Almost everyone will experience tooth decay at some point in his or her life. Swift detection and correction of tooth decay can minimize the significant expenses and inconveniences associated with more serious problems caused by tooth decay. Restorative dentistry treats all phases of tooth decay, from simple cavity fillings to entire tooth replacements.
Tooth decay that has led to the development of a cavity, or small hole, in the tooth.
Fillings. We will remove all areas of decay, and replace with a filling made of a silver alloy (amalgam) or composite resin. Composite resin fillings have surged in popularity because their appearance matches the natural appearance of teeth. Dr. Laurie would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of silver vs. tooth-colored fillings.
Teeth that are broken, cracked, badly decayed, or otherwise weakened.
Crowns maintain the aesthetic appearance of teeth by covering the entire visible surface of the tooth, while adding significant reinforcement and protection to the tooth. Crowns can be made of porcelain or gold. Porcelain crowns are extremely natural looking, virtually indistinguishable from other teeth, making them an ideal choice for visible teeth. Gold crowns pose no risk of chipping, and are sometimes advised when crowning back teeth.
Patients who are missing a tooth or several teeth may experience difficulty chewing and speaking, shifting teeth, and an undesirable sunken facial appearance. In addition, missing teeth can eventually lead to jaw and joint problems that are costly to treat.
Fixed Bridges can improve chewing and aesthetic appearance, restoring the smile with a more permanent solution than removable alternatives. Bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth permanently cemented to your adjacent teeth. Crowns and bridges require two appointments, 2-3 weeks apart. We work very hard to make your temporary crown or bridge cosmetic, comfortable and functional.