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Restoration Services

Crowns & Fixed Dental Bridges

Crowns are used to strengthen teeth and improve their shape and color. Teeth that are weakened by decay, fractures, advanced wear to the point that they will not hold fillings are best restored with crowns, also known as caps. Crowns cover all surfaces of the tooth above the gum line as it becomes a new outer surface to the tooth.

Crowns can be made from porcelain or metal or both. We have many selections to choose from when picking crown types depending on how much strength we need to how beautiful it looks. We will help you decide the best choice for your situation.

Dental bridges replace missing teeth and are very strong and beautiful. When teeth are lost the bite shifts weakening your chewing ability and straining the jaw joint. To prevent these problems we make a fixed bridge which is supported by natural teeth or implants. The fixed bridge stays in place all the time and is the same size as the teeth it replaces. We have many new materials to make bridges from. We would be happy to review your options with you.

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Dentures/Removable Partial Dentures

Candidates for complete dentures have lost all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. Both improve chewing ability and speech, and provide support for facial muscles enhancing the facial appearance and smile.

Complete dentures are called "conventional" or "immediate" according to when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth so the patient does not have to go with teeth during the healing period. To make this possible, we take measurements and make the models of the patient's jaws during a preliminary visit.

An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums will shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six to twelve months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly. A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed.

Implants are very helpful to stabilize full or partial dentures. They greatly increase the bite, strength and chewing ability and add a whole new dimension to security of the appliance. Ask us about this option.

We would be glad to evaluate your dental situation and review the possibilities for improving your smile and chewing ability.

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Restoration of Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium cylinder replacing a missing tooth root. Given time to heal, an impression coping is placed into the implant and an impression is taken just as we would take an impression for a crown. Then the dental laboratory fabricates an abutment and a crown for the implant. We then insert the abutment into the implant which is held in place with a screw. The crown is then cemented over the abutment and we have successfully replaced a missing tooth which is very strong and looks beautiful.

Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or provided support and retention for full or partial dentures. We have been using implants for over 25 years and have found them to be very predictable and successful.

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Tooth decay leads to the development of a cavities, or holes, in the teeth. Fillings are used to repair the damage that decay has made.

Tooth colored composite fillings are the most requested filling material we use. They are comprised of porcelain and resin and bond to the tooth structure creating good support to the tooth.

Silver fillings (amalgams) which are a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper are sometimes used for the back teeth. Government studies report complete safety in their use. These fillings are durable when supported by enough tooth structure.

Regular hygiene appointments and dental exams allow us to find decay in its early stages so the tooth repair is small. Larger fillings tend to wear out faster than small fillings. When teeth are not strong enough to hold fillings then we move up to inlays, onlays, or crowns.

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Dental Inlays/Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are conservative, durable, laboratory fabricated tooth restorations. They are used to repair back teeth that have mild to moderate tooth decay or for cracked teeth where the damage does not warrant a dental crown. Porcelain, composite resin and sometimes gold are used to create inlays and onlays. Inlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material is limited to the center of the tooth, while onlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material covers the chewing surface of the tooth.

Inlays and onlays have a natural tooth color that makes them virtually invisible compared to metal fillings. They will not expand or contract based on temperature. Minimal tooth structure is removed helping to preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas.

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