Restorative and Cosmetic Services
Composite (White) Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are the most lifelike material used to fill cavities. Composite fillings can be done in one visit. Once the decay is removed, the tooth is filled with this composite material that hardens immediately after placement.
Cosmetic bonding is the process of filling or restoring teeth with a tooth-colored material in order to maintain a natural appearance.
Pulp Therapy (Pulp Capping, Pulpotomy)
Pulp therapy refers to treatment of the areas around or inside the pulp (nerve) chamber of the tooth in order to preserve the tooth. If the pulp of a tooth is traumatized or affected by decay it will gradually worsen without treatment. Pulp therapy involves the removal of decay, medicating the area around or in the pulp chamber, and placing a restoration in order to prevent the pulp from dying. In the case of a primary (baby) tooth, the goal is to preserve it until it naturally exfoliates (falls out). For permanent teeth, pulp therapy can often prevent the need for more extensive treatment including root canal therapy.
Dental Crowns (Ceramic White or Stainless Steel)
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the outside of a severely decayed tooth. Dental crowns can be completed in two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared (shaved down) and an impression is taken. A temporary crown is placed while the permanent crown is being made. During the second visit, the permanent crown is carefully fitted and then cemented into place for a permanent restoration.
A dental extraction is the removal of extremely decayed or broken teeth. To perform an extraction, the area is anesthetized to minimize discomfort and the tooth is then carefully removed from its socket.