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Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after root canal treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will a non surgical root canal cost?

The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

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Dental Crowns

Teeth can undergo a great deal of damage for many reasons. If left untreated, they may eventually be lost. Modern dentistry offers a variety of solutions for saving damaged, worn, decayed, and broken teeth, and restoring their natural look and function. At CV Dental Care, our experienced dentists use the best materials and advanced techniques to restore the most damaged teeth back to full health and functionality. Teeth can undergo a great deal of damage for many reasons. If left untreated, they may eventually be lost. Modern dentistry offers a variety of solutions for saving damaged, worn, decayed, and broken teeth, and restoring their natural look and function. At CV Dental Care, our experienced dentists use the best materials and advanced techniques to restore the most damaged teeth back to full health and functionality.

Dental crowns, or caps, are used to rebuild and cover damaged teeth with materials that resemble one’s natural teeth in strength and comfort. At CV Dental Care, dental crowns are designed and crafted with consideration of our patients’ lifestyle, overall health of the mouth and surrounding teeth, bite, and skin tone. With proper care and good oral hygiene, the life of a crown can range from 5 to 15 years. Our goal is to provide treatments that are used for long lasting correction of major dental problems.

Key Benefits of Dental Crowns:

Dental crowns can be used to restore a single tooth, multiple teeth and even the entire mouth, or in conjunction of dental implants. 

  • Even badly broken teeth can be replaced with dental crowns
  • Missing teeth can also be replaced with dental crowns
  • Dental crowns help slow down existing damage by providing support to cracked or chipped teeth
  • Dental crowns help restore chewing and proper bite
  • Dental crowns protect and support a tooth after a very large filling or root canal treatment
  • Dental crowns hold a dental bridge or other prosthetic device in place

How Long Does it Take to Fit a Dental Crown?

As with most restorative methods, dental crowns also require at least two visits to the dentist. On the first visit, you’ll get an injection of anesthesia, after which your dentist will remove any decay and shape the tooth. An impression is then taken, and a temporary cap put on the tooth.

A couple of weeks later, at your second appointment, you’ll have the temporary cap removed, and a permanent restoration put on.

Most major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases, wear and tear can be corrected using crown and bridgework. The dental materials used in these repairs are either high-grade porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Placing crowns on the back teeth relieves the pain that is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. For the front teeth, porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.

At CV Dental Care, we believe that preserving the tooth structure is crucial to the longevity of your teeth and strive to create the highest quality restorations that last several years, and, with a proper oral hygiene for your lifetime.

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Denture Soft Liners

Denture Soft Liners

Denture soft liners are used to correct and improve the fit of a denture to the changing jawbone and gum tissue of the denture wearer. A layer of soft pliable material, a medical grade soft polymer, is applied to the tissue-fitting surface of the hard denture. This applied layer acts as a shock absorber, especially during chewing, between the gum and the denture’s hard surface. A denture soft liner is a very good solution for patients with chronic gum pain or soreness caused by an ill-fitting denture due to receding gums and flattened gum tissue, even after adjustments to the denture have been made. Soft liners are used in both new dentures and existing lower dentures that need to be relined. This simple procedure can be done in one appointment at the dentist office, and most patients respond very well to the soft liner materials.

Denture soft liners have been around for over 20 years and they are constantly improving. Here are some of their main advantages:

• They provide increased comfort and better feel to the denture fit
• They act as a shock absorber during chewing, and there is less or no “pop-off”
• They can last up to 2 years before replacing
• Some soft liners are made from advanced materials that resist fungal growth
• Some advanced soft liners are made to use less adhesives

However, denture soft liners don’t work with all denture types. In some cases, they may be difficult to clean thoroughly due to the porous material they’re made of, which allows bacteria to penetrate and stay inside. Soft liners may harden with time and cause some discomfort.

At CV Dental Care, we can help you make your dentures fit better and restore your comfort. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert dentists. There is more than one solution for an ill-fitting denture, and we are dedicated to your comprehensive care with advanced and proven technology. We look forward to seeing you at one of our convenient locations.

