Restorative Dental Services
Restorative Dentistry can Rejuvenate Your Smile
Prevention is the most important focus of your routine dental care. Sometimes, issues can arise that require proactive restorative treatment. The trouble with cavities, cracks, fractures, and other tooth damage is that the condition will grow worse until you fix it. If your tooth hurts, has a cavity, or has recently sustained an injury, then schedule an appointment today to learn which restorative dental treatment is right for you.
Customized Smile Restorations
When it comes to restoring your smile, timing is everything. The sooner you seek treatment, the better you can minimize the damage. Using advanced technology and lifelike materials, we can craft a restoration that not only fixes your tooth but also helps enhance its natural beauty. To learn more about the restorative dental procedures we provide, we encourage you to explore more of our website.
Composite fillings use tooth-colored material to restore teeth with cavities and maintain a natural appearance. Once the decay is removed, the tooth is filled with a composite material which is then cured using a specialized light to harden the material. Composite fillings can be done in one visit.
Inlays and Onlays
An inlay or onlay is a partial crown restoration that can be placed when there is not sufficient tooth structure to support a filling, but enough tooth structure left that a full crown is not needed. Inlays/onlays are made of porcelain or gold, and they aesthetically and functionally replace the missing tooth structure.
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the outside of a tooth that is cracked, broken, worn down, or severely decayed. Dental crowns are usually completed in two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared (shaved down) and an impression is taken. A temporary crown is placed while the permanent crown is fabricated. During the second visit, the permanent crown is carefully fitted and then cemented into place.
A dental bridge is designed to replace a lost tooth, or up to three lost teeth in a row, to close the gap in your smile. Placing a dental bridge can restore your smile’s beauty, renew your ability to bite and chew, and allows you to better enunciate your words. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then learn if a dental bridge is the right replacement option by speaking with Dr. Keelan at your earliest convenience.
For multiple missing teeth, an implant may be used to anchor the bridge.
Dental implants are composed of three pieces: a small screw made of a biocompatible metal called titanium, an abutment which connects the screw and the final restoration, and the final restoration. The screw, which is placed in the jawbone, acts as a replacement for the tooth root, providing a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. The screw begins to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, the abutment is inserted into the screw to allow for the permanent attachment of the restoration.
Like dental bridges, dentures restore your smile by replacing missing teeth. However, dentures address more severe cases of tooth loss than dental bridges can. Traditional dentures consist of entire rows of replacement teeth that are situated on your upper and/or lower dental ridges. If you’ve lost many, but not all of your teeth, then Dr. Keelan might suggest a partial denture that can fit around your remaining teeth to replace those you’ve lost.
There are several different types of dentures:
- Full or Partial
- Removable or Fixed
- Traditional or Implant-Supported