At our Huntington cosmetic dentistry office, we offer a variety of services to address the individual needs of every patient. From discoloration to cavities or root canal, we have the technology and expertise necessary to provide the highest quality of comfort and care. Still, some dental problems are too severe or multifaceted to be fixed by any one treatment method. A combination of techniques may therefore be offered to fully restore a patient’s smile.
With a full mouth restoration, you can take advantage of multiple treatment options to build a brand new smile. For patients whose teeth have been seriously compromised by disease, decay, or other damage, here are some of our most popular services included in a full mouth restoration.
Fillings, Inlays, and Onlays
Dental fillings are a common restoration for cavities and the early onset of tooth decay. When a small or moderately sized cavity has formed within a tooth, a filling is an easy way to replace lost tissue after the infection has been treated and removed. While metal amalgam fillings are still a standard option, tooth-colored fillings from composite resin can provide additional aesthetic and structural benefits to teeth.
For larger cavities or those that extend over the cusps of teeth, porcelain inlays and onlays are usually a better alternative to regular fillings. By crafting an inlay or onlay from an impression of the tooth, the dentist can apply a restoration that complements the tooth’s appearance precisely. Moreover, porcelain is a durable material that will likely last many years before experiencing any significant wear or discoloration.
Dental crowns are an effective way to strengthen and protect teeth that have been weakened or reduced in size due to tissue loss. After taking an impression of the tooth, a crown will be customized from porcelain to match its desired shape, size, and color. The crown will then be bonded over the tooth, replacing its outermost layer of enamel. By covering the tooth’s exposed tissue, a crown simultaneously preserves the weakened tooth while undergoing environmental stresses in its place. Dental crowns are commonly used in the following situations:
- After extensive decay
- After root canal therapy
- To cover large chips or cracks
- To support dental bridges
- To cap a dental implant
- To conceal severe cosmetic flaws
Root Canal Therapy
When the roots of teeth have been infected, it poses a serious threat to the tooth’s overall health. If infected roots are not treated, they will almost certainly lead to progressive and painful tooth loss. Rather than replace their teeth, many patients would rather attempt to stop decay and preserve whatever healthy tissue is left.
Root canal therapy begins much like a dental filling, with the removal of tissue from a tooth’s crown. When the roots have been reached, a thin tool is used to clean out infected tissue, and antibiotics are used to stop the spread of bacteria. The roots and the remaining cavity are then restored with the appropriate dental fillers, and a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it.
Tooth Replacement Options
Unfortunately, missing teeth are a reality for many patients, especially when problems persist for too long. But even when tooth loss occurs, there are still numerous ways for patients to achieve a full, healthy smile:
- Dental implants: An implant is a metal screw-like appliance that takes the place of a tooth’s roots within the gum and jawbone. Once an implant has naturally integrated into the bone and surrounding tissues, it can be used to support other restorations such as crowns and bridges. Whether for single or multiple teeth, implants can provide the strength and health benefits of natural teeth.
- Dental bridges: Replacement teeth can be anchored at either end by dental crowns that fit over neighboring teeth, thus “bridging” the gap. Bridges are usually a good option for patients who cannot support an implant or for those with missing consecutive teeth.
- Dentures: Full sets of teeth can be adequately replaced through customized dentures. When dentures fit properly or are supported by implants, they can feel and look surprisingly natural.
Do You Need a Full Mouth Restoration?
The sooner you treat your dental problems, the easier and less expensive your treatment will be. Nevertheless, we are happy to assist our patients with any level of dentistry, including extensive treatment plans for a full mouth restoration. Contact our office to learn more about our available restorative services.