Restorative Dentistry in Eugene, OR

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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).

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.

Dental Bridge

Bridges are a prosthodontic device that takes 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.

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).

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.

Your Teeth Restoration Dentist

Dr. Gilday is an experienced tooth restoration dentist, bringing smiles back to their former glory. Call (541) 343-3822 today to schedule an appointment and restore your teeth!