Pelham Family Dental Arts is a practice focused on preventive dentistry, but we are proud to offer a wide variety of restorative, cosmetic, and specialty services for our patients as well. Whether patients experience decay, tooth loss, or facial trauma, our team is dedicated to helping them repair the look, feel, and function of their damaged teeth. Our team of experts offer transformative care from the most conservative dental filling to extensive tooth replacements. Contact our team in Pelham to schedule your appointment today.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are restorations that restore structure for teeth too damaged to be repaired with more conservative treatment options such as fillings. As the name “crown” may suggest, these restorations fit over the top of damaged teeth, replacing lost structure and providing support and protection. Crowns are also used to complete root canal therapy, as well as a tooth replacement option connected to a dental implant or as part of a fixed bridge restoration. A fixed bridge is a tooth replacement prosthetic that consists of one to three consecutive replacement teeth with two dental crowns on either side of the replacement teeth. These crowns are affixed to surrounding healthy teeth to provide support for the bridge.
Crown placement typically takes two visits. During the first appointment, we prepare patients’ teeth, removing damaged structure and shaping the remaining tooth to support the crown. We then take impressions of patients’ prepared teeth that are sent to our ceramics lab to be crafted. In the meantime, a temporary crown is placed. Patients return once their final restoration is complete. For those patients who want to expedite the crown process, we also offer CEREC same-day restorations.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have a bad reputation for being painful, but actually, this treatment option significantly reduces the discomfort associated with painful root canal infections. Root canal infection leads to severe tooth ache, sensitivity to changes in temperature, swelling and discoloration of gum tissue, and other unpleasant symptoms. Root canal therapy removes the infected inner dental structure, known as pulp. The reason this infection is painful is that the nerve system of teeth is housed within the pulp, and when the nerve is directly affected by infection, the result is severe pain. Covered by the dental specialty endodontics, which literally translates to “inside teeth,” root canal therapy is a relatively painless procedure that removes that pulp and nerve, refills the tooth with a biocompatible material, and reseals the access point. Finally, a dental crown is placed to provide adequate support and protection for the treated tooth.
Our team works hard to preserve natural dental structure in most cases, but there are a number of situations where tooth extraction may be unavoidable, including:
- Severe tooth decay that has diminished dental structure to a point where the remaining tooth cannot be preserved.
- Severe tooth decay that spreads to the gums or surrounding teeth, putting overall oral health at risk.
- Facial trauma that damages a significant portion of teeth.
- As part of orthodontic treatment when the jaw does not provide adequate space for all teeth or when a tooth is impacted (unable to erupt).
The most commonly removed teeth are third molars (wisdom teeth), which are frequently extracted due to crowding or impaction. The extraction process varies based on the position of the tooth, but we plan each tooth removal for optimal comfort and conservative treatment.