Restorative Care refers to the replacement of missing tooth structure and teeth. This can be as simple as a small filling, or more complex such as crowns, fixed bridges, implants, partial dentures, or full dentures. If you need restorative dentistry services or dental implants in Coos Bay, OR then Dr. Lemire and her team can help!
A cavity (tooth decay) destroys tooth structure, so the decay needs to be removed and “filled” with a restorative material. The filling restores the anatomic shape of the tooth, forms a good seal from further decay and has enough strength to withstand chewing forces.
Many different materials are available to choose from, depending upon the strength needed, the type of tooth structure it is replacing, and the esthetic position of the filling. It is important to take care of cavities quickly so that they do not lead to more extensive and costly procedures.
Dr. Lemire offers the option of mercury-free fillings to our patients. Although silver fillings have been used effectively for nearly 150 years, technology has advanced to where tooth-colored fillings are a valid option for posterior teeth. We now have posterior filling materials that are esthetic, tooth colored, conservative and contain no mercury.
Crowns are dental caps that fit over a single tooth to restore the size, shape and function of the original tooth. They are custom made for the space to fit between the adjacent teeth, to fit the bite of the opposing teeth, and to replace the missing tooth structure.
Many material choices are available, depending upon the strength, esthetics and amount of tooth structure remaining. Crowns may be required when a filling will not be strong enough, to restore the size, shape, and function of a broken tooth, or to fill in natural but wide spaces in between teeth.
The crown is cemented onto the tooth to form a tight seal and help prevent further breakdown of the teeth. The result is a functional tooth and a beautiful smile. Crowns require two appointments as they are custom fabricated at a dental laboratory. During the interval, a temporary crown is worn until the permanent crown is ready.
Bridges are an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. These non-removable restorations can prevent your teeth from shifting and restore a functional bite.
Bridges are comprised of two crowns that go over the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth called “abutment” teeth. In between these teeth we place an artificial tooth, or “pontic,” sculpted to look like the missing tooth.
A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used may be gold, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and esthetics.
A dental implant is another great option to replace missing teeth. One advantage of an implant versus a bridge is that it is independent of adjacent teeth. Implants are screws of titanium which are surgically placed in your jaw bone.
After placement, it typically takes 3-4 months for the bone to grow around the threads of the implant creating a strong bond between the bone and implant. Dr. Lemire teams with local specialists who place these implants. After the healing period, Dr. Lemire restores the implants with crowns or bridges. Implants can also be used for anchors for complete dentures.
When a crown is placed on an implant, most people can’t even tell it is an implant because it is so natural looking. Implants look and feel better than their removable counterparts and offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed. Best of all, they can last a lifetime if properly maintained.
Removable Partial Dentures, usually called partials, are used for multiple missing teeth in the same arch. Partials range from a “flipper” (a one-tooth plastic partial) to an acrylic partial denture, to a chrome-cobalt metal frame and acrylic base partial for teeth replacements. Flippers can be made within 1-2 days, while the more precision metal frame partials may take several weeks to complete.
Complete Dentures, as the name implies, are dental appliances that replace all of the teeth on one arch, top or bottom.
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