The term “restorative dentistry” refers to treatments or procedures intended to restore health and function to the teeth and mouth. Restorative dentistry services address teeth that are broken, decayed, otherwise damaged or missing. By extension, it aids your total health through better digestion, prevention of diseases that can start in untreated areas and improved emotional wellbeing. Some examples of restorative dentistry are crowns, bridges and implants.
Same-Day Dental Crowns
Crowns are placed over cracked, severely worn, or broken teeth to provide support and strength. When properly cared for, dental crowns can last for many years and prevent future damage to weak or decaying teeth.
We use the CEREC® dental restoration technology in each office. CEREC utilizes a 3D scanner to create a model of the patient’s teeth; software then creates a replacement part for the missing area of the tooth, creating a virtual restoration. The software sends this data to a machine where the replacement is carved out of ceramic or a composite resin, similar to 3D printing. Stains and glazes are fired to the surface to match the color and appearance. The restoration is placed in the patient’s mouth and the process if complete – this advanced technology allows our team to craft and place porcelain restorations in one visit.
Dental bridges are placed in gaps left by missing teeth. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth with crowns fused to either side. The artificial tooth fits neatly in the gap and the crowns slip over the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges are beneficial because they prevent complications caused by missing teeth, such as bite problems, periodontal disease, tooth shifting, and bone loss.
Dental implants are powerful tooth replacements; they are made up of an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jawbone, and a dental restoration, such as a crown, that is affixed atop the artificial root. The result is a fully functioning, long lasting and extremely durable natural looking prosthetic tooth that blends in beautifully with the rest of your smile.