Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry
Fillings
Fillings are used to restore tooth damage caused by tooth decay. After removing the decay and cleaning the area the dentist adds filling material. Fillings are made from traditional amalgam (silver colored) gold, silver, or a composite (tooth colored). Composite fillings, in addition to being more esthetically pleasing, bond directly to the tooth surface unlike traditional fillings. Dr. Ausink works with each patient to determine which material will work best for that patient's long term dental health and esthetic desires.

Veneers
Porcelain Veneers are composed of extremely strong and esthetic porcelain that permanently bonds to the tooth.
Porcelain Veneers are used for:
• Repairing tooth decay damage
• Improving tooth alignment
• Fillling gaps between teeth
• Cosmetic reasons (Discolored Teeth)

Dental Crowns
Crowns are used to restore severely damaged teeth due to fracture or decay. After the tooth surface is cleaned and prepared the crown is placed to cover the remainder of the tooth. The crown strengthens the tooth structure and helps prevent future decay. Crowns also improve the tooth's look, shape, and alignment. Crowns are used to:
• Restore a fractured tooth
• Restore a tooth severely damaged by decay
• Protect a tooth from fracture
• Cover a discolored or unattractive tooth
• Cover a dental implant
• Anchor a bridge

Dental Bridge
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth in both a cosmetic and functional fashion. A bridge structure is one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by natural teeth, crowns, or implants, on each side of the bridge. Using a bridge to fill the gap from missing teeth helps restore proper bite and prevent teeth from shifting to fill the gap (which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues). Bridges can be constructed from gold, porcelain and metal, or all ceramic. Ceramic bridge color is made to match your natural tooth color. Material choice will depend on structural requirements, wear, and esthetics. Bridges are used to:
• Replace missing teeth
• Prevent teeth from shifting
• Correct bite issues due to missing teeth
• Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite
• Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons)

Dental Implant
Implants may be the best option for replacing a single or multiple missing teeth. An implant is a metal post that is attached directly to the jawbone. After the bone and surrounding tissue has healed an artificial tooth is attached to the implant. Implants provide superior benefits compared to bridge work as they do not depend on neighboring teeth for structural support. Implants are the closest dental structure in durability to natural teeth and have greater cosmetic appeal. Implants are used to:
• Replace missing teeth
• Prevent teeth from shifting
• Correct bite issues due to missing teeth
• Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite
• Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons)

Root Canal
A root canal becomes needed when tooth decay is so badly neglected it reaches the tooth pulp. Once the pulp is infected it cannot heal on its own. Sometimes tooth trauma such as a fracture can lead to the need for a root canal as well. In addition to being painful, untreated infections can reach the root tip and compromise the entire immune system. Symptoms of pulp infections may be:
• Sensitivity to hot/cold
• Sensitivity to sweets
• Pain, especially when biting
• Swelling
• Bad taste in the mouth

A root canal procedure includes cleaning out the infected pulp, disinfecting the canals and filling the void with a rubber like substance to prevent further infection. Sometimes a crown is recommended to restore the tooth shape, look, and to strengthen the tooth structure.

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Times You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush
There are going to be multiple times where you need to change your toothbrush since it isn't sanitary for you to use the same toothbrush all the time. Toothbrushes also become frayed and less effective at cleaning your teeth if you do not replace them frequently enough. Here are some of main reasons you should replace your toothbrush:

When Cold Sores Flare Up
If you tend to get chronic cold sores, then you want to keep a lot of extra toothbrushes on hand. When you get a new flare up, you should change to a new toothbrush. This helps you avoid repeated contact with the virus when it remains on old bristles or handles, which could cause another flare up.

When You Get Sick
If you are already sick, you probably will not become reinfected by your own germs on a toothbrush, but your toothbrush is still an environment prone to carrying those germs. If you store your toothbrush close to other toothbrushes, such as your family's, your germs may be able to transfer to their toothbrush. Replacing your toothbrush is one way you can help reduce the risk of other people in your home getting sick.

After Three Months
Even if you haven't been sick or had a cold sore, if you have hit the three-month mark, you need to change out your toothbrush. It's not a good idea to use them longer than that. They won't brush your teeth as effectively, which can hurt your dental health in the long-run.


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