Restorative Dental Care in Carlsbad, CA
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 office to find out more or schedule an appointment today. If your dental damage occurs as part of an emergency, we’re happy to offer same day care for most dental emergencies.
Crowns & Bridges
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:
- To repair teeth that are too decayed or damaged to be effectively repaired with a more conservative option like fillings
- To conceal cosmetic flaws when other treatments like whitening or veneers are inadequate
- Dental crowns placed over healthy teeth can be used to support one or more consecutive replacement teeth
- Crowns can also be attached to dental implant posts as a tooth replacement solution
Patients should plan to visit our 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 office to exchange the temporary for their custom crown.
Fillings are easily the most conservative and commonly recommended 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.
Dentures & Partials
Partial and full dentures are used to replace teeth following extensive tooth loss. Partials replace any number of teeth along a single arch and are held in place by clasps attached to remaining healthy teeth. Full dentures replace an entire row of teeth, and they are held in place through natural suction between the gums and denture. Each denture is crafted specifically to fit into the patient’s smile, and when made and placed properly, they fit comfortably.
When damage or decay accesses the innermost layer of teeth (the pulp), the result is a painful toothache that occurs because the entire root systems of teeth are housed within the pulp. When decay accesses the nerve, it can be very painful and cause sensitivity to changes in temperature. Root canals are performed to remove the damaged pulp and nerve tissue in order to relieve toothache pain. We then refill the treated tooth. Additionally, Dr. Shelton may need to place a crown to protect and fortify the dental structure.
We work hard to help patients maintain their natural teeth for their whole lifetime, but there are some situations where removing one or more teeth is actually the best option to maintain oral health. When this occurs, we offer patients safe, comfortable tooth extractions in our state-of-the-art Carlsbad, CA practice. We may recommend removal if teeth are too severely decayed or damaged to repair with even advanced dental crowns or in preparation for dentures or orthodontic treatments.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The most commonly extracted teeth are the third molars (commonly referred to as wisdom teeth) that are the last to erupt from the gum line. The development of these teeth may lead to a number of oral health concerns, including the shifting of teeth out of alignment and impaction (the inability of teeth to erupt from the gum line). If we find signs that these oral health issues may occur, we will likely recommend wisdom tooth extraction to prevent these potential concerns. We offer comfortable, effective wisdom tooth removal in our practice.