments, thinking about what might happen is always far worse than the treatment itself. Although Dr. Akinwande and the team make every effort to try and preserve natural teeth, extraction is sometimes necessary for badly decayed, painful, damaged, or otherwise problematic teeth.
For children and teenagers particularly, one simple way that they can protect their teeth is by having a treatment known as a dental sealant. It’s a painless process that’s both easy and quick, yet it has the ability to make a huge difference in the ongoing fight against tooth decay.
Modern-day dentures are far removed from the heavy old contraptions of the past, yet they still remain an affordable and effective way of replacing missing teeth. Nowadays they’re lighter, more lifelike, and way more comfortable than their predecessors.
Pediatric or children’s dentistry is a specialist dental area that concentrates on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health issues in children. Here at Chesterfield Dentistry our team have specific training which allows us to provide dental care for children of all ages.
PFM or porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations have been a restorative dentistry standard for more than 30 years and not without good reason. They’re versatile, they’re resilient, and above all they’re aesthetic, and it’s this perfect balance of all three that has made them a favorite among both dentists and patients.
Sometimes during complex restorative dental procedures patients will be given temporary or provisional restorations while they await their permanent prosthetic. This allows patients to ‘trial their smile’ in order to see how their restorations will feel. So any adjustments can be made at this point, BEFORE any permanent restorations are made/fitted.
Many people associate root canals with discomfort and pain. However this couldn’t be further from the truth. With advancements in modern technology, undergoing a root canal (otherwise known as endodontic therapy) is actually no less painful than having a filling. The procedure is carried out to preserve teeth with roots that are badly infected.
Dental sedation is a safe procedure that dentists use to help people relax during a multitude of dental treatments. As such it’s revolutionized the way many patients now view dental visits, especially those who feel anxiety or fear. Ultimately this means that any patients afraid of even the most routine of dental procedures can now visit the dentist with a degree of confidence.