Sometimes routine cleanings and preventive care just aren’t enough to keep your smile beautiful and functioning well. Toothaches and missing teeth can take the joy out of many of the best things in life, from feeling confident in your smile to eating your favorite foods. Over the last 20 years, restorative dentistry has come a long way, and there are many affordable, painless procedures that will restore your smile in as little as one day. Dr. Felt offers many options for replacing missing teeth and restoring your overall oral health.
When a tooth is fractured, severely damaged by decay, or has a large filling that has become worn, we may recommend the placement of a crown. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns vary depending on the materials used: full porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal (precious and non-precious), and all-metal.
Dr. Felt uses tooth-colored composite materials that can be easily bonded to the surface of your tooth. Composite fillings require less extensive preparation, so the results are often smaller and more natural-looking than silver fillings. The durable composite material is shaped and polished to match the rest of your tooth, leaving you with a smooth and subtle restoration.
If you’ve lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a permanent bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. It not only fills the gap, but it also prevents repositioning of the remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or other reasons. An implant is a metal post that is surgically positioned into the jaw. Once the implant has been put into place and the surrounding bone has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the post.