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For many people, going to the dentist is a dreaded experience. However, it's important to remember that this process is often necessary to maintain oral health and can range from simple to complex. Keep reading as we explore the five most common dental procedures Marc Lazare D.D.S., M.A.G.D. performs and what they entail.
Dental Examinations and Cleanings
Also called prophylaxis, this is a preventive measure to remove tartar (hardened plaque) that can lead to gum disease and check for any signs of tooth decay or oral cancer. The examination also assesses the health of your gums and whether you are at risk for any conditions.
What happens during this process? First, we will use a small mirror to examine your teeth, gums, and tongue. We may also use a dental probe to check for any signs of gum disease. Next, we will use a scaler to remove any tartar from your teeth above and below the gum line. Finally, we will polish your teeth to leave them feeling smooth and looking their best.
Cosmetic Dental Procedures
From bonding and veneers to teeth whitening, there are many options available to enhance the look of your smile. These procedures are often elective but can also be necessary to restore damaged teeth.
During a cosmetic dental appointment, we will assess the condition of your teeth and gums and discuss your individual goals. We will then develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Bonding, for example, is a procedure in which we apply a tooth-colored resin to improve the appearance of stained or chipped teeth. Veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded to the front of the teeth to change their color, shape, or size. Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that can be done in-office or at home and can significantly improve the look of yellowed or stained teeth.
A crown is a type of "cap" that covers a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, or appearance. Crowns are usually made of porcelain or ceramic and can match the natural color of your teeth.
We will first prepare the tooth during this type of dental treatment by removing any decay and shaping it to accommodate the crown. Next, we will take an impression of your teeth and bite to create a model for the crown. Once the crown is ready, we will bond it to your tooth using dental cement.
A bridge is a fixed dental appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of an artificial tooth (pontic) between two supporting crowns. Bridges are usually made of porcelain or ceramic.
You can expect to have two appointments if you're undergoing this type of treatment. We will remove any decay during the first and shape the teeth to accommodate the crowns. Next, we will take an impression of your teeth and bite to create a model for the bridge. Once the bridge is ready, we will bond it to your natural teeth using dental cement.
An implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. A dental implant is then attached to the titanium post. Implants are usually made of titanium or a titanium alloy.
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. The entire process usually takes place over several months and may require multiple appointments.
Schedule Your Appointment with Marc Lazare D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
While no one looks forward to dental procedures, they are often necessary to maintain oral health. Be sure to visit us regularly for examinations and cleanings, and don't hesitate to ask about any procedures you may need. Marc Lazare D.D.S., M.A.G.D. is here to help you keep your smile healthy and bright! Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.