Various dental procedures exist for improving the appearance and functioning of your teeth. For instance, dental implants replace missing teeth while veneers improve the appearance of imperfect teeth. Root canals preserve decaying teeth and restore normal functioning so extraction is not required. At the Art of Dentistry, your Milwaukee holistic dentistry practice, Dr. Paul Scholl can place dental implants and veneers, as well as perform root canal procedures.
In Milwaukee, holistic dentistry practices offer dental implants as a permanent tooth replacement option. Dental implants consist of a metal implant, an abutment and a porcelain crown. The implant is placed into the jawbone and acts as the tooth root, anchoring everything in place. The crown sits on top of the implant above the gum line and functions as the replacement tooth. The abutment is used to securely connect the crown to the metal implant.
Veneers are used to transform the appearance of teeth that suffer from chips, cracks, stains and other imperfections. A veneer is a paper thin cover applied to the front of a tooth to improve the size, shape, color and overall look of the tooth. A thin layer of enamel is first shaved off the front of the tooth before applying the veneer. Removing this thin layer allows the veneer to sit flush with the surrounding teeth and blend in rather than protrude. Once placed, veneers look like natural teeth.
Root canals preserve decaying teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Decay inside the center of a tooth can spread down to the root and eventually cause an abscess to form below the tooth’s root. Untreated abscesses can result in additional oral health problems. During a root canal, the infected and decaying material inside the tooth is removed. The area is then cleaned and the cavity is filled in, leaving the tooth strong and free of infection. If needed, a dental crown can be placed on top of the tooth to strengthen it further.
Whether you are interested in dental implants or veneers or need a root canal, Dr. Scholl can help. To schedule an appointment at your Milwaukee holistic dentistry practice, call the Art of Dentistry at (414) 445-3670.