Restorative Dentistry in Lansing - Dr. Scott Stone Smiles by Stone
Serious dental problems do more than just affect the appearance of your smile. Major chips, cracks, and decay can all lead to pain, discomfort, and poor dental health. That’s why so many patients visit Dr. Stone’s Lansing practice for restorative dentistry. These treatments can improve the appearance of your smile as well as enhance your dental health. Let’s take a brief look at these restorative dentistry procedures so you understand how they can help you.
Inlays and Onlays
When you are dealing with tooth decay that is too substantial for dental fillings, you will likely require inlays or onlays. Inlays and onlays are similar to dental fillings but are used to restore more substantial portions of a tooth. The inlays and onlays are so strong that they can easily replace the cusp of a tooth (the biting surface) without reducing a patient’s bite strength.
The team at our Lansing practice feels that a conservative approach to restorative dentistry is ideal. It’s for this reason that we prefer to place inlays and onlays rather than dental crowns when possible. The primary reason for this is that the placement of inlays and onlays involves less removal of tooth material than the placement of a dental crown. This is better for the health of a tooth in the long run.
Thanks to CEREC® technology, Dr. Stone can place inlays and onlays in just a single dental visit. (For many practices, it takes two weeks.) The CEREC® machine will take a digital impression of a patient’s tooth, custom design an inlay or onlay, and then create the restoration on site. Once completed, Dr. Stone can set the inlay or onlay in place and make final adjustments. It’s that simple.
There are times when a tooth is so damaged or decayed that the only sensible solution is to use dental crowns. Dental crowns are caps that are set atop severely damaged or decayed teeth. When in place, the dental crown will protect the tooth from further harm, reduce any pain or sensitivity that a patient may have experienced due to the tooth, and provide a more aesthetically appealing appearance.
The procedure for placing the dental crown is relatively simple. First the tooth must be carefully prepared for the dental crown. This means the removal of any decayed or damaged tooth structure. Once this is complete, an impression is made of the prepped tooth. This impression is sent to a dental lab, which will fashion the dental crown accordingly. A patient will wear a temporary dental crown until the permanent restoration is complete.
Once the permanent dental crown is received, Dr. Stone will place the permanent restoration. He will make necessary adjustments to ensure that the crown fits properly and looks completely natural. We can use dental crowns in combination with other restorative dentistry options at our Lansing practice if necessary.
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you know just how much that can affect the overall appearance of your smile. It’s for that reason that many patients ought to consider getting dental bridges. Dental bridges are dental restorations meant to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
The dental bridge is held in place by using a patient’s remaining gum structure and the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. Given how this partial restoration bridges the gap between teeth, you can see how it arrived at its name. Though removable, dental bridges are generally sturdy and worth considering given how well they can restore the appearance of the smile and the strength of a patient’s bite.
When you are missing many teeth, a dental bridge is no longer a feasible idea since there is not enough remaining tooth structure. Rather than a dental bridge, patients will need to consider getting dentures. Dentures are more substantial replacements for missing teeth than dental bridges.
Whether for the upper row of teeth or lower row of teeth, a denture is held in place using the remaining gum structure of the patient. When in place, dentures will help restore the appearance of a smile as well as some of the bite strength that a patient has lost. Denture creams can help hold dentures more securely in place.
Removable dental restorations such as dentures and dental bridges are effective solutions for missing teeth, but if you want a hold that is extremely secure, you need to consider dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into a patient’s gum tissue and jawbone. Given the strength of the dental implants, this is the most effective restorative dentistry treatment for missing teeth at our Lansing practice.
Dental implants are preferable to removable dental restorations for a number of reasons. Most obviously, the offer a much more secure hold than a traditional dental bridge or denture. In addition, the dental implants will prevent bone loss and gum recession from occurring in the area of the tooth gap.
The dental implants procedure is a months-long process, but it is a necessary length given what is required for effective care. During the oral surgery, the dental implants will be rooted into the tooth gap. In the months after surgery, a process known as osseointegration will take place. This essentially means that the dental implants will become fused with your jawbone and gum tissue. Essentially the dental implant becomes another part of your mouth. Once fully healed, dental implants can be used to hold a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a denture.
Full Mouth Restoration
When a patient is facing many dental health issues at the same time, it’s important that they all get addressed. It’s for this reason that full mouth restorations are performed. A full mouth restoration will involve the combination of multiple restorative dentistry treatments. Each treatment plan will be custom designed to meet the unique needs of each patient.
When you sit down with Dr. Stone, he will be sure to explain all of your dental care options in detail so you can make an informed decision about the health and appearance of your smile. The full mouth restoration will then tackle your dental problems in the most systematic and effective manner possible.
Learn More About Your Restorative Dentistry Options
Whether you need a dental crown or a full mouth restoration, you can count on us to help you. For more information about restorative dental care, contact Dr. Scott Stone in Lansing
today. Dr. Stone and the team looks forward to discussing all of your restorative treatment options with you in more detail.