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Denture Rebase & Repairs

Denture rebase & repairs are a process in which the entire pink acrylic denture base is replaced without replacing the denture teeth. Denture rebase & repairs may be recommended when:

• The denture base has become porous or weakened
• The denture has already had multiple repairs and relines
• The denture base has become contaminated or discolored
• The denture base has become cracked or damaged
• 3-6 months following the placement of an immediate denture
• The patient cannot afford a new denture

How is Denture Rebase & Repairs done?

A new impression is taken inside the denture, just like a reline. The old acrylic is completely removed and a new one is then added around the teeth. A rebase changes both the inside and outside of the denture to produce a correct fit. A simple consultation with your dentist will help determine whether you need a denture rebase or reline, which is a similar procedure.

Denture Rebase & Repairs At CV Dental Care, we can help you understand the circumstances involved in loose, broken, or ill-fitting dentures. However, not all of these cases will require getting a new denture. A denture repair may simply solve the problem. We strive to provide prompt, quality repair services, using the best dental materials, so that you can get back to your schedule as soon as possible.

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Denture Exams & Maintenance

Your dentures are an investment and require care and attention to maintain their optimum performance. The fit of your dentures will have a profound effect on your oral tissues and health. An annual examination by your doctor will help ensure your denture is functioning properly.

Medical and dental history

Updating your medical and dental history with any significant changes is critical to maintaining your oral health and well-being. A variety of medical and dental conditions can alter a dentures fit.

Oral Denture Exam

Annual examinations can assist in detecting oral abnormalities including cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions. Early detection of these conditions is generally beneficial for treatment.

Tissue and bone

Ill-fitting dentures may cause bone and tissue changes and need to be corrected for your oral health. Our practice can assess and recommend solutions to suit your personal needs.

Comfort, fit, and integrity of dentures

Bite problems, speech impediments and tissue irritations can be caused by an ill-fitting denture and should be remedied. Leaving this condition unchecked can lead to complicated situations in the future. Our doctors can assess your dentures for cracks, chips, and broken or loose teeth and suggest solutions.

Overview of Denture Exam & Maintenance

  • Update of medical and dental history chart
  • An examination of your oral cavity
  • Tissue and bone assessment
  • Denture stability and bite examination
  • Cleaning and polishing of your denture
  • Oral hygiene review

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Implant Retained Dentures

Implant Retained (Supported) Dentures are a great alternative and a better solution to traditional dentures in terms of comfort, functionality, and value, as they are more stable and securely anchored using two or more dental implants. If a person doesn’t have sufficient bone in the jaw to support dental implants, he or she may not be a good candidate for this kind of denture. Therefore, addressing missing teeth as soon as possible is in one’s best interest. Implant retained dentures are a great solution for patients who need all or most of their teeth replaced and can be made for either upper or lower jaw.Implant Retained (Supported) Dentures are a great alternative and a better solution to traditional dentures in terms of comfort, functionality, and value, as they are more stable and securely anchored using two or more dental implants. If a person doesn’t have sufficient bone in the jaw to support dental implants, he or she may not be a good candidate for this kind of denture. Therefore, addressing missing teeth as soon as possible is in one’s best interest. Implant retained dentures are a great solution for patients who need all or most of their teeth replaced and can be made for either upper or lower jaw.

There are two main options for patients to choose from:- Removable Implant Retained dentures fitted with special snaps that attach to the implants- Fixed-in Permanent Implant Retained dentures.

Ball Attached Denture

The Removable Implant Retained overdenture, or snap-in denture, is made with top grade acrylic and has special snaps that hold it firmly in place, so there will be no slippage or need for dental adhesives, as with regular dentures. More economical as an option, it is made with 2 or more implants and a removable overdenture appliance. This type of dentures will give you up to 60 percent of the chewing power of natural teeth, while traditional dentures provide only 10 percent chewing power. Periodic appointments for denture adjustments are still necessary, as the existing tissue and bone that support the denture changes over time. For the upper jaw, a snap-in denture requires a minimum of 4 implants.

Bar Attached DentureEven though having an overdenture with just 2 available implants is a great improvement to a regular denture, having at least 4 implants is certainly more desirable. The Bar Attached Denture, which involves placing 4 to 6 implants connected with a custom-made support bar, is also a fully implant-supported removable option. The thin metal bar follows the jaw line between the implants to which it is attached. Many patients prefer this alternative as it eliminates the rubbing, loosening, and discomfort associated with traditional removable dentures.

