Trauma, missteps in oral hygiene, genetics, and certain lifestyle choices can all contribute to tooth decay and other serious dental issues. If your teeth and gums are not functioning at their best, contact Gillis Dental in Needham today. After we assess your oral health, we will design a customized treatment plan to help you regain full dental function. You can learn more about some of our available options for restorative dentistry in Needham, MA below.
A dental crown is a restoration that covers the entire visible portion of a tooth. Its purpose is to protect a damaged tooth and restore its structure and function. A traditional dental bridge replaces a missing tooth. It has two crowns, which get placed over the teeth next to the empty space. An artificial tooth “bridges” the gap. Crowns and bridges can be made out of various materials, but we usually recommend porcelain restorations for patients who are concerned about aesthetics.
Silver amalgam used to be the standard material for filling in cavities. Unfortunately, it leaves a dark mark on the teeth and can cause a number of other issues. Today, a better alternative is available. Tooth-colored fillings are made out of a composite resin that blends in well with the enamel around it. Plus, it actually bonds with the tooth rather than just sitting inside a cavity, a fact that makes these fillings healthier and more conservative than their old-fashioned amalgam counterparts.
A traditional full denture consists of a gum-colored base that supports an entire arch of artificial teeth. A partial denture replaces multiple teeth at various places throughout a dental arch. We always custom-design these restorations to fit a patient’s unique oral structures. A well-fitting denture can provide pleasing aesthetics and enable a person to once again enjoy a robust, well-balanced diet. With proper maintenance, your restoration may last for several years before replacement becomes necessary.
The traditional process for creating a crown or bridge requires at least two dental appointments. However, some of our patients are candidates for one-visit restorations. We use advanced technology to take a digital impression of the teeth. Then, our in-house milling unit creates a custom restoration out of high-quality dental porcelain. After we verify its fit, we place it in the patient’s mouth — all in a single dental appointment!
Do you have complex dental issues, such as broken teeth, missing teeth, or other problems? When you visit our team of restorative experts, we will carefully assess your oral health and design a custom plan to restore your mouth’s health, function, and appearance. The full mouth reconstruction process may involve several different procedures — such as extractions, dental implants, periodontal therapy, crowns, or other treatments — that take place over a period of time.