Our Restorative Dental Services
There is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed when facing a case of oral damage or decay. Virtually everyone goes through these issues at one point or another in their lives, after all. What is most important is that you have a trusted dental team you can turn to for the high-quality, revitalizing care that you deserve. Here in Williamsville, NY, our team of dedicated doctors and friendly staff members will always be able to provide you with a comfortable, warm atmosphere and comprehensive treatment options that can correct teeth that are broken, decayed, or even lost altogether. We are even happy to offer an emergency answering service so that patients in need of immediate help can see one of our doctors as quickly as possible.
Please contact Amherst Dental Group today if you would like to schedule a restorative appointment! We hope that you and your family will choose to make us your oral healthcare home for many years to come.
Our restorative treatment options include:
Dental implants are the most complete tooth replacement solution available today. They are unique in that they restore the entire structure of the tooth both above and below the gum line, including the root. This not only makes them particularly strong, but it also creates the most natural-looking results possible. They can be used to replace everything from a single tooth all the way to an entire mouthful, and the results are always stunning.
If you are currently dealing with a significant amount of tooth loss, dentures offer a quick, affordable, and natural-looking way to restore your complete smile. Thanks to the latest advancements in dental prosthetics, modern-day dentures are now smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable than ever. Partial dentures can replace multiple missing teeth while fitting in seamlessly with the remaining ones, while a full denture can completely restore an entire row of teeth.
Traditional Crown and Bridge
These are two kinds of restorations that can be used to either repair teeth or even replace missing ones. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a natural tooth, and with it, we can restore a tooth’s original shape, size, and strength all at the same time. It is an excellent option for repairing large cavities, broken enamel, and even teeth that are permanently stained. They can be made of a variety of materials, including strong and durable metal for the back teeth and natural-looking porcelain for the front teeth.
Typically, it takes about two appointments to get a dental crown. At the first one, your dentist will examine your tooth, gently reshape it to fit the crown, take an impression, and then send this to a lab to actually fabricate your crown. They will then place a temporary on your tooth. When it is finished, you will return to our office, and the temporary will be swapped out for your permanent crown.
And, in the case of a missing tooth or a few in a row, two crowns can be used to literally “bridge” the gap. A crown will be placed on both of the teeth surrounding the missing ones, and these will be used to support prosthetic teeth that fill in the space. This not only helps a person regain their complete smile, but it also helps even out the bite and keeps the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
Porcelain veneers are primarily a cosmetic treatment, but they can also be used to repair slightly chipped or misaligned teeth. A veneer is an extremely thin ceramic shell that is placed on the front of a tooth, and because it resembles real enamel in almost every way, this enables it to completely change a tooth’s appearance. We like to use porcelain veneers when a tooth is only slightly damaged and does not require an entire crown.
The process to get a veneer usually requires about two to three visits to our office. After examining your tooth, your dentist will slightly reshape it in order to allow the veneer to lay flat on it. They will then take an impression, send this to a lab, and give you a temporary veneer. About a week or so later, you will return to our office to have your permanent veneer placed.
For decades, fillings have been the go-to treatment for repairing small cavities as well as slightly damaged teeth, and traditionally, they were made of a metallic material called amalgam. While it is very strong and durable, it has always had some very distinct drawbacks. Firstly, it leaves a very large gray mark on any tooth it is used on, and it can even make a tooth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Different temperatures can even cause the filling to expand and contract, which can lead to a tooth cracking over time.
This is why Amherst Dental Group prefers to use tooth-colored fillings that are made of a composite resin. This material is just as strong as amalgam, but as the name indicates, it can also be shaded to perfectly match a patient’s tooth color, making it practically invisible in the mouth. Plus, because it is metal-free, it is not affected by the temperature, meaning a patient will not feel more sensitivity, and it will maintain its shape so the tooth can be trusted to last for a very long time.