Our Restorative Dentistry Services:
During a routine appointment, Dr. Walmsley will perform a comprehensive exam to determine the condition of your oral health. The exam typically involves mechanical and radiographic techniques to analyze the surfaces of your teeth, gums, and underlying bone. Once we have accurately diagnosed your oral health condition, we can move forward with treatment.
There are four primary types of material used to restore teeth: porcelain, dental amalgam, composite resin, and gold. Porcelain is used for restorations where aesthetics are the main concern. Of all the restoration materials, porcelain best mimics the light-reflecting properties of natural enamel. Resin composite is also an aesthetically-pleasing material that can be used for minor alterations, although it is not as durable as porcelain. Dental amalgam (silver) and gold are the most durable of the materials but offer little in aesthetics. These materials are best used for restorations in the posterior region of the mouth.
Repairing Damaged Teeth
If left untreated, the bacteria in dental plaque can wreak havoc on your teeth, eventually leading to cavities. Our first line of defense against a cavity is a dental filling. Dental fillings are designed to restore the aesthetics and structural integrity of a decayed tooth. Resin composite is the most common material used for dental fillings because they can be matched to the color of your tooth. They can also be placed in both the posterior and anterior region of the mouth. While amalgam (silver) fillings are less common this day, there are certain circumstances where they may be necessary.
Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are used to restore teeth with moderate to severe decay. Unlike regular fillings, indirect fillings are prefabricated in a dental laboratory and placed at a later date. Indirect fillings are considered a conservative alternative to dental crowns.
When a tooth has been severely damaged, cracked, or subject to extensive restoration that threatens the rest of the tooth, Dr. Walmsley may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are used to help save a tooth from extraction. Like most restorations, crowns can be fabricated from gold, porcelain, or another ceramic material. To place a crown, Dr. Walmsley will completely reshape the enamel of the tooth. After the crown has been fabricated, it will be permanently cemented into place.
Replacing Missing Teeth
If the tooth is beyond saving, Dr. Walmsley will recommend a tooth extraction. Luckily, we offer several forms of tooth replacement treatment, two of which are bridges and dental implants.
A traditional bridge, literally "bridges" the space left by a missing tooth using two dental crowns and a pontic, or false tooth. To receive a bridge, your adjacent teeth will have to be reshaped.
Dental implants tend to be the ideal solution for tooth loss. An implant-supported restoration will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. The implant, a small titanium screw, is surgically embedding into your jawbone and serves as the root component of a prosthesis.
For patients missing most or all of their teeth, LakeView Dental Arts also offers several denture options.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are interested in restorative dentistry, call (865) 248-2199, and schedule your appointment now!