Restorative + Cosmetic
Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases. We will work to restore teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing.
A filling is necessary when some part of the tooth is damaged. This could be from trauma or a cavity (decay). That particular area of the tooth is removed and a tooth-colored filling material is placed in that area so that the tooth looks and feels just like it did before the problem began. We only use tooth-colored fillings, and do not use the silver (amalgam) fillings.
When any tooth is missing an extensive amount of tooth structure (from trauma, an accident, or a cavity), a crown is recommended. A crown is a porcelain or white material that covers the entire tooth that you see.
It goes all the way around the tooth down to the gum line. This helps reinforce the tooth and makes it able to withstand chewing and biting forces without it breaking or crumbling.
This process is a two-appointment process. The first appointment involves us making the tooth a smaller version of itself, taking an impression, and placing a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it while we are having the lab custom fabricate your final crown.
About two weeks later, we remove your temporary crown and cement the beautiful final crown.
Veneers are like a half crown. They are for teeth in the front of your mouth. They are made from the same beautiful porcelain material like crowns but do not cover the back sides of the teeth. We may choose to do veneers for several reasons.
One reason would be if a front tooth is badly damaged from an accident and the edge of the tooth is missing and cannot support just a filling.
Another reason would be if someone doesn’t love their smile. Maybe they think their teeth are too short or too little or not the right shape or they are unable to whiten them enough or they are slightly crooked. Veneers can be customized to what you want them to be.
Another reason would be not only to make teeth look more beautiful but we also use them to help restore your mouth to a better bite and make things more comfortable.
When you are missing either a single tooth or multiple teeth, one option is dental implants to fill that space. This is the gold standard when it comes to replacing teeth.
A dental implant is a screw that is placed in the bone and then a crown is attached to the implant. You can chew and keep it clean just like a normal tooth. An additional plus is that the teeth next to the implant do not have be cut down like in a bridge.
When you are missing either a single tooth or multiple teeth, a bridge is an option to fill that space. The two adjacent teeth are prepped down like a crown. The bridge is one unit that connects everything and is cemented in place.
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