Screw Retained Dentures

The Screw Retained Dentures provide the perfect mix of natural-tooth functionality, security, and appearance. They are installed with 4 or more metal implants, and patients who opt for this permanent solution need to have healthy jawbone to support them. A screw-retained denture is a completely fixed bridge that is not removable by the patient but can be removed by the dentist. This type of denture is also known as Hybrid Denture, or Fixed Hybrid. It doesn’t touch the gum tissue, which allows you to clean under the denture without removing it. This denture replaces all of the missing lower teeth.

What If I’m Missing All Of My Upper Teeth?

Usually, the implant retained dentures are made for the lower jaw, since the regular dentures tend to be less stable there. However, patients can receive implant supported dentures in either the upper or lower jaw. For the upper jaw, all of the above options are available, except that people often need more implants to support their new replacement teeth, because the bone in the upper jaw is not as hard as that in the lower jaw.

How Successful Are Implants?With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, and their average success rate is 97%. Teeth restored with dental implants don’t get cavities, but they still require the same care—brushing, flossing, and maintenance as regular teeth. Regular checkups and cleaning are necessary. A healthy diet and lifestyle is also a factor. Dental implants help stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. In some cases, bone grafting may be required to rebuild the bone for successful placement of implants.

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Partial Dentures

A Removable partial denture is a custom made and naturally looking appliance designed to replace patient’s one or more missing teeth. It helps restore speaking and eating, and fills gaps in the smile. Partial dentures could prevent the face from sagging by providing support for the cheeks and lips where the natural teeth are missing.

Types of Partial Dentures

A typical partial denture consists of metal framework to which the denture teeth and pink acrylic gum is attached. Metal partial dentures are stronger than the plastic ones, lighter to wear, and more hygienic. Both types may have precision attachments or clasps that keep them secure in the mouth. The clasps may be slightly visible, when you open your mouth, depending on where they’re placed.

A new partial denture may take some getting used to and may feel foreign and bulky in the mouth. Your dentist may even ask you to wear it full time in the beginning. This is done in order to determine if it needs to be adjusted even further, if you’re experiencing soreness. A partial denture is usually removed and cleaned before going to bed until the next morning. With time you will get used to it, and you’ll be able to eat and speak comfortably. Reading out loud is very helpful to improve and restore the speech patterns. While eating, it is recommended to chew on both sides to keep the pressure even. Sticky and hard foods should be avoided.

A partial denture is an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth for both lower and upper jaws. As having a partial denture is still more comfortable than wearing a full denture, your dentist will do his best to help you save your remaining natural teeth to be able to support a partial denture that will be designed to perfectly fit and replace your missing teeth. In some cases, he may even recommend getting 1 to 2 implants for an implant-assisted partial denture.

Patients should take extra care when cleaning the partial dentures and the teeth that fit under the clasps. With time, the fit of a partial denture may change and require additional adjustments at the dental office. Some adjustments are completed on the same day but others may require more time. If you notice any changes with your removable partial dentures, including cracks and chips, it is best to call your dentist immediately. At CV Dental Care, we will custom design your partial dentures for perfect comfort, functionality, and beautiful smile.

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Immediate Dentures

Immediate Dentures

An immediate denture is one that is fabricated prior to the natural teeth extraction and inserted into the mouth immediately following the extraction procedure. An immediate denture may be complete (full) or partial.

While having immediate dentures placed in the mouth right after the surgery may seem odd, it helps with the healing process a great deal:

– it helps control the post-surgical swelling and should be worn without removing for 3 days
– it prevents harmful bacteria from entering the wounds and causing an infection
– it allows the patient to feel confident while interacting with others
– it helps the patient re-establish the speech pattern ahead of time before the permanent dentures are placed
– it helps preserve, maintain, and support the soft tissue and contours of the face during the healing process
– immediate dentures can look very good and improve patient’s look and smile
– it helps process (chew) the soft food, aiding the digestive system

While your dentist and the dental lab will strive to make a perfect fit for your immediate dentures, some minor adjustments may be required, because of the unpredictability of the post-surgical bone reshaping and soft tissue shrinkage. Since the original impressions for an immediate denture are taken before the removal of the teeth, a soft temporary reline material may be used to refit your denture, if needed, during the healing process. It takes up to six months for the tissue to heal completely and finalize the permanent dentures.

