Restorative dentistry procedures used by our Grand Rapids dentists help patients reduce or eliminate issues of dental pain and discomfort. Using today’s advanced dental techniques, the Grand Rapids restorative dentists will work with you to restore one tooth, several teeth or provide you with a full set of custom-fitted dentures.
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- Amalgam/Composite Fillings Gallery
- Dental Implants
- Dentures & Partial Dentures
- Root Canal Therapy
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement used in restorative dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. While there are several types of dental implants available, the most widely accepted and used option is the osseointegrated implant, based on the fact that titanium can be successfully fused into bone. This forms a structural and functional connection between the living bone and the implant. A variation on the implant procedure is the implant-supported bridge or implant supported a denture.
Individuals missing one or more teeth looking for a permanent replacement solution may opt to use an implant crown. An implant crown is a composite reproduction of the lost tooth that is placed over a dental implant or post. The implant crown replicates the original tooth in shape, size, strength and appearance. When the crown adheres in place, it will fully encase the entire visible portion of the dental implant. If you are considering a dental implant, our Grand Rapids implant dentist can help you decide whether or not you need an implant crown. Learn more about Dental Implants here.
The Grand Rapids MI dentists at our Grand Rapids dental practice may suggest that you need a bridge to restore and enhance damaged teeth or to replace missing teeth. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap caused by one or more missing teeth, where one or more artificial teeth are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. Bridges are very durable and can last a lifetime with extra care and by practicing good oral hygiene. Learn more about Dental Bridges here.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that your Grand Rapids restorative dentist may place over a tooth, helping to restore its shape, size, strength or to improve its appearance. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but also can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment. When a crown is adhered into place, it will fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Your Grand Rapids dentist may use a crown to replace a large filling when only minimal tooth structure remains, protect a weak tooth from fracturing, attach a bridge or to restore a fractured tooth. In addition, a crown may be used to cover a dental implant, a discolored or poorly shaped tooth or a tooth that has had root canal treatment. Learn more about Dental Crowns here.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and their surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all teeth. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!
If you have lost some or all of your teeth due to gum disease, decay or accidental impact, dentures can dramatically improve your smile. Our Grand Rapids denture dentists may suggest full dentures or partial dentures, depending on how many natural teeth you have lost and the condition of your existing teeth. Learn more about Dentures here.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment — or endodontic therapy — is necessary when a cavity is neglected, allowing it to penetrate all the way to the pulp. Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone, which would be considered an abscess.
By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. Usually, a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy. Learn more about Root Canal Therapy here.
To learn more about Grand Rapids dentist Kent Wildern DDS, any of our Grand Rapids restorative dental services or to make an appointment, please contact our office or call us directly at (616) 364-8716.