For patients who need Fillings, Dr. Klein offers Laser Dental FIllings – which generally means NO SHOT, NO DRILL, & NO NUMB LIP. Thanks to advances in Laser Dentistry, most of our patients can receive dental fillings WITHOUT ANESTHESIA! Contact us to learn more about the benefits of Laser Dentistry.
A Filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay, returning it to normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, we will first remove the cavity (dental caries, also known as tooth decay). We clean the affected area, then fill the cleaned cavity with a filling material, which helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.
Dr. Klein places several types of fillings – amalgam (silver), composite resin, porcelain, and gold. He will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of the repair, where the filling is to be located in your mouth, and the cost. Each of the filling materials are briefly explained below:
Gold Fillings are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider it to be the best filling material. Gold inlays are well tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years.
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings are more inexpensive as a choice and are quite tolerant to wear. However, due to their dar color, they are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.
Composite Resin Fillings are custom made to match the color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last 3 to 10 years. This means they may not be ideal for large fillings, since they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea, or tobacco.
Porcelain Fillings are called inlays or onlays and are custom created in a lab, then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, resist staining, and are about the same cost as gold fillings. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.No representation is made that the quality of dental services being performed is greater than the quality of services provided by other dentists. No representation is made that all services are provided with a laser, nor that the dental laser will be used for all patients. Use of anesthesia, shot, or drill may be necessary in some cases. If you have any questions, please contact our office to discuss your dental needs.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and Bridges are used to restore and/or enhance teeth that are damaged, or they may take the place of missing teeth.
A Crown, sometimes referred to as a “cap,” is placed over a tooth, restoring most or all of the tooth above the gum line. Because a Crown not only strengthens a tooth, but can also dramatically improve its appearance, shape, and alignment, Crowns may also be used for cosmetic purposes.
Crowns can be used to:
A Bridge is an ideal method to fill space created by missing teeth. A Bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support – hence the name. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. The bridge replaces the missing tooth (or teeth), both functionally and cosmetically.
Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on the requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
Inlays and Onlays
Sometimes a tooth is damaged beyond what a filling might fix, but not enough to need a crown. In these cases, Dr. Klein may recommend an inlay or an onlay, allowing the patient to maintain more of their natural tooth structure while using a more durable material like porcelain or gold.
Dr. Klein custom fits bite splints for a variety of conditions, including nighttime clenching & grinding, snoring & sleep apnea, migraines & TMJ, as well as athletic mouth guards.
Custom-designed mouth guards and night guards are made of flexible plastic and are molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Athletic bite guards or mouth guards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may get hit. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips, and cheek lining. Night guards are also recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite.
In most cases you can choose from a variety of colors and styles for your guard. On average, guards last between 3 and 10 years.
When a tooth has been lost, a dental implant allows for replacement, with the added benefits of preventing bone loss and the shifting of teeth. The implant (titanium root) is surgically placed into the jaw by a specialist. Once in place, and once the bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, Dr. Klein builds a natural-looking replacement attached to the post to restore your smile.
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason.
While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10 to 20 years. They can be a more favorable approach than bridge work, since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the longterm success of dental implants.
When the nerve of a tooth becomes damaged, there are only two treatment options: pull the tooth or have a root canal. A root canal removes the sick nerve from the tooth, after which the tooth is repaired. Dr. Klein performs simple root canals and refers more complex cases to a specialist.
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontics) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early, and can help prevent the need for root canals.) Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may also cause the nerve to be damaged to the point that it needs root canal therapy. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and it can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected, it must be treated, and it cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention potentially quite painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweats, pain, swelling, discomfort in biting or pressure, or a bad taste in the mouth.
Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent, and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup. A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and to disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in order to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown are recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
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