Restorative & Implants
Some dental problems cannot simply be covered up by cosmetic dentistry. When teeth are seriously damaged or lost, restorative dentistry procedures may be necessary to restore oral function and renew your smile with beautiful results. Our New Jersey dentist, Dr. Harold A. Pollack, is skilled not only in preventative care and cosmetic dentistry treatments, but also in advanced restorative procedures. Dr. Pollack offers a range of services, from tooth-colored fillings to dental implants, that can address damaged or missing teeth with natural-looking results.
The following treatment options can repair seriously decayed, weakened, broken, or missing teeth, as well as relieve pain and restore your smile:
- Dental Implants
- Single Tooth Implants
- Implant Dentures
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Crowns, Onlays, and Inlays
- Dental Bridges
If you have missing teeth, dental implants can provide you with an alternative that eliminates many of the drawbacks associated with ill-fitting traditional dentures. Dental implants are designed to mimic a natural tooth root by becoming a permanent fixture in your mouth. They require no adhesives or pastes, they do not move or slip along the gums, and they do not need any additional maintenance outside of standard brushing and flossing. A custom-designed dental implant can help you improve chewing and speaking while enhancing the appearance of your smile with results that look and feel natural.
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Single Tooth Implants
For patients who have a single missing tooth anywhere in the mouth, a single tooth dental implant may be an ideal solution. Single tooth implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support and can ultimately reduce the potential for bone loss. This treatment can be a good option for patients who are looking for an alternative to a dental bridge for missing tooth replacement.
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Implant dentures offer patients a way to replace partial or full sets of missing teeth with appliances that are more secure and less likely to slip along the gumline. This option can be an effective alternative for individuals who may not be candidates for a full set of dental implants, as well as for those who simply want to stabilize their dentures for results that feel more natural.
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Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite material specifically designed to blend with the shade and color of your existing teeth. Composite fillings should be virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth, and they often provide an excellent complement to other cosmetic dental work. Unlike old metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings treat cavities and decay with a solution that blends in with your natural tooth-color, strengthening the tooth while presenting a more pleasing appearance. Plus, tooth-colored fillings can be placed on your existing teeth while removing only a minimum amount of your existing tooth structure, making this a very conservative treatment.
Crowns, Onlays, and Inlays
Dental crowns, inlays, and onlays are durable restorative treatments that can look just like natural teeth while providing extraordinary protection from harm. A dental crown is a custom-designed restoration that fits over a tooth that has been heavily damaged by trauma or decay. Crowns are often utilized after root canal procedures, and they serve as the final step for dental implants.
Inlays and onlays are also designed to provide damaged teeth with strength and durability. These options are typically utilized when the tooth structure is too compromised by decay or damage to benefit from a filling, but not compromised enough to require a dental crown. Onlays cover and structurally support a damaged tooth. Inlays are inserted within the teeth as standing supports. Our dental team will talk with you about your options and help you determine the best treatment for your needs.
A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. Most bridges consist of an artificial tooth placed between two crowns that are affixed to the adjacent teeth. The entire structure is cemented to the teeth on each side of the gap, making it a permanent fixture in the mouth. There are three types of bridges: traditional, resin-bonded, and cantilever. Depending on the situation, bridges can often be used as an alternative to dental implants. Our dentist, Dr. Harold Pollack, can help you determine whether a dental implant or a dental bridge is better for your needs.
Please feel free to contact Beautiful Smiles with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation.