Restorative Dentistry for State College Smiles
Our team works hard to help every patient we treat keep their natural smile for a lifetime. If we are unable to prevent oral health concerns, we provide a variety of restorative dentistry services with the aim of preserving the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while fully restoring the shape and function to our patients’ smiles. Contact us right away if you experience toothache or dental damage. The sooner we begin restorative treatments, the more likely we are to be able to provide a conservative solution.
Dental crowns are restorations that fit completely over the top of a damaged tooth. This allows the crown to provide two main results. It repairs lost dental structure and protects the tooth from further damage. Bridges are a series of dental crowns fused together that are used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. A bridge can be supported by healthy teeth on either side of the gap or by dental implant posts. We can craft custom restorations from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic. Each of these materials has a unique set of benefits and potential drawbacks, so we will carefully discuss your options to help you make the best decision for your smile. Regardless of the material you choose, the restoration process is completed over the course of two appointments at our office. During the initial visit, we remove a small amount of tooth structure to accommodate the restoration, capture bite impressions, and place a temporary to protect the prepared tooth. Once we receive the custom crown or bridge from our lab, patients return to exchange their temporary for the custom crown or bridge.
Amalgam fillings were traditionally considered the standard in repair for minor decay and dental damage. They provide durable, long lasting results. However, they are also very noticeable in appearance and require the removal of healthy dental structure for support. These and other concerns have made tooth-colored, composite resin fillings the preferred option for most dentists and patients alike. The composite resin is shaded to blend seamlessly into the natural smile line, and the filling is applied directly to the damaged tooth in a putty-like consistency that fills in pits and grooves in the tooth. Once the filling is in place, we use a curing light to harden it, leaving patients with flawless smiles in less than an hour. We can also use composite resin for a cosmetic dentistry service known as dental bonding that conceals and corrects any number of smile flaws. For some patients, dental bonding is an affordable alternative for porcelain veneers.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
If you’ve experienced extensive tooth loss, a partial or full denture may be the best option for you. Partials are dental prosthetics used to fill any number of gaps in patients’ smiles, and full dentures restore an entire arch of missing teeth. Both types of dentures are crafted by using a gum-colored base to support the replacement teeth. Partials are shaped to fit between remaining healthy dental structure, and they are held in position by metal clasps. The base of a full denture is shaped to create suction between the gums and denture for stability. We also offer implant supported partial and full dentures.
Root Canal Therapy
When decay or damage effects the nerve system of the tooth, the result is a painful toothache that has earned root canals their bad reputation. The good news is that root canal therapy actually relieves these toothaches almost immediately. The process is simple. We drill a small access hole, remove the damaged pulp and nerve tissue, refill the tooth, and seal the access hole. In most cases, we’ll also recommend the placement of a dental crown to protect the treated tooth.
Our State College, PA dentist and team will do their utmost to help you keep your natural teeth, but there are some cases where extraction is the best solution to preserve overall oral health. When this happens, we offer comfortable, safe tooth extraction procedures in our office. We may need to extract teeth for a number of reasons including:
- Severe decay or damage that leaves inadequate dental structure to support a restoration
- To prepare patients for orthodontic corrections or denture creation and placement
- Most often, we extract wisdom teeth or third molars as the late eruption of these teeth into the smile can lead to crowding or impaction