New England Smile Repair
When dental damage or decay occurs, we encourage patients to contact us right away. Our team is happy to offer same day emergency dentistry services whenever possible. We are dedicated to providing conservative treatment options. That means our goal is always to preserve the maximum amount of healthy dental structure, provide minimally invasive procedures, and fully restore the form, function, and appearance of damaged smiles. Left untreated, dental decay and damage will only progress to create more extensive problems, so the sooner we see patients the better. Contact Admire Dental to schedule an appointment with one of our New England dentists.
Traditional Crown & Bridge
Dental crowns are likely the second most common restorative treatments after fillings. These restorations allow our team to not only restore the form and function of teeth, but also fortify damaged smiles, preventing further damage and decay. We use crowns, a restoration that completely surrounds a tooth, in order to repair a number of oral health issues including:
- Decay or trauma – when damage has effected too much of the tooth for our team to adequately repair it with more conservative options like fillings, we typically need to place a crown
- Cosmetic enhancement – in some cosmetic cases, we recommend placing one or more dental crowns to conceal damaged, misshapen, or flawed teeth
- Root canal therapy – following a root canal, we may recommend placing a dental crown to protect the treated tooth and restore some of its natural strength
- Fixed bridges – dental crowns can also be attached to surrounding healthy teeth to support tooth replacement bridges for those patients who have lost one or more consecutive teeth
- Dental implant tooth replacement – dental implants can support a single crown to replace an individual tooth or up to four connected crowns to form an implant-retained fixed bridge
In most cases, the dental crown or fixed bridge restoration process is completed over two appointments. During the first visit, we prepare teeth, capture impressions, and place a temporary restoration. Once we receive the custom crown or bridge, patients return to our office to exchange their temporary for the high quality custom dental restoration.
For years, silver-colored amalgam fillings have been the standard in care for minor areas of decay, chips, and cracks. However, in addition to their less than appealing appearance, amalgams lead to a number of oral health issues. Most importantly, filling a tooth with amalgam requires the removal of healthy dental structure in order to create wedges that keep the restoration in place. Additionally, amalgam fillings expand and contract at a different rate than tooth enamel, and this may lead to additional damage, create a space between the tooth and filling allowing bacteria to access the tooth, or the filling may break away from the tooth altogether.
Composite resin fillings offer a superior alternative in most cases. The material can be shaded to blend seamlessly into patients’ smile. Thus, these fillings are often referred to as tooth-colored fillings. The material is applied directly to damaged teeth where it can bond directly with porous tooth enamel, filling in the smallest grooves and cracks. This means we’re able to preserve more healthy dental structure, and the filling material creates a stronger bond with the tooth, making it less likely that the filling will crack, chip, or breakaway overtime. The entire process is completed in just one appointment, and requires only minimal, local anesthesia.
While traditional restorations require two visits to complete, we offer a same day solution that provides the same high quality results over the course of just a few hours in our office. This computer assisted design and manufacture system allows us to prepare the tooth. Then, digitally scan and create a plan for the dental restoration. An in-office milling unit receives the design and crafts the restoration from a block of high quality porcelain. We are then able to place the dental crown, bridge, or other restoration on the very same day.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Patients with more extensive tooth loss will likely need to consider partial or full dentures. Partial dentures, often referred to simply as partials, are used to replace any number of consecutive or nonconsecutive teeth along an arch. These prosthetics are crafted using a natural looking base material that is molded to fit between healthy teeth supporting replacement teeth and filling the gaps in patients’ smiles. Partials are stabilized by metallic clasps or braces that attach to surrounding teeth. Full dentures are similarly made using a gum-colored base to support the row of replacement teeth, but they are held in place by natural suction between the denture and patients’ gums and jawbone.
Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but actually, most patients experience significant pain relief following root canal therapy. The procedure is necessary when tooth decay or damage reaches the innermost layer of the tooth – the pulp. The entire nerve system of the tooth is housed within the pulp, so this decay and damage has direct access to the nerves triggering a painful toothache. A root canal removes the entire damaged pulp and nerve system alleviating pain instantly.
We partner with patients to keep their smiles whole and healthy, but there are some situations where tooth extraction is unavoidable. We may recommend extraction for patients who experience severe decay or dental damage, decay or damage that adversely effects surrounding teeth, in preparation for orthodontic care or denture placement, and most commonly, to prevent wisdom teeth from causing oral health issues. We’re able to offer safe, effective extraction in our office, and work with patients to ensure their complete comfort throughout the process.