Restorative Dentistry Services in Millis, MA
For patients who have damaged or decayed teeth, a simple smile may bring up unnecessary stress or self-consciousness. Luckily, your Millis, MA dentist and team at Main Street Dental offer a wide variety of restorative dentistry solutions to repair, renew, and replace decayed, damaged, or missing teeth. There’s no need to worry about the appearance or function of your smile. Our team recreates healthy, natural structure that looks and feels as good as new while working to preserve natural teeth whenever possible.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are restorations used to repair or replace severely damaged or lost teeth. Two of the most common restoration treatments available, crowns and bridges at Main Street Dental allow patients to renew the form and function of their smiles with minimal pain and discomfort.
Dental crowns, as the name suggests, fit over the top of damaged or decayed teeth. For those patients who have experienced decay too significant to be repaired using a dental filling, crowns are another option to preserve dental structure. Additionally, crowns may be used to improve the strength of teeth following root canal therapy, and as part of crown & bridge or dental implant supported tooth replacement. The dental crown process is simple, and typically requires two visits though we do offer CEREC same-day dental crowns for those interested in a shorter treatment time. During the first visit, our team prepares teeth for dental crowns, takes diagnostic x-rays, digital images, and impressions that are used by our dental lab or CEREC system to create a customized dental crown. Until the final restoration is completed, patients wear a temporary crown to protect their prepared tooth. Once the custom restoration is completed, patients return to our office, and exchange the temporary restoration for the permanent solution.
Crown & Bridge Tooth Replacement
For patients missing between 1 and 3 consecutive teeth, we may be able to replace these teeth with stable, semi-permanent crown and bridge tooth replacement. This restoration option works by combining one or more replacement “bridge” teeth with two dental crowns placed over surrounding healthy teeth to provide support. The crown and bridge, sometimes referred to as a fixed bridge, is secured as a single unit, and the placement process is similar to that of a dental crown. However, the preparation visit may be a bit more extensive since a damaged tooth or teeth may need to be removed, and healthy teeth will be prepared for dental crowns. Otherwise, the process is identical to the placement of a dental crown. Teeth are prepared and protected by a temporary restorations, and patients return once the custom solution is completed to receive their crown and bridge.
CEREC One-Visit Restorations
For those patients who would like to restore damaged teeth with a dental crown without the two or more week wait for a custom restoration, we offer same-day dental crown restorations using the state-of-the-art CEREC system. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and the system uses precise, digital scanning software to create a custom dental crown. The digital impressions are shared with an in-office CEREC milling unit where a single piece of dental-grade porcelain is crafted into the custom crown all within just a few hours.
Teeth are made up of three layers: enamel, dentin, and dental pulp. Enamel is the ultra-hard, bone-like structure that does the majority of the work of chewing and biting. Dentin is a supportive inner layer that absorbs pressure to protect tooth enamel, and the pulp is the soft inner-most layer of the tooth where the nerve system is housed. Pulp is housed within the entire tooth, but the nerves connect with the body by running through the interior of the tooth roots, known as root canals. When cavities penetrate through the enamel and dentin layers reaching the interior pulp, a painful tooth infection begins. These toothaches are so much more severe because the nerves are directly accessed sending pain signals. In the early stages of root canal infection, our team may be able to restore the tooth with endodontic treatments commonly referred to as root canals or root canal therapy. Without treatments in the early stages, teeth will need to be extracted and replaced.
Root canals have gotten a bad reputation for being extremely painful, but actually the treatment process itself is virtually painless. The treatment begins with the removal of decayed or infected structure. Once these tissues are removed, patients typically experience significant pain relief almost immediately. Once the pulp is removed, the tooth is refilled with bio-compatible materials to renew the interior supportive structure. Then, the tooth is resealed, and covered with a dental crown to provide strength, and protect the treated tooth. Some patients experience mild discomfort following treatment, but for the most part, patients need no follow up care other than over the counter pain medication and thorough oral hygiene.
Dentures & Partials
Patients missing numerous teeth or a full arch of teeth may want to consider partial and full dentures. These reliable restorations have been depended on for centuries to restore patients’ ability to chew thoroughly, speak clearly, and smile confidently. Traditional dentures are removable, but we also offer implant supported restorations for those patients interested in dentures with a more solid foundation. Partial dentures are crafted with replacement teeth set into a gum colored base that fits between healthy teeth, and is held in place using metal bars or clasps. A full denture mimics the appearance of an entire arch of teeth with the gum colored base shaped to provide natural suction to keep the denture in place.