Porcelain crowns are tooth-colored caps that are placed on damaged teeth to restore appearance, size, shape, and strength. These crowns are used when composite fillings aren't quite strong enough to rehabilitate a tooth. When sealed in place, porcelain crowns cover all visible areas of the damaged tooth down to the gum line.
Here are some reasons you might need a porcelain crown:
Porcelain fixed bridges replace gaps left by missing teeth and match the color, size, and shape of existing teeth. Here’s how it works: like bookends, two crowns are placed on top of the two teeth surrounding the gap and they’re fused to an artificial tooth that covers the gap. It improves your smile, spacing, and helps protect your gums.
Here's how porcelain fixed bridges improve your oral health:
Composite fillings utilize a tooth-colored mixture to repair damaged, decaying, cracked, or fractured teeth. The area causing damage to the tooth is removed and replaced with composite filling. Composite fillings are also used in cosmetic procedures to reshape and recolor rogue teeth.
A few reasons why you might need a composite filling:
Periodontics involves preventative measures, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection in your gums and can spread and damage the supporting structures of your teeth from within your jawbone. With Dr. Hood's extensive LANAP training combined with Dr. Jeziorski and his team of hygienists staying on top of the most up-to-date research and training, we're confident we can help treat and possibly prevent the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, periodontal disease.
Give us a call immediately if you’re dealing with any of these issues:
If your gums bleed while eating food or during the regular brushing and cleaning of your teeth.
If you're following a regular oral hygiene regimen and still struggle with halitosis - or "bad breath" - you might have periodontitis or gingivitis.
If you notice that your teeth are looking longer than normal and your gums show signs of recession, it might be due to periodontal disease. Receding gums are a sign of bone loss in the jawbone which causes teeth to become loose or possibly fall out.
Osteopenia, osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease are often related to periodontitis or periodontal infections. What happens is, the bacterial infection in your gums has the potential to expand into your blood stream and impact other parts of your body.
Diagnosing and Treating Periodontal Disease:
Gingivitis is most commonly associated with Plaque. When plaque is not removed the bacteria causes an inflammatory response which, if left untreated, can lead to periodontal disease. Other issues that can lead to gingivitis are:
Read our blog post "Brushing and Flossing" to learn how you can properly clean and remove plaque to prevent gingivitis.
Depending on the severity, our team might need to perform a more extensive scaling and root planing treatment also known as "deep cleaning." If you suffer bone loss, we might recommend surgical intervention or LANAP with Dr. Hood to eliminate the infection and improve gum health.
If you suffer the loss of teeth because of periodontal disease, our team might need to perform one of two options. The first option depends on the strength and structure of your jawbone. If it's still strong, Dr. Jeziorski will perform a dental implant and replace your missing tooth with a prosthetic. If your jawbone lacks the strength to be a sufficient anchor for a dental implant, Dr. Jeziorski may need to perform bone grafts to strengthen the jawbone before replacing the missing tooth with a prosthetic.
Additional Treatments for Better Gum Health:
Crown Lengthening allows us to improve the appearance of your teeth and your smile by reshaping the gum and bone tissue around your teeth. This procedure exposes the natural length of each tooth and gives it the proper look and appeal. It's also used in cosmetic dentistry to help people who struggle with excess gum tissue covering the beauty and length of their teeth.
Gum grafting, sometimes called periodontal plastic surgery or gingival graft, is the opposite of crown lengthening. Some people deal with an issue where they're lacking the proper amount of gum tissue. When this happens, nerves can be exposed - which is extremely painful. At the moment we do not perform any in house gum grafting. However, we will refer you to a trusted Periodontist who will add layers of gum tissue to protect your teeth, their nerves, and improve the overall look of your smile.
Endodontics focuses on the inner workings of your teeth like the pulp - nope, not the stuff you find in orange juice, but rather the soft inner tissue of your teeth controlling blood and nerve supply. It used to be - "in the olden days" - when a tooth was damaged on the inside it was simply removed. These days, a professional like Dr. Jeziorski can keep the tooth intact by simply removing damaged pulp, filling the gap, and caping it with a crown.
Here are some signs you might need endodontic treatment:
We perform root canal therapy when the blood supply and nerves suffer with bacterial infection from caries or trama. Without root canal therapy, the tooth is essentially dying and would need to be removed. If left untreated, the pain will increase and the infection can not only spread but eventually become life threatening. Our team removes the bacteria, pulp, and nerves, replaces them with specialized filling to save the tooth.
Think you might need root canal therapy? Here are some signs to look out for:
Although rare, some root canal treatments fail and the patient will need a root canal re-treatment. In this case, we will remove the previous treatment, do an extensive canal cleaning, and re-fill and re-crown the tooth.
Several things in our daily lives can cause a cracked or fractured tooth - maybe you accidentally bite into really hard object, or hit a tooth into your coffee mug, or perhaps you clench and grind your teeth at night - whatever the case may be, cracked teeth are unfortunately fairly common. Think of a cracked tooth like a cracked windshield. Although it might not be bothersome initially, each time you drive the bumps, speed, and pressure increase the size of the crack on your windshield. It's the same with a cracked tooth. Sometimes it won't hurt initially, but as you continue to eat food and grind your teeth, the crack widens and becomes a much bigger issue.
When a crack in your tooth widens it exposes the inner workings of your tooth - the pulp and nerves. Pulp and nerves are not meant to be exposed to outside air, liquids, or foods, and are easily damaged as a result.
Contact Dr. Jeziorski right away if you're experiencing these symptoms:
If you have a tooth that is either knocked out by forceful trauma or needed to be removed for medical purposes, a dental implant is usually the next step. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots inserted into your jaw to hold either a prosthetic tooth, fixed bridge, or a supported denture. They replace missing teeth while maintaining the structure and function of your overall oral health. When a tooth isn't replaced and a gap is left untreated it compromises the remaining teeth, the gum tissue, and the jawbone.
First, Dr. Jeziorski will need to inspect the strength and health of your jawbone. Because the dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone, the jawbone will need the proper strength and structure to tightly house and support the artificial tooth root and prosthetic tooth. If the jawbone is not strong or healthy enough, bone grafting might be necessary.
If the jawbone is strong and healthy enough, here's how it works:
An artificial tooth root is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Then, the patient is given time for this part of the procedure to heal and for the artificial tooth root to naturally integrate into the jawbone. Patients will go home from this procedure and are advised to chew exclusively on the opposite side of their mouths. Healing can take weeks or months before Dr. Jeziorski performs Phase 2.
After the artificial tooth root successfully integrates into the jawbone, we will attach either a prosthetic tooth or a fixed bridge. The replacement tooth, whether affixed to a dental bridge or not, will look and feel like a normal tooth and the patient can resume regular eating, drinking, and daily cleaning. While the tooth is prosthetic, it's still important to clean it and the surrounding gum area.
Once the phases of the procedure is completed, dental implants have several benefits to your overall oral health: