Do you have tooth pain? Are you experiencing issues with your bite? Maybe you have recently lost teeth, and now you have gaps in your smile. The primary purpose of restorative dentistry is to repair and replace damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. Our knowledgeable team of doctors at Maidu Dental work together to give our patients comprehensive, compassionate care in one convenient location. Dr. Luminita Markham, our general dentist, offers a wide array of restorative treatments. our Oral Surgeon, our board-certified oral surgeon, can place dental implants for patients who desire a long-term replacement option for missing teeth. No matter what your unique situation, we can design a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.
One of the most common restorative treatments, dental fillings can strengthen a weakened tooth by filling in the voids left behind by decay. Most of our patients choose composite fillings, which are tooth-colored to blend in seamlessly with their smiles.
If you have moderate to severe decay or a deep fracture, you will be better suited for a dental crown. These custom restorations fit over your tooth to provide reinforcement and strength. Crowns can be fabricated from a variety of materials, including metal, zirconia, porcelain, metal-fused-to-porcelain, and more.
These restorations have been used in dentistry for decades to replace consecutively missing teeth. A dental bridge is comprised of two dental crowns on either side, and artificial teeth (pontics) in between. The two crowns are attached to the natural teeth on either side of the gap, and the pontics “bridge” the space.
Patients who are missing most of their teeth or an entire arch of teeth can restore their smile with dentures. These prosthetic appliances provide chewing function and balance the bite. Traditional dentures rest on the gum tissue. However, we also offer overdentures, which are supported by dental implants. Our doctors can talk with you to determine which option is right for your situation.
Root Canal Treatment
It is possible for the pulp of a tooth to become infected, due to a fracture, leaky restoration, or other issues. When this occurs, root canal therapy is necessary to alleviate discomfort and eliminate the infection. This procedure is commonly used to save a tooth from extraction.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to save a natural tooth. In the event that a tooth is too damaged for a restoration, it will need to be removed to preserve the health of your other teeth. Dr. Jackson has years of experience in oral surgery, including tooth extractions, and he stays up to date with the latest in technology and techniques so his patients can enjoy comfortable care. He also offers options in sedation dentistry so patients can feel more relaxed during their treatment.
If you are missing a tooth – or had to undergo an extraction – a dental implant is an excellent restorative option. In fact, dental implants currently taut the highest success rate of any teeth replacement option. These titanium posts replace the roots of missing teeth, and can be restored with crowns, bridges, and dentures. The options are virtually limitless when it comes to dental implants.
In some cases, patients opt to complete multiple procedures in a single comprehensive treatment. This is referred to as a full mouth rehabilitation. If you have several dental issues that need to be addressed, Dr. Markham can speak with you about this option.
Learn More about Restorative Dentistry
If you have damaged, decayed, or missing teeth, treatments in restorative dentistry can help you regain health and function. To schedule an appointment at our Auburn, CA practice, contact us online or call our office at (530) 823-8771.