When you have issues with tooth decay, injured teeth, or even lost teeth, you need care to restore function, health, and beauty to your smile. To accomplish this, we could offer advanced dentistry with lifelike restorations and prosthetics. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist talks about advanced dentistry.
Your Initial Consultation
To find out which of our advanced dental treatments are needed to improve your smile, we will schedule a consultation with you. Our team will talk to you about your smile and your hopes for it, and we will make a detailed examination with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can offer a diagnosis with precision and accuracy. We will then choose the treatments necessary to improve the health, function, and beauty of your smile, often in only one visit!
Our advanced dentistry includes lifelike and metal-free fillings to treat tooth decay. Without treatment, a cavity could lead to a painful infection and threaten the stability of your tooth. But with a composite resin filling, we have a metal-free option safe for all ages, which we can color match to blend with the smile seamlessly. Placement only takes one visit, so you leave with a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile.
When you have more severe issues with the teeth, such as advanced tooth decay or infection, or major breakage and fractures, then you need a more substantial restoration. Instead of a filling, we could place a ceramic dental crown. With advanced dentistry, we can create and place one in only one visit. Using the CEREC system, we will first number the teeth and then remove structure from the ones receiving a crown. Next, we take detailed digital images from multiple angles quickly and comfortably, and use them to create a 3D impression. We upload the information into an onsite milling machine, which crafts your crown from a solid block of ceramic, which we shaded to blend with your smile. We then place it in the same sitting!
What if you’re missing a tooth, or up to three in a row? If so, then you need a dental bridge to avoid complications, which could include misalignment, TMJ disorder, bruxism, and issues with eating and even speaking clearly. Our team will numb the teeth on each side of the gap and then remove structure from them. We then take detailed images of these abutment teeth, and we use these in a dental lab setting to design and fabricate your bridge from ceramic. The prosthetic consists of new teeth with crowns attached to one or both dies. Being made from ceramic means they can absorb daily bite forces and be color matched to blend with your smile. We then add the crown portions to the abutment teeth, securing your new prosthetic for as long as 15 years in some cases.
What if you have more substantial cases of tooth loss? If you have multiple gaps spread out across your smile, too severe for a bridge to address, we could recommend a partial denture. For total tooth loss, we could provide a full, which replaces every tooth on one or both arches. The dentures will be designed based on the detailed digital images we take of your smile, and consist of new ceramic teeth set in acrylic bases, which are designed to look like gum tissues. Partials are held in place with metal clasps that attach to natural teeth. A full is secured with suction or an adhesive. These can last 5 to 10 years on average, and restore your ability to eat your soft foods and smile with confidence again.
What if you have crooked or crowded teeth? We have a solution with advanced dentistry! Instead of relying on braces, we could use a series of custom and clear SureSmile aligners to shift your teeth into proper positions in as little as six months to a year. These are custom-made for your smile, and are also removable, so eating and brushing/flossing is much simpler. You simply wear a set for 20 to 22 hours a day over a period of two weeks. You then do the same for the next set in the series. These will fit comfortably and offer treatment for misalignment with precision and accuracy.
If you have any questions about advanced dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more.
Is Your Smile Ready for Advanced Dentistry?
Contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about our approach to advanced dental care!