At Aurora Dental, we know that restorative procedures help protect both your oral health and overall health and improve the look of your smile! Having the right restorative procedures at the right time will also help you to reduce additional dental work in the future.
Composite fillings use a tooth-colored material to restore teeth with cavities, improving your dental health while maintaining an attractive, natural appearance. Requiring just one visit, we start by removing any decay, and then filling your tooth, curing the composite material by using a special light that hardens the material. Once the decay is removed, the tooth is filled with a composite material which is then cured using a specialized light to harden the material.
Inlays and Onlays
Considered a partial crown restoration, an inlay or onlay can be placed when there isn’t sufficient tooth structure to support a filling but enough tooth structure is left so that a full crown isn’t needed. Inlays and onlays are made from porcelain or gold, aesthetically and functionally replacing your missing tooth structure.
A crown is a dental restoration designed to completely cover the outside of a tooth. Crowns are used to cover cracked, broken, worn down, or severely decayed teeth, and are usually completed in two visits. At your initial visit, your damaged tooth is prepared and an impression is taken. We’ll place a temporary crown while the permanent crown is fabricated. When you return for a second visit, your permanent crown is carefully fitted and cemented into place.
A bridge is used to replace missing teeth without the use of either a denture or a dental implant. Typically, a bridge is composed of two crowns and a replacement tooth or teeth. The crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the space, with the fabricated tooth or teeth attached in between. If you have multiple missing teeth, using an implant to anchor the bridge is an excellent and permanent option that helps preserve the strength of your jawbone and surrounding teeth.
Dental implants are an excellent and permanent option to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Composed of three pieces, a small screw made of biocompatible titanium, an abutment which connects the screw and the final restoration, and the final restoration, implants help to preserve the strength of your jawbone and surrounding teeth.
The screw is placed in the jawbone, acting as a replacement for the tooth root, and providing a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. The screw begins to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months in a process called osseointegration. Once the process is complete, the abutment is inserted into the screw, allowing permanent attachment of your restoration.
A denture is a replacement for multiple missing teeth within the same upper or lower arch. It differs from either a crown or bridge because it doesn’t rely on an existing tooth structure, and it completely replaces missing teeth.
We offer several different types of dentures for you to choose from:
- Full or Partial
- Removable or Fixed
- Traditional or Implant-Supported
Why Choose Us?
Your smile always comes first at our office. At Aurora Dental, we pride ourselves on offering the best quality dental service, using state-of-the-art technology in a warm, friendly, and comfortable setting.
So, when you need restorative dentistry of any kind, we’re ready to help, providing fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants among many restorative services to make your smile look and feel its best. If you’re ready to learn more about restorative dental procedures, or to schedule an appointment or consultation, reach out to us at Aurora Dental, today!
Frequently Asked Questions About Restorative Dentistry
What options do I have if I am missing teeth?
There are many options available to replace missing teeth, each of which look and function beautifully, from dental implants and dental bridges to full or partial dentures, we can help you decide what option works best for you.
Will dental insurance cover restorative procedures?
Generally, yes. Most dental insurance policies cover restorative procedures either in full or in part. Of course, it’s best to contact your insurance company in order to discuss your specific policy coverage.
Is it easier to extract a tooth rather than restore it?
Our skilled dental team always tries to do what we can to save your natural teeth and avoid extraction, but sometimes an extraction is necessary, whether due to injury, extreme decay, or impaction.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns last an average of 10 to 15 years, but longevity relates to the dental care they receive. Well cared-for crowns can last 20 years or more, making just one more reason why you should brush and floss twice daily, and keep routine, scheduled visits to your dental team for check-ups and cleaning.
Are dental implants painful?
Implants are not painful. During any dental implant procedure, a local anesthetic is used to prevent pain and discomfort, when it wears off, an over-the-counter pain reliever should help with any remaining discomfort. Once healed, your dental implants feel and function just like a regular, healthy tooth, pain free.