221 W. Penn Ave, Suite 213 Cleona, PA 17042-3230

Restorative Dentistry

Bringing the Sparkle Back to Cleona

You may not even think about your smile that often, even though it’s right under your nose. The truth is your smile, your teeth, and your mouth are a powerful combination capable of keeping your entire body healthy. You can even use them to convey how you’re feeling to friends and family.

It’s important to address any problems or issues you’re having as early as possible to avoid facing bigger, more costly dental treatment in the future. This is where restorative dentistry from the doctors and team a Cleona Dental can change your life.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

As its name suggests, restorative dental care is the most effective way to bring form and function back to your smile — especially if you have a tooth or teeth that are:

  • Broken
  • Chipped
  • Decayed
  • Missing
  • Discolored

We will take a look at your tooth or teeth that are causing you pain or concern before we decided what kind of treatment would work best for both you and your budget. We have helped countless patients like you bring health back to their bite thanks to restorative solutions such as dental crowns, bridges, implants, dentures, and root canals.

How Can Restorative Dentistry Help Me?

Teeth fall out or become damaged for so many reasons. Age, trauma, medications, and just overall wear and tear can lead to deterioration at time passes. This only makes things worse for you and your smile in the long run.

Even if you have just one tooth that’s unhealthy, it can lead to bigger issues with surrounding teeth and it can also do damage to your self-esteem and self-confidence. This is why our team of doctors and dental health professionals place great emphasis on remaining up-to-date and aware of the latest technologies and treatments. We have the capability to completely transform how your smile looks and feels for a natural, healthy new look. Dental restorations truly change lives. They will improve how the world sees you and your smile for a first impression that gets you noticed for all the right reasons.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a type of restoration that we use in a variety of applications. When cemented into place over a damaged tooth, dental crowns (sometimes called caps) can restore a tooth to its original shape, strengthen a tooth, or simply improve the cosmetic appearance of the tooth.

Because they fully cup over a damaged tooth, a crown actually becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. Fortunately, most dental crowns placed today are made of a durable porcelain material that blends in nicely with your natural teeth (as opposed to the metal or gold that we used in the past).

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Dental Bridges

Dental bridgework is used to stabilize the bite if you are missing one or more teeth. This is no small task, considering teeth surrounding a missing tooth can drift out of alignment and change your bite – which can result in other problems, such as loss of additional teeth, tooth decay, gum disease, and even chronic headaches.

A bridge is essentially a band of connecting crowns bonded onto existing teeth. We offer several different configurations, including the traditional bridge, which consists of two crowns covering the teeth on either side of a gap with a false tooth in between. If a patient has teeth on only one side of a gap, we’ll use a cantilever bridge.

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Inlays / Onlays

We use porcelain inlays and onlays in situations where a tooth has been damaged enough to require repair, but enough enamel remains for us to build off of. Both considered very conservative procedures, inlays and onlays work in two slightly different situations. An inlay is a small piece of artificial tooth surface (which can be made of porcelain or resin) that fills in where natural tooth material is missing. An onlay covers a larger portion of the tooth’s biting surface, extending over one or more sides perhaps. An onlay is a good choice when we want to repair only the damaged portion of a tooth without placing a crown on top of it.

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Dental Implants

John Warner - before implant crown    John Warner - after implant crown

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Unfortunately, losing teeth is part of the aging process for many of us. Disease, injury, and even daily wear can take their toll on the mouth’s structure. The product of a fairly new technology in tooth replacement, the dental implant is quickly becoming the prosthetic of choice for dentists and patients alike. In essence, dental implants are artificial teeth that are permanently rooted in the jaw bone by way of metal posts.

At the beginning of the dental implant procedure, a periodontist anchors the steel post into the patient’s jaw bone. Once the post is sufficiently stabilized, our dentists attach to it a very lifelike replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions much like a natural tooth.

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Dentures

Mel Burkholder - before     Mel Burkholder - after

                                      BEFORE                                                                              AFTER

Providing the traditional removable option for those with missing teeth, dentures have come a long way in recent years. Partial dentures can be made to attach onto existing natural teeth or onto sculpted crowns. Full dentures are carefully designed to replace all of the upper or lower teeth on one or both arches. Both versions, when properly fabricated and fitted, can remedy the sunken, older appearance that is a byproduct of missing teeth.

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Endodontic Therapy

Endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal, is performed as a means of saving a damaged or decayed tooth. During this procedure, we treat the inner “pulp” portion of the tooth while keeping the outside structural part of the tooth intact.

We begin by making an opening in the crown of the tooth to gain access to the root canal system. The pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and root canals, and tiny instruments are used to clean and reshape the canals so that they will be easy to fill. When the root canals are thoroughly cleaned out, we refill them with a compound and a cement that seals the canals to prevent bacteria from reentering. After the infection has been thoroughly cleaned out and the canal refilled, the tooth is ready to be sealed off with a crown or tooth-colored restoration.

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