A root canal is the removal of nerve tissue from a tooth. This may need to be done to help restore a tooth or when the nerve in the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This infection will cause pain and thermal sensitivity. By removing the infected or inflamed tissue we can return you to a pain free status.
As your dentist I will always try to save natural teeth, but sometimes we will be unable to do so. When this option of extraction and replacement is selected, we have several options. One option would be a traditional complete denture. This procedure would be done when all teeth would need to be extracted. This option can be done after healing or immediately after extractions. Also implants can be placed to help secure your denture if needed. The second option of a partial denture would replace some teeth and we would retain some teeth. This option uses anchorage of existing teeth for retention.
We will always strive to save your teeth, but sometimes removal is the only option. It is important to have a plan for replacement before extraction. The extraction of a tooth affects the surrounding teeth and bone and could cause damage to them. It is always best to see our office before extraction if possible so proper plans can be made.
Another area of concern for dental health is the loss of tooth structure caused by tooth grinding. People grind their teeth for many reasons and can this can easily turn into a habit, especially at nighttime. Continuous grinding can cause damage to the teeth (fracture, cracks, etc.), strain the muscles in the face, and cause inflammation in the tempromandibular joint (TMJ).
Like snoring, an appliance is available for teeth grinding. The appliance should be worn during the hours that the person most frequently grinds their teeth. It works to protect the teeth by acting as a barrier. Continuous wearing of the appliance retrains the mind to break the habit of grinding.
Tooth Colored Restoration
If a cavity is discovered early, a tooth colored filling may be used to restore the tooth. The cavity will be removed in a pain free method and restored back to function with one of these fillings.
Implant dentistry is very exciting! By using this procedure we can restore your missing tooth to as close as we can to its natural counterpart.
Dr Walker will work with a specialist to have your implant placed. After the appropriate healing time your tooth can then be restored. Most of the time this procedure is the best and most cosmetic way to restore a tooth. Implants also have one of the highest long term success rates.
Protecting your teeth and gums is very important during sporting activities. Custom made mouth guards can be fabricated at Dr Walker’s office. A mouth guard can protect you from the trauma of broken teeth and concussions. If you play contact sports, you need to consider this protection.
The number one cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Gum disease is caused by the accumulation of plaque, calculus, and bacteria underneath the gums, resulting in inflammation. Over time, the bone that holds the teeth in place begins to dissolve. As a result, teeth can become loose and may need to be removed. In patients who are in need of treatment for periodontal disease, the plaque, calculus, and bacteria underneath the gums is removed before the damage becomes too great. After this initial treatment is performed, home care and regular trips to the dentist are extremely important. If additional therapy is required, a referral to a periodontist (dentist that specializes in the treatment of severe gum disease) may be necessary.
A crown is a full coverage restoration used when the remaining tooth is not strong enough to function under normal chewing. The purpose of a crown is to protect the tooth. Whenever a tooth breaks or even if it has large fillings, a crown needs to be considered.
A bridge or “fixed” bridge is similar to a crown, but is used to replace a tooth or teeth in the mouth. In the event a tooth is missing or lost, the teeth that surround that space can be used to support a bridge by receiving crowns. A bridge is “fixed” because it is cemented on to the teeth and cannot be removed. Once cemented, the bridge will provide a fully functional tooth where there was once just a space. Caring for a bridge is the same as any tooth or crown; however, there is special floss that is can be used to clean around the bridge.
Veneers / Bonding
Veneers are thin coverings for the front sides of the teeth that have great potential to create a perfect smile. Veneers are very popular cosmetic treatment because they do an incredible job of hiding discolored, chipped, or poorly shaped teeth. Veneers can be placed anywhere in the mouth, but most commonly; they are used on the upper front teeth. Veneers can also be used is to close a diastema which is a large noticeable gap between the upper front teeth. The veneers can be made of different materials and can be done chair side or fabricated by the lab.
The most important thing that any dental office can provide is preventive care. This includes receiving regular checkups, cleanings, the use of fluoride, and if needed, sealants. Without the recare appointment, cavities and tooth loss become more prevalent. Walker Dentistry strives to prevent gum disease and cavities from forming in order to preserve picture perfect smiles.
As individuals age, it is normal for teeth to become yellow or stained. One of the easiest ways to improve a smile is to perform teeth whitening. When it comes to teeth whitening, there are many available products that an individual can choose from. However, having your teeth whitened by a professional is the safest and most reliable method. Dr Walker’s office uses a custom fit system for each individual to achieve wonderful results. In as little time as 30 minutes a day for two weeks, you can achieve that smile you’ve been looking for.
Sealants are a special type of filling material that are primarily placed on children, but can also be used on adults. Because our natural teeth may have very deep grooves and crevices, it can become difficult to reach these areas with a toothbrush. As a result, a sealant may be placed to prevent decay and the formation of a cavity, allowing for more effective teeth brushing and preventive care.
Not only can snoring irritate a spouse, but also affect our quality of sleep. A snoring problem can be corrected with the use of an appliance that is worn while you sleep. The appliance is designed to open the airway, which allows for easier, more restful breathing throughout the night. Correcting a snoring problem not only allows for more restful sleep, but also improves overall health.