Restorative dentistry is used to repair and replace damaged or missing tooth structure. Cavities and trauma are the two main causes of damage to teeth. Modern dental materials allow for restorations that are durable and natural looking. We practice a concept called "bio-mimetic" dentistry. The idea is to replace whatever is lost with materials that mimic the properties of the natural tooth. Today there are a wide range of materials that Dr. Grote can use to aesthetically restore the health of your damaged tooth or teeth.
Fillings, or "direct restorations" are used to restore tooth structure when the damage is small and there is enough tooth structure to support the filling. After removing all decay and cleaning the area, Dr. Grote will add filling material to restore the full function and appearance of the tooth. Traditional amalgam (silver-colored) material is used very rarely these days because newer materials allow for more preservation of natural tooth structure. Nowadays, the most common material for fillings is composite (tooth-colored) resin. Composite fillings, unlike silver amalgams look like tooth structure and because they bond directly to the tooth surface allow for better preservation of your natural tooth. Learn more about tooth-colored fillings here...
Composite fillings (often called "bonding") are composed of a tooth colored resin that is adapted to the tooth and hardened with a special light. Prior to bonding, an etchant is placed to roughen the surface, and a primer agent is then applied so the bond will adhere properly. Learn more here...
Crowns are used to restore teeth severely damaged by fracture or decay. After the tooth surface is cleaned and prepared, the crown is placed to cover the remainder of the tooth. The crown strengthens the tooth structure and helps prevent future decay. Crowns also improve the tooth's look, shape and alignment. Read more about dental crowns...
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth in both a cosmetic and functional fashion. A bridge structure is one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by natural teeth, crowns or implants on each side of the bridge. Using a bridge to fill the gap from missing teeth helps restore proper bite. It also prevents teeth from shifting to fill the gap (which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues). Bridges can be constructed from gold, porcelain and metal, or ceramic. Learn more...
Implants may be the best option for replacing missing teeth. An implant is a titanium post that is attached directly to the jawbone. After the bone and surrounding tissue has healed, an artificial tooth is attached to the implant. Implants provide superior benefits compared to bridges as they do not depend on neighboring teeth for structural support. Implants are the closest dental structure in durability to natural teeth and have greater cosmetic appeal. Read more...
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal becomes needed when tooth decay is so deep that it reaches the tooth pulp. Once the pulp is infected, it cannot heal on its own. Sometimes tooth trauma, such as a fracture, can lead to the need for a root canal as well. In addition to being painful, untreated infections can reach the root tip and compromise the entire immune system.
A root canal procedure includes cleaning out the infected pulp, disinfecting the canals and filling the void with a rubber like substance. A crown is recommended after a root canal to restore the tooth's shape and to strengthen the tooth's structure. More about root canal therapy...
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