High-Quality Restorative Dental Treatment for General Tooth and Gum Problems
At Dental Care Associates of Buffalo, we are equipped with the technology, expertise and high-quality materials to handle any tooth or gum problems you might have. If you’re experiencing pain, chronic bad breath, or other tooth and gum discomfort, contact us right away. We’ll check it out and help you decide which options are right for you!
Dental Treatment for Halitosis (Bad Breath)
Halitosis is just another word for occasional or persistent “bad breath.” The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria. Because the mouth is moist and warm, it creates perfect conditions for the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth. In fact, approximately 80% of bad breath is caused by something in the mouth.
What Causes Halitosis?
Some types of bad breath, such as "morning mouth," are considered fairly normal and are not usually health concerns. However, persistent bad breath may be a sign of more serious problems with the gums and teeth.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath or halitosis, it may be caused by:
Poor dental hygiene (which can leave food particles to decay in the mouth)
Infections in the mouth such as periodontal (gum) disease
Respiratory-tract infections such as throat infections, sinus infections, lung infections
External agents including foods such as garlic, onions, and coffee, as well as cigarettes and chewing tobacco
Dry mouth caused by salivary gland problems or by breathing through the mouth
Systemic illnesses such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease and others
What Should I Do if I Have Chronic Bad Breath?
If you have persistent bad breath, call us to schedule a thorough exam – especially if you also have painful, swollen gums that bleed easily, or loose teeth. We will perform a physical examination of your mouth to determine the cause. If we discover that systematic problems are the cause, we may refer you to your family physician. In severe cases of gum disease, we may recommend a doctor specialized to treat gum disease called a periodontist.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.
There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain:
Gold fillings are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider it the best filling material. Gold inlays are well-tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years.
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings
Amalgam (Silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are tolerant to wear & last between 15-20 years. However, due to their dark color they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.
Composite (Plastic) Fillings
Composite (plastic) resins are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. White while fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 10 and 15 years. They may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time, but short term the filling is bonded to the tooth. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.
Porcelain fillings are called in-lays or on-lays and are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, resist staining, and are about the same cost as gold fillings. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.
Your dentist will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and cost.
If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, we may recommend a crown or cap. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated through root canal therapy or through a procedure called pulp capping.
Non-Surgical Gum Treatment
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for your teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium . When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house.
Signs of unhealthy periodontium include:
Gums that are red and bleed easily
Persistent bad breath
Gums that are pulled away from the tooth
Changes in the position or bite of the teeth.
Scaling and Root Planing
During root planning, we use dental tools to clean plaque buildup from gum pockets in either a single appointment or a series of appointments. This allows us to treat gum problems and prevent future issues.
With proper gum treatments, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can treat it right away! The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planning done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction, so it’s best to treat it at the first sign of a problem!