General Dental Treatment

Advantage Dental Care offers a range of standard treatments for oral health and hygiene.

Tooth decay is created by bacteria in your mouth. When the bacteria encounters a food source such as sugar, an acid is produced which begins to breakdown the tooth. This results in what is known as tooth decay or a “cavity”. Not all “cavities” will cause pain, but it is important to have the decay removed and filled with either a silver or white filling to prevent it from spreading to the tooth’s nerve or pulp.

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If tooth decay is left untreated it will eventually spread to the tooth’s pulp or nerve causing an infection and pain, this is an indication for root canal therapy. During a root canal, the infected nerve within the tooth is removed. The procedure feels no different than having a simple filling done, the key is proper anesthesia. We will ensure that you are properly numb before doing this or any procedure. After a root canal, the tooth will have to be built back up with a post and core. A root canal will weaken the overall structure of the tooth, so a crown is always recommended to add strength to the tooth and prevent a fracture.

Root-Canal

Root Canal Initial Infection

Root Canal – Central Incisor

Root Canal – Molar

Root Canal with Ceramic Crown

Apicoectomy


This procedure is also recommended if a tooth has cracked or is missing a large portion. A crown takes 2 appointments. At the 1st appointment, the tooth is prepared and a mold of the tooth is taken. The mold or impression is then sent to a lab where the crown will be made. You will leave your from your 1st appointment with a temporary crown and return 2-3 weeks later to have the final/permanent crown cemented.
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Cracked Tooth

Metal Ceramic vs. All Ceramic

Prefabricated Post & Core

One method of permanently replacing missing teeth is with a fixed bridge. This procedure is similar to a crown in that it takes 2 appointments and teeth are also prepared or shaved at the 1st appointment. A bridge does exactly what its name means, it “bridges” the space left by a missing tooth or teeth.

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3-Unit Bridge

For those patients needing complete replacement of their teeth, we offer dentures. A denture will take approximately 5 appointments to complete. We also offer partial dentures for patients looking for a more economical solution instead of a bridge or implant.

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Painful Dentures

Denture Stabilization

If dental decay is left untreated it will spread to the tooth’s pulp or nerve causing an infection and pain. To then treat the pain, a patient may elect to have endodontic treatment (root canal) to remove the infected nerve within the tooth or an extraction (complete tooth removal). In addition as wisdom teeth develop they may erupt at an odd angle causing pain or damage to other teeth in the mouth. At this point it is recommended that they be removed.

Impacted 3rd Molar Infection

Impacted 3rd Molar Cyst

Impacted 3rd Molar Crown Damage

3rd Molar Extraction