Gone are the days of unsightly gold or silver (amalgam) fillings. We have ushered in a new era of restorative dentistry with a cosmetic touch thanks to our tooth-colored fillings.
With the use of a composite, metal-free material, our caring team can repair your tooth back to its original strength.
When placing a filling, your comfort remains a top priority. Therefore, we numb the area around the tooth and set the goal of completing the entire procedure in one visit. Once the area is numbed, your restorative dentistLearn more about our restorative dentist will gently clean the tooth and place the composite material. The material is adjusted to complement your bite and is then bonded into place.
The result is a structurally sound tooth that seamlessly blends in with your smile.
When more excessive tooth damage has occurred due to severe decay, trauma, or wear and tear, we may recommend a dental crown or cap.
Crowns are designed to protect a vulnerable or damaged tooth. A typical crown is placed using the following steps:
- An evaluation of your tooth
- Preparation of the tooth with the removal of any damage/decay
- We take impressions of the tooth, which are sent to the dental lab
- The crown is created using a tooth-colored material
- A temporary crown is placed until the new crown is ready
- The new crown is placed and reshaped
- Finally, the crown is bonded into place
When preparing the tooth and placing the crown, we’ll ensure your comfort by numbing the area. Our team will also walk you through the steps and explain why a crown is the best option.
When you have a missing tooth, it is essential to seek help to prevent further dental issues from taking shape.
When you visit us, we may recommend a dental bridge. This appliance consists of an artificial tooth bonded to two crowns, which act as anchors for the new tooth.
The procedure for placing the bridge is simple and only requires a small about of preparation.
We’ll begin by cleaning the area where the tooth has vacated. Your dentistLearn more about our dentist then prepares the adjacent teeth and takes impressions so our dental lab can accurately design the bridge. We may provide you with a temporary bridge to protect the area until the permanent restoration is ready.
When the bridge has been created, we’ll place it over the prepared teeth and ensure it fits comfortably. With this restoration, you can enjoy a functional smile and feel confident when eating, speaking, or laughing.
Inlays & Onlays
When you have broken your tooth, it might require a more comprehensive restoration such as an inlay or onlay.
Both inlays and onlays are used to replace a missing part of a damaged tooth, which cannot be repaired with a simple filling.
The procedure involves taking impressions of your tooth and then sending the information to our dental lab.
The lab, in turn, creates the inlay or onlay depending on the extent of the damage:
Inlays: Typically used when a damaged is contained to the chewing surface of the tooth.
Onlays: This restoration is used when the damage also affects the cusps of the tooth.
Both inlays and onlays are custom-made to replace missing parts of your natural tooth. They are created using quality, tooth-colored materials and are securely bonded into place.
My experience at Covington Family Dentistry was amazing. The thorough exam and clear teaching about the condition of my teeth and gums was extremely helpful. I am very grateful for this high quality of care.
Chuck S. (Covington Patient)
As we all get older, our teeth can begin to fail us – but all is not lost! Whether you have lost all your teeth or just a few, our denture options can give your smile a second chance.
Dentures consist of artificial teeth that can be placed to restore your smile’s function and beauty.
Our office provides a few different denture options:
Partial Dentures: These are ideal when you have just a few missing teeth. The partial is designed to match your existing teeth and are created using impressions. Once ready, the dentures sit on top of the gum line and are held in place using a clasp or clip (and your remaining teeth).
Complete Dentures: When you have all your teeth missing, full or complete dentures are created to fit over the entire arch. Much like partials, they sit on the gum line and allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Implant-Retained Dentures: Unlike our partial and complete options, these dentures are not removable. Rather, they are held in place using dental implants. These dentures provide a more stable and permanent solution for those with multiple missing teeth.
When you have a missing tooth, it can seem challenging to know where to turn. Until now! Millions of people are benefiting from dental implants as their go-to tooth replacement solution.
Dental implants consist of three components:
Post: Usually made of titanium, this small post mimics your natural tooth root and is inserted into the area where the tooth is missing.
Abutment: This connector is placed into the implant as a base for your new restoration.
Restoration: Consisting of a crown, bridge, or denture, the restoration is placed onto the implant to restore your smile.
Implant placement requires minor surgery as the post is inserted into your jawbone. Therefore, we refer to this part of the procedure out to a specialist. However, our team can design and place the restoration onto the implant (with the help of our dental lab).
We can place crowns, bridges, or dentures onto the implant and ensure it blends seamlessly into your smile.
On occasion, our team of experts cannot save a tooth. When this is the case, we may recommend an extraction.
Often this is a simple procedure, which consists of our restorative dentistLearn more about us numbing the area and gently removing the tooth.
We’ll be sure to keep the area clean and check on your comfort throughout the procedure. After the tooth has been removed, we can provide a few restorative options, such as bridges or dental implants.
Are you experiencing headaches, neck pain, or jaw pain? This could be due to a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
A TMJ disorderOpens a new window to TMJ website can occur due to trauma, stress, or a misaligned bite. Whatever the reason, rest assured that our team can help diagnose the issue.
Your dentist will examine the TMJ (jaw joint) for inflammation, clicking, and other related issues. If it appears to be a TMJ disorder, then we may recommend some lifestyle changes, an oral appliance, or seeing a specialist.
It is vital to get checked for TMJ if you are experiencing the common symptoms, as these can lead to further dental and medical problems. Please contact us for an assessment today!Contact us today