"Restorative dentistry" is the term dental professionals use to explain how to repair damaged teeth or replace missing teeth. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and restore proper chewing function.
Most of the time, tooth colored filling material (composite) can be used if the cavity is not too large. If a significant amount of tooth structure is missing, a porcelain crown may be best. Other filling materials are available depending on the situation. The doctor will discuss what is most appropriate for you.
To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed.
A dental implant is a man-made replacement for a missing root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and placed directly into the upper or lower jawbone. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant. Dental implants look, function, and feel like your natural teeth. They are the longest lasting solution for missing teeth.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. It is used to strengthen and protect your tooth structure. Crowns are needed for a number of reasons: broken teeth, decayed teeth, fractured fillings, large fillings, tooth has a root canal, or just simply for cosmetic enhancement.
A dental bridge is a fixed (nonremovable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge covers or "bridges" the gap between missing teeth. A bridge prevents your remaining teeth from drifting out of position and helps to maintain facial shape. Bridges not only restore your smile but also restore chewing and speaking ability. Once a bridge is placed, it works just like your natural teeth.
Our doctors have very exacting standards and expect only the highest level of service from our Crown & Bridge Laboratory. The lab technicians we have selected to make your crowns are the same lab technicians that we use for ourselves and our families.
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. Dentures will help improve speech, chewing and digestion.
A complete denture is necessary when you lose all teeth in an arch. When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much.
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position.