Restorative Dentistry Page

Restorative dentistry involves the treatment of tooth decay and other oral health problems that can be addressed by various procedures that lead to the restoration of teeth to their original functioning.

A variety of treatment procedures and materials may be used to either restore or replace teeth that have been cracked, broken or diseased beyond the use of fillings. Referred to as restorative dentistry, we are able to repair or replace missing teeth so that you will be able to maintain your natural bite and appearance. Restorative dentistry includes the use of filling, crowns and bridges, onlays and inlays, and implants.

Fillings

Fillings are commonly used for cavity treatment. Our filling procedures are painless and are aimed to last for a number of years.

Cavities are deterioration in teeth that occur as a result of bacteria and acids that break down tooth structure. While our goal is to help prevent cavities from forming by providing effective oral cleaning techniques and oral hygiene education, if cavities are detected, we will remove the decay with the most conservative and effective approaches.

Fillings are also used to repair worn, cracked or broken teeth.

We use a variety of filling materials (composites) that are designed to match the color of your teeth and are tested to last for a long period of time.

Endodontics (Root Canals)

Endodontics is the dental specialization concerned with the performance of root canals. This specialization involves the treatment of diseased tissue inside of one’s tooth. Often the main cause of the diseased tissue is decay which is more extensive than that which can be addressed by fillings.

When root canals are performed, the diseased tissue is removed and the tooth’s root canals are shaped, cleaned and disinfected. Following the procedure, the tooth is restored and will continue to function as before.

Periodontics

The presence gum disease (or periodontal disease) is very common among adults. Gum disease is the result of the ongoing presence of bacteria in the gums. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth lost. As bacteria grow, over time, gaps will appear between the teeth and the gums. These gaps become havens for bacteria and food to become deposited and lodged between the teeth and gums resulting in inflammation and bleeding gums.

Gum disease is entirely preventable with proper and effective oral care/hygiene and competent dentistry. Our dental team will show you how to maintain your mouth through proper brushing and flossing. This will lead to an improvement in oral health and, in many cases, a reversal of the original damage.

Onlays and Inlays

Onlays and inlays are materials that are used to repair broken teeth or large cavities without fully covering (crowning) the teeth. Onlays and inlays are considered a first-line or conservative approach to be used when filling procedures are not adequate to address the problems. This process conserves most of a patient’s natural tooth.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are commonly used to treat decayed or damaged teeth tooth where the decay or damage is extensive. Crowns are generally used to treat individual teeth and bridges are used to address a missing tooth or a series of teeth. Crowns and bridges are considered to be permanent and are typically full porcelain.  They are bonded to teeth and become one with the underlying structure.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is available for those who wish to improve or are in need of improving their appearance and smile. We are able to use a variety of materials that are natural looking including veneers and teeth whitening.

Veneers

Veneers are used to correct discolored, chipped, misaligned teeth and to correct gaps in teeth. The use of veneers involves the placement of a thin layer or porcelain over the tooth.

This cosmetic procedure is often used as a means of improving one’s appearance and is a simple process. In most cased this is done with little or no tooth preparation and without anesthesia.

Implants

An implant is used to replace a missing tooth or an entire arch of teeth.  A non-invasive process which requires a fixture to be placed in the jaw and a crown attached upon it.  Implants can be placed immediately after the removal of teeth or in areas where teeth have been missing for years.