Dental Restorations in Solana Beach, California
Dental restorations include a wide variety of solutions ranging from simple composite fillings to implants, crowns, dentures and more. These dental treatment options allow you to restore the functionality and appearance of your teeth after damage or loss and maintain optimal oral health.
Restorations are an important part of preventive dentistry. It is much easier to fix something small with a filling or bonding than to put it off and risk the need for more complicated procedures. However, we understand how visiting the dentist gets put low down on the priority list, and we are here to help you without judgment as provide treatment to get back your oral health.
We want to help you smile with confidence, so call us today to schedule a visit!
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Our Restoration Options Include:
What is the Procedure for a Composite Filling?
Unlike silver amalgam fillings, which are grayish and contain heavy metals, composite tooth-colored fillings can closely match the color of your natural tooth enamel and contain no metal. For these reasons, composite fillings tend to be the most popular today.
We can generally place a composite filling during a single dental office visit. We carefully numb the treatment area using a local anesthetic before beginning the procedure to minimize discomfort. Then, we remove any decay from the affected tooth and clean the area to prepare it to receive the filling. Once your new filling is in place, we will carefully shape, place, and polish it to help it blend in as well as possible. With the process complete, your tooth will regain its original functionality and appearance.
Before you leave our office, we provide you with detailed care instructions to help your new filling last for many years to come. It is important that you maintain good daily brushing and flossing habits, in addition to your regular dental visits, to help keep your teeth healthy and prevent future tooth decay.
What is a CEREC Crown and What is the Process?
CEREC is a state-of-the-art dental technology that allows you to go from diagnosis to completed new crown in just a few hours. Using automated CAD/CAM design software, we scan your mouth and capture a digital image of your tooth with a high level of precision and detail.
Utilizing this precision scan, we mill your new crown out of high-quality materials like ceramic or composite resin. The process happens quickly right in our office. Dr. Wallace then prepares and places the new crown, and you are ready to go!
How Durable Are CEREC Crowns?
When they hear how quick and convenient the CEREC process is, many people will have one question on their mind: how does the durability compare to that of conventional crowns? Because both types of crowns utilize the same material, they are equally durable.
The CEREC tools and process uses advanced technology to accelerate the steps necessary to create the crown. This allows us to deliver to you a finished crown with equal durability in a fraction of the time previously required. Additionally, we can use CEREC to help create complete or partial crowns (inlays and onlays), as well as custom crown and bridge work.
What Are the Different Types of Dentures?
Dentures and partial dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace missing teeth and restore optimal oral health. We partner with a trusted lab to create denture devices that are closely matched your natural teeth and gums.
A complete set of dentures replaces all of your teeth in an arch, whereas a partial denture replaces only a section of teeth when some of your natural teeth are still in place. A partial denture also fills the gap created by missing teeth and prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting into that space.
There are two major types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. With conventional dentures, we fit you with a temporary denture during the healing period after removing your teeth and before fitting your final denture. This process typically takes 4-6 weeks.
With immediate dentures, we create your final set of dentures in advance and place them immediately after removing your teeth, which means you get to wear your final device as you leave our office. Once your gum tissue has had time to recover, you will come back for another visit, so we can may any necessary adjustments. While they may potentially require repair or replacement in the future, your prosthetics are durable and should last for many years with proper care.
Dental Implant Restoration Options
Dental implants provide a complete replacement from root to the crown for optimal stability and dental health. They are typically comprised of titanium and surgically placed into your jawbone. Thanks to the way titanium integrates with the bone, your implant will fuse with your jawbone, providing excellent long-term stability.
Implants provide a way to replace lost individual teeth and a fixed alternative to partial or complete removable dentures. Implants can provide excellent support for many kinds of dental appliances, including dentures, bridges, and crowns.
Dental implants can:
- Eliminate bite problems
- Enhance or restore facial features
- Support a bridge or denture to make it more comfortable
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting the surrounding teeth
- Prevent teeth from shifting
- Restore your ability to chew, speak, and digest properly
What is The Dental Implant Process?
Getting a dental implant may seem like a daunting prospect at first, but once you understand the process, it can become much more exciting. The dental implant process typically involves a series of dental appointments over months to ensure a successful treatment and lifelong results.
Our surgeon will begin by creating several detailed impressions of your teeth and jaw, which will be used to determine the spacing, gum tissue, and bone density available for the implant. After numbing the area with an anesthetic, the implant is surgically inserted into your jawbone. Once the titanium implant post is guided into the correct position, we take a post operation x-ray, and prescribe an antibiotic to encourage more efficient healing. A temporary prosthetic is provided until healing is complete and a permanent option is ready to be added.
After giving your mouth several weeks to heal, we attach your new custom prosthetic to the implant post. We will provide you with detailed care instructions to help you care properly for your new implant and restoration.
If you have any questions about dental implants or think you may be a candidate for one, we would be happy to help.
Start Improving Your Smile Today
If you need restorative or cosmetic dental services and are ready to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, contact our office today. Dr. Wallace will be happy to recommend the best treatment options for you based on his thorough evaluation and expertise. Your best smile is only a phone call away!
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