With modern advances in reconstructive dentistry, there’s no reason why you have to live with damage to your teeth. From a small cavity to a missing tooth, we have treatments that can restore your teeth to their beautiful and functional best. If you are unhappy with the state of your smile, even if it’s suffered serious damage or decay, it’s likely that reconstructive dentistry has a solution for you.
This page describes some of the more common problems we see in reconstructive dentistry, and the solutions available for them. However, the best way to know what treatment might be right for you is to schedule an appointment. Please call (702) 873-0324 or email dentist, Dr. James B. Polley in the Summerlin area.
Reconstructive Dentistry for Dental Decay
If you have advanced decay in your teeth, reconstructive dentistry usually has a solution. For minor decay, teeth-colored composite fillings can be used. These are a form of plastic that include ceramic particles in them to improve durability. These can be easily shaped in your tooth and polished to look attractive. If you have more advanced decay, we might recommend porcelain inlays or onlays, which not only have the luster of natural tooth material—they can add strength to your damaged teeth. These can be made while you wait using our CEREC system, so you can have your procedure finished today.
If bacteria have made their way into your tooth, a root canal can remove the infected nerve tissue and seal your tooth to protect it. Sometimes, though, a tooth is so decayed that we may recommend it be removed.
Teeth Damaged by Trauma: Chips, Cracks, and Breaks
Your teeth are also vulnerable to damage by moments of extreme force. This may be due to a car accident, sports accident, or misuse of your teeth as tools. Small, unattractive chips in your front teeth can be corrected through reconstructive dentistry with porcelain veneers, but if your tooth is damaged enough that the nerve is exposed, we will recommend that it be repaired with a dental crown that can protect as well as strengthen your tooth.
Replacing a Missing Tooth through Reconstructive Dentistry
Whether it’s due to traumatic damage or tooth decay, if you find yourself missing one or more teeth, don’t worry. Reconstructive dentistry can help with multiple tooth replacement options.
Dental implants are the most exciting reconstructive dentistry option for missing teeth because they are anchored in your jawbone, which allows them to look and function just like your natural teeth. If you’re not a good candidate for dental implants, a dental bridge is a restoration in which is anchored in your mouth so it won’t slip or click when you eat or talk.
We can make dental bridges in our office using CEREC, which means that you can often get your dental bridge placed the same day your teeth are ready to receive it. You won’t have to wear a temporary bridge or crowns, or leave the office with a gap in your smile.
If you have a damaged smile, you don’t have to accept it, you can fix it with reconstructive dentistry. To learn the best way to fix your smile problems, please call (702) 873-0324 or email our office, conveniently located in central Summerlin, in the Summerlin area.