General Dentistry with Dr. Hoffman
Explore the comprehensive general dentistry services offered by Dr. Hoffman and his team at our Lincoln dental practice. Our hygienic care and preventative procedures will help support the lasting health of your teeth and gums. At your regular visits, we’ll examine for signs of oral health issues, treat symptoms of damage or decay, and leave your mouth sparkling clean.
Learn more about the preventative services and general dentistry treatments we provide at Family and Implant Dentistry.
Porcelain crowns are artificial tooth caps that fit over a tooth to protect it from bacteria and restore a strong, comfortable shape. Unlike metal alternatives, our porcelain crowns are customized for color and shape to blend seamlessly into your smile. The dental crown process is painless thanks to the us of dental anesthetics and will look and feel just like natural teeth.
We apply crowns and inlays for a variety of purposes, from repairing and protecting decayed or cracked teeth to fortifying teeth that have undergone root canal therapy. Our porcelain crowns will last for years with proper care, keeping your smile strong and beautiful and preventing the need for more invasive treatment.
Endodontics refers to dental care that treats the inner pulp of the tooth, where the sensitive blood vessels and nerve endings are found. The most common endodontic procedure is root canal therapy, a treatment for an infected tooth that removes the pulp tissue while preserving the structure of the outer tooth layers.
Infections that reach the central pulp of a tooth can cause pain, sensitivity, and inflammation of the surrounding tissue in the mouth. It’s very important to seek prompt care in these cases, as symptoms can worsen and will not resolve on their own. By removing the infected pulp, root canal therapy can alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms and avoid the need for an extraction. With the interior cleaned out, a dental composite is used to fill the tooth and a crown is applied for strong and attractive finish.
Fillings are applied to close cavities, restore the strength of damaged teeth, and protect against further decay. In the past, mercury amalgam or precious metal fillings were the norm for dental repairs of this sort. However, certain health risks that come with metallic fillings have caused them to fall out of common use. Luckily, reliable alternatives are available to not only protect your lasting wellbeing but also match the color of your natural teeth.
We are proud to be an amalgam-free practice and provide tooth-colored resin fillings to our patients. These types of fillings are just as strong and effective metallic fillings, but are overall healthier for the patient. They’ll also blend into your smile, making your necessary dental work invisible to friends and professional acquaintances.
Your gums are vital to your lasting oral health, but can be vulnerable to disease. This is why brushing and flossing regularly is so important to remove food particles and prevent bacteria from accumulating between your teeth and gums. Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease, can cause gum recession and inflammation, even leading to eventual tooth loss. If you notice your gums becoming red, puffy, or quick to bleed when you brush or floss, it’s important to have your condition evaluated so remedial steps can be taken.
At Family and Implant Dentistry, an AlloDerm graft can be applied to reverse gum recession for our patients. AlloDerm incorporates donated, regenerative tissue that we use to restore receding gums. This new tissue bonds with your natural tissue to heal your gums and reverse the affects of 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 preventative care or general dentistry service, talk to the experts at our Lincoln, NE dental practice. We’ll answer any questions you might have about your dental health needs and the full suite of services we offer at Family and Implant Dentistry.