Restorative Dentistry

Types of restorations:
When your teeth need restoration, we can choose from several types, including: fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and implants. Restorations seal out bacteria and restore the shape of the tooth. The type of restoration we recommend depends on how strong the tooth is and how much tooth structure has been lost. We may use the laser to treat the decayed area of the tooth, which would mean no anesthetics or drill.

Fillings:
We use only composite resin fillings, which is tooth-colored. They work well to restore the tooth when only a small amount of tooth structure has been lost. But when a tooth has suffered more extensive damage, there may not be enough structure remaining to hold a filling in place without risk of breaking the tooth.

Bonding:
Bonding is using composite filling material for esthetics mostly. Bonding can be used to bulk out teeth to close spaces or to prevent food being trapped in between teeth. Although, bonding is also used at the gumline for structural reinforcement to prevent the tooth from fracturing.

Crowns:
Crowns completely cover the top and sides of a tooth, protecting it and restoring its shape and function. We may choose a crown when a lot of tooth structure has been lost. A crown is a good option when the tooth is weak, has had a root canal therapy, is under a lot of stress from heavy biting forces, or is cracked or broken off at the gumline. We may use E4D- CAD/CAM (computer-aided designs) technology a single appointment at our office to create a precise, custom crafted crown. This would mean no temporary crown and the crown would be placed permanently at one appointment.

Veneers:
Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps or disguising discolored teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures.

Delaying Treatment:
If you are thinking of delaying treatment, you should know that tooth decay will never go away on its own. It grows slowly while it’s in the hard enamel, but if decay is allowed to reach the softer inner dentin, it grows much more quickly, allowing bacteria to infect the pulp chamber. If this happens, you’ll need root canal therapy to save the tooth. That’s why we recommend treating the tooth as soon as possible.

Tooth Replacement Options

Bridge:
When a tooth (or teeth) are missing, a bridge may be a good choice for replacing the tooth. In a bridge, the artificial tooth is connect on each end by crowns. The crowns are placed over neighboring teeth to anchor the bridge in place. A bridge has several advantages including: replace teeth for biting and chewing, helps prevent teeth from shifting, it’s supported by crowns on neighboring teeth to serve as restorations when there is decay, and it is permanently cemented in for a natural feeling.

Implant:
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or to hold dentures into place.
For replacement teeth, implants closely mimics a natural tooth. The implant acts as the root of the tooth, stopping the bone loss that normally occurs when a tooth is missing. In some cases bone grafting is necessary, to help the jawbone heal tightly around the implant. Unlike a bridge, there is no need to crown the neighboring teeth.
When all teeth in an arch are missing, an excellent way to replace them is a denture secured by implant. Dentures attached to implants have several advantages. The implants slow or stop the loss of jawbone that occurs when teeth are missing. The dentures are stable in the mouth, which makes it more comfortable to talk and chew. Even after implants the dentures are removable for easier clean

Partial Denture:
When several teeth in your upper or lower arch are missing, a partial denture is a good treatment for replacing them. Partials are removable appliances that are held in place by clasps that fit around the necks of the remaining teeth. Partial dentures have several benefits: they help stop the remaining neighboring teeth from shifting, they balance your bite, so you chew better and have a healthier jaw joint. The denture is not bulky, so it fits comfortably, and the translucent materials blend in with natural tissues for a beautiful smile.

Full Denture:
When all your upper or lower teeth are missing, a full denture is a good treatment for replacing them. When all of your upper or lower teeth must be removed, an immediate denture is one that is placed on the same day that the teeth are removed. The process of making the permanent full denture varies in each case, and it usually involves a series of appointments. During the process the appointments help confirm the correct relationship between the upper and lower teeth to achieve a great fit.
Dentures have many benefits, when your natural teeth are missing, dentures enable you to eat nutritious foods more easily and to speak more clearly. In addition, they support your lips and cheeks for a more attractive and youthful appearance.