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Restorative Dentistry

The highly trained team of dentists at Arbor Dental are very experienced in restorative dentistry. This includes the process of covering up or crowning a tooth, which strengthens your tooth as well as improves your appearance.

If root canal work or damaged or diseased teeth need to be removed prior to restorative work being performed, Arbor’s dental team will be able to perform the root canal procedure or oral surgery conveniently right in our office.

Dental Fillings

When a filling is required, our dentists and staff at Arbor Dental Group can provide aesthetic tooth colored/bonded restorations. These dental composite fillings closely match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth while protecting them from further harm and providing a beautiful smile.

If you have received silver or composite dental fillings over the years, our team at Arbor Dental Group will closely monitor them for any signs of failure. After extended wear over a period of years, fillings can start to break down at the edges, which can lead to new decay or weakening of the surrounding tooth structure.

dental composite filling illustration

Disadvantages of Silver Fillings

Even though they are known to be safe and have been utilized for many years, there are many disadvantages to silver fillings. Made of an amalgam of metal, silver fillings can corrode, resulting in stains on your teeth. They tend to also expand and contract, which can cause cracking in the tooth structures. The edges of these fillings can also wear down, weaken, or break, which can result in recurring decay or fracturing of the tooth.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

Tooth-colored/bonded restorations provide natural-looking dental fillings that strengthen teeth while preventing further tooth decay. Generally completed during one office visit, this bonding procedure can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. Composite restorations come in a variety of shades to match the color of the actual and surrounding tooth structures.

Dental Crowns

crown on a toothOur goal at Arbor Dental Group is to provide dental crowns that look and feel like your natural teeth. They are generally made out of materials like high-grade porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain bonded to gold.

Fitting a crown requires two visits to Arbor Dental Group. Initially, our dentists and staff will remove any decay, shape the tooth as needed, and then fit the tooth with a temporary crown.

At the next visit, our dentists and staff will remove the temporary crown, replacing it with a permanent, custom-made crown. Once adjusted, if necessary, the permanent crown will be cemented into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.

Dental Bridges

dental-bridge-illustrationMissing teeth affects good dental and overall health. One of the worst side effects of missing teeth is an increased risk of gum disease. Dental bridges reduce this trend by replacing missing teeth.

Dental bridges can be made using porcelain, gold, or a combination of these materials. A fixed bridge involves the placement of crowns on the abutment teeth, or by bonding artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.

Fitting a dental bridge usually takes two appointments to complete. Our dentists and staff will first prepare the teeth, then take impressions of your teeth in order for the lab to precisely construct the dental bridge. Between appointments, a temporary bridge will be provided to protect the teeth.

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. Good dental care of these teeth is critically important, as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

Root Canal Therapy

root canal beforeNo treatment can replace the benefits of a natural tooth, which is why we work hard to preserve the integrity of your teeth. A damaged tooth may require root canal (endodontic) treatment for it to remain a healthy part of your mouth.

A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp, the nerve inside the root of a tooth, develops infection. This kind of infection can be caused by a variety of rooth canal afterfactors, including deep decay, dental work, or trauma to the tooth. Without treatment, pulp infection can result in pain or lead to an abscess.

A root canal can save your damaged tooth through the removal of the infected nerve tissue, treatment of any infection, and filling the empty root canals with medicated dental materials. Root canal therapy usually involves one office visit for our dentists to complete. Afterwards, it is essential that you return to have a crown or other restoration placed over the tooth to protect it.