Metal fillings are a thing of the past, even though you may have some in your mouth, depending on your age. Thanks to the continual advancements in dental technology, we are fortunate enough to be able to work with composite materials that have no harmful side effects or ugly aesthetics.
Our team, at the office of Dr. Angela Berkovich, DMD, has the ability to fill cavities with a synthetic, tooth-colored composite material that lasts longer and is essentially unnoticeable. No longer will teeth be filled with dark, metallic fillings anymore. The natural look and more durable filling make using composites a win-win situation.
Stronger, safer, and more durable, the composite fillings that we use are far superior to the old metals used before and are mercury-free. The polymer resin that is made from ceramic and plastic hardens into a durable filling that blends right in with the surrounding tooth.
Our bodies only produce one set of teeth, and it’s always our priority at the office of Dr. Angela Berkovich, DMD, to try and save the tooth whenever possible. However, some situations require the removal of the tooth as the best course of action when related to disease, trauma, or dental crowding.
Molars and wisdom teeth are the most commonly removed teeth due to pain, potential infection, and dental crowding. Individuals who are under orthodontic treatment often have teeth extracted for extra space – to create a perfect smile.
While your health and safety are of the utmost importance, your comfort and experience are a close second. Our team does everything possible to guarantee that great care and precaution is used when performing a tooth extraction. With the help of the latest technologies, our dentists have the ability to complete extractions with very little pressure and pain.
If you’ve ever experienced a root canal treatment, you know that it can be excruciatingly painful and ultimately a cause for anxiety. Our compassionate staff understands that certain dental procedures are dreaded and cause sometimes serious anxiety, and root canals are near the top.
If the inner pulp (soft tissue) of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected for any number of reasons (cracks, chips, trauma, tooth decay), a root canal is often recommended as the primary method for saving the tooth. The pulp surrounds the nerves within the tooth and that is why they can be so painful. Whether from personal experience or word-of-mouth has frightened you away from the procedure, we want to assure you that a well-planned, experienced root canal treatment is always the right choice. An infected tooth will never heal on its own and will continue to get worse.
The procedure itself is extremely routine and our staff is experienced and utilize the latest techniques and equipment to ensure the maximum amount of comfort possible. Once completed, we will schedule follow-up appointments as necessary to make sure the procedure was a success and that there are no lingering side effects of an infected tooth.
After the need for a root canal is discovered, and after further examination, we will discuss with you the best options and plan, with the ultimate goal of saving the tooth. The best first step of any procedure is ensuring that the patient understands the process and the need for it, which helps alleviate any unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Sometimes the damage of a tooth is beyond the means of a filling to repair it. When tooth decay or fractures and chips become too large to be filled with normal fillings, a more extensive approach is required to save the tooth.
Inlays and overlays are utilized by our dentists to fill and repair the natural tooth. Both are made of high-quality, tooth-colored porcelain that ensures a long lifespan without the need for replacement. Depending on where the damage is located, the location dictates where an inlay or onlay is to be used.
Your back teeth have cusps (high points), and if the large cavity or damage lies between the cusps, an inlay is used to fill the space left after drilling out the bad tooth material. An onlay is used when the damage spans over a cusp of the tooth, but it’s not quite a full crown. Each is fabricated as a single, solid piece of porcelain that fits the exact shape of the tooth and is cemented into place.
Whether you need extensive cavity repair, the rebuilding of a cracked or chipped tooth, increased chewing strength, or just general buildup from grinding, inlays and onlays are the right choices.
A dental crown is a commonly used dental item to cover, protect, and enhance the visual appeal of a damaged tooth. Essentially true to its name, a crown or cap is a natural looking cover that fits over the affected or repaired tooth. Crowns can be used for a variety of reasons including a cracked, discolored, root canal, chipped, or decayed tooth.
When a crown is used, strength and comfort are inherently added, which make them a great option for a damaged tooth. Preventing further damage, infection, or disease is the main goal of placing a crown. Our staff at the office of Dr. Angela Berkovich, DMD, are experienced in all situations requiring crowns and ensure a pleasant experience.
