Silver amalgam and tooth-colored composite are the most commonly used filling materials to repair decay in a tooth, often referred to as a cavity. During the procedure the decayed part of the tooth is removed with dental drills or devices. The dentist places the filling material in the cleaned out area, smoothing and shaping it to restore tooth structure and function.
The root of a badly decayed tooth can become infected. A root canal can preserve the tooth. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
A broken or cracked tooth can be uncomfortable, even painful, and if not repaired can lead to the death of the tooth. Dental treatments vary dependent upon the severity of injury.
Removal of extensive plaque and tarter buildup, sometimes associated with gum disease, can be treated with scaling and/or root planing. This procedure is done under local anesthesia.
Crowns and restorations using CEREC
The CEREC System is a sophisticated CAD/CAM system used to create and produce all-ceramic inlays, onlays, crowns, partial crowns, and veneers. In one appointment the problem or decayed tooth is prepared, scanned, and fitted with a replacement restoration.
Sedation dentistry helps patients relax and alleviates pain during dental procedures. Wolcott Dentistry uses conscious oral sedation as the preferred type for procedures.
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