You don't have to live with damage, discoloration or gaps when it comes to your teeth. There is a procedure that is right for you and your unique situation. From bridges, to dentures, to implants, we can help or point you in the right direction.
Maintaining the health of your teeth is essential for the health and beauty of your mouth and your smile. However, the teeth are only one factor. The health of your gums also plays a crucial role in your oral health, your smile, and even your whole-body health. Gum disease is a common oral health complication that occurs as a result of a bacterial infection. The earliest symptoms are often difficult to detect, and can frequently go unnoticed, allowing the condition to worsen. Untreated gum disease can result in gum recession, tooth loss, and serious health issues. At Harmony Dental, we can help you to protect the health of your gums, and your mouth, with periodontal care.
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Fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. Dr. Umberger uses both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed.
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Dentures are a replacement option for missing teeth. A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base; the denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.
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Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth in both a cosmetic and functional fashion. A bridge structure is one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by natural teeth, crowns or implants, on each side of the bridge. Using a bridge to fill the gap from missing teeth helps restore proper bite. It also prevents teeth from shifting to fill the gap (which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues). Bridges can be constructed from gold, porcelain and metal, or ceramic. Ceramic bridge color is made to match your natural tooth color. Material choice will depend on structural requirements, wear, and aesthetics.
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All-on-4® Treatment Concept Implants
Are you missing all or most of the teeth on either or both of your upper or lower arches? Have you considered dental implants or dentures? Don’t know which one to choose? You might even want to upgrade your denture, but are reticent about getting so many implants. Why not go with a hybrid that combines the best aspects of each? The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is an innovative implant solution for individuals with significant tooth loss that might be right for you.
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Often called a "partial," this type of denture is often used when only some of the teeth are missing. A partial denture is a removable appliance held in place by gripping the remaining healthy teeth, usually with metal clasps or wires.
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Crowns are used to restore teeth severely damaged by fracture or decay. After the tooth surface is cleaned and prepared, the crown is placed to cover the remainder of the tooth.
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When a tooth has had a significant amount of work done, or if it has decayed to the point that its structural integrity has been compromised, having a crown placed is often a viable option for restoration. A traditional crown is a custom-made cap, made in a dental laboratory, that fits over your existing tooth.
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Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are used to restore portions of the tooth, or to strengthen a tooth. They are alternatives to using fillings or a crown to restore the integrity of the tooth.
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Bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden, and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure.
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Root Canal Therapy
A "root canal," or endodontic therapy, is a procedure available to save a tooth that is infected and would otherwise require extraction. There are many reasons that teeth can become infected, including: cavities, previous large fillings, crowns, cracks, and trauma.
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Single and Multiple Tooth Implants
Dental implants are the closest dental restoration to your original teeth. They are natural-looking and provide the functionality of a normal tooth. Dental Implants require the same maintenance as a normal tooth; brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups. Dental implants can replace missing or severely damaged teeth and can be used to secure restorations like dentures and dental bridges. Patients often have greater satisfaction and results with dental implants than with other types of dental restorations.
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Call Harmony Dental at (541) 246-3250 for more information.