Restorative dentistry is customized treatment designed to repair damaged teeth, replace missing teeth, and improve functional structures of the mouth affecting chewing, speaking, and maintaining a relaxed and aligned bite. Dental restorations can also significantly enhance your appearance and self-confidence.
At Cannon Hill Dental we work hard to prevent dental damage through regular check-ups and good oral health, but we understand that dental problems can still arise through accidents or natural causes. Fortunately, we offer a number of restorative treatments using the latest techniques and materials.
When a tooth has a cavity a dentist can use a tooth-colored filling material to restore it. Composite is a very esthetic restorative material that is durable and bonds to natural tooth structure. This is the restorative material of choice in our office.
Implants (very much like Cosmetic Bonding) have sparked a revolution in dentistry. Implants have many uses; the most common of which is to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium screw-like fixture that is placed into the jawbone. The implant acts like the root of a tooth and a crown is attached to it to restore the implant and make it seem like a tooth. Depending on the area of the mouth in which an implant is placed it may be restored with a crown immediately or left to integrate into the bone for 3-6 months before it is restored. Implants can be used as supports for crowns or as supports for dentures; thus providing a great deal of stability.
Same-Day Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are either gold, porcelain (tooth-colored), or composite (tooth-colored) restorations that are bonded to posterior teeth restoring them to their natural strength. Inlays are restorations that fit within the contours of the teeth while onlays fit within the contours of the teeth as well as covering and protecting the chewing surfaces of the teeth. With our new technology, we can often create high quality non-metal inlays and onlays the same day, saving you the time of coming for a second appointment.
Many patients have discomfort, clicking, popping and/or grinding in their jaw joints. There are other patients who may have a restricted range of movement of their jaws or sudden changes in their bites. For all the above situations we perform what we call an “occlusal analysis”. This analysis is an in-depth examination of the individual’s jaw joints, chewing muscles, and bite (occlusion). This procedure is performed in order to determine what is causing the patient’s jaw discomfort or bite problem. The jaw joints (Temporomandibular Joints, TMJs) can sometimes be the cause of the discomfort or problem. Other times it can be a combination of the patient’s bite which then causes problems with his/her jaw muscles. By determining the cause of the problem we are able to provide the proper treatment options.
For people who are missing all or some of their teeth; dentures and partials are a very good option. Dentures and partials are custom-made for each person from accurate impressions of their upper and lower jaws. Dentures are for those people who are missing all of their teeth or are missing all of their teeth in either their upper or lower jaws. Dentures are made of pink plastic bases (that represent one’s gums) that hold very life-like teeth in them.
Partials are for those who are missing a number of teeth in either their upper or lower jaws. Partials are similar to dentures in that they also have pink plastic bases with very life-like teeth in them. Partials; however, also have metal substructures that clasp onto the remaining teeth in that jaw to provide stability.
Dentures and partials are both removable appliances/prosthesis; therefore, they must be taken out and cleaned daily. Given the fact that dentures and partials are a removable prosthesis, they are stable but nothing like one’s natural teeth. Implants can be placed to help stabilize dentures and partials. In fact, studies have revealed that dentures provide only 10% of one’s natural chewing efficiency, partials provide 40% of one’s natural chewing efficiency, while implant supported dentures provide 90% of one’s natural chewing efficiency.
When a tooth has a cavity a dentist can use silver amalgam to restore the tooth. Amalgam is a durable restorative material that can be used in areas of the mouth where it is difficult to control moisture.
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