It’s hard to smile sometimes if your teeth are chipped, cracked, missing, discolored, or otherwise showing signs of hard wear and tear. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our teeth don’t last like we hope they would. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer with a broken smile just because your teeth haven’t been able to keep up with you.
Restorative dentistry is a whole mouth approach that improves both appearance and function at the same time. Scheive Family Dental can help you, using a variety of tools, to rebuild your smile to one that makes you want to, well, smile.
We use only the latest techniques and technologies to provide the most convenient, comfortable restorative process. We use durable, natural-looking ceramics that look, feel and function just like natural teeth so you can get back to living your life with a beautiful, natural smile.
A dental inlay is a tooth repair that can leave the biting surface of your tooth stronger than it was before. A custom made piece, usually porcelain, is bonded to your tooth to fill a chip or defect caused by tooth decay. A smaller defect, inside the cup of the tooth, is repaired with an inlay. It’s a bigger fix than a simple filling, but a smaller fix than an onlay or a full crown.
If more of your tooth surface needs repair, an onlay is used. An onlay is usually porcelain, like an inlay. Like an inlay, it is also custom made for your tooth. An onlay, however, covers all or most of the biting area of your tooth. That’s why it’s sometimes called a partial crown.
The great news about dental inlays and onlays is that they are generally less expensive than a crown, and they are usually stronger than a metal amalgam or a composite filling. And, they are made to match your tooth, so they are a cosmetically pleasing fix in addition to being a functional fix. They also let you keep the healthy portion of your natural teeth!
Sometimes, a tooth needs quite a bit of repair. The tooth may be cracked, or it may have too much decay to tolerate a filling. Still, it may be possible to save your tooth.
A crown is a cap that covers the entire visible tooth surface, allowing a tooth that is in rough shape to be saved by increasing its strength and fixing its appearance. Crowns are custom made just for your tooth and are permanently cemented into place.
With your custom-made crown in place, you can smile again with confidence, knowing that the beauty and function of your smile are intact.
If you have a missing tooth, you don’t have to suffer from the discomfort or embarrassment caused by a hole in your smile. A bridge may be the best solution for repairing a small gap caused by a missing tooth or two.
A bridge is a set of crowns fused together to bridge the opening in your smile. The bridge is cemented to the teeth on either side of the gap. If the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are worn and require fillings, a bridge may be an excellent solution, since crowns will be cemented to those teeth.
Of course, if you have healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth, we may recommend a different smile restoration, since the crowns would require us to remove healthy tooth surface. A visit to our office will let us recommend the solution that will best preserve the health and restore the beauty of your teeth.
If you are embarrassed by a single missing tooth and want to avoid damaging any of the healthy teeth you still have, a dental implant may be the best restorative solution for you. If your dentures rock and slip, you also may benefit from dental implants.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are permanently affixed to your jaw. Cosmetic restorations can be attached to the post, allowing a return to full function. Better yet, an implant replaces the root of the tooth, preventing jawbone loss and allowing bone regrowth while the bone grows around the newly set implant.
We can match the look and color of your other teeth with your dental implant replacement crown to give you a beautiful cosmetic result. Dental implants are also long-lasting restorations, so you may be able to avoid frequent revisions. Dentures secured to dental implants may also give you better function and comfort.
If you’re looking for a secure, life-like way to replace a full arch of teeth or an alternative to traditional dentures, we can secure the maximum number of teeth with the minimum number of implants with All-on-4.
No one wants to think about a life without teeth. We don’t want you to face a life without teeth either. If you have only a few teeth remaining or have no teeth that are savable, we can fit you with dentures.
Dentures replace most or all of your teeth to rebuild your smile. In addition to the considerable cosmetic benefits, dentures make it easier to eat and to speak and can keep your facial muscles from sagging. Dentures can be attached to a few remaining teeth or to dental implants to provide a secure, comfortable fit. They also can be made to look like your original smile.
Imagine seeing yourself in the mirror as you remember yourself looking with all your teeth. Call our office so we can help you fulfill that vision.
If you have questions about restorative dentistry or would like to schedule a consultation with your Glen Ellyn restorative dentist, give us a call today or schedule an appointment online! We look forward to smiling with you.