Cavities form as a result of tooth decay. Bacteria that reside in your mouth feed on lingering food particles. As they eat, the bacteria produce acids, which eat away at the enamel of your teeth. By not properly removing them, the bacteria continue to multiply, and more and more acid is produced. Eventually, the enamel on your teeth begins to decay.
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Bacteria can get your teeth in several different ways. No matter how they get in, bacteria in the tooth is never a good situation. Not only can it cause excruciating pain, but infections in the teeth can also enter the bloodstream, which can then lead to serious health complications. National Dental Douglaston can help. With endodontic treatment, commonly known as a root canal, we can clear the infection and save your tooth from extraction.
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A crown is a protective "cap" for a weakened or compromised tooth. It covers the entire visible portion of your tooth and is designed to hold your tooth together, provide it strength and protect it from bacterial invasion. A crown allows your tooth to stay in its socket, eliminating the need for an extraction.
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A bridge is designed to "bridge" the gap left behind by a missing tooth. It can typically be used to replace up to 3 consecutive missing teeth. The replacement tooth (or teeth) is surrounded on both sides by dental crowns. These crowns are meant to anchor onto the healthy teeth adjacent to space, and hold the bridge securely in place. The bridge restores your smile, along with the function of your teeth and health of your mouth.
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Dentures - Complete & Partial
Dentures have been in use for decades to replace missing teeth. When you think of dentures, though, you probably think of big, bulky fake teeth that are rather noticeable to everyone around you. Thanks to technological developments, dentures are not what they once were. The false teeth are set into an acrylic gum-colored base. Dentures are supported by your gums and held in place by suction. Today's dentures, while still removable, are designed to look more natural and feel more comfortable.
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Same Day Dentures
It used to be that it would take weeks for you to get your final dentures. With same day dentures, you don't have to wait weeks. At National Dental Douglaston, you can get your dentures the very same day you come in for your tooth extractions.
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Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are made to fill cavities on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Inlays can help with damage done to a single cusp. Onlays are used when the damage affects multiple cusps and is designed to build up the structure of the tooth. It is sometimes called a partial crown because it covers the entire chewing surface.
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To effectively remove the gum buildup on your teeth, the infected tissue must first be removed. Traditionally, this was performed with a scalpel, a manual metal tool used to cut away the affected tissues. The scalpel causes bleeding and often leads to a significant amount of post-procedure pain and swelling. The use of the laser has changed all of that. Instead of a scalpel, a laser uses a high-intensity beam of light that is no thicker than a human hair.
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