Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

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Sentry Dental offers a wide range of treatment to help restore your smile to a functional and esthetic state. At times, a cavity, gum disease, missing teeth, or an infection in a tooth can damage your smile. Below are treatment options we recommend and perform to restore your smile. Please call our office if you have any questions regarding any of these services.

Tooth Colored Fillings

If Dr. Aston finds that you have a cavity and are in need of a filling to restore the tooth, he will use a tooth-colored resin composite material. This material will allow for him to create a natural-looking filling that is nearly invisible to the naked eye as well as strengthen the weakened tooth as it is bonded to the enamel. The composite material used in tooth-colored fillings is bonded directly to the existing tooth, allowing for a better fit and an increase in the structural strength of the remaining tooth.

If you have silver or mercury fillings and are interested in replacing them with tooth-colored restorations, call our office and schedule an examination. Dr. Aston will determine if it makes sense to replace your existing fillings and discuss a plan for your treatment if it is appropriate. Our goal is to improve your overall health, so we will take care in recommending the correct course of treatment for your specific needs.

Implants

Patients who find themselves with missing or extracted teeth can replace them with a permanent alternative to traditional dentures that will look and feel like their natural teeth. Dental implants will not only provide you with the function of a normal tooth, but they are also individually designed and fabricated to comfortably fit in your mouth without the slipping or abrasion that can be found in traditional dentures. Since they are a permanent addition to your smile, they require no extra maintenance, outside of your normal dental routine.
There are a variety of dental problems and conditions that can cause tooth loss. These include:
• Tooth decay
• Periodontal (Gum) Disease
• Trauma to the mouth, teeth, and/or gums
• Failure of a root canal
• Congenital defects
• Wear and tear
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than their restorative counterparts Bridges and Dentures. Ask Dr. Aston if an implant is right for you!


Root Canals

If your tooth becomes infected or severely damaged, Dr. Aston may recommend a root canal. There are many reasons that a tooth can become infected including, trauma, decay, and some fillings that need to be placed near the pulp of your tooth. Many reported toothaches are caused by an infection that can be treated with a root canal. During the procedure, Dr. Aston will remove the nerve and pulp from the space inside the root of your tooth. It is then cleaned with antibacterial agents and filled and sealed.
After the procedure is completed, Dr. Aston may recommend that you have a crown placed over the restored tooth. After removing the nerve and the infection, the tooth may become brittle and susceptible to further damage if left unprotected. A dental crown will be fabricated to match your tooth exactly and placed over the restoration to protect the tooth for years to come.

Crowns

If your tooth has decay that is too large or too close to the nerve to restore with a traditional filling, Dr. Aston may recommend a crown. A dental crown is sometimes also called a cap and it covers the entire visible portion of your tooth. This restoration is then cemented in place so it will look and feel like your natural tooth. Crowns can also be used when your tooth has been fractured and will restore the original form and function. These crowns can be made of many materials, but are most commonly made from porcelain. Ask Dr. Aston about the different options available for crown materials and how they can affect the look of your smile.

Dentures and Partials

If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, a complete denture can replace your missing teeth and give you back your smile. There are many reasons for tooth loss. Regardless of whether you have suffered from periodontal disease, tooth decay or even an injury or trauma, replacing your missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. A denture will give your mouth and jaw the structure it needs to keep your face looking healthy and natural. Your teeth and gums keep your facial muscles in place. Without dentures, these muscles start to sag and typically make a person appear older.

Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible. At Sentry Dental, we believe that it is important to save your natural teeth whenever possible. A partial denture will allow Dr. Aston to replace the missing teeth while maintaining as much of your natural smile as possible. Schedule your visit with our office today to find out more.

Bridge

A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth with lab-fabricated artificial teeth. These restorations allow you to correct “holes” in your smile and can literally bridge the gap between your remaining teeth. Like a crown, a bridge can be made from many materials, including porcelain, gold, alloys or a combination of these. Replacing missing teeth can help to maintain the shape of your face as well as prevent further dental issues by keeping your remaining teeth in their correct alignment. Ask Dr. Aston if a bridge is the right option for you!

Veneers

Veneers are shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth. These lab-fabricated coverings dramatically improve the color, shape and size of your existing natural teeth. Once placed, these restorations will be integrated into your smile and are durable enough to hold up to your everyday activities. They even resist the staining that can be caused by things like tea and coffee!
Veneers offer a relatively easy and effective way to fix worn down or chipped teeth, smiles with some spacing issues, or many other damages that effect teeth. Veneers can give you the appearance of a completely new smile without the worry of extractions or dental implants. Ask Dr. Aston if veneers are right for you.