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Restorative Dentistry

We believe that caring for your smile is one of the most important factors in promoting good health. Your overall dental health and wellness are always the top priority.
Please click on any of the restorative procedures below to learn more.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns (or caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function. A bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of bridge consists of crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants.

Natural-looking crowns and bridges can be an ideal solution to replace or support missing or damaged teeth. Thanks to Dr. Harding’s state-of-the-art equipment, these procedures are much simpler and the results are much more aesthetically pleasing than ever before.


Implants

Dental implants enable dentists to create healthy, attractive smiles in an innovative way. Implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth, and are another alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. In essence, dental implants act and look like natural teeth. Because they maintain bone mass, dental implants can also help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth.

A dental implant restoration consists of a bio-compatible titanium screw and post topped by a crown, bridge, or denture. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone where it replaces the natural tooth root. In a few months, the implant securely attaches to the bone (called "osseointegration"), allowing it to withstand biting and chewing forces just like a healthy, natural tooth


Porcelain Fillings

Dark and unattractive old crowns can make you feel self-conscious when you smile. A porcelain filling replaces old, unsightly mercury fillings and eliminates the discoloration that the metallic solutions left behind. The porcelain holds the tooth structure together, strengthening the teeth.

Porcelain fillings offer patients metal-free dentistry, which allows light to flow through and reflect off the teeth, leaving a more natural smile.


Inlays/Onlays

Inlays and onlays are indirect dental restorations that reinforce an existing tooth that is too damaged to support a filling, but not damaged enough to require a crown. Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because unlike a standard filling, both are made in a laboratory and cemented or bonded to the surface of the tooth during a second visit. Unlike standard fillings, inlays and onlays do not weaken the tooth structure, but actually strengthen it. After the procedure the tooth can bear up to 50 - 75% more chewing force.

Because both are fabricated in a dental laboratory, it usually takes two or more appointments to restore a tooth with a porcelain inlay or onlay.


Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal treatment is an investment in your health. Treating periodontal problems will help you achieve a healthy mouth and help prevent tooth loss. In fact, with prompt treatment, proper home care, and regular dental visits, a great majority of patients can keep their teeth for a lifetime.

After evaluating your periodontal health, we will work with you to determine the treatment options that best meet your needs. If periodontal disease is the problem, the treatment can vary widely depending on how far the diseases have progressed. If caught in the early stages, simple procedures are done that will remove the plaque and calculus from below the gum line and disrupt the infection-causing bacteria. If these diseases have advanced to the point where the periodontal pockets are deep and the supporting bone is lost, further treatment might be necessary.


Direct Bonded Restorations

Bonding involves the direct application of tooth-colored composite resin while filling decayed teeth and is typically used to create a more attractive smile.

Bonding can be employed to change the size or shape of your teeth, creating a smile that appears more symmetrical and space free. This single-visit procedure provides a fast solution for a more attractive smile and may eliminate the need for orthodontic treatment in some cases.

Tooth stains and discolorations that resist professional tooth whitening procedures may also be masked by bonding. Although bonding may not be as long lasting as porcelain veneers or crowns, it can last for a number of years with proper care.

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