Restorative Dentistry

Dental fillings, Crowns & Bridges, Tooth Extractions, Root Canal, Dental Implants, Dentures

Dental Fillings

If you’re suffering from tooth decay or have a chipped or cracked tooth, you’re not alone! Nearly 90% of adults will need a filling at some point in their lives.

If left untreated, a cavity or damaged tooth may become severely infected and painful. A filling is a simple restoration designed to eliminate pain, remove decay, and make your tooth as good as new again.  Your filling will look and function just like a natural tooth.

You might have a cavity if…

The key to treating a cavity is early detection. In addition to regular dental checkups and exams, be on the lookout for symptoms like:

  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Soreness on one side of the mouth

Be aware: Many cavities present no symptoms at all. They can only be diagnosed during your dental checkup.

The earlier a cavity is found and fixed, the smaller the filling will be! We use dental x-rays and other diagnostic tools to identify cavities in their earliest stages.

Crowns & Bridges

When a tooth sustains damage, like a chip or crack in its main structure, the damage will become worse until the tooth is repaired. In many cases, a dental crown can be fashioned to completely cover and protect the tooth, preventing further injury to the tooth while restoring its function. When a tooth (or teeth) is lost, a dental crown or bridge can be fashioned to replace it. A bridge consists of a lifelike prosthesis, or pontic, supported on either side by dental crowns, which are bonded to the adjacent teeth.  With lifelike crowns and bridges, we can help patients save their healthy, natural smiles.

During your visit, we will examine your teeth to determine the extent of the damage, or to gauge if a dental crown or bridge is the right replacement option. To repair a tooth with a crown or bridge, we will first prepare the tooth by sculpting just enough of its enamel to accommodate the restoration. Once the crown is developed, we will permanently bond it over the tooth, ensuring that it fits in comfortably and naturally with the rest of your teeth. If you need a dental bridge to replace a lost tooth, then we will begin by thoroughly measuring your teeth, taking digital images to accurately craft your prosthesis. The bridge’s pontic will mimic the healthy, blemish-free version of your lost tooth, and will be secured in place by bordering dental crowns bonded to the adjacent teeth.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction is most-often recommended for wisdom teeth that have become severely crooked and/or impacted. However, other teeth may sometimes require extraction when other restorative options cannot save them. With a focus on preserving your natural, healthy smile, we will perform a comprehensive examination to explore all options before recommending extraction. If tooth extraction is recommended, then we will work closely with you to decide on an appropriate tooth replacement afterwards. The loss of a tooth can disturb your bite balance, increasing your risks of damage or misalignment among your remaining teeth. To improve your long-term oral health, we may recommend a dental bridge, or dental implant and crown, to replace the extracted tooth.

Excluding impacted wisdom teeth, tooth extraction is often a simple procedure performed on a tooth that is broken, severely infected, or too misaligned to correct. We will begin by administering local anesthesia, and then gently grasping the tooth with a special instrument to carefully loosen it. Once the root is loose in its socket, we can extract it. For impacted wisdom teeth that are lodged within the jawbone, or teeth that are broken below the gum line, a more complicated extraction procedure may be necessary. For severe cases, we may recommend a trusted specialist.

Tooth extraction can often be avoided with prompt restorative treatment, but when it is necessary, hesitating could lead to increasingly worse dental issues.

Root Canal Treatments

When a cavity is small, bacteria and decay are contained to the outermost layer of the tooth. As a cavity grows, the decay advances deeper into the tooth, leading to a very painful toothache and infection.

A root canal removes decay from deep within the tooth, stops any infection, and relieves bad toothaches. By performing a root canal, we can help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, avoiding the need for an extraction and implant.

While most root canals are the result of untreated decay, injuries and accidents can crack teeth, too. This allows bacteria to spread deep inside the tooth. So if you’ve broken a tooth in a car accident or while eating, get it checked out.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the counterparts to dental crowns, partials, and full dentures. While these common prostheses mimic the top parts (crowns) of your teeth, implants replicate the roots underneath your gums. With the support of dental implants, your replacement teeth will look, feel, and function as comfortably and reliably as your natural, healthy teeth. Despite advances in preventive and restorative dentistry, many patients still experience tooth loss to some degree. Therefore, much of dentistry’s advancement has focused on finding the ideal method for replacing lost teeth. Dental implants, which are small, root-like posts made from biocompatible titanium, are the most realistic options because they are the only way to replace the roots of your lost teeth.

Placing dental implants requires minor oral surgery, and planning for the procedure requires a comprehensive examination and measurements using advanced digital imaging technology.  After the implant posts are surgically inserted into the jawbone, the surrounding bone will fuse to the titanium implants as it heals.

Many don’t realize that the consequences of missing or damaged teeth are more than just cosmetic. Left unrepaired, this oral health issue can cause serious problems that include:

  • Inability to speak and chew normally
  • Bone loss
  • Jaw pain and infection
  • Gum disease (which can lead to problems like heart attack and stroke)

Dentures

Tooth loss affects the majority of adults in the United States to some degree, but many of them bounce back with full, brilliant smiles with the help of partial and full dentures. Consisting of custom-made, lifelike replacement teeth and a comfortable, form-fitting acrylic base, full dentures replace every tooth on the upper or lower dental ridge. If you still retain several healthy teeth, then we can suggest a partial denture that fits around them and replaces teeth only where necessary. Replacing lost teeth is necessary for several reasons, including restoring your smile’s healthy, youthful exuberance. Dentures also help rebuild your complete set of teeth so you can once again eat your favorite foods and smile with complete confidence. If multiple teeth must be extracted, then we can place an immediate denture on the same day as your scheduled tooth extraction so you don’t leaving with missing teeth.

Placing a partial or full denture begins with a comprehensive examination using advanced imaging technology, including digital X-rays, to determine the best option. The images and measurements will be used to craft a partial or full denture (depending on the extent of your tooth loss) according to your unique specifications. Once your prosthesis is completed, we will make sure it fits properly. For increased support, partial dentures are also secured with hidden clasps, and we will ensure a comfortable fit before securing it into place.

For many patients, we may recommend supporting their denture on a series of dental implants. The small implant posts offer unmatched stability for a partial or full denture and mimic the roots of natural teeth.

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