Did you know that the condition of your smile can impact your whole-body health? A mouth free from disease and tooth decay contributes to an excellent quality of life and lessens the risk of developing serious health issues such as heart disease, lung problems, complications associated with diabetes, and more.
Plus, studies show that people with a full set of teeth live longer than folks with missing teeth. As far as Dr. DiBartola and Dr. Porco are concerned, these are excellent reasons to maintain a healthy smile!
Restorative Dentistry Procedures
Cavities are treated by removing the decayed portion of the tooth and then “filling” the area on the tooth where the decay was. Material used for fillings include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, or glass materials called composite resin fillings. The location and extent of the decay, cost of filling material, insurance coverage, and Dr. DiBartola’s or Dr. Porco’s recommendation help determine the type of filling that will best meet your needs.
A crown is a cap that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, while strengthening and improving its appearance. A crown may be recommended to cover and support a tooth with a large filling or to attach a bridge or dental implant.
A bridge is a dental appliance used to span the space of one or more missing teeth, thereby “bridging” the space between two teeth. Fixed bridges are cemented onto the teeth on either side of the space. Unlike removable partial dentures, you will be unable to remove fixed bridges. Fixed bridges can correct an altered bite, improve your chewing ability and speech, and safeguard your appearance by preventing the collapse of your facial features that can cause premature wrinkles and age lines.
A root canal is a treatment used to save a tooth when the soft area within the center of the tooth becomes badly decayed and/or infected (1). During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed (2 & 3) and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed (4).
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position, similar to a bridge. A denture improves chewing ability and speech and greatly enhances your facial appearance and smile.