Restoring Your Smile
If you have missing teeth, damaged teeth, or problems with speaking and eating, our skilled restorative dentistry team at Dr. Patrick L. Quain, DDS may be able to help.
Restorative dentistry is focused on fixing structural problems in your teeth using a wide array of techniques, such as porcelain crowns, veneers, tooth fillings, dental implants, and more. Our skilled team can assess the extent of the problem and consult with you about the best restoration method for you. Whether you need dental implants to replace missing teeth or a dental crown to restore the function of a damaged tooth, our team is here to help.
Dental crowns offer a solution for covering and strengthening damaged teeth while keeping the natural tooth in place. Also called a dental cap, a crown is made of porcelain and is fit over the damaged tooth, covering it up to improve its appearance and function. Crowns are typically necessary if you have decay or damage on a tooth that goes beyond a simple cavity filling. If you need a crown, our skilled restorative dentistry team will first clean any decay from the tooth and shave down the tooth’s size slightly so that the crown will fit. We’ll then take an impression and send the information to a dental laboratory to craft your custom-made crown. In a second visit, we then cement the prosthetic tooth over the damaged tooth, creating a comfortable, restored appearance and feel.
An alternative restorative dentistry option to crowns is porcelain veneers. Unlike crowns, which cover the whole tooth, veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that fit on the front of your tooth. This offers a simple, non-invasive method for restoring function to chipped or otherwise damaged teeth. The veneer will cover over the chip and provide a more comfortable, functional biting surface. The process involves cleaning the tooth and removing a small amount of enamel to make way for the porcelain veneer. We then take an impression of your tooth to make a custom-fit veneer that is bonded to your tooth.
Tooth fillings are used to remove minor decay in your teeth and restore your tooth to its prior function and appearance. The buildup of plaque and tartar over time can eat away at the enamel on your tooth and lead to decay. During a filling, our team cleans out the cavity of decay and fills the space with tooth-colored fillings. This filling closes off spaces that bacteria can enter, restoring your tooth’s function and helping prevent further damage.
Dental implants offer a permanent way to replace one or more missing teeth. The process involves surgically implanting metal posts in your jawbone, which serve as an artificial root for replacement teeth. Unlike dentures, which can slip around in your mouth while you eat, dental implants stay in place and more effectively mimic the feeling and look of natural teeth. Artificial replacement teeth mounted on the implant will become a part of your full smile, restoring your ability to eat and speak more naturally and comfortably.