Restorative Care - Patrick Yoshikane Dentistry
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Restorative Care

Fillings

 

Dr. Yoshikane takes the most conservative approach and conservative options when your tooth needs a filling. He uses tooth-colored resin instead of traditional amalgam fillings to give your filled tooth a more natural appearance.

Crowns and Bridges

 

A crown is a “cap” that is tooth-shaped. It is placed on top of a tooth to restore its function, shape and size as well as improve aesthetics. You may need a crown to:

  • Protect a weak tooth or cracked tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had a root canal
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Restore a broken or decayed tooth

 

Dental bridges are permanent dental appliances made to replace missing teeth. These bridges can be supported by natural teeth or created with implants. It is important to create a bridge when you have missing teeth to prevent shifting of the natural teeth. Bridges are natural-looking, allow for comfortable chewing and can be easily cleaned and maintained.

 

Dr. Yoshikane has created many dental bridges for his patients, and his expertise in placing implants gives patients the comfort in knowing he will create the right structure to support the bridge.

Placing your crown or bridge

 

During your first appointment, the tooth is prepared and shaped. An impression of the tooth is taken and a temporary crown is placed. The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate a custom-designed crown. At the second visit, the dental crown and/or bridge is cemented and the procedure is complete.

 

Caring for your crown or bridge. 
It is very important to take good care of the crown of bridge with proper brushing and flossing. A quality crown or bridge can last many years. If you grind your teeth, Dr. Yoshikane may recommend a mouth guard to protect your new crown and the rest of your teeth.

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Root Canal Therapy

 

Endodontic therapy, also referred to as root canal therapy within the tooth, is aimed at removing and clearing the infection of the tooth at the pulp. Dr. Yoshikane performs most of these root canals in his office, offering patients the ease of completing the procedure with him. Should a case require an endodontist, Dr. Yoshikane will refer you to a trusted team of colleagues who will work closely with him to provide you with the best care. Read more

Understanding Your Root Canal

 

The outer-most layer of the tooth is called the enamel, which consists of mineral, organic matter and water. The sometimes yellow appearance in the tooth color is a result of dentin discoloration. Dentin is needed to support the outermost layer, the enamel. Lastly, the dental pulp is the center of the tooth. Part of the pulp is actually inside the root, also known as the root canal and is made up of soft tissue. The pulp includes a network of nerves and blood vessels that are responsible for making the dentin, supplying nutrients and moisture to the tooth and allowing extreme temperatures to be sensed.

 

If the pulp of the tooth decays or becomes diseased, in order to save the tooth, endodontic therapy is required. This involves, the removal of everything that is present inside the canal. By removing everything from the canal, the area can be left clean and decontaminated via using irrigation solutions. The area is then filled with inert filling. After this procedure, the patient will no longer feel pain, as the tooth will be dead, since all of the nerve tissues will be taken out and the infection will ultimately be eliminated.

 

The first appointment will focus on removing all of the infection and the contents of the pulp in order to disinfect and clear the area. The area will then be filled with specialized material and a crown is then manufactured to prevent the tooth from breaking. It is important to notify our office as soon as any tooth sensitivity or pain is felt. If a cavity or fracture is present root canal therapy may be prevented if early measures are taken to remove the decay or fix the fracture with a composite filling, onlays, or crowns.

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