Crowns are a type of dental cap that are designed to add structure to damaged teeth. If your teeth begin to decay and structural integrity is lost, they will help. Root canals and tooth cracks can also undermine the necessary structure in your teeth.
Crowns solve this problem by capping the top of the tooth for extra resistance to pressure and sensitivity.Crowns can be made of a variety of materials, such as porcelain, gold, stainless steel and ceramic and the type of material used is based on the amount of support your damaged teeth need. Dr. Kalra can help you determine the right crown for you.
Bridges can replace 3-4 teeth missing in a row and attach to the remaining teeth to fill the gap maintaining a proper bite and efficient chewing. Most bridges are made of porcelain for a more natural and cosmetic appearance.
When you lose a tooth due to injury or decay, your jawbone shifts to account for the missing bone attachment. As a result, you can develop jaw pain, problems with eating, and an increased risk of gum infections. It is important to replace missing teeth with a suitable restoration to prevent shifting and bone loss.
Dental implants are installed under the gum surface to anchor the crown to your jawbone. A crown is then placed on an abutment attached to the implant to create the appearance of a natural tooth. Dental implants are cared for just like you care for your natural teeth - by brushing and flossing. Dental implants are considered to be the most natural replacement for a missing tooth. Dr. Kalra can help you choose the right material and guide you through the steps and procedure.
If you desire a flawless white smile, veneers are a great option for you. Veneers are like a shell for your teeth. They look natural but maintain a bright, white, straight appearance in your mouth.
Veneers can resolve issues like crooked or stained teeth. Veneers are made of porcelain or composite resin and with proper maintenance they can stay healthy and last for years. If there is any sign of cavities or infection, we will develop a customized treatment plan to address your oral health before restoring your teeth.
Dr. Kalra and our professional staff at Berkeley Lifestyle Dentistry will help you determine whether veneers are right for you.
If you have lost all or a considerable number of your teeth, or due to health concerns implants are not an option - complete or removable dentures might be a good option for you. These are dental fixtures that closely resemble natural teeth and gums. When you are not using them, they can be removed for cleaning.
Removable dentures come in two forms: partial dentures and complete dentures. Partial removable dentures are a good option for those who still have a few remaining teeth or have had unplanned tooth loss due to trauma. They fill in the gaps between missing teeth, maintain esthetics and ensure that your teeth do not shift after tooth loss. Wearing partial dentures will allow you to speak and eat more comfortably and without impairment, as sometimes occurs with tooth loss.
Complete removable dentures are for those with no remaining natural teeth and can be an immediate solution for tooth loss. Complete dentures must be precisely fitted to your mouth. Gums can change after tooth loss and dentures typically require ongoing adjustments. As with partial dentures, you will be able to speak and chew normally. It may take some time to get used to the feeling of dentures. Complete dentures are a customizable, aesthetically pleasing option and must be removed for cleaning.
Dr. Kalra can help you decide if dentures are the right restoration for your tooth loss, or if dental implants will provide a more natural and permanent solution.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ Disorder or TMD) affects many people worldwide. It is characterized by clicking during jaw movement, jaw pain, frequent headaches or ear pain, and problems with chewing.
Some causes of TMD Include:
Grinding and clenching your teeth
Arthritic joint changes
Injury to the jaw
Stress is one of the main causes of TMD. When you are in distress, you tend to clench and grind your jaw without realizing it. This can lead to excessive pressure on the temporomandibular joint, which then presents as TMD.
We are dedicated to helping you live a relaxed, stress-free life by using natural techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, self-care, sleep/stress management and TMJ massage to help improve your TMD.
If your symptoms do not resolve we offer appliances that sit in your mouth to protect your teeth, muscles and jaw joints. This prevents excessive teeth grinding, clenching, and worsening TMD.
TMJ pain associated with TMD can be frustrating. You do not have to live with the discomfort. We are here to help!