RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

Want to bring back your healthy and bright smile? Fortunately, restorative dentistry has different options! Restoring teeth can make it easier to maintain excellent oral care and prevent future oral problems. Tooth structure is imperative to good oral health, restoration can replace tooth structure that is missing. Tooth structure can be lacking due to decay, fracture of a tooth, and deterioration of a previous restoration. Our dentistry offers many options to help give you confidence back in your smile!

  • Composite Fillings 
  • Crowns 
  • Dentures & Partial Dentures 
  • Fixed Bridges 
  • Inlay Restorations 
  • Onlay Restorations 
  • Root Canal Therapy

Amalgam Fillings

A mixture of metals including liquid mercury, silver, tin, and copper are used to repair teeth. Decay, cracks, and fractures can be repaired with an amalgam filling. Amalgam fillings are strong and long-lasting and the least likely to break over time. Likewise, with all restorations, amalgam fillings are not permanent and will someday need to be restored.

Why is it important to get an amalgam filling?

  • Prevents bacteria or plaque from building up inside cavities
  • Prevent the tooth from chipping, cracking, or breaking inward

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are tooth-colored for those wanting a filling more aesthetic, especially for teeth closer to the front. Composite fillings are composed of plastic and glass.  Amalgam fillings and composite fillings are the most commonly used fillings. You and your dentist can discuss the best option for treatment. Like amalgam fillings, composite fillings are not permanent and will need to be replaced.

Do you need a composite filling?

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Space between two teeth
  • Decayed teeth 
  • Worn teeth 
  • Chipped teeth

What is it like getting a filling?

Before the procedure, the tooth to be filled will be numbed and the area nearby will be cleansed. While the tooth is numb the dentist will remove the decay that is inside the tooth. The filling will then be precisely inserted and formed to the exact shape of the tooth. Once the filling has been placed, the tooth will have restored its original structure and function. The entirety of the procedure is done in one appointment.

 

After the treatment, you will be given specific post-care instructions by your dentist. Maintaining overall good oral care, routine dental exams, and a balanced diet will prolong the life of your filling.

Crowns (Caps)

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the tooth. The purpose of the crown is to restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. A crown will fully encase the tooth from the gum line up, all visible portions. More information on crowns can be found here. CROWNS

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Dentures & Partial Dentures

Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. There are two types of dentures, complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures will be used when all the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when there are still some natural teeth remaining. 

 

A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate”. A conventional type will be ready to be placed in the mouth after the healing process. The healing process can take up to eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been pulled. An immediate type is made in advance and can be placed as soon as the teeth are pulled. Allowing the patient to have teeth during the healing process. With an immediate-type, there will need to be adjustments made during the healing process. 

 

A partial denture is a more natural-looking piece that is connected internally, rather than clasps that attach to crowns. It not only fills in spots of missing teeth but also prevents other teeth from shifting.

What is it like wearing dentures?

New dentures can feel loose or odd for the first few weeks. Once your cheek muscles and tongue learn how to keep the denture in place, it will be much more comfortable. You may also feel some irritation or soreness and an increase of saliva flow. When your mouth learns and adjusts to the changes, these problems will subside.  

Your dentist will give you instructions for proper care and cleaning of your new dentures. Long-lasting dentures will rely on good oral hygiene, routine dental visits, and proper cleaning.

Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth, the bridge is non-removable. Fixed bridges bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. 

 

Benefits of a fixed bridge:

 

  • Restore your smile 
  • Restore the ability to chew and speak 
  • Help maintain the shape of your face 
  • Prevent other teeth from shifting

 

 

There are a few choices for a fixed bridge, the most common type being the traditional bridge. Made up of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics, involves creating a crown on either side of the missing tooth. Fixed Bridges are very durable and can last for a long time, they could need replacement or need to be re-cemented.

Inlay Restorations

A custom made filling that is created using composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. The inlay will be permanently cemented inside of the tooth. Most commonly used to restore broken or fractured teeth, decayed teeth, or fractured and large fillings. Inlays are used when a basic filling won't be sufficient support for the tooth, but a crown isn't necessary. 

 

Inlays are very strong and durable and give a natural appearance. Molds are custom made in a dental laboratory, therefore the contours and contact points can be achieved more accurately. Inlays are the perfect restoration to have an almost indistinguishable repair.

Onlay Restorations

Onlays are identical to an inlay restoration, the only difference being an Onlay one or more chewing cusps need to be included in the restoration. Onlays are very durable and strong and can last many years as with the Inlay restorations.