At Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates, our goal is to prevent dental problems before they occur. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to poor oral hygiene, genetics, infrequent checkups, and other risk factors. This is why we also specialize in restorative dentistry. Our restorative services are designed to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile, as well as your overall oral health.
Dental fillings are the best way to restore minor to moderate instances of tooth decay. Most fillings these days consist of a material known as composite resin. Composite resin is an aesthetically-pleasing material that we color-match to the existing shade of your enamel. For this reason, a composite filling is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the structure and cosmetics of a damaged or decayed tooth. During the procedure, your tooth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the shape of the crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, we will permanently bond the crown to the enamel using a special adhesive. Many crowns are fabricated these days with porcelain, due to its unmatched aesthetics.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that we surgically embed into the jawbone. The implant serves as the root component of a prosthetic tooth. Once the implant is in place, it will fuse to the bone during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration allows the implant to support a restoration against the strongest forces of your bite. For this reason, dental implants are widely considered to be the next best thing to your natural teeth.
Dental Implant FAQ
If you have missing teeth, you may be considering getting dental implants or searching for suitable solutions to restore your smile. If you are still unsure, you may find that a dental implant is the perfect replacement option for a missing tooth. Since it is best to have all of the information before getting into it, our professionals at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates have provided this list of frequently asked questions about dental implants and all the answers you may need.
Clear Aligners vs Braces
We have several options for treating misaligned teeth and will work with you to figure out what options will fit your smile. A couple of options we suggest our patients include clear aligners and braces. Both have advantages and disadvantages that you may not already be aware of.
All about Braces
Traditional braces have an advantage over other alignment treatments, as they are the most effective at straightening teeth.
Dentures: Complete, Partial & Custom
A denture is a removable appliance that is usually used to replace one or more missing teeth. A partial denture usually attaches to the surrounding teeth with metal clasps. A complete denture consists of a flesh-colored acrylic base that supports a complete arch of prosthetic teeth. We offer custom-fit dentures as a more comfortable, functional, and durable solution.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant anchored dentures provide you with a unique alternative to traditional dentures. With this treatment your replacement teeth rely on titanium posts for support rather than your gums. The titanium posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. This treatment is designed to be long-term and can even last a lifetime!
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are ideal for areas of decay too large for a filling, but not large enough to require the placement of a dental crown. The restoration is considered an inlay if it is placed within the occlusal (bite) surface of a tooth. The restoration is considered an onlay if it extends beyond one or more of the occlusal cusps.
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. We perform a simple tooth extraction on a tooth that has already erupted above the gumline. We perform a surgical extraction on a tooth that has become impacted, or has yet to erupt, such as wisdom teeth. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and other complications.
The Effects of Tooth Loss
Everybody experiences tooth loss as they grow older. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, people aged 50 to 64 years old have four less teeth on average than those aged 20 to 34. However, just because it is normal does not mean we can let our teeth fall out without seeking help for it. Tooth loss does more to the mouth than make food harder for you to chew. It actually changes plenty of things. From your other teeth to your jaws, tooth loss affects more than just one area of the mouth. It should be taken seriously.
A root canal is a last-ditch effort to save a tooth from extraction. We may recommend a root canal if an infection has spread to the "pulpy" center of the tooth that contains nerve endings and other connective tissues. Once the infection has been removed, we fill the canals with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. A tooth that has received root canal treatment typically needs to be capped with a crown.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Most of us possess a set of third molars commonly known as wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth typically erupt much later than other permanent teeth, which can cause problems for your oral health. At Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates, we specialize in wisdom teeth extractions to prevent or alleviate these potential problems.
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