Restoring Smiles to Their Optimal Potential
Your smile is in constant use, even before you first learned how to speak. Because many of us are used to our teeth performing correctly, it’s not uncommon to take regular chewing, speaking, and smiling for granted. When issues like decay, trauma, wear, or missing teeth make the everyday functions of your smile difficult or uncomfortable, quality dental restorations provided by a skilled professional can make all the difference.
At the dental practice of Shelley Kaur, DDS, our team understands the impact your smile’s health has on your overall happiness and quality of life. We help patients of all ages protect, strengthen, and renew teeth with reliable materials that are both durable and beautiful. We also apply advanced treatment technologies to rejuvenate gums and other soft tissues affected by gum disease that are proven to help preserve oral health.
Give your smile the opportunity to be restored to its optimal potential, contact Dr. Shelley Kaur, and schedule your consultation today! We offer 24-hour emergency hours for your urgent dental care needs.
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Is Restoring My Smile Necessary?
Do you have weak or worn teeth that are sensitive? Do you experience pain when biting and chewing? Do you find yourself reluctant to smile for pictures because of dental damage or missing teeth? If so, you’ll likely need restorative care.
Minor damage like chips and cracks shouldn’t be overlooked. Slight fractures can develop into more significant causes of concern, especially if the damage is in a molar, where the pressure from constant eating and chewing is applied. An oral infection can enter these cracks and may gain access to the inner nerves and tissues of teeth. If not addressed properly, this infection can spread to other teeth or throughout other areas of the body, through the bloodstream.
Missing teeth can lead to significant repercussions that affect your oral health and overall quality of life. Prolonged gaps from tooth loss cause neighboring teeth to shift towards the site, trying to make up for the space. This shifting can lead to severe issues impacting your bite, underlying jawbone structure, and natural facial features.
What Are My Restoration Options?
Dental restoration works to repair damage, remove or eliminate infection, restore missing teeth, and reestablish a foundation of strong oral health. Dr. Kaur and her team use advanced technology and comprehensive procedures to ensure your smile receives the best care possible. Each service can be tailored to meet the needs of children, teens, adults, and seniors.
Our El Dorado Hills office provides the following treatments for restoring your smile to its optimal function, health, and beauty:
Our dentist understands how intimidating the thought of receiving dental care can be. When the need for treatment requires extensive repair, the idea can be down-right frightening. As your compassionate restorative professionals, we provide anxiety relief with Nitrous Oxide sedation.
Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
A beautiful, full, and healthy smile is possible even if you’re missing one tooth or many!
Dr. Kaur provides beautiful, lifelike restorations that are made to rest on a single dental implant or many, permanently. Each prosthetic we offer is crafted from the highest quality of tooth-colored materials practicality indistinguishable from natural teeth. They include:
Crowns: One single dental implant secures your dental crown in place, providing a durable and sturdy fit. Once permanently affixed to your implant post, it helps prevent your surrounding natural teeth from shifting out of position. Crowns supported by implants mimic the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.
Bridges: A bridge can replace two to four missing teeth in a row by utilizing two or three dental crowns. This type of bridge is anchored to two dental implants, preserving neighboring teeth.
Dentures: Perhaps the most famous prosthetics of tooth replacement, complete or partial dentures are used to restore multiple to a full arch of missing teeth. Full, or complete dentures, utilize four or more dental implants for replacing an entire smile that has lost teeth. Partial dentures often require two or more posts to replace multiple missing teeth permanently.
How Does Tooth Loss Happen?
Even with dental patient awareness and oral hygiene practices on the rise, tooth loss is still widespread in adults throughout the U.S. This can happen for several reasons.
When smiles aren’t cared for properly, the white, sticky film known as plaque builds up on teeth and gums, hardening into tartar if not cleaned away correctly. The toxins and bacteria found in plaque and tartar will spread along and beneath the gum line, irritating your gums, and will separate the soft tissue from the tooth.
These spaces, known as pockets, create an ideal environment for more bacteria to get trapped and gain access to tooth roots. From here, the infection attacks healthy tooth roots and the underlying jawbone, causing gum tissue to recede and expose more tooth structure. Teeth become loose and will eventually fall out without treatment.
This bacteria and infection that attacks the gums and other structures responsible for holding your teeth in proper place is known as periodontal disease. It is the number one cause of tooth loss in American adults.
Other causes for tooth loss include smoking, chewing tobacco, extraction, accidents or trauma, and certain genetic conditions.
Lasers for Gum Disease Treatment
Not only does Dr. Kaur offer gum disease treatment, but she also provides innovative and comfortable care for eliminating oral infection with dental laser technology. As a primary preventive measure, our dentist also offers periodontal deep cleanings, otherwise known as tooth scaling and root planing.
What Does Periodontal Laser Treatment Involve?
Periodontal laser treatment is a tissue-preserving and renewing procedure. Our dentist uses laser technology to access the infected periodontal pockets to eliminate the infection residing within.
