Removable Partial Dentures
When there are multiple missing teeth, weak anchor teeth or no posterior teeth to anchor on, a removable partial denture is utilized to replace teeth. These restorations typically are made of a metal framework and a plastic base with teeth. They must be removed for daily cleaning and at night.
Traditional methods to replace a missing tooth or teeth include the fabrication of a bridge. To replace a missing tooth with a bridge, at least one tooth on either side of the space created by the missing tooth must be prepared for a crown. Then a false tooth is joined to the crowns, and the entire structure is cemented to the prepared teeth. The patient cannot remove the bridge, and special aids are available to keep it clean.
Sleep apnea refers to a temporary cessation of breathing while sleeping. Many times the airway is obstructed by the patient’s anatomy, and the placement of a specially designed night guard that repositions the lower jaw can improve the airflow.
Teeth Grinding/Night Guards
Often patients who grind their teeth at night are unaware of their habit, but the forces exerted on both the teeth and the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) can be quite destructive. A custom-made night guard can protect the teeth and relieve pressure on the TMJ.
Many patients use this acronym to refer to the painful symptoms related to Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction. Symptoms may include pain in the joint itself, pain in the muscles of mastification, and limited movement of the lower jaw.
Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is typically performed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. During this procedure, the pulp of the tooth is removed and replaced with a filling material. Root Canal normally restores full function to the tooth and lasts a lifetime.
Periodontal disease is inflammation of the tissues and bones that support the teeth and hold them in place. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque formed on the teeth.If not treated, periodontal disease destroys the gums, bone, and outer layer of the tooth root.
Besides being a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures, laser dentistry provides patients with a treatment option that may minimize pain and recovery time. In many cases, the use of laser dentistry reduces the need for stitches and anesthesia, and minimizes bleeding, damage to surrounding tissue, and bacterial infections at the wound site. Dr. Paez offers laser dentistry as a state-of-the-art treatment option.