A dental crown or bridge is used to protect a weak tooth (from decay or fracture) from breaking, prevent a root canal treated tooth from breaking, to restore an already broken tooth, replace a missing tooth, cover a misshaped or severely worn tooth, cover a dental implant, or make a cosmetic modification.
Restorative Dentistry instead of Curative Dentistry
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, Dr. Gallegos removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
Periodontal disease is a silent disease often happening without you even knowing. Periodontal disease involves the loss of teeth and their supporting structures. Bone, loss, gum recession, bleeding, and inflammation are all examples of periodontal disease. Rest assured, there is treatment. Come in today to learn more.
Dr Gallegos strives to save teeth, when possible. However, there are certain instances where extraction(s) will be recommended. This includes wisdom teeth. Why is wisdom tooth extraction recommended? A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in, a number of problems can occur...
Millions of Americas suffer tooth loss despite improvements in dental care. This is mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis or injury. For many years treatment was limited but today, dental implants are available.
Dental fillings are placed in teeth where a dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years filling materials have been substantially improved by many technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago, today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration including tooth colored composite filling materials and cementable resins and porcelains.