Restorative Dentistry

Tooth Colored Fillings

A filling is a way to restore a tooth decayed tooth back to its normal shape and function. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, then clean the affected area and fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. This filling will help prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria might enter. There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. We will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, the location of the filling and the cost. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease. To begin the implant process, a metal post is surgically positioned into the jaw. This post will act as a permanent “root” for the implanted tooth. Once it is in place, the surrounding bone and tissue needs time to heal.

Crowns

Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to replace missing teeth. A crown, also called a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens the tooth, but it can also dramatically improve the tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.

Bridges

A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the real teeth on either side for support--hence the name. Bridges are a perfect option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. Bridge materials include gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all-ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

Onlays

If you have a cavity or decayed tooth, it can be restored back to its normal shape and function with an onlay. An onlay is a more extensive reconstruction that covers one or more cusps of a tooth. Onlays are best used in situations where a cusp is compromised or fractured.

Root Canals

Root canal treatment, also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy, is used to save an infected or damaged tooth and avoid having to remove it. A root canal becomes necessary when a neglected cavity reaches all the way to the pulp at the center of the tooth, causing the pulp to become infected. Regular cleanings and checkups detect and prevent problems early on.

Extractions

Good oral hygiene is a must. The loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

Full Mouth Extractions

A full mouth extraction is a procedure in which all of the teeth in the mouth need to be removed, often for reasons like untreatable periodontal disease or extensive tooth decay. These problems often occur due to neglect, poor oral hygiene, genetics, hereditary issues, or an unhealthy diet. If you are in need of a full mouth extraction, we will work together to form a comprehensive treatment plan, which will include replacing the extracted teeth with either dentures or a full bridge.

Oral Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is recognized as an official dental specialty by the American Dental Association--though in some countries, it’s considered a medical specialty. Extensive post-graduate education is required to become an oral surgeon, including specific training in surgery and general medicine. However, it is possible for other dentists to perform some minor surgical procedures.

Periodontal Surgery

It's estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis, in some cases, can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) and host of other health problems.

Gum disease can cause bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn't always stop there. You oral health is the beginning point for your whole body's health and wellness. It is imperative that we stop problems before they even start!

Dentures

Sometimes, despite a person's best efforts, they reach a point where they no longer have any teeth. Full dentures remain the most popular option for replacing their teeth. In the past, a denture was held in place by the suction that the denture would develop between itself and the gums it rested on. Now, with the advent of dental implants, we can provide a superior option to just full dentures. When a full denture has two or more dental implants that it attaches to, the fit of that denture is drastically improved. This can mean the difference between a soft or liquid diet and a normal diet of solid Restoratives. If you have a full denture and would like to improve its fit, ask us for an implant consultation. With proper x rays and measurements of your mouth, we can determine if you're a good candidate for implants.