Bellissimi Dental provides restorative dentistry in Brunswick, OH. Call 330-741-3334 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Restorative dental procedures restore your oral health when a tooth is compromised by decay or damage. We take a biomimetic approach to restorative dentistry, which means improving strength, function, and appearance by reconstructing teeth to emulate their natural form.
Only the damaged portions of the tooth are removed, leaving as much of the healthy tooth structure intact as possible. Although this is a conservative approach to dentistry, it’s also quite modern. We use advanced techniques and materials in order to achieve results that look, feel, and function naturally.
Our restorative procedures include:
When a tooth has a cavity, we use tooth-colored composite fillings to repair it. Decayed areas are removed and then replaced with a composite material carefully selected to match the rest of the tooth. These restorations are aesthetic, durable, and completed in a single office visit.
Inlays and Onlays
Sometimes known as partial crowns, these restorations are used when damage or decay is too extensive to be repaired with a dental filling but not enough to require the placement of a full dental crown. Inlays and onlays can be made with tooth-colored porcelain or gold and, like a dental crown, they are fabricated and then bonded to the affected tooth.
Crowns are used when most of a tooth is compromised and must be removed. They cover over the remaining tooth structure to protect it from further decay and restore function. Dental crowns require two separate visits—one to prepare the tooth and take digital impressions and another to bond the crown in place.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. Although there are a few types of bridges available, what each has in common is that they use supports (or abutments) to hold in place a series of prosthetic teeth (the bridge).
Implant restorations include a number of different procedures that address tooth loss above the gum line with a dental restoration and below the gum line with dental implants that replace the roots of missing teeth. These types of restorations are the preferred solution for missing teeth because they prevent and even reverse bone loss in the jaw.
Dentures replace multiple missing teeth in a single upper or lower arch without requiring any support from other teeth. Dentures can be full or partial, fixed or removable (snap-on), and traditional or implant-supported.
Frequently Asked Questions About Restorative Dentistry
Can dentists rebuild teeth?
Yes, as long as the root of a tooth is not cracked, we can almost always rebuild a damaged tooth with dental bonding, inlays, onlays, or a crown.
Are white fillings better?
Yes, white fillings are better. They contain no mercury, they look natural, and today’s composite fillings are stronger and more durable than those of decades past.
What will happen if a cavity is left untreated?
Cavities don’t simply go away on their own. You can expect them to continue to grow over time, compromising the structure of your tooth and making it prone to breakage. Repairing a cavity early may require only a small filling, but when treatment is delayed, more costly procedures like crowns or even dental implants may be needed. There’s also a risk of a painful tooth abscess when cavities aren’t treated promptly.
How do dentists treat cavities?
The first step in treating any cavity is to completely remove all areas of decay. Next, the tooth is restored with a dental filling, inlay, onlay, or crown.
Do I need a crown or a filling?
The answer to this question depends on the extent of decay in a tooth. There’s a certain point in which the structure of a tooth simply can’t be repaired with a dental filling and instead a crown is needed. We’ll go over your options during your consultation.