Restorative Care

Precision Restorative Dental Care Keeps Your Mouth Functioning at its Best

Restorative dental care returns your teeth to how they were intended to be. This usually includes fillings, crowns, bridges or dental implants, and sometimes tooth extractions, root canals, or dentures. Our goal, through precise restorative care, is to safely repair and/or rebuild your teeth and structure within your mouth where parts or all of the teeth have been lost to disease process or trauma. We always do this with an eye toward esthetics, combining cosmetic care with restorative care to give you both healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.

We’ll keep you comfortable!

It is our desire to help you stay as comfortable as possible during your appointment, regardless of whether you are having a filling, root canal or other procedure. In addition to providing as gentle care as possible, we offer a variety of ways to reduce any discomfort and calm your fears including sedation dentistry options. During your visit, we will regularly ask how you’re doing and help you stay relaxed and comfortable.

Did you know?

We never just watch a problem grow. We will talk with you about your situation and help you understand what is happening. It may mean that you treat it at home while we monitor it in regular intervals. In other circumstances, it may be better to treat it in office earlier, while it’s small. And remember, treatment doesn’t always mean drilling!

Filling Cavities

Fillings are the primary way to treat cavities. Fillings stop small and routine cavities and replace the affected tooth structure that was lost during the disease process. Our choice is to provide you tooth-colored composite fillings but there are times when amalgam silver-colored fillings are more appropriate, such as restoring below the gumline or when cost is an issue in extending the life of a crown or bridge. We are always listening for the latest research on the biocompatibility of our materials and are happy to discuss relative risks and benefits of all treatments to help you make your decision.

Learn more about: Tooth-Colored Fillings

Learn more about: Amalgam Silver Fillings

Porcelain Crowns and Bridges

High strength all-porcelain crowns and bridges protect your teeth from breaking and cracking, or being lost (due to large cavities, or large, older fillings). Crowns and bridges are often strong, excellent solutions for replacing missing teeth or a broken crown.

Dr. Duffy and his team will answer your questions and help you evaluate your options so that you can make the best decision for you. We’re here to help you restore your strong, healthy and beautiful smile.

Learn more about: Porcelain Crowns

Learn more about: Bridges 

Root Canals

If you have a deep cavity, your tooth may have developed an infected nerve space. This could mean a root canal is your best choice to save the tooth and prevent the spread of infection. This will preserve your tooth for eating, maintain your appearance, and provide needed support for your jaw bone and adjacent teeth.

During a root canal, you can be assured that we have a variety of ways to keep you pain free and comfortable throughout the entire process. During your appointment, Dr. Duffy will remove your tooth’s soft core including blood vessels and the nerves, called the pulp. Once the infected tissue is removed, the area is disinfected and sealed off. Your tooth will then be protected by a tooth-colored porcelain crown to help protect the integrity of the tooth itself which was weakened by the extent of the cavity, your jaw and other teeth.

Dentures

Unlike most other forms of restorative dental care, dentures are a removable appliance that once in place, will replace all or some of your missing teeth, assist with eating, speaking and restoring your smile. People lose teeth for a variety of reasons ranging from decay, trauma, genetics or disease. This loss can be devastating, yet dentures can make a significant difference in your quality of life and your self esteem.

Dr. Duffy has significant experience in helping each patient receive a proper fit and choose the right type of denture for their mouth, lifestyle, and budget. Additionally, Dr. Duffy will help you undergo the transition of living with your existing teeth and gums to eating, talking and adjusting to your new teeth. He will be happy to work with you and help you make decisions that will best meet your unique needs. We can’t wait to see your new smile!

Types of dentures

We will help you determine which is best for you:

  • Immediate dentures: this style of complete denture allows you to keep your front teeth for smiling and eating while the dentures are being made. The denture is placed the same day the