Simi Valley, CA
When damage or disease to your teeth occurs, our team at Simi Hills Dental can help. Our restorative services will improve your oral health, we can restore the function and elevate the aesthetics of your smile.
Dental fillings are the best way to restore minor to moderate instances of tooth decay. Most fillings these days consist of a material known as composite resin. Composite resin is an aesthetically-pleasing material that we color-match to the existing shade of your enamel. For this reason, a composite filling is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.
When a tooth has become damaged, severely decayed, or weakened from root canal therapy, we can strengthen and rebuild the tooth with a dental crown. The goal is to support and retain the natural tooth through applying the shielding strength of an added layer. Besides strength, a crown restores the shape of the tooth which will allow for better chewing. A dental crown is customized to completely surround and encase the natural tooth. There are multiple materials available for a dental crown, and we are happy to discuss the pros and cons of each material based on the location of the tooth being covered.
Missing teeth are problematic. In the past, many patients assumed missing teeth to be no big deal, or even normal as we age, but the truth is they are much more problematic than assumed. A traditional dental bridge is a permanent device that we can place to restore a single or multiple missing teeth. It is secured in place with two dental crowns that fit over a stable anchor; an anchor can be any combination of natural teeth or dental implants. Between the two anchors are false teeth that will rest on your gum line, these false teeth play an important role in improving your chewing function, keeping neighboring teeth in their place, filling out your facial shape and restoring your aesthetic.
Variations of the traditional bridge include the Maryland bridge which uses a metal framework, or the Cantilever bridge which is anchored on only one side.
Increasingly, patients are learning the advantage that comes with restoring missing teeth using dental implants. A dental implant is a post that we can surgically embed into the jawbone. Once healed, this post serves as a firm foundation for a restorative prosthetic including a dental crown, bridge or denture. Today, implants are available in both titanium or a non-metal ceramic material.
We categorize dentures are either partial or complete. A partial denture is different than a bridge because it is removable. Partial dentures are a framework of teeth that are held in place using clasps that fit over natural teeth. A complete denture is an entire arch of teeth when there are no healthy teeth remaining on either the top or bottom arch. Traditionally, dentures were held in place with suction or adhesives, but today you can have your denture set in place with the assistance of dental implants. We offer both removable and non-removable implant retained denture options.
Generally speaking, there are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions can be performed in our office. A simple extraction means that the tooth is intact and able to be removed using an elevator to lift the tooth out of the socket and then pulled out with forceps. Surgical extractions are often completed with an oral surgeon and generally means that cuts need to be made to extract the tooth, this is more common with teeth that are impacted.
A root canal is a treatment we perform to save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction. When we determine that a root canal is needed, it is because there is infected material inside the tooth. We need to gain access inside the tooth and remove the infected material. The tooth is then cleaned, filled and closed up. Frequently, we will suggest a dental crown to be fitted over the now weakened tooth.
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