Restorative Dentistry

waterlaseRestorations extend the life of diseased and damaged teeth so that people can keep their teeth much longer. While many oral health conditions can be prevented with proper oral hygiene and routine professional care such as checkups and cleanings, restorations are still a necessity for most people. Beyond strengthening biological teeth, restorative dental care also includes prosthetics like bridges or dentures for replacing lost teeth.

Comfortable Dental Work through Laser Technology

Receiving restorations from our practice is comfortable. We utilize technology that reduces the invasiveness of treating caries and placing restorations. Our dentists use Waterlase by Biolase, a handheld laser that harnesses the power of water to remove soft and hard tissue with ease. Biolase reduces the need for local anesthetics and sanitizes oral structures as it removes debris and tissue. The Waterlase is approved by the FDA for use on adults and children.

Fillings & Crowns

Fillings are a very common restoration. A filling “fills” in the depression left behind by cavities and reinforces the outer structure of teeth so that soft dental structures are protected from cavity-causing bacteria and debris. Fillings are very small restorations and are not uncomfortable for patients to receive.

Dental crowns are another common restoration. Unlike a filling, however, a dental crown covers much more tooth structure. Crowns fit over the biting surfaces of teeth and all its sides down to the gum line. Essentially, a crown is like a cap that fits over the damaged biologic structure. Dental crowns are ideal for patients with worn dentition, extensive decay, and injuries like cracks. When it comes to receiving dental crowns, our patients have options. We provide beautiful custom restorations that are milled off-site in a dental laboratory as well as same-day CEREC crowns, which are milled at our practice with CAD/CAM technology.

Bridges & Dentures

CrownsRestoring missing teeth is important. Tooth loss has far-reaching effects on our quality of life because it greatly impairs oral function and negatively affects our appearances. Moreover, losing a tooth puts a person at risk for additional tooth loss if teeth are not replaced in a timely manner. This is because teeth, lacking support, can shift into empty tooth sockets.

A bridge is a prosthetic that is anchored to natural teeth. Bridges are excellent for addressing tooth loss between healthy teeth. By connecting to teeth on each of its sides, a bridge can fill in the gap between missing teeth and healthy teeth so that people can enjoy improved oral function and a restored appearance.

Dentures, like bridges, are used to replace missing teeth. There are two types of dentures available for replacing missing teeth. The first type of denture, a full denture, is used to replace all the teeth in an arch. A partial denture, however, is made to accommodate healthy biological teeth by only replacing teeth that are missing throughout an arch. Bridges and dentures are custom-made to very precise measurements so that they fit comfortably and look natural.

Our dentists are here to help you reclaim your oral health with effective restorative treatments. Call us today to reserve an appointment with our caring staff.

Common Restorative Dentistry Questions

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry includes treatments and services used to repair broken teeth or replace lost ones. Since our teeth are living structures, once they are damaged they can develop disease to the point of losing a tooth when they aren’t professionally treated. Once tooth enamel is damaged, the softer structures of teeth underneath enamel are exposed to bacteria, acid, and debris. Worn teeth are weak and soft; therefore, making restorations a necessity for preserving biological tooth structure.

Common restorative treatments include placing fillings and crowns. Dental bridges and dentures also make up a big part of restoring patients’ oral function and appearance. With restorations, people can live with their biological teeth for much longer and enjoy durable prosthetics that maintain a youthful, attractive appearance.

What materials are used for restorations?

Restorations can be made from various types of materials. When it comes to choosing the types of material(s) needed to construct a restoration or prosthetic, our office only uses composite filling material.

What is the cost of restorative dental treatment?

Costs associated with receiving restorative dental care can vary substantially from patient to patient. Everyone’s situation is unique. Some people may only require a crown or two in their lifetime while others may require full-mouth rehabilitation to assuage the effects of extensive damage caused by disease or years of neglect. Since a person’s restorative treatment plan is tailored to their individual needs, it’s best to speak with our team about costs after you have had a consultation with our dentist. Based on our team’s treatment recommendations, we can provide more accurate projections of expenses.

What are my tooth restoration options?

When it comes to repairing teeth, patients have options for treatment and the type(s) of material(s) used to protect weakened tooth structure from further degradation. Popular restorations include fillings and crowns along with other lesser-known custom restorations like inlays and onlays.

For those in need of replacement teeth, our practice offers bridges and dentures. Bridges replace teeth by using prosthetics to “bridge” the gap between biological teeth. A bridge will connect to biological teeth on each side and fill in the empty tooth sockets between them. Custom partial and full dentures are also available. A full denture replaces all the teeth in an arch while a partial denture is made to accommodate existing biological teeth and prosthetics where needed.

Meet the Doctors

Providing Outstanding Dental Care

Upon graduation from dental school in 1980, Dr. Kim Hickey opened her first private practice in Duncanville, TX, where she established high standards of excellence, integrity and compassion. In 2000, she relocated to Denison, where she joined the practice of Dr. Don Skelton, taking over full ownership in 2007.

Dr. Melinda Parker has been practicing dentistry since 1989. She began in Dallas, and joined Dr. Skelton’s team in Denison in 1994, where she continues to practice today as a loyal member of Dr. Hickey’s team.

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