Check ups & Cleanings
Regular checkups have an important role to play in your overall health. Beyond preventing cavities, these examinations can help head off conditions such as heart attack, diabetes, and oral cancer. Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. When you are in our office for a checkup and cleaning we will go over your history, examine your teeth, gums, tongue and whole mouth. Our hygienists will help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us. We can provide periodontal (gum) examinations, cleanings, and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us. Fillings, Crowns, Bridges & More
A dental filling, sometimes called a restoration, is the process of using material to repair teeth that have cavities or that have undergone a root canal. Different materials are used to replace the missing tooth structure. At Century Dental we use the most up-to-date materials that are long wearing. Many types of material are used, including gold, porcelain or a composite resin. Your dentist will recommend the best options for your individual oral health.
Crowns are a way of protecting older, decayed, weakened or damaged teeth. If you have had a root canal, or if Century Dental’s dentists notice that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened or cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient. Crowns cover the remaining portion of the old tooth and can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth. The process of making and installing a crown takes 2 visits over a period of a few weeks. After the dentist takes a mold of your tooth it is sent to the lab to be made to your individual specifications. In the meantime your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown. After your permanent crown is put in place, when you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Dental Bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the space where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced either with a bridge or an implant. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, having the space remain empty could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment at Century Dental today to restore your smile.
Inlays, Onlays, Partial Crowns
Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. The decayed area of the tooth is first removed and a mold of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab where they will create a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to make, so a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth for that time. When the permanent inlay or onlay is placed into your mouth and set with cement, your tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won’t be able to tell the difference.
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth. Your dentures may take some time to get used to. Over time, your mouth becomes trained and eating and speaking with your dentures will begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth. Care for your dentures like they are your real teeth. Before removing your dentures brush them to remove plaque and food particles. After you remove them place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate. Make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. And, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. Always seek assistance from your Century Dental dentist if your dentures feel uncomfortable or loose. description here.
Surgical, Pre and Post Op
Instructions Before Anesthesia
There are a few steps that patients should take prior to anesthesia. Do not eat or drink anything at least 8 hours prior to surgery Refrain from smoking 12 hours prior to surgery. Make arrangements to have someone to accompany you to the surgery and drive you home after. On the day of surgery, do not wear any jewelry, contact lenses, or dentures. If you regularly take medications, discuss those with the doctor in advance to ensure that they are approved prior to surgery.
After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. Immediately after surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site, which should not be removed for at least 45 minutes, and then discarded after that. Limit your activities on the day surgery will take place. You can resume your regular activities the following day. Take the pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort you feel after the local anesthetic wears off.
After dental implant surgery
It is recommended that you take it easy for 48-72 hours. Resting assists the healing process and limits after surgery bleeding. Drink plenty of fluids, but nothing too cold. Apply an ice pack to your face in twenty-minute intervals for the 2 days following surgery or as directed by our staff. If you received upper implants, do not blow your nose for two (2) weeks. It is common to experience slight bleeding for about two days after surgery. You will feel slightly uncomfortable the first two days following surgery, but the third day is generally better. You may also experience an increase of about 1 to 2 degrees in your body temperature, however, it is not a cause for concern. Finally, while you can eat when you are hungry, do not chew directly over the area where you have had a bone graft
. After Impacted Tooth Extraction
After surgery, you can expect some mild discomfort and swelling. This is part of the healing process and should not alarm you. You may use cold compresses to alleviate the swelling. In addition, your doctor will prescribe pain medication, which should be taken as directed. Patients are also advised to favor the extraction area and modify their diet for a few days to allow for healing.
Multiple Tooth Extractions
The removal of one or two teeth is a simple procedure. Extracting multiple teeth requires that the jawbone be shaped and removed to prepare for a denture. You may experience the following after a multiple tooth extraction procedure:
Within two days, you will experience the maximum swelling both inside the mouth and possibly around the eye as well.
The area around your eye may also become discolored, which may be alleviated by a warm compress.
The muscles near the extraction site may become sore after surgery, causing a sore throat.
The corners of your mouth may become dry and cracked from being stretched open during surgery.
This is normal. In most cases, you will have a follow-up appointment with your dentist within 48 hours after surgery to discuss any post-surgery symptoms that you are experiencing.