Exams, cleanings, fillings, and crowns are the essentials in a general dentist’s toolkit.
What exactly is a general dentist? A general dentist can provide any range of dental treatments and manages your overall dental needs. If you need any procedure outside of Dr. Horschman’s scope of treatment, rest assured she works with the area’s finest specialists and oral surgeons to make sure you and your family receive the best care available.
Cavities and small fractures can cause much larger issues if left untreated. In the past, amalgam fillings (or silver fillings) served a need but left many teeth discolored and strained from the wedging effect of the metal. Today, tooth-colored composite resins blend into the tooth structure and are chemically bonded to the tooth providing a strong, esthetic restoration.
Composite filling material contains a mix of liquid resin embedded with finely ground glass particles. After being molded to the prepared tooth structure, a blue light applied directly to the composite hardens the filling material within seconds. Once it’s shaped and polished to a high shine, the restoration is complete.
Sometimes teeth suffer significant damage due to cavities, strong bite forces, and trauma. Sometimes, after a root canal, the remaining tooth needs to be restored, and a filling of that size is not ideal. Crowns, or caps, rebuild a tooth using either a fully milled ceramic material or gold. A crown is indistinguishable from a natural tooth, but they’re every bit as strong and functional as the real thing.
Crowns can repair a single tooth, multiple teeth (including the entire mouth), and can be used in conjunction with dental implants to replace an entire tooth/root system.
Whenever you drive across a bridge, you're being supported by the same principles that support a dental bridge. Crowned teeth on either side of a space are called abutments. They support an artificial tooth called a pontic. While a bridge lasts for many years, sometimes the strain of supporting one or more missing teeth can cause the abutments themselves to weaken and may lead to more missing teeth.