Restorative Dentistry in Bartram Park - Jacksonville, FL
Restorative dentistry, as the name suggests, works at restoring your teeth in one way or another. It allows experienced professionals to work on bringing back that smile through the best, most innovative procedures.
With technological advancements, restorative dentistry allows you to access dental implants or dentures that last much longer than before. This means that an appointment at the dentist is definitely worth your time and money.
At Atlantic Dentistry, Dr. Sebastien Murphy can provide you with an examination, which is the first step to recognizing your dental needs and providing adequate solutions.
Restorative Dentistry Procedures We Offer
Restorative dentistry is a vast field, so it can be hard to understand which procedure to choose at first. However, that is what our dentists and dental team are here for.
A dental restoration will restore the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth or the surrounding area to improve your daily living. This can involve crowns, bridges, implants, or dentures. The procedure you choose and the subsequent methodology and materials are totally up to you.
You may need restorative dentistry if you have been experiencing cavities or decayed or missing teeth. With the following procedures, you can regain your smile and your confidence!
Dental fillings are the best way to restore minor to moderate instances of tooth decay. Most fillings these days consist of a material known as composite resin. Composite resin is an aesthetically-pleasing material that we color-match to the existing shade of your enamel. For this reason, a composite filling is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the structure and cosmetics of a damaged or decayed tooth. During the procedure, your tooth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the shape of the crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, we will permanently bond the crown to the enamel using a special adhesive. Many crowns are fabricated these days with porcelain, due to its unmatched aesthetics.
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement that typically consists of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic, or false tooth. A traditional bridge is supported by the two surrounding teeth, known as abutment teeth, that we reshape to receive the crowns. A bridge can also be supported by a series of dental implants if multiple adjacent teeth are missing. If you are missing a tooth, a bridge will prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper position.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that we surgically embed into the jawbone. The implant serves as the root component of a prosthetic tooth. Once the implant is in place, it will fuse to the bone during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration allows the implant to support a restoration against the strongest forces of your bite. For this reason, dental implants are widely considered to be the next best thing to your natural teeth.
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Like all dental implants, full mouth implants are also inserted to restore your smile or the function of the previous teeth. Full mouth implants involve multiple implants inserted into your jawbone with abutments and artificial teeth placed on top.
This is a longer procedure that requires several months of healing and surgery. However, in the end, you are left with a perfect set of teeth, much like the ones you lost along the way.
Single-tooth implants are a great option for people with missing teeth located in different places.
You might need a tooth extraction in case of damaged teeth or bone grafting if your jaw can’t support the implant. This is followed by the surgery, insertion of the implant, which looks like a screw, and abutments and prosthetic teeth.
Dental implants can last for a very long time, but this requires proper care and routine visits to the dentist. If there is an issue with the dental implant, Atlantic Dentistry has a skilled team that will be able to do a restoration. We use the latest technology and will make you feel at home from the moment that you arrive.
Up until recently the only real choice for someone who needed a whole new set of teeth was removable dentures. Here at Atlantic Dentistry, we are glad to let you know that there is now another alternative. The new option is known as the All-on-4 Treatment Concept.
Dentures are a much less permanent solution to your missing teeth. However, this is a great choice if you don’t want to go through surgery and can’t wait for the new teeth.
Dentures are removable structures made from different materials. They are usually opted for by people who experience loose, damaged, or missing teeth in most parts of their mouth. If you don’t need full mouth dentures, you could pick partial dentures in case you have only lost a few teeth. We offer custom-fit dentures as a more comfortable, functional, and durable solution.
Snap In Dentures
For those who need a permanent solution incorporating a denture, snap-in dentures are the best choice. These incorporate two to four implants that support a denture and replace all teeth inside your mouth. These are often called implant-supported dentures.
Inlays and onlays are ideal for areas of decay too large for a filling, but not large enough to require the placement of a dental crown. The restoration is considered an inlay if it is placed within the occlusal (bite) surface of a tooth. The restoration is considered an onlay if it extends beyond one or more of the occlusal cusps.
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. We perform a simple extraction on a tooth that has already erupted above the gumline. We perform a surgical extraction on a tooth that has become impacted, or has yet to erupt, such as wisdom teeth. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and other complications.
Most of us possess a set of third molars commonly known as wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth typically erupt much later than other permanent teeth, which can cause problems for your oral health. Due to biological evolution and societal progress, most people no longer need a set of third molars. In many cases, there simply isn't enough room left in the jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth.
A root canal is a last-ditch effort to save a tooth from extraction. We may recommend a root canal if an infection has spread to the "pulpy" center of the tooth that contains nerve endings and other connective tissues. Once the infection has been removed, we fill the canals with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. A tooth that has received root canal treatment typically needs to be capped with a crown.
Restoring Your Smile, One Tooth at a Time
A smile is our greatest asset, which is why it is so well protected. Restorative dentistry should be at the top of your list if you have lost some or all of your teeth.
At Atlantic Dentistry, you will have access to experienced professionals who can guide you through your tooth replacement journey. Call (904) 644-3020 today to book a consultation.