Restorative Dentistry in Mt. Holly, New Jersey
Our goal is always to help patients keep their smiles whole and healthy for life, but sometimes, dental decay or damage is unavoidable. When our patients do experience cavities, dental fractures, tooth loss, and other oral health concerns, we provide comprehensive dental care to restore the look, feel, and function of their smiles. If you’ve experienced dental damage, don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated Mt. Holly Family Dentistry team to find out more or schedule an appointment today.
While tooth-colored fillings are typically considered the norm these days, we do still get questions about traditional, amalgam, fillings from time to time. Most dentists have chosen to use composite resin, tooth-colored fillings almost exclusively as they offer a number of advantages compared with the metallic amalgam alternative including:
- Silver fillings are crafted outside the mouth and wedged into position weakening the damaged dental structure. The malleable composite resin filling material fills in small crevices in the tooth and bonds firmly in place, strengthening the tooth.
- Silver fillings are held in place with undercuts, grooves, or slots that are drilled into the tooth. Composite resin fillings are formed and bonded directly onto the tooth, so less natural structure is lost in preparation, making tooth-colored fillings a more conservative treatment.
- Silver colored fillings are obviously much more noticeable within the smile. They also stain surrounding dental structure and can even make the rest of the tooth appear darker over time. Composite fillings are obviously more cosmetically appealing offering natural looking dental restoration.
There are two main disadvantages to tooth colored fillings. The placement process can present challenges as the tooth being treated must be kept completely dry during filling placement. This may be challenging for certain teeth or patients who have difficulty staying still. Additionally, while most dental practitioners encourage patients to select tooth-colored fillings, dental insurance providers are not as receptive to this change. Many are beginning to cover white fillings at the same rate as other materials, but the majority cover composite resin at a lower percentage, but at least some offer the same coverage for fillings that are visible within the smile line. Regardless of the insurance benefit associated, the dental community almost unanimously agrees that tooth-colored fillings are the preferred option due to their oral health advantages. Our knowledgeable team members will take time to review your coverage and offer an accurate estimate of any out of pocket expense. Regardless of the treatment you choose, it is always our goal to offer patients the best, highest quality services.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are restorative treatments that fit over the top of damaged or decayed teeth to restore the full form and function. The dental crown placement process is completed over the course of two appointments at our office. During the initial visit, we prepare the tooth for restoration by removing a small amount of enamel and smoothing any damaged areas. Then, we capture impressions of the teeth to be repaired that are used to design a custom dental restoration. To protect the prepared tooth or teeth, we place a temporary crown before patients leave. Once the final restoration is received from our dental lab, patients return to our practice to exchange the temporary for a custom dental crown. Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials including gold, porcelain bonded to metal, and ceramic. These advanced restorations are recommended in a variety of situations including:
- Severe decay or damage that is unable to be repaired with more conservative treatments such as fillings
- Cosmetic flaws, misshapen teeth, and other aesthetic concerns that cannot be corrected more conservatively
- Tooth replacement as part of a fixed bridge or dental implant supported single tooth replacement
We may also use dental crowns to support a fixed bridge tooth replacement. Bridges are used to replace one to three consecutive missing teeth. These tooth replacement prosthetics are crafted by connecting three to five dental crowns in a row. The two crowns on either side of the bridge are crafted to fit over healthy teeth to support one to three replacement teeth between them. The surrounding teeth are prepared to support the crowns. This means some natural structure is removed from these teeth, and this may not be the ideal solution for every patient.
Dentures provide predictable results to restore missing teeth for patients who have lost a full arch of teeth. These prosthetics combine a row of replacement teeth with a gum-colored base that is custom crafted to fit snuggly against gum tissue creating suction that holds the denture in place. However, dentures begin to lose their shape relatively quickly, and even patients who are diligent about maintenance and caring for their denture begin to notice a looser fit over time. These patients often use denture adhesive to improve the stability of their denture. We also offer dental implant supported dentures for those patients looking for improved denture stability.
Partial dentures replace any number of missing teeth along an arch. These partials are crafted from a number of replacement teeth set into a gum colored base that is shaped to fill the gaps in smiles. This removable prosthetic fits between existing teeth, and it is attached to remaining health teeth with metal clasps for support. We also provide dental implant supported partials for patients looking to improve stability of their denture and protect remaining healthy teeth.
Fountain of Youth Dentures
This is an exciting new method of making dentures. We call it “Fountain of Youth Dentures” because the focus in on not only functional and well-fitting dentures, but also on restoring facial esthetics. When teeth are lost, the jaw bones shrink over time. That creates changes that result in lost facial volume and the typical sunken denture appearance. Fountain of Youth Dentures are made using neuromuscular techniques that help restore a more youthful appearance. Traditional dentures do a good job of replacing teeth, but Fountain of Youth Dentures focus on the effect that the denture can have on the whole face. By reversing some of the changes that happen with aging and tooth loss, many patients tell us they look 20 years younger.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are one of the most dreaded restorative dentistry procedures. Most patients associate root canal therapy with the painful toothache that precedes it, but the procedure itself actually relieve toothache pain. Root canals are necessary when dental decay or damage reaches the inner, pulp layer of teeth. The entire nerve system of each tooth is housed within the pulp. Thus, when decay reaches this inner layer, the result is a painful toothache. Root canals are the restorative procedure we use to remove this damaged pulp and nerve tissue and return damaged teeth to their full form and function.
Typically, restorative dentistry services work to revitalize damaged teeth in order to renew oral health, but in some cases, removing the damaged tooth or teeth is the best way to ensure patients’ overall oral health is preserved. We may recommend tooth extraction when decay or damage effects more than half of the tooth, as part of orthodontic treatment, in preparation for denture placement, and to prevent potential damage accompanying wisdom tooth (third molar) eruption. We are happy to offer tooth removal in our practice, and will work with local specialists for more advanced cases.