Dental BridgesA dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is one of the traditional dental methods to replace 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.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years with proper home care; however, they may need to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear.
Dental CrownsA crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens the tooth structure, giving the tooth a longer life than it would have if restored by fillings or other types of restorations.
There are three common types of crowns: all porcelain (tooth colored), porcelain fused to metal (tooth colored), and all metal. If a crown is diagnosed for the extent of decay present, Dr. Bradshaw will discuss what type of crown would be best for you.
Dental lmplantsA dental implant is considered the most natural functioning option to replace missing teeth. Titanium implants have been used in dentistry for over 40 years with excellent long-term success.
Dr. Bradshaw works with several different surgeons to place the implants below the gums into the jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, the implants become fused to the bone and gives the feel of real teeth. Implants can also be used to help secure dentures and partials in addition to crowns and bridges.
Dental implant patients need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support implant placement.
FillingsFillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. Dentists use both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed.
Reasons for Fillings
• Restoring small to medium sized cavities
• Restoring a chipped anterior (front) tooth
What Does a Filling Involve?
First, Dr. Bradshaw will answer any questions you have and will apply anesthetic to the tooth requiring the filling.
Dr. Bradshaw will thoroughly remove the decay that is present and prepare the tooth to successfully bond with either the composite material or amalgam (silver alloy).
Tooth 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.
Extractions are generally classified as either non-surgical (also known as "simple") or surgical (involving cutting through the gums and tooth). A simple procedure can quickly become a surgical procedure if the tooth fractures or refuses to loosen under pressure. We perform these procedures only after making the extraction site(s) profoundly numb. If a surgical extraction is required, Dr. Bradshaw works with the best surgeons to assist you in the removal of teeth if necessary.
TMJ TherapyThe purpose of your TMJ is to allow your mouth to move both up and down and side to side. When it is properly aligned, your teeth meet in their optimal bite position, allowing for regular functions such as chewing and speaking to occur properly and without discomfort.
Normal TMJ function is essential not only for chewing and speaking, but for overall comfort in your jaw. When your TMJ is misaligned, you may experience headaches, extreme pain in the jaw, and ear or sinus infections. We can identify and treat these alignment issues so that you do not experience additional concerns associated with TMD.
If you are experiencing jaw pain or discomfort, the office of Dr. Bradshaw has experience treating issues that affect the alignment of your jaw and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Wisdom TeethWisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in during young adulthood. As part of your regular dental exams, Dr. Bradshaw will examine you to determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned.
Every patient is unique, but many times, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is:
• Damage to adjacent teeth
• Gum disease
Dr. Bradshaw, or a specialist that he refers you to, may also recommend removal to prevent problems or for other reasons, such as when removal is part of another treatment plan.
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