Dental cleanings involve removing plaque and tartar deposits that have built up on your teeth over time. Since your teeth are continually bathed in saliva, the calcium in the saliva eventually builds up and is deposited onto the surface of your teeth.
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Over time your teeth may weaken and become more susceptible to decay, cracks, or discoloration that filling or bonding cannot correct. During your exam, Dr. Hogard may notice that a tooth that is decayed or appears weakened or cracked. A recommendation for a crown replacement may be necessary to make sure you don’t have any additional problems with the tooth.
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary:
• To prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease.
• To safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
• To increase the chewing surface by providing more functional teeth.
• To replace missing teeth and improve the appearance of the smile.
Dentures, also called false teeth, are prosthetic devices specially constructed to replace missing teeth. They are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Some dentures are removable, while others rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth for permanency.
Teeth Whitening can be achieved by either bleaching or cleaning agents. Conventional take-home whitening is done with bleaching agents. The bleaching is a result of exposure to a type of peroxide. Kits can be purchased over the counter or from a dentist but should only be used after consulting with a dentist due to the chemical nature of bleaching.