Over the course of someone’s life, it’s very common for them to experience a broken, decayed, or missing tooth. These issues are typically not a big deal as long as a patient seeks out treatment quickly, but if left alone, they can often lead to much more serious dental problems that require more involved work. At Ellicott City Smiles, we can implement our restorative services to quickly turn your dental problem into a distant memory, and we’ll make sure your newly repaired teeth look just as good as they feel. To learn about all the ways we can restore your smile, simply read on below, and then contact us to schedule an appointment.
If you have a chipped, cracked, or thoroughly decayed tooth that can’t be repaired with a filling, a dental crown is the next logical step. It is a tooth-shaped restoration that simply fits on top and fully encases a damaged tooth in order to protect and enhance it in every way possible.
For a single missing tooth or a few in a row, a dental bridge is a quick and effective way to replace them. A prosthetic tooth is bonded to dental crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the gap in the smile, and in addition to helping a patient chew and speak normally again, they can also prevent the teeth from naturally drifting into the open space.
Our practice prefers to use tooth-colored composite resin fillings as opposed to traditional silver/amalgam ones for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, the resin can be specially shaded to blend in with a person’s natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. Even better, with these fillings, we’re able to preserve more of your natural tooth structure when placing them, which will make the tooth much less likely to crack over time (a common concern with traditional fillings). Plus, this material, unlike amalgam, is completely mercury-free, which is ideal for both the health of our patients and the environment.
At most dental practices, it will take at least two appointments spaced about a week apart to have a tooth repaired with a dental crown. In today’s fast-paced world, that simply isn’t good enough anymore, which is exactly why Ellicott City Smiles is happy to offer one-visit restorations. Using our own in-house technology, we can design, mill, and place a completely custom-made dental crown in about an hour, saving you time without having to compromise quality.
Removable dentures are still one of the most reliable and affordable ways to quickly replace multiple missing teeth. A partial denture can be used to fill in the gaps in a smile like the missing piece of a puzzle, while full dentures can replace an entire row of teeth. No matter what you need, our team will ensure you get a prosthetic that has the perfect look and fit for you.
When the innermost part of a tooth develops an infection, a root canal is typically the best way to treat it and relieve the accompanying dental pain. Why is this infection so painful? Because the inner chamber of a tooth is actually where the sensitive nerve resides. With a root canal, your doctor can gently remove the infected tissue, get rid of your pain, and restore the tooth that would otherwise need to be removed.
Our practice’s primary concern is preserving your natural teeth, but sometimes, the best course of treatment may involve removing one. This may be the case if:
The “wisdom teeth” are actually the third set of molars, and they typically start to come in around the ages of 16-25. Most people simply don’t have enough room in their mouth to accommodate these teeth, which why they typically cause pain, crowding, and even an infection as they try to erupt. Unlike most other practices, we can handle their extraction all in-house, saving you from having to visit an expensive specialist.