Hello and welcome to the Jeffery A. Spilman DDS blog!
We hope that your summer is off to a great start! There is so much to do in the Sunshine State. But if you are experiencing any sort of dental pain or discomfort, that can sure put a damper on your fun. Worse than that, it can also turn into a dangerous situation for you if you don’t get a diagnosis for whatever is going on.
Fortunately, our St. Petersburg team is always here to identify any problems and help you restore the health and beauty of your smile should anything ever go awry. You can trust that we will do our best to make it a positive, pain-free experience for you.
Our restorative dentistry treatments include: tooth-colored fillings, root canals, crowns and bridges, implant restorations, and dentures.
We thought it might be nice to review these services in today’s post. If you have any concerns, or if you have been away for awhile, please get in touch when you are finished reading so that we can bring you in for an evaluation.
Metal-Free Dental Fillings
These days for treating cavities, we use only tooth-colored composite resin fillings, which are much more attractive and safer to use than traditional metal fillings. No more dark metallic splotches!
For this procedure we simply numb the affected tooth and create a small opening in it, getting rid of all of the decay in the cavity. Once the decay is removed, we will then fill the hole in with a composite resin.
A More Pleasant Root Canal Experience
We always say that it is easier to prevent a problem or treat it early on than to try and address it late in the game. Here’s the thing: If tooth decay gets into the soft pulp of a tooth, a filling will not be enough to prevent infection and ensure that the health of the tooth can be restored. However, a root canal procedure can rid the tooth of infection, replace the tooth’s pulp with an inert material, and seal it off again. It is not as bad as it sounds and it is always better than losing the tooth!
Crowns, Bridges, & Dentures
Crowns, bridges, and dentures are traditional restorative components that will help your mouth look, function, and feel like it should, in the wake of adult tooth loss.
If you select this forward-looking option (instead of a bridge or dentures) to replace any missing teeth, you will have a titanium rod installed in your jaw to act as an anchor or root. Often a temporary crown will be placed over the implant to protect it as your mouth heals. Once your gums have healed from the initial implant surgery, it usually takes a few months, a permanent crown will then be placed over the implant, and you will be good to go!
Come See What We Can Do For You!
Every patient has a unique set of circumstances and issues to work through. That’s why we will evaluate your mouth and come up with a treatment (or combination of treatments) that best suits your specific needs.