Restorative Dentistry

We understand that not all people or teeth are alike. Some people are prone to having issues, regardless of how much preventative work they do. We can help, and there are a lot of restorative dentistry solutions that can still help you keep the teeth you have. When it comes to fixing broken, decayed or missing teeth, our team of dentists will take the time to discuss with you the different options available. We want you to be as informed as possible to empower you with enough knowledge to feel good about the plan we are pursuing together.

Keeping your teeth for life is a long-term partnership. Depending on your unique circumstances, the dentist you see most regularly will likely recommend one of the following treatments. 

Crowns 

This treatment is often indicated when restoring broken teeth, teeth with large defective restorations, or teeth that have had Root Canals. Crowns are made of ceramics or metals or a combination of both. The crown fits over the tooth (like a cap) which protects the tooth from fracturing by distributing chewing forces evenly over the entire surface of the tooth. Since the materials we use are so life-like, we sometimes use crowns to actually improve smiles!

We are excited to be able to offer SAME-DAY-CROWNS with CEREC technology! 

Bridges

When a patient is missing one or more teeth, a bridge is often used to restore the appearance and function. This treatment involves crowning teeth adjacent to the missing area and connecting them to a replacement tooth/teeth.

WE ARE PROUD TO OFFER OUR PATIENTS SAME DAY CROWNS USING CEREC TECHNOLOGY!

TCAD/CAM technology has truly changed the way we are able to practice dentistry. Using the most current version (Omnicam) we are able to take live, full-color, video imaging of your teeth and surrounding structures. These images are used to create three-dimensional digital models. Using these models, we can design and fabricate almost any restoration whether it be a crown, bridge, or onlay. We can even use it to restore dental implants!

WHY IS THIS TECHNOLOGY SO GREAT?

  • Reduced Trips to the Office – While a conventional crown requires a minimum of two visits to the office (and usually two rounds of local anesthetic), Cerec crowns are completed in just one visit and often times in less than 2 hours.
  • No Goopy/Gagging Impressions – Conventional crowns require making molds whereas Cerec crowns are fabricated using a digital imaging process with a small video camera.
  • No Temporary Crowns – After preparing a tooth for a conventional crown, a temporary crown has to be worn while a lab fabricates the final crown. These temporaries can be uncomfortable and often fall off. Since Cerec crowns are fabricated in one visit, there is no need for temporaries.
  • Digital Accuracy – Conventional crowns rely on the accuracy of impression materials and hand skills of a lab technician. While these are usually quite accurate, the digital impression system eliminates the human-error factor
  • Strong Biocompatible Material – While many traditional crowns are fabricated in 2 or more layers which can result in chipping or fractures at the junction, Cerec crowns are milled from one solid ceramic block.  Additionally, these restorations can actually be bonded to teeth resulting in extra retention.
  • Patient Education – using the newest camera (Omnicam), we are now able to show patients (in full-color) exactly what their teeth look like.
HOW IT WORKS

DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE QUITE POSSIBLY THE GREATEST DENTAL INNOVATION OF OUR GENERATION.

While there are several options for replacing missing teeth, Dental Implants are almost always the ideal treatment option due to their proven long-term success and their ability to look and FUNCTION like natural teeth.

How does it work?

The procedure is really quite simple and virtually painless. A surgeon places a titanium post in the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth/teeth. Because of the specific titanium material used, the body will actually grow bone all around the implant causing it to integrate with the bone and become locked in place. The implant now becomes the root of the missing tooth. After a period of healing time, your general dentist will attach a ceramic crown to the implant restoring the form and function to this area.

What makes Dental Implant treatment so great?

  • Unlike a removable prosthesis (denture), an implant is rigidly fixed in the jaw which allows it to absorb a great amount of force when chewing.
  • A single missing tooth can now be restored without anchoring or relying on adjacent teeth. A one tooth solution for a one tooth problem.
  • Since the entire implant is made of inorganic material, there is no risk of decay!

Dental Implants can be used in a number of ways

  • Single Tooth Implant – One missing tooth, replaced by one implant.
  • Implant Bridge –  Replace 3 or more teeth with only two implants.
  • Implant-Supported Overdenture – By placing two implants, we can modify your current denture or fabricate a new one that actually “snaps” on and off. If your loose-fitting denture is preventing your ability to function and chew, please contact us to discuss how we can improve your quality of life.
  • Full-Arch Prosthesis or Hybrid – this new procedure is very exciting. We are now able to attach a full-arch prosthetic to 4 or more implants. This procedure gives totally edentulous patients a fixed (NON-REMOVABLE) option to restore all of their teeth.

