A crown or cap is indicated when there is sufficient damage, decay or trauma to a tooth’s integrity. Teeth lose their structural support when more than 60% of a tooth is damaged, have a large broken down filling, or if an entire cusp is missing (broken or decayed). It is at this point that the tooth gets very brittle and is at a greater risk of cracking or chipping. Crowns can literally hold teeth together when they are at risk.
There are many advantages to replace missing teeth with dental implants, including improved appearance, improved durability, improved speech, and improved self-esteem. Dental implants also have a success rate of up to 98% and with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dr. Lee Weisbard uses composite fillings rather than the traditional silver amalgam, which is a combination of metals and mercury formed into an alloy. The composite that she uses is a tooth colored putty-like material that is set and hardened with a special light. These fillings are durable and can last for a long time.
When teeth become severely worn, abraded, fractured or decayed throughout the mouth, full mouth rehabilitation may be necessary in order to restore proper function and aesthetics. Since it is the teeth that determine the position of the jaw in the fossa of the skull, it is important to maintain proper physiologic position by restoring the teeth.
Our philosophy promotes long-term health and prevention of disease. A healthy foundation is essential to protecting your smile whether it is restored or natural, and long term success depends upon the health of your gums and teeth. We provide routine dental cleanings as well as deep cleanings and antibiotic therapy.
Root canal therapy is needed when the pulp has been damaged from decay or trauma. Once the pulp is damaged it breaks down and bacteria starts to multiply within the pulp space or chamber. An infection or abscess can develop if left untreated. Dr. Weisbard can examine the tooth that has been damaged, take appropriate radiographs and discuss the best treatment for your needs.
The Temporomandibular Joint is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. It is located immediately in front of the ear on both sides of the head. There is no single cause for TMJ, which also means that there is not a standard treatment for it either, but instead various types of therapy are used for treatment. Dr. Lee Weisbard will consider all of the symptoms before she chooses a method of treatment.
Dr. Lee Weisbard does not remove wisdom teeth, but she would be more than happy to refer you to a number of local specialists. Dr. Weisbard does offer her top ten reasons on why she believes that wisdom teeth should be removed, including reducing the chance of complications with wisdom teeth later on in life.