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Restorative Dentistry
Fillings
Fillings are used to restore tooth damage caused by tooth decay. After removing the decay and cleaning the area the dentist adds filling material. Fillings are made from traditional amalgam (silver colored) gold, silver, or a composite (tooth colored).
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Composite fillings, in addition to being more esthetically pleasing, bond directly to the tooth surface unlike traditional fillings.

Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is composed of a ceramic resin that is brushed onto the tooth and hardened with intense light. Prior to bonding application the tooth surface must be prepared to accept the bonding. This is accomplished by roughening the tooth surface and applying a gel to micro-etch the surface. A primer agent is then applied so the bond will adhere properly. Dental bonding is used for:
• Repairing tooth decay damage
• Improve tooth alignment
• Fill gaps between teeth
• Cosmetic reasons (improve tooth appearance)

Dental Crowns
Crowns are used to restore severely damaged teeth due to fracture or decay. After the tooth surface is cleaned and prepared the crown is placed to cover the remainder of the tooth. The crown strengthens the tooth structure and helps prevent future decay. Crowns also improve the tooth's look, shape, and alignment. Crowns are used to:
• Restore a fractured tooth
• Restore a tooth severely damaged by decay
• Protect a tooth from fracture
• Cover a discolored or unattractive tooth
• Cover a dental implant
• Anchor a bridge

Dental Bridge
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth in both a cosmetic and functional fashion. A bridge structure is one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by natural teeth, crowns, or implants, on each side of the bridge. Using a bridge to fill the gap from missing teeth helps restore proper bite and prevent teeth from shifting to fill the gap (which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues). Bridges can be constructed from gold, porcelain and metal, or all ceramic. Ceramic bridge color is made to match your natural tooth color. Material choice will depend on structural requirements, wear, and esthetics. Bridges are used to:
• Replace missing teeth
• Prevent teeth from shifting
• Correct bite issues due to missing teeth
• Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite
• Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons)

Dental Implant
Implants may be the best option for replacing a single or multiple missing teeth. An implant is a metal post that is attached directly to the jawbone. After the bone and surrounding tissue has healed an artificial tooth is attached to the implant. Implants provide superior benefits compared to bridge work as they do not depend on neighboring teeth for structural support, although they are more expensive. Implants are the closest dental structure in durability to natural teeth and have greater cosmetic appeal. Implants are used to:
• Replace missing teeth
• Prevent teeth from shifting
• Correct bite issues due to missing teeth
• Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite
• Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons)

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Things You Can Do to Get More Out of Each Visit to Our Office
When you come to our office, we want to make sure you have a good visit. This means that you feel better when you leave than when you came in. We know there are things that can be done to help improve the quality of your dental experience. Sharing these things with you allows you to take a proactive approach to your oral health care. The next time you come in to see us, consider adding some of these things to your routine.

Ask Us Questions About Improving Your Oral Hygiene Routine

It is really important that you ask us any question you have about your teeth, gums, or mouth in general. We want to take the time to explain things to you. The more we can explain to you, the more you will understand how important each part of your oral hygiene routine is. When you have a question about something going on in your mouth, you could also enlighten us to a problem that we may not otherwise have known about. Don’t ever be afraid to ask. No question is a bad question!

Let Us Show You New and Improved Products and Techniques

On top of answering questions, we can also show you ways of improving your technique. If you miss one area of your mouth some of the time, we can point that out. If your flossing leaves a little to be desired, we can explain that, too. We also have access to newer products that we can show you if they would help with your routine. Just ask!

Getting the most out of each visit helps you feel good about coming back. We want to make sure you understand how important it is to show up every six months and get your cleaning and exam. Skipping even one of these appointments can decrease the quality of your oral health. Call us today to find out more about what can be done to improve your experiences each time you come in!





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