Tooth decay, caused by harmful bacteria, can cause pain and infection when left untreated. Composite fillings are a safe, effective solution.
Composite fillings are made of resin that is tooth-colored, strong, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. We gently remove decayed tissue and place composite fillings to help prevent further damage.
Routine checkups, proper hygiene, and a healthy diet are the most important measures you can take in preventing tooth decay. And during an exam at Polaris Dentistry of Sachse, we will find decay and help you determine whether composite fillings are your best option.
Over time, teeth can begin to weaken, leaving them susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, and discoloration. Dental crowns can renew the appearance and function of the tooth.
Benefits of Dental Crowns:
- Prevent a weak tooth from breaking
- Hold cracked teeth together
- Cover and support a decayed or damaged tooth
- Cover an unsightly tooth
- Restore a broken or extremely worn tooth
Dental crowns are also used with root canal therapy, dental implants, or as an anchor for a bridge. Crowns are made from porcelain to provide strength and a beautiful, natural appearance. Proper hygiene and routine checkups are still very important when crowns are placed and can prolong the life of the crown.
The dentist at Polaris Dentistry often uses dental bridges to replace one or more missing teeth. With bridges, one or more neighboring teeth may be crowned and used to anchor the replacement.
This type of tooth replacement helps prevent the shifting of surrounding teeth, creating gaps and structural changes to your mouth and jaw. Patients with missing teeth may experience difficulty in eating, speech, and other functions without treatment.
Each dental bridge is custom-made, using strong and durable materials to match the patient’s natural teeth in color, size, and shape. With proper at-home and professional care, your dental bridge may last for years.
If you are missing teeth or if you need an extraction and replacement, you can rely on Polaris Dentistry of Sachse.
Dentures are a removable replacement option for missing teeth. They are used to restore function and improve aesthetics. Dentures are custom-made for each patient and match the appearance of natural teeth.
Complete dentures will replace all of the upper or lower teeth. Partial dentures are often used to replace one or more teeth when some natural teeth remain intact.
Maintenance for dentures involves daily cleaning, periodic adjustments for a proper fit, and possible replacement every 5 to 10 years.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are frequently used as an alternative to full coverage crowns. They offer a strong, long-lasting solution to tooth decay and damage and can be used in place of dental fillings.
Inlays and onlays are fabricated in a lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth, while fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a single dental visit.
An inlay is bonded within the center of the tooth. An onlay is similar, but the extent of the damage requires the inclusion of cusps, the pointed portion on the chewing surface of the tooth. Inlays and Onlays are very durable and, with proper care, can last for many years.
Advantages and benefits of inlays and onlays:
- Inlays and onlays are not likely to discolor.
- They preserve as much healthy tooth as possible.
- Inlays are best for sealing teeth.
- Inlays and onlays are very stable.
- With an intricately tailored fit, the tooth will be easier to clean.
- An onlay can protect weak areas of the tooth, and the procedure does not require the complete reshaping of the tooth.
Root Canal Treatment
Lots of patients worry when the topic of root canal treatment comes up, but there’s no need. Root canal treatment can be done comfortably and quickly and can eliminate pain permanently, often saving the natural tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year.
How does root canal treatment work? Beneath the white enamel of your tooth, there is a hard layer called dentin, and then a soft tissue called pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help the root of your tooth grow during development. A fully developed tooth will survive without the pulp. During a root canal, your dentist will remove inflamed or infected pulp and carefully clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. Once this process is complete, they will fill and seal the tooth. Crowns are often used in this process.
With our advanced technology, the dentist at Polaris Dentistry of Sachse, can perform root canal treatment with minimal discomfort. The procedure is similar to getting a routine filling and can usually be done in one or two appointments, depending on the degree of damage and personal circumstances. In short, these days getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective, when done by the right dentist.
Dental implants are a safe, durable replacement option for missing teeth. They are beautiful, secure and they function like natural teeth.
The dentist at Polaris Dentistry of Sachse is committed to ensuring optimal comfort and the best quality care for all dental implant patients. And we would love to help you get your smile back using the best technology and compassionate care. Learn more about dental implants.
Benefits of Using Dental Implants
Dental implants are an aesthetically pleasing, effective solution for tooth loss. Some of the benefits of utilizing implants are:
- Restoring a smile
- Improvements in oral health
- Improved speech
- Improved comfort
- Improved function
- Protection of healthy bone structure
- Long-term tooth replacement solution
Evaluation and Consideration
There are several factors that Dr. Dhawan takes into consideration before recommending dental implants. Some of these include:
- Adequate bone support to anchor implants
- Healthy gums
- Sinus and nerve location
- Overall health, including any chronic illnesses
In some cases, Dr. Dhawan may recommend treatment for the upper or lower jaw prior to treating patients with dental implants.
If you want to find out if dental implants are a good fit for you, contact Polaris Dentistry of Sachse. We are here to help you make the right choice.
Contact the Dentist at Polaris Dentistry of Sachse
To learn more about restorative dentistry or get started on your personal journey to good oral health, please contact Polaris Dentistry of Sachse. You can book your dental appointment easily here.