Restorative dentistry can help improve the appearance and overall health of your smile after experiencing tooth loss or damage from disease, injury or other causes. It is important to seek proper treatment for lost or damaged teeth in order to prevent further damage and relieve difficulties with eating or speaking. There are several restorative options that Dr. Derek Zimbardi and Dr. Cristina David are able to provide to you depending on your overall health and personal preference.
These restorations may include:
These restorations along with esthetic restorative materials may be used to:
- Restore your smile
- Reduce your risk of gum disease
- Restore your ability to bite and chew
- Improve your speech
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Dr. Zimbardi and Dr. David will discuss these different treatments with you to help you decide which option is best for you. We perform all of our restorative services with the highest level of care to help you improve the health and appearance of your smile.
Porcelain laminates are very thin porcelain restorations that overlay the front surface of your tooth. They are used to help give you the smile you have desired for years. They do this by reshaping your tooth, with a porcelain color you have always desired. Porcelain laminates are bonded in place and also help improve the strength of your tooth.
Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. They are titanium cylinders that are surgically implanted into the jawbone where the missing teeth were rooted, and are able to support one tooth, several teeth or all the teeth needed to eat. Implants have the advantage of being made of materials that don’t decay like natural teeth.
It is important for patients to have sufficient, strong bone in the area beneath the missing teeth in order to support the implants. Placement of dental implants is done over a series of appointments over the course of several months.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are solid fillings used to restore damaged or decayed teeth. They are often needed when there is not enough healthy tissue left in the tooth to support a regular filling. Inlays lie within the cusps, or bumps, on the surface of a tooth, while onlays cover one or more cusps. Inlays and onlays strengthen the teeth rather than weaken them. They are placed over the course of two visits and are typically made of composite resin or porcelain.
Crowns are natural-looking, tooth-shaped caps that cover a damaged or missing tooth, restoring a full and beautiful smile. These caps are cemented into place to provide both strong and visibly appealing replacements for your natural teeth.
Many different materials can be used to make crowns, including tooth-colored zirconia, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin and gold. Each type has its own benefits, and Dr. Zimbardi or Dr. David can help you decide which material is best for you. Crowns are usually placed over the course of two to three office visits. They can be temporary or permanent and usually last between 5 and 15 years, depending on the wear and tear of the crown as well as the patient's oral hygiene habits.
Dental Fixed Bridges
Bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements that help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Fixed bridges are cemented to existing teeth or implants and do not come out. There are different types of bridges available depending on the location of the missing teeth and the amount of support needed.
In order for a bridge to be placed, the adjacent teeth must be prepared by removing some of the enamel for the crown to be placed over them. Bridges are usually placed over the course of two to three office visits. Most bridges last from 5 to 15 years depending on the patient’s oral hygiene habits and several other factors and are typically made of esthetic tooth-colored material such as composite resin or porcelain.
(Dentures & Partial Dentures)
Removable dentures are prosthetic devices designed to help patients without teeth chew food and improve speaking habits. Additionally, dentures improve the patient's facial aesthetics and self-esteem. Dentures may be held in place by natural retention with the soft tissue or adhesives. Partial dentures are held in place by different types of clasps that fit around or inside special attachments in teeth or crowns.