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Restorative Treatment

Composite (Tooth-colored) Fillings

We’ve all at least seen a friend of family member with large silver fillings, known in the dental world as amalgam fillings. Maybe we even have one or two of these ourselves. However, new technology has allowed us to provide better quality restorations that better match the surrounding tooth structure – these are composite fillings! Amalgam fillings, although long-lasting, can put an undue amount of stress on remaining tooth structure due to the expansive and contractive properties of the material. These stress properties often result in fractures of the tooth structure adjacent to the fillings. Composite fillings have eliminated these expansive stress properties while also providing a more esthetic, natural result.

What to expect at a filling appointment

The procedure is usually under 45 minutes and pain free. The doctor simply removes the existing decay and cavitation along with any old filling material that remains. Then, the doctor and assistant will work in tandem to isolate the tooth to prepare it for a 3-step bonding technique. After the filling is bonded in place, we will check your bite and have you out the door!

Crowns

When a tooth has lost more tooth structure than a filling can effectively restore, a crown is generally deemed the next necessary treatment. A crown sits over the underlying tooth surface in its entirety, providing maximum coverage and protection from further decay or fracturing of the teeth. The materials used today at Scenic City Dentistry are not only esthetically pleasing, but also have maximum strength and durability! We love to see patients leaving and not being able to tell which tooth was worked on!

What to expect with crowns

Before the procedure, an office member will take a mold of your tooth. Then, we will reduce the size of the tooth while removing the existing cavitation. Once the tooth looks more or less like a miniature version of the tooth, we take another mold that will be sent to the lab for fabrication purposes. A temporary crown will be made and cemented using the first mold taken at the beginning of the appointment. After about two weeks, we will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown with a stronger cement, only after confirming that the fit and bite is absolutely perfect!

Root Canal Therapy

When a tooth is decayed into the nerve or a fracture occurs and exposes the nerve, root canal therapy is necessary to restore the tooth. Essentially, a root canal involves removing the exposed or infected nerve, cleaning out the canal space, then filling the canal with a material that prevents recurrent infection of the canal. Often looked at as a daunting procedure by patients, our root canals are painless and very simple. After a root canal is performed, the necessary treatment will be completed – usually in the form of a full-coverage crown.

Bridges

A bridge is a viable option for a patient that is missing a tooth, but does not want an appliance that can be taken in and out. A dental bridge is multiple crowns linked together that “bridge” the gap and replace a missing tooth with a placeholder called a pontic. A crown can be linked to the pontic in two ways: with a crown on either side of the pontic (traditional) or with a pontic attached to one crown (a cantilever). These appliances are then cemented in place for a non-removable, esthetic results. However, it is important to consider that the adjacent teeth to the pontic space need to be crowned, sometimes resulting in unnecessary preparation of adjacent teeth. With this consideration in mind, a dental implant is often advised to replace a single missing tooth before considering a bridge. However, a bridge is a great option for a patient that may not be a candidate for an implant or is looking for a more economical approach to replace a missing tooth.

CEREC Same-Day Crowns

As opposed to the traditional two-appointment crown, CEREC crowns can be done in one dental visit. Using in-office technology such as a 3D scanner and ceramic milling machine, a patient can have a laboratory-grade restoration in fewer appointments! Come check out our same-day dentistry options for you at our Lee Highway location!

Why CEREC?

Time: With a crown made in one visit, we save you time that’s better spent at work or with your family!

No Temporary: Because the crown is made same-day, the need to wear a temporary crown is no longer necessary. This gives you a more comfortable, more ideal treatment sooner!

Esthetics: With the increased use of CEREC crowns nationwide, the materials have greatly improved not only in function, but also in looks! These ceramics match your surrounding natural teeth nearly seamlessly!

Implants

Missing any part of your smile from tooth loss, but not interested in a device you have to take in and out? An implant might be the treatment you’ve been searching for! Implants have many benefits compared to removable prostheses – especially in their ability to give you the strength and function of a natural tooth that would otherwise be missing.

What do expect with implant procedures:

First, either our team or a specialist’s office will take a 3D scan of your entire mouth to make sure we have enough space and healthy bone to place implants. If given the green light to proceed, the implant will be placed in the specified location and left to heal for anywhere from 3-6 months to ensure it is well-adapted to the surrounding bone. At this point, the implant is only at the level of your bone, and does not have a “tooth” on top of it. After the initial healing process, an impression will then be taken of the implant and sent to the lab for fabrication. At the last appointment, our new “tooth” will be placed on top of the implant, either with cement or a small screw.