Fillings are often used to repair a chipped, damaged or decaying tooth. The unhealthy portion of the tooth is removed and filled with a filling. There are several different types of filling material available. Dr. Ochoa will discuss your condition with you to determine the best option for you. While fillings are very durable and can last for many years, they may not last forever and may require additional treatment down the road. Practicing good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits and regular professional cleanings will add to the life of your new fillings.
A crown, also known as a "cap," is shaped like a tooth and is used to place over a tooth that has been damaged or is misshapen. The crown improves the appearance of the tooth and may assist in addressing alignment issues. It can also be used to protect a weak tooth from injury. Red Hawk Dentistry utilizes the latest technology to provide you with the highest quality crown materials available today.
A bridge may be recommended if you are missing one or more teeth. These gaps can cause the remaining teeth to shift or rotate into the space and could result in a poor bite, TMJ issues or gum disease. A dental bridge is made of three or more porcelain crowns fused together and anchor to your surrounding existing teeth and those teeth act as the support for stability of the replacement tooth. A bridge is a permanent restorative approach to replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants are a natural looking, permanent solution for tooth replacement. A single tooth or a full arch of injured, diseased or lost teeth can be replaced with dental implants.
A dental implant is a small, titanium post that acts as a natural tooth's root would and is placed in the jawbone. Once the bone has grown around the implant, thus securing it, we will place a crown, bridge or over-denture, depending on your specific needs.
Implants are strong, durable and natural in appearance and can last a lifetime.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is the removal of a small piece of tissue in the center of the tooth called the pulp. The canal is cleaned thoroughly and disinfected and then filled with a material that seals the tooth internally. When the pulp becomes damaged or the tissue dies, a root canal is necessary.
Will it hurt?
While there is a common misconception that root canals are extremely painful, in reality they cause very little pain or discomfort. In fact, they actually relieve the offending tooth pain.
How is it done?
A root canal is performed by numbing and sterilizing the area around the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the space is cleaned and filled with a natural material that seals the canals inside the tooth. A crown (LINK to crown page) is then placed on the tooth to protect it from further damage or injury. At Red Hawk Dentistry, root canals can often be completed in one visit.
What are the causes and symptoms?
Common causes of pulp damage or death include a deep cavity, decay, injury to the tooth, or a crack in the tooth.
Symptoms of damage include:
- pain when drinking hot or cold liquids
- pain with pressure or biting down
Untreated pulp damage can result in infection of the tooth and can even destroy the bone surrounding the tooth.
If you are experiencing either of these symptoms, please call us at 303-223-7885.