Twin Falls, ID
At Summit Dental Care, we strive to educate and help our patients prevent dental problems before they occur. Learning proper hygiene techniques and applying a daily routine can lessen problems, but we understand that problems can still occur. Other factors often come into play. When problems arise, we provide a wide range of restorative dentistry solutions. Our restorative services are designed to improve your oral health additionally, we can restore the function while increasing the aesthetics of your smile.
Dental fillings are the most common restoration. We use them to repair minor to moderate instances of tooth decay. Most fillings are done using composite resin which is a strong, durable material. We use it because composite it is moldable, easy to use, requires less manipulation to the tooth and patients love that we can color match it to their natural teeth. In the past, composite resin was considered less durable than amalgam fillings, but the material today is stronger and better, making it a great option.
Sometimes referred to as a cap, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped shell that surrounds a tooth to add strength and structure to a damaged or weakened tooth. We can customize a full crown, which completely encases the tooth, or a dental inlay or onlay that protects only the damaged portion. Dental crowns serve as a shield to the tooth giving it an added layer of protection.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that we use to replace missing teeth. It can be used to replace one or up to three missing teeth on the same arch. A dental bridge works by using two dental crowns that are placed over healthy neighboring teeth or surgically inserted dental implants to anchor the device with false teeth between. Using natural teeth or a series of dental implants, we can even restore multiple teeth, rebuilding and restoring your function and your facial shape.
If you are missing all your teeth on one or both arches, an option you might want to consider is implant supported dentures. We can discuss the creation of a bar-retained, implant supported overdenture or the All-on-4® Treatment Concept. Implant supported dentures optimizes both the benefits of comprehensive dentures with a permanent form of retention. No adhesives, no loose dentures, they will feel much more natural, restoring your chewing function along with supporting your facial structure and improving your speech.
The difference between a dental bridge and a partial denture is the ability to remove the device when needed. Some of our more medically delicate patients prefer this option. Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. A partial denture attaches to the surrounding teeth through the use of metal clasps. A complete denture is the fabrication of an entire arch of false teeth and gums. It consists of a flesh-colored acrylic base and prosthetic teeth. We offer custom-fit dentures as a more comfortable, functional, and durable solution and are happy to discuss permanent stability options.
Inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as a ¾ crown. They are ideal for areas of decay that are too large for a filling, but not large enough to require the placement of a dental crown. Some patients prefer to have as minimal disturbance with the natural tooth as possible. An inlay is placed in the occlusal (bite) surface of a tooth. An onlay extends on top of a tooth, or can even be placed on the outer layer of a tooth.
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions mean that the tooth is fully erupted, and we are able to grasp around it, lift it with our tools and pull it cleanly from its socket. A surgical extraction is performed on a tooth that is impacted, or has yet to erupt, such as wisdom teeth. Oftentimes, surgical extractions are referred to an oral surgeon. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and other complications.
A root canal is a procedure we can perform to save a tooth that has a deep canal infection; without it the tooth will require an extraction. Saving your natural teeth is best for your oral health as many other complications arise from missing teeth. Once the infection has been removed, we then disinfect the area and fill it with a material to assist in preventing future infection. In most cases, a tooth will require a dental crown be placed to protect the now weakened tooth following Root Canal Therapy.
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