Once infection is removed, tartar is cleaned away with an ultrasonic root cleaner instead of scraping with traditional, handheld tools. Lastly, laser energy is used to warm the cells within your gum tissue that stimulates blood vessels. This helps create a seal of healthy tissues to protect the tooth root.
Lasers also stimulate cells within the tissue to form new connective tissues, bone, and collagen. The body’s healing process then regenerates the lost tissue and bone around the tooth.
We can also use dental laser technology for more cosmetically-focused procedures following periodontal care like gum tissue contouring or lengthening.
Still unsure about Laser Treatment? Consider these 5 Important Benefits!
When treating gum infection with the use of dental lasers, you can often expect the following advantages:
- Limited Bleeding
- Treatment Customization
- Reduced Healing Time
- Minimally Invasive
- Lessened Risk of Future Infection
Why Would I Need Tooth Extraction?
While Dr. Kaur does everything she can to try and preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible, sometimes it is not possible. Extraction is often necessary because of severe gum disease, tooth infection, trauma, decay, or if your natural tooth cannot be saved by a root canal. To ensure our team can preserve lasting oral health and dental function, tooth extraction may be the best course of action.
Severely infected, damaged, or impacted teeth are removed precisely by our skilled and gentle dentist.
During your procedure, our team will make sure you’re thoroughly numbed and sedated to ensure complete comfortability and relaxation throughout your appointment. We offer Nitrous Oxide sedation, and if you are very nervous about your extraction procedure, you can be sedated so that you fall into a content, dreamless sleep.
What Happens if You Don’t Replace Teeth After Extraction?
While tooth extraction may be necessary for saving your smile from further infection, removed teeth that aren’t third molars or wisdom should be replaced promptly.
Prolonged tooth loss of any kind results in missing tooth roots. Healthy tooth roots are not only necessary for supporting teeth and supplying essential nutrients, but they’re crucial for providing the constant stimulation your jawbone needs to remain healthy, full, and strong. Without this stimulation, jawbone volume will decrease, recede, and weaken.
When you’re looking to replace missing teeth with dental implants, the success and longevity of treatment almost solely rely on a dense and healthy jawbone. Dr. Kaur can offer resolution to this issue with a bone graft.
What is a Bone Graft and Why Would I Need One?
If your jawbone is determined to be soft or weak during your initial examination for dental implants, or there isn't enough volume, our dentist will likely recommend bone grafting to help increase your chances for successful implant placement.
A bone graft involves taking a section of bone, either chosen from another area of your body, or a special bone grafting material, and graft it into your jawbone. After several months of healing, this graft builds-up new bone, providing restored strength and volume to a compromised jawbone once more.
Root Canal Treatment can Save an Infected Tooth
Depending on the extent of damage and level of infection, natural teeth may be saved with root canal therapy. Contrary to its negative reputation, root canal therapy is designed to eliminate disease and alleviate discomfort, not add to it. The truth is, a root canal is the last line of defense for saving teeth from potential extraction.
Dental damage and infection, like other oral health concerns, don’t discriminate against age. At our El Dorado Hills dental office, we perform root canal therapy for children and adults.
How Can I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is often necessary when the soft tissues inside the root canal chamber, also known as the pulp, become inflamed and infected. There are many reasons why you might need root canal treatment. The most common include:
- Deep and extensive decay
- Repeated dental procedures on the same tooth
- A damaged or faulty crown
- Severe crack, chip or fracture in the tooth
- Debilitating toothache or sensitivity
If the pulp infection is left untreated, it can cause more pain or the spread of disease, leading to an abscess.
Once the infected tissues are removed, the root canal chamber is disinfected and filled with an anti-bacterial material. Depending on the extent of structural damage, Dr. Kaur will cover the tooth with a composite filling or porcelain crown.
Fillings and Crowns: What’s the Difference?
A crown is a porcelain prosthetic tooth used to fit directly over an existing tooth that’s been compromised due to severe damage or decay.
Crowns are highly favorable because of their versatility. In addition to protecting teeth from further wear, harm, and helping correct your bite, they can be used on their own or with many other treatments to support your long-term dental function and oral health.
While crowns may be necessary for addressing severe decay, white, composite fillings restore teeth with smaller amounts of damage.
With a filling, the decayed tooth material is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and finally, it’s filled. The composite resin is applied to your tooth and is then shaped and polished to mimic the color and contours of your natural tooth.
Contact Our El Dorado Restorative Dentist!
Shelley Kaur, DDS, offers skilled and comprehensive restorative dentistry for all smiles throughout El Dorado Hills and beyond. Our team gladly rebuilds teeth, helps rejuvenate gum tissue, and restores oral health, so you can enjoy a beautiful smile that is as functional as it is healthy. For more information about our available services or our in-house dental financing plan, call our team today!
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