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Thomas & Associates : Restorative / Extractions

Restorative Dentistry is the renewal of health and cosmetic appearance to a patient’s mouth by using a variety of dental procedures and techniques.

If you are looking to improve your smile esthetically and restore your teeth back to  their optimal health in the North Canton or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.

Below you will find the most common dental techniques for restoring your teeth:

Bridges

Why do you need a bridge where you are missing a tooth?

Losing one or more teeth can result in a difference in chewing, speaking and even the shape of your face. Bridges were developed to fix these problems. A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, can help reduce stress in your bite resulting from missing teeth and maintain the the shape of your face.

What does a tooth bridge do?

A bridge on your teeth replaces the missing teeth with artificial ones.

What is a tooth bridge made out of?

The bridge can be made from a variety of materials including gold, alloys and porcelain and bonded to the surrounding teeth for support. Occasionally, they are made from a combination of materials.

What is a fixed dental bridge?

A fixed bridge is just that – fixed in place and can only be removed by a dentist. A removable bridge can be taken out for cleaning.

What is an implanted dental bridge?

Another type of bridge is the implant bridge. This procedure attached the artificial teeth directly to the jawbone or under the gum. Since the success of a bridge procedure depends on its foundation, it very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy.

See examples of before and after shots.

Before

After

If you are looking for a dentist that specializes in constructing tooth bridges or other cosmetic dentistry work in the North Canton or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.

Fillings

A dental restoration or dental filling is used artificially to restore the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure.

How do you lose tooth?

The structural loss typically results from caries or external trauma. It is also lost intentionally during tooth preparation to improve the aesthetics or the physical integrity of the intended restorative dental material. Dental restoration also refers to the replacement of missing tooth structure by restoring dental implants.

What tooth filling options do I have?

Dental restorations may be fabricated out of a variety of materials, Common direct restorative tooth filling materials include dental amalgam, glass ionomer cement and composite resins. Common indirect restorative tooth filling materials include acrylic, porcelain, zirconia, gold and other metals.

If you need a tooth filling, and you live in the North Canton or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.

Tooth Crowns

What does crowning a tooth do?

Crowns are a tooth covering that restores normal shape and size to your tooth or multiple teeth. They can also make teeth stronger in addition to improving appearance.

What are tooth crowns used for?

  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left.
  • To attach a bridge
  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken.
  • To cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped.
  • To cover a dental implant

Look below for some before and after pictures to see what tooth crowning can do for your teeth.

Before

After

If you are looking for a dentist in the North Canton or surrounding Ohio areas that specializes in tooth crowning and is a perfectionist when it comes to being a cosmetic dentist, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.

Implants

Contemporary dental medicine offers more options for replacing missing teeth than just crowns and bridges. For some people, implants are the way to go to create or restore the appearance of a natural smile. Plus, it can be more comfortable for some situations.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are actually fused to the bone below the gum level. The surgical procedure is done over a few appointments. Since they’re fused they offer greater stability and serve as the foundation for replacement teeth. In addition, many people find their replacement teeth feel much more natural than other replacement solutions.

It’s important to note that dental implants candidates need to have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant.

If you live in the North Canton or surrounding Ohio areas, Contact Dr. Thomas & Associates for a thorough examination and evaluation to determine if dental implants are right for you.

The images below illustration how implants are fused to the bone.

Before( Cracked root canal)

After(replaced with implant)

Dentures

If you’ve lost several, or even all, of your natural teeth, allowing Dr. Thomas & Associates to make you dentures might be the solution for you.

Missing teeth can not only make eating a challenge, it can effect your speech, overall health and even your appearance. Without proper support, facial muscles tend to sag, giving a person an older appearance.

There are several types of dentures. A conventional full denture procedure can take several months to complete. Any remaining teeth must first be removed and the tissue needs time to heal properly. Once healed, the denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth.

An immediate denture is made and inserted after any remaining teeth are removed. But first the dentist will take a variety of jaw measurements during a preliminary visit. Next, models of the patient’s jaw are made to insure a good, custom fit. Immediate dentures make it possible for the patient to avoid any toothless time during the healing process.

It’s important to note that even with full dentures, the patient must continue to practice good oral hygiene. Gums should be brushed each day, along with the tongue and palate before inserting the dentures. A soft-bristled brush is good for this regime to help stimulate blood circulation and remove plaque.

Below is an example of what dentures can do for the appearance of your mouth:

Before

After

If you need dentures and you live in the North Canton or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction has come a long, long way from tying a string to a doorknob. Today, you can expect a swift procedure with anesthesia, as necessary, to decrease any discomfort.

Dr. Mike Thomas & Associates will prescribe the steps to follow after an extraction to insure proper healing. In addition, he may prescribe pain medication, depending on the situation.

What should I not do after a tooth extraction?

 

After an extraction procedure, it’s best not to smoke, drink through a straw, or vigorously rinse your mouth. These actions may dislodge the clot and lengthen the healing process.

After a few days of healing, it’s best to only rinse your mouth gently, if needed. A cold compress or ice bag can help with any pain and/or swelling. You can brush and floss, but it’s often best to avoid the area and teeth near the tooth socket.

If you think you may need a tooth extracted and you live in the North Canton, Jackson Township or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Dr.Thomas & Associates

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Wisdom teeth are important and do their part when they’re properly positioned and healthy. Unfortunately, problems can develop and wisdom tooth extraction becomes necessary.

Problems with wisdom teeth 

For instance, the patient’s jaw may not be large enough for the additional teeth, they may become impacted. Or, they may only partially erupt or grow sideways and become trapped under the gum and jawbone.

When wisdom teeth only partially erupt through the gums, the jaw may swell, become painful and leave an opening for bacteria, subsequently causing an infection. At times, misaligned wisdom teeth may damage adjacent teeth or a cyst can form threatening the bone structure and/or tooth roots.

With any of these circumstances, wisdom tooth extraction is often needed.

When you call Dr.Thomas & Associates for a wisdom tooth extraction you can expect a swift procedure with anesthesia to decrease any discomfort.

Dr. Mike will prescribe the steps to follow after your wisdom tooth extraction to insure proper healing. In addition, he may prescribe pain medication, depending on the situation.

What should I not do after I have my wisdom teeth extracted?

After any tooth extraction procedure, it’s best not to smoke, drink through a straw, or vigorously rinse your mouth. These actions may dislodge the clot and lengthen the healing process.

At times, oral surgery is required to extract a wisdom tooth. In these cases, Dr. Mike will arrange a referral to a qualified and highly experienced oral surgeon.

After a few days of healing, it’s best to only rinse your mouth gently, if needed. A cold compress or ice bag can help with any pain and/or swelling. You can brush and floss, but it’s often best to avoid the area and teeth near the tooth socket.

If you need your Wisdom Teeth extracted, and you live in the North Canton, Jackson Township, or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.

Below are images of before and after wisdom tooth extraction procedure.

Before

After