We Offer a Variety of Restorative Dentistry Treatments
Have dental problems kept you from smiling with confidence or eating your favorite foods? With the right restorative treatment and proper preventive care, you’ll begin enjoying your favorite foods again – and we’ll restore your natural smile. At our comprehensive dental practice, we offer numerous restorative dental treatments in-house, so that you can get the expert care you need: conveniently, seamlessly and comfortably.
Improved Composite Dental Fillings
Composite fillings offer several benefits over traditional silver-colored amalgam fillings. Cosmetically, they are made of a natural-looking glass and composite material that blends in with the rest of your teeth. And the process is generally easier because these fillings will adhere directly to the tooth’s surface. So preparation and drilling of the natural tooth is less extensive. This also means that more of the tooth’s healthy structure remains intact.
This restorative dental treatment is one of the most common procedures our dentists perform. Creating a composite filling is a minimally-invasive, small procedure that can make a maximum difference in the appearance and health of your smile.
Porcelain Crowns that Look Natural
Not only will porcelain crowns improve your smile’s appearance, they can restore decayed and damaged teeth and protect them for years to come. If you have teeth that are broken, severely decayed, worn or misshapen, strong porcelain crowns can provide a long-lasting solution with functional and cosmetic benefits. In some cases, a crown, a relatively simple procedure, can prevent a compromised tooth from becoming infected or breaking, eliminating the need for restorative treatments that are more complicated and invasive, like a root canal, extraction or dental implants.
Crowns usually require just two appointments. At the first visit, our team will make a mold of the damaged tooth so that a custom crown can be made. During the second visit, the dentist will place and polish the crown, making sure that the new crown matches the surrounding teeth perfectly and functions comfortably and naturally.
Our dentists use crowns to restore individual teeth and as an element of larger restoration makeovers in conjunction with dental implants and bridges.
Inlays and Onlays to Prevent Further Damage
Sometimes teeth aren’t compromised enough to require a crown, but are too damaged to be properly restored with just a filling. The dental specialists at McDonough Center for Family Dentistry will likely suggest treatment with an inlay or onlay in these cases. An inlay covers the chewing surface in the tooth’s center between the cusps (points), while onlays are designed to cover one or more damaged cusps. These popular dental procedures can often prevent teeth from fracturing or having to be extracted later.
Like crowns, inlays and overlays are created from a mold by a dental lab specifically to fit a particular tooth. The dentist will carefully place and bond the custom inlay or overlay to a tooth as if they are placing a crown, and then our specialists will polish and shape it to ensure a perfect fit.
Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants offer a second chance and a new smile to those with missing teeth or to individuals suffering with uncomfortable dentures or a retainer with false teeth. A dental implant consists of a small titanium post placed in the upper or lower jaw that functions as the root portion of a natural tooth that is missing. Titanium has biocompatible properties that cause the implant to fuse with the jaw bone and creates a sturdy anchor for a replacement tooth that will be placed later. Our highly-skilled specialists use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or in some cases, the entire set of upper and lower teeth.
- A single tooth replacement is a simple procedure in which the dentist replaces a tooth with an implant.
- A multiple tooth replacement, or "fixed bridge," is a procedure in which more than one implant is placed in the jaw and then attached to a series of crowns.
- A full arch replacement is also referred to as a "full mouth restoration." For patients missing most or all of their teeth, this is a permanent alternative to removable dentures in which a bridge is attached to implants.
- Removable implant-supported overdentures are anchored by full-size or mini dental implants rather than resting directly on the gums like conventional dentures. This helps keep the dentures in place and offers greater function and stability than conventional dentures alone.
To schedule an appointment for our restorative dental treatments, contact us today. Our dental specialists are waiting to help you restore your smile!