Restorative dentistry encompasses a wide variety of dental services and procedures that are all meant to help patients restore the look, feel, and function of their teeth and bite so they can speak, eat, and smile with confidence. At Colonial Drive Family Dentistry, Dr. Dorsey is an expert when it comes to restorative dental care, so whether you have a cavity that needs filling or a full row of teeth that need to be replaced, you’re in the right place.
Teeth that have experienced extensive decay or infection will likely require root canal therapy before being restored with a dental crown or filling. Decay affects the soft interior of a tooth, called dental pulp; root canal therapy involves removing that infected pulp from the inside of the tooth and replacing it with a soft, rubber-like material called gutta percha.
Tooth infections can be incredibly painful, as the pulp also contains the tooth’s nerves, but root canal therapy instantly alleviates that discomfort. Once the root canal has been performed, the empty canals will be flushed with an antibacterial solution before being filled. Oftentimes, a dental crown will be placed to protect the tooth from further damage.
Dental crowns are “caps” that are placed over damaged teeth, all the way down to the gum line, to protect and restore them. Our lab-made crowns are made with only the finest materials, using the latest technology in a state-of-the-art dental lab. After trimming and shaping the damaged tooth, we will take a digital impression of your bite, and send it off to our trusted dental lab, where they will custom-craft your new crown. In the meantime, you’ll be fitted with a temporary restoration. Once your permanent crown is complete, you’ll return to the office for a final placement and fitting, during which we will make any necessary adjustments before securing the restoration with dental cement.
Using state-of-the-art CAD/CAM technology in combination with 3D imaging and milling software, we can create beautiful, durable dental crowns in a single visit. Same-day crowns are just as effective at restoring damaged teeth as their traditional, lab-made counterparts, and don’t require a waiting period with a temporary crown. However, just like any dental restoration, they aren’t right for every situation, so schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsey to find out if a same-day crown is the best choice for you.
If you’re missing one or several teeth in a row, a dental bridge might be right for you. Dental bridges are fixed prosthetics that are anchored to crowns placed on teeth surrounding the gap. Being supported by your natural teeth, dental bridges can improve your ability to speak and chew naturally.
Dentures are removable prosthetics that are used to replace one, several, or all of your teeth. Dentures are made from a variety of materials, and can be held in place either through suction, an adhesive, or a metal framework that clips onto existing teeth. Dentures are often the most affordable option when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
At Colonial Drive Family Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing our patients with the best care possible. Part of that commitment is staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental technology, for a more comfortable, streamlined experience from start to finish.
Digital x-rays are quick, accurate, and extremely safe. They use only a fraction of the radiation of their traditional counterparts, and produce crisp, clear images that can be used for more accurate diagnoses and treatment planning.
Dr. Dorsey is an expert when it comes to laser dentistry, and for efficient, pain-free care, laser therapy is the best of the best. With both soft-tissue and all-tissue lasers, we can perform fillings, treat gum disease, and even perform minor surgeries like frenectomies, without the need for sedation or stitches.
Life is busy, and your time is valuable. Save yourself a trip to the dentist by getting a virtual consultation from Dr. Dorsey. You’ll submit your information, and we’ll get back to you with guidance about at-home care, and schedule an in-person appointment if necessary.
Oral surgery may be necessary for some patients in preparation for other restorative procedures, especially those who are receiving dental implants, or undergoing orthodontic care. Bone grafting is a common procedure for patients who have missing teeth or have experienced bone loss due to other medical conditions such as periodontal disease. Other common surgical procedures include alveoloplasty (or ridge augmentation), tori removal, sinus lifts, and impacted wisdom tooth extractions. No matter your needs, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands with Dr. Dorsey and the rest of the Colonial Drive Family Dentistry team. With the latest technology and sedation options available, your experience will be comfortable, stress-free, with minimal healing time.