Dental Restorations Let You Smile with Confidence
When your smile is damaged or in pain, it can be hard on your health and quality of life. Dental restorations provide the care you need to revitalize your smile.
Our team of skilled dentists uses their years of experience to provide effective restoration solutions to our patients. Whether you need a simple filling or a complete set of dentures, our treatment options are gentle, reliable, and personalized to your needs.
Contact our practice to find out more about how our restorations can benefit your smile!
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Do I Need a Restoration?
Dental restorations are used to restore or replace a tooth that has suffered from damage or decay. If you have a tooth that has been chipped, broken, developed a cavity, or been lost completely, the right restorative dental care can help bring your smile back to optimal health.
If you’re unsure of whether you need a restoration or not, one of our dentists will perform a thorough exam. We use various state-of-the-art tools and techniques, including panoramic x-rays, intraoral cameras, and the DIAGNOdent™ cavity detector. These tools allow us to spot problems quickly and determine the most effective treatment to protect and preserve your teeth.
Restoration Services We Provide
We offer a comprehensive range of restorations to help our patients rediscover the joys of a healthy, pain-free smile.
Can Restorations Improve How My Smile Looks?
Yes! Many restorative services also overlap into cosmetic dentistry with their ability to preserve and potentially improve the smile’s appearance. Aesthetic restorations like bonding, composite fillings, and porcelain crowns all restore the tooth to an appealing natural shape while also improving its function and integrity.
Ask the dentist for more information on what restorations can do to benefit the appearance of your smile.
Do I Really Need a Filling?
Fillings are used when a tooth’s enamel has been corroded by tooth decay. To keep the cavity from growing larger, the decayed enamel must be removed. This leaves the tooth weaker where the new spaces are, so a filling is used to replace the lost enamel, restore function, and protect against further cavities.
Should I Choose Composite Fillings or Amalgam Fillings?
Both composite (white) fillings and amalgam (metal) fillings provide advanced strength and protection for teeth affected by decay. There are pros and cons to each option, so considering these points with the dentist is an important part of deciding which is right for you.
- Made of tooth-colored resin
- Blends into the tooth
- Fits into small spaces, preserving more enamel
- No heavy metals
- Less sturdy than amalgam
- May not be covered by insurance
- Provides good protection
- Typically covered by insurance
- Impacts the tooth’s aesthetic
- Contains small amounts of mercury
- More tooth enamel is removed in placement
How Do Crowns Work?
A dental crown is a custom-made cap placed over a tooth. It’s commonly used to protect teeth that have suffered serious damage from tooth decay, been cracked or broken, or have been worn down from teeth grinding.
During a crown placement, much of the tooth’s outer enamel must be removed to make room for the crown. The crown then becomes part of the tooth, providing new structure and protection to the inner tooth. Crowns are shaped like teeth, so they function both physically and aesthetically just as your natural teeth do.
Why Choose Porcelain Crowns?
In the past, crowns were made entirely of metal and were highly noticeable in the smile. Today, porcelain crowns provide the same level of protection while also maintaining your smile’s aesthetic. Porcelain mimics the luster and translucence of tooth enamel, and the color is shaded to match your natural enamel, allowing it to blend into your smile for discreet protection.
Bonding, Veneers, and Crowns: Which is Right for Me?
If you have minor to moderate damage to a tooth, you may be unsure which treatment will provide the best results. Bonding, veneers, and crowns are all viable options for enhancing a tooth’s appeal, and understanding how each option works will determine which one is best suited to you.
What it is: Bonding uses a moldable tooth-colored resin to correct or conceal minor and moderate issues with a tooth.
What it can fix: Since bonding can be shaped, it can be used to fix both cosmetic and functional issues, including chipped teeth, minor gaps, small cracks, and discoloration.
How long it lasts: On average, dental bonding lasts 4-8 years depending on the location of the bonded tooth and patient care habits.
What they are: Veneers are thin porcelain shells designed to look and feel like natural teeth. The teeth are shaped to accommodate these shells to avoid looking and feeling bulky.
What they can fix: Veneers can be placed on the front six most visible top or bottom teeth. They enhance the tooth’s appearance and conceal various dental issues, including chipped teeth, gaps, worn teeth, mild misalignments, and discoloration.
How long they last: With proper care, veneers last somewhere in the range of 10-15 years. Using front teeth to bite hard substances, as tools for tearing or opening things, and grinding teeth can reduce this lifespan.
What they are: Crowns are complete caps placed over a shaped tooth. They’re designed to look, feel, and function as normal teeth while protecting against damage and decay.
What they can fix: As the sturdiest restoration option, crowns are often used to protect teeth after severe decay or trauma, including cracks and worn down enamel. They also provide cosmetic fixes for teeth that are too small, misshapen, chipped, and mild misalignments.
How long they last: Crowns can last on average around 15 years, and potentially longer if well cared for.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacements that can replace the root as well as the crown. A titanium post is inserted into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone and becomes a permanent part of your jaw. A restoration is then anchored to the implant, providing a stable and permanent replacement for the missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants can support a variety of restorations, even supporting an entire arch of teeth on a few strategically-placed implants. Crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures can all be supported by implants.
What to Expect with Dentures
Dentures have been around for centuries, and thanks to many innovations in the materials used and the fabrication process, they’re more comfortable and effective than ever before.
Your dentures are uniquely crafted for you and will vary depending on how many teeth you’re replacing and where they’re located. Full dentures sit over the gums and replace an entire arch of teeth, held in place by suction or dental adhesive. Partial dentures are held in place by metal clasps hooked you’re your remaining teeth, similar to a retainer, and can replace any number and configuration of teeth.
It does take time to get used to wearing dentures. Many patients experience some difficulty learning to speak and eat with their new dentures, but this becomes easier as they adjust. The most important thing is to clean your dentures regularly according to the instructions given by the dentist. Be sure to keep your regular six-month dental visits, and let the dentist know if your dentures feel uncomfortable or start to slip often.
5 Reasons Why You Might Need an Extraction
Dentists work hard to preserve your natural teeth as much as possible, but there are cases where an extraction may become the healthiest treatment option. Here are five reasons you might need to have a tooth extracted.
- A tooth is severely damaged or decayed.
- A baby tooth hasn’t come out, and the adult tooth is emerging.
- Your wisdom teeth are impacted or partially erupted.
- Your teeth are overcrowded and need room for orthodontic treatment.
- The tooth has lost gum and bone support due to periodontal disease.
What Do I Do in a Dental Emergency?
We provide emergency dental care for our patients to protect their smiles. The most important thing to remember in an emergency is to stay calm and contact us right away. We can listen to the details of the situation and help you determine if it requires immediate treatment.
If a tooth has been broken or knocked out, collect the tooth and rinse it in milk. Put a tooth back in the socket if you can; otherwise, store it in milk until you reach our office.
Use over-the-counter painkillers to minimize any pain. If there is bleeding, put gauze at the site of the bleeding and clench down firmly with your teeth until it stops. For swelling, ice can be applied to the outer cheek, but should not be placed directly in the mouth.
When you come in for an emergency, we will do all we can to help preserve your teeth.
If you have a dental emergency, contact us immediately!
Your Smile is Our Passion
At Monroe Dental Arts, we love promoting good health and confidence in our patients through healthy, beautiful smiles. If you or your family are looking for great dental care in Monroe, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
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