The crowns we use are of the highest medical quality available. That enables us to provide our patients with the longest lasting treatments available. Our dental professionals create the crowns we use from tooth-colored porcelain that is fused to a high-noble dental metal like gold. Safe and durable crowns are key to providing protection for a damaged tooth, and sacrificing on either can lead to more damage and pain.
Regardless of the reason, a missing tooth can destroy your self-confidence and make it difficult to feel good about how you look. A smile is often your key to first impressions and if a missing tooth is holding you back, a dental bridge is the best solution.
While the aesthetics of a missing tooth can be detrimental, the oral health problems that can arise are equally concerning. Dr. Angela Berkovich’s team of dental professionals may recommend getting a dental bridge to replace missing teeth.
The false tooth is called a pontic; it is made from porcelain to blend in with your existing teeth and is an extremely durable addition to your smile.
The way that a common dental bridge works is by connecting the pontic(s) to the existing teeth on either side of the gap. Crowns are utilized as anchoring points and are placed over each natural tooth. The bridge is then inserted and cemented into place, thus completing the row of teeth that looks completely natural.
Not only do bridges look great, but they are fully functional as well, so you have no worries or restrictions on things you can eat or do. Whether trauma or another condition has caused you to lose a tooth, our team at the office of Dr. Angela Berkovich, DMD, can create a professional dental bridge that will restore your smile and confidence.
Dental implants are one of the most invasive and extensive dental procedures that we routinely do at the office of Dr. Angela Berkovich, DMD. Whether you’ve experienced a trauma, tooth decay, or periodontal disease, the realization of living with a missing tooth or teeth can be difficult.
For many years, the only viable option for filling in missing teeth were dental bridges or dentures, however, dental implants have become the most reliable and permanent solution. Because of their foundation, implants don’t slip, don’t make noise or cause bone/jaw damage the way that dentures or bridges might. Our dentists are able to restore your smile, permanently, and help you gain your confidence back through dental implants.
Essentially, a dental implant is a tooth root replacement that is made of titanium, very strong and lightweight metal, and surgically implanted into your jaw. The metallic implant will serve as the fixed foundation of your new, fake tooth. Due to the nature of the procedure, we rely on our in-house periodontal specialists to implant the titanium post and our general dentists take over from that point to finish attaching the custom-built crown onto the implant post.
Whether you’re missing one or all of your teeth, dental implants can support a single crown to a full set of dentures, truly making it the best solution for permanent, aesthetically pleasing teeth. By using the highest quality materials possible, we guarantee that our implants will be strong, durable, and worth the investment.
Because dental implants are a surgical procedure, we encourage our patients to contact us for an in-depth consultation to discuss their options, plan of actions, and thorough explanation of the procedure.
An exceptional option for individuals who have lost multiple or all of their teeth is dentures. Without the need for invasive surgery, dentures can provide a full, beautiful smile with relative ease, and utilize them in full function with chewing, improved speech, and jaw alignment. Our team of dental professionals can create a custom set of full or partial dentures that fit perfectly.
When all or nearly all teeth have been lost or extracted, a full set of dentures is the most likely recommendation. Molded to fit your exact gum and muscle profile within your mouth, full dentures slide over your gums and are held in place by cheek and mouth muscles. Full function of chewing and talking is achieved, as well as a complete, beautiful smile. During the time it takes to create your permanent set, a temporary set will be used so that you can maintain your oral function and appear to have a normal smile.
Unlike full dentures, partial dentures are a great option for those seeking a solution to only a few missing teeth. Because there are still original teeth in your mouth, partial dentures can be held in place with metal or tooth-colored clasps (similar to retainers). By filling in the gaps between your teeth, chewing, speaking, and comfort can all be improved upon and, unlike full dentures, there is no reliance on the cheek and mouth muscles to hold them in place.
Caring For Your Dentures
A common misconception about dentures is that people think that there is no longer a need to seek consistent dental care. This is inherently wrong because just like those with natural teeth, denture wearers still have oral health concerns too. Whether the fit has changed or there is a concern with the gum tissue, dentures require an adequate level of care to maintain their appearance, fit, and function. Rinsing, brushing, and soaking dentures are all necessary steps when taking proper care of them.
To find out if dentures are the best option for you, please contact our office directly.