Feel Good About Your Smile
Your smile has the power to make anyone’s day, including yours. Our procedures will help restore and maintain a beautiful, confident smile. From cosmetic dentistry services like teeth whitening to implants and veneers, our team at Reading Family Dental Care Center in Wyomissing, PA is ready to hear your goals and accomplish them for you. Can’t find the service you’re looking for? We would be happy to refer you to a practice that provides the care you need.
The beauty of your smile is related to your personal oral hygiene routine. Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are just as essential to your health as well. We can help you establish your dental hygiene goals while answering any questions you may have to keep your teeth bright and white. If you require a more thorough cleaning, we can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to a recommended specialist. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan, please ask us.
Dental implants are the permanent solution to missing or extracted teeth. The implant process involves creating an incision in the gum and placing a screw into the jawbone. After, the Oral Surgeon restores the implant once it is stable in the jawbone. Over the course of a couple months of healing, the jawbone will form around the implant, in a process called “osseointegration”. Temporary crowns may be installed to allow you to eat and drink normally and maintain a proper appearance. After your implant is completely healed, we will permanently restore the implant so your smile will look just like it used to.
Veneers allow you to redesign your entire smile by solving those unsightly stains, spaces, misalignments, chips, or shapes of your teeth. The veneers process takes about two to three visits. During the first visit, we will discuss what shape or look you’ve envisioned for your smile. We will then complete this piece of the process by taking an impression of your newly prepared tooth, which will then be sent to the laboratory for the final product to be fabricated. As your veneers are created, you will receive a temporary solution to wear while you wait. We will make every effort to ensure your new teeth look and feel exactly how you want.
Bonding and White Fillings
Bonding is a popular method for correcting cracks or gaps in teeth, providing a filling after a cavity has been removed, covering up stains or discolored teeth, and enhancing the overall aesthetics of your smile. It is also an obvious solution to improve unsightly silver fillings.
To start, a composite resin is molded, sculpted, and placed on the affected tooth or teeth with gel. After the resin has been applied, an LED light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile. Bonding usually lasts for over 10 years, thanks to the advancements in dental technology. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.
Inlays and Onlays
To restore a tooth after injury or decay, a pre-molded filling called an inlay, made of porcelain or composite resin, can be fitted to the tooth. It mimics the appearance of your natural tooth and repairs the chewing surface. An onlay repairs a tooth when it has experienced extensive damage that affects its structure and would weaken without a restoration.
Root canals are the most well-known and common procedures in dentistry. Most of the time, a painful tooth is a result of infected nerves. If an infection is left untreated, it can result in an abscess, which includes bone loss in the jaw.
A root canal procedure involves the numbing of the area around the tooth with local anesthesia. Dr. Wunsch will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the cana, removing infected tissue and cleaning the canal. Then, a sealant will be used to fill the area. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal be fitted with a crown. A crown will improve the appearance of the tooth and ensure its protection lasts.
Missing teeth? Connect those gaps with dental bridges made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain. The process of creating bridges involves the development of abutments. Existing teeth are reshaped to provide a base for the bridge. Then, a mold is taken of the area and sent to a lab where the bridge is created. While the bridge is fabricated in the lab, a temporary bridge will be made just for you to protect the abutments and exposed gum area.
The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. The bridge will fit properly and feel like natural teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth. Once your permanent bridge is ready, adhesive will be used to set it in place.
The natural aging process weakens our teeth over time, leaving them more susceptible to decay, cracks, discoloration, and other flaws. If our team notices a tooth may require a crown, it may be necessary to make sure there are no additional problems with the tooth or the surrounding area.
The process of installing a crown requires reshaping the tooth by filing down the enamel so the crown can be placed over it. Local anesthesia will be administered so you feel comfortable at all times. Once reshaped to perfection, a mold will be taken and sent to the lab where a crown will be made. Our crowns, made of porcelain, porcelain-fused metal, or a full gold, maintain the look and feel of a natural tooth because they match the exact shade of your teeth. After it’s created, the crown will be placed on top of the tooth using cement to ensure it stays in place for as long as 10 to 15 years.
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as often as you please. Depending on our patients’ needs, they will receive partial or full dentures. The flesh-colored base of dentures is placed on top of the gums. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. Partial dentures are the solution when not all of your teeth need to be removed. Innovations in dentistry allow dentures to look and function like natural teeth more now than ever.
If you feel your jaw is lopsided when you bite down or you have loose or shifting teeth, then you may need an occlusal adjustment. An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment and is a result of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. The procedure causes minimal pain and results in an evenly distributed bite. The adjustment is made by using a dental drill using a fine filing stone. A removal mouthpiece is also utilized to protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is completed.
Life is too short to live with loose teeth. They’re uncomfortable and prevent eating and chewing normally. Loose teeth can be a result of lost gum tissue, injury, orthodontic treatment, or pressure caused by crooked teeth. Luckily, periodontal splinting attaches weak teeth together and turns them into a strong and stable unit. Most commonly performed on the front teeth, a periodontal splinting uses composite material to attach loose teeth to adjacent stable teeth.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums. It starts out as plaque and hardens into tartar, which leads to gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis can ultimately destroy the tissue around the teeth and bones. Gum disease is linked to more severe conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.
Scaling & Root Planing
Untreated decay and bacteria can cause gingivitis, leading to long-term detriments to your mouth. Luckily, our scaling and root planing can easily treat gingivitis. Scaling removes the dental tartar from the surface of the tooth, whereas root planing is the process of smoothing the root surface to remove the infected tooth structure. It’s a simple procedure, usually painless, and performed without any anesthesia.
We have performed many wisdom teeth extractions for our patients. Like all teeth, wisdom teeth grow in by protruding through the gums. When a wisdom tooth comes in at an angle, or straight through the gum line, the tooth can come in unevenly or emerge partially. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infections and need to be removed. Our extractions can remove one or all four wisdom teeth at once. Based on the recommendations of our dentists, local anesthesia or general anesthesia can be administered during an extraction.