If you’re in need of restorative dental treatment, our team at Pearl Dental can help. We use the latest technology and exceptional standards of practice to ensure our patients feel safe, comfortable, and well-cared for from the first moment they step through our door. We offer sedation for any procedure and operate an entirely latex-free facility.
Dental Implant Restoration
Dental implants replace the roots of a tooth and provide a strong foundation for either fixed or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants are small anchors made out of titanium, a biocompatible metal, that are anchored into the jaw bone. Over a few months, the anchors will naturally begin to fuse with the bone. When fusing is complete, our team will insert abutment posts into the anchors, which allow for the permanent attachment of replacement teeth.
Dentures offer a removable solution for missing teeth that need to be replaced. Our office offers two types of dentures: Complete (full) and partial. Full dentures are made once all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaw have been removed and the gum tissue has completely healed. Dentures are constructed with a custom-made acrylic base that looks like natural gums. When placed in the mouth, dentures can be designed either to sit over the gums or can be anchored to dental implants.
For patients who prefer to avoid spending any time without teeth between appointments, one solution is immediate dentures. Prior to extraction, our team will take impressions of your remaining teeth and gums to create an accurate set of dentures for placement following removal of your natural teeth. After extraction, your immediate dentures will be inserted. Once your gums have healed, you will need to schedule a follow-up appointment for a permanent reline or impressions for a permanent denture.
Partial Dentures (Valplast & Cast Metal)
Removable partial dentures are a solution used to replace one or a few missing teeth in the mouth. Partial dentures wrap around either natural teeth or crowns to provide stability to this removable option. We offer two different options for partials. The first is cast-metal partial dentures, which have a metal framework and metal clasps that wrap around your natural teeth. The second is Valplast® partial dentures, which are a metal-free option. The material used for this type of denture is flexible, durable, and has aesthetic gum-colored clasps, allowing for a natural presentation.
When a patient experiences a sudden loss of a tooth, such as from an accident, a flipper is used. A flipper is a temporary, transitional partial denture that replaces the tooth until a more permanent solution is implemented.
One solution for replacing missing teeth without dentures or dental implants is a bridge. In this procedure, a false tooth is attached to neighboring teeth to hold in place. Teeth on either side of the false tooth are given permanent crowns for better support, and the false tooth is made as one unit with the permanent crowns on neighboring teeth.
Crowns/ Same Day Crowns
When a tooth is largely decayed or has undergone extensive filling or a root canal, we recommend protecting the tooth with a crown. This enables biting and chewing without fracturing the tooth.We offer same day crowns for your convenience and comfort. The crown procedure is completed in just one visit with our CEREC machine to complete digital scans/ impressions.
Composite (Tooth-Colored) Restorations
When a patient has a cavity, one of the most natural-looking materials we can use for treatment is composite, which is a tooth-colored filling. Composite fillings take place during a single visit and are used to treat cavities in teeth that are not yet experiencing severe decay. Once we’ve removed the decay from the tooth, we fill in the tooth with the composite material, which immediately hardens for an efficient restoration.
Before we undergo restorative procedures, our first priority is to save your natural teeth. Often, one method for this is endodontics, or root canal therapy. A root canal is typically needed when a cavity has reached the nerve and blood vessel in the middle of the tooth, or if the tooth is infected or fractured. During a root canal, the nerve and blood vessel are removed from the tooth, and then the space is filled with an inert material to restore the roots. Following the placement of this inert material, a composite filling is added and digital scans are made to place a crown with our CEREC machine. The crown is placed in just one visit and is necessary to protect the tooth from breakage or failure following a root canal.
Sometimes, a tooth cannot be restored. In this case, the best course of action is to remove the tooth. For this procedure, the area is numbed with anesthesia and then loosened from the socket in the gum. After the loosening, the tooth is removed carefully using a forcep. Following tooth extraction, a few stitches may be required. As a gentle dental practice, patients always have the option of using nitrous oxide or sedation during their treatment.