Many people suffer from tooth imperfections, and a family dentist can help to restore them. In our office, we treat patients both young and old that have hurt their teeth in some way. Whether an accident that led to a chipped tooth or an infection that caused the tooth to decay, we provide restorative solutions that can help your teeth to look naturally beautiful again.
We recommend that all of our patients have their teeth cleaned at least twice a year. This way we can remove plaque and look for any cavities or infections. By identifying these issues and treating them early, we can help to prevent further problems and keep teeth strong. Teeth that are unhealthy are more likely to become damaged, so regular appointments are the best way to avoid this problem.
If you do damage your teeth, or suffer from an infection, here is how we can help:
- Tooth-colored fillings. If you have a cavity, we can treat the area and use a tooth-colored filling to replace the missing tooth structure. This is a better solution than silver amalgam fillings because no one will be able to tell that you had previous dental work done. In fact, many of our patients come in asking to have their old fillings replaced in order to improve their appearance.
- Root canal. When the center of the tooth, dental pulp, becomes infected we can treat the tooth by performing a root canal. In this procedure, we make a hole in the tooth and pull out the infected area. After removing the infection and cleaning it, we use a tooth-colored filling and dental crown to restore and protect the tooth. As a family dentist, we use this procedure to save teeth that may have been pulled otherwise.
- Dental veneers. If your tooth is mildly cracked or chipped, a dental veneer is an excellent solution for restoring it. A veneer is a thin shell that is placed onto the surface of your tooth. It is made to match the size and shape so the restoration looks completely natural. In addition to fixing damaged teeth, a dental veneer can also cover dark stains and close gaps in teeth.
- Dental crowns. When a tooth is more severely damaged, we will typically use a dental crown in order to restore it. A crown can be made in all ceramic so that it looks like a natural tooth. It is a cap that surrounds the tooth entirely, thereby keeping any food of pressure from touching the tooth directly. This is an ideal solution when a large portion of the enamel is missing.
- Dental bridge. If a tooth has fallen out, we can use a dental bridge to replace it. For the procedure to be completed, a crown is placed on the two teeth surrounding the missing one so that the crowns can hold the bridge and new tooth in place. This procedure is effective and natural looking.
As a family dentist, these are only some of the options we have for restoring damaged or infected teeth. We make treatment recommendations based on the needs of each of our patients. To learn which solution would be best for you, schedule a dental exam.