Your teeth are meant to serve a greater purpose than just looking good when you smile. They need to function properly, too. Restorative dental treatments restore function and aesthetics while also managing any oral health problems that caused you to need restorative dentistry in the first place.
One way we can demonstrate how you will benefit from restorative dental treatments before we actually begin treatment is through Smile-Vision. This technology enables us to capture your image and simulate recommended dental treatments so you can see how you would look after treatment.
Following are the types of restorative dental treatments we offer to restore form and function to your smile:
Crowns made from porcelain can be placed over a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or trauma. This is a good restoration option for severely decayed teeth, as well as chipped, cracked or broken teeth. Crowns also can be placed on dental implants to replace a missing tooth.
A bridge is a restoration to replace one or more missing teeth beside each other. It involves creating a crown for the teeth or implants on either side of the missing tooth or teeth, with porcelain or ceramic teeth in between. The result is a fixed restoration that looks like your natural teeth.
Dentures are removable appliances that are a solution for patients who are missing many or all of their teeth. We fit patients for full and partial dentures in our office. As their names suggest, full dentures replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures are a solution for a few missing teeth. Removable partial dentures are laboratory-created replacement teeth that are secured to a gum-colored plastic base, which sometimes is connected by a metal framework that secures the denture into its proper position in your mouth.
Tooth-colored fillings are a cosmetic way to fill cavities. They are made of composite material that is matched to your natural tooth color.
A dental implant is an excellent way to replace a tooth that has been lost due to gum disease, tooth decay or trauma. Once an oral surgeon has placed the implant, which acts as a tooth root by being inserted into your jawbone, our dentists can restore that implant by placing a porcelain crown on it. The finished product is a tooth that looks, functions and feels like a natural tooth.
We recommend dentures and partials supported by dental implants to patients in search of a long-term restorative option. Dental implants are placed into your jawbone and once they are fully integrated, your dentures or partials snap onto the implants to be secured in place. This type of restoration provides more comfort and stability and makes it possible to bite and chew more naturally.
Root canal therapy is used to restore a tooth root when its inner nerve is infected. We begin by removing the infected pulp and nerve tissue, as well as any bacteria and tooth decay that is present. Then the tooth is restored with a crown to restore full functionality.