Restorative Dentistry: Smile Repair & Toothache Relief
At Anderson Dental, we work with patients to preserve the optimal level of oral health, but despite our best efforts, dental damage and tooth decay may still occur. When it does, Lori Anderson, DDS offers restorative dentistry services patients need to renew their oral health and repair dental damage. We pride ourselves on finding the right solution to meet each patients’ dental health needs and restore their smile to full form and function. Contact our team to find out more or schedule an appointment.
Traditional Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are caps that fit completely over the top of damaged teeth restoring their full form and function. The Anderson Dental team uses crowns to restore smiles in a number of situations including:
- Protection and repair of teeth damaged by decay or trauma
- Protection of root canal treated teeth preventing further damage
- Replacement of individual teeth when attached to a dental implant post
- Support for a fixed bridge tooth replacement for one to three consecutive lost teeth
Crowns take two appointments to place. During an initial visit, we prepare teeth to receive the crown, capture impressions of patients’ bite that will be used by a dental lab to craft the crown, and place a temporary to protect prepared teeth. Once we receive the custom restoration, patients return to our Anthem dental practice to exchange the temporary for the custom crown.
Traditionally, dentists repaired cracks, chips, and minor tooth decay using silver-colored amalgam fillings. In addition to their noticeable appearance within patients’ smiles, this material also presented a number of disadvantages related to oral health. The metal expands and contracts when exposed to changes in temperature which can damage teeth or allow bacteria access to the underlying dental structures, and patients with sensitivities to metal often experience irritation from amalgam fillings. Tooth-colored, composite resin fillings offer superior cosmetic results, and are less likely to further damage teeth. Sometimes referred to as direct bonding, composite resin filling material is shaped onto the damaged tooth filling in even small pits or fissures and creating a strong, durable bond with the tooth.
Partial & Full Dentures
Patients with extensive tooth loss are able to restore their smiles with partial and full dentures. Partial dentures, sometimes referred to simply as partials, are used to replace any number of consecutive or nonconsecutive teeth along an arch, and full dentures replace an entire row of missing teeth. Partials attach to healthy teeth with metal clasps, and full dentures are held in position through natural suction between the gum and jawbone and the prosthetic. For those patients interested in a more stable denture, we also offer dental implant supported tooth replacement.
Root canal therapy is a procedure that removes infected or damaged dental pulp and nerves from teeth in order to relieve pain and restore healthy dental structures. Root canals are necessary when decay or trauma access the very inner layer of the tooth where the nerve is housed. When the dental nerve is accessed, the result is severe pain. During a root canal, the dentist removes the infected tissue, replaces it with comparable biocompatible materials, and reseals the tooth protecting it from future decay. In most cases, we also place a dental crown over the treated tooth in order to better preserve and protect remaining healthy tooth structure.
In most cases, the Anderson Dental team works to help patients keep their smiles whole and healthy, but there are some instances when tooth extraction is the best option to ensure patients’ oral health. Some of the most common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Teeth that are so severely damaged or decayed that the remaining dental structure cannot support a restoration
- Decay or infection that is effecting gums or surrounding teeth
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment, patients may need to have one or more teeth removed in order to allow teeth to shift into proper alignment
- Prior to creating partial or full dentures, we may need to extract one or more teeth
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, third molars, are the last to erupt in patients’ smiles. Before humans had access to processed foods and regular dental care, these teeth often replaced those lost earlier in life. Today, most people keep their adult teeth making wisdom teeth unnecessary. In many cases, patients don’t have adequate space in the jawline to accommodate this additional set of teeth, and we recommend extraction to prevent a number of oral health concerns such as crowding, impaction (inability of teeth to erupt from the gum line), and dental shifting.