Teeth Cleanings | Fillings | Crowns and Bridges | Tooth Extractions | Dentures | Inlays and Onlays
As a practice that is capable of delivering a wide range of dental treatments, we can typically provide every type of dental service without having to refer to another dental practice. Outfitted with several doctors, Standish Family Dental Health emphasizes total in-house preventative care for our patients. Whether you are having a routine check-up or removing your wisdom teeth, our level of dental care is unmatched in the Standish, Gorham, and Windham, Maine communities. For more information on our general treatment options, we invite you to continue reading below.
We recommend that patients have a routine dental cleaning once every 6 months. During this visit, one of our skilled dentists will remove plaque from your teeth, thoroughly clean your teeth and apply fluoride to further protect your teeth and give you a gleaming smile. If the plaque and tartar buildup is not professionally removed, there is a higher likelihood for the development for tooth decay and gum disease to occur. Although these routine teeth cleanings are a basic treatment, they are an essential step in maintaining proper oral hygiene.
A filling is an artificial substance that is used in replacing and restoring your tooth structure that has been previously damaged due to decay or trauma. Today, there is no need for unsightly metallic or gold fillings. Advancements in the industry enable us to provide fillings that feel and appear totally natural, enabling you to smile with confidence.
Crowns & Bridges
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is permanently placed atop a tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. Once the decay has been removed from the tooth, the crown is placed over the remaining structure of the tooth, returning it to its original shape and size. In addition to their use as a protectant for weak or broken teeth, crowns are frequently used to cover discolored or misshapen teeth. Following the placement of a crown, proper dental hygiene must still be practiced to prevent gum disease and ensure that the crowns last a lifetime.
A dental bridge is a device that is used to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Bridges are used to prevent the shifting of the teeth that may lead to malocclusions or bad bites and safeguard the integrity of existing teeth. Currently, there are three main types of bridges used in dentistry and they are:
- Fixed Bridge: The most popular bridge, consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, holding the bridge in place.
- Maryland Bridge: Consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands are composed of a resin that matches the natural color of your teeth
- Cantilever Bridge: Often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.
Extracting of the teeth is a procedure that is often necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has experienced severe decay, gum disease, trauma, or if the tooth is impacted. In many cases, the problematic tooth may be removed without surgery, however, this depends on the complexity of the case. Patients undergoing surgery will not feel any pain as a mild anesthesia will be used to ensure your comfort during treatment.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Your third molars, or wisdom teeth, typically appear within the late teens or early twenties. For most individuals, the jaw does not provide proper space for the molars to erupt fully or even at all. If left untreated, this condition, known as impaction, may cause a variety of problems such as crowding and damage to adjacent teeth.
In many cases, wisdom teeth that are prohibited from erupting become inflamed under the gums, which increases the likelihood of infection and the development of a cyst or abscess. When left untreated, serious damage may occur to the underlying bone, surrounding teeth and tissue. To prevent such circumstances, the extraction of one or many of the wisdom teeth may be advised.
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, injury and decay of the tooth may result in the loss of your natural teeth. With two types of dentures, partial and complete, we can bring back the smile on your face and restore your missing teeth. Advancements in dentistry have enabled us to provide dentures that appear much more natural and more comfortable. At first, it may take time to adjust to your dentures, however, in time you will become fully accustomed to them.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are a wonderful alternative to traditional metal fillings due to the fact that less of the tooth structure requires removal. Inlays and onlays may be used to treat mild to moderate decay, but in cases where severe damage is present, you may require a crown.
Generally, inlays are small restorations that fit within the contours of the biting surface of a tooth, while onlays cover a portion or the entire chewing surface.
Inlays and onlays can be made from porcelain, gold or composite resin. Once fabricated, they are securely bonded to the tooth. When in place, patients may experience a variety of benefits, such as:
- An aesthetically pleasing smile
- Less removal of natural tooth
- Less wear and tear to opposing tooth structures
- Decreased likelihood for further, more significant dental treatments.
Placement of inlays and onlays typically requires at least two office visits. During your first visit, the decay will be removed and your dentist will take an impression of your tooth. Then, a temporary restoration is placed until the custom-made inlay/only is manufactured in a laboratory.
Visit Us Today!
The doctors and team here at Standish Family Dental Health provide the finest dental care in the Standish, Gorham, and Windham communities. If you would like to schedule an appointment or inquire about any of the above general dental treatments, give us a call. Our capable staff would be happy to assist you any way we can. We look forward to helping you and your family maintain a beautiful, stunning smile.