A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by dental decay (cavity), chipped teeth and at times to close space between teeth.
There are 2 types of filling materials that can be used to restore teeth. Composite fillings match the color of the natural teeth structure and is the most widely used filling material. On occasion an amalgam (silver) filling may be used to restore posterior teeth.
Dr. Susler will take the time to explain her recommendations to you and address any questions you may have about the recommended fillings.
A crown is used to cover or "cap" a tooth that has been damaged beyond the point that a filling can done to restore the tooth to health. A crown strengthens a damaged tooth and can improve the appearance, shape or alignment of the tooth or teeth. A crown can also be placed on top of a dental implant to restore appearance and function to a single tooth or multiple teeth.
A crown may be recommended in the following situations:
Dr. Susler will discuss the best treatment with you and address any questions you may have about crowns.
A bridge does exactly what the name implies: fills a space between two teeth.
A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth, is attached to the teeth on either side of the space and an artificial tooth fills the space of the missing tooth or teeth.
Missing teeth can lead to shifting of the adjacent teeth into the empty space which can cause alteration of your natural bite. A bridge can prevent teeth from shifting and restore full chewing function as well as improve appearance.
Dentures are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth. Dentures can replace a few missing teeth (partial denture) or a full arch of missing teeth (full denture). Dentures are made to match the color and shape that of the natural teeth.
Both partial and full dentures restore the appearance and function which are altered when there are missing teeth.
Dr. Susler enjoys working with patients in need of dentures to find their desired look and fit. She takes the time to listen to patients and create the outcome they hope for.
No need to fear! Root canals may get a really bad rap, but they're really not so bad--especially in the hands of the gentle and professional team at Summit Square Dental.
A root canal is indicated when a tooth has become infected. The nerve and pulp of a tooth are in the center of the root and, when infected, must be removed and the space cleaned and sealed.
Symptoms that may indicate that a root canal is necessary include:
Dr. Susler and her team will ensure your comfort throughout the procedure, including explaining each step of the process.
There are conditions which require the removal (extraction) of a tooth. Some examples include:
Dr. Susler will evaluate your condition and make the recommendation that is best for your needs. Extraction can be done with local anesthetic right in our office or, in more advanced situations, can be referred to an oral surgeon who specializes in extractions.
If you think you or a family member may need to have a tooth extracted, please request an appointment so Dr. Susler can perform a thorough examination and discuss options with you.