Harris County Restorative Dentistry
When preventive dental care in our office and thorough at-home hygiene are unable to prevent oral health issues, the Hamilton Family Dentistry team is happy to offer a wide array of restorative dentistry solutions to repair damaged teeth and return the flawless smiles our patients deserve. Whether you’ve experienced mild decay and need a filling or a severe toothache has brought you to our Hamilton, GA team for an emergency root canal, we have the care you need to renew oral health and put the smile back on your face. Contact our team right away if you experience dental damage.
Traditional Crown & Bridge
Dental crowns are probably the most commonly used restorative treatments, and they make it possible for our team to preserve even severely damaged teeth while renewing the full form and function of patients’ smiles. A crown is crafted to fit over the top of a damaged tooth, protecting the remaining dental structure from further trauma or decay and restoring the shape of the tooth in the smile line. Crowns are available in a number of materials depending on patient preference including gold, porcelain bonded to metal, and all-ceramic. Each of these materials has a unique set of advantages, and our dentist will help you explore which options are right for you. Regardless of material, the process is completed over the course of two appointments. During the initial visit, we prepare the tooth, capture impressions to design the crown, and place a temporary restoration. Once we receive the final product, patients return to exchange the temporary for their custom dental crown. We may recommend dental crown restoration in a number of situations including repairing severe decay or trauma, concealing cosmetic irregularities, protecting root canal treated teeth, and replacing missing teeth as part of a fixed bridge or implant supported tooth replacement prosthetic.
In the past, a silver-colored amalgam material was used to fill in teeth that decayed or were minimally damaged. In addition to their readily apparent, unnatural appearance in patients’ smiles, amalgams also present a number of oral health concerns including:
- Many patients experience allergies or sensitivity to the metal which can be detrimental to oral and overall health
- Amalgam expands and contracts within the tooth potentially damaging enamel and leading to further decay or trauma
- Healthy tooth enamel has to be removed to support the tooth as amalgam fillings are held in place by wedges cut out of the tooth
These reasons and others have made tooth-colored, composite resin fillings the standard in quality restoration for most dental practices. We almost exclusively recommend tooth-colored fillings. In addition to looking completely natural, composite resin fillings allow us to preserve more natural dental structure as this filling material is placed and shaped directly onto the tooth creating a strong, durable bond by filling in tiny grooves, fissures, and crevices in the porous tooth enamel. These long lasting bonds are also less likely to chip or break away from the tooth. The process is simple. We apply the composite resin that has been shaded to match patients’ smiles directly onto the damaged tooth, shape the putty-like resin in position to restore the shape of the tooth, and use a curing light to harden the restoration in place.
Possibly the most dreaded dental treatment we offer, many patients are surprised to find out that root canals are actually a relatively painless procedures. The discomfort most patients associate with root canal therapy is actually caused by the infection and toothache that precedes treatment. Root canals are necessary when decay or damage accesses the very inner layer of teeth. This inner layer is known as pulp, and the entire nerve structure of the tooth is housed within the pulp. Thus, these infections directly access and irritate dental nerves leading to severe pain. Root canal therapy allows us to relieve pain, renew dental function, and avoid an unnecessary tooth extraction.
In most cases, it is our goal to help patients prevent tooth loss. However, there are certain situations where extraction is the best option to keep patients’ smiles healthy. When this is the case, our team may recommend extraction to protect overall oral health and prevent more severe oral health issues. Extraction is typically recommended in the following instances:
- Severe decay that effects more than ½ the tooth or has weakened surrounding teeth
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment to allow teeth to move into their ideal alignment
- Prior to placing dentures one or more damaged teeth may be extracted to ensure the longevity of the prosthetic
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Patients with significant tooth loss should consider replacing teeth with full or partial dentures. Partial dentures are crafted to fill any number of gaps along patients’ jaw lines by shaping a base that resembles gum tissue to fit snugly against remaining teeth held in place by metal clasps. Replacement teeth are then attached to this base. A full denture is similarly composed of a gum-like base with prosthetic teeth, but it is shaped to fit over the gums and jawbone rather than between healthy teeth. This tight fit creates natural suction that provides stability for the denture.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The most commonly extracted teeth are also the last to erupt in the smile line. Third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, typically emerge from the gums between the age of 17 and 25. This late eruption may mean that patients do not have adequate space on their jaw line to accommodate these additional teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction may be necessary to prevent impaction, inability of wisdom teeth to erupt from the gums, crowding, orthodontic concerns, and other issues.