You haven’t been to a dentist in a while. You haven’t seen the need. Your teeth look good. You brush every day — a few times a day — and you floss. You have noticed some minor sensitivity to hot and cold foods. If you eat something sweet, you have some discomfort as well. It has always gone away quickly, and your toothpaste for sensitivity keeps your teeth from bothering you. You can’t see any problems when you look in the mirror. While you may feel like your teeth are fine, you may have a cavity brewing. Dental services like fillings can help you to solve your problem. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the various dental services we offer at The Happy Tooth.
Why Get Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are one of the most common and simple dental procedures available. They are a solution when you have a cavity. A cavity is caused when bacteria eats away at your tooth and causes decay. You want to stop that decay in its tracks. A dental filling can ensure the safety and stability of your teeth for a long time to come.
The best way to find out if you need fillings is to reach out and make an appointment with a qualified professional. During a meeting at our office, our friendly and experienced team can evaluate your teeth and help you decide whether you are eligible to receive fillings. We will be ready and eager to explain the process in full, address any questions you may have, and help you achieve and maintain your optimal oral health. We can also discuss the type of filling that is best in your case.
Metal vs. Composite Fillings
When it comes to your smile, today’s advancements in dentistry give you a number of great options. Take, for example, dental fillings. No one enjoys getting cavities, but if you would really not like anyone to see you’ve had work done, a composite, tooth-colored resin is a fine choice. If you’re more interested in the durability of your dental filling, then a traditional metal amalgam may be an excellent solution. Both metal and composite have a proven track record and are dependable for the purpose. Again, you and our professional can decide which filling type is best for you.
Modern Dental Fillings
The tooth-colored filling or composite blends in effectively with your other teeth. Some patients choose this kind of filling substance only because it doesn’t look like a traditional filling. In other words, it becomes a cosmetic choice for them. Composite fillings are quite flexible, and that means your tooth will not need as much drilling. Also, the substance, made of a ceramic, plastic compound, offers a solid adhesion. The composite bonds nicely to the surface of your tooth.
Classic Dental Fillings
The amalgam or silver-colored filling has been around for a long time; it was invented in 1895. Those are impressive numbers, and some patients prefer the great durability of a metal filling because it lasts for up to fifteen years. A silver-colored option also tends to cost less than a composite filling. The drawback for many patients is the visibility of an amalgam filling. If you have a wide smile, the metal can be easily detected. Another issue for a few patients is the substance itself. Having this metal in the mouth is believed to trigger an allergic reaction. Other than that, the silver-colored filling is safe and strongly made to last.
Which Filling Material is Right for You?
Dental fillings are really a personal choice when it comes to the material used, but both metal and composite are winners with long-lasting and durable wear. With proper oral care habits and annual visits for dental checkups and cleanings, these fillings can last for years.
It’s important to choose a professional with experience, skill and the background needed in today’s advanced techniques, tools and materials. Here at The Happy Tooth, we take great pride in helping each patient achieve an ideal smile. We can replace existing fillings or make any repairs that are needed.
What About Dental Implants?
Dental implants are different from dental fillings. They are the ideal choice for those who have missing or severely damaged teeth and want natural-looking and natural-feeling tooth replacements. They lack common issues like clicking and slipping associated with other restoration options. They are the only tooth replacement option that becomes part of your jaw bone’s structure. They help to prevent bone loss and maintain your facial structure. At The Happy Tooth, we find that many patients seeking dental implants have questions about the procedure. We’re here to answer them all.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to mimic the structure of your natural teeth as closely as possible. The actual implant is a small titanium post that replaces the root of your tooth in areas where your teeth are missing. It is the foundation for a piece called the abutment. The abutment is not seen because the crown, or replacement tooth, covers it. It is the natural-looking crown people see when you smile.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Every patient’s procedure is different because each individual has varying replacement needs. You will be provided with a treatment plan that will specify the estimated time for your implant procedure. Factors such as jaw bone health, medical history, implantation technique, and implant materials will affect the procedural length. Dental implants are installed in stages. The process may take months or more than a year for more complicated situations. It all depends on the unique case.
Can Children Get Dental Implants?
Children who have lost adult teeth can benefit greatly from dental implants. Whenever a child loses a tooth, it is important to consult an expert immediately and address replacement options. Implants for children are normally installed after a child’s face has finished its growth and development. Prior to that, precautions can be taken to prevent tooth movement and other issues so that the mouth will be ready for implants when the time comes.
What is the Maintenance for Dental Implants?
Proper care may allow your implants to last for decades. Because implants mimic the natural structure of your teeth, they are cared for just like your natural teeth. Maintaining overall good oral hygiene and continuing to come in for your dental checkups is all that is needed to help ensure their longevity.
Are All Dental Professionals Able to Install Dental Implants?
Dental implants require detailed and careful installation to help guard against complications and dental failure. It is always best to go to a dental professional who has the education, training, and competency requirements needed for implant dentistry. If you are a patient needing dental implants in North Carolina, we recommend speaking to one of the expert orthodontists at our office about your treatment options.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Implants are a fully customized treatment. The number of appointments can vary from patient to patient, as can the cost of treatment. During a consultation, you can get a much better idea of the price. We can also answer any questions that you might have about the treatment process.
What Other Dental Services are Available?
Keep in mind that dental fillings and implants just scratch the surface when it comes to the dental services we have available. Additional treatments include:
- Crowns and bridges – Typically made of tooth-colored porcelain, these devices can be used to fix damaged teeth and replace missing teeth. They are designed to look like your natural teeth.
- Veneers – A good treatment for stained or chipped teeth and slightly misaligned teeth.
- Teeth whitening – We offer in-office teeth whitening via Sinsational Smile and a teeth whitening kit that you can use in the comfort of your home.
- Dental sealants – These are thin, resin coatings designed to protect the teeth from decay and cavities. We tend to suggest dental sealants for the back teeth as they come in. However, we may even apply them to baby teeth, depending on the situation.
- Periodontal disease treatment – This is also known as gingivitis and gum disease and may be more common than you think. Eventually, gingivitis ends up progressing to periodontitis, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss, infection, or pain. As you can imagine, the sooner you seek treatment for this condition, the better.
Why Visit The Happy Tooth?
Although we offer a variety of dental services, The Happy Tooth isn’t like your standard dental office. Our goal is in our name; we aim to make every patient’s dental experience happy. When you opt to take advantage of the dental services at our office, you’ll be treated like family. You’ll have access to a number of dentist/ortho services in the comfort of a high-tech practice with modern amenities. For your convenience, our orthodontic and dental offices are located in the North Carolina and Southern Virginia areas. Contact us today to find a location and book your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!