If you experience tooth decay or damage, Dr. Quang Cao Tran and his team of dentistry experts offer a variety of restorative dental services to repair damage, replace missing teeth, and ensure you maintain the optimal level of oral health for a lifetime. At Smiles in Springfield, we have a wide array of repair options from tooth-colored fillings to dentures. Whatever your restorative dentistry need, our team has you covered. Contact our Springfield, VA team to schedule an appointment today.
Dental crowns and bridges are two of the most common restorations in dentistry. We use these advanced, customized treatments to replace and repair teeth following damage or decay. Dental crowns are restorations that fit completely over the top of damaged dental structures to renew the lost shape, structure, and strength of the tooth. A fixed bridge is used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth by attaching two dental crowns to surrounding healthy teeth and fusing replacement teeth between them. Regardless of whether you need a crown or bridge, the treatment process is the same. Completed over the course of two visits to our office, the crown and bridge restoration process is comfortable and easy to complete. We begin the first appointment by numbing the area around the tooth to be treated. Then, we prepare the treated tooth and capture bite impressions for the lab. Before you leave, we’ll place a temporary crown or bridge to protect the prepared tooth or teeth. When the complete restoration is received from our lab, you’ll return to have your temporary exchanged with the custom crown or bridge.
For those patients whose smiles may be reparable with a less advanced restoration, fillings are typically the go-to treatment. In the past, amalgam metal fillings were used to repair minor dental chips, cracks, decay, and wear. However, these restorations are less than ideal because they mar the appearance of the smile, require the removal of healthy tooth structure to support the restoration, and the material expands and contracts at a greater rate than the tooth enamel which may lead to additional damage. That’s why we almost always recommend tooth-colored, composite resin fillings for smile repair. The putty-like resin can be applied directly to the damaged tooth where it will seep into the crevices in the tooth’s surface replacing lost structure and creating a strong, healthy bond. The procedure is completed in just one visit, and the composite resin can be shaded to exactly match the natural structure of teeth.
If you’re in need of a dental crown, fixed bridge, or other advanced restoration, we are happy to offer a one visit repair solution rather than requiring multiple visits to complete the procedure. CEREC stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics, but what that really means is we use computer assisted design and manufacture to complete the entire restoration process in our office rather than partnering with a dental lab. Apart from the place of manufacture, the designing, crafting, and placing of restorations is completed in the same way as the traditional crowns and bridges. We prepare the tooth or teeth, capture digital bite impressions that are immediately available to the in-office milling unit where a block of ceramic will be crafted into your custom restoration. While your restoration is crafted, you’ll simply relax. Once the restoration is complete, we affix the crown or bridge right away. No need for placing and removing a temporary or scheduling multiple appointments.
For patients with extensive tooth loss, we may need to create a custom partial or full denture to restore dental structure. Both partial and full dentures use a gum colored base to support numerous replacement teeth. Partials fit between remaining healthy teeth filling the gaps in smiles, and they are held in place with metal clasps affixed to the surrounding teeth. The base of a full denture is crafted to fit snuggly against the gum line. The suction between the soft tissue and denture holds the prosthetic in place. Both partial and full dentures are removable for your comfort and safety. Simply remove your dentures during sleep or for cleanings and replace them when you’re ready for the day. If you’re interested in a more stable solution, dental implant supported tooth replacement may be a better option for you.
Root canal is not actually a bad word. Though you might think it is because of the bad reputation root canal therapy has. Actually the bad reputation is related to the severe toothache that precedes the procedure. Root canal therapy is necessary when decay or damage reaches the inner layers of the tooth where the nerve system is housed. A root canal will actually significantly relieve this toothache pain. We simply drill a small hole into the center part of the tooth. Then, we remove the damaged dental tissue, pulp, and nerves. Next, the tooth is refilled with a biocompatible substance. We reseal the access hole with composite resin, and in some circumstances, we also place a dental crown to protect the treated tooth. Following the root canal, patients typically experience minimal discomfort that can be treated with over the counter pain relievers like aspirin or NSAID, and it is typically completely abated within just a few days.
In most cases, the goal of restorative dentistry is to conserve natural dental structures. However, when tooth extraction is necessary, our Springfield, VA team will be happy to provide safe, effective removal to preserve your oral and overall health. Tooth extraction is necessary for teeth that are decayed or damaged and cannot support a restoration, as a preparation for orthodontic treatment or denture placement, and most often, we provide extraction for third molars. More commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, these are the last teeth to emerge from the gum line, and there is frequently inadequate space to accommodate this extra set of molars, which can cause numerous adverse oral health effects including impaction (inability of teeth to erupt from the gum line) and crowding that may cause teeth to shift out of alignment. If you are in need of tooth extraction, we’ll make sure you are completely comfortable using local anesthesia and sedation dentistry.