Restorative Dentistry in Bloomfield
Even the best defenses sometimes fail. When tooth decay, gum disease, dental trauma or any other oral health care issues break through the preventive dentistry defenses, our restorative dentistry services can put the smile back on your face. At Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield, we believe in restoring every smile to its natural look and feel. Our dedicated dental care team work to give you the most treatment options with state-of-the-art technology in order to enhance our ability to return your smile quickly. Our restorative dentistry services include:
E4D One Visit Crowns
At Family Dental Practice, we understand that your life is busy with work and taking care of your families while still trying to take care of yourself. The E4D machine enables us to offer you a custom design, high-quality dental restoration in a single appointment. This modern technology eliminates unpleasant impressions, multiple injections of Novocaine, wearing temporary crowns for weeks and multiple visits.
The high-speed laser takes multiple 3-D images of your tooth. Then while you wait, our team designs and mills your custom crown right here in our office. If you choose to leave with your new crown the same day, please bring a book or enjoy our office wi-fi for business or pleasure. You will be in the office approximately 1 1/2 hours. Most patients however, prefer to schedule a one hour appointment in the morning and return in the afternoon to have their new custom made crown cemented at a short appointment. Visit the following link for more information.
Root Canal Therapy
Innovations in dentistry continue to increase the likelihood that patients will be able to keep their natural teeth for life. Dental practices are dedicated to restoring teeth whenever possible, and view extraction as a last resort. Advances in root canal therapies make it possible for more people every year to keep teeth that have extensive damage to the inner, soft tooth layers. While root canal therapy is often thought of negatively, the procedure generally reduces the amount of pain experienced by patients because it removes the exposed nerve and infection that cause discomfort.
Endodontics is a specialized area of dental care that focuses on understanding the tooth from the inside out. A major portion of endodontic study revolves around root canal therapy. If you’ve ever needed a root canal, you probably remember experiencing pain prior to the procedure. Within the roots of your tooth, there are canals that surround pulp and bundles of nerves. Root canals cause are necessary when infection reaches the nerves that are usually protected within your tooth.
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure to remove the soft interior of a tooth including pulp and nerves. A root canal becomes necessary when tooth decay or infection has spread to the interior of the tooth. Your dentist fills the cavity with gutta-percha, a natural polymer (plastic) that provides support for your tooth the same way that the pulp does. Finally, a resin substance bonds to the tooth to restore any damage on the surface caused by decay or created during the root canal procedure to remove infection.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Even the most dedicated dentist will likely encourage the extraction of your third molars. These teeth served a purpose to our ancient ancestors who were much harder on their teeth. After some 20 years of chewing coarse grains, eating tough meats, cracking nuts between their teeth, and never brushing or flossing, our human predecessors lost many of their molars by the time their third molars appeared. For nearly 400 years, these teeth have been affectionately referred to as teeth of wisdom or wisdom teeth because they appear as people enter adulthood and hopefully, gain wisdom.
So why do dentists almost always recommend extraction for wisdom teeth? In short, because we don’t need them. Modern dental care has made third molars virtually unnecessary. Because most patients retain their molars, the third set creates bite alignment concerns, because there is not enough space for these molars. Lack of space can cause molars to become impacted,or unable to erupt. Impaction can also be caused by the angle of the tooth, especially if the wisdom tooth is growing horizontally towards your other teeth. Unremoved wisdom teeth can cause crowding, gum problems, and serious levels of pain.
It may come as no surprise that every person’s smile is unique, and this includes their third molars. Some patients have only one wisdom tooth, and up to six have been reported by dental researchers. Unless you have extra space in your bite, or your wisdom teeth never surface and do not cause pain, you should have them removed as soon as they erupt—regardless of how many wisdom teeth you have.
Wisdom tooth extraction ranges from a simple procedure to surgical removal. A fully erupted tooth is not anchored as firmly in the jawbone and can be extracted or “pulled.” However, when wisdom teeth are impacted in the jaw, this can require surgical removal, which is more involved and requires an increased amount of healing time. Wisdom tooth extraction in adults is usually much more difficult because the roots are full grown and the jawbone is denser, making removal more difficult.
As soon as you notice wisdom teeth erupting or begin to experience pain from these teeth, schedule an appointment with Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield. Our knowledgeable dentists will examine your teeth, and develop a wisdom tooth care or extraction plan that is right for you.