RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fillings

A filling restores a section of a tooth damaged by decay. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, the filling prevents further decay.  They typically last 10 years or more. In many cases, we can use porcelain tooth fillings (called inlays or onlays). They are produced in a lab, or milled the same day with our cerec technology, and then bonded to the tooth. They can be color matched and are stain-resistant. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth and is a significant improvement over traditional filling materials which are more technique sensitive and susceptible to recurrent decay.

 


Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is used to completely cover a tooth above the gum line. Crowns can be used to strengthen damaged teeth so that they appear and function normally. Crowns are also used as protective covers for teeth that have recently undergone root canal treatment to protect them from fractures. 

 

Same Day, Cerec Crowns

Traditionally, the installation of crowns takes two or more visits to a dentist’s office. This involves taking impressions of your teeth and fitting a temporary restoration until the permanent one is prepared in a dental laboratory. 

Modern technology using CAD/CAM dentistry allows us to produce your crowns in our office while you wait. This has been made possible by an advanced restoration system known as CEREC (an acronym for Chairside Economical Restorations Esthetic Ceramic) which uses a computerized 3D model of your teeth and a dental milling machine to design and produce your restorations immediately.

 

Bridges

A dental bridge is one of the solutions that can be used to fill the gaps or spaces caused by multiple missing teeth between healthy, natural teeth. When one or more of your teeth are missing, the gap created can cause the nearby healthy teeth to shift out of position. This often leads to bite issues, unfavorable cosmetics, and other oral problems. A dental bridge fills the space caused by missing teeth. A bridge consists of two or more dental crowns placed on the natural teeth at both ends and fused to artificial teeth between them which fill the gap. 

The maintenance of crowns and bridges is easy. These restorations can last many years when properly cared for. All you need to do is follow a good at-home oral hygiene regimen and regularly visit our office for checkups.

 

Porcelain Inlays + Onlays

A filling restores a section of a tooth damaged by decay. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, the filling prevents further decay.  They typically last 10 years or more. In many cases, we can use porcelain tooth fillings (called inlays or onlays). They are produced in a lab, or milled the same day with our cerec technology, and then bonded to the tooth. They can be color matched and are stain-resistant. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth and is a significant improvement over traditional filling materials which are more technique sensitive and susceptible to recurrent decay.

 

Root Canals

The aim of root canal therapy (also known as endodontic treatment) is to save or repair a deeply infected or severely decayed tooth. It is performed by removing the pulp and nerve of the tooth and cleaning and sealing the inner portion of the tooth. 

The pulp is the innermost portion of the tooth that houses nerves and connective tissues which nourish the tooth during developmental stages. Sometimes, issues such as cracks or fractures, deep dental work, or trauma, may expose the pulp to bacteria, causing an infection. In such cases, root canal therapy can help save the tooth and prevent the infection from spreading. Some of the symptoms of a root canal infection are listed below:

  • Pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and drinks, and while biting or chewing.

  • Swelling and tenderness in the gum and face near the infected tooth.

  • Pus discharge from around the infected tooth.

  • Discoloration of the tooth.

  • A recurring pimple (abscess) on the gums.

The first step in a root canal treatment includes the administration of local anesthesia to numb the tooth and the surrounding tissues. During the treatment, a hole is made through the biting surface or from behind the tooth to access the pulp. Then, the infected pulp is removed. As soon as the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, it will be filled and sealed. The tooth may be covered with a dental crown for protection.

 

Bonding

Dental technology has advanced to the point where tooth colored bonding and fillings are now possible, thereby eliminating a lot of the visual concerns about having a cavity filled or a broken tooth patched up. Here is a look at exactly what each procedure consists of:

  • Dental Bonding: Ideal when a tooth is chipped, cracked or discolored, bonding is a way to restore your smile without changing the complexion of the tooth. Bonding is often a drill-less process where a dentist adheres a tooth colored resin material to the tooth and then cures it with a special light so that it blends in with the rest of the tooth. When cared for properly, bonding can last for up to 5 years or more. The process is painless and can generally be performed in just one visit.

  • Tooth Colored Fillings: Tooth colored fillings are just what they sound like – fillings that blend in with the color of your teeth. The process is similar to filling any cavity – the dentist first removes the area affected by tooth decay and then fills it with the tooth colored resin rather than a metal one.

 

Veneers

Veneers are wafer thin pieces of porcelain or composite that are used to mask imperfections on your teeth and create a natural look for your smile. At Brush Dental, we offer high-quality veneers that closely match the natural color of your teeth. We provide traditional porcelain and composite veneers, as well as branded veneers from DaVinci, Empress Veneers and EMAX. 

Veneers can improve the position, shape and color of your teeth. We carefully choose the color of your veneer to closely match with the natural color of your teeth. Veneers make the teeth look natural and healthy. They only cover the front surface of a tooth, thereby allowing for maximum preservation of the natural tooth structure. 

USES OF VENEERS:

  • To improve the color of a stained or discolored tooth

  • To make a chipped tooth look whole again

  • To bring a slightly out of position tooth in line with the other teeth

  • To close small gaps between the teeth

Before placing a veneer, some of the enamel surface of the tooth needs to be removed. Local anesthesia is used to prevent discomfort during the procedure. Once the tooth has been prepared by shaving off as much enamel as the thickness of the veneer, an impression of the tooth is taken to prepare your custom veneer. The color of the veneer is matched with your natural teeth color. The restoration is permanently bonded on to the tooth and given a natural-looking shape.