At her dental office in Lakewood, Dr. Kelli Slate offers general dentistry including cosmetic and restorative treatments as a part of her practice. Below are the three most common dental procedures performed.
It is highly recommended that you have a full dental check- up at least twice a year. After your check up, before leaving the office, we encourage our patients to make their next appointment.
Regular dental examinations are in fact a type of preventative medicine that help spot problems at an early stage. Cavities and gum disease can cause pain and discomfort and can become far more costly in their later stages. Early diagnosis and treatment is a financially prudent choice.
This dental office is a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/ mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly kind on the eye and by design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. With new bonding technologies porcelain inlays and tooth colored restorations produce fillings that are esthetic or even unnoticeable and help strengthen weakened teeth
Losing a tooth is NOT a necessary part of getting older, but if you do loose a tooth it is essential to replace it. This helps maintain your appearance and the proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for replacing missing teeth.
A dental bridge is a prothesis used to replace missing teeth by connecting the natural teeth ( abutment teeth) on either side of the space. The bridge is cemented into place and cannot be removed except by a dentist.
- Removable bridges are connected to the abutment teeth using metal clasps or with precision attachments.
- With fixed bridges, dental crowns are put on the abutment teeth. It is also often possible to directly bond the abutment teeth to the artificial replacments.
Following on from last month’s blog post, here are a few more dental procedures which are undertaken at Dr Kelli Slate’s dental practice in Lakewood, Dallas TX.
Dental implants are designed to offer teeth that look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. With this type of treatment the patient regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile again without feeling insecure or self-conscious. They know that their teeth appear completely natural and that the shape of their face is just the same as it was with their natural teeth.
Implants are tiny posts made from titanium which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. Within a short period of time, the bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong root for placing an artificial tooth. As an advantage of this type of treatment, dental implants can help keep facial structure by preventing the deterioration of bone which occurs with missing teeth.
Dental implants really have the potential to change how you feel and act! Patients can rediscover the comfort and confidence to speak, eat, smile and enjoy life.
An important goal in dentistry is to provide treatments that aren’t noticeable. A good example of this goal is to replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your own natural teeth.
Where damage to a person’s teeth is beyond repair or their teeth are in a very poor state, we use porcelain crowns or porcelain over gold crowns. These techniques are very reliable and stable for repairing the most severe cases of dental damage, even when there is a need to permanently replace missing teeth. At our practice, we are renowned for our quality work and the long lasting benefits (some treatments can last 20-30 years) when correcting major dental issues.
Bruxism Treatment – Clenching
At one point or another in a person’s life they are likely to suffer bruxism (oral parafunctional activity).
The two principal characteristics of Bruxism are grinding teeth together and clenching the jaw. These normally happen when a person is sleeping but occasionally they can occur during the day. They are annoying to the sufferer and often annoy partners sleeping nearby.
Oral parafunctional activity is in fact one of the most common sleeping disorders.
It becomes a bit technical but chewing is a neuromuscular activity controlled by a subconscious process that we are not actively thinking about while doing it. However, while sleeping this subconscious process can become active, while the higher control we normally use during our waking hours becomes inactive (asleep). The result is bruxism. The most common symptoms for bruxism are those suffering ear aches, migraine headaches, depression, eating disorders, anxiety and chronic stress.
Dr. Slate is able to recommend treatments for this debilitating condition.
It is unfortunate but it is sometimes impossible to save a tooth and it will need to be extracted. You and Dr. Slate may determine that you need a tooth removed for any number of reasons.
Some teeth are extracted because they have decayed severely to the point where they can’t be saved. Other causes may be advanced periodontal disease or a tooth has broken in an awkward way making repair impossible. In some cases, teeth may need to be removed because they are poorly positioned in the mouth and are effecting the jaw and other teeth around them (e.g. impacted teeth) or in preparation for some types of orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can cause problems with chewing, problems with your jaw joint, and teeth either side of the gap which start to move or lean inwards. All of this can have an impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications and in most cases, Dr. Slate will discuss replacement of the extracted tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
A very common dental procedure is root canal therapy. It is so common that in the United States over 14 million procedures are carried out each year. This is a non-complicated treatment which can save your teeth and avoid the need for dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp like material. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. The the pulp can become infected quite easily: a trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips and even dental procedures which are repeated. Symptoms of infection in the root canal can be identified as a visible injury or swelling around the tooth, abnormal sensitivity to temperature or a nagging pain in the tooth and gum.