Your oral health is vital to the health of your body. That is why it is so important to keep your mouth clean and receive regular checkups from your general dentist. Routine oral health maintenance can help prevent a host of oral health problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and the development of cavities. We understand that occasionally, these problems will arise, and further treatment is necessary. From simple tooth restoration using fillings and crowns to more complex tooth replacement through bridges or dentures, the team at Silverman Dental in Annville, PA, is here to assist you with any and all of your dental needs.
Gum Disease Treatment
More than 80% of adults experience some form of gum disease. Some of the tell-tale signs of gum disease include redness and swelling. Fortunately, there are many effective and pain-free gum disease treatments. For gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, treatment typically involves a thorough dental cleaning followed by daily brushing and flossing. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, requires scaling and root planing to remove stubborn deposits below the gum line. If nonsurgical methods of gum disease treatment are ineffective, gingivectomy (periodontal surgery) may be necessary.
Tooth Decay & Cavity Treatment
Dentists specialize in addressing routine tooth decay and the development of cavities. Cavities and tooth decay develop when plaque-causing bacteria accumulates in the crevices of the teeth. This buildup might take place between the teeth, near the gums, or in the ridges of the back molars.
When caught early, tooth decay can be addressed through routine treatment. We have listed below some of the most common procedures performed in our office.
White fillings are the most common treatment option when cavities develop in the mouth. They are extremely popular because they blend seamlessly with the teeth, allowing patients to smile with confidence. They are made of composite resin, making them extremely durable and stain-resistant. Unlike other types of fillings, they require less removal of your tooth structure. For all of these reasons, we also see many patients who wish to have silver fillings removed and replaced with white fillings.
A porcelain dental crown is a fantastic option for patients who need a long-lasting restoration for a damaged tooth. Porcelain crowns are used to cover the damaged tooth and strengthen it for continued use. While crowns can be made using gold, silver, and even steel, porcelain is a preferred material of many patients and dentists because it naturally matches the rest of the healthy teeth in the mouth. Porcelain is also an appealing option for patients with metal allergies because it is metal-free.
In addition, we also offer BruxZir® Solid Zirconia dental crowns. BruxZir® restorations appear natural as their translucency and color are very similar to those of natural teeth. Much like porcelain crowns, BruxZir® restorations are metal free and will provide patients with restored function while maintaining aesthetics. These crowns are highly durable and provide patients with an even stronger solution.
Root canal procedures continue to be one of the most impactful treatments to address tooth decay. A root canal is performed when the innermost part of the tooth, the pulp, becomes infected. Sometimes it is difficult to detect these infections because they are not painful until the decay progresses and additional problems, such as the development of a dental abscess, occur. It is important to know that root canal treatment is a vital part of dental treatment and can save patients from an otherwise costly restoration process if the tooth must be removed.
Missing Tooth Restoration
When a tooth is missing, or it can’t be restored using a filling, crown, or other treatment, more dramatic restorations may be considered to replace the tooth or teeth entirely. Whether you are in need of a single tooth restoration, missing multiple teeth, or need to restore a full arch of teeth, we can provide you with a solution to restore your dental health and smile.
Dental bridges are one of the first restorations used to replace missing teeth. While bridges have evolved over the years, their design remains one of the most popular options for the restoration of a single or multiple missing teeth in a row. A bridge is just as it sounds—a restoration that bridges the gap where a tooth or teeth are missing. Not only do bridges restore the aesthetics of the mouth, but they also help to keep teeth from moving out of alignment and into the empty tooth socket, as well as improve both chewing and speaking. The placement of a bridge requires a minimal amount of healing time because it is less invasive than other options, which require oral surgery.
Advances in dental techniques allow our dentists to provide our patients with multiple bridge options to suit their unique needs. A traditional bridge spans over the missing tooth site and relies on the strength of adjacent teeth to support it. This is a fantastic option when the missing teeth are surrounded by other healthy teeth. When this is not the case, and the surrounding teeth are only on one side of the mouth, a cantilever bridge may be used. This bridge is supported by a dental abutment. A Maryland bridge may also be considered when there is a significant amount of space between the remaining teeth. This bridge is supported by a metal framework and specialized resin that is cemented directly to the enamel of the teeth.
Removable dentures are a popular option for replacing a partial or full arch of teeth. Not only do they restore the ability to chew and speak, but they also provide patients with a brand-new beautiful smile. Dentists have come a long way in providing customized dentures to fit a patient’s mouth with precision. When you visit our practice to restore your smile using dentures, we will create a custom set of new teeth that blend seamlessly with your smile. Many patients find that they also enjoy the flexibility of removable dentures—you only need to wear them when you want to! With daily maintenance and routine checkups, dentures can often last 5–7 years.
Dentures are also an appealing option for many because they can provide a quick restoration.The shape of the mouth, the patient’s current dental health, and other factors will be taken into consideration when determining the best course of action. Many times, a customized denture is required; it’s a longer restoration process than a traditional denture, but it will provide a more comfortable and natural-looking final result.
Dental implants are the most cost-effective, long-lasting restorations for missing teeth. A dental implant is made up of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown. The implant acts as the replacement root for the missing tooth and connects to the beautiful white crown via the abutment. Dental implants are a versatile treatment option and can be used to restore individual teeth or support a bridge—or even an entire arch of new teeth.
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Oral surgery refers to any treatment of your mouth that requires surgery, such as the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, the placement of dental implants, bone grafting, and much more! At Silverman Dental, we have the pleasure of working with a world-class oral surgeon in our office, Dr. Alex Balaci. Dr. Balaci’s extensive experience and training make him the best dental professional to perform a surgical procedure. In addition to completing his dental degree, he has undergone an additional surgical residency program focused solely on oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures.