Restorative services refer to those treatments and procedures that replace or renew teeth, bite, or gums. It can include "fixing" existing teeth, removing and replacing damaged teeth with Dental Implants, or even creating "new" teeth to complete a healthy mouth and smile. Call our Columbus Dental Office today for teeth restoration services or Dental Crowns at (855) 811 - 5764
A "filling" is the act of replacing and restoring tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. Fillings can be made with either amalgam (silver) or composite (white) materials. Both have different benefits and drawbacks depending on the situation, by offering both we can help you decide which treatment is best for you.
In addition, a filling can be done as an "inlay". Inlays are prepared similarly, but the final filling material is fabricated in a dental laboratory. Inlays can be made with porcelain, gold, or even lab formed composite; these types of restorations tend to last longer than most other filling types.
Onlays, Crowns and Bridges: An onlay restoration is a custom made filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. It is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented onto the tooth by your dentist. Onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of onlays.
A dental crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged, or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a combination of materials and act as a substitute for the entire tooth.
Making a crown consists of removing decay around the tooth and creating the cover through a mold and fitting process. This process generally consists of a minimum of 2 or 3 visits over a 3 or 4 week period.
Once a crown is completed, proper dental hygiene is important to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. With proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease as well as to safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal, and replaces it with strengthening filler.
A cavity is the result of decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal (or endodontics), preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.
Endodotics: An endodontist is a specialist in the area of soft tissue inside the tooth. Endodontists primarily perform root canals and typically only deal with endodontic-related problems.
A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain. Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:
Please contact our office for an evaluation if you experience any of the symptoms above, and we will refer you to an endodontic specialist.
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
Complete dentures may be "conventional" or "immediate." A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement. Implants arose from the need to secure loose-fitting dentures in patients. Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant's usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. A single tooth or multiple teeth can be replaced in this manner. In addition to functioning very close to a natural tooth, implants help preserve bone in the mouth that would otherwise be lost once a tooth is missing.
We are proud to be able to offer both placement of implants as well restoration of implants in our office.
For periodontal (gum) disease treatment, dental professionals use a common mechanical procedure known as SRP (scaling and root planing). Scaling removes plaque, tartar, and stains from the surface of teeth and their roots. Planing smoothes the rough areas on the roots of teeth to promote healing. Once the gums have been cleaned, they are disinfected with antimicrobials. Further antibiotics may be given for use at home depending on the situation.