Restorative Dental Care
We offer composite fillings (tooth-colored resin) and amalgam fillings (combination of metals). According to the American Dental Association, dental amalgam is a durable and safe filling material. Dr. Platt will discuss your options, and together we will choose the most appropriate filling material for your mouth.
A crown is a cover or “cap” for your tooth. It restores the tooth’s shape, size and function. Reasons that dentists use crowns include:
Crowns can be made of many different materials, such as metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials.
A fixed bridge is a type of restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth have been lost. It is bonded or cemented into place and only a dentist can remove it.
A removable partial denture usually has replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base that matches the color of your gums. A removable partial denture can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning. A complete denture replaces all of the teeth on the top or upper or lower jaw.
In recent years, dental implants have become more common and look more natural than ever. Whether you have a full or a partial denture or have lost a single tooth, an implant may be the solution for you.
Dental implants are cylinders that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jawbone. The implants act as an anchor for replacement teeth or dentures. During the healing process, the bone grows around the implant and holds it in place. Implants are stable and secure. Implants can often make the sore gums and clicking noises associated with dentures a thing of the past.
Root Canal Therapy
Inside your tooth, there is soft, living tissue that contains blood vessels and nerves. This tissue is called the pulp. When the pulp is injured or diseased and cannot repair itself, it dies. Common causes of pulp injury or disease include a cracked tooth, deep cavity, problems with a large filling, or injury to the tooth. In the past, in cases like these, the dentist would usually pull the tooth. Luckily, we are now able to save the tooth with a root canal.
An extraction is the removal of a tooth, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.
Scaling and Root Planing
This is a deeper cleaning for patients with periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing is the cleaning of infected root surfaces in order for the gum tissue to attach and become more healthy.