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It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to good health. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance, and function.

Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always discuss with you the available options, and recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment.

Some of the restorative procedures we offer may include the following:

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  Bonding:
  Whether you need a filling, a repair to a chipped edge or surface, or stain removal, bonding involves permanently attaching dental materials to your teeth using dental adhesives and a high-intensity curing light.
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  Fillings:
  A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay, or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite, porcelain, and silver or gold amalgam, may be used to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing and surface restoration. Fillings become part of the tooth mechanically and molecularly, strengthening and protecting the tooth. White/tooth-colored fillings can also cover metal fillings that are deemed cosmetically unattractive today. Additionally, some fillings today release fluoride into the tooth to protect against further decay.
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  Inlays/Onlays:
  Inlays/onlays are used to restore teeth without having to remove healthier tooth structure. Whereas dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, and crowns are implanted under the gums, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded directly to the damaged tooth. Inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of materials (e.g., gold, porcelain) and offer a well-fitting, strong, long-lasting reparative solution to tooth decay or similar damage.
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  Crowns:
 

The purpose of a dental crown is to encompass and protect a needy tooth with a custom-designed tooth material, much like a fitted cap. Crowns can be good solutions for tooth cracks, excessive tooth decay, teeth grinding, and improper bites. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, with a metal base (like gold).

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  Bridges:
 

One or more missing teeth can adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Dental bridges, like implants and dentures, are used to replace missing teeth and are very popular today. Crown bridges are typically made of porcelain, with a metal or nonmetal base. The shade of the crown will perfectly match the shade of existing teeth.

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  Dentures:
 

Complete dentures are used to replace missing teeth for people with no remaining teeth. Dentures may also be used for people who have lost several teeth. In this case, the appliance is called a partial denture or full overdenture and is placed on permanent implants. Dentures are typically made of plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. They may have retaining clips/clasps to help keep the new teeth in place, but clips/clasps can be eliminated by means of attachments.

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  Implants:
 

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually made of titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone (in a process called osseointegration). Implants can be used to replace a missing tooth, support an entire set of teeth, or retain an overdenture. In some cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all biting and chewing functionality.

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  Root canal therapy:
 

A root canal is a dental procedure that is used to remove diseased pulp tissue from the interior canals of a tooth. Once an affected tooth's canals are sufficiently cleansed and shaped, they are filled with artificial filling materials designed to prevent pain and infection from recurring. Root canal therapy restores and saves an average of 17 million teeth each year.

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