Restorative Dentistry Services of Enhanced Smiles
If you are living with broken, damaged, or painful teeth, you are probably not only in constant discomfort, you are likely self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. Your teeth can be repaired, function perfectly, and look better, all at the same time. Restorative dentistry gives you a fully functioning smile once again with natural-looking solutions to your oral health problems. Restorative dentistry procedures are completed by Dr. Alex Pham and our gentle, patient-focused team of Enhanced Smiles.
Get the Dental Help You Need with Tooth Restorations
Today’s modern restorative dentistry solutions can repair damaged or broken teeth and replace missing teeth, all while creating a beautiful new smile that looks amazing. When your teeth are in disrepair, you may feel like you’ve reached a point where there are no solutions, but avoiding the dentist is no solution either. Your oral health problems will not go away on their own. In fact, they will only get worse without a dentist’s help. The good news: Restorative dentistry from our office can be your solution, no matter what oral health problems you have.
At Enhanced Smiles, Dr. Alex Pham is specialized in the following services
When a cavity forms it may be necessary to treat it with a dental filling. If left untreated, the cavity could grow and infect the inside of your tooth, which would lead to a root canal or more dental problems. A dental filling can quickly and effectively restore your tooth and prevent further issues.
At Enhanced Smiles, we use white or tooth-colored fillings to repair your teeth. Using a composite material, these fillings match the color of your natural tooth for an effective yet discreet restoration. The composite material used is applied to the cleansed tooth and shaped to fit your bite. Once in place the material is hardened using a blue light and bonds to your tooth.
Your comfort is paramount to us so we use general aesthetic to eliminate pain by numbing the area. Dental fillings can be placed in one-visit and are extremely durable.
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Crowns & Bridges
Crowns: A dental crown is an ideal restoration when a tooth has become cracked or broken and needs to be repaired or protected. The crown is similar to a tooth-shaped cap that is cemented over your natural tooth. This restores the strength and appearance of your tooth and solidifies your smile. Our crowns are tooth-colored and blend in with your smile. What’s more, these beautiful and durable crowns can be created in a single-visit thanks to our CEREC® technology.
Bridges: When you have lost a tooth, dental bridges can be the ideal solution. Bridges are a fixed replacement consisting of two crowns on either side of an artificial tooth. The crowns are placed over your natural teeth and cemented into place. This supports the artificial tooth and holds it securely into position.
Dental bridges are a permanent restoration that restores your bite and enhances the appearance of your smile.
Losing your teeth not only causes difficulty day-to-day with eating and speaking but can also affect your oral health. If you have lost your teeth due to trauma, tooth decay, or gum disease then it is important to find a replacement. If left untreated, it can lead to your remaining teeth shifting and your jawbone deteriorating. This, in turn, can cause further tooth loss and narrow-down your treatment options.
At our office, we offer a range of denture options:
Complete: Your dentist in Gastonia, NC Dr. Pham, begins by taking an impression of the upper and lower arches of your mouth. This mold is then used to create your custom-made denture. We also consider your gum color, bite, and discuss your preferences. The denture is then fitted and adjusted until the ideal function and appearance are met. The end result is a beautiful new set of teeth designed to look and act as your natural teeth did.
Immediate: If your teeth are removed then an “immediate denture” may be recommended. Created from an impression of your mouth, the denture is placed immediately after tooth removal.
Partial: If only a section of your teeth is missing then a partial denture may be the best option. The partial is removable and is held in place by a clasp attached to your natural teeth. Much like a complete denture, the partial is created using impressions and your personal preferences.
Temporary: A StayPlate or temporary denture may be used while your gums and their supporting bones are healing. This partial denture maintains your smile until your permanent solution is ready to be fitted.
Although we always aim to save your tooth, there are times when an extraction or removal is the best option. We only remove a tooth when absolutely necessary. This can be due to severe decay, trauma, or for orthodontic preparation. Whatever the reason rest-assured we will perform the procedure painlessly and efficiently.
The extraction begins with Dr. Pham applying a local anesthetic to the area. An elevator is used to wiggle the tooth from the socket and then it is removed.
Post-removal, we protect the area and keep it clean. Dr. Pham also discusses the ideal replacement option such as a dental bridge or dental implants.
Inlays & Onlays
Occasionally a simple dental filling is not enough to repair a tooth that has suffered injury or severe decay. If a larger piece of the tooth is missing an inlay or onlay may be the best option.
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations designed to replace a missing part of your tooth. They are both made using CEREC® technology.
For both inlays and onlays, Dr. Pham takes digital impressions of your tooth after cleaning away any decay or debris. Next, the impressions are used to design and create the restoration in-house. Once created, we place the inlay or onlay and make any further adjustments before bonding it into place.
Inlays and onlays are made of a tooth-colored material that is aesthetically pleasing and very strong. Inlays are mostly used when the damage to the tooth occurs within the cusp, whereas onlays are used when the damage is more comprehensive. Whichever restoration you need, you can be assured of a quality finish!