At Sleep Dentistry of Portland, you can find a wide range of general dental services and procedures under one roof. Keeping your teeth protected and in good health is our goal as your Portland, OR dentists.
Fillings For Cavities
When it comes to restoring teeth, fillings are the best-known and most widely used treatment.
A filling uses specialized material to fill in a space or cavity in a tooth. Sleep Dentistry of Portland prioritizes your comfort during this treatment.
Fillings are used to treat many dental problems, including:
- Damage caused by tooth decay
- Cracks, fractures, or chips in teeth
- Uneven wear
Before a filling, we will apply a local anesthetic and provide you with optional sedation to make you more comfortable. We will then take steps to remove decay and cleanse the area to prevent further damage or infection. Layers of protective material are applied to restore the structure of the tooth. Our dentist molds the filling into the proper shape and removes any excess.
Many filling materials are available, including tooth-colored composite fillings that many people prefer.
Crowns are a thin coating made out of metal, tooth-colored porcelain, resin, or a combination of these. However, new technology allows Sleep Dentistry of Portland to make crowns entirely from high-strength ceramic and porcelain. The breathtaking results blend in with natural teeth to restore your smile with a superior appearance.
Most people will eventually need to have some crowns placed during their lifetime. Crowns can accomplish many things, such as:
- Restoring a tooth when it is unable to support a large filling
- Improve the appearance of a discolored tooth
- Fill spaces between teeth
- Straighten a crooked tooth
- Strengthen a tooth against decay
- Restore a worn, broken, or chipped tooth
Dental bridges are one way we replace missing teeth at Sleep Dentistry of Portland. A bridge makes it easier to chew, improves appearance, and helps keep your teeth, gums, and jaw healthy.
Spaces left by missing teeth inevitably affect the rest of your teeth. Gaps can cause chewing problems, but that’s just the start. If even one tooth is missing, other teeth may slowly shift out of place. This changes the way your teeth fit together, which may make your jaw sore. Additionally, your teeth may become harder to clean—leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Not to mention, shifting teeth may change your smile.
A fixed bridge is one or more replacement teeth attached to the natural teeth next to them or a surgically placed dental implant. It can only be removed by a dentist. Fixed dental bridges can be made of metal, tooth-colored porcelain, or a combination of these materials. You and your dentist will choose the best material for you.
A smile restored with a bridge makes it much easier to chew and enjoy food again. A full set of teeth gives you more confidence, restores your appearance, and makes it easier to speak clearly. Having a bridge placed also serves your remaining teeth by preventing them from shifting and keeps your jaw bone from changing shape.
Dentures & Partials
Dentures are prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth. Modern technology and materials let Sleep Dentistry of Portland give you a natural and beautiful appearance with comfortable dentures.
A proper fitting denture will benefit you in the following ways:
- Chewing: Chewing ability is drastically improved by replacing missing teeth with dentures.
- Aesthetics: The presence of teeth provide a natural and fuller facial appearance. Wearing dentures to replace missing teeth provides support for the lips and cheeks and helps prevent the collapsed appearance that can occur after tooth loss.
- Phonetics: Replacing missing teeth, especially the anterior front teeth, helps patients to speak more clearly by improving the pronunciation of many words containing certain consonants.
Complete dentures replace all teeth on an upper or lower jaw, and partial dentures are used when only some teeth are missing. Sleep Dentistry of Portland creates affordable dentures that perfectly fit the upper and lower arches of your mouth.
Sensitive Teeth Treatments
People with sensitive teeth may be experiencing dentin hypersensitivity. This condition causes pain when teeth are exposed to certain stimulation, like hot or cold food or temperatures.
Sensitive teeth can have a major impact on your quality of life.
- Food and beverages that are meant to be enjoyed hot or cold become a source of frustration.
- Brushing and flossing may even be avoided, leading to a higher risk of dental disease.
Sensitive teeth can cause patients to alter their brushing behavior and/or put their oral health at risk; treatment can help even before the pain from sensitivity reaches that point.
After other causes are ruled out, many cases of sensitive teeth stem from dentin in teeth being exposed by the loss of enamel, external abrasion, or gum resorption that often accompanies aging. Certain toothpastes and home treatments can help manage the pain from tooth sensitivity, but Sleep Dentistry of Portland can do much more to help.
In-office treatment can do much to minimize the pain of hypersensitive teeth.
- Topical treatment can rebuild teeth’s natural defenses.
- Mouth guards may protect teeth from some causes.
- Sealants add a layer of protection.
Ask Sleep Dentistry of Portland today about diagnosing and treating the pain from sensitive teeth, so you can enjoy a better quality of life.
Sealants are a safe, painless, and low-cost way to help protect your back teeth from decay. Sealants are most often placed on children’s teeth, but adults can also benefit from them.
Sealants are a thin, plastic, tooth-colored or clear coating that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of the molars and pre-molars. This forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
Night Mouth Guards
Many people have bruxism—an unconscious grinding of teeth while they sleep. The nature of bruxism makes it difficult for patients to voluntarily stop, so a mouth guard helps protect their teeth.
Teeth grinding can wear down teeth, damage their structure, and lead to pain in the jaw’s temporomandibular joint. Left untreated, grinding can wear teeth down to almost nothing but the roots, making restoration costs exorbitant.
If you and your dentist feel a mouth guard is right for you, the result is a custom piece that’s molded to your upper and lower teeth for maximum effect and comfort. Treatment is straightforward, and wearing a mouth guard at night can help you feel better now and avoid extensive and costly dental treatment in the future.
Sports Mouth Guards
Almost anyone who enjoys athletic activities can benefit from a sports guard. From football to tennis, injuries are always a risk, and teeth don’t heal as a cut, bruise, or bone will.
A custom-fitted mouthguard from Sleep Dentistry of Portland is reassuring rather than distracting. It will provide substantially more support and protection than typical store-bought mouthguards because of the stronger material and solid fit.