It’s easy to forget how important your teeth are—until one breaks or goes missing! The old saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” rings particularly true here. Teeth help you to speak properly, to enjoy a healthy diet, and to share joyous smiles with loved ones. At KB Dental, we understand the importance of healthy teeth for a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, if you have a tooth or teeth suffering from damage or decay, we can easily repair and restore your smile so you can get back to the things that matter most.
You’ve probably had at least one cavity filled in your life—maybe you still have some ancient ruins of metal fillings lurking in your mouth from the dark days of dentistry’s past. Thankfully, today, we use durable and natural-looking tooth-colored resin to fill cavities, stop decay, and restore teeth back to their healthy, beautiful condition.
Compared with their old metal counterparts, tooth-colored fillings can better withstand biting forces and temperature changes so they’re more stable and durable. Tooth-colored fillings are also a healthier alternative because they don’t use toxic mercury, and—of course—one of the best features is they blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth so there’s no more unsightly dark spots.
If you have an area of decay that’s too large to fill with a simple filling, but not extensive enough to warrant a full crown, you may be the perfect candidate for an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays are intermediate restorations that allow us to fill large cavities, replace old metal fillings, and prevent the need for removing healthy tooth structure as would be required for a full crown.
Inlays are smaller and repair damage contained within the cusp or the outer ridges of the tooth, while onlays are larger and extend beyond the cusp. Inlays and onlays are a wonderful conservative treatment option that can be color-matched to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. No one will ever know the difference and you’ll be able to smile with confidence knowing your tooth is healthy and your smile is seamless.
At KB Dental, our crowns are fit for royalty—but you don’t have to have royal blood to receive the royal treatment! If you have a tooth that’s been damaged by decay or injury and is past the point of repairing with a filling, inlay or onlay, we recommend a crown to bring the tooth back to full health, function, and aesthetics.
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps fitted over any remaining healthy tooth structure. Crowns do require preparation of the natural tooth to make room for the crown and ensure the best fit and strongest bond. At KB Dental, we make high-quality dental crowns from durable and natural-looking tooth-colored porcelain that looks, feels, and functions just like the real thing.
If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you may need a bridge to fill the gap and restore balance, health, function, and aesthetics to your smile. If the missing tooth is in the front, replacing it is an obvious decision, but many folks ask us, “Do I need to replace it if it’s in the back and it doesn’t bother me?” The short answer is, yes.
When teeth go missing, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift and rotate to fill in the gap. This can cause a domino effect of problems including alignment and bite changes, TMJ and headaches. Porcelain bridges consist of one or more fabricated teeth, anchored to surrounding teeth with crowns on either side, and can help prevent all the negative consequences associated with missing teeth.
If you’re interested in dental implants or an implant-supported bridge, read more on our Dental Implants page.
We know the loss of your natural teeth can be traumatic—there’s a reason we have stress dreams about losing teeth!—but replacing them shouldn’t have to be. At KB Dental, we love to create durable, functional, and natural-looking dentures and partial dentures that dramatically improve our patients’ lives for the better.
If you’re considering dentures for the first time, or you’re dealing with old dentures that don’t stay put, we would love to help you. With our modern dentures options, you can speak naturally, enjoy your favorite foods again, and smile with the confidence that these are your best years yet.
If you’re interested in dental implants or implant-supported dentures you can learn more on our Dental Implants page.
Root canals are a little different than your average restorative dentistry techniques because they require the removal of an infection from inside a tooth. If you’re experiencing a toothache or signs of infection like inflammation or swelling, redness, pus, or a bad taste in the mouth, you may have an infected tooth that should be treated with a root canal as soon as possible if you wish to save the tooth.
We know root canals have earned a bad rap over the years, so much so they’re often used as the standard for something you would rather not do. But we want you to know root canals have come a long way in recent years and today they’re usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.
First, Dr. Bartz will numb the area with a painless injection to ensure you don’t feel a thing. Then she will create a small access hole in the tooth, through which she will use specialized instruments to carefully remove the infection. She will then sterilize and fill the chamber to prevent further infection and seal the tooth with a crown to restore it to health. See, that wasn’t so bad!
If you have any questions about restorative dentistry or you’re ready to schedule a consultation with your Heath restorative dentist, Dr. Bartz at KB Dental, give us a call today or request an appointment easily online. We look forward to helping you discover the joys of health, beauty, and confidence—it all starts with your smile!