Even with your best efforts and a positive dental hygiene routine, damage and decay can still be an issue. At North Park Dental, we understand that dental health issues are common and we offer compassionate solutions for every need. Whether you need a filling for a cavity, root canal therapy, a dental crown, or dentures to repair damaged or missing teeth, we’ve got you covered. Our wide range of restorative options will give you your smile back. Contact us today to make an appointment.
Essentially, fillings replace the part of your tooth that has been damaged by cavities and decay. During treatment, Dr. Munoz will numb the affected area before removing decay and bacteria. Then, he will fill the small hole left behind with composite resin. This is a special dental material that is very durable and can be “painted” to match the exact color of your tooth. Once the filling is placed, the form and function of your tooth is restored and you’ll leave our office with a strong, healthy smile.
Though many people assume that root canal therapy is a painful procedure, this is a misconception. Typically, patients say that the toothache they endured before their root canal procedure was much more painful than their endodontic treatment.
Root canal therapy involves the removal of damaged and infected pulp. To begin treatment, Dr. Munoz will use a localized anesthetic to numb the area, then he will skillfully remove bacteria and any infected tooth material. Once the damaged pulp is removed, Dr. Munoz will fill the space left behind to give your tooth its natural appearance and restore its full function. If the empty space left behind after removing the bacteria and infection is too large, your tooth will be covered with a dental crown. Before you know it, your smile will be as good as new.
At North Park Dental, we will always do our best to save your damaged tooth with root canal therapy or other restorative treatments. However, there are times when extractions may be the best option. If your tooth has been severely damaged by decay, cracked or broken in an accident, or otherwise injured and unable to be repaired with restorative care, an extraction can remove the damaged tooth and make room for a replacement. We offer natural-looking dental implants and dentures that will restore your smile beautifully after tooth loss.
If one of your teeth is damaged, or you think that you may have a serious cavity or an infected tooth, a dental crown might be the best way to restore your smile and protect it from further damage. Dental crowns are usually used to treat teeth that have been severely damaged due to tooth decay or infection, such as a large cavity or root canal. They can be used if your tooth has been cracked and damaged in an oral injury, or even for cosmetic purposes. The versatility of dental crowns makes them one of the most common restorative dental treatments.
The best way to determine which restorative option is best for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Munoz. He will assess your dental health, discuss your tooth loss, and give you honest advice for moving forward. If dentures are right for you, your treatment will begin with taking images and impressions of your teeth in order to create your custom restorations. Dentures are built to fit perfectly into your mouth and stay in place with friction, replacing your missing teeth and making it easy to speak, chew, and smile again with confidence.
"I love being able to make a positive impact on my patients’ mood and self image."
– Dr. Muñoz