It’s amazing how much one or two damaged teeth can completely throw off your entire smile. They can easily cause you to feel overly self-conscious, and they can even make it more difficult to do simple things like eat and speak. Thankfully, our restorative treatments can give back what you’ve lost and make your smile look and feel better than ever before. Dr. Meredith Davis and our team can provide you with a variety of solutions such as crowns, bridges, fillings, and even dentures. Does your smile need a little help? That’s OK, just contact our office today to schedule an appointment, and we’ll give you all the help you need!
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that simply slips over the top of your damaged tooth in order to restore both its appearance and function. Whether it has been damaged by decay or injury, a dental crown can easily make it look like new again, and you can typically get a crown in as little as two visits to our office.
During the first one, we’ll remove any damaged portion of the tooth and shape it to securely hold the crown. We’ll then take an impression of your teeth and send it to a local dental lab to fabricate your crown. Unlike many local practices, we prefer to take our impressions the traditional way using dental putty. This process creates an overall better result in both look and feel compared to “same-day crowns,” and we know our patients appreciate waiting slightly longer for much higher quality.
When you return, we’ll place it in your mouth using a small amount of dental cement.
A bridge, on the other hand, can be used to replace a row of consecutive missing teeth. Crowns will be applied to the teeth surrounding the missing ones (using the same process we just outlined), and these will be attached to prosthetic teeth that literally “bridge” the gap between them.
If you have a tooth that is only slightly decayed or damaged, we can easily fix it using a filling. You can get a filling in just one visit, and the process is completely painless. We’ll start by simply removing the damaged portion of your tooth, and then we’ll restore the lost structure using either amalgam or a tooth-colored resin. In either case, the end result will be a completely renewed tooth that you’ll be able to trust for many years.
Fortunately, we’re also able to offer a more aesthetically pleasing option with tooth-colored fillings. As mentioned above, they are made of a tooth-colored composite resin. This material is strong, durable, and it can even be specially shaded to match the color of your natural enamel. It’s the perfect option for someone wanting to preserve the appearance of their smile while having it treated.
Modern day dentures simply put the old bulky and clunky ones to shame. They’re now sleeker, more comfortable, and completely natural-looking. They are still made of a gum-colored base attached to prosthetic teeth, but the results they can create are more lifelike than ever.
Partial dentures can be used to replace numerous missing teeth, while full dentures can actually replace an entire arch. Regardless of which you need, they are one of the quickest and most effective ways to get your complete smile back.
Before you scroll past this, we have to say that root canals are actually a relatively painless procedure! Surprised? Here’s another one for you: they are actually one of the best ways to RELIEVE severe dental pain and save severely damaged teeth from being extracted. Root canals are typically used to help teeth that have an infection deep within their innermost layer. Thanks to modern day techniques and sedation dentistry, patients barely feel anything at all during a root canal these days.
Your third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” typically need to be extracted because the modern human jaw simply doesn’t have room for them. This means that when they try to come in, they can cause your other teeth to crowd, and they can even get stuck and become infected. We’ll always keep an eye on your wisdom teeth during your regular checkup so we can extract them BEFORE they can cause you any problems. If it’s necessary, we can easily handle the procedure right here in our office.