Dental Services in Hammond
Why should you consider? You can't grow new teeth, but dental implants are the next best thing. Dental implants are inserted into the bone where your teeth used to be, offering you the function and freedom you once enjoyed. Not only are dental implants functional, but they also offer the cosmetic appearance most people enjoy. You will be unaware that the dental implants are not your real teeth. If you're missing teeth, dental implants will restore your confidence and the stability of your bite. How are they placed? It all starts with a comprehensive plan to restore your smile. Dr. Truxillo must see you for a quick 30 minute appointment that consist of a full exam of the mouth and a CBCT x-ray that shows 3D imaging of the mouth. The treatment plan may be discussed at this appointment or a few days following with a phone call or email regarding the costs and time line. Many patients are surprised to learn how easy it is to place dental implants. We offer a local injection of anesthetic that numbs the area completely. After the dental implant location is fully numbed, it is placed in the bone by Dr. Truxillo. A sterile piece is inserted into a surgical guide hole, which is then covered to protect the implant as it heals for 4 to 6 months. If needed, we can make a temporary partial or "flipper" to replace the area of the missing tooth while the implant is healing for an additional cost. If you're getting multiple dental implants, the procedure will likely be the same. After the dental implant has fully healed in place, you will enjoy the use of your normal bite force. It's unlikely you will feel much discomfort after your dental implants are placed. This is great news for most patients who may have experienced pain with other procedures like root canals or tooth extractions. What about the costs? The cost of dental implants is a consideration that you will have to make. When you consider the all of the components that go into the process of placing dental implants, there is no denying that it's one of the best values in the healthcare industry. Successfully placing dental implants requires advanced training, modern imaging, and unique materials. If you compare the cost of dental implants compared to replacement of hard structures in other parts of the body, you will quickly see that it's a fraction of the cost. Calculating the cost of dental implants requires a comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Truxillo will consider what's best for your mouth before figuring out the total cost. Your treatment will be fully customized to ensure you get the best care. If you understand the meaning of value, there is no denying that dental implants are one of the best cost effective ways to restore a smile that is available today. A treatment plan of costs are done either same day or a few days following by phone call, email or (if you'd like to come back in) follow up appointment depending on each induvial person's case!
Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter. Whitening does not work on all teeth which is why it’s important to talk to your dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth, as whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. It also won’t be effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury. Here at Beautiful Smiles we make custom bleaching trays and you will be given a gel bleach to take home and use in the comfort of your own home.
A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant and root candled teeth.
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, your dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the insides of teeth) 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. Causes of an infected pulp could include:
- a deep cavity
- repeated dental procedures
- a cracked or broken tooth
- injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
Hygiene (Dental Cleanings)
It is recommended that you have your teeth cleaned every 6 months. At Beautiful Smiles, Dr. Truxillo does her own hygiene appointments and follows with a complete and through exam. Dr. Truxillo also preforms an Oral Cancer screening on all adult patients. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is the only stage that is reversible. If not treated, gingivitis may lead to a more serious, destructive form of gum/periodontal disease called periodontitis. It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are so important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. Brush twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Dentures and Partial DenturesDentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted. When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile. Types of Dentures Dr. Truxillo also does repairs and relines on dentures and partial dentures in the office same day.
Composite (Tooth colored dental Fillings)
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural. Composites cost more than amalgam and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. Also, no dental filling lasts forever. Some studies show that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings. Learn more about Amalgam Fillings. It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings, probably due to cosmetics. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth. Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:
- brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- flossing daily
- eating a balanced diet
- isiting the dentist regularly.