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Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling "bonds" with your tooth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Tooth bonding can also be used for tooth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can usually be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your doctor. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit.
A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. If you have had a tooth extracted, a bridge may be a good option to restore your smile. At Julie Overberg Family Dentistry, cosmetic dentist Dr. Julie Overberg is meticulous about the fit and aesthetics of your bridge. Our bridges integrate perfectly with the rest of your teeth to maintain a good bite, and look just like the natural teeth that surround them.
Why choose a dental bridge?
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge can help restore your ability to smile and eat with confidence. It also prevents teeth from shifting out of position, as teeth surrounding an open space will natural move to fill it. This can cause misalignment of the teeth and the bite. Bridges are a conservative and durable option to replace a missing tooth, especially for people for whom an implant is not an option.
Types of Bridges
At Julie Overberg Family Dentistry, we ensure all our bridges have an excellent fit and appearance. We provide highly aesthetic zirconia and porcelain fused to zirconia bridges, and utilize a high quality lab to fabricate our bridges.
Zirconia bridges are made of high-impact-resistant ceramic called tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (ZrO2+Y2O3). Unlike traditional metal bridges, they do not cause allergic reactions, are incredibly strong, and have been used for decades in medical applications.
Your Bridge Procedure at Julie Overberg Family Dentistry
During a bridge procedure, we place a crown on teeth adjacent to the open space, and then permanently attach the new tooth in between. We provide zirconia bridges, all-ceramic bridges, as well as porcelain fused to metal bridges. The type is determined on where the bridge is in the mouth, how strong it needs to be, and the cosmetic concerns of the patient. You need more strength for the back teeth because of the chewing and grinding. In the front, you need it to be strong and beautiful.
Bridges can be a little tricky to take care of. You have to brush and floss the bridge like you would regular teeth, but you also have to thread the floss under the bridge where it's attached to the adjacent teeth. You also need to maintain regular professional cleanings with your hygienist at our Hillsboro dental office.
Bridges are recommended when implants are unfeasible to due finances or a lack of bone density in the jaw. To learn more about bridges and smile restoration, call (937) 393-5588 to schedule an appointment at our Hillsboro dental office.
Some people are fortunate to have been born with naturally strong teeth. For the rest of us, Dr. Julie Overberg uses crowns as an excellent option to restore a tooth that has lost its original strength.
A crown is a cap that is put on a tooth to restore form and strength. A well-made crown can feel comfortable, similar to a natural tooth, and prevent further fracturing of teeth or tooth loss. The cosmetic benefits of crowns are also appealing, as we have the ability to design a crown with proper proportions and tooth shade to fit seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth.
Why Crowns are Necessary
- Large fillings: Large fillings can compromise the integrity of the structure of a tooth. Replacing a large filling with a crown can prevent fracture.
- Broken teeth: While the failure of a large filling can fracture a tooth, so can dental trauma. A crown restores the strength and durability of a tooth weakened by decay or breakage.
- Teeth treated with root canals: A root canal can save an infected tooth from being extracted but requires a crown to seal off the tooth from further damage.
- Completing dental implant treatment: A crown is the portion of a dental implant seen above the gum line. The crown is attached to the connector point (abutment) on your implant.
- Cosmetic crowns: At times, a tooth may not have the same shape or size of the teeth surrounding it. In these cases, a single crown can restore the uniformity of your smile. It can also correct discoloration, especially for teeth that resist traditional forms of teeth whitening.
Types of Crowns
To ensure the longest lasting, most aesthetic results, Hillsboro cosmetic dentist Dr. Overberg uses the latest crown materials, predominantly, zirconium and porcelain fused to zirconium, which are both very beautiful.
Zirconia crowns are made of high-impact-resistant ceramic called tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (ZrO2+Y2O3). They remedy many of the issues and complaints doctors and patients have with traditional metal crowns and have several advantages: they do not cause allergic reactions, are incredibly strong, and have been used for decades in medical applications.
