Our comprehensive range of services and treatments are designed to extend the life
of your teeth and improve your overall dental health, physical comfort, outer appearance,
and inner confidence. We want to give you a wide variety of high quality options
when planning your treatment!
Tooth scaling and root planing are the most common procedures for the treatment
of periodontal disease (gum disease). For early stages of the disease (mild gingivitis),
dental scaling and root planing are enough to help keep the gums healthy and firm.
Cosmetic contouring is a type of cosmetic dentistry that reshapes and contours teeth
to fix various aesthetic problems. This cosmetic procedure changes the shape, length,
and/or position of the treated teeth to make them look more appealing.
Dentures are used to replace missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into
your mouth. There are generally two types of dentures available: complete dentures
and partial dentures. The type that is needed can be determined by your dentist.
Typically complete dentures are used to replace all teeth and partial dentures are
used when you still have some of your natural teeth in place.
A filling is the name of a dental procedure in which a material such as silver amalgam
or a composite (white) filling is used to treat a decayed tooth. This material is
inserted into the tooth where it then prevents the further spread of decay or repairs
any damage. This treatment stops the decay from spreading into the root where it
will cause a serious infection, e.g. an abscess. This also removes the need for
a tooth extraction.
Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that lightens teeth and helps
to remove stains and discoloration. It is the most popular treatment by both men
and women alike and the treatments available range from one-hour one-time dental
visits to take-home do-it-yourself kits. Tooth whitening is popular because it can
significantly improve the appearance of your teeth at much less cost and inconvenience
than other techniques.
Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives
and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials
are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve
the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces
between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.
Often times bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to
protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede.
When teeth are heavily decayed they may be too weak to survive with just a filling.
By placing a crown, a tooth may be given a new lease of life. Even when a single
tooth is lost a denture may not be required as a bridge can be made which spans
the gap with a tooth attached to those next to the space. Sometimes when a single
small tooth is lost at the front of the mouth a simple bridge can be made which
has 'wings' that are glued to the back of the adjacent teeth. This results in less
tooth being damaged by the drill. Crowns and bridges are often a solution that can
fill the gaps and restore your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry is a general term and may involve one or several different procedures.
The addition of a dental material to teeth or gums - examples: bonding, porcelain
veneers (laminates), crowns (caps), gum grafts, the removal of tooth structure or
gums - examples: enameloplasty, gingivectomy. It may also mean neither adding nor
removing dental materials, tooth structure or gums - examples: teeth whitening (bleaching),
gum depigmentation or straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance
of face - Orthodontics.
In the situation that a tooth is considered so threatened (because of decay, cracking,
etc.) that future infection is considered likely or inevitable, a pulpectomy, removal
of the pulp tissue, is advisable to prevent such infection. Usually, some inflammation
and/or infection is already present within or below the tooth. To cure the infection
and save the tooth, the dentist removes the infected pulp out of the root canal(s).
After this is done, the dentist fills each of the root canals and the chamber with
an inert material and seals up the opening. It is best that the tooth be fitted
with a crown.
Tooth or dental sealants are used to prevent tooth decay and the formation of cavities.
Due to the irregular surfaces of our teeth plaque gets accumulated and sometimes
it becomes difficult to remove it. As a result it attracts bacteria which cause
cavities and the tooth starts to decay and eventually becomes dead. In order to
handle the problem of cavities, especially in children, dental sealants are used.
These are plastic resins that can be bonded to the surface of teeth to protect them
from further decay and damage. Cavities usually form on molars and back teeth because
they are harder to clean than other the teeth on the front.
Dental veneers are custom-made ultra-thin shells of tooth colored materials designed
to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. The veneers are
bonded adhesively to the front of the tooth to fix the look of teeth that are chipped,
discolored, misaligned, uneven, worn down, or abnormally spaced. Veneers are a cosmetic
dentistry procedure that creates a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned,
shapely teeth. Veneers are constructed of porcelain or from resin composite materials.
Porcelain veneers are thought to be more natural looking as they better mimic the
light reflecting properties of natural teeth and are known for their abilities to
resist stains. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to help you decide which choice
is right for your particular needs.
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West Creek Dental
4404 West William Cannon Drive, Suite R
Austin, TX 78749 Call: (512) 394-7989 Fax: (512) 401-3652