Fillings are placed in teeth when a small cavity is present. Dr Barabe removes the decay and then places the filling material. The restoration is shaped to match the original tooth structure. There are two basic types of fillings. Composite material is a shade of natural teeth to give it a nice, esthetic look. An amalgam filling is silver in color and very durable.
A crown is a complete covering of the tooth. Crowns can be made of various materials such as ceramic, silver, gold, or porcelain. Crowns are done to give the tooth the needed strength to function properly when there is not enough natural tooth structure. This can occur for various reasons. A tooth with an existing filling that gets new decay, usually requires a crown because there is already missing tooth structure.
￼ Dentures can offer a great option for replacing teeth in one arch. They can provide chewing abilities that are lost when teeth are missing. Dr. Barabe works closely with a dental lab to make sure that the denture is both cosmetically pleasing and functional. Dr. Barabe is set apart by his fellow dentists, in that he sets each tooth one by one himself. This is to ensure the patient receives a more personable denture full of life.
￼Dr. Barabe offers laser surgery to replace the traditional “cutting” of tissue with a blade. This allows for less bleeding, faster healing and less discomfort. This type of surgery can be beneficial for such things as frenum (tissue) attachments, implant placements, removal of excessive tissue growth (fibromas), and trimming of extra gum tissue around the teeth (hyperplasia).
Occasionally, a tooth may have too much damage to repair. When this occurs, an extraction is recommended. Periodontal disease (bone loss) around a tooth can cause the tooth to require an extraction. This helps keep the disease from spreading to surrounding teeth.
A bridge may be recommended if a patient is missing one or more teeth. Spaces left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift, resulting in malocclusion. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
When the nerve inside of the tooth is injured or diseased, it can start to die. The dying nerve can lead to infection around the tooth which causes pain and sometimes swelling. In most cases, the patient is given an antibiotic to fight the infection. The infected nerve is removed and the canal is irrigated and cleaned out. A root canal material is then placed into the canal.
A partial is a removable appliance used to replace missing teeth. It can replace one tooth or several. A “unilateral” partial is used to replace teeth on one side of the mouth. A “bilateral” partial is used to replace teeth on both sides of the mouth in one arch.
Working from the inside out, the active ingredients found in Opalescence gels penetrate through enamel to break down the discolored portion of your teeth, while removing stains and brightening your smile. Opalescence gels contain potassium nitrate and fluoride which have been proven to strengthen enamel, decrease sensitivity, and help prevent cavities.
Implants are a good option for replacing missing teeth for many patients. The implants are placed by preparing an opening under the gum tissue. The implant itself is made of titanium. Over a period of several months the bone forms around the implant, securing it in place. When the healing process is complete, the crown is added.
Because implants fuse to your bone, they provide stable support for teeth. Dentures mounted to implants won't slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important advantage while eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures feel more natural and stable than conventional dentures.
We create a custom oral appliance, designed to fit your mouth comfortably that gently shifts your lower jaw forward. This slight shift in the position of your jaw is enough to keep your airway open, allowing you to breathe easily throughout the night.
Includes: Comprehensive exam, oral cancer screening & one cleaning.
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