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Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is used to restore the strength and beauty of your smile. We offer solutions to preserve your natural teeth and tooth replacement options. If you have been suffering from tooth decay, have cracked or broken teeth, or are missing one or more teeth, restorative dentistry can help you regain a beautiful, healthy, functional smile.

Whatever your oral health needs, we have the training and experience to safely and gently restore health, function, and beauty of your smile. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Composite Fillings

Harmful bacteria on the tooth can lead to decay. We can remove the decay and fill the area. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down. Tooth colored fillings are made of tooth colored, composite resin. This protects the tooth from infection and further decay.

When decay is left untreated, it can worsen, causing further infection and even more severe pain. The infected tooth may eventually require a root canal or extraction.

The process for placing a composite resin dental filling is as follows:

  1. The tooth is isolated from saliva to keep it dry.
  2. The decayed portion is removed from the tooth, leaving healthy tooth structure.
  3. A bonding agent is used to coat the opening.
  4. A special light is used cure the bonding agent.
  5. The composite resin is added, shaped, and polished to look like your natural tooth.

We can help you decide whether composite resin fillings are right for you. Composite resin not only restores your teeth but also gives a natural-look.

You can decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases by:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Flossing daily
  • Keeping up with regular professional cleanings
  • Avoiding eating or drinking acidic or sugary foods and beverages

Dentures

Dentures are custom-crafted to fit your mouth and your specific tooth replacement needs. They provide a cosmetic and functional replacement solution for tooth loss. To make your dentures, our dentist will make a series of impressions of your jaw, including several measurements. A model will be crafted, tested, and adjusted until the color, shape, and fit of the denture are right for your needs. Once the model is ready, it is sent to the dental lab and used to cast your permanent denture. Finally, you will receive your permanent denture and minor adjustments will be made, if necessary, to ensure comfort and fit.

Depending on the needs of your smile, you may benefit from a full or partial denture:

Conventional Full Dentures are a great option if you need replacement for all of your upper and/or lower teeth. Once your gums have fully healed from any extractions, we take impressions and measurements of your jaws and gums. These are used in crafting a custom model of your future denture. The model will be adjusted for fit, then sent to the lab for the denture to be made. Once complete, we will fit the denture to your mouth.

Immediate Full Dentures are an excellent choice for patients who need the last remaining upper and/or lower teeth extracted. These dentures provide temporary replacement for your teeth while your gums heal following extraction. The immediate denture is placed immediately following extraction, which allows you to have the appearance and function of teeth during the healing process. In fact, immediate dentures act like a sort of bandage in your mouth and serve to promote healing in your gums. Generally, a set of Conventional Full Dentures is made to replace the Immediate dentures once healing has completed.

Partial Dentures, also known as Dental Bridges, are a replacement for one or more missing teeth. Besides the aesthetic reason for bridges, patients often choose to have a bridge to prevent teeth from rotating or shifting into the empty spaces caused by tooth loss. A standard bridge places a crown on the teeth surrounding the empty space, then attaches a replacement tooth to those crowns. Our dentist will help you match the replacement to your natural teeth for a consistent look to your smile.

Dentures provide many benefits as a method of tooth replacement. Some of these include:

  • Smile improvement – dentures restore a full, natural-looking smile
  • Functionality – dentures restore the ability to chew foods evenly throughout your mouth
  • Oral health – partial dentures prevent shifting of teeth surrounding empty spaces from missing teeth
  • Overall appearance – dentures can prevent the facial sagging that can be caused by missing teeth

With any form of dentures, you should follow up with our doctor as recommended. We may need to make adjustments to your dentures over time to keep proper fit and full comfort. You should clean your dentures regularly using a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to avoid build up of plaque. Generally, dentures should be replaced every 5-10 years. Ask our doctor to evaluate whether your dentures should be refit or replaced.

Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a safe, durable replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants function like natural teeth and have a very natural appearance within your mouth. Our doctor is committed to ensuring your optimal comfort and quality care. To that end, we make use of the latest techniques and technologies that allow efficient, stress-free treatment. Many of our patients find dental implants to be an appealing tooth loss solution and are pleased by how relaxed and comfortable their experience can be.

Implantation

Implantation is the first stage in a two-part process that provides a long-term solution for tooth loss. The dental implant, a small titanium post, is gently placed into your jaw by our doctor. This post functions as an artificial tooth root. As it heals, the implant will fuse with your natural bone, creating a strong, secure foundation for the replacement tooth or denture. Throughout the process, our team takes great care in ensuring your optimal comfort. We want you to have an excellent implantation experience as well as beautiful results.

Dental Implant with Replacement Crown

A replacement crown is a prosthetic tooth that is attached to the dental implant. This crown is custom-designed to look and function like one of your natural teeth. In some cases, a temporary crown may be provided , to provide aesthetic and functional benefit while your implant heals. Once the implant has fully healed, the custom-crafted permanent replacement crown is  affixed, restoring the fullness and functionality of your smile. Replacement crowns are a great option for replacing any number of teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures provide another teeth replacement option that can be a great alternative to conventional dentures. Our doctor will recommend a teeth replacement plan based on your individual needs and preferences.

  • Removable Implant-Supported Dentures provide replacement for all upper and/or lower teeth. They can be removed for cleaning like conventional dentures, yet are far more secure than unsupported dentures. These dentures can be attached with as few as 4 implants, though are more secure with additional implants. Our dentist will advise you on how many implants are best for your removable implant-supported dentures.
  • Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures also replace all upper and/or lower teeth. These dentures are permanently anchored to your dental implants. They are used to replace a full set of teeth and can be helpful in preventing bone loss. The strength of dental implants provides an ideal anchor for dentures that will not become loose or slip within your mouth.
  • Implant-Secured Partial Fixed Dentures are a type of bridge that is anchored to one or more dental implants. A standard bridge is a type of partial denture that replaces one or more teeth. The standard bridge secured to surrounding teeth, which can cause these neighboring teeth to become loose. With implant-secured partial fixed dentures, the implant provides the anchor, so your natural teeth are not compromised by your teeth loss solution.

 

    Benefits of Dental Implants

    Dental implants are an aesthetic, effective solution for tooth loss. There are many great benefits to choosing dental implants.

    • Natural looking smile: Dental implants are crafted to closely resemble your natural teeth, restoring a natural-looking smile.
    • Improved oral health: Since there is no need to alter surrounding teeth to anchor implants, more of your natural teeth are preserved intact, improving long-term oral health.
    • Improved speech: With removable, non-anchored dentures, teeth can slip within the mouth, causing slurred or mumbled speech. Dental implants remove that concern.
    • Improved comfort: Dental implants avoid the slipping and discomfort of removable dentures.
    • Improved function: Dental implants function like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat without pain.
    • Durability: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
    • Protect healthy bone structure: Empty spaces caused by tooth loss can, over time, lead to deterioration of the jawbone. Since dental implants function like tooth roots, they are able to prevent this type of deterioration, just as natural teeth do.
    • Long-term solution: Dentures must be replaced about every 5-7 years. Dental implants, when cared for properly, can last a lifetime.

    Considerations

    There are several factors that our doctor will consider before recommending dental implants. Some of these include:

    • Adequate bone support to anchor the implant
    • Healthy gum tissue
    • Sinus and nerve location
    • Overall health, including any chronic illnesses

    In some cases, our doctor may recommend advance treatment for your upper or lower jaw to enable you to have the bone support needed for implantation. As always, your treatment plan is created based on your specific needs and goals for your healthy smile.

    Be sure to let us know about any medications you are taking during your consultation. Your health and safety are paramount.

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