Variety of Options to Restore Your tooth
Do you require restorative treatment for your teeth? Get in touch with us to discuss all the available options. We'll recommend the least invasive treatment.
- Composite fillings
- Crowns (caps)
- Dentures and partial dentures
- Fixed bridges
- Root canal therapy
At Ascent Dental, we use improved techniques and modern technology to restore your tooth to its normal shape, appearance, and function.
Why Choose Restorative Dentistry?
- Enhance your smile
- Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
- Improve or correct an improper bite
- Prevent the loss of a tooth
- Relieve dental pain
- Repair damaged and decayed teeth
- Replace missing teeth
- Replace old, unattractive dental treatments
- Restore normal eating and chewing
We do composite filling to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks or fractures. Our dentist will remove the decayed or affected portion of your tooth and do a composite filling.
The most widely used tooth fillings today composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth. They're aesthetically suitable for your front teeth.
Reasons to Use Composite Fillings
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
Composite fillings are very durable but they're not permanent and have to be replaced in the future.
Procedure for Composite Fillings
Your composite fillings can be done in a single appointment. After your tooth is numb, we'll remove the decay. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned before a new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of your tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. We'll precisely place, shape, and polish the composite filling. Your tooth will be restored to its original shape and function.
You might experience sensitivity when composite fillings are first placed. However, this problem will subside after your tooth becomes used to the new filling. We'll give care instructions for good oral hygiene practices and eating habits. Regular dental visits will help extend the life of your new tooth fillings.
A crown encases the entire tooth surface and restores it to its original shape and size. In cases where fillings or other types of restorations cannot be done, a crown protects and strengthens the tooth structure.
Porcelain is the most popular crown. It's highly durable and will last many years but may eventually need to be replaced. A porcelain crown is made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth.
Why Use Crowns for Your Teeth?
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Tooth has a root canal
Procedure for Fitting the Crown
Getting a crown usually requires two appointments with our dentists. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.
We use a mold to create a temporary crown. This will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated. When your tooth is numb, our dentist will prepare the tooth by removing the decay and shaping the surface of your tooth.
Your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to make sure that you're biting properly. On your second appointment, we'll remove your temporary crown and clean your tooth.
Your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. You'll be given care instructions and encouraged to visit us for regular dental visits.
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement that is made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. Complete dentures are used when all of your teeth are missing while partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth remain.
A partial denture fills the space that is created by your missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting. A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture is made after your teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. It's usually done after 4 to 6 weeks. During this period, you'll have to manage without your teeth.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after you teeth are removed. It enables you to use the teeth during the healing process. When your tissues shrink and heal, we need to make adjustments. While dentures are very durable and may last for many years, they have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear and tear.
Reasons for Denture Usage
- Complete denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch
- Partial denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
Procedure for Dentures
The process of getting dentures usually takes over several weeks. We take highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements to create your custom denture. You need to come for several “try-in” appointments to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. We'll adjust your completed denture and make sure it's a natural and comfortable fit.
You might experience increased saliva flow, soreness, speech and chewing difficulty. However, this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
Fixed Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is an excellent choice to replace your missing teeth. It's a fixed (non-removable) appliance. There are several types of dental bridges. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal.
This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over your two anchoring teeth and are attached to your artificial teeth. It fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Though dental bridges are highly durable, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear and tear.
Why Get a Fixed Dental Bridge?
- Fill space of missing teeth
- Maintain facial shape
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restore your smile
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
Procedure for a Fixed Dental Bridge
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits to Ascent Dental. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. A highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. You need to wear a temporary bridge for several weeks until your next appointment.
On your second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally, we may temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You'll receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will extend the life of your new permanent bridge.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of your tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save your tooth, we remove the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and decay. The resulting space is filled with special medicated dental materials that will restore the functionality of your tooth.
Root canal treatment can save a tooth that would otherwise die and have to be removed. Many people believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution but extracting a tooth will ultimately cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts for a lifetime. Occasionally your tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and Symptoms for Root Canal Therapy
- An abscess (or a pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
- Swelling and (or) tenderness
Why Do Root Canal Therapy?
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
- Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
- Injury or trauma to the tooth
Procedure for Root Canal Therapy
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments. It's performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist). When your tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around it to keep it dry and free of saliva.
An access opening is made on top of your tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening. It's done one at a time to remove the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, we remove it with special dental instruments.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, we'll seal it with a permanent filling. If additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed. A week later, the roots and the inside cavity of your tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials.
All teeth that have root canal treatment will be fitted with crowns (caps). This will protect the tooth, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function. After root canal treatment, your tooth may be sensitive, but this will subside as the tooth heals.