Almost everyone will experience tooth decay at some point in his or her life. Swift detection and correction of tooth decay can minimize the significant expenses and inconveniences associated with more serious problems caused by tooth decay. Restorative dentistry treats all phases of tooth decay, from simple cavity fillings to entire tooth replacements.
It is extremely important that cavities are filled in a timely manner once they have been detected to prevent further damage and the possibility of nerve infection. At Ideal Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored fillings for cavities to keep the repair work undetectable. These resin fillings are strong and keep your teeth looking healthy and beautiful. Contact us for more information about tooth-colored fillings.
Porcelain Inlays & Onlays
Tooth decay, weakened tooth structure, need for tooth restoration and reinforcement.
After the decay is removed, your dentist will take an impression of the area to be restored. A dental laboratory works from this impression to create a restorative inlay or onlay, usually out of gold or porcelain, that fits perfectly on the tooth. Inlays cover one or more tooth surfaces, where onlays are used on the chewing surface of the tooth. The inlay or onlay is cemented securely into place, for an incredibly durable, stable tooth restoration. Porcelain is the preferred restorative material; it is extremely strong and can perfectly match the patient's natural tooth color.
Crowns may be the only alternative when tooth decay is in advanced stages.
Teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma can be restored through the application of beautiful all-ceramic crowns crafted using our state-of-the-art CEREC® 3D machine. After Dr. Rowe carefully removes the damaged portions of the tooth, he uses the CEREC® machine to create a custom fitted all-ceramic crown, which he then bonds securely to the healthy body of the tooth.
Because these crowns are constructed entirely of translucent porcelain matched to the exact shade of the surrounding teeth, your restored tooth looks completely natural. All-porcelain crowns can also be used to improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile by restoring teeth that are misshapen or deeply stained. Contact us today for more information about restoring teeth with ceramic crowns.
Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Patients who are missing a tooth or several teeth may experience difficulty chewing and speaking, dental shifts, and an undesirable sunken facial appearance. In addition, missing teeth can eventually lead to jaw and joint problems that are costly to treat.
Porcelain Fixed Bridges can improve chewing and aesthetic appearance, restoring the smile with a more permanent solution than dentures. Bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. Your dentist will take a mold of the gap where a tooth is missing, and then send it to a laboratory to prepare a customized bridge. Before inserting the bridge, the surrounding teeth are prepared. The bridge is set into place and the artificial tooth is securely cemented to the adjacent teeth, restoring the attractive natural appearance and functionality of the tooth that was lost. If a resin-bonded bridge is chosen, the artificial tooth is secured by means of a metal appliance that attaches to the backs of adjacent teeth.
Dental implants are permanent, stable alternatives to bridges that do not rely upon surrounding teeth for support.
Root Canal Therapy
When a cavity penetrates deep into a tooth, the nerve can become infected and must be removed through a root canal procedure. Undergoing a root canal will save the tooth and prevent the infection from spreading into the jawbone. Using rotary endodontic tools to make the procedure more efficient and effective, Dr. Rowe will remove damage and access the infected root to remove it.
Once the nerve is removed, the interior is sealed and a ceramic crown is placed on top of the tooth body to regain a fully functional and complete tooth. Because we employ rotary tools and the CEREC® 3D machine for crafting crowns, most root canal procedures and the necessary protective crown can be completed within one appointment. Sedation is available to help you relax during your treatment. Contact us today for more information about our root canal procedure.