Genetics, trauma, gum disease, missteps in oral care habits, and other factors can all take a heavy toll on the health and function of teeth. We aim to help our patients recover as fully as possible from such issues through our range of restorative services, many of which are listed in the sections that follow. We design each individual treatment plan for restorative dentistry in Lebanon, NH with the goal of providing reliable and comfortable function, as well as aesthetic appeal.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that we place over the entire portion of a tooth that is visible above the gumline. In most cases, a crown’s goal is to protect a vulnerable tooth. Crowns may also be used to replace teeth altogether as part of a dental bridge. A typical bridge consists of two crowns, which get placed on the teeth next to an empty space. The crowns support an artificial tooth between them.
In the past, dentists always relied on a metal-based material known as silver amalgam to fill in cavities. While the amalgam had its advantages, a superior option is available today. Tooth-colored fillings are made out of a composite resin that blends in smoothly with the color of the surrounding dentition. In addition to looking beautiful, they also offer some distinct oral health benefits. For example, they require less tooth preparation than metal fillings.
The traditional method of placing a dental crown requires at least two appointments, which are usually spaced out across several weeks. Modern technology allows us to streamline that process. Many patients are now able to receive a permanent dental crown in just one appointment. After we prepare a tooth, we create a digital impression of it with an advanced dental scanner. Our in-house ceramic milling unit uses that impression to craft a custom-designed restoration.
Dentures are a tried and true tooth replacement option that has helped generations of patients. A traditional denture consists of an entire row of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base, while a partial denture replaces multiple teeth throughout a dental arch. Such dentures restore a degree of chewing power and can be quite aesthetically pleasing. For patients who are looking for an even more reliable way to rebuild their smile, we offer implant-retained dentures.