If we are unable to prevent dental damage, Rodney L. Allen, DDS and his skilled dental team offer a wide array of restorative dentistry solutions to repair damage and renew oral health. Whether you just need a minor filling or a full tooth replacement, our experienced dentist and team offer a treatment option to meet your needs. Whatever your dental health concern, call our team to schedule an appointment. We may even be able to offer an emergency dental appointment for you on the same day you call.
Dental crowns are restorations crafted to fit over the top of damaged teeth to restore the lost structure and effective function of the tooth. To replace one to three consecutive teeth, we can also use two dental crowns to support replacement teeth that are called pontics. These pontics are fused together and attached to dental crowns on both sides, creating a fixed bridge prosthetic. The crowns are then anchored to healthy teeth on either side of the gap.
Crowns and bridges are crafted from a variety of materials including durable gold, cosmetically superior porcelain fused to metal, and completely metal free all-ceramic. Whatever material we determine is ideal for your restoration, you’ll need to plan to visit our office at least two times. During your first appointment, we’ll prepare your tooth, capture impressions for the dental lab, and place a temporary restoration to protect your tooth. Once we receive the final crown from our dental lab, you’ll return to exchange your temporary for a custom crown or bridge.
To treat minor decay or damage, we recommend dental fillings. Traditionally, dentists used silver-colored metal amalgam to repair damaged teeth. However, in addition to their unnatural appearance, amalgam fillings also require the removal of healthy dental structure to provide support for the restoration. We typically recommend tooth-colored fillings because of their natural appearance and because the placement procedure allows us to preserve the greatest amount of dental structure. We can custom shade the composite resin filling material to blend seamlessly into your smile. Once we have the coloring we’re looking for, we apply the putty-like resin directly to your damaged tooth. Then, we shape the filling into position and use a curing light to harden and bond the composite resin in place. We then smooth and polish the filling to recreate your flawless smile.
If you experience a severe toothache, dental sensitivity to temperature changes, or you notice discoloration of a specific tooth, you may be in need of root canal therapy. Root canals are necessary when damage or decay reaches the interior part of the tooth that is known as the pulp. While the toothache leading up to the procedure is painful, the root canal itself is actually quite comfortable. We numb the area to be treated and drill a small access hole from the top of the tooth into the pulp layer. We then remove the pulp and nerve from the tooth, refill it, and seal the access hole. In most cases, we also place a dental crown to strengthen and protect the root canal treated tooth.
We will do everything within our power to help you preserve your natural teeth. However, when too much of a tooth has been damaged or decayed, you’re in need of orthodontic treatment due to crowding, or your jaw does not have the space to accommodate the eruption of third molars, tooth extraction may be the right treatment option. If we determine removing your tooth is necessary to preserve overall oral health, Dr. Allen has the training and experience to complete the procedure safely and comfortably in our office.