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Sometimes, no matter how well you take care of your teeth, you experience injuries, cracks, or decay that cannot be avoided. When this happens, we provide restorative dentistry to help repair the problem and prevent further issues.
Silver and gold restorative fillings are a thing of the past. Today’s composite resins are tooth-colored, safe, and extremely durable. They are made up of ceramic and long-lasting plastics. Fillings are used to repair cavities, cracks, chips, and worn enamel. To apply a filling, any decayed area must first be removed, cleaned, and thoroughly dried. You may be a candidate for our new Solea® CO2 dental laser system that replaces traditional numbing injections and drilling. If this process requires drilling, scraping, or any potentially painful measures, we will first numb the appropriate areas. Our priority is to always make sure you feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed while you are at our office.
The days of needing multiple appointments and temporary, uncomfortable crowns is over when you choose Serenity Valley Family Dentistry. We use CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology to restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings in one appointment, saving you time, money, and hassle. CEREC® uses computerized technology to manufacture a ceramic crown while you wait. The team at Serenity will use a special camera to photograph your damaged tooth and then create a precision-cut restoration. The tooth-colored crown is anti-abrasive, plaque-resistant, and looks natural in your mouth. The crown is bonded to your old tooth and you’re ready to go; the whole process usually takes about an hour from start to finish.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Whether it’s decay, genetics, or an all-star hockey game that causes you to lose some adult teeth, implants may be the ideal replacement option for you. An implant consists of a titanium tooth root replacement, which is surgically implanted in your jaw, topped by a crown that acts as your artificial tooth. It takes several months to ensure that the post is assimilated to your jaw and completely healed before the permanent crown is placed, but a temporary crown can be created to help you maintain chewing capacity and a natural smile.
When you are missing a tooth, a bridge can quickly fill in the gap. Replacing a missing tooth isn’t just about improving appearance; sometimes the open gap can change your bite pattern, cause speech problems, or allow surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment. We can help you determine if you might benefit from a bridge. To make a bridge, an artificial tooth is created to replace the missing one, with crowns on each side that attach to your surrounding teeth. The crowns are what keep the bridge in place and provide structure and stability to the artificial tooth.
Chronic dental issues, health problems, or injury can lead to the loss of all or several of your natural teeth. When this happens, we recommend dentures. A denture is a prosthetic set of artificial teeth that are tailored to fit your jaw. As with most dental procedures, technology has made dentures so comfortable and natural looking, it’s nearly impossible to know if someone is wearing them. Please visit with us if you are interested in learning more about partial or complete dentures.