Wearing an immediate denture may seem like a challenge and requires patience. The tong getting used to the “bulky” teeth, the feeling of not having adequate room inside the mouth, practicing certain sounds, irritable gums, difficulty chewing, and not being able to eat your favorite foods—this is to be expected during the healing process.

Our friendly staff at CV Dental care will answer all your questions and find the best possible solutions to make your smile perfect.

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Dentures

Dentures

A denture is a partial or complete set of artificial (false) teeth and gum tissue fabricated and shaped to one’s mouth to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue.

Edentulism (loss of teeth) is present throughout human evolution, and early dentures made of animal and human teeth were being constructed as far back as 700 BC in Northern Italy.

Getting dentures made to replace missing teeth, however, dramatically increases with the industrialization of England in the late 1800s, when British per capita sugar consumption increases 500%. False teeth were made from ivory, porcelain and even dead men human teeth.

In the 20th century, new technologies and materials in dentistry allowed for a much better quality and lower priced dentures.

Most dentures today are made of acrylic resin, porcelain, or combination of both. Traditionally, porcelain was preferred because of its durability, translucent and natural appearance. Porcelain is better used for full dentures, as it can wear down the natural teeth on contact over a period of time. Another disadvantage of porcelain dentures is that they can break easily if dropped on a hard surface. Today’s acrylic dentures are safe, naturally looking, high quality, and comfortable to wear. They could be as strong as porcelain dentures and are made from the best advanced materials possible. They’re a better choice for people with less gum tissue as they provide more support.

Over a period of time, the gum tissue in the mouth and the bony ridges, which used to hold the teeth, change due to the lack of teeth. When dentures are placed on these ridges, they compress on the underlying tissue, resulting in loss of bone and gum volume. This process is known as resorption or atrophy (wasting of the bone), which is an ongoing process. Therefore, it is recommended to replace your dentures every 3-6 years. When your dentures don’t fit comfortably in your mouth, it is important to call your dentist and having them relined.

The two main types of dentures are full and partial. In addition, there are: immediate dentures, custom dentures, snap in dentures, implant supported dentures, over dentures and economy (generic) dentures.

Our dentists at CV Dental Care will evaluate your oral health and discuss your options in getting the best possible solution to restore your smile.

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Amalgam Fillings

Disadvantages of Silver Amalgam Fillings

For 200 years, silver amalgams fillings have established a solid track record in durability and cost effectiveness. Almost every person has had at least one or two mercury fillings. An amalgam filling is a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper and mercury, where mercury is nearly 50% of the mixture. Mercury is used to bind metals together and makes it possible for the mixture to be easily manipulated to fill a tooth cavity.

Many dentists still prefer working with them because they’re easiest to work with compared to other alternatives. However, they have many drawbacks. Silver amalgam fillings are easily noticeable and less attractive than tooth colored composite resin fillings, even though most of the time they’re placed at the back of the mouth. Over time, their color can tarnish and cause discoloration of the amalgam tooth where the amalgam meets the tooth. Many people have reported increased sensitivity after an amalgam filling placement due to the metal expanding and contracting according to temperature changes. This can cause micro fractures and cracks within the tooth. Placing a silver amalgam fillings also requires the removal of a healthy part of the tooth, which ultimately makes it weaker and fragile.

Even though there were numerous findings about the harmful effect of mercury amalgams, only recently, in the 80s and the 90s, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark have banned the use of mercury amalgams. Starting July 1, 2018, amalgam use will be banned for children under 15 and for pregnant or nursing women in all countries of the European Union. Canada already has established guidelines for dentists discouraging the use of mercury amalgams on women and children.

CV Dental Care is a mercury-free practice. Not only do we care about your smile, but also about the role your mouth plays in your overall health. There are many choices of dental materials, treatments, and alternatives to traditional dentistry we offer to our patients, as we believe that everyone deserves a high quality of dental care.

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