Restorative Dental Procedures:
From Fillings to Dentures
North East Dental Arts provides comprehensive restorative dentistry for patients with oral health problems that require professional care. Dr. Nuhfer and her staff are experienced at treating a multitude of dental conditions affecting the face and jaw (maxillofacial). Common restorative procedures include, but are not limited to:
- Root canal therapy
A bridge is made up of two crowns, and is designed to “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the hole (abutment teeth) serve as anchors for the bridge. The false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Depending on your dental needs, North East Dental Arts may recommend either a fixed or removable bridge. As the names may imply, a fixed bridge becomes a permanent “fixture” in your mouth, whereas a removable bridge can be removed for cleaning.
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that’s placed over a tooth to restore its appearance (shape, size, and strength). Crowns are cemented into place and fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. A crowned tooth does not require special care, but it’s important to follow good hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing, especially around the area where the gum meets the tooth.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures are made of acrylic resin sometimes combined with metal attachments. Complete dentures replace all the teeth; partial dentures are considered when some natural teeth remain and are retained by metal clasps or acrylic attached to the natural teeth.
Filings are perhaps the most common type of restorative dental procedure. Teeth can be filled with silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin. Depending on the location and extent of the decay, Our doctors will make a recommendation as to what filling will work best for your needs.
An implant is a small post made of metal that is placed into the bone socket where a tooth is missing. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
Patients must have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. Dental implants require the same care as real teeth (brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings).
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth is broken or has extensive decay, the nerve (also called dental pulp) can become infected and may cause severe pain. Without treatment, the nerve will eventually die, and the infection can spread in the body. Before this occurs, root canal therapy is recommended to save the damaged tooth as well as restore tooth strength, function, and appearance.
A Root Canal Procedure removes the disease in the center of the tooth, allowing the rest of the tooth to remain intact and functional.
Our doctors recommend regular dental, usually semi-annual visits to diagnose and treat oral health problems as soon as possible. With early detection, patients can enjoy many advantages of restorative dental procedures which include improved appearance, speech, comfort and reduced financial cost considerations.
Our doctors believe that it is essential for patients to be part of the decision for their dental treatment. We will take the time to explain treatment plans including risks that are associated with undergoing or not undergoing recommended treatment plans, time involved and financial options.