Jefferson Hills, PA
Ideally, preventive dentistry will keep your teeth healthy and strong throughout your life.
However, this is not always the case. Fortunately, you can restore your smile by receiving restorative dental treatments.
Restorative dentistry focuses on repairing or replacing damaged or decayed teeth. Restorative dentistry procedures keep your mouth healthy and fully functioning.
Restorative procedures include fillings, dental crowns, dentures, inlays and onlays, dental implants, root canals, and tooth extractions. At Poleski Family Dentistry we offer all of these restorative services to our patients.
A filling is a simple restoration that is designed to fill the void left by a cavity. They can be made out of one of several materials, but silver amalgam is the most common substance used.
They are considered a direct restoration because the material is placed into your mouth and molded to fit. Indirect restorations are treatments that are created outside of your oral cavity and cemented into place.
In order to get the most out of your filling, you must follow the aftercare instructions. Eating extremely hard or sticky foods can damage the filling, especially when it is new. If you lose your filling shortly after it is installed, our team will likely recommend a more durable replacement option.
Learn more about tooth colored dental fillings.
A crown is an artificial tooth covering that can be made from one of many different materials.
They are designed to encapsulate and protect a damaged tooth while keeping your tooth’s roots intact.
The roots of your teeth play a key role in preserving the health of your gums and jawbone, which is why our team works so hard to save your natural tooth whenever possible.
A crown is cemented in place and can restore the majority of your bite strength with that tooth. This can allow you to get back to enjoying the foods you love without discomfort.
Some patients also request crowns for cosmetic reasons, such as covering a decayed and severely stained tooth that has lost its luster.
Discover how a dental crown can be used on a damaged or decayed tooth.
Dentures (Complete, Partial, & Custom)
Both partial and full dentures are offered at our office, so you have the best range of options to choose from, and our friendly dentists are more than happy to help find the right solution for you.
Partial dentures are suited to those who have just one or more teeth missing. These do not usually require any tooth extractions. They are made up of dental bridges which are attached to a colored gum base and held together by wire frames.
These can be either permanent or not. In the removable kind, the bridge snaps into the base or wired frame, while the permanent variety often helps to place with crowns.
Conventional dentures are applied after the teeth are removed and the gums have time to heal. Generally, they can take up to 12 weeks to complete.
Discover how different types of removable dentures can replace missing teeth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays provide similar benefits to crowns. Crowns are cemented onto a tooth, meaning they can only be removed by drilling away most of the enamel and dentin layers to remove them.
However, inlays and onlays fit over your existing teeth, so there’s no need for any invasive procedures or removal of healthy tissue - the whole process is much less time-consuming as a result.
Inlays and onlays can give your smile a significant boost.. These treatments are custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly, plus they look natural and last for many years with proper care. Inlay and onlay treatments may not suit everyone since some damage requires more extensive restorations like crowns or full dental veneers.
However, if you have minor decay around the edge of a tooth, minimal damage closer to the center of the tooth, inlays and onlays may be an excellent option for you.
Read more about inlays and onlays.
Dental implants have become a popular tooth restoration option.
Dental implants consist of a titanium post that has been surgically inserted into your jawbone to support the implant crown, which will replace one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants are incredibly durable, and they can last for many years with proper care, sometimes up to a lifetime!
While dental implants are an excellent option for many people, they may not be the best solution for everyone.
Some people may not be good candidates for implants due to health concerns or lack of jawbone density. A dental exam and x-ray can help determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Learn more about the benefits of dental implants.
A root canal is performed under a local anesthetic.
Treatment starts with a small access hole drilled into the top of the infected tooth. We then use small tools to remove the infected pulp and the nerves.
Next, we shape the canals and clean them out. The entire interior of the tooth is disinfected.
We then place a material called gutta percha into the space inside the tooth. This material helps to seal the canals, preventing new bacterial invasion. Finally, a dental crown is placed.
The crown works to provide strength to the tooth so it can function normally and also helps to prevent a new infection from developing.
Discover how a root canal could save a tooth from being extracted.
While the goal of restorative dentistry is to save your natural teeth, it is not always possible.
Fortunately, there are other restoration options that can give you the smile of your dreams. However, this requires that damaged or decayed teeth be removed to pave the way for the next treatment.
That is why our team at Poleski Family Dentistry offers extractions as part of our restorative procedures.
Many patients worry that getting a tooth removed will be an unpleasant experience. This is not the case with our team as we use the latest in anesthetics and extraction techniques to provide you with the care you need while also keeping you comfortable.
Learn more about tooth extractions and when they are necessary.
Come See Us for All of Your Restorative Dentistry Needs!
Keeping your mouth, teeth, and gums in good condition is important.
When you are in need of replacing or repairing damaged or decayed teeth, let us help you here at Poleski Family Dentistry.
We offer all of the restorative dentistry procedures you need to keep your mouth healthy and full functioning. Contact us today at 412 813-3131 to schedule an appointment.