Restorative Dentistry in Waterford
Makes Damaged Smiles Shine Again
Most people will experience a dental injury or tooth decay at some point in their lives. When it happens to you, having an experienced dentist on your side can help ensure that the problem is fixed both efficiently and effectively. Dr. Dinesh Patel and his team offer expert restorative dental care with the following important services so you can enjoy a clean, healthy, and strong smile for a lifetime to come.
Crowns & Bridges
One of the most common restorative procedures is the dental crown or bridge. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that restores a severely damaged or decayed tooth. A dental bridge can replace one or more teeth that are missing in a row using dental crowns affixed to the two teeth surrounding the gap and pontics, or replacement teeth, to fill in the space between. Dental crowns and bridges can last for many years with the proper maintenance.
A tooth-colored filling is a composite restoration that restores a cavity without the need for silver, or amalgam. Silver fillings were used for many years, but they are highly visible and also require the removal of a significant amount of healthy tooth enamel. Tooth-colored fillings, on the other hand, allow for a more conservative solution. They are also less sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and may last longer than the silver alternative.
Dentures & Partials
If you have lost a significant number of teeth, you need a sturdy solution that restores your ability to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence. Dentures and partials are it! A denture is a set of prosthetic teeth attached to a plastic gum-colored base. A full denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth, while a partial fits in with any remaining teeth like a missing puzzle piece. Our dentures are always customized to look just like your natural smile.
Root Canal Therapy
If you have a severely decayed or injured tooth, we may be able to rescue it from extraction with root canal therapy. This is a method in which Dr. Patel removes all the damaged tissue from the interior of the tooth, replaces it with a biocompatible material, and then applies a sturdy filling or crown on top of the tooth. Thanks to modern dental techniques and anesthesia, there is nothing to fear about a root canal at Summit Family Dentistry.
While our first priority is to help you keep all of your natural teeth for life, there may come a time when tooth extraction is needed for your oral and overall health. Teeth damaged in accidents — which often are damaged beyond repair — are a prime example. Should you ever need a tooth removed, you can feel confident knowing that Dr. Patel is an extraction expert. Using oral conscious sedation, and a careful approach, he can perform tooth extractions with the utmost comfort and skill.