CreekSide Family Dentistry, 4626 Darrow Road, Stow, Ohio 44224, (330) 688-2444
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.
Problems in this area can cause:
- Headaches and earaches - Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth - Clicking or popping of the jaw - Pain in the jaw muscles, sometimes extending to the face Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint. As always, early detection and treatment is best.
A denture is a removable dental appliance for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. At CreekSide Family Dentistry we classify dentures into two categories - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it can prevent other teeth from shifting.
Fillings are done if a tooth has decay. A hard, tooth-like material “fills” in the area of the tooth where decay was removed. Typically, teeth are treated with tooth-colored composite resin materials although other types of fillings exist. It is important to get the filling at the earliest possible detection of decay as untreated cavities can lead to more severe and costly problems.
A crown is a covering made of metal and/or porcelain that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. The purpose of a crown is to strengthen tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. Implants are very much like your natural teeth.
CreekSide Family Dentistry focuses on placing the final restoration dental crown.
A bridge is an option for filling a space created by a missing tooth or teeth. It is formed to look like the natural tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The bridge uses the surrounding teeth for support. It is cemented into the mouth and is not removable. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. The choice of bridge materials range from gold alloys to porcelain and depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or aesthetics.
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible to prevent more serious problems.
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