Restorative dentistry enables us to return form and function to your teeth that have been severely damaged or lost due to decay, gum disease or trauma.
These types of treatments (procedures) frequently use elements of cosmetic dentistry to provide restorations that look natural in addition to returning function to your bite.
The most frequently performed type of dental restoration is the filling. When you have a filling, any areas of decayed enamel are removed and a material is inserted into the void area to reconfigure the tooth structure. Fillings can also be used in order to even out the tooth structure for better chewing and biting.
We offer traditional amalgam fillings, as well as tooth-colored composite resin fillings. Silver amalgam fillings are popular due to their lower cost. These fillings offer years of durability and strength. Composite fillings are designed to blend in with the color of your natural teeth and are therefore more aesthetically pleasing, especially when the restoration is necessary in an area of the mouth seen easily when someone speaks or smiles.
A tooth that has significant cracks or is severely decayed may require a crown to help strengthen its foundation and improve its appearance. A porcelain crown is a custom made natural looking restoration that is placed on top of the damaged tooth to cover it entirely and protect it from additional damage.
A fixed bridge is the preferred type of restoration in cases in which there is one or more missing teeth. If left untreated, surrounding teeth will tend to gradually move and shift into the open space which ultimately destroys the integrity of the bite. We will have a custom-fitted unit fabricated to replace those teeth that are missing. This natural looking unit will be secured permanently by attaching it to neighboring teeth on either side which have been restored with crowns.
We offer mini dental implants for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth and are seeking a more secure solution to traditional dentures or partials. Mini implants are small titanium posts that are implanted into the bone in the areas of the missing teeth. We can place between four to eight mini implants into your upper and lower jaws, which serve to stabilize and provide a better fit for dentures. Once the posts are placed and have become integrated into bone, your dentures can be snapped into place and worn with confidence that they will not slip or fall out.
As the name implies, a partial denture is not permanently secured in your mouth. A partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base with a metal framework underneath. The metal framework allows the partial denture to easily attach to the natural teeth on either side using clasps. The clasps keep the partial in place while eating and speaking. A partial denture is an option for clients who have limited budgets or have certain medical conditions.
For patients who have lost all of their natural teeth, we will fabricate a complete (full) denture. Patients may need either an upper or lower denture or both. Complete dentures restore chewing ability and give patients a natural looking smile they can share with others.