Restorative

Crowns*

A crown can help to improve the shape of a tooth and it’s overall appearance. When a tooth breaks or is cracked, a crown can repair the loss of tooth structure. Teeth with large fillings can be at risk for breaking and could benefit from a crown. Crowns are also used to cover implants and attach bridges. An impression is taken of your teeth, which is then sent to a dental lab where the restoration is made. In 2-3 weeks you will return to the office to have the crown seated.

Onlays*

Also known as a partial crown, an onlay covers some or all of the chewing surface of the tooth, but not all sides like a crown does. An onlay can help to restore a broken tooth and improve one’s smile. As with a crown, an impression is taken of the tooth or teeth, which is then sent to a dental lab where the restoration is made. You will come back 2-3 weeks later to have the onlay bonded.

Bridges

A bridge is a great option for replacing missing teeth. It can restore your smile and make a big difference in your ability to chew and speak. The restoration can be made of gold, porcelain or a combination of different materials. It literally bridges the gap where a missing tooth or teeth are. It is bonded to the surrounding teeth for support and can only be removed by a dentist.

Veneers

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that fit onto the front of your teeth. They can dramtically change the look of your teeth by making them whiter, straighter and more evenly shaped. Most of the time they are sent to a dental lab to be made, working from models provided by the dentist.

Implant Restorations

Implants are a stable choice for replacing missing teeth. They are placed below the gum line and fuse to the jawbone. They serve as a base for dentures or crowns, and by integrating into your jaw, they feel much more natural than other options. Your dentist will need to evaluate your gum tissue and bone levels to determine if you’re a candidate for implants and implant restorations.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Otherwise known as a composite filling, this type of restoration provides lasting strength for small to mid size cavities. They can be “bonded” to the tooth often resulting in a more conservative, smaller filling than an amalgam (silver filling).

Inlays

An inlay is similar to an onlay, but it doesn’t touch any of the cusps of the tooth. It involves the inner contours of the tooth and usually involves 2 visits. The tooth is prepped and the impression is sent to a dental lab. You will come back in 2 to 3 weeks to have the restoration seated, wearing a temporary in the meantime.

Dentures

If you have lost all of your teeth, or need them all removed due to periodontal disease or decay, dentures may be a good option for you. Replacing your teeth can help you feel and look better, and you will be able to chew and speak like you normally would with natural teeth. There are several types of dentures.

First, there are conventional full dentures that are placed into the mouth after all remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed.

Immediate complete dentures are those that are placed right after extractions are done, so that you don’t have to go without teeth during the healing period.

Implant-supported dentures are an optimal choice in terms of comfort and stability. These are dentures that are anchored securely by small implants that are placed and fused into your jaw bone. Not all patients are candidates for implant dentures, due to bone loss that may have been caused by periodontal disease.

Partial Dentures

This is a removable denture that consists of some replacement teeth. The teeth are attached to a pink/gum-colored base, which are connected by a metal framework. It attaches to your natural teeth with metal or precision attachments. Crowns on your natural teeth are helpful and often necessary to help the partial denture fit better.

Your dentist can discuss with you the pros and cons of each type of denture.

*WE CAN DO CROWNS AND ONLAYS IN ONE VISIT HERE IN OUR OFFICE! WITH OUR ADVANCED CEREC TECHNOLOGY, YOU CAN LEAVE WITH A FINISHED RESTORATION AND NO NEED TO WEAR A TEMPORARY! PLEASE VISIT OUR TECHNOLOGY PAGE AND READ ABOUT CEREC ONE-VISIT DENTISTRY

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