Dental fillings are used to repair cavities and defects in a tooth, such as cracks or worn down enamel. At Mountain Loop Dental we use composite, or tooth- colored fillings, and utilize minimally invasive techniques so that we save as much of your natural tooth structure as possible
Crowns are needed when a tooth has had more damage than a regular filling can repair. This includes badly decayed teeth, broken or cracked teeth, teeth that have had root canals, and teeth that have had previous large fillings. A crown is a cover or "cap" that protects the entire surface of a tooth and restores it to its original shape, size, and function. Crowns can be made from several types of materials including high-strength ceramic and porcelain for beautiful cosmetic results
A missing tooth or teeth can lead to a variety of problems including difficulty chewing, jaw problems, and teeth shifting to fill the missing space. If a tooth is missing, one option to replace the empty space is with a dental bridge. A bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the neighboring teeth on either sides of the gap (called abutments). Bridges can be made from several types of materials including high-strength ceramic and porcelain fused to metal for enhanced strength while providing beautiful cosmetic results.
Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are considered a conservative method of treating damaged teeth. They are used instead of placing a crown. Some dentists even use inlays and onlays to treat tooth decay. Instead of filling in the tooth, your dentist may use dental inlays and onlays.
Dental inlays and onlays are made in a dental lab and then fitted to your tooth. They are then bonded to your tooth.
Periodontal disease, also commonly called gum disease, begins with bacterial growth under the gums. If left untreated, this can lead to permanent destruction of the bone and ligaments surrounding the teeth including eventual tooth loss. Signs of periodontal disease include red or swollen gums, gum recession, bad breath, and/or soreness while brushing your teeth. Our dental hygienists at Mountain Loop Dental are experts at early detection and treatment of periodontal disease. With proper treatment and home care, we can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.
Root canals are needed when decay and bacteria spread for too long without treatment. At a certain point, this decay makes it to the pulp inside the tooth. This pulp includes nerves, therefore infection generally causes a lot of pain. Since this is happening on the inside of the tooth, you won’t necessarily see the damage. Instead, you could feel it through pain and notice other signs that include bleeding, swelling and bad breath.
If you are missing teeth, dentures can provide a positive solution to improving your oral health. We are proud to provide dentures that are designed to fit your mouth for proper function and unique comfort. Following your appointment, we will provide you with information on at-home care for your dentures. We strongly recommend scheduling follow up appointments for periodic denture cleanings.
When you have missing teeth, an alternative solution to dentures is dental implants. While dentures are removable, dental implants provide permanent new teeth to restore your mouth’s function and appearance. Dental implants tend to offer a successful and lasting solution to the loss of some or all of your teeth.