If you or a loved one experience a toothache or dental damage, don’t wait for your six month dental checkup to tell us about it. Call our office right away. In many cases, we can save you time, pain, and money by providing more conservative treatments as soon as the damage occurs. If left untreated for a length of time, more advanced restorative procedures may be necessary. The Brookwood Dental Associates team offers a wide array of restorative treatments to renew oral health, repair damage, and put the smile back on your face. If necessary, we’ll schedule an emergency dentistry appointment on the day you call. Our Landsdale, PA dental practice welcomes patients from Blue Bell, Chalfont, and other nearby communities.
Dental crowns are the most commonly used dental restoration. They allow our team to correct damage, conceal cosmetic flaws, and support replacement teeth as part of a fixed bridge (series of crowns connected to replace teeth). Crowns are available in a variety of materials. We typically recommend metal-free, all-ceramic restorations because they offer repair that is durable and cosmetically appealing. However, other materials offer advantages as well. Gold crowns have a noticeable appearance, but they offer the most durable restoration without increasing wear on opposing teeth. Porcelain bonded to gold crowns offer a combination of cosmetic appearance and the durability of metal. Whatever material we choose to repair a smile, the process is the same. Patients visit our office two times. During the initial visit we’ll prepare the tooth, capture bite impressions, and place a temporary restoration. Using the bite impressions, our trusted dental lab crafts a custom crown. Once we receive the final solution from our lab, patients return to exchange their temporary for a custom crown.
Patients who experience minor dental damage or decay typically do not need a full dental crown. Instead, we’ll likely recommend a filling. Our team uses amalgam fillings that offer durable, long lasting restoration. Fillings can be created and placed in just on visit to our office. The process is simple. We start by numbing the area around the damaged tooth. Then, we carefully remove all the decayed structure, and we place small wedges in the enamel that will hold the filling in place. Next, we have patients bite into a putty material that captures an impression of the prepared teeth. Once the impression hardens, we use it to craft the amalgam filling to fit into the smile. Finally, we place the filling, make any final adjustments, and polish and seal the tooth.
In addition to the more traditional amalgam fillings, we also offer tooth colored fillings as a more cosmetic solution. Ideal for damage or decay in the front teeth, composite resin fillings are shaded to blend seamlessly within the smile line. We even use tooth colored filling materials for purely cosmetic treatments to conceal chips or stains on the surfaces of teeth. The process is simple and can be completed in a single appointment. We start by removing any damaged or weakened dental structure. Then, we apply the tooth colored composite resin material directly to the tooth. We carefully shape the composite filling into position replacing any lost or damaged dental structure. Then, the filling is hardened into place using a curing light. You’ll leave our office with a smile that looks so natural you might even forget which tooth needed the filling in the first place.
Patients with extensive tooth loss will likely need a partial or full denture. Partials are used to replace a number of missing teeth both consecutive and nonconsecutive along an arch. The denture is crafted by creating a base that fits snugly between remaining teeth. Replacement teeth are connected to this gum-colored base, and the whole prosthetic is held in place with metal clasps connected to healthy teeth. A full denture is similarly crafted by connecting replacement teeth to a gum colored base. Since there are no remaining teeth to connect a full arch denture to, the base is crafted to fit snuggly against the gum line. This tight fit creates natural suction that holds the denture in place. For those patients interested in increased stability, we also offer dental implant supported dentures.
Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but actually, they can significantly relieve toothache pain. Root canal therapy is necessary when tooth decay or damage reaches the innermost layer of the tooth, the pulp. The entire nerve system of the tooth is housed within the pulp, and when it is irritated, the result can be a painful toothache. Root canals are fairly straightforward procedures that remove the damaged pulp and nerve tissue relieving toothache pain and restoring oral health. First, we drill a small access hole from the top of the tooth to the pulp. Then, the damaged tissue is removed, and we refill the tooth with a similar, biocompatible substance. Finally, we reseal the access hole, and in some cases, place a dental crown to protect and strengthen the treated tooth.
Third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are the last to emerge in patients’ smiles. They typically erupt between the age of 15 and 25, but in most cases, patients do not have adequate jaw space to accommodate this additional set of molars. Their late eruption can lead to a number of oral health concerns including crowding that causes teeth to shift out of alignment, teeth that are unable to erupt or impacted, and sores or infection in the gums surrounding impacted teeth. Around the age of ten or eleven, we’ll evaluate your child’s developing smile to determine whether wisdom tooth extraction is necessary. If so, we’ll create a wisdom tooth removal plan.
We make every effort to preserve natural dental structures, but in some cases, tooth extraction may be our only option. If this is the case, our skilled dentists will carefully extract teeth with minimal discomfort. Wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted, but we may also recommend tooth removal in the following situations:
We’re happy to offer a variety of oral surgeries in partnership with our sister practice, Dental Innovations. Our teams partner to provide advanced surgical treatments in complete comfort and safety. We offer surgical innovations for a variety of concerns including: