Restorative Dentistry Improves Your Oral Health
From esthetic fillings that make fragile teeth strong again to crowns that provide a protective covering for damaged teeth, restorative dentistry raises your oral health to the next level and beyond. In fact, restorative and cosmetic procedures sometimes go hand in hand, resulting in big, happy smiles.
We offer top of the line restorative services. Continue reading to learn more about the restorative dental services we offer.
Dental implants are a great option for people who have lost their teeth. They are artificial replacements for missing teeth that our dentist can use to hold a tooth crown, dental bridge, dentures, or part of a full dental plate.
The first step in the process is to get an exam and consultation with Dr. Hall. She will then decide which type of implant would be best for you.
There are two types of implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are placed inside the jawbone, while subperiosteal implants sit on top of it. Which type you need depends on your jawbone density and shape, as well as your age and oral habits such as chewing gum or smoking cigarettes.
To learn more about the types of dental implants, the process for placing them, and how they can restore oral health and prevent future issues, see Dental Implants.
Your dentist uses a dental filling to replace damaged parts of a tooth. It is one of the most common dental treatments today.
The filling material consists of a composite resin that Dr. Hall shapes and hardens to fill in the tooth cavity. She will then smooth out and shape the filling to match your teeth’s natural contour.
Dental fillings have been around for many years. Today there are two main types of dental fillings: amalgam and composite resin materials. Amalgam fillings are made up of mercury, silver, tin, copper and zinc. Composite resin materials are made up of acrylic resins or polycarbonate resins that contain glass particles or silica powder in them for long-lasting strength.
The most common side effect of dental fillings is temporary sensitivity after treatment. This is due to exposure to heat during the curing process or from exposure to hot and cold foods after the process.
To learn more about the types of dental fillings in our office and the benefits they offer to your oral health, see Dental Fillings.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that your dentist uses to cover a restored tooth. We often use crowns to strengthen weakened teeth due to age, disease, or injury. Dr. Hall can also use a crown to replace missing teeth and improve the look of your smile.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that replaces one or more missing teeth. It supports replacement teeth on either side of the space where the lost tooth once was. It consists of two crowns (one on each side) and one or more artificial teeth called pontics, which are permanently cemented onto adjacent healthy natural teeth.
To learn more about dental crowns and bridges, and how they may be able to benefit the function and aesthetics of your smile, see Dental Crowns and Bridges.
Partials & Dentures
Dentures are a common dental procedure for those who have lost teeth. The denture is a replacement for one or more missing teeth, which can be either partial or complete. There are many different types of dentures, from full upper and lower to just an upper denture, to a partial plate. They may be removable or secured with dental implants to provide stability for chewing and speaking.
A denture typically consists of acrylic or plastic, but can also have a metal component as well. Suction and/or dental cement holds them in place. You will need to clean them regularly with water, toothpaste, and sometimes special denture care products.
To learn more about dentures and partials, see Dentures and Partial Dentures.