Renewing and Rebuilding Smiles
The process of creating a beautiful smile can involve many different levels of intervention. For some, maintaining regular oral hygiene and making six-month visits to Dr. Sohl’s Stuart, FL dental practice are all that is needed. However, in some cases, emergency dental or varying types of restorative dentistry may be required to repair or replace teeth.
If decay or damage has created a small pit in a tooth, Dr. Sohl will prepare a composite filling and apply the restoration directly to the tooth. However, in some cases, depending on the location and extent of the pitting, he may choose an inlay or an onlay. These restorations, like full crowns, are fabricated in a dental lab and provide more structure than a traditional filling. For a severely compromised tooth, a full crown may be required.
If a tooth has been compromised to the point that the root is infected, a root canal will be performed. Root canal therapy involves removing the tooth pulp and then applying restorative materials in the tooth’s canal. If the tooth is no longer stable after the root canal, your Stuart, FL dentist will fit a crown on the damaged tooth.
Sometimes, a tooth is weakened to the point that it cannot be repaired. In that case, it will be extracted and replaced with either removable or permanent prosthetics. Dentures are the most common removable prosthetic. However, some patients may desire a more permanent and natural-looking solution. In that case, teeth implants can be placed directly into the jaw, where they fuse with the bone. Crowns, bridges, and dentures are permanently anchored to implants. Dr. Sohl is trained and experienced in the placement of dental implants, and many patients can have their implant(s) placed and the restoration applied the same day.
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