Restorative dentistry is as much an art as it is a science. A successful tooth restoration should look natural and restore the function of your tooth. If you’re missing a tooth, here are the procedures our Grand Haven restorative dentists offer to help you transform your smile.
At Grand Haven Smiles, we’ll walk you through your dental restoration options at your next teeth cleaning. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Haven, MI restorative dentists, give our office a call at (616) 209-4704.
A dental crown (sometimes called a “tooth cap” by our patients) covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line. Our Grand Haven dentists may recommend porcelain crowns for teeth that are fragile, broken, or discolored.
If you’ve recently lost a tooth, we may suggest a dental bridge to repair your smile. To be a candidate, you must have healthy natural teeth or dental implants on both sides of the empty socket. A dental bridge is comprised of an artificial tooth secured by crowns on adjacent teeth. Like the name suggests, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap left by a missing tooth.
A dental implant is a metal post (usually titanium) that acts like a natural tooth root would to support a crown. If you have missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with our dental implant dentists. Dental implants not only restore your smile, but improve speech, chewing, and self-esteem.
Dentures are removable false teeth you wear during the day to eat and talk. We can help you determine whether you need full or partial dentures based on your oral health. For example, you may only need a partial denture to replace a few upper teeth, while full dentures can replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
Our dentists do everything in their power to save a tooth. However, sometimes tooth extraction is necessary to protect oral health. The sooner you see our emergency dentists for tooth pain, the more likely we’ll be able to avoid dental extraction. Otherwise, we may end up needing to do emergency tooth extraction as a last resort.
Interested in a smile makeover? During your consultation, one of our dentists will be able to walk you through the process of what it would take to restore your teeth, gums, and jaw. Our dentists focus on the entire mouth to improve your oral health and quality of life.
Approximately 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gum disease is caused by untreated plaque buildup. If our dentists detect gum disease during your routine oral examination, they may recommend scaling and root planing or other gum disease treatments.
Our dentists offer oral surgery so you can maintain healthy teeth, gums, and jaws. Depending on what you need, we may either handle your oral surgery in-office or refer you to the appropriate specialist.
Don’t ignore tooth pain. If you suspect you have an abscessed tooth, you’ll need to call our office as soon as possible to schedule emergency dental care. Once a cavity is deep enough to breach the living tissue inside your tooth, you’ll need to have a root canal procedure.
If you have periodontal disease, our Grand Haven dentists might recommend scaling and root planing. People with periodontal disease often have deep gum pockets around their teeth that collect food particles and plaque.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. If you have persistent jaw pain, this may be a sign that there’s something wrong with the TMJ. We will be able to help you find TMJ relief to improve quality of life and avoid complications to oral health.
Wisdom teeth are given their name because they erupt through the gum line between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people simply don’t have the space in their mouths to accommodate these extra teeth. Since wisdom teeth form around age 10, our dentists are able to take x-rays to determine how they’ll erupt. That way, impacted wisdom teeth can be extracted before they reverse orthodontic progress or crowd your teeth.
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