A healthy smile just feels good. However, just about everyone will experience some level of tooth damage or decay during their lifetime. That’s why we are excited to offer comprehensive restorative options to our Baltimore, MD patients. If you have lost teeth, decayed teeth, or damaged teeth we will get your smile good as new in no time.
Dental implants are a natural looking and feeling way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial roots (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. The teeth attached to implants are natural looking and are maintained just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Dental implants not only change the way you feel about your smile, they can improve your ability to eat and speak. Some other benefits of dental implants include:
The process of getting implants requires visits over several months. X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. If you are a good candidate, you will then come in for the implant surgery. The surgical appointment is where the implant is placed into the bone. Over several months the titanium implant will heal and fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. After healing, the artificial teeth are made and fit to the implant above the gumline. You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, along with regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, make a stress-free appointment today to discuss your options.
If you have a badly decayed tooth, fractured tooth or cracked tooth, you may need a dental crown. A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure when it cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Porcelain crowns are durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
“Just got back from some serious preparation for a crown; I can’t express how grateful I am for such capable professionals. And on top of their meticulous and expeditious work, they made my comfort a priority. Once again, I’m struck by how amiable everyone is and how the tone of the office is smooth and low-key.”
– Danny M.
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory. The temporary crown will be placed after cleaning and shaping your affected tooth.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are precise. You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your dental health.
If you are missing a tooth, Dr. Wolfson may suggest a dental bridge.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your case. The traditional bridge is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to a pontic (artificial tooth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a mold is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your final bridge is complete.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
If you have missing teeth and are frustrated with the inconvenience of not eating what you want or being embarrassed to smile, then dentures or partials may be an excellent way to get you back to living your best life. Most people are familiar with dentures, but few people are aware at how far the technology has come in recent years. Dentures today are hand-crafted to look just like your natural teeth. There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth; it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture can be either conventional or immediate. A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually takes 4 to 6 weeks). During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing you from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will be made to ensure a perfect fit.
If you suffer from bacterial infections, tooth fractures, or trauma and the nerve of your tooth has been damaged, Dr. Wolfson may suggest a root canal. While root canals have been the butt of many jokes, the procedure is the gold standard if you’ve had internal damage, but the natural tooth can be saved. Root canal therapy is a very good option compared to the alternative — losing the natural tooth.
You may need a root canal if you experience:
Root canal therapy usually takes between one and three visits to complete. Complete X-rays of the teeth will be taken and examined before the treatment begins. While completely numb, Dr. Wolfson will carefully remove the infected tooth root and fill the canal with a biocompatible material to seal and protect the area. Finally, a crown will be placed over the tooth to protect and return the tooth to normal appearance and function.
If you are concerned you may need a root canal, schedule an exam today.
No one likes to have their dental work show when they talk, laugh, or eat. That’s why we love to offer tooth-colored fillings to our patients. A composite, or tooth-colored filling can be used to repair decay, cracks, and fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling matched to the surrounding natural tooth color. Once complete no one will ever know you have a filling.
If you have or need to fix:
Composite filling material is ideal for a seamless and beautiful repair.
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Wolfson will remove decay and the space will be cleaned and prepared for the filling material. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
“I am not one for the dentist, due to a somewhat traumatic event as a child. Dr. Wolfson took her time and between her and the staff made sure I was completely comfortable to as relaxed as I could get before, they began. I really appreciate how the very next day the doctor herself contacted me just to see how I was feeling.”
– James C.
At Hamilton Family Dentistry every effort is made to make you feel comfortable and stress-free. This includes being mindful that your time is important. She is proud to be a general dentist trained in oral surgery, which means that in most cases that you will not need to be referred to another office or doctor if you need a tooth extraction.
Nearly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. There are many reasons you may need an extraction. Often an extraction needs to be performed in order to keep you healthy or to prepare you for an upcoming cosmetic or restorative procedure. You may need an extraction if:
Dr. Wolfson and her team strive to ensure you remain comfortable and fully informed whenever they are working with you—having a tooth or teeth removed can be stressful. Dr. Wolfson will typically take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question to help plan the procedure, then you will be given a local anesthetic to prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. During the procedure, Dr. Wolfson will use a tool to gently remove the tooth. Once removed, the doctor will place sterile gauze over the area, providing pressure to control any bleeding. Detailed instructions by the team will be provided for post-operative home care.
If you are experiencing pain or think you may need an extraction, please come in and we can determine the best course of action.
*Dr. Wolfson is a general dentist performing oral surgery services.
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