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Restorative Dentistry

At some point in your life, you will likely need some kind of restorative dentistry care.

Fillings, crowns, inlays, onlays…these are all common procedures used to increase the strength and function of your teeth when damage has occurred. Our advanced restorative services will strengthen your smile and improve functionality. We can solve complexes cases with beautiful, lasting results.

Crowns

Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to replace missing teeth.

A crown, also called a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens the tooth, but it can also dramatically improve the tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.

Crowns may be used to…

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

CEREC Same-Day Crowns

Thanks to advances in dental technology, crowns no longer have to be a weeks-long process. CAD/CAM technology makes it possible to create and place a crown in one day.

CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. This technology allows the dentist to use an intraoral scanner inside the mouth to take a digital scan of a tooth that has been prepared to receive a crown. Using special software, the data from the scan is used to generate a design (CAD) for a custom crown. This program will also generate a custom blueprint and guidelines to manufacture the new crown (CAM) with a milling machine. CAD/CAM enables us to create precise and custom crowns, inlays and onlays in one single visit.

Bridges

A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the real teeth on either side for support--hence the name.

Bridges are often a good choice for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. Bridges can be made out of gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all-ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on bridge's requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease.

Implant Placement

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease.

To begin the implant process, a metal post is surgically positioned into the jaw. This post will act as a permanent “root” for the implanted tooth. Once it is in place, the surrounding bone and tissue needs time to heal.

Implant placement requires special training, as it is a surgical procedure. Our team is highly trained in implant placement to meet your dental needs.

Implants require healthy gums and adequate bone. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

Implant Restoration

After the metal post is placed for a dental implant, an implant restoration is performed.

An implant restoration is typically completed with a replacement crown. An abutment will first be added to your implant, on top of which your new crown will be attached. We will work carefully to ensure that your new crown looks, acts and feels like a natural tooth in your mouth.

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and last many years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework, because they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.

Full-Mouth Restoration

Full mouth rehabilitation is the process of rebuilding or restoring the teeth on the upper and lower jaws.

It is an encompassing procedure that can consist of a number of treatment options including veneers, crowns, bridges and dental implants. A full mouth rehabilitation procedure is typically something that someone needs due to extreme pain or discomfort. At Summit Dental & Orthodontics, we will perform a full evaluation of your dental situation before moving forward with this procedure.

If you have experienced the following issues, you may be in need of full mouth rehabilitation:

  • Teeth lost to decay or damage
  • Teeth that are currently injured
  • Teeth that are worn from acid-erosion or grinding
  • Ongoing issues and pain of jaw, head, and neck

Dentures/Partials

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available: partial dentures and complete dentures.

Partial dentures fill in missing teeth when some natural teeth remain and complete dentures replace all teeth. Partial and complete dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth, so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, partials and dentures may even improve your smile!

Complete Dentures

This restoration method is used to restore smile and mouth function if all teeth have been lost. The complete dentures are custom created and natural looking. They function in place of your original teeth. Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture is used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. Made of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, partials help restore better functionality to the mouth. Partial dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.

Root Canal

Root canal treatment, also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy, is used to save an infected or damaged tooth and avoid having to remove it.

A root canal becomes necessary when bacteria from a cavity reaches all the way to the pulp at the center of the tooth, causing the pulp to become infected. Trauma can also cause deep damage to the nerve of a tooth. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and it begins to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is called an abscess).

The infected pulp must be treated and cannot heal on its own. An abscess can even weaken the entire immune system, making it very dangerous and painful.

Symptoms of infected pulp/abscess may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain with biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms, and you are unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) is filled to prevent any further infection. Crowns are usually recommended to cover and restore a tooth after root canal therapy.

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