Improve Your Oral and General Health with Restorative Dentistry
When teeth have become damaged or lost through disease, trauma, or decay, restorative dentistry is often the answer. Modern dental technology allows Dr. Randal Watson to essentially rebuild or replace teeth with a synthetic apparatus that mimics the original tooth in look and function. To learn more about restorative dentistry options, contact our practice today.
CEREC® technology allows Dr. Watson to create a permanent dental apparatus specifically for you, in a single visit. Usually, the fabrication of dental crowns, veneers, and onlays can take weeks — or even months — between the first visit to the placement of the permanent restoration. With CEREC®, however, everything is completed in a single visit. Using state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Watson is able to create a perfectly accurate 3D-model of your tooth, and the CEREC® machine creates the permanent restoration in ten to twenty minutes.
A dental crown may be the best choice for a tooth that has become structurally compromised due to decay or damage. The crown covers the entire surface of the tooth like a cap, adding strength and protecting the tooth from further damage. Dr. Watson uses crowns that are made from tooth-colored composite material so that they blend in with surrounding teeth.
Inlays and Onlays
Patients are often confused by inlays and onlays, as they are very similar to other dental procedures. Inlays are used when there is damage to the top, or cusp, of the tooth, and can be used to replace old fillings. Onlays are used to remedy damage to the side of the tooth, and can sometimes be used to prevent further damage that would necessitate a crown or other dental work. Inlays and onlays are both created from the same dental ceramic used to make tooth-colored fillings. This material is very strong, and creates a hygienic seal with the tooth, sealing the damaged part of the tooth and preventing further decay and infection.
If your smile has suffered extensive damage as a result of trauma, disease, or the passage of time, a full-mouth restoration may be the best solution. Full-mouth restorations are unique to each patient, and the exact treatments are determined on a case-by-case basis. No matter what dental treatments you may need in order to reach your functional and aesthetic goals, a combination of cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry can help to improve your smile.
Just a few years ago, the loss of one or more teeth left patients with relatively few options: full dentures, partial dentures, or fixed bridges. While all of these treatments are designed to replace missing teeth, they have drawbacks, ranging from an inability to eat favorite foods to serious structural decay of the underlying bone. These restorations need to be refitted or replaced occasionally as well.
Now, with modern dental implants, there is a solution that is safe, effective, and long-lasting.
Benefits of Implant Dentistry
Implant dentistry allows you to restore function and appearance following tooth loss. As the artificial teeth are actually attached to your jawbone, there is no risk of the teeth pulling out or shifting while you laugh, speak, or chew. Dental implants resemble your original teeth. Perhaps even more importantly, dental implants prevent the deterioration of the jawbone, and keep remaining teeth from shifting. The greatest benefit of implant dentistry, however, may simply be peace of mind. Dental implants provide a long-term solution for missing teeth and, with proper care and hygiene, can last a lifetime.
Placement of Dental Implants
Although the implant dentistry process takes time, dental implants are a long-term solution for filling in the gaps left by missing teeth. During the procedure, Dr. Randal Watson places new, titanium tooth roots in the jaw, and the jawbone begins to fuse with the new roots in a process called osseointegration. After the posts have integrated with the jawbone, a permanent crown will be placed for a natural-looking appearance. While many dentists refer their patients to oral surgeons in order to complete the first stage of the implant process, Dr. Watson has extensive training and experience in implant dentistry, and is able to offer patients the complete procedure at his practice.
Dr. Watson offers dental bridges as a restorative option to replace one or more missing teeth. These restorations bridge the gap by anchoring a replacement tooth or teeth with crowns on top of the two neighboring teeth. Patients can once again chew and speak without issue while showing off their smile without anxiety. Our team provides both traditional and implant-supported bridges, depending on your particular dental needs.
Reach out today to set up an appointment with Dr. Randal Watson and his experienced team.
“We strive to make every experience a positive one.” Randal Watson, DDS, PA