Metal-Free Dental Restorations For a Healthier Smile in Plantation, FL
The goal of restorative dentistry is to repair damaged tooth structure and maintain optimal overall oral health. At Hope Dental Group, we know that nothing enhances your smile more than clean, white teeth and healthy gums, so we offer a wide range of restorative dental services for the whole family.
To improve your oral health and overall well-being, call our Plantation dental office today and schedule your consultation. We are conveniently located in the Plantation Professional Center just two blocks away from Broward and State Route 441.
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Start with Periodontal Care to Restore Your Oral Health
When you take care of your gums with proper cleanings and exams, you are much less likely to develop cavities and gingivitis. It is much better to practice proactive services and treat small problems before they turn into big ones.
Some people don’t realize they have gum disease and ignore the initial warnings signs. Inflammation and occasional bleeding when brushing and flossing are indications that should not be ignored.
When gingivitis is left to progress, more advanced forms of gum disease inevitably develop. Periodontal complications not only impact oral health, but the bacterial toxins can make their way into other areas of the body, greatly affecting your overall health and well-being.
How Gum Disease Affects Your Oral Health
Gum disease targets the soft tissues of the mouth, especially those that hold healthy teeth securely in place. When the gum-tissue becomes weakened by infection and inflammation, the tissues slowly pull away from teeth, exposing the roots to bacteria and decay.
Individuals with active periodontal disease may experience:
- Tooth Loss
- Gum Pain and Tenderness
- Increased Risk of Oral Cancers
- Tooth Shifting Leading to Extensive Misalignment
- Severe Tooth Sensitivity
How Periodontal Disease Affects Whole-Body Health
In addition to the debilitating effects gum disease can cause in your mouth, researchers have also found a significant connection between periodontal infection and other serious health conditions. Experts suspect that this link stems from the fact that periodontal disease is an active bacterial infection that can and will inevitably spread. The resulting inflammation can put you at higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other systemic problems.
Taking Back Your Oral and Overall Health
If you do not currently have gum disease, prevention is simple. Take an active approach to your at-home oral hygiene routine and visit our expert dental team in Plantation every six months. If you have advanced gingivitis, we can recommend specific periodontal disease treatment. Many treatments like scaling and root planing can be highly effective in removing diseased tissue and encouraging healthy gum development. We also bring in specialist to perform more complex treatments like gum grafting, which makes restoring your oral health a very real goal.
How Fillings and Crowns Can Protect Your Teeth
Proper tooth restoration is a lot more than just filling holes. Restorations that are done correctly with the right materials can not only repair teeth, but they also provide strength and durability. Rehabilitating your smile allows you to chew and break down food for healthy digestion and helps you maintain a youthful facial appearance.
With regular professional exams using digital imaging, our team can see even minute areas of decay. We only use metal-free composite for fillings to provide you with a restoration that is durable and beautiful. These fillings stop decay in its tracks and preserve your dentition, and they last for many years.
If you need a filling, we will numb the area and remove all decay and clean the area thoroughly. Then we will add the color-matched filling material and smooth it into shape. The filling material is layered in small amounts at a time, and each layer is cured with a special light. The result is a natural-looking restoration that will protect and function just like a natural tooth.
New research has given us a greater understanding of how the crowns of teeth flex or give under biting force. Newer restorative materials fuse with the natural tooth, matching its behavior, stabilizing and strengthening the restored tooth, and reducing the risk of fracture.
Older materials were unable to yield and often resulted in cracking after a few years. Newer composites safely mimic the properties of the natural tooth structure and can withstand the force of regular bite pressure.
How Do I Know if I Need a Crown?
How much natural healthy enamel remains and the location of the tooth are deciding factors for determining if you need a crown. Our porcelain crowns can successfully restore moderate and even severe tooth structure loss. They bond directly to the remaining enamel and dentin to stabilize and strengthen teeth conservatively, providing maximum protection of critical tissue and blood vessels inside the tooth. New adhesive techniques maximize the preservation of tooth structure with minimal preparation (drilling) and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Why Choose All-Ceramic Cosmetic Dentistry?
Treatments like dental crowns, fixed bridges, and veneers help you get a beautiful new smile, but these prosthetics sometimes contain metal, which can present several problems. Many modern dental patients can now choose metal-free dentistry that looks better and lasts longer. Our porcelain dental treatments provide the following benefits:
No Visible Aging – Metal-based prosthetics can become dark at the gum line over time. Porcelain restorations don’t have a metal base, and the whole prosthetic is made of translucent, natural-colored material that is better for your gums and your smile.
Strength and Durability – Many patients choose metal-over-porcelain treatments, believing them to be the best choice for long-term durability. While metal restorations are indeed strong, all-porcelain dentistry can be just as sturdy as their metal-based counterparts. Our office proudly offers metal-free porcelain crowns, veneers, and bridges that are heat-pressed to offer a stable and strong base for renewed smiles.
Better Match for Natural Teeth – While porcelain-over-metal crowns and bridges can be color-matched to your natural teeth, all-ceramic cosmetic treatments more closely mimic natural dental enamel and offer translucent properties that metal treatments can’t match.
Less Sensitivity to Heat and Cold – Metal conducts heat and cold, unlike ceramic materials, which means that your metal dental crowns can cause zings of discomfort when you bite into something hot or drink an ice-cold beverage. Metal restorations also expand and contract with temperature changes, increasing the risks for cracked teeth when the material changes with the temperature.
Tooth Replacement Options: Beyond the Cosmetic Appeal
Tooth loss affects millions of Americans every year. Dentures, bridges, and implants have greatly improved with advances in technology and technique. In addition to their cosmetic appeal, they also provide a resilient, long-lasting solution to tooth loss, which is a critical factor in maintaining your overall oral health.
Improving Overall Dental Health with Bridges, Dentures & Implants
Dental implants, bridges, and dentures encourage better oral health in many ways. Tooth loss can severely weaken the jawbone, putting you at risk for more dental complications. Following tooth loss, the surrounding teeth gradually shift to fill the empty gap. This can have a domino effect on the alignment of your bite and jaw and lead to other health problems.
Replacing a missing tooth helps prevent the shifting of existing teeth, and also allows for better function. A full set of strong teeth lets you eat and speak effectively and gives you a confident smile.
At Hope Dental Group, we help you find the best solution for your unique situation. Whether you need dentures, a bridge, or a dental implant, we can guide you through the process, so you have a fully functional, healthy smile. Our thorough evaluations and exams will ensure you get the treatment that fits your budget and your lifestyle.
If you are looking for a permanent solution for tooth loss, dental implants provide the most advanced and effective solution. If you have one tooth missing or several, implants can be combined with a variety of custom prosthetics to fit your unique needs. Implant-supported restorations look and fit naturally and provide optimal oral health function.
When Should You Consider Root Canal Treatment?
Each tooth has one or more root canals that contain nerves and living tissue, also known as dental pulp. Potentially irreversible damage can occur to the canals when decay and infection penetrate this chamber. Infection can result from poor hygiene, cavities, or trauma, and can lead to greater dental health concerns if left untreated.
Having a root canal procedure will eliminate any pain and save your natural tooth structure. You may need a root canal if you experience the following symptoms:
- Trauma to a tooth due to injury
- Presence of pus or an abscess on the gums
- Tenderness or swelling of the tissue surrounding a tooth
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe and chronic toothache
What is Involved in Root Canal Treatment?
A thorough examination at Hope Dental Group can identify teeth that would benefit from root canal treatment. During root canal treatment, the affected tooth is numbed, and specialized dental instruments are used to create a small hole within the tooth, through which infected pulp and bacteria is removed.
Root canals are sterilized, sealed, and filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to prevent recurrence of infection. Then a natural-colored crown will be placed to cover the opening to provide protection and aesthetics.
Following root canal therapy, it is normal to experience moderate sensitivity while the healing process takes place. It is important to schedule a follow-up visit as soon as possible if this sensitivity does not subside or becomes more persistent.
How Extractions Can Protect Your Oral Health
At Hope Dental Group, we are committed to restoring and preserving every one of your natural teeth when possible. If we determine that extraction is the only option, we will use advanced diagnostics and gentle techniques for effective and painless extractions.
An extraction may be the only solution if:
- Tooth decay or infection becomes advanced.
- Severe trauma results in serious fracture of a tooth.
- A tooth becomes impacted into the gums.
- Gum disease reaches advanced stages.
Restorations for Healthy Teeth and Gums with a Beautiful Smile in Plantation, FL
Since 2008, Dr. Nelson and her team have been providing restorative dental care for families in Davie, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Plantation, Sunrise, and the surrounding communities.
Hope Dental Group goes the extra mile to provide gentle care and education to protect your oral health and avert complex dental problems. We can help you and your family achieve and maintain optimal oral health for a lifetime. Call us today for more information and to set up an initial consultation.
CALL US: 954-791-3884 REQUEST APPOINTMENT