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Restorative Dentistry

restorative dentistry tempe arizonaFor almost everyone, restorations are inevitable. This is because tooth decay is an infectious disease that affects up to 99% of the population. Moreover, as we age, our teeth become weaker and can break, chip and crack with wear and tear. Restorations like fillings, crowns and bridges are necessary because teeth cannot self-repair after permanent damage. When providing restorations, Dr. Heap and our staff at Beautiful Dentistry strive to improve more than just oral health. We aim to restore appearance and oral function.

Tooth-Colored Restorations

Restoring damaged and diseased teeth does not mean that a patient’s appearance has to suffer. At Beautiful Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored restorations – including composite resin fillings and porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays. Composite resin is a compound that is biocompatible and natural looking. It bonds to the teeth quite well, making it a durable restoration. As for more extensive restorations such as inlays and crowns, patients can choose porcelain, which perfectly blends in with the color of a tooth and reflects light the way that natural tooth structure does.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are highly customized because they are much more extensive restorations than fillings, inlays or onlays. Crowns are shaped like a tooth and cover all tooth structure above the gums. Bridges are a series of crowns that are used to replace lost teeth. A bridge anchors on each side to biological teeth and can replace up to a series of four teeth. Crowns and bridges can be constructed from a few different types of materials, including metals like gold and silver and natural compounds like porcelain. Another natural-looking and durable option for these restorations is porcelain fused to metal.

While many crowns and bridges are custom made in dental laboratories, Dr. Heap offers same-day crowns that are milled on site at our practice as a convenience to our patients. Using revolutionary computer software (E4D) and a high-tech milling machine, our dentist can place a permanent, custom crown on the same day as a patient’s initial appointment. This service greatly reduces wait time for a custom restoration. E4D can also mill porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays.

Dental Bonding

Using the same compound as tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding involves applying composite resin to damaged areas of teeth. This treatment can fill in cracks and fractures and repair chipped teeth. Dental bonding has both restorative and cosmetic applications.

To schedule a checkup or cleaning at Beautiful Dentistry, call our practice today.

Common Questions

Restorations make up a very important part of dentistry. While our teeth contain many of the same minerals as bone, they are different in the sense that teeth cannot self-heal after enduring permanent damage. Since a tooth cannot heal on its own, it must be treated with a restoration to protect both its external and internal structure from damage and decay.

Common restorations include fillings, inlays, and dental crowns. A restoration essentially means that another material is bonded over a tooth’s surface to protect it. Most people prefer the appearance of porcelain and composite resin over metal-based restorations because they look very lifelike. Porcelain and composite restorations can blend in seamlessly with biological tooth structure so that patients enjoy very natural looking, discreet dental work.

The cost of restorations can vary for a couple of reasons. First, there are different types of restorations that come in different types of materials. These two factors can affect the cost of dental work substantially. Fortunately, after consulting with our dentist, we can give more accurate cost estimates based on what our dentist recommends. If you have dental insurance, your carrier might cover some of the costs. Be sure to check your dental insurance policy for an explanation of benefits.

If your tooth is decayed or injured, a restoration is necessary to protect the rest of your tooth from developing more damage. Minor decay, for example, can be treated with a filling. A filling is a small restoration that fills in the depression of a tooth where a cavity forms. More substantial restorations are necessary for larger areas of injury or decay. Inlays and onlays are examples of more extensive restorations. An onlay fits over the cusp of a tooth and down its side while an inlay fits in between all the cusps of a tooth. If a tooth is badly damaged but can be saved, it will likely be treated with a dental crown. A crown fits over the top of a tooth and extends down all its sides.

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