Restorative Dental Services
From adolescents and teens to adults and seniors, all patients are susceptible to cavities and small dental defects. Today, dentists commonly use a non-metal, durable composite resin filler that can be color matched to your existing teeth. That's right - no more metal (silver amalgam) added to your mouth and you can always consult with Dr. Tan about having existing metal fillings removed and replaced with tooth colored filler. The aesthetic difference is both amazing and beautiful. These composite resin fillings, when done properly, are just as durable as silver ones and provide excellent cosmetic appearances.
Dental Root Canals
Dental Root Canals is a treatment used to repair and, at times, save a tooth that is damaged, decayed, or infected, as all of these conditions can result in discomfort. To perform a root canal, the dentist removes the nerve within the pulpal chamber and root, followed by disinfection and sealing. If a badly damaged or decayed tooth does not get a root canal, the surrounding tissues can become infected and abscesses may form. These types of conditions should be addressed as soon as possible to minimize the long term damage and possible tooth loss, as well as pain and discomfort.
Dental Extractions are a last-resort solution for a number of different oral conditions that exist. Although permanent natural healthy teeth are meant to last a lifetime, sometimes conditions make this impossible. A few common reasons for considering extractions include: 1.) teeth that are badly damaged, 2.) the presence of an infection making saving the tooth impossible, and 3.) unnecessary teeth such as third molars (wisdom teeth).
If it is determined that a Dental Tooth Extraction is in your best interest, Dr. Tan will help make pulling the tooth or teeth as painless as possible. He will also inform you of any options you have available to accommodate the missing tooth or teeth.
Dental Crowns are tooth-shaped "caps" that are placed over a reshaped tooth. The purpose of using the dental crown is to cover the existing tooth and restore its shape, size, strength, while improving its appearance. Dental crowns, when properly cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of an existing tooth, lying at and above the gumline. A few general reason for using dental crowns are, protecting a weak, decaying or cracked tooth. Restoring a broken or severely warn tooth. To cover and support a large filling when there isn't a lot of natural tooth left. Anchor a dental bridge in place. Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth. Cover dental implants. Make a desired cosmetic modification and so on. Crowns are available in dental materials similar to fillings. Dr. Tan creates and gently installs awesome dental crowns.
Dental Bridge (Fixed Partial Denture)
Missing a tooth or two? A Dental Bridge, also know as a Fixed Partial Denture (FPD), is a customized dental prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is usually supported by two or more natural-existing, healthy teeth adjacent to the missing space.
A Dental Bridge is ﬁxed in place and cannot be removed, once cemented into place. The concept is simple to understand. At least two crowns on natural, healthy teeth flanking the missing space are connected by custom-made replacement teeth called pontics. The natural teeth used to support the pontics are called abutments. A common example of a Dental Bridge is one that replaces one missing tooth and uses three parts: two abutments and one pontic.
Depending on the patient's unique circumstances, a Dental Bridge can replace multiple teeth if necessary. It is important to not allow the abutment teeth to become overloaded by expecting them to support too many replacement teeth, or have the bridge cover an excessive distance. A bridge is a good option for a patient wanting to replace a few teeth while combining cosmetics and cost.
Removable Dental Prostheses
Removable Dental Prostheses are usually used to restore function and aesthetics for situations involving multiple missing teeth or entirely edentulous mouths. The most common of these are partial dentures and complete dentures. Removable Prostheses can help restore the ability to chew, improve aesthetics and even aid with speech. Since a lot of factors go towards the evaluation of properly fabricated dentures, Dr. Tan will perform a thorough oral evaluation and consult with the patients to determine if this is a feasible and useful option.