Longmont Restorative Dentistry Services
At Fox Creek Family Dental, we are passionate about helping patients keep their smiles healthy with a focus on preventive dentistry in our Longmont dental office and at home. However, even the most thorough hygiene routine may not be able to prevent every oral health concern that’s where restorative dentistry services come in. If you need help repairing your smile, call the skilled Longmont dentist and team at Fox Creek Dental to schedule an appointment.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are two of the most often used restorative dentistry solutions. Crowns are advanced restorations that fit over the top of a damaged tooth or teeth recreating lost tooth structure. Fixed bridges are tooth replacement prosthetics that are used to replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row. The replacement tooth or teeth are fused to dental crowns that are attached to surrounding healthy teeth for support. Both dental crowns and fixed bridges are placed over the course of two appointments. During the initial visit, the teeth are prepared, and bite impressions are captured to be sent to the dental lab. When we receive the final restoration from the lab, you’ll return to our office, so we can place the final crown or bridge.
Composite Resin Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings allow us to repair damaged or decayed teeth without changing the natural appearance of the smile. Composite resin fillings are applied in one appointment. We begin by numbing the area to be treated. Then, we apply an etchant material to the tooth to create more pits and grooves. The putty-like composite is applied to the teeth and seeps into the grooves created by the etchant material. Once the filling material is shaped into position, a curing light is used to harden it into position. Finally, the filling is smoothed and polished into position, leaving you with a flawless smile.
Partial & Full Dentures
For patients with advanced tooth loss, partial and full dentures allow us to restore the full form and function of the smile. Dentures are crafted using a gum colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. Partials fill the gap in smiles with some healthy teeth remaining, and they are held in place with metal clasps attached to the surrounding teeth. Dentures are formed to fit snuggly against the gum line creating suction that holds the denture in place.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy has a bad reputation. Luckily for patients, root canal actually relieves pain and prevents the unnecessary loss of the tooth. Root canal is necessary when tooth decay or damage reaches the inner layer of the tooth where the root system is housed. This irritation or damage to the nerve system is what causes the toothache that gives root canal its bad reputation. The procedure itself is fairly straight forward. We drill a hole from the top of the tooth to the interior part of the tooth. Then, we remove the damaged pulp and nerve tissue and replace it with a biocompatible substance. The tooth is resealed, and in most cases, a dental crown is placed to protect the root canal treated teeth.
In most cases, we’ll be trying to help you prevent tooth loss, but there are some cases where removing a tooth is the best option to maintain overall oral health. We may recommend tooth removal in the following situations:
- Severe decay or damage that destroys too much tooth structure to support a restoration
- To allow crowded teeth to shift freely during orthodontic treatment
- In preparation for the creation and placement of partial or full dentures
- Third molars, wisdom teeth, are often removed because there is inadequate space in the jaw to accommodate this additional set of teeth or these teeth are unable to erupt