Repair, Replace, And Restore Your Teeth
Throughout your lifetime, it is common for your teeth to develop normal wear and tear, suffer trauma causing tooth loss, or develop cavities. Regardless of what happens to your teeth, restorative dentistry can help fix these problems giving you a better looking and more functional smile.
Damaged or decayed teeth can cause you pain and even lead to tooth loss. At Heritage Dental we focus on repairing and maintaining your smile using a variety of advanced methods including:
- Composite fillings
- Crowns (caps)
- Dental implants
- Full or partial dentures
- Fixed bridges
One of the prime tenets of professional dentistry is first to try to save a tooth and only remove and replace it as a last resort.
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Restoring Your Teeth with Composite Fillings
Fillings are a routine restorative procedure that most people will experience at some point in their lives. When acidic plaque and bacteria breach the hard enamel of a tooth’s surface, they begin eating away at the softer inside allowing cavities to grow. To treat cavities, Dr. Patel and Dr. Jha will remove excess decay then fortify the space with a composite, tooth-colored resin that returns structural integrity.
Advantages of a Composite Filling
Composite fillings are one of the most popular, and for good reasons:
- They match the color of your existing teeth
- Durable and long lasting
- Less of your tooth is removed to place the filling
Composite fillings are commonly used on the most visible front teeth because they provide a natural look and will last for a long time when cared for properly.
Our dentist will remove any decay after numbing the area around it. The tooth will then be coated with a special gel to ensure proper bonding of the composite material. The acrylic mixture is applied slowly in layers; then the surface is smoothed and polished to ensure your comfort.
Strengthening Your Tooth with A Crown
Crowns can restore a tooth’s function, shape, and size. Some of the most common reasons for needing a crown include:
- A cavity you have might be too large to fill.
- Your tooth is damaged, worn, or cracked.
- You had a root canal and need a cap to cover your tooth.
Crowns can be made of various types of materials like ceramic, metal, porcelain, or composite resin. The type of material used will depend on which tooth needs a crown. If it is a front tooth, the composite resin will blend in seamlessly and provide durability. For back teeth that take the pressure of grinding, a stronger, longer lasting metal is a better option.
At Heritage Dental our expert team will consider all the conditions, including your overall health, and provide you the best option for long-term, natural-looking restorations.
The Process of Placing A Crown Or “Cap”
Placing a “cap” on your tooth usually takes two appointments. The process can be broken down into a few steps.
- We will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and trimming enamel to fit and place the crown properly.
- After shaping the tooth, an impression is taken to create an accurate mold for precise fabrication of your crown.
- We will provide you with a temporary crown while the permanent one is created.
- Once the crown is ready, we will place it over the tooth and make any necessary adjustments, so it fits comfortably, then cemented into place.
Restore My Smile
Dental Implants – Solutions for Missing Teeth
A gap in your smile can impact more than just your self-esteem. Speech, eating habits, and comfort can all be affected by missing teeth. Furthermore, teeth help support each other. When there are gaps between them, the entire dental structure can shift to fill in the void, potentially throwing all of the surrounding teeth into misalignment.
An implant replaces a tooth completely for the crown to the root. The implant post is placed into your jaw bone and can hold a bridge, denture, or crown. Implants provide a permanent anchor for your restoration, keeping it in place and stimulating your jaw bone at the same time for long-term oral health benefits.
Is an Implant the Right Option for Me?
Dental implants have a success rate of 95-98% and are the top choice for patients healthy enough to undergo a routine extraction or oral surgery. You should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant, as well as good oral hygiene. Talk to our experienced dental professionals to determine if dental implants are the right option for you.
What Is Involved When Getting A Dental Implant?
Developing an individualized treatment plan is the first step when getting a dental implant. Each plan is tailored to your needs and prepared by Dr. Patel or Dr. Jha. Next, an artificial tooth root made of bio-compatible titanium is placed in your jaw bone where it will securely fuse. This process may take 6-12 weeks. Your restoration is then fitted atop an abutment that is fastened to the implant itself.
Most patients who undergo dental implants report very little discomfort. During the implant procedure, local anesthesia may be used to minimize any discomfort.
Replacing All or Some of Your Teeth with Dentures
Dental conditions such as gum disease or tooth decay can cause loss of one or many teeth. Our dentists can advise you about whether or not to replace or restore your teeth. Regardless of the situation, dentures are an excellent option to restore your smile. Two types of dentures available can be tailored to your situation.
Full Dentures - A complete denture consists of an acrylic base that rests on your gums and is the same color. The teeth portion of the dentures is made from acrylic or porcelain to make them look as natural as possible. Your customized dentures will fit, feel, and look how you want them to.
Partial Dentures - If you have lost one or multiple teeth, it can become more difficult to chew as well as smile. Partial dentures are a great solution to improve these problems. Partials will also help prevent your natural teeth from shifting and reduce the risk of losing more teeth.
What Is the Procedure for Dentures?
Dentures can take 2 or more appointments depending on the need for other restorative dental procedures. During your first appointment, we take an accurate impression of your gums and remaining teeth to create a mold. At your second appointment, we will fit your new prosthetic and make any necessary adjustments.
Follow up appointments with are recommended to maintain the proper fit and make any needed repairs. After prolonged use, dentures typically need to be relined or replaced. Also, as time goes by the mouth naturally changes, causing your dentures to become loose and making normal function less comfortable. On average your dentures will last at least 5 to 7 year, but to maintain your dentures you should visit our office for checkups.
5 Tips to Make Your Dentures Last
- Brush your dentures twice a day like your normal teeth
- Soak your dentures when not using them
- Rinse your mouth after removal of dentures
- Rinse your dentures after soaking them
- Schedule follow-up appointments with our office
Closing Gaps with Fixed Bridges
If you have one or more missing teeth in a row, we may recommend a bridge to restore your smile and its function. Dental bridges are anchored in place using crowns attached to the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The crowns will hold your artificial tooth in place and allow for normal function.
Process for Dental Bridges
Dental bridges take 2 or more visits to complete. To begin the procedure your teeth and the surrounding area will be numbed and prepared by removing some of the enamel. Then an impression will be taken and sent to a lab for fabrication. We place temporary crowns on your prepared teeth until your final restoration is complete.
During your second appointment, your newly made bridge will be checked and adjusted. Once properly fitted, it will be cemented in place, completing your restoration. Getting used to your new appliance might take some time, but it will eventually feel natural.
How Long Will My Dental Bridge Last?
Dental bridges last anywhere from 5 to 15 years and in some cases longer. Having a good oral care routine and regularly scheduled dental appointments will help your bridge last as long as possible.
Restore Your Smile
The dedicated team at Heritage Dental can help you restore your teeth and their function. We understand how strongly oral health can improve confidence and give you even more reason to smile.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation to see how we can help.
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