Almost everyone will experience tooth decay at some point in his or her life. Restorative dentistry treats all phases of tooth decay, from simple cavity fillings to entire tooth replacements.
If you have a tooth that is chipped, cracked, badly decayed, or otherwise weakened, one of our dentists may suggest a crown for your treatment. Crowns maintain the esthetic appearance of teeth by covering the entire visible surface of the tooth, while adding significant reinforcement and protection to the tooth. After removing all areas of decay, we will take an impression of the tooth to be crowned and send it to the dental laboratory to create the crown. Porcelain crowns are extremely natural looking, which makes them an ideal choice for visible teeth.
Fixed BridgesFixed bridges can improve chewing and esthetic appearance, restoring the smile with a more permanent solution than dentures. Bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. We will prepare the adjacent teeth and take an impression of the area to send to the send to the laboratory to prepare a customized bridge. The bridge is set into place and the artificial tooth is securely cemented to the adjacent teeth, restoring the attractive natural appearance and functionality of the tooth that was lost.Root Canal TherapyThe inside of each tooth is filled with "pulp", which carries the tooth's blood supply and nerves. If bacteria gain access to the pulp, through a fracture or deep cavity, the pulp may become infected, leading to pain and a risk of tooth loss. In a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp and replace it with a rubber sealant. The tooth is then sometimes covered with a protective crown, which reinforces the tooth against future fractures and enhances the tooth's appearance. Root canals have an extremely high success rate in saving teeth that would otherwise be lost to infection. The only alternative to root canal therapy is a tooth extraction.Tooth ExtractionsThere are a number of different reasons a tooth may need to be extracted (pulled). Some teeth are removed because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. In some cases, the tooth is simply not repairable, with decay extending far below the gum-line extensive bone loss due to periodontal disease. Learn more about tooth extractions.Sedation DentistryA trip to the dentist is something most people do not look forward to. At Manning Family Dental, we make every effort to be gentle to our patients. We are sensitive to the needs of each patient and do our best to make each office visit a positive experience. We care about each one of our patients and treat them with gentle, loving care. Learn more about our sedation dentistry.
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