Restorative Dentistry

“Restorative dentistry” is the term dental is the used for fixing missing or broken teeth. Fillings, crowns (“caps”), bridges and implants are common restorative treatments. Our goal is to bring back your natural smile, restores your oral health, and prevent future issues.

Several Reasons Restorative Dental Procedures are Important

  • Filling empty spaces in the mouth helps keep the teeth properly aligned, and less chance for shifting, causing issues with biting
  • Replacing teeth makes it easier to maintain good oral care habits, and helps prevent plaque build-up and the problems that come along with plaque
  • Missing, damaged, or broken teeth can affect your health, appearance and confidence

Your teeth may become damaged due to injury, or may simply need to be repaired as you age. At Cascade Dental we provide restorative dentistry to help you regain a healthy, fully functional, and beautiful smile if your teeth have been lost or have become damaged. Each treatment is custom-designed to meet your unique needs so that you can enjoy a healthy smile for years to come.

Dental bridges use several crowns to fill in gaps created by missing teeth. A replacement tooth is generally fixed in between two crowns that provide adequate support for the area. Once a bridge is cemented in place, it is very difficult to tell the difference between your natural teeth. Depending on the case, a bridge can be made to replace one, two or multiple missing teeth. implants.

The best way to replace a missing tooth is a dental implant. It provides added support and a fixed solution for removable dentures. Implants are usually made of titanium and involve the placement of an artificial root and tooth into the jaw bone. Dental implants look extremely natural and are adjusted to match your existing teeth as closely as possible. Dr. Brown performs every kind of implant, including crowns, partial or complete dentures, and bridges. The process generally requires two visits. One to prep and the second to place.

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly. At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

Another effective treatment option for those who are missing teeth is the denture. Dentures are removable and can be used to restore beauty and function to your smile. Complete Dentures – for those who are missing all of their natural teeth Partial Dentures – for patients with some of their natural teeth remaining Dentures complete or Partial require at least 2 appointments. One for impressions and necessary extractions and the second to seat the case.

A dental implant is actually a root replacement, and unlike the root of a tooth, it is actually fused to the bone of the jaw. A crown is attached to the implant and becomes a stand­alone tooth, functioning and appearing just like the natural tooth you have lost. By contrast, a fixed bridge is a tooth restoration that is fixed in place by attaching to the natural adjacent teeth, which provide support on either side.

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Brown will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.