Smile Repair with Restorative Dentistry in Cherry Hill
Our top priority is helping patients keep their smiles whole and healthy for life, but in some cases, this simply is not possible. When dental decay or damage occurs, we offer a variety of restorative dentistry services to fully renew the form, function, and appearance of patients’ smiles. If you experience dental damage, don’t wait. Contact the Meadvin Dental team right away to schedule an appointment. We take emergency dentistry appointments when facial trauma or toothache occur outside of our regular office hours, and we welcome patients from Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, and other nearby locations.
Traditional Dental Crown & Bridge
Dental crowns are the most frequently used restorative dentistry treatments. This versatile smile repair tool, as the name suggests, fits over the top of a damaged tooth like a crown sitting on someone’s head. Crowns are used to repair even the most significantly damaged teeth to prevent extraction and preserve healthy tooth structure. Dental crowns require two visits to complete. During the initial appointment, we prepare the damaged tooth and capture impressions for use in crafting a custom restoration. During the second visit, we place the custom dental crown. Some of the situations where we recommend dental crowns include:
- Severe damage or decay that may impact overall oral health or the health of surrounding healthy teeth or gum tissue
- Severely misshapen or otherwise cosmetically flawed teeth that cannot be improved through the use of more conservative treatments
- Following root canals, we may place a dental crown over the treated tooth to replace and protect the more fragile dental structure
- When individual teeth are lost, a dental crown can be attached to a single dental implant post to restore the missing tooth in a more natural looking and feeling way
- To replace between one and three consecutive missing teeth, we may attach dental crowns to surrounding healthy teeth to provide an anchor for the prosthetic forming a restoration known as crown and bridge or fixed bridge tooth replacement
Traditionally, to repair minimal chips, cracks, or tooth decay, we recommended silver-colored amalgam fillings. These metal materials offered durable results that caused minimal wear to surrounding teeth. However, in addition to their noticeable appearance within patients’ smiles, amalgam fillings have a number of disadvantages for overall oral health. Metal amalgam expands and contracts when exposed to changes in temperature. This can lead to chipping or cracking of tooth enamel or allow bacteria to access the enamel below the filling causing further tooth decay. Eventually, most amalgam fillings need to be removed and replaced. That’s why the majority of dentists have shifted to relying on tooth-colored, composite resin fillings as their standard of care. In addition to blending seamlessly into patients’ natural smile, composite resin fillings also offer a stronger, longer lasting restoration that preserves a greater amount of dental structure. Composite resin filling material is applied directly to damaged or decayed teeth, shaped in position to fill in even the smallest cracks and gaps in the surface of the tooth, and hardened into position using a curing light. By molding the resin into place directly onto the surface of teeth, a stronger bond is created between the filling and the natural dental structure, and less structure is lost in the placing of the filling. Additionally, the composite material does not expand and contract as much as amalgam making it less likely to chip, crack, or break away over time.
Partial & Full Dentures
Patients who experience significant tooth loss may consider partial or full dentures. Partial dentures, sometimes referred to simply as partials, are crafted by placing any number of consecutive or nonconsecutive replacement teeth into a gum colored base. The partials fill gaps in patients’ smiles like a puzzle piece, and they are held in position with metal clasps or bars. Full dentures are used to restore an entire row of missing teeth. Prosthetic teeth are set into a gum colored base that is custom crafted to fit firmly against the gums and jawbone. When made properly, dentures are held in place through natural suction alone, and should be refitted or remade on a regular basis in order to ensure optimal comfort. Patients with full or partial dentures should have their prosthetics examined by the dentist during every six month dental checkup. Additionally, dentures need to be cleaned and cared for on a daily basis just like natural teeth. Our dentist or hygienists can help you establish a thorough care plan to keep your dentures and remaining dental structures healthy. In addition to traditional, removable partial and full dentures, our team offers dental implant-retained dentures for superior comfort, stability, and a more natural overall look and feel. Implant supported partial and full dentures are available in fixed and removable options depending on patient comfort and preference.
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Root Canal Treatment
There are few phrases in the dental field that can strike greater fear into patients than “root canal,” but we have some good news. While the severe toothache that proceeds root canal therapy is painful, the treatment itself is relatively comfortable and fast healing. We simply drill an access hole in the tooth, extract the infected tissue, refill the treated tooth, and in most cases, we place a dental crown to protect the tooth and restore the full form and function to patients’ damaged teeth.
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