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Restorative Dentistry

Please read below the restorative dental services our dentists offer at our Lakewood Family dental practice.

Filings

We are conservative in our treatments of decay in your teeth and we have silver amalgam, composite, and gold fillings available for restoring your teeth to health after removal of decayed tooth structure.  We still use silver amalgam and find that it provides a predictable and good restoration for teeth.  We also use composite(tooth colored) fillings if that is your desire.

Bridges & Crowns

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two Crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. The two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and secure the false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges can be supported by both natural teeth and implants.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth, covering the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, or simply to improve its appearance. When the crown is adhered into place, it will fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Periodontal Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal Gum Disease Treatment is the thorough cleaning of plaque and calculus off of the entire tooth structure using ultrasonic and hand scaling. This plaque is the accumulation of oral bacteria and food debris that remain on the surfaces of the teeth usually near the gum tissue. Periodontal therapy removes the accumulated plaque before it causes inflammation of the gum tissue and breakdown of attached tissues to the tooth. Pockets between the tooth and soft tissue become deeper which make it more difficult to clean properly and easier for plaque to collect. Periodontal therapy treatment may be all that's needed to treat an early diagnosis of periodontal disease.

Implant Crowns

Are you missing one or more teeth and want a permanent replacement solution? If you are considering a dental implant, Lakewood Family Dentistry is your resource for implant crowns. An implant crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a dental implant or post. The implant crown replicates the original tooth in shape, size, strength, and appearance. When the crown is adhered into place, it will fully encase the entire visible portion of the dental implant. For more information on implant crowns click here.

Dentures & Partial Dentures

If you have lost some or all of your teeth due to gum disease, decay or accidental impact, dentures can dramatically improve your smile. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Our Lakewood Family Dentists may suggest full dentures or partial dentures, depending on how many natural teeth you have lost and the condition of your existing teeth. For additional information on dentures and partial dentures, click here.

Root Canal

A root canal treatment may sometimes be required if a tooth has been painful or has an indication of decay extending too deep toward the nerve chamber inside the tooth.  Dr. Long and Dr. Rold perform root canal treatments on many anterior and premolar teeth but refer patients to endodontists (root canal specialists) for root canal treatment of teeth that are molars or have higher difficulty levels. We feel that this referral is in the best interest of our patients.

For any other questions regarding our restorative services, please contact us or call us at (303) 237-4831.