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Dental Restoration

Your teeth sometimes fail. We are there to restore teeth to their former luster. Here are some of the techniques we use:

Dental Bonding

Tooth Bonding is a technique for repairing and reshaping teeth. The tooth surface must be prepared to accept the bonding before the bonding application. First the dentist makes the tooth surface rough by cleaning and then applying a gel that micro-etches the surface. A primer agent is then applied so the bonding material will adhere properly. The bonding material is a resin that is brushed onto the tooth that the dentist molds into the desired shape. The resin is then hardened with intense light. Tooth Restoration is used to:

• Repair tooth decay damage.
• Fill gaps between teeth.
• Improve tooth alignment .
• Cosmetic reasons (improve tooth appearance).

Learn more about dental bonding.

Dental Crowns

Crowns are tooth shaped caps that fit over a prepared tooth. They are used to restore teeth that are damaged due to fracturing and/or decay.

Crown Procedure

The dentist cleans the tooth and removes all damaged or decayed areas of a tooth. He then shapes the tooth to better accept the crown. After the tooth is prepared the crown is placed to cover what remains of the tooth.

Purpose of a Crown

A crown helps prevent future decay and strengthens the structure of the tooth. Dental crowns also improve the alignment, shape and color of your tooth. Crowns are used to:

• Restore a fractured tooth.
• Restore a tooth severely damaged by decay.
• Cover a dental implant (see below).
• Cover a discolored or unattractive tooth.
• Protect a tooth from fracture.
• Anchor a bridge.

Learn more about crowns.

Dental Bridge

Bridges are a prosthodontic device that take the place of missing teeth. They differ from dentures and implants in the fact that they use other teeth as an anchor. Natural teeth (or implanted) next to the missing tooth or teeth are prepared to receive a crown. The bridge is then created with crowns for the anchor teeth as well as the replacement teeth.

Bridges fill in the gaps from missing teeth helps restore proper bite. It also prevents teeth from shifting to fill the gap which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues. Bridges can be made from porcelain, gold, metal or all ceramic. Ceramic bridges are colored to match your natural tooth color. Structural requirements, aesthetics and wear is taken into account when choosing materials. Bridges are used to:

• Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons).
• Replace missing teeth.
• Correct bite issues due to missing teeth.
• Prevent teeth from shifting.
• Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite.

Learn More About Dental Bridges

Tooth Implant

Dental implants are metal posts that attach directly to the bone. For replacing a single or multiple missing teeth implants may be the best option.

Implant Procedure

The dentist prepares the bone by drilling a hole and placing a titanium implant. This implant will bond with the bone. After the bone and surrounding tissue has healed an anchor is attached to the implant and a crown is placed on the anchor.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Implants are superior to bridges as they do not depend on neighboring teeth for structural support. They feel more like your own teeth and cost more than bridges or retainers. Implants are the closer natural teeth and have greater cosmetic appeal than any other dental replacement. Implants are used to:

• Replace missing teeth.
• Correct bite issues due to missing teeth.
• Prevent teeth from shifting.
• Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite.
• Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons).

Learn more about whether dental implants are right for you.

Root Canal

If tooth decay reaches the pulp of the tooth a root canal becomes necessary. The pulp of a tooth cannot heal on its own once it is infected. A root canal can also be required when the tooth experiences trauma like a fracture. Untreated infections are painful and can travel down the root tip to compromise your entire immune system. Symptoms of pulp infections may be:

• Pain, especially when biting.
• Sensitivity to hot/cold.
• Swelling.
• Sensitivity to sweets.
• Bad taste in the mouth.

During a root canal procedure the dentist will clean out the infected pulp, disinfect the canals and fill the empty space with a rubber like substance. This will prevent further infection. Depending upon the condition of the tooth a filling or a crown is then used to finish the procedure.

Learn more about Root Canal Therapy

Teeth Restoration Dentist Eugene, Or

Dr. Gilday is an experienced tooth restoration dentist. Schedule an appointment to restore your teeth.

Three Oral Health Issues Facing Seniors
Older individuals seem to have many more medical issues than the general population, and this is also true when it comes to oral health. By better understanding three of the most common oral health issues that seniors face, you and your loved ones can take the steps to prevent them.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and tissues that hold the teeth into place. While people of any age can develop gum disease, it tends to worsen with age. During the early stages the condition tends to be painless, and may people might not even realize that they have it. However, advanced cases can lead to receding gums, painful chewing, and tooth loss, and this is increasingly common in older people. The end result could be the need for partial or full dentures or dental implants to combat tooth loss.

Dry Mouth

Many seniors are living with dry mouth, which means that saliva flow has been reduced. In many cases, the medications that older people take for chronic illnesses cause dry mouth. Common drugs that can cause this condition include blood pressure medications, antidepressants, drugs for incontinence, and diuretics. Dry mouth can contribute to an increase in cavities and tooth decay.


Many people are under the impression that cavities are only problems for kids, but this simply isn’t the case. In fact, tooth decay is common for people over the age of 65, possibly because people of this age don’t visit their dentist as frequently. Therefore, cavities are going undetected and untreated. Visiting our office every six months can go a long way in preventing cavities regardless of age.

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