Restorative dentistry is the repair of the functional aspects of the mouth that are responsible for everyday activities like chewing and speaking. These dental issues may include:
- Broken, cracked or chipped teeth
- Missing teeth
- Infected gums
- Injured teeth
- Deteriorating tissue
If you have a tooth that is damaged or chipped a crown may be the best choice for you. Dr. Bass or Dr. Watson will bond a covering over the remains of your tooth to create an aesthetically pleasing natural look. For more information on crowns see our Cosmetic Dentistry Page.
Bonding uses a composite resin that is matched to the color of your teeth. It is used to repair a tooth damaged by decay or trauma. It can also be used to close gaps or make a tooth appear straighter. Dr. Bass or Dr. Watson will rebuild your tooth with the bonding material to look natural and use a curing light to adhere and harden the material to the remaining tooth. He will then polish the material to shine like the rest of your teeth. Bonding is a cost-efficient and quick way to improve your smile.
If you are missing one or more teeth and do not meet the criteria for an implant a bridge may be your best solution. A dental bridge works by anchoring a new tooth onto the surrounding teeth. Bridge work is an art that uses a variety of materials including metals, porcelain, or ceramic. The choice of material will depend on the look of your surrounding teeth and the strength needed. Dr. Bass or Dr. Watson will match the look of your bridge to the rest of your mouth to create a functional bite and a smile you will be proud to show off.
Sometimes the pulp or root of your teeth can become infected. If left untreated this can lead to tooth loss and or severe pain. Endodontic root canal therapy reverses this process by removing the damaged nerve tissue then sealing it with a protective crown or filling. For more information on root canals please see our Root Canal page.