Reconstructive Dentistry Treatments to Restore Your Smile
Dental crowns and bridges are restorations that protect weakened teeth or replace missing teeth. Dental crowns, also known as caps, fit over the top of compromised teeth, or are securely attached to a dental implant. Dental bridges (also called fixed partial dentures) are typically composed of one or more prosthetic teeth, and are attached either to adjacent crowns or dental implants.
Dentures are designed to replace any number of missing teeth. Traditional dentures rest on the gums, and are secured with natural suction and a mild adhesive. Dentures can also attach to dental implants. Implants offer unparalleled stability, eliminating the risk of dentures slipping out of place while eating or speaking. Dr. Matlach and Dr. Ames provide both traditional and implant-supported dentures.
Dental fillings are used to replace decayed outer portions of a tooth following cavity treatment. Before placing a filling, Dr. Matlach and Dr. Ames carefully removes all of the decayed tissue from the tooth. Next, he places malleable filling material and uses a special curing light to harden the material so it is permanently bonded in place. Traditional fillings are made of silver amalgam, but Dr. Matlach and Dr. Ames also offer tooth-colored composite fillings that look more natural.
When decay advances to the pulp chamber (center) of a tooth, a root canal can salvage the outer portions of the tooth. Dr. Matlach and Dr. Ames can quickly and thoroughly remove all tissue from the pulp chamber, leaving an exterior that is free of decay. A dental crown is usually used to restore a tooth after a root canal. If necessary, he can also provide special bleaching for the inside of the tooth.
Dr. Matlach and Dr. Ames take every measure to save teeth that have experienced decay or trauma. But in some cases, when a tooth is severely infected or threatens a patient's oral health, extraction may be necessary. Using local anesthetic (and nitrous oxide, if needed), Dr. Matlach and Dr. Ames can maintain your comfort while teeth are extracted.