While our goal at LakeView Dental Arts is to prevent dental problems, we also offer restorative treatments to diagnose and treat oral diseases and other complications. Teeth that are affected by developmental or trauma-related defects will qualify for restorative treatment. Dr. Walmsley may also recommend treatment for teeth that are decayed, fractured, stained, chipped, or missing. Our goal is to prevent any dental restorations but, when that is not possible, to catch and treat any problems early so that they don’t grow into bigger, more costly problems.
Our Restorative Dentistry Services:
Laser Gum Recontouring
During a routine appointment, Dr. Walmsley will perform an exam to determine the condition of your oral health. The exam typically involves mechanical and radiographic techniques to analyze the surfaces of your teeth, gums, and underlying bone. Once we have accurately diagnosed your oral health condition, we can move forward with treatment if there is a problem.
There are four primary types of material used to restore teeth: porcelain, dental amalgam, composite resin, and gold. Porcelain is used for restorations where aesthetics are the main concern. Of all the restoration materials, porcelain best mimics the light-reflecting properties of natural enamel. Sometimes, for durability, emax or zirconium can also be used instead of porcelain. Resin composite is also an aesthetically-pleasing material that can be used for minor alterations such as tooth colored fillings, although it is not as durable as porcelain. Gold is an extremely long lasting choice for restorations but many people don’t want the aesthetic. Due to the controversial makeup of amalgam (which contains small amounts of mercury) and because amalgam fillings can fracture teeth by the metal expanding and contracting with hot and cold beverages in your mouth, we do not place amalgam fillings.
Repairing Damaged Teeth
If left untreated, the bacteria in dental plaque can wreak havoc on your teeth, eventually leading to cavities. Our first line of defense against a cavity is a dental filling. Dental fillings are designed to restore the aesthetics and structural integrity of a decayed tooth. Resin composite is the most common material used for dental fillings because they can be matched to the color of your tooth. They can also be placed in both the front and back regions of the mouth. Due to the controversial makeup of amalgam fillings (which contains small amounts of mercury) and because amalgam can fracture teeth by the metal expanding and contracting with hot and cold beverages in your mouth, we do not place amalgam fillings.
Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are used to restore teeth with moderate to severe decay. Unlike regular fillings, indirect fillings are prefabricated in a dental laboratory and placed at a later date. Indirect fillings are considered a conservative alternative to dental crowns.
When a tooth has been severely decayed, broken, cracked, or damaged, Dr. Walmsley may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are used to help save a tooth from further damage or extraction. The crown actually helps support and save the tooth. Like most restorations, crowns can be fabricated from gold, porcelain, or another ceramic material, even emax or zirconium which are extremely durable. To place a crown, Dr. Walmsley will completely reshape the enamel of the tooth, removing the decay and broken areas. If a large amount of tooth structure has to be removed the tooth may have to be built up in order to retain the crown, so it doesn’t fall off. After the crown has been fabricated, it will be permanently cemented into place. Here at LakeView Dental Arts, whenever possible we try to fabricate same day.
Replacing Missing Teeth
If the tooth is beyond saving, Dr. Walmsley will recommend a tooth extraction. Luckily, we offer several forms of tooth replacement treatment, two of which are bridges and dental implants.
A traditional bridge, literally "bridges" the space left by a missing tooth using two dental crowns and a pontic, or false tooth. To receive a bridge, your adjacent teeth will have to be reshaped.
Dental implants tend to be the ideal solution for tooth loss. An implant-supported restoration will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. The implant, a small titanium screw, is surgically embedding into your jawbone and serves as the root component of a prosthesis.
For patients missing most or all of their teeth, LakeView Dental Arts also offers several denture options.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are interested in restorative dentistry, call (865) 248-2199, and schedule your appointment now!