Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

At Jax Dental Arts, we understand the importance of a healthy, beautiful smile. While advances in dental care have significantly reduced the incidence of tooth decay, your teeth may still require restoration due to various factors. We are dedicated to providing you with the most comfortable and least invasive treatment options to restore your teeth to their optimal health, appearance, and function.

Why Choose Restorative Dentistry?

Enhance Your Smile: A beautiful smile is an essential part of your overall appearance. We offer a range of restorative treatments that can enhance your smile and boost your confidence.

Fill in Unattractive Spaces Between Teeth: A misaligned bite can lead to various dental issues and discomfort. Our restorative dentistry can help you achieve a proper bite alignment.

Prevent Tooth Loss: Restorative dentistry can prevent the loss of a tooth due to decay or damage. We prioritize preserving your natural teeth whenever possible.

Relieve Dental Pain: Tooth pain can be debilitating. Our treatments can provide relief from dental pain and discomfort, allowing you to enjoy life without hindrance.

Repair Damaged and Decayed Teeth: Damaged and decayed teeth can be restored to their original strength and appearance with our state-of-the-art techniques and technology.

Replace Missing Teeth: If you have missing teeth, we offer solutions like dental implants, bridges, and dentures to restore your smile and improve functionality.

Replace Old, Unattractive Dental Treatments: Outdated dental treatments can affect the aesthetics of your smile. We can replace old, unattractive dental work with modern, more appealing solutions.

Restore Normal Eating and Chewing: Our restorative dentistry services can help you regain the ability to eat and chew comfortably, ensuring you can enjoy your favorite foods.

Your smile is a reflection of your overall well-being, and we are here to provide the attention and care your teeth deserve. When you choose Jax Dental Arts for your restorative dental needs, you can trust that we’ll discuss all available options and recommend the best treatment plan for you. Your smile’s health and beauty are our top priorities.

Composite Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

Dentures & Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

What does getting dentures involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
  • Restore your smile.
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.

Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swelling and/or tenderness.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

What does root canal therapy involve?

A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist).

While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.

At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.

After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.

Don’t wait to address dental issues. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and give your teeth the care and attention they need to shine. Your beautiful smile begins here.

Questions & Answers
What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry focuses on repairing or replacing damaged or missing teeth to restore their function and appearance. This includes a wide range of procedures, such as Composite Fillings, Crowns (Caps), Dentures and Partial Dentures, Fixed Bridges, and Root Canal Therapy.

Why may I need restorative dentistry?

There are many reasons why you might need restorative dentistry, such as:

  • Cavities: These are holes in your teeth caused by tooth decay.
  • Cracked or broken teeth: This can happen from trauma, such as a fall or accident.
  • Worn-down teeth: Over time, teeth can wear down from grinding or chewing.
  • Missing teeth: Teeth can be lost due to various reasons, including gum disease, trauma, or congenital conditions.
  • Restorative dentistry can help address these issues and improve your oral health, function, and overall well-being.
What are the different types of restorative procedures?

Some of the most common restorative procedures include:

  • Composite Fillings: These are used to repair cavities and prevent further damage. They are made from various materials, such as composite resin, porcelain, or metal.
  • Crowns (Caps): These are caps placed over teeth to restore their strength, shape, and appearance. They are often used for teeth that are severely damaged or have undergone root canal treatment.
  • Fixed Bridges: These are used to replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring them to surrounding teeth.
  • Dentures & Partial Dentures: These are removable replacements for missing teeth. They can be full dentures, which replace all teeth in an arch, or partial dentures, which replace some missing teeth.
  • Root Canal Therapy: write about this.
What are the benefits of restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Improved oral health: Restoring damaged teeth can prevent further decay and gum disease, improving your overall oral health.
  • Enhanced function: With strong and healthy teeth, you can chew and speak more comfortably.
  • Boosted confidence: A healthy and beautiful smile can improve your self-esteem and confidence.
  • Pain relief: Restoring damaged teeth can eliminate pain and discomfort caused by cavities, cracks, or other issues.
How much does restorative dentistry cost?

The cost of restorative dentistry can vary depending on the specific procedure you need, the materials used, and your individual insurance coverage. We accept all PPO Insurance and offer a variety of flexible payment options such as CareCredit. Be sure to check out our in-house membership program which can make restorative care more accessible to you.

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