Why should you replace missing teeth? Missing teeth can lead to a number of negative consequences.

  • Difficulty chewing and/or speaking
  • Loss of bone in that area
  • Teeth can drift leading to bite and/or periodontal problems
  • Increased stress/wear on remaining teeth
  • Potential for TMJ dysfunction
  • Alteration of facial appearance – premature aging

Dentures are a cost-effective way of replacing one or more missing teeth. The process involves using acrylic teeth that are attached to a framework. That framework is then held in place by remaining teeth or other intraoral structures. The resulting prosthesis is considered removable since the it can be taken in and out of the patients mouth.

Partial Denture – When a patient has some remaining teeth, a partial denture can be fabricated to replace only the teeth that are missing. The denture’s framework can be made of a flexible acrylic material or metal.

Complete Denture – If the patient is missing all of the teeth in an arch (upper or lower), a complete denture can be fabricated to replace all teeth. The prosthesis is held in place by the suction created by the denture and the patients palate (upper) or bony ridge (lower).

Overdenture – This is a relatively new treatment option for patients who are without teeth. While dentures are usually a very good option for replacing the appearance of teeth, they often times do not function nearly as well as natural teeth. Using Dental Implants, we can now secure these dentures making them much more functional for our patients. To learn more about how implants could improve your quality of life, click here!

***** A reminder to our denture patients, it is important that you see a dentist at least once/year to evaluate the fit of your denture(s) and to check your intraoral tissues.

WE ARE A METAL-FREE PRACTICE

Fillings are used to treat a variety of dental conditions such as decay, fractures, wear, or discolorations. In our practicewe use Composite fillings (tooth colored fillings). 

What makes this filling material a superior alternative to Amalgam (metal fillings)?

  • Aesthetics – There is a wide range of available composite shades allowing the dentist to match the shade of your tooth to the filling material.
  • Bonding – Composites can be chemically bonded to tooth structure.
  • Conservative Tooth Preparation – Because composites can be bonded to the tooth, the dentist only needs to remove the decayed portion.
  • Versatility – Modern composites are now strong enough to be used on molars yet aesthetic enough to be used in cosmetic dentistry.

                           

An Onlay is a tooth-colored, ceramic restorations that is, in essence, a partial crown.  This treatment is often indicated when restoring molars with partial fractures or teeth with large defective restorations that still have a fair amount of healthy remaining tooth structure.

Some of the advantages of using an Onlay vs. Filling or Crown

  • Conservation of tooth structure – While a crown requires covering the entire chewing surface of a tooth, an Onlay allows the dentist to conserve solid tooth structure
  • Long-term durability – Although modern Composite Filling materials are very strong, ceramic materials still hold up better over time especially in chewing locations
  • Indirect fabrication – Placing a filling is done directly in the mouth which limits the dentists ability to form the restoration. An Onlay is fabricated indirectly meaning the dentist or technician has full control over the margins and contour of the restoration.

We are very excited to offer our patients this service in ONE VISIT using the digital technology of CEREC. Click the “SAME-DAY CROWNS” tab above

Comprehensive examinations – During your first visit, we will collect all the diagnostic information needed to address any of your dental concerns and to formulate a treatment plan that will ensure your optimal oral health.

Root Canal Therapy – When a tooth becomes infected or problematic, this treatment is used to remove the diseased tissue from the tooth. Although this treatment has a bad reputation, modern technology has made this procedure virtually painless.

Extractions – At times, it may not be possible or necessary to restore a tooth. However, we can also offer multiple options for replacing any extracted tooth.

Oral Appliances – We use a variety of appliances to treat a number of problems such as grinding/clenching, TMD (temperomandibular disorder), snoring, and more.

Athletic Mouthguards – If you have an athlete in the family participating in contact sports, we can make a custom mouth guard made to fit you and you only.  Available in a number of school colors, this individualized mouth guard will protect the teeth from impact, minimize risk of concussion in contact sports, and fit slim enough it won’t obstruct the airway.

Emergency Services – We understand that urgent dental needs always occur at the most inopportune times. We will always try to see emergency patients that day. If it happens to be on a weekend or Holiday, you will always be able to communicate with one of our on-call dentists.

       

DENTAL HEALTH & PREVENTION

Cleaning, Deep Cleaning, Anti-microbial agents, and Fluoride Sealants

RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

Bridges, Dental Implants, Dentures, Same-Day Crowns, Fillings, and Onlays.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Whitening, Bonding, Veneers, and INVISALIGN
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