Keep your mouth healthy with general dentistry.
Did you know most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with general dental care? Dr. Lang and the team know that regularly scheduled, professional dental care is a big part of preventing serious problems that lead to decay and ultimately tooth loss. They are committed to providing advanced preventive care because it’s always easier to treat an issue before it becomes a problem.
Protect your overall health with periodontal therapy.
Have you been diagnosed with periodontal disease? Periodontal disease (also called gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontitis) refers to the infection of the supportive tissues of the mouth due to toxic bacteria found in plaque. Most adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, and if left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss, breaking down of the soft tissue in the mouth and jaw, and other significant health problems.
It all starts with plaque that’s left unchecked. As the disease progresses, pockets form in your gums that are a haven for more bacteria that triggers a cascade of inflammation and decay. Those with periodontitis will need a special approach to keep the disease in check. We call this approach periodontal therapy. We work with you to make the most out of your at-home hygiene routine, and we see you more often to provide additional professional cleanings to further your healing and halt the disease process. Of course, the first step is for Dr. Lang to assess your periodontal health, and if needed, conduct the appropriate therapy to restore gums and supportive tissues.
Fix that cavity with a filling.
A cavity is more than a hole in your tooth: it’s a gateway for food particles and bacteria to enter the more sensitive areas of your tooth. As bacteria and debris settle in, the waste products from the bacteria (feasting on the food particles) lead to more decay. The first step in treatment is to remove the decayed portion of the tooth, which includes the bacteria. When decay and bacteria are removed from a cavity, the area is then filled with a material that will seal and protect the structure of your tooth. With this procedure, your dentist helps minimize your risk for further decay.
You can have a natural-looking, cavity-free smile.
Tooth-colored fillings are the ideal solution for repairing a cavity. A tooth-colored filling is a composite resin made from microscopic ceramic and glass particles dispersed in a plastic resin that can be shaped and bonded to teeth. The composite material is durable, flexible enough to expand and contract similar to a tooth with eating and drinking, and natural-looking. The material comes in a wide range of shades and can be molded and sculpted to create almost any shape or contour. The fact that the resin is bonded means that a seal is formed to reduce the chance of leakage, which is common with silver fillings, for example. For years, silver-mercury was the primary material used by dentists to fill cavities. Today, tooth-colored restorations are superior, both in appearance and in durability. The flexibility of a tooth-colored filling also means less chance of further damage to your tooth, which can’t be said for amalgam or metal fillings.
Are your teeth suffering from nighttime grinding or clenching?
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth but don’t remember when the injury occurred damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding (bruxism) and clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, a nightguard appliance is a simple solution that can have a big impact.
A nightguard protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Middletown dentist Dr. Lang will take great care to make sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Ask our dental team in Middletown OH about having a nightguard custom created just for you.
You don’t have to suffer with tooth loss.
When teeth are missing, your smile undergoes significant changes. Missing teeth cause you to chew differently and may also cause mouth pain. As your remaining teeth work to compensate for the loss, gaps and spaces form that only make the situation worse. A porcelain bridge, custom designed by Dr. Lang, keeps your smile aligned and your bite functional. Bridges are anchored to existing teeth or crowns on either side of the missing tooth. They are semi-permanent, meaning they can only be affixed or removed by a dentist and are a long-term restorative solution to your damaged smile.
Restore your smile and protect the rest of your teeth with a porcelain bridge.
Your tooth is too decayed for a filling. Now what?
A porcelain crown may be the answer. You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are customized to cover broken, cracked, or discolored teeth. Crowns are a durable, strong, and long-lasting method of enhancing both the look and functionality of your smile. After some preparation of the tooth or teeth that will receive the crown(s), Dr. Lang will position a custom-milled, lifelike porcelain crown over your damaged tooth, restoring and rejuvenating your oral health.
It’s a solution that will help you retain your natural tooth structure longer. That’s important to your oral health, because after all, your teeth were made for you.
• Gini J.