Jessica L. Mansfield, DDS, PA

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 ADVANCED PROCEDURES 

CEREC® CROWNS 

By using 3D photography, CAD/CAM, and CEREC® technology we can restore your teeth in a single visit! We call this Same Day Dentistry. That means no more temporary crowns, no messy impressions, and best of all…only one injection. Crowns, veneers, and fillings can all be completed in one appointment, so you can leave with your permanent restoration in place. CEREC® porcelain is metal-free and natural-looking but also very strong, and when combined with our state-of-the-art bonding techniques, we insure that our crowns last longer.

DENTURES
There are different types of dentures, but they share their common function. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it's time for dentures. Relax. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but you can still eat and talk regularly.

The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. After any extractions, dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return. Sometimes implants can used to further stabilize the dentures.

ROOT CANAL THERAPY

A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. Most teeth will require a crown restoration to protect the remaining tooth structure. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma.  Local anesthesia is administered to the affected tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is no more painful than a filling.

BRIDGES
This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to "fall." As this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before they, too, are lost. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.


 

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