Restorative Dentistry

Redwood Dental Restorative Dentistry
Redwood Dental Restorative Dentistry

Whether you need a simple composite filling or a new tooth implant, Redwood Dental has a full range of Restorative Dental solutions.

With the use of modern technology and improved techniques, our team is able to restore a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function. If you have been suffering from pain caused by decay or other oral health conditions, you may benefit from restorative dentistry. You don’t have to live in discomfort. We offer affordable solutions and will go out of our way to keep you comfortable throughout the entire process. Our restorative dentistry options include:

  • Composite Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures
  • Inlay and Onlay Restorations

If you have experienced tooth decay, missing teeth, cracked teeth, or any other dental issues, our restorative dentistry options may be right for you. Contact us today to learn more.

Harmful bacteria on the tooth can lead to decay. Your dentist can remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the area. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down. Tooth colored fillings are made out of porcelain or composite resin, which is undetectable and offers an aesthetically pleasing solution for a decayed tooth. This protects the tooth from infection and further decay. With normal checkups, we can detect decay early on and treat it before the tooth becomes painful and infected.

Decay is not the only reason you may need a filling. Other reasons include:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Teeth that are worn from unusual use, such as: nail-biting, tooth grinding (bruxism), using your teeth to open things

Helpful Resources

How Dentists Identify Tooth Decay
Steps Involved in a Filling
What to Expect After a Filling
When Temporary Fillings Are Used
Replacing a Filling
Why Some Fillings Fall Out
Why Some Fillings Crack

Over time, our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks or discoloration. Crowns are used to renew the appearance and function of a tooth. Crowns are not limited to just replacing the original tooth, but can be designed to create an even better aesthetic appearance. Other reasons for needing a dental crown include:

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
  • To cover severely discolored teeth.
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.

Additionally, crowns are often used in conjunction with root canal therapy, dental implants or as an anchor for a bridge.

Crowns are typically made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. The process of placing a crown may take 1-2 office visits. The procedure of receiving a crown is as follows:

First Visit

  1. X-rays will be taken to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown. If the tooth has extensive decay or there is a risk of infection, a root canal treatment may be performed first.
  2. Anesthesia is used to numb the area to eliminate pain. The tooth that is receiving the crown will be filed down to make room for the crown.
  3. Your dentist will make an impression of the tooth using paste or putty. These impressions are sent to the lab where the crown will be manufactured.
  4. A temporary crown is placed to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made.

Second Visit

  1. Once your permanent crown arrives, your temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will be placed over your tooth to ensure the right fit and color.
  2. If the permanent crown is acceptable, an anesthetic will be used to number the tooth and the crown is permanently cemented in place.
    Once treatment is complete, continue to practice proper at home care and keep regular office visits to help your crown last many years. Much like your original teeth, crowns require routine brushing and flossing.

A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A tooth or teeth neighboring the missing tooth or teeth may be crowned, and used as anchoring teeth to support the replacement tooth.

Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it is important to replace missing teeth to avoid shifting of surrounding teeth, which may lead to misaligned bite, TMJ and other problems. Missing teeth can also lead to structural changes to your mouth and jaw, making it difficult to eat and speak properly.

Dental bridges are custom-made to match your natural teeth in color and overall appearance. They are made from mixtures of gold, metal, alloys or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. With appropriate at home and professional care, your dental bridges may last for years.

Dental implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss. They are also used to secure partial or complete dentures as well as support for dental bridges. An artificial tooth is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth in place. This is actually a minor procedure. Over a period of months, the titanium implant will fuse naturally to the bone. Since these implants are held by the jaw bone, they have the same dependable foundation as natural tooth roots. With permanently placed implants, you will no longer have to experience discomfort in chewing, laughing or speaking.

Dental implants resemble natural teeth and can completely restore your smile and substantially improve your oral health. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Implants remove the discomfort of removable dentures and will never slip within the mouth.

Your Redwood Dental team will discuss tooth replacement options with you to help you make the most informed decision. Modern technology is utilized to minimize any discomfort associated with receiving a dental implant. This allows for a very relaxed and comfortable experience, for even the most fearful patients.

There are many factors that will be considered prior to recommending a dental implant, including: adequate bone support, healthy gum tissue, overall health, and sinus and nerve location.

Additional Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Most like Natural Teeth
  • Long Lasting
  • Help Prevent Bone Loss
  • Safe For Adjacent Teeth
  • Easy to Care For

Helpful Resources

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dentures are beneficial for those who wish to replace all or most of their teeth. They are custom-made to provide a natural appearance and comfortable fit in your mouth. Dentures can restore your confidence and allow you to smile freely. Depending on your need, you may benefit from a full or partial denture:

Conventional Full Dentures

Removing all of your teeth may be valuable to your oral health. When your gums are healed, your dentures are placed in your mouth and adjustments may be made. Your dental team strives to make this process as comfortable as possible for you.

Immediate Full Dentures

Immediate dentures are placed instantly after your teeth are removed. These dentures are recommended for those who have suffered from tooth decay, gum disease or dental injuries. Immediate full dentures speeds up the wait time for healing without teeth. Follow-up appointments will have to be made to adjust dentures if needed.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used to replace several missing teeth. Partial dentures prevent shifting and erupting of the other teeth. Redwood Dental offers two different types of partial dentures: transitional and removable.

Transitional dentures may be used to bridge the gap between the removal of teeth and full dentures. With the use of transitional dentures, patients don’t have to be toothless while they recover from tooth extraction before their mouth is healed and ready for full dentures.

Implant-Supported Over-Dentures

These increase the stability of your lower or upper dentures and are securely anchored using dental implants. This type of denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants.

You should care for your dentures just like you would for your teeth. They should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing can also help prevent the teeth from staining. You will also need to keep regular appointments with your dentist to screen for oral cancer, correct ill-fitting dentures and contribute to your overall health.

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used as an alternative to full coverage dental crowns. These dental restorations offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer-lasting reparative solution to tooth decay. Inlays and onlays can also be used in place of dental fillings. While dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a single dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth.

An inlay restoration is when the material is bonded within the center of the tooth. An onlay restoration is similar to an inlay restoration except the extent of the damage requires inclusion of one or more cusps (the pointed portion of the tooth on the biting surface) on the tooth. Both inlays and onlays are highly durable and with proper care, can last for many years. Some reasons for needing these restorations include large, failing restorations, lost fillings or fractured cusps. Advantages and benefits of inlays and onlays are as follows:

Tooth color

Inlays and onlays are not likely to discolor over time.

Superior fit

This conservative approach preserves as much healthy tooth as possible.

Tight space fulfillments

Inlays are best for sealing teeth to keep out bacteria.

Strength and stability

Inlays and onlays are extremely stable restorative solutions for the treatment of decay.

Tooth structure safeguard

Since the fit is tailored at all edges and preparation is minimal, your tooth will be easier to clean.

Weak tooth protector

An onlay can protect the weak areas of the tooth and the procedure does not require the complete reshaping of the tooth.

 

Caring for Your Loved Ones for 50 Years & Counting

Redwood Dental has been a trusted name in family denistry since 1962. Accepting patients of all ages, from toddlers to adults, our full-service dental clinic can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. Our dental experts are trained in cosmetic, children's, emergency, and restorative dentistry for your entire family. Our flexible hours accommodate busy families as do our multiple payment options. We accept most major insurance plans and offer a discount dental plan.