Restorative Dentistry in Camp Hill, PA
As we monitor your oral health, there may be times when we find a tooth that needs repair. In these instances, your dentist in Camp Hill will want to treat as quickly as possible in order to help you avoid a more complex and usually costlier treatment.
One of the more common dental diseases we treat is tooth decay. Both Dr. Singh and Dr. Maynard are delighted with the appearance the performance of white fillings. Gone are the days when a filling meant having a dark metal spot in your smile. Today we use strong composite resin materials to create white fillings that only you and your dentist will know are there.
For a tooth that requires more complete coverage, there are porcelain crowns. Also called caps, these completely encapsulate a severely decayed, cracked or broken tooth in order to restore strength, form and function.
Do you hate those ugly black fillings in your mouth? Do they show when you laugh or smile? These fillings can be replaced, so your teeth will look the way nature intended.
If a small to medium sized filling is needed, a composite material will be used to match the color of your natural tooth. This material has been the cutting-edge material in dentistry for the past several years. They last as long as amalgam when used in the right situation and allow us to remove less of your natural tooth structure than amalgam. White fillings are placed in a single visit.
Replacement of larger fillings may require the use of tooth-colored crowns or overlays to protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure and minimize the chance of tooth fracture. Both direct composites and overlays offer advantages over previous procedures. Since they are bonded to your tooth, they eliminate the need for extensive removal of tooth structure. Bonding can also strengthen your tooth. Of course, they also look like natural teeth!
Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials to restore severe damage and decay, and the material used depends on a number of variables. We may recommend using a gold crown if it will be placed in the back of the mouth. If a patient has a heavy bite or not enough room, we may also recommend using a gold crown. More often that not, we will advise using a porcelain dental crowns, which results while recreating the full form, function, and strength of damaged teeth.
Porcelain bonded to metal restorations provide a natural looking appearance at first, but overtime, the porcelain wears away revealing more and more of the dark-colored metal below. Metal-free, porcelain crowns retain their natural appearance even as the restoration begins to wear away. In most cases, people are unable to tell the difference between your restoration and natural dental structure. Some of most common reasons we recommend patients receive dental crowns include:
- To repair large areas of decay or damage
- To replace a damaged dental filling and preserve remaining dental structure
- To protect root canal treated teeth and provide fortification to root canal treated teeth
- To enhance the overall appearance of less-than-perfect teeth
Full Dentures & Partial Dentures
Traditional partial and full dentures are used to repair smiles following significant tooth loss. Partials replace any number of missing teeth along an arch. We set the replacement teeth into a gum colored base that attaches to remaining teeth using metal clasps. Full dentures are custom crafted by setting an entire row of replacement teeth into a base that is molded to remain in place through natural suction between dentures and the patients’ gum line. Partial dentures are made with a flexible material which makes them more comfortable than traditional metal.
Root Canal Therapy
Patients dread the words “root canal,” but when done right, root canal therapy provides immediate relief to the severe toothache that necessitates it. Root canal therapy begins by placing a hole through the top of the tooth down to the inner, pulp layer. The pulp layer of teeth houses the nerve system of the tooth, and when decay or damage reaches this layer, the pain can be significant. In order to restore the tooth to full health, we remove the pulp layer through the access hole, refill the tooth, and close the small access hole. In some cases, we may recommend the placement of a dental crown to protect the root canal treated tooth.
In most cases, we partner with patients to prevent tooth loss, but there are certain situations where tooth extraction is actually the best option to ensure patients’ overall oral health. When this is true, we work hard to provide effective, pain free extraction to preserve remaining healthy teeth. Some of the situations where extraction may be the right solution include:
- Severe decay that may affect surrounding teeth or gums
- Severe damage that could damage opposing or surrounding teeth
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment, we may extract one or more teeth
- Prior to the creation and placement of partial and full dentures, one or more teeth may need to be removed
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The most commonly extracted teeth are the third set of molars to erupt in patients’ smiles. Sometimes referred to as wisdom teeth, there is often not enough space within patients’ jawlines to accommodate this final set of molars. Typically around the age of eleven, we perform a wisdom tooth evaluation. Using diagnostic x-rays, we examine the underlying structures of patients’ teeth to determine whether the developing wisdom teeth are likely to cause concerns. If it looks as though crowding, dental shifting, or impaction may result from the eruption of wisdom teeth, we may recommend extraction.
When it comes to keeping our patients comfortable, Dr. Singh, Dr. Maynard, and our Camp Hill dental team take the time to answer questions and make sure all of our patients fully understand their treatment options. We then create a personalized treatment plan that they can be 100% confident in. However, we understand that there are certain situations where patients may need a little extra help to relax during treatment. In these cases, we offer nitrous oxide sedation in our office and general anesthesia with the assistance of a local anesthesiologist. We may recommend dental sedation for patients in the following situations:
- Those with dental phobia or anxiety
- Those with sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflex
- Those who want to complete a number of treatments comfortably in a single visit
- Those who are unable to numb with local anesthesia alone
The effects of nitrous oxide take hold quickly and wear off just as fast, which means patients are able to drive themselves to and from their appointment. General anesthesia renders patients completely unconscious during care, and it takes several hours to wear off. Patients will need a trusted friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment and monitor recovery.