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At VFCD, we want you to smile! We are committed to improving and maintaining the smile that you deserve.

Fillings:

Amalgam (traditional silver fillings): Dental amalgam is a silver filling used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It has been used for more than 150 years in hundreds of millions of patients around the world.

Composite (tooth-colored fillings): Tooth-colored fillings provide durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front of back teeth and are a great choice for people who prefer their fillings to look more natural. 

 

Removable Dentures:

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health while making it significantly easier to eat and speak.

Types of dentures:

  • Conventional: This full removable denture is fabricated to replace missing or extracted teeth.
  • Immediate: An immediate removable denture is inserted on the same day as extractions. Our dentist will take impressions and create a custom fit denture.
  • Overdenture: Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by our dentist. Implants can also serve the same function.
  • Partial: A removable partial denture fills the gap between two healthy teeth and consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-color plastic base. Removable partial dentures are connected by a metal framework that helps keep them in place.

New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments with our dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to contact us immediately.

 

TMD:

Temporomandibular disorders or TMD is a condition involving pain or tenderness in the muscles and/or joints that control jaw movement.

Causes: Causes can include arthritis, dislocation, injury, tooth and jaw alignment, and teeth grinding. Gender and age also play a role in TMD - for example women are often more prone to developing TMD.

Signs and Symptoms: One of the biggest signs of TMD is a clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth. Other symptoms include muscle and joint pain, which usually occurs near the temples or the jaw.

Treatment Options: Minor adjustments can be made to help treat TMD. However, an orthodontic consultation or an occlusal night guard may be recommended if the pain does not subside.

 

Periodontal Treatment/Bone & Gum:

The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by plaque constantly forming on the teeth. If you have gingivitis, your gums may bleed easily and become red or swollen. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it will transition into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.   Because gum disease is often painless, you may not know you have it. If you suspect that you have the onset of gingivitis, please contact VFCD to schedule an initial comprehensive exam.