Restorative dentistry, that's a term that mainly means fillings, crowns, and that sort of thing. I basically use composite here and I have for close to the past 20 years. The big thing you see in a lot of people's mouth are the silver fillings. They look kind of gray. I really have nothing against the silver filling. It's a good material, it lasts well, but I've found that the composite fillings are better in several reasons.
One, we have a lot less sensitivity. The silver mercury fillings are metal, so you do get a lot more hot and cold transmitted through that metal because metal is a good conductor of hot and cold. The advantage of the composite fillings is that we can bond those to the tooth's structure and that gives us a better seal. The amalgam fillings really do not bond to the tooth structure. Over the years, metal expands and contracts faster than tooth does. Over the years hot and cold, hot and cold – that’s going back and forth and it lets germs down in there and eventually get decay down there. The decay that you get around a bonded filling is much less and it doesn't go as far because it's bonded down there. It's worked well for my patients. I actually clear up a lot of sensitivity just by doing a bonded filling.
If there's not enough tooth to hold a filling, then we need a crown that goes around the tooth. Most of the time we're able to do our CEREC crowns. It's an all-porcelain crown and that's made here in the office. It's done digitally. We take basically an image of your tooth, it goes into the computer. The computer generates that and then we tweak it a little bit so the crown comes back the way you want it. We mill it out here in about 20 minutes, glaze it. In about two hours, you have your crown and you're done. You don't have to come back for a temporary.
Keeping your mouth functioning at a high level is important. You need it to speak, smile, and, most important, eat. If you lose the functionality of your mouth, restorative dentistry can give it back. Dr. Boyle will repair the damage that has been done and return your smile for the world to see.
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is not a recognized dental specialty. Instead, it draws upon different techniques and procedures that are used to restore the function and appearance of your mouth. Dr. Boyle will use appropriate dental treatments to keep your natural teeth healthy, replace any missing teeth with natural-looking alternatives, and restore the function, feel, and look of your smile.
What services are considered restorative?
Restorative dentistry can include a number of techniques to restore both the function and appearance of your smile. With that being said, some services are used more frequently than others, including:
- Dental Implants – These are replacement tooth roots that act as an anchor for a replacement tooth, or crown, as well as for a bridge or dentures.
- Crowns and Bridges – Some teeth do not need to be removed but rather just reinforced. A dental crown from Dr. Boyle will protect your damaged tooth from further harm. A dental bridge will fill the gap left in your smile after a tooth has been lost to injury, disease, or decay.
- Inlays and Onlays – Inlays are partial crowns that are placed on the inside biting surface of your tooth. Onlays are placed on the outer biting surface.
- Root Canals – Saving your tooth may require the removal of the nerve within. Root canals are an effective treatment for infected dental nerves.
- Dental Fillings – Tooth decay will steal your teeth quickly. Let Dr. Boyle save your teeth by removing the decay and filling the void that is left.
- Veneers – Primarily a cosmetic fix, veneers do have restorative value in the case of cracked or broken teeth. Bonding a veneer to the damaged tooth can shore it up structurally and protect it from further damage.
Do root canals hurt?
Root canals do not hurt at our office. The amount of pain you will feel is directly linked to the amount of numbing agent we use. Dr. Boyle is careful to listen to you and makes sure that you are comfortable throughout the process.
How many visits will it take for me to get my dental crown?
With the wonder of CEREC, you can have your new dental crown made and placed in as little as one visit. Your smile will get fixed, and you will be back to normal in no time.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants fuse to your jawbone and create a base that is just as stable as a natural tooth root would be. They also help prevent your jawbone from deteriorating over time.