If for any reason we are unable to prevent dental decay or damage, our team offers a full range of restorative dentistry services that allow Dr. Megan Shelton to fully repair damaged teeth and renew oral health. From simple fillings that restore dental structure following a cavity, small chip, or crack to advanced tooth replacement solutions using dental implants, our knowledgeable dentist and team offer predictable, effective treatments for patients of all ages. Contact our dental office to find out more or schedule an appointment for restorative dentistry in our Carlsbad, CA dental office today. If your dental damage occurs as part of an emergency, we’re happy to offer same day care for most dental emergencies.
Fillings are easily the most conservative and commonly needed restorative solution. They’re ideal for patients who experience minor damage or decay. However, the procedure was traditionally completed using dark-colored amalgam metal filling materials. While these fillings were durable and long lasting, they unfortunately did not look natural, required the removal of healthy structure to support the filling, and were prone to breaking or falling out over time. Tooth-colored fillings offer a more natural looking and conservative treatment option for patients.
Tooth-colored fillings are crafted from a composite resin material that is applied directly to the damaged tooth in a putty-like consistency. Once the material is shaped into place over the damaged tooth, we use a curing light to harden it in position. The natural form, function, and appearance of teeth are fully restored, and patients are able to conserve more natural dental structure.
Dental crowns are one of the most effective and versatile types of dental restorations we provide. Crowns are crafted from a number of materials, including gold, porcelain bonded to metal, and ceramic, and they are shaped to fit over the top of damaged teeth, restoring the full shape and strength of the tooth. We may recommend dental crown restorations in a number of situations, including the following:
Patients should plan to visit our dental office two times to complete dental crown restorations. During the initial visit, we prepare the tooth, capture impressions, and place a temporary restoration. When we receive the final restoration, patients return to our dental office to exchange the temporary for their custom crown.
If you’ve gotten a dental crown in the past, you might remember having to wear a temporary restoration for weeks before receiving the actual crown. With CEREC, you no longer have to wait! After we’ve scanned your tooth, your crown is designed with special software, and a state-of-the-art milling machine will create it right there in our dental office. In other words, you can walk in with a damaged tooth and walk out with a permanent restoration in a single day.
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