We offer advanced dentistry to help treat serious concerns, from tooth decay to infections, to missing teeth. Our team can address these concerns with durable and lifelike restorations, some of which can be created and placed in only one visit. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist talks about our lifelike dental restorations.
Composite Dental Fillings
When you have a cavity, treatment is needed to avoid the decay from growing more severe and leading to an infection, one that could threaten the stability of your tooth! When you experience tooth sensitivity during meals, or a persistent toothache, then see our team right away. We will examine your smile to assess the cause and severity of your decay, and then provide treatment with a filling. The tooth is numbed and we remove all decay from it. Once we do, we will gently etch the outer surfaces and apply the filling material. Instead of metal, a composite resin that is safe for all ages will be used. This material can be shaded to blend with the tooth and offer a lifelike appearance. We apply this in several layers and then shape the tooth while we cure the composite resin underneath a special light. Finally, we polish the tooth to not only offer a brighter appearance, but limit how easily plaque and tartar can adhere to the surfaces. In one visit, we bring relief and an attractive appearance using advanced dentistry.
CEREC Dental Crowns
Advanced dentistry also involves the use of dental crowns, using ceramic to ensure they not only provide a durable chewing surface, but a lifelike appearance too. After all, this material can be color-matched to provide a more natural appearance. Instead of requiring two to three visits to secure your new dental crown, our team can complete the process in one visit with the CEREC CAD/CAM system. To begin, we will numb your tooth and then gently remove structure from it. Our team next gathers detailed digital images and measurements of the tooth, which we use to create a 3D model. The information will be added to an onsite milling machine, which crafts your crown from a solid block of ceramic. We then check the fit and attach and the completed restoration with a powerful bonding agent. You enjoy a lifelike and durable restoration placement in only one visit!
Our team can also address tooth loss with advanced dentistry. For minor tooth loss, such as one to three missing teeth in a row, we can create a dental bridge. To begin, our team will numb the teeth on each side of the gap in your smile, which are referred to as abutment teeth. We then remove structure from them and take detailed digital images and measurements. As with crowns, we can use the onsite CEREC milling machine to create your custom bridge. The prosthetic contains new teeth with crowns on one or both sides. The porcelain material can be shaded to blend with your smile and offer a lifelike appearance, as well as a dependable chewing surface. We connect the crowns to the abutment teeth with a powerful bonding agent, so you now have new teeth that can last as long as 15 years with proper care and attention!
What if you suffer from more advanced tooth loss? If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, then we can remove the last few with a gentle extraction procedure and gather detailed digital images, which we use to design and craft your custom dentures. For a full set of dentures, we will create a complete row of porcelain teeth set in acrylic base. Suction or adhesives will keep them in place, though we could also secure them with dental implants to ensure a fixed option. The removable options last about 5 to 20 years, and require replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape. The implant options help prevent these changes to the jaw ridge, so your new teeth can last for decades to come, possibly a lifetime. We will provide instructions for cleaning and maintaining your new smile.
If you have any questions about advanced dentistry, whether you need a filling or a new smile, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you smile with confidence and enjoy restorations and prosthetics that last for years to come.
Talk To Your Lake Orion, MI Dentist About Advanced Dentistry
To learn more about our approach to advanced dentistry, contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213 to schedule your next appointment.