Restorations

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What’s the difference between a “filling” and a “basic restoration?”
A “filling” simply fills a hole in a tooth created by decay and the resultant drilling to remove that decay. A “restoration” is designed to restore the tooth back to full, long-term functionality, stability and comfort. A restoration is a healthier, longer lasting solution to dental health.

Basic Restorations
A basic restoration is the simplest method to restore a tooth damaged by decay and bring it back to its full, normal function and shape. We offer only composite=-colored restorations. The composite restoration becomes “one with your tooth,” and more effectively closes off and seals any spaces where bacteria can enter, helping to prevent further decay. Composite restorations are color-matched to your natural teeth. For larger or more complex restorations, the doctor may elect to mill a porcelain restoration using the CEREC system.

Inlays & Onlays
A highly-esthetic, non-metallic restoration that is bonded onto the prepared tooth to restore the beauty, strength and function of the tooth. The CEREC system enables us to fabricate inlays and onlays that precisely and perfectly fit your tooth in one visit. After bonding, your bite is adjusted, the tooth polished and once again functionally restored to its natural form. Inlays and onlays are normally used in areas of large decay that do not require a full coverage crown. For those patients preferring gold, we continue to provide gold inlays and onlays as an option.

Bridges
A bridge is crafted and placed to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or just by implants alone. We offer a variety of bridge designs depending upon the your needs, with all being securely bonded into the your mouth.

Crowns/Caps
A crown, made from porcelain or ceramic material, is used to permanently and entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve tooth appearance, shape or alignment. Crowns are typically recommended to:

  1. Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  2. Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  3. Restore a fractured tooth
  4. Attach a bridge
  5. Cover a dental implant
  6. Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  7. Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

We typically design, mill and permanently install a beautiful crown during a single visit by utilizing the Cerec system.

Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening is done when a tooth needs to be restored, but there’s insufficient tooth structure above the gum line to support a filling or crown. This procedure involves removal of gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of a tooth’s structure. This can happen when a tooth breaks off at the gum line, or a crown or filling falls out of a tooth that has extensive decay underneath. In some cases it is used to correct a condition called gummy smile (when an unusually large amount of gum tissue shows around the upper teeth).

Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is the removal of the tooth’s dead or damaged pulp – the small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth. Once the dysfunctional pulp is removed, all bacteria is eliminated and the tooth is refilled with an inert, tooth-compatible material. The most common causes of pulp damage or death are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity or an injury to a tooth, such as a severe blow.