Today’s dental patient has numerous options to treat or fix broken smiles. Crooked, overlapped teeth can be straightened. Gaps can be closed. ‘Gummy’ smiles can be re-contoured. Stained, discolored teeth can be whitened. Chipped teeth can be repaired to look as good as new. And missing teeth can be replaced.
The dental professional trained to perform these procedures is called a restorative dentist. This dentist can be a prosthedontist or a general dentist with extensive Continuing Medical Education in cosmetic dentistry. A restorative dentist can cover chipped or stained teeth with porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers; dentists also can make gold crowns to cap your back teeth if you have a history of clenching and grinding.
To replace missing teeth, a fixed bridge, partial or full denture can be fabricated. But patients should be aware that there is no need to search specifically for a dentures dentist when a general dentist with the right skill and training can fabricate these aesthetically pleasing appliances for far less than a prosthedontist would charge.
A significant improvement in restorative dentistry is the innovation of the tooth-colored filling (also called composite or resin fillings), which has replaced silver mercury fillings (also called amalgam fillings). Mercury is now recognized as a dangerous environmental toxin and as a result is banned for repairing cavities in many countries. Composite and resin fillings are a safe alternative to mercury, and provide a more natural result, so Wheatland Dental Care no longer uses silver fillings. In fact, some patients have even made the choice to replace their old silver fillings with new, long-lasting resin fillings. We urge you to browse the smile gallery on our website to see the dramatic results restorative dentistry can achieve.
Wheatland offers another cutting-edge advantage in maintaining healthy smiles and preventing the need for extensive restorative dentistry. The technologically advanced Ruby Diagnodent ensures that no tooth decay goes undiscovered. Like the Velscope, the Diagnodent uses light technology to detect decay, so that cavities can be filled before damage occurs to the root, which can require more aggressive treatment such as root canal or tooth extraction. Wheatland Dental Care considers restoring damaged teeth a priority; if you need restorative dentistry of any kind, be it repair to chipped or broken teeth, replacement of lost teeth, replacement of old fillings, or simply a brighter, more even smile, contact Dr. James L. Sugg’s staff today.
Click on one of the following terms to learn more about various procedures offered at Wheatland Dental Care:
- Dental Implants
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Dental Surgery
- Pediatric Dentistry
- ‘Smile’ Dentistry
- Dentist Teeth Whitening
- Sedation Dentistry
- Gentle Dentistry
- Systemic Health
- Cancer Screening
- TMJ Dentistry
- Sleep Apnea
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