East Cobb Dentist
Restorative dentistry concentrates on the restoration of problematic teeth. Treatment includes restorative care for infected or abnormal teeth.
If restorative treatment is needed, it is our promise to discuss and offer all treatment options available to you. In addition we promise to provide the best care, ensuring a minimally invasive treatment plan. It is our top priority to provide comfortable and exceptional care to your new smile.
Our dentists at East Cobb use fillings to remove decay and replace tooth structure. A filling is a new material to fill holes (cavities) that cause decay. During a filling procedure, teeth are bonded with a colored composite resin filling and/or porcelain filling which are also called inlays or onlays.
Cavities can be treated successfully, if they are found early enough. When cavities are left untreated, tooth decay can often cause symptoms of pain and discomfort and lead to infection. The cavity-infected tooth would require a root canal or extraction.
Crowns are synthetic caps comprised of usually porcelain material, which are placed on top of a tooth.
Crowns are used to renew the appearance and function of a tooth. They may be recommended after a root canal is completed or may be used to restore the health of a tooth when advanced decay spreads throughout a tooth.
Crowns are also helpful for attaching bridges, covering implants, preventing a cracked tooth from breakage, or securing an existing filling that is at risk of becoming loose or dislocated. Your doctor may also recommend a crown for aesthetic use when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural white appearance.
The life of a crown could be greatly reduced, due to habitual behaviors such as jaw clenching and teeth grinding (bruxism). Please beware that brittle foods such as ice or hard candy, could significantly damage the crown or adhesive that secures the crown in place.
Bridges are natural-looking dental instruments that substitute a section of missing teeth. A bridge is custom-made to restore the natural contour of the teeth. Bridges are usually unnoticeable and also rebuild the bite relationship between the upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are also referred to as fixed partial dentures. Fixed partial dentures are semi-permanent and bond to existing teeth or implants. Please note that patient removal is not advised for conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges.