At Belmont Family Dentistry, we provide compassionate, comprehensive restorative dental care services to the Southeast Portland area and surrounding communities. Restorative dental care focuses on restoring the function, integrity, and morphology of a missing tooth structure resulting from tooth decay (dental caries), deterioration (weakening) of a previously placed restoration, or fracture of a tooth. Examples of dental restorations include bonding, bridges, crowns, fillings, implants, and dentures.
Dental restorations bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.
Which Restorative Services Do You Offer At Belmont Family Dentistry?
Dr. Tinkle and Dr. Yoon are highly trained and experienced in replacing or restoring missing teeth or missing parts of the tooth structure. At Belmont Family Dentistry, we offer the following restorative dental care services:
Tooth bonding is most useful for repairing chipped or misshaped teeth. Bonding is a process where the doctor attaches or “bonds” materials directly to your tooth to change the color and shape. The natural tooth enamel is then fused together with bonding materials such as porcelain and resins to create a strong structure that feels like your original tooth.
Bridges are false teeth that are designed to “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be anchored on either side by crowns and cemented permanently into place.
Crowns (or a tooth-shaped “cap”) is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance to hold a bridge in place or cover a dental implant. Belmont Family Dentistry offers CEREC Same-Day Crowns for your convenience.
Dental implants replace teeth that have been removed. Implants are actually a small post made of titanium that is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. The implant is covered with a replacement tooth called a crown. Current technology has created software that allows for computer-guided placement of implants, which ensures a precise fit and improved success rate. The implant surgery and crown placement are done at Belmont Family Dentistry so you don’t have to go to multiple places to get your treatment completed. The 3-D computer imaging and CEREC technology allow full control of all aspects of the process, from the surgery to the final crown placed on the implant.
Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration used to treat cavities or to repair damage to teeth caused by teeth grinding. There are three kinds of fillings: gold, amalgam (silver) and composite resins (tooth-colored fillings). A gold filling is usually the most durable kind of filling. Amalgam fillings are also incredibly hardy, and they don’t cost as much as gold fillings. A composite resin is the most popular kind of filling because it blends in with the color of your teeth. Tooth-colored fillings, though not as tough as gold and amalgam, look the most natural.
Partial and Full Dentures
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are made of acrylic resin sometimes combined with metal attachments. Complete dentures replace all the teeth; partial dentures are considered when some natural teeth remain and are retained by metal clasps attached to the natural teeth.
What Other Restorative Dental Services Do You Provide?
Sometimes a tooth may become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, and/or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face. As a result, other restorative dental procedures may need to be done, including:
An extraction is the removal of a tooth. There are three main reasons an extraction might be necessary: a diseased tooth, crowding or trauma. Sometimes a diseased tooth can be treated with a different restorative procedure, such as a root canal. But if the tooth is too diseased to be saved, an extraction is your best bet.
Pulp is the soft tissue inside your teeth that has blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. If your pulp gets diseased or inflamed, a root canal is the best route to take. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed to restore it to full function.
Contact us today at (503) 234-1218 to schedule an appointment for your Restorative Dental Care needs.