Restorative Care

Bonding

Tooth-colored fillings are bonded onto the existing tooth structure in a thin coating that strengthens the tooth and restores its natural beauty.

Composite (tooth-colored fillings) restorations

These tooth-colored fillings replace decayed tooth structure that has to be removed during a filling procedure.

Bridges

A bridge is basically multiple crowns (strong, natural-looking artificial teeth) linked together to replace missing teeth and fixed permanently in place.

Crowns

Crowns (also called caps) are natural-looking covers that are used when a tooth is badly broken due to decay, trauma, very large fillings, or has undergone root canal therapy. Made of gold, all porcelain, or a porcelain material that is fused to metal, they fit snugly over the tooth.
Dental implant restoration: Implants are another option for missing teeth. Like a screw, they are surgically placed in the area where the tooth is missing, usually by an oral surgeon or periodontist. Anchored to bone, the implant and the bone have to heal (or “osseointegrate”) together. This can take three to six months. When the area is healed, a general dentist places a crown on the top of the implant.

Dentures

When all the teeth are missing, a full set of dentures traditionally is used to replace them. Precisely designed and molded to fit the patient’s mouth, they slide over the gums and can easily be put in and taken out.

Partial dentures

When only some of the teeth are missing, partials may be the best option to replace them. Held in place with metal clasps or tooth-colored, discreet clasps, they are attached to natural teeth and also are removable.

Endodontics (root canal therapy)

When the nerve of a tooth has had trauma due to decay or an injury, the nerve often becomes inflamed and dies. A root canal procedure is performed to remove just the nerve that resides in the root portion of the tooth – not the root itself.

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