At Julie Overberg Family Dentistry, getting a crown is about a two-hour process. You will visit our Hillsboro dental office to have the tooth prepared, and an impression is taken and sent to a lab. You’ll wear a temporary crown for about ten days. When your crown is back from the lab, you’ll visit us again so Dr. Overberg can permanently attach the crown.
Caring for Your Crown
Your crown needs to be cared for just like a natural tooth, with brushing, flossing, and regular visits to our Hillsboro dental office for exams and professional cleanings. To schedule your next appointment, call us at (937) 393-5588.
A denture is a removable prosthesis that replaces missing teeth. It can help you eat, keep the vertical dimension of your face, and cosmetically look beautiful. At Julie Overberg Family Dentistry in Hillsboro, OH, we pay special attention, not only to the proper fit, but also of the cosmetic aspects of dentures. Our goal is for our dentures to be beautiful and our patients to be happy with how they look.
A denture can be an excellent choice for someone whose teeth cannot be saved, or if the cost of saving them with multiple root canals, crowns, or implants is not economically feasible. For some areas of the mouth, a denture may be the only option for replacing missing teeth.
Types of Dentures
There are several types of dentures available at our Hillsboro dental office.
Partial Dentures: Used when only a few teeth are missing, a partial denture or removable bridge relies on the surrounding teeth for support.
Full Dentures: A full denture is used when all the teeth are missing. If extractions are needed, the gum tissue will need to heal over the course of several months before conventional full dentures are placed. Dr. Overberg also offers immediate full dentures, which can be placed immediately after the teeth have been removed, though you may require frequent adjustments at our Hillsboro dental office during the first few of months of use to ensure a proper fit.
Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures are over-dentures fixed to the gums by mini implants. For patients with an uncomfortable or loose-fitting denture, stabilizing it with mini implants can be a more comfortable and functional solution.
Mini implants are placed in the jaw, where they are anchored firmly in the surrounding bone. Attachments are placed in the underside of the denture that connect to the implants. When placed in the mouth, the denture snaps onto the implants, keeping it stable and secure.
The process of getting a denture at our Hillsboro dental office usually begins with teeth being extracted. Then, impressions are made and photographs are taken. Your denture will be made to looks as close to natural as possible while maintain good fit and function.
Life with Dentures
Adjusting to Eating
While it might be difficult to eat foods like corn on the cob, after an initial period of adjustment, most denture patients are able to enjoy a wide variety of food. The bite force is less than 50% of natural teeth, so some things may take a little longer to eat. An upgrade to an implant-supported denture allows the bite force to feel more similar to natural teeth.
It is also imperative to care for your dentures by brushing them twice a day and soaking them overnight, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well. This will help ensure the long-lasting fit of your denture and maintenance of your periodontal health.
Dr. Overberg and the team at Julie Overberg Family Dentistry look forward to helping you restore your smile with dentures, or with any other tooth-restoration treatment we offer. Call (937) 393-5588 to schedule an appointment at our Hillsboro dental office today!
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a "tooth socket", and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.
Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include gold, porcelain, or composite. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are typically used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings are fillings placed directly into a prepared cavity in a single visit. Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. These fillings include inlays, and veneers fabricated with ceramics or composites.
If you have missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!
An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It’s composed of two main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. With implant treatment, you can smile confidently knowing no one will ever suspect you have a replacement tooth.
In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so you have a more natural-looking smile.
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment in your dentist’s office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or your doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months.
Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard. Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the "boil-and-bite" fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist. When you chose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well-fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly. Your dentist can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called “bruxism”. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs when one is sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.
There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. Custom-made by your dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.
In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called "root canal treatment", your tooth can be saved. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is also detrimental to your overall health.
Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the tissue will be removed, and the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth has extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in-between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are a plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal "permanent" teeth rather than "baby" teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be re-sealed.
You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain), and they are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor may need to conservatively prepare your tooth to achieve the desired aesthetic result.
When placed, you’ll be pleased to see that veneers look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain resistant, your doctor may recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.