Restorations in Greensboro, NC
When it comes to an attractive and memorable smile, dental health and function go hand in hand. With restorative dentistry services provided by K. Alex Poole, II, DMD, PA, you can gain additional peace of mind knowing our skilled and compassionate team is restoring the essential aspects of your smile.
Whether your teeth need repair, replacement, or reconstruction, we are here to help you achieve a smile that radiates beauty and health once more. Call our office today to set up an appointment and discover what our restorations can do for you!
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What is Considered Restorative Service?
At the dental practice of K. Alex Poole, II, DMD, PA, we believe there's no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to restoring your smile. The restoration that might work for your spouse or parent may not necessarily be the one we recommend for you.
We provide the following restorations each designed to meet your unique needs:
- Composite Fillings
- CEREC® Crowns
- Dentures & Partial Dentures
- Fixed Bridges
- Root Canal Therapy
Do I Really Need Restorative Care?
Whether due to accidents, trauma, infection, or decay, patients throughout Greensboro and Guilford County need their smiles repaired. Though teeth are strong, they are not immune to damage as the result of everyday wear and tear.
When you experience any form of damage to your smile, it is essential to address the issues right away, so that Dr. Poole and team have a higher chance to preserve your natural teeth. Otherwise, along with being uncomfortable, infection, injury, and other damage can further affect your smile’s integrity.
Which Issues Can Dental Restorations Fix?
Because restorative dentistry focuses on treating a wide variety of dental conditions that can impact the health, function, and aesthetics of your smile, restorations are used to address these issues efficiently and effectively.
Restorations are commonly used to correct:
Cavities, Minor Chips, Cracks, Fractures, and Decay – Fillings are ideal for repairing the destroyed part of the tooth, commonly due to decay. Fillings are molded to match your surrounding tooth shape while restoring strength and preventing further damage.
Larger Cavities, Decay, Broken, Fractured or Worn Teeth – Crowns encompass the entire structure of a badly-damaged, decayed, or vulnerable tooth treated with root canal therapy. They are fabricated to look, feel, and function like a natural tooth.
Infected, Decayed, or Abscessed Tooth – Root canal therapy is used to repair and save a damaged or infected tooth. The nerve and pulp are removed during a root canal procedure, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Missing or Lost Teeth – If you have one or an entire arch of missing teeth, we can provide traditional crowns, bridges, dentures and partial denture restorations, as well as those supported by dental implants.
How Do Dental Implants Work to Replace Missing Teeth?
If you have missing teeth and prefer not to have them replaced with more traditional restorations, ask our dentist if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants are titanium posts that fuse with living bone and tissue after being surgically inserted into your jawbone. Dental implants can serve as artificial tooth roots in the areas where natural teeth and their roots are missing.
Not only can implants completely restore teeth, from root to crown, but they can also stop, and sometimes reserve, the many negative effects of tooth loss. Including halting gum-tissue recession, issues with digestion, and preserving facial features and jawbone structure.
What Does the Dental Implant Process Involve?
If you are in suitable oral and overall health, and Dr. Poole determines you are a good candidate for implants, he will work with you to schedule your implant placement producer.
Dental Implant treatment is a multifaceted process and can take anywhere from several months to a year to complete depending on your specific situation.
3 Phases of Dental Implant Treatment:
- Placing the implant: First, the implant post is surgically placed in your jaw, where it is covered with gum tissue and allowed to fuse with tissue and bone for about three to six months.
- Attaching the Abutment: Once fused and healed, we affix a tiny, screw-like attachment on top of your implant post. This attachment, known as the abutment, acts as a durable anchor for your replacement tooth or teeth.
- Placing the Restoration: Your customized crown, bridge, partial or denture restoration is fixed to your abutment connected to your implant. This allows for complete replacement of your missing teeth or tooth.
Should I Get Dental Implants?
Though dental implants are widely used and favored, they are not for everyone. Because of the increased risk of infection during any surgery, if you are pregnant, have a history of chronic diseases, are a child, or are someone who grinds or clenches their teeth, you will most likely not be a good candidate for dental implants.
Please feel free to contact our office to find out for sure if dental implants will be best suited for your smile.
Differences Between Full Dentures, Partial Dentures, and Fixed Bridges
While dentures, partial dentures, and fixed bridges are all designed to address missing or lost teeth, these prosthetics serve different purposes.
Full (Complete) Dentures
Complete dentures are made from a colored plastic base to replicate gum tissue and support a complete set of artificial teeth.
A regular denture sits on the gums; an implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that relies on dental implants for permanent security and stability. When you have little to no teeth left in your smile, an implant-supported denture may be used.
Dentures supported by implants are often more stable than traditional dentures. You will find it easier to talk and without having to worry about your appliance becoming loose or dislodged.
At night and for cleaning, you will still need to remove and clean your denture.
Partial dentures consist of a molded plate, mimicking gum tissue and teeth that are attached to natural, neighboring teeth. They can also be used to compensate for gum loss. Partial dentures are often designed to replace multiple teeth that are missing.
If only a few natural teeth are missing, a partial implant-supported denture will give you superior preservation, allowing you to bite, chew, and talk properly – without the need for visible clasps.
The titanium implants hold the partial denture in place, which is secured for a sturdy hold into the jawbone.
A partial denture supported by implants provides an aesthetically pleasing, powerful restoration for multiple missing teeth. It can restore your smile to a healthy, natural state.
This method of treatment may need additional treatment options in the future but will accommodate future changes in your remaining, natural smile.
Bridges literally “bridge” the gap between missing and natural teeth by using neighboring teeth to anchor the restoration. Once a bridge is in place, it will look just as natural as your own teeth.
An implant-supported bridge can replace two or more missing teeth in a row, restoring your smile's full shape and function. This restoration is similar to a traditional bridge; however, rather than using adjacent teeth, it is supported by dental implants.
Today's bridges are made of materials that closely resemble natural teeth and even have the same light-reflecting and translucence qualities as enamel.
Restoring Your Smile with Crowns
Severe decay, chips, cracks, or other trauma can affect the strength and integrity of your teeth and increases your risk of irreversible damage and the possible need for an extraction. Crowns can repair your tooth's shape, function, and beauty while protecting the inner core against decay and infection.
Why We Choose CEREC Same-Day Crowns
CEREC technology allows us to provide immediate care without compromising the quality of treatment. This is especially useful if you are visiting us for care after a dental injury or accident. CEREC crowns eliminate the need for a temporary restoration because we can produce them in-house, on the same day.
CEREC crowns are milled from a single block of enamel-colored porcelain, mimic natural teeth and can last for decades with proper care. We believe that using the CEREC technique makes it possible for us to have more control when making your crown, providing you with an ideal and reliable restoration.
Composite Fillings for Preserving Health and Beauty When Repairing Your Smile
When tooth decay occurs, quick action is required to preserve the tooth and prevent further damage and pain.
We provide composite fillings for maintaining your smile’s beauty while restoring its health and function.
Dental fillings are often pictured as highly noticeable dark metal spots in the middle or at the edge of a tooth. While amalgam (metal) fillings were once the norm for many decades, dentists are moving to composite fillings due to their many aesthetic and health benefits.
Why Should I Care About Composite or Porcelain Materials Over Metal Amalgam?
Metal amalgam was once the most popular choice for repairing cavities and decay. For a variety of reasons, including potential health risks, amalgam fillings are now less popular.
Composite fillings do not have any mercury. Also known as tooth-colored or white fillings, these metal-free alternatives are made of a reinforced acrylic resin and can be customized to match your tooth's precise shape and shade.
Saving Teeth with Root Canal Therapy
The pulp inside each of your teeth contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and during development, creates the tooth's surrounding hard tissues.
Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, as this can jeopardize the health of your tooth. If the pulp is left untreated, it can cause debilitating pain or lead to an abscess. This is dangerous as the infection can spread to the rest of your smile or throughout the body.
The inflamed or infected pulp is removed, cleaned, and filled with a body-safe material, saving the overall natural structure of your tooth. Once healed, our dentist will affix a crown to protect your tooth and restore it to its full function.
Restore Your Smile to Its Former Glory Today!
If you live in the Greensboro or Guilford County area and want to explore your restoration options for damaged, decayed, or missing teeth, call to make your appointment today!
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