Restorative Dentistry - Glendale, AZ
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Restorative Dentistry at Glendale Dental Smiles
At Glendale Dental Smiles in Glendale, AZ, we offer a range of restorative dentistry treatments to help our patients restore their smiles and improve their oral health. Led by experienced dentist Dr. Feldhake, our team is dedicated to providing high-quality, personalized care to help our patients achieve their dental goals.
In restorative dentistry, our goal is to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth to restore the function and appearance of the mouth. We offer a range of treatments and services to help our patients achieve their ideal smiles, including:
When a tooth is damaged, a dentist will remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth and then fill the empty space with a filling material. Several types of filling materials can be used, including composite resin, amalgam, and gold. Composite resin is a popular choice because it can be matched to the color of the natural teeth, and it bonds well to the tooth structure. Amalgam is a more durable and long-lasting option, but it is not as aesthetically pleasing because it is silver in color. Gold fillings are also durable and long-lasting, but they are more expensive.
Once the filling material has been placed, the dentist will shape and polish it to restore the natural contours of the tooth. This helps to ensure that the filling is comfortable and does not interfere with the tooth's function.
In addition to repairing teeth that have been damaged by decay or injury, dental fillings can also be used to protect teeth that are at high risk of developing decay. For example, if a tooth has a deep pit or fissure, a dentist may recommend placing a filling to prevent bacteria from entering and causing decay.
Overall, dental fillings are an important part of restorative dentistry and can help restore damaged teeth' function and appearance. If you think you may need a filling, we recommend speaking with your dentist to determine the best treatment option for your individual needs.
At Glendale Dental Smiles in Glendale, AZ, we offer root canal therapy to help patients who are experiencing severe tooth decay or infection. Root canal therapy is a common dental treatment that is designed to remove infected or damaged tissue from inside the tooth and to prevent further infection or damage.
Root canal therapy is typically recommended when the pulp of the tooth (the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels) becomes infected or damaged. This can be caused by tooth decay, a cracked or chipped tooth, or trauma to the tooth.
An infected or damaged pulp can lead to severe pain, abscesses, and tooth loss if left untreated. Root canal therapy is a safe and effective way to treat the infected or damaged pulp and to save the tooth.
Dr. Feldhake will first numb the tooth and surrounding area during a root canal procedure with local anesthesia. The dentist will then make a small opening in the top of the tooth to access the pulp. Using small instruments, the dentist will carefully remove the infected or damaged tissue from inside the tooth.
Once the infected tissue has been removed, the dentist will clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth to prevent further infection. The dentist will then fill the empty space inside the tooth with a special material called gutta-percha. This material helps to seal the inside of the tooth and prevent bacteria from entering.
After the root canal procedure is complete, the dentist will place a temporary filling in the opening on the top of the tooth. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth to create a custom-made crown, which will be placed on the tooth to protect it and restore its function.
Root canal therapy is typically a safe and effective way to save a tooth that is infected or damaged. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during or after
Dental crowns are a common type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair teeth that are damaged or decayed. A dental crown is a custom-made cap that is designed to fit over the existing tooth, providing it with added strength and support.
Several types of crowns are available, including porcelain, ceramic, and metal. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are popular choices because they can match the color of the natural teeth and provide a natural-looking result. On the other hand, metal crowns are more durable and long-lasting, but they are not as aesthetically pleasing because they are silver or gold in color.
In addition to repairing damaged or decayed teeth, dental crowns can also be used for a variety of other restorative dentistry applications. For example, crowns can be used to:
- Protect teeth that are at high risk of breaking or fracturing
- Cover and support a tooth that has had a root canal
- Attach a dental bridge
- Attach to a dental implant
To place a dental crown, the dentist will first numb the tooth and the surrounding area with local anesthesia. The dentist will then remove any decay or damage from the tooth and shape it to prepare it for the crown. Once the tooth is ready, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth to create a custom-made crown.
While the crown is being made, the dentist will place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it and to allow the patient to eat and speak normally. When the custom-made crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the new crown in place.
Overall, dental crowns are an important part of restorative dentistry and can help to restore the function and appearance of damaged or decayed teeth. If you think you need a crown, we recommend speaking with your dentist to determine the best treatment option for your needs.
A dental bridge is a dental appliance used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is typically made of porcelain and is attached to the natural teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth. The artificial teeth, known as pontics, are then attached to the bridge and cemented into place.
Dental bridges are a popular treatment option for replacing missing teeth because they are relatively affordable and can be completed in just a few dental visits. Bridges are also strong and durable and can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
There are several different types of dental bridges, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges are the most common type and are composed of an artificial tooth (or teeth) suspended between two crowns that are attached to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they only have crowns on one side of the artificial tooth (or teeth). On the other hand, Maryland bridges are attached to the natural teeth using a metal or porcelain framework and do not require crowns.
While dental bridges can be a highly effective treatment for missing teeth, but it is important to remember that they are not suitable for everyone. In order to be a candidate for a dental bridge, you must have healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth (or teeth) to support the bridge. You must also have good oral health overall, and your gums must be free of infection and inflammation.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Implants are small titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. Once the implants have healed, artificial teeth are attached to the implants to restore the appearance and function of natural teeth.
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Dentures are removable appliances that are used to replace missing teeth. We offer both full and partial dentures to suit our patients' needs. Learn more about dentures on our missing teeth repair page!
Ready to Restore Your Smile at Glendale dental smiles?
At Glendale Dental Smiles, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Feldhake, has extensive training and experience in restorative dentistry and is dedicated to helping our patients achieve their ideal smiles.
If you are in need of restorative dentistry treatments, we invite you to visit our office in Glendale, AZ. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you determine the best treatment options for your individual needs. To schedule an appointment, please get in touch with us today. We look forward to helping you achieve your ideal smile!