Are you looking for an oral care practice that offers top-notch restorative dentistry services? Look no further than The Studio at Fenton Family Dental! Our team of dental professionals and surgical specialists offers a wide variety of comprehensive restorative services designed to repair the smile following tooth decay, infection, tooth fractures, and tooth loss! Read below to learn more about our restorative dentistry services in Clinton, MD, and how they can help you restore and retain your oral health!
What Is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is a branch of dental care focused on restoring teeth and gums to their original form and function. It can involve a variety of treatments, including the use of blendable restorative materials to fill in cavities, replace missing teeth, and repair broken or decayed teeth. Additionally, restorative dentistry can include treatments such as root canals, gum grafts, and the placement of dental implants.
Overall, every procedure or prosthetic found within the realm of restorative dentistry is designed to restore the teeth and gums to their natural form and to the patient’s optimal level of comfort and confidence.
At The Studio at Fenton Family Dental, we offer both amalgam and composite fillings to repair teeth affected by decay.
- Amalgam fillings are made of a combination of metals and have been used for many years due to their durability and strength.
- Composite fillings are made of a plastic-based resin material and can be color-matched to the patient’s teeth, making them virtually invisible.
A filling performs two main functions. The first is to protect the healthy portion of the tooth from further decay or infection, and the second is to restore the function and aesthetics of the damaged tooth.
Crowns are custom-made prosthetic caps that are placed over a damaged tooth to restore its structure and strength. Crowns are typically used in cases of heavily decayed teeth, cracked teeth, and weakened teeth that cannot be repaired or restored by fillings. Once the crown is placed, it encapsulates the natural tooth—protecting it from further damage while utilizing its root as a natural anchor.
At The Studio at Fenton Family Dental, we fabricate crowns using high-grade porcelain which is both durable and aesthetically pleasing. Our crowns are designed to mimic the natural look and feel of your teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from your real teeth.
Bridges are dental prosthetics used to replace missing teeth. They span the space created by one or more absent teeth in a sequence and are anchored in place by the natural teeth on either side.
At The Studio at Fenton Family Dental, we use high-grade porcelain to fabricate our bridges. The bridge itself is composed of three or more crowns fused together, with the space(s) in between being filled by a false tooth. This false tooth is then used to bridge the gap between the surrounding teeth, restoring function and aesthetics.
Bonding is a restorative dentistry procedure used to repair chipped, cracked, decayed, or discolored teeth. Using a composite resin material, our team of dental professionals can restore the aesthetics of your teeth in a single appointment. The material is color-matched to blend in with your natural teeth and is then sculpted to the desired shape. Once it is set, the material hardens and becomes part of your tooth.
Dental implants are the most advanced and reliable prosthetic for tooth replacement. They consist of a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone, an abutment that anchors the prosthetic in place, and a custom-made prosthetic that is designed to mimic the look and feel of the natural teeth.
Dental implants are a great option for those with missing or severely damaged teeth because they can provide long-term stability that truly matches the full bite force. One of the great benefits that truly sets implants apart from other prosthetics is that they actually stimulate the jawbone, helping to prevent future deterioration.
Root canals are a procedure used to repair teeth that have been damaged by severe decay or infection. During the root canal, our dental professionals will remove the infected and/or decayed pulp from inside the root canals of the affected tooth, sterilize them, and then seal them to prevent further damage.
Root canals are an essential procedure for preserving the health of your teeth, as they help to avoid extraction and save the affected tooth. After a root canal, the patient will be fitted with a crown to reinforce and protect the treated tooth.
Gum grafting is a periodontal procedure used to restore gum tissue that has been lost due to periodontal disease, trauma, or even an improper brushing technique. During the procedure, a piece of donor tissue is grafted onto the area of recession. This donor tissue helps to replace the missing gum tissue, protecting the exposed root and restoring function.
At The Studio at Fenton Family Dental, we utilize gum tissue taken from the patient’s own mouth or from donor tissue when grafting. Among these grafting techniques are:
- Alloderm grafting: This type of grafting utilizes donor tissue from an unrelated person.
- Connective tissue grafting: This type of grafting uses connective tissue taken from the patient’s own palate.
- Free-gingival grafting: This type of grafting uses tissue taken directly from the roof of the patient’s mouth.
When discussing your treatment, we will decide which form of grafting is best suited for your situation.