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Restorative Dentistry At Modern Dental
Restorative dentistry includes a number of procedures that restore the function and appearance of damaged or decayed teeth. If you have one or several chipped, broken, decayed, or missing teeth, Modern Dental can restore your teeth so that you are able to eat normally and regain your beautiful smile. Common restorative dentistry procedures we provide at our office in East Windsor, NJ, include filling cavities, making crowns and bridges, and inserting tooth implants.
When you have a cavity, you need to have the decayed area removed and the cavity filled with a material that will seal the tooth from further damage. Ignoring the cavity can lead to the tooth becoming more decayed, which could result in an infection or abscess in the pulp, or you could lose the tooth completely. Fillings are made from several different materials, such as gold, silver amalgam, porcelain, or a plastic composite material that is tooth colored. We can help you decide which material is best for your particular needs.
Crowns are caps that are tooth shaped, and they are placed on top of existing teeth or attached to implant posts. Crowns can be used to cover broken, chipped, severely discolored, or decayed teeth, and they can also be used to replace missing teeth or to hold bridges in place. Crowns are made from various materials, and the material chosen is often influenced by the location for the crown. For example, metal crowns are often used for out of sight molars, while resin, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic or porcelain crowns are better options for crowns that will be highly visible when you speak and smile. In most cases, you will be fitted with a temporary, acrylic crown at your initial visit while a permanent crown is made for you in a laboratory.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth, and can be made to replace several teeth with one bridge. A bridge is attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth using crowns. They can also be attached to implants if there are no teeth on one side of the missing tooth, or if the existing teeth aren’t in good enough shape to support the bridge. A bridge contains one or more false teeth made of gold, silver, or porcelain, which replace the missing teeth. Once the bridge is in place, the false tooth will be fully functional. At your initial visit, your teeth will be prepared for the bridge, and you will have a temporary bridge put in until your permanent one is made.
Tooth implants are used to replace missing teeth or to hold a bridge in place. To begin the procedure, a metal post is inserted into your jawbone, and a temporary crown is attached to the post. It takes several months for the implant post to become fully integrated into the jawbone, at which time the permanent crown, or the crown with a bridge, is attached to the implant post. This will restore function of the tooth.