General Dentistry with Dr. Hoffman
Some patients may fear that a simple hygiene appointment can mean a need for a root canal, a filling, periodontal treatment, and more. However, there is a difference between hygiene visits and general dentistry: while both are part of preventative dentistry, hygiene visits are meant to look for warning signs of oral diseases, while general dentistry involves repairing a smile that may have some damage from tooth decay or gum disease. Take a look at some general dentistry treatments we offer here at Family and Implant Dentistry.
Porcelain crowns are artificial tooth caps that are placed over a tooth in order to protect it or restore it to a more comfortable shape for the patient. These crowns can also be hand-painted to match the shade of your natural teeth. Crowns and inlays can be used to cover and protect decaying or cracked teeth, especially teeth that have undergone root canals. These crowns can last for years, if cared for properly, and will keep your smile complete without needing to lose a tooth.
Endodontics is a term for a field of dentistry that treats the inner pulp of the tooth, where the sensitive blood vessels and nerve endings are. Endodontic services include root canals, a treatment that seeks to remove affected tissues in the pulp as a result of tooth decay (cavities). Tooth decay that reaches the center of the tooth causes pain, sensitivity, and inflammation in the tooth. After removing these affected tissues, the tooth is filled in and capped with a crown in order to protect the tooth.
Tooth decay is the main reason that patients often need root canals or fillings. While in the past, mercury or gold fillings have been the norm, there are certain risks that come with possessing metallic fillings. We are proud to be an amalgam-free practice, and provide tooth-colored resin fillings for our patients in need of such treatment. These types of fillings are just as effective and strong as past amalgam fillings, but are overall healthier for the patient.
Your gums are vital to protecting your teeth, but are also susceptible to disease. There’s a notorious stereotype that flossing can feel tedious, and is easily forgotten. But flossing not only keeps food particles out, but keeps bacteria from festering on these food particles and causing disease. Periodontal disease is one serious form of gum inflammation, and one common symptom is called gum recession: a condition where the gums are pulled back from the teeth, making the teeth appear longer or causing gaps to appear between the teeth. Gums also appear red, puffy, sensitive, and often bleed as a result.
Here at Family and Implant Dentistry, an AlloDerm graft has been the top solution for solving gum recession for our patients in Lincoln, NE. AlloDerm incorporates donated, regenerative tissue for use in covering the exposed areas of gum recession. This new tissue bonds with your natural tissue to restore the frame of your gums and heal areas affected by periodontal disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you fill in the gaps of my receding gum line?
If you suffer from a receding gum line due to periodontal disease, we can help. With an AlloDerm® gum grafting treatment, Dr. Hoffman can use natural tissues to improve the appearance of your gum line.
AlloDerm contains collagen and protein to facilitate the growth of new tissue cells so your own body will reinforce the structure of the graft. If you want to restore the health and appearance of your gums, contact our office for a consultation.
How long do dental crowns last?
Crowns typically last between five to 15 years. The longevity is determined by lifestyle habits, normal wear and tear, and how well you care for your teeth. It’s important to brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and rinse between meals.
In addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine, you’ll want to schedule bi-annual check-ups and professional cleanings. We’ll make sure your oral health is on track and that your crown is in excellent shape.
How can I prepare for root canal therapy?
There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind prior to surgery to ensure it goes smoothly:
- Express any fears or concerns regarding the surgery with Dr. Hoffman
- Avoid antibiotics prior to surgery unless otherwise told
- Refrain from taking painkillers prior to the surgery
- Avoid alcoholic beverages
What are tooth-colored fillings made of?
Tooth-colored fillings are made of three components, including plastic, silica, and glass. Together, these materials form a composite resin that’s customized to match the color of your natural teeth to seamlessly blend in with your smile.
Contact Us About Your General Dentistry Needs
If you’re in need of any of the treatments mentioned above, the first step is to give our office a call. We encourage new and current patients to ask us any questions they may have about general dentistry and our other suite of services at Family and Implant Dentistry.