During your appointment, Dr.Lyons will discuss as little or as much as you would like. Our office will review procedures and treatment with you, we will not obligate you to have anything completed that you do not wish to have. The Lyons Dentistry team will make sure all of your questions/concerns are answered and ensured you are given the best possible options for your dental health.
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CROWNS & BRIDGES
Dental crowns and bridges are all-porcelain, all gold, or porcelain fused to metal restorations that encompass and protect any tooth structure remaining above the gums like a cap. We can use crowns to correct a variety of challenges you may have with your teeth. Tooth crowns are used to restore and strengthen teeth that have been damaged and cannot be corrected with white fillings. Dental bridges are similar and are used to correct gaps in smiles caused by missing teeth.
During you dental crown visit, we will determine which teeth are damaged or decayed. In order for the crown to be placed Dr Lyons will have to remove the damage, decay and some of your natural tooth tissue. Generally the amount is small, typically 1-2 mm to provide for a strong restoration that feels natural to your tongue, lips and cheeks.
Once your tooth is prepared, Dr Lyons will take a mould of the tooth so that a custom made crown can be created. After the mould is taken, we will place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it and allow you to function normally while your custom crown is being created. You will return in a few weeks to have a beautiful, natural looking and feeling crown placed.
Dental bridges are used to fill spaces when you lose a tooth. Dental bridge are a treatment that has been around for many years. It is one solution to restore your smile, bite and chewing capabilities and also prevents other teeth from drifting out of place into the gap of the missing tooth. When possible a dental implant is the preferred method to replace one or more missing teeth since implants do not involve taking away healthy natural tooth structure from the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
Fillings help restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function, and can prevent further decay. Dr.Lyons will consider a number of factors when choosing which type of filling material is best for you. These factors include the extent of the repair and where in your mouth the filling is needed.
Aesthetics are the main advantage of composites, since dentists can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes. Following preparation, the Dr.Lyons places the composite in layers, and will use a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the Dr.Lyons will shape the composite to fit the tooth.Then the teeth will be polished.
We Restore Implants
Implants are man-made replacements for missing teeth, or more accurately, replacements for the roots of the missing teeth. They provide a foundation or support onto which crowns, bridges and dentures can be permanently fitted. Typically there is period of months that allows the bone to integrate tightly around the implant before placement of the restored teeth over the implant.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
If you have lost one or more teeth because of decay, gum disease or injury, you're not alone. It is a problem that millions of people deal with every day. Unfortunately, the situation can effect the way you speak, eat and smile, and even the way you feel about yourself.
For many years, removable dentures or permanent dental bridges were the only realistic solution for correcting missing teeth. But now, dental implants are another option, offering patients a stronger, more natural feeling and natural looking choice.
Dr. Lyons is specially trained in dental implant systems, fixed bridges and dentures. We can offer our patients the most appropriate treatment for their specific needs, budgets and lifestyles.
Advantages of Dental Implants
• Implants look and feel like natural teeth
• There is no slipping or " clicking" and no messy adhesives needed
• There is no need to remove implants for regular cleaning
• Implants generally last longer than dentures and are stronger
• With proper oral Hygiene, dental implants offer a lower risk of gum disease
and bone loss than dentures. There is no "trapping" of bacteria between gums
and plastic that can lead to these problems
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) 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)
Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and 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 cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful.
Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include:
• sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets
• pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure
• 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 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 to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well.
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.
This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.
This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses a passive strip whitening system, You do not need to be a patient to purchase.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.