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The health of your teeth and gum tissue is important. Your oral health affects not only your comfort, ability to chew and speak properly, and smile, but your whole body health as well. With preventive and restorative dentistry treatments, our San Francisco dental team can prevent decay and ensure the strength and stability of your teeth. If you suffer from poor oral health or experience pain and constant discomfort because of infected gum tissue or a damaged tooth, allow us to help you reclaim your quality of life. Led by an experienced and qualified dentist, Dr. Kevin Growney, our team can call upon a number of dental treatments to restore the health of your smile. To find out which restorative dentistry treatment is right for you, contact our San Francisco offices, located in Marina and downtown, to schedule an appointment.
The root canal resides just below the tooth, and contains pulp tissue consisting of nerves and blood vessels. If a root canal becomes infected, it can result in constant discomfort, sharp pains, and if left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. We provide root canal therapy at our dental offices to alleviate our patients of their pain and help preserve their natural teeth. If a tooth has to be extracted, it requires the use of a dental implant or dental bridge to fill in the resulting gap, otherwise the tooth will shift to fill the space, resulting in malocclusion. With endodontic treatment, we can save the tooth and prevent the need for extraction. Dr. Growney utilizes local anesthetic and advanced LightSpeed™ endodontic tools to provide quick, effective, pain-free treatment. Learn More about Endodontic Treatment.
If your teeth are severely decayed or you have suffered dental trauma, a single procedure is unlikely to satisfy your needs and restore your oral health. For patients requiring comprehensive treatment, Dr. Growney is happy to offer smile makeovers through full-mouth reconstruction. Consisting of several restorative dentistry procedures performed at our San Francisco offices over an extended period of time, a smile makeover is tailored to each patient. As each patient is different, each smile makeover is likewise unique. During your initial consultation, Dr. Growney will examine your teeth, discuss your goals with you in detail, and outline a course of action. Learn More about Smile Makeovers.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is secured to the jaw bone to act as an artificial tooth root. It provides a durable, strong, long-lasting solution for missing teeth. Once secured, the dental implant can provide support for a number of dental prosthetics, including dental crowns, bridges, and implant-secured dentures. Once the implant post is drilled into the jaw bone, the bone fuses to it through a process known as osseointegration. This provides the dental implant its strength and stability; in effect, it becomes a new tooth, and with proper care, can provide a lifetime of support. Roughly six months after the implant has been placed into the jaw, the healing process is complete, and a dental restoration can be affixed atop it. Quite simply, a dental implant and affixed restoration provide the most stable, secure solution to missing teeth.
It is not always necessary to extract damaged or decayed teeth. With dental crowns, a damaged tooth can be fully encapsulated, preventing further decay while restoring the appearance and functionality of the tooth. Crafted from porcelain, crowns look just like natural teeth, and provide the same functionality. To place a dental crown, Dr. Growney will first remove decayed material from the affected tooth, both to provide space for the restoration and to ensure the strength of the remaining tooth structure. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dental crown is placed over it and secured with dental cement. The crown is customized to fit seamlessly between surrounding teeth so that comfort and functionality are not compromised in any way.
Crowns can also be used to anchor a dental bridge. A bridge consists of crowns on either side of a false tooth, known as a pontic. The restoration bridges dental gaps, restoring the appearance and function of the smile while preventing tooth migration. A dental bridge is a less invasive, more affordable alternative to a dental implant; secured on either side by a crown, the pontic hovers in place, secured to the gum tissue with a bonding agent. If you are considering restorative dentistry treatment at either our Marina or Downtown San Francisco offices, we can determine whether a crown or bridge is right for you.
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