When we find a tooth decay or a cavity, we need to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then apply a filling. With the help of a local anesthetic, our dentists will remove the decay with a high speed dental drill and layer the filling material into the tooth for a smooth finish. Patients can choose from a number of filling materials, including tooth-colored fillings, silver fillings and gold fillings.
Crowns help restore and strengthen teeth from major decay and fractures.
Maddox Dentistry is proud to feature CEREC, a technologically-advanced machine that allows us to make crowns right in our office. Where the earlier method required more than one visit, we can now prepare the tooth and place a permanent crown in just once visit. First, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing decay. Then, using 3-D photography and special computer software, the CEREC machine creates a porcelain (or tooth-colored) crown to perfectly match the tooth. Finally, your dentist will cement the crown into place, capping the existing tooth and protecting it from future breakdown.
For those patients missing a tooth or teeth, we can provide a bridge to restore your beautiful smile. This is essentially a series of crowns where the teeth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth) are crowned and a false tooth or series of teeth is fastened between the crowns, forming a bridge. We then place the bridge by cementing it onto the prepared surface of the teeth, creating a full, strong and natural-looking smile.
Dental implants are another option for replacing missing teeth. Unlike bridges and crowns, dental implants replace not only the tooth, but the roots as well. To begin with, we surgically place an implant by attaching it to the jaw bone. Then the replacement tooth is attached to the top of the implant. While this option may seem more invasive, implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework because they don’t rely on the neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are a great alternate to dentures.
Dr. Maddox performs the minor surgery required for dental implants.
A root canal treatment (or endodontia) helps save and restore diseased teeth. Inside each tooth is a soft core called the pulp that provides all the nutrients and nerves to the tooth. If the pulp becomes diseased or injured and can’t repair itself, it dies and can lead to infection and ultimately the loss of your tooth. During treatment, the dentist will first remove the diseased pulp and then clean and fill the pulp chamber and root canal. Finally, we place a crown over the tooth to strengthen the tooth.