Restorative dentistry is the prevention and treatment of diseases of the tooth or group of teeth that have been damaged due to disease, trauma, or abnormal development and restored to normal function, health, and appearance.
Most people at some point in their lives will have a need for restorative dentistry. These techniques can often overlap with cosmetic dentistry procedures as modern restorations are designed to look and feel natural or improve one's existing appearance.
Consult with us to find out which treatment would give you the maximum benefit.
Below are some examples of Restorative Dentistry which can restore your smile as you greet the world. Select an image & a larger image will appear.
| Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth but are not an appropriate candidate for porcelain veneers, we also offer dental implants. Dental implants are an excellent solution to missing teeth, and can prevent nearby teeth from drifting to an abnormal position. Dental implants eliminate gaps, providing a permanent, natural alternative to dentures.
|Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays (also known as indirect fillings) are designed to fill in cavities and areas of damage in the teeth. Like regular fillings, they protect the teeth from further decay; however, while traditional fillings fit inside a cavity, inlays and onlays are placed on top of the tooth to build up the cusp of the tooth and add strength. While regular fillings are made of a soft material that is fitted inside of the tooth, inlays and onlays are molded from porcelain and cemented in place.
In the past, dentists could only treat cavities and tooth ailments with silver and mercury fillings. Modern restorative dentistry has replaced these unsightly fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings made of porcelain or resin. These fillings are sealed to the surface of the tooth, creating a strong bond that prevents future decay. Composite Dental Fillings can be made to match the natural tooth color and preserve a more natural look.
If you have gaps in your smile and find it difficult to speak and chew, dental bridges may be the right option for you. Bridges work by closing spaces in your mouth and filling gaps with long-lasting artificial teeth. Dental bridges are cemented permanently to replace missing teeth. They can also be attached to dental implants for a more permanent solution for missing teeth. Contact us to find out if you are a candidate for dental bridges
|Full & Partial Dentures
To maintain a healthy smile it is important to replace missing teeth to prevent shifting, damage to mouth tissue; as well as becoming susceptible to bone loss. Your facial muscles may sag, making you look much older, confidence often suffers as well. Depending on the number of missing teeth, patients will need either full or partial dentures.
Dentures consist of artificial teeth attached to a plastic base, and when properly fitted, these are indistinguishable from natural teeth. The partial loss of just a few teeth may be treated by a removable partial denture rather than having a fixed bridge (non-removable partial).
Full mouth dentures will replace all the teeth on the upper or lower arch. Quite simply, full dentures are like having a full set of teeth. This means you can once again enjoy the simple pleasure of eating your favorite foods and chewing normally. Full mouth dentures can also help you speak with improved articulation and clarity. Dentures help maintain a balanced bite and improve the appearance of your face.
The decision as to which is preferred or necessary is dependent on several important factors such as: • Bone support of remaining teeth • Condition of the remaining teeth • The way in which the teeth function • The overall general health of the patient.
TMJ disorder describes a condition characterized by pain in the jaw, neck, and head. Causes of TMJ include excessive clenching of the jaw, grinding of teeth, stress, and an improper bite. Thousands of Americans suffer from facial pain associated with TMJ. We offer several treatment options to correct TMJ related disorders, including several non-surgical TMJ treatments. We create a TMJ treatment plan that includes tooth restoration with dental implants or dentures, and fixed or removable bite splints. When worn, these bite appliances prevent teeth from touching each other, and help to reduce pain in the jaw, neck, and head that is the result of TMJ.