Cosmetic dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

Our Restorative Dentistry services are meant to help restore functionality of your teeth as well as improve your smile and appearance. These may include dental fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, or oral/maxillofacial surgery.

Dental Fillings

Composite Resin (tooth colored) and/or Amalgam (silver) Dental Fillings are placed to restore surfaces of a tooth.

You may need a filling if:

  • A tooth is chipped, fractured or broken
  • A tooth is decayed
  • A tooth is worn
  • To close spacing between teeth

Dental Filling Procedure

Dental fillings are placed in a single appointment. Typically requiring anesthetic, the tooth is prepared and any decayed portion is removed. The prepped area is then filled with composite or amalgam to restore the tooth to its original function and shape.

Crowns

A crown covers, or caps, a single tooth to restore its shape, size and strength.

You might need a crown if:

  • A tooth is decayed, cracked or broken
  • A large older filling is failing
  • A crown is ill-fitting
  • A bite problem or cosmetic enhancement
  • A tooth has been weakened by an opening on the surface from a recent root canal therapy

Bridges

A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. This restoration holds a false tooth (a pontic) in place by being anchored to adjacent teeth.

You might need a bridge to:

  • Prevent other teeth from shifting
  • Restore the bite after a tooth is lost
  • Improve aesthetics

Removable Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture is an appliance that attaches to your natural teeth and consists of metal framework and clasps, that has artificial teeth set in gum-colored acrylic base. A partial denture can be beneficial when eating and speaking.

Fixed Partial and Full Dentures

Fixed dentures are those that are held in the mouth by dental implants. Anchored fully into bone tissue, the implants provide the support and stability needed to secure the denture in place. The denture is composed of acrylic, meant to appear like your natural gums, with porcelain or acrylic teeth attached to the base.

Removable Full Dentures

A removable partial denture is an appliance that attaches to your natural teeth and consists of metal framework and clasps, that has artificial teeth set in gum-colored acrylic base. A partial denture can be beneficial when eating and speaking.

Partial or Full Denture Procedure

The denture process typically requires multiple appointments, where highly accurate impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory. “Try-in” appointments are often needed to ensure proper fit, occlusion and appearance. Dentures are very durable and our doctors are here to make any necessary adjustments, denture reclines or to answer any questions about your appliance.

Implants

Dental implants are artificial roots of teeth made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth or teeth are missing. A dental implant is a fixed solution that stabilizes crowns, bridges, and dentures. Effective, safe and durable implants help maintain proper bone levels while appearing and feeling like natural teeth.

Reasons for Dental Implants:

  • Replacing one or more missing teeth
  • Support for dentures
  • Restores bite, speech and chewing ability

Dental Implant Procedure

After our doctors have decided you are a good dental implant candidate, by evaluating your bone, gums and spacing, the dental implant procedure typically requires multiple appointments. During the procedure, the implant site will be anesthetized and a surgical guide is often used to indicate where the implant will be positioned. The implant is then placed and interrogated into the bone. The final stage of the implant procedure is the delivery of your crown or denture, which will be securely attached to the implant, providing function and longevity.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

There are several different types of cracks that can occur in the mouth, simple or complex cracks and vertical root cracks. These types of cracks can happen for a multitude of reasons such as chewing hard foods, chewing ice, or biting an unexpected hard object. Individuals who clench or grind may also be more susceptible to cracked tooth syndrome. Molars and bicuspid teeth are more vulnerable to cracks due to heavy wear and larger fillings. The treatment and outcome of a cracked tooth depends on the type, location, and extent of the crack.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Pain to hot and/or cold temperatures
  • Spontaneous pain

Simple Crack

The majority of cracked teeth can be treated by placement of a crown. Once the tooth is prepared for a crown and a temporary crown is in place, pain is typically eliminated. If you no longer experience significant pain while wearing the temporary, the permanent crown will likely be successful.

Complex Crack

A more involved crack can require root canal therapy, as well as a crown because of the complex nature of the crack into the nerve. If pain persists after the tooth has a temporary crown placed, the tooth may require a root canal before the permanent crown is cemented.

Vertical Root Crack

Some complex cracks are vertical, extending down the root of the tooth. These types of cracks in teeth are considered non-restorable and require extraction of the tooth. Unfortunately, vertical cracks can be difficult to diagnose.