Regular examinations at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bend are essential to promoting good oral and dental health by detecting problems before they get worse, or preventing them altogether. Below are some of the preventive services that our practice offers.
Cleanings & ExamsRegular examinations, by Dr. Thomas E. Wold help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat.
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Composite FillingsFillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bend we use composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed.
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CrownsA crown is a covering that will wrap and protect the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to look and function just like the original tooth. Crowns work to strengthen the tooth while protecting the existing structure, extending the life of the tooth longer that it would be with a filling or another restoration.
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BridgesA dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is one of the traditional dental methods for replacing missing teeth. The type of bridge used most often is called a fixed bridge, and consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached on either side of the artificial teeth (pontics), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
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Root Canal TherapyA "root canal," or endodontic therapy, is a procedure available to save a tooth that is infected and would otherwise require extraction. Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.
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Dental ImplantsA dental implant is a titanium post designed to replace missing teeth. The post is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing and provides a more permanent solution.
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Periodontal TherapyGum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. The treatment methods that our dentists diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed.
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MouthguardsBruxism (teeth grinding) can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel. This is why it's important to protect your teeth while you sleep by wearing a bite guard.
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Sinus LiftTooth loss often leads to bone loss in the jaw. A dental implant needs a solid foundation of bone to support it, and bone loss is a common issue when teeth have been missing for a significant period of time. When bone loss occurs in the upper premolar or molar areas the sinus can fill in the gap left by the receding bone.
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ExtractionsA tooth extraction is the procedure done to remove a tooth that is damaged beyond repair from its socket in the jawbone. Extractions are also done to remove wisdom teeth that may be impacted or create future problems.
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Oral Hygiene RoutineYour mouth has many important responsibilities. With your mouth, you can bite, chew, speak, and express a wide array of different emotions. There are many different components in your mouth that allow you to perform these functions. For your mouth to perform at its best, it is essential that you take good care of it.
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