Restorative Dentistry

If your teeth have experienced infection, decay, or have broken, then restorations may need to take place. It is possible to regain a tooth’s normal function (and look) thanks to advancements in technology.

Through restorative dentistry, we can help to repair teeth from decay, get rid of gaps between your teeth, alleviate pain, stop future tooth loss from happening, boost your smile, and more.

Composite Fillings

A composite filling can repair a tooth that was taken over by cracks, decay, or fractures. To add a composite filing, the piece of the tooth that was affected is taken out and filled back in with a composite filling. This can typically take place in one appointment.

Composite fillings might not be permanent and could require replacement in the future, though they are strong and should hold up over several years, which helps you maintain a healthy smile.

 

Dentures

Dentures are intended to be a set of teeth that closely resemble your natural teeth. There are complete and partial dentures that you can get. Complete dentures are used if you are missing all of your teeth, and a partial denture is used if you have individual teeth that are missing. We have experience with both.

To place a conventional denture, the patient will typically have to wait 4 to 6 weeks after teeth are removed to give time for the gums to heal.

Dentures are generally durable and have the ability to last several years. Though they may need to be repaired down the line.

Getting dentures involves several appointments that take place over many weeks. We will work you to keep you informed throughout the process.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are fixed devices that can replace missing teeth. The reasons in which someone may need a bridge can include missing teeth (to fill a space), stop teeth from moving out of position, restore speaking and chewing, keep the facial shape steady or upgrade a partial denture.

To get a bridge, you will likely need to attend more than one appointment. During the procedure, your teeth will be numbed up and enamel will be removed to make space for the crown. Then, a mold is established and sent off to a lab where the bridge will be made. During this time, a temporary bridge can be made until the final bridge is complete. Your dentist will then follow up with you to check on the status of your permanent bridge.

Dental Crowns

A crown covers the whole surface of a tooth, which can help return it to its original size and shape. A crown is necessary when a filling does not suffice to restore the structure of a tooth.

Someone may need to get a crown if their tooth has decay, is fractured, a root canal took place, if there is a large filling, or if there was a cosmetic procedure.

Getting a crown involves coming into the dentist office twice. Molds will be taken that will be used as a guideline for building a custom crown. This mold also will be used to develop a temporary crown.

Dental Bonding

If you were to experience a cracked tooth, or chipped tooth, then a bonding procedure could in order. The bonding treatment involves a composite resin that resembles the same color as a tooth. This resin is applied to the affected area and helps repair it.

This is largely a cosmetic procedure that can help fix an imperfection with a tooth that bothers someone’s appearance when they smile. However, in some instances it can repair teeth that have experienced decay. A bonding procedure can typically be completed in one dental visit.

 

Root Canals

When a nerve at the tooth has experienced infection or decay, a root canal may be needed to save the tooth. The procedure involves removing the living tissue and decay within the tooth. The space left by this removal is then filled with materials that help the tooth get back to its normal functions.

You may need a root canal if you are experiencing symptoms such as cold/hot sensitivity, tooth pain, swelling or an abscess on the gums.

A root canal procedure typically requires one or more dental visits to complete. Once the procedure is done the treatment should last a lifetime. However, should a new infection occur it may need to be revisited.

Crown Lengthening

If you do not have enough of a tooth to hold a crown as the result of decay or a crack, a lengthening procedure could be needed. A crown lengthening is a procedure where the gum or bone tissue is recontoured to bring out more of the tooth’s surface. This allows more space for the crown.

A periodontist typically performs a crown lengthening and it is an outpatient procedure. The length of the appointment can vary depending on how many teeth need to have the procedure.

 

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