Bring back the function and the beauty.
There are many reasons people may need restorative dentistry services. Accidents, neglect, illness; regardless the cause, you’ll find no judgment here at Comprehensive Family Dentistry. Our only interest is returning the function of your teeth for eating and language, and restoring your confidence in the cosmetic appearance of your smile.
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Fillings – The most common type of restoration, fillings replace tooth material lost to decay. We use natural-appearing composites for new fillings and to replace unhealthy old mercury amalgam fillings. [PHOTO]
Crowns – A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over the tooth to restore its shape, size and strength, and to improve its appearance. When cemented in place, crowns fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth at and above the gum line. They may be used to protect a weak tooth, hold together parts of a cracked tooth, restore a tooth that has been severely worn down or broken, to support a tooth with a large filling, to cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth or a dental implant, or hold a dental bridge in place. [PHOTO]
Bonding – Bonding is the application of tooth-colored composite resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. The resin can be shaped and polished to match surrounding teeth. The procedure is called “bonding” because the material bonds to the tooth. Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve tooth appearance. It also can be used to close gaps between teeth, as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede. [PHOTO]
Bridges – Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth may be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. [PHOTO]
Implants – A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that holds a replacement tooth or bridge in your jaw. Implants may be an option if you’ve lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or other reason. Endosteal (in the bone) implants are the most common type. Each implant uses surgically placed screws, cylinders or blades to hold one or more prosthetic teeth, generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures. Subperiosteal (on the bone) implants are placed on top of the jaw, held in place by metal posts anchored in the gum. These are used for patients unable to wear conventional dentures due to minimal bone height. We offer beautiful teeth in a day with our Hiossen implants with a root-formed base for stability and permanence.
Inlays/Onlays – Dental inlays are also called indirect fillings. They consist of a solid substance such as gold, porcelain or a cured composite resin, fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place. This technique involves fabricating the restoration outside of the mouth using dental impressions of the prepared tooth, rather than filling the prepared tooth with a soft material that will harden. An onlay is the same as an inlay, except that it incorporates a replacement for a tooth cusp by covering the area where the missing cusp would be.
Crowns are onlays that cover the entire tooth surface.
Dentures – A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Complete dentures, used when all teeth are missing, can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. A partial denture or bridge is used when some natural teeth remain. It usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base, sometimes connected by metal framework to hold it in place.
Ridge Augmentation – This is a surgical procedure performed to increase the quantity and/or quality of bone or soft tissue (gums) where teeth are missing. It is done to allow for replacement tooth implants, or to create better aesthetics and/or functionality. Oral surgeons may use a variety of options in this procedure, some of which depend on the patient’s individual mouth configuration and general health. Ask Dr. Weglos about your possibilities.
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