Learning is a lifelong process that happens at different paces for everyone. We work with what we’re given, and if you are still acquiring the knowledge and skills to care for yourself the way you deserve to be cared for, your smile may have learned some lessons the hard way. There is no reason to feel ashamed of this, and we want you to know we’re here to help not just as professionals, but a caring crew that wants to make you feel confident in your smile.
Although amalgam fillings are still placed in practices around the world because of their strength and longevity, many dentists today prefer to restore teeth with composite resin fillings. They’re discreet and can last several years as well, and they have the added benefit of being mercury-free. If you have old silver fillings that are breaking down or would just like a safer, less visible solution for teeth that have suffered decay, Dr. Millery can safely remove your mercury fillings and replace them with composite resin fillings.
Unfortunately, cavity formation is a process that doesn’t take long. When bacteria and acids from the food and beverages you consume meet, they can deplete your enamel of minerals that help keep it strong (it’s actually the hardest substance in your body!), which makes your teeth susceptible to decay. If the decay reaches your dentin (hard tissue beneath the enamel), you’ll experience pain that requires removal of the decay and the placement of a filling to restore your tooth’s form and function—and its beauty, thanks to tooth-colored composite fillings!
If tooth decay reaches from your dentin to your pulp, there is a strong chance you’ll need a crown to repair your tooth. At this very painful stage, it can cause your tooth to crack and break, and the infection could also require a root canal treatment. Dr. Millery will make you as comfortable as possible while she removes and treats the decayn, which will provide a lot of relief on its own. Then, she’ll prepare the tooth and get you back to eating, speaking, and smiling safely and confidently.
If you’ve lost one or two teeth, a dental bridge can fill in the space. A bridge is a prosthodontic device that requires preparation of the teeth next to the gap. Crowns will be fitted atop the prepared teeth, and a false tooth (nobody else will be able to tell the difference) will be affixed to the crowns. Dental bridges are not removable, so you won’t have to worry about anything coming loose or any difficulty with hygiene routines.
Over 20 million Americans are edentulous, which means “without teeth.” You’re not alone if you are missing most or all of yours, and your oral health and quality of life can improve. Dentures have been around for over a century and have improved in leaps and bounds over time. With advanced technology and comfortable, natural-looking materials, a set of dentures can bring back your bite, a healthy diet, and the confidence to laugh and smile.
If you have any teeth remaining, we want to help your jawbone hold onto them. We can craft a partial denture that prevents the healthy teeth structure you have left from shifting into empty spaces, eventually loosening, and causing more tooth loss.
If your jawbone has enough density, we’ll likely recommend implant-supported dentures for the most security and comfort. Dr. Millery can refer you to a trusted implant dentist for the placement of biocompatible (a fancy way of saying your body will adopt it as its own instead of rejecting it) posts that will mimic your natural tooth roots. Tooth roots and dental implants keep your jawbone strong, preserve your facial aesthetics, help you maintain your speech patterns, and enjoy your favorite foods. A denture supported by implants is an excellent solution we can provide!
We work with you to prevent oral infections, but we know that despite our combined best efforts, you may experience one or more in your life. If an infection reaches beneath your enamel and dentin, a root canal may be what prevents you from losing your tooth and needing a replacement. We know the procedure has a bad reputation, but root canals are performed routinely in dental offices across the United States, and the majority of patients report the pain is no worse than having a cavity filled. The pain from the infection actually gets removed when we remove the diseased tissue, sterilize your pulp chamber and root canals, and restore your tooth with a strong, beautiful crown.