If you experience dental damage or decay, it’s important to begin repair as quickly as possible. Repairing damaged teeth right away ensures patients won’t experience adverse oral health effects or more advanced dental decay or damage. Dr. Barry Grosshandler and his dedicated Annapolis dental team offer a wide range of restorative dentistry services to renew oral health following even the most advanced tooth decay or oral health conditions. Contact our dedicated dentistry team to schedule an appointment as soon as you notice dental health issues.
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are two of the most commonly used dental restorations. Crowns are crafted from a variety of high-quality materials and they fit over the top of a damaged or decayed tooth to replace the lost dental structure and repair the complete form and function of the smile. Fixed bridges combine dental crowns with one or more replacement teeth to complete the smile following tooth loss. Both crowns and bridges require two appointments to complete. During the initial visit, teeth are prepared and the dental restoration is designed. Impressions are captured of the prepared teeth, and these bite impressions are sent to a trusted dental lab. To protect the prepared tooth or teeth, a temporary crown or bridge is placed. Once we receive the final restoration from the lab, patients return to our office to exchange their temporary, leaving patients with flawlessly repaired smiles.
Tooth-colored fillings have quickly become the preferred restoration options for patients with minor decay or dental damage. Traditionally, metal amalgams were used to repair teeth, but these materials required a small amount of healthy tooth structure be removed to create wedges that held the fillings in place. Additionally, the amalgams expanded and contracted potentially leading to further tooth damage. Crafted from high-quality composite resins that blended seamlessly into the natural smile line, the tooth-colored resin is applied directly to damaged teeth seeping into the small pits and grooves creating a solid, natural bond.
Patients with significant tooth loss may need a more advanced tooth replacement prosthetic using a partial or full denture. Both of these advanced tooth replacement prosthetics use a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. Partials fit snuggly between remaining healthy teeth and are held in position with metal clasps. Full dentures are formed to fit the gum line creating suction that holds the denture in place. For increased stability, we also provide dental implant supported partial and full dentures.
A severe toothache or sensitivity to changes in temperature may be indicative of a need for root canal therapy. While this procedure has a bad reputation, it’s actually a safe, effective, pain relieving treatment. Root canals are required to save a tooth when damage or decay access the innermost layer where the nerve system is housed. When damage directly affects the tooth’s nerve, the result is a toothache and dental sensitivity people associate with root canals. The treatment itself removes the damaged tissue, replaces it, and reseals the tooth preserving healthy, natural tooth structure.
We’ll do our utmost to prevent the loss of healthy, natural teeth, but there are circumstances where a tooth extraction is the best treatment option. Some cases where an extraction is recommended include severe decay or damage, in preparation for orthodontic alignment that is necessary due to crowding, and prior to creating and placing a denture. When this occurs, we strive to make the procedure a comfortable removal. When necessary, we will also create a plan to replace extracted teeth directly following removal, so patients will not have to live with an incomplete smile for very long.