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What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the treatment of teeth and their supporting structures to restore your mouth back to full functionality using dental implants, crowns and bridges, root canal therapy, dentures and/or fillings.

What causes a root canal?

A root canal may be necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes infected. If a cavity is left untreated it can eat through the entire tooth, infecting the pulp. Trauma or damage to a tooth can also cause the pulp to become infected.

How long does a root canal take?

Root canal treatment can be completed in just one visit, lasting approximately an hour. Due to advances in treatment, root canals are performed much faster and with minimal discomfort compared to previous treatments.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth set into your alveolar bone using titanium screws. They are used to replace missing teeth. The titanium screws act as the new root. An abutment is added to the top of the titanium to attach to a traditional crown. A dental implant is an innovative, effective solution to replacing one or multiple lost teeth. Dental implants are designed to last. They look, feel and function like your natural teeth. Contact our experienced dental staff today to learn more about dental implants.

What material do you use for dental fillings?

Our experienced Madison dentists use a composite resin filling, which matches your natural tooth color to reduce the appearance of the filling. With proper oral care, a composite resin filling lasts approximately five to seven years.

How long do dentures last?

When properly cared for, dentures can last over 10 years. At Total Care Dental, we can fit you with a set of full or partial dentures, custom made to comfortably fit your mouth.

Does my insurance cover restorative dentistry services?

It depends on your insurance plan; many dental insurance plans do cover at least a portion of the cost. We would be happy to review your insurance coverage with you during a free consultation. Our Madison dental clinic works to make dentistry affordable to all our patients. We offer a pre-payment discount to patients without insurance whose procedure will cost over $300. We can also help sign you up for CareCredit, which offers monthly payment plans. Contact us for more information about financing.

Is restorative dentistry an option for children?

Yes! Typically younger children are prone to cavities, which require fillings. Our clinic is very kid-friendly, they can even wait for their appointment in our Kid’s Zone.

Do young people ever get dentures?

Yes. Anyone who has experienced gum disease or trauma to the mouth and jaw may need dentures to replace lost teeth, regardless of age. Eating certain foods, smoking, or drinking alcohol can also damage your teeth to the point of falling out.

Injuries from sports or accidents may also cause young adults or teenagers to need full or partial dentures.

Are there different types of dentures?

Yes, TCD offers two main types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are used when all or almost all of the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when there are only a few missing teeth, usually in one specific area of the mouth.

The dental team of TCD in Madison will help determine which type of dentures will be best for your situation. If you are only missing one or a few teeth, veneers may be a better option for you.

What is it like adjusting to dentures?

Having new teeth takes a lot of adjusting. Everything from eating to speaking will feel totally different. Most patients take a few weeks to feel comfortable with their new dentures. Just take things one day at a time and you’ll be used to your new dentures in no time.

One of the biggest issues will be accidentally biting your tongue or cheeks. Remember to take it slow with dentures. Practice speaking in front of a mirror, make meals with soft foods to get accustomed to chewing, and remember to keep wearing them. If you take out your dentures because they are uncomfortable, you may never get used to them.

Are dentures just a cosmetic choice?

No, though they will improve the appearance of your mouth. Dentures restore your ability to properly chew food and speak correctly. They may also provide additional support to your face, keeping your cheeks and lips from appearing sunken in.

When you have a missing tooth, the alveolar bone where the tooth once was weakens. This eventually spreads to the bone beneath nearby, healthy teeth. This can eventually cause these teeth to also fall out.

Do I need to visit my dentist if I have dentures?

Yes, at least once a year you should visit our dentists to have your dentures checked. As your gums continue to recede, we will make adjustments so your dentures continue to fit correctly. By coming in once a year, we will be able to get regular fittings.

Why do people need dental implants?

If you lose an adult or permanent tooth, the gums and jaw bone around that tooth will begin to decay. Over time, other teeth may shift or fall out as a result. By replacing the tooth with an implant, this decay can be prevented.

There are many reasons adults may lose their teeth and need implant replacements. Accidents might knock a tooth out completely or gum disease might slowly cause a tooth to come out. Whatever the reason your tooth is missing, TCD will offer the best solutions for replacement.

How are dental implants different from dentures?

Dentures are removable sets of false teeth while dental implants are permanent installations. Implants generally replace one tooth at a time while dentures are used to replace all missing teeth. It is possible to use a few implants to replace multiple teeth if you are not missing enough teeth to justify getting dentures.

Some types of dentures may be used in combination with dental implants. This will depend on your specific situation and how many teeth you are missing. Ask your TCD dentist if dentures and dental implants may be best for you.

Can I schedule a dentist checkup if I don’t have dental insurance?

Yes, we encourage patients without dental insurance to get regular checkups. We offer financing plans and discounts so all our patients can get affordable dental care no matter their insurance situation.

What should I bring to my dental appointments?

If you have dental insurance coverage, please bring your plan card or other identification information. Credit cards, cash, or personal checks will also be necessary to pay for your appointment if you are not insured or have treatment not covered by your insurance. Our office will help you determine whether additional payment is necessary.

What are Four Life Changing Implants?

Four Life Changing Implants are a special tooth restoration option from the Madison dentists of Total Care Dental. Normally, dental implants are installed individually into the gums and jaw. If you have 32 missing teeth, that’s 32 implants. These Life Changing dental implants replace all your teeth using only four posts apiece. This process is easier on patients and you can get your entire smile replaced in one visit!

Do your dentists use silver amalgam or mercury fillings?

No, our Madison dentists do not use silver amalgam or mercury fillings. The silver color of amalgam makes the fillings visually stick out. We use composite resin fillings to keep your teeth looking natural. Silver amalgam has other detractors compared to our composite resin. Amalgam can expand or contract from extreme temperature changes and cause more damage to your tooth. Our dentists only use composite resin fillings to treat our patients with cavities.

What are my treatment options if I have a cavity?

Total Care Dental of Madison uses composite resin fillings to treat cavities. This resin fits into the hole created by the cavity and stops the decay from spreading.