Depending on your situation, nonsurgical ways to treat your dental problems can be the best course. But sometimes there’s no avoiding the need for oral surgery. At Thomas R. Lambert DMD, we promise to work with you to create the best dental treatment plan for you.
Endodontics refers to dental treatments on the dental pulp. Inside every tooth, there’s a collection of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue called the pulp. This keeps the tooth healthy. But bacteria can creep into a tooth’s pulp, causing problems that can lead to pain, abscess and even loss of the tooth. Because we always want to save the tooth when possible, Thomas R. Lambert DMD can use a root canal procedure to remove any infected pulp. Following root canal treatment, the tooth is restored with an aesthetic and durable bonded filling, ceramic onlay, or a full coverage crown to protect the tooth from further fracture or decay.
Saving the tooth is usually the best option, but there are times when that is just not possible. If the tooth or surrounding gum has gotten infected and left untreated for too long, extracting the tooth might be the only way to remove the infection and save the rest of your smile. Sometimes, accidents can damage teeth too severely to save them. Even without infection or damage, removing a tooth might be necessary to make room for the rest of your teeth, especially when primary teeth get replaced by permanent ones.
Before we conduct any extraction, we first take digital X-rays and exams to make sure this is the best procedure for your unique situation. Then we use a local anesthetic or dental sedation to prevent pain or discomfort during the procedure. Finally, we use the latest dental technology to remove the tooth.
Whether you had a tooth extracted or you lost a tooth for some other reason, it’s a bad idea to ignore that gap in your smile. It looks bad and can lead to more health problems as tiny bits of food get stuck along the gumline of neighboring teeth, or existing teeth slide out of alignment. Dental implants are surgical options that not only occupy the empty space; they also look and feel as normal as any of your teeth. With dental implants, we carefully measure the size, shape, and color of your existing teeth to create an artificial tooth that will fit perfectly in your smile.
A titanium root is implanted in the jawbone beneath the space, and the artificial tooth is bonded to this root. This gives you a new tooth at least as strong as any of your existing teeth. And if you have more than one missing tooth, we offer options such as All-on-4, All-on-6, or implant-supported dentures for a nonremovable fixed option that can return confidence in eating, talking and laughing normally. No matter how many spaces you have in your smile, we can make it look and feel natural. These days, oral surgery is straightforward and uncomplicated. More importantly, it can restore your smile to its normal, healthy state.