Rebuilding Damaged Smiles
In simple terms, restorative dentistry is the use of dental restorative materials to repair the function, integrity, and appearance of missing tooth structure. It can be used to improve the esthetics of your teeth or it can be used to treat specific dental conditions. There are many types of restorative procedures. For example, dental implants, Teeth-in-a-Day, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding. If you have dental damage or need to improve the esthetics of your smile, please call Dlight Dental. We can discuss and work with you to determine the dental restoration treatment option that is best for you
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are used to repair damaged or decayed teeth, protect root canal treated teeth, and even cosmetically improve patients’ smiles. A dental bridge is composed of one or more replacement teeth fused to dental crowns placed on either side of a missing tooth or teeth. The crown and bridge placement processes take at least two appointments in our office. During the first appointment, we prepare the teeth, take impressions, and place a temporary restoration. At the second visit, you’ll return to our office to exchange your temporary for your final custom restoration.
Dental fillings are an important cornerstone of restorative dentistry – after all, they treat cavities, which are one of the most common oral health problems patients of all ages! At Dlight Dental, we primarily place tooth-colored fillings that are crafted from composite resin so that they blend in beautifully with your natural smile and provide the comfort and durability patients need.
Amalgam fillings have been a staple of dentistry for countless years now, and they’re still a safe and affordable option today for patients with excessively large areas of tooth decay or weakened back teeth that need all the support they can get. Our team’s goal is to pair each patient with the ideal restorative treatment they need and ensure that they’re fully satisfied with the final results.
Root canals are necessary if decay or dental damage has reached the inner layer of the tooth called the pulp. The nerve system of the tooth is housed within this pulp, and when it’s directly affected by damage, the result can be a severe toothache or dental sensitivity. To prevent the loss of these damaged teeth and relieve the associated pain, we’ll perform a root canal. This will involve the removal of the entire pulp and nerve tissue. This tissue will be replaced with a similar substance, and the tooth will then be resealed.
We will do our utmost to repair damaged teeth rather than remove them, but there are certain cases where an extraction may be the best treatment option to maintain overall oral health. When this occurs, our dentists can provide safe and comfortable tooth extractions. We may recommend removal in the following situations:
- Severe decay or damage has made restoration impossible
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment or denture creation
- The wisdom teeth, third molars, are often extracted in order to avoid impaction, dental crowding, or shifting alignment
This is one of the specialty fields in dentistry. Dentists who have completed the advanced training and education required to become a prosthodontist have a comprehensive understanding of restorative dentistry procedures. That includes dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Visiting with a prosthodontist rather than a general dentist means that you’ll receive more precise and effective restorative treatment that will allow you to smile with complete confidence. If you need advanced tooth replacement, working with a prosthodontist may be in your best interest.
Dental Reconstruction & Facial Trauma
If a patient experiences severe facial trauma during an auto accident, fall, sports injury, or fight, we can provide effective treatment options to replace lost tooth structure and restore them to optimal oral health. Our team of skilled dentists have the necessary training and experience to fully reconstruct smiles following even the most severe facial trauma. This process may take several weeks or months to complete, but when your personalized treatment plan is finished, your smile will be returned to its natural look and function.