No matter how careful we are, things happen—and they can happen to our teeth. Restorative dentistry strengthens, repairs, and replaces teeth and can bring your smile back to health, form, and function.
Extensive scientific studies have affirmed the safety of metal amalgam fillings, but many people remain concerned about potential trace mercury content of those materials. If you have an old metal filling that is cracked, broken, or is severely decayed underneath, it should be replaced—otherwise, cosmetic concerns would be the only reason to remove a sound, functional metal amalgam filling. Your health and safety are our main concern, and Family Dental Practice can answer any questions you may have about metal amalgam fillings—and safely remove and replace them, if that’s the option you choose. Whatever your situation, we are here for you!
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite materials—plastics, porcelain, and resins that mimic qualities of natural teeth, including translucency and resistance to wear. Once a cavity has been removed and filled with these materials, it strengthens the tooth for an added feeling of security. Tooth-colored fillings are aesthetically pleasing, color-matched to natural teeth to blend in almost seamlessly and are durable enough to withstand moderate chewing pressure in small- to medium-size cavities. Tooth-colored fillings also preserve more of the natural tooth structure than the metal amalgam fillings of yesteryear once did.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps fitted to and placed over the visible portion of a tooth at and above the gum line to restore their shape, size, and appearance. A crown can strengthen a tooth in addition to providing cosmetic improvement, repairing breakage or excessive wear, holding a dental bridge in place, or covering a large filling or dental implant. Family Dental Practice has an in-office milling machine that allows us to fabricate custom-fit crowns the same day—no more temporaries, waiting for a lab, or multiple appointments! We’ll get you right back to your busy life with a smile you can count on.
Crown lengthening is a procedure that removes gum and bone tissue to reveal sufficient tooth structure above the gum line to support a filling or crown restoration. This can be necessary when a tooth breaks off at the gum line or when a crown or filling falls out of a tooth to reveal decay underneath. In other situations, patients are dissatisfied with an excessive amount of gum tissue around their upper teeth and desire a more balanced, less “gummy” smile. If these are among your dental concerns, Dr. Buchholtz or Dr. Garro can determine if you are a candidate for crown lengthening during your visit.
A dental bridge is used to cover a space where a tooth or teeth are missing. Bridges are fixed restorations that are cemented or connected to natural teeth or implants adjacent to the site of the missing tooth. A bridge can restore your smile, help maintain your facial and jaw structure, and help you chew, speak, and bite properly. They also keep your remaining teeth from shifting and compromising your bite. There are several different types of dental bridges, and Family Dental Practice can discuss all your options and help you decide which type of bridge would be best for you.
Complete dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth, while partial dentures replace some, but not all of the teeth. Like other tooth replacement options, dentures and partials can improve facial appearance, maintain the integrity of the face and jaw structure, and help wearers chew and speak more easily. A partial denture is usually removable, so many dentists find patients are more satisfied with a bridge or dental implants. Dentures can also be implant-supported. For more information about dental implants and implant-supported denture options, please see our dental implants page.
A root canal treats the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth, removing tissue damaged by infection in order to save the tooth. Saving natural teeth is the preferred option for any dentist, and modern root canal treatment has a high success rate, often restoring the tooth for life. Once the infected pulp tissue has been removed from inside the tooth, your Watertown dentists sterilize and seal the tooth chamber, finishing the process with a beautiful, customized crown. Despite some negative publicity over the years, today’s technology and anesthetics have made a root canal comparable to having a cavity filled.
With extended office hours we can find an appointment time that works with your busy schedule. We are also available for emergency appointments on the weekends. We offer comprehensive dental care in the office to include orthodontics, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric care and more. Don’t wait to take care of your oral health, contact us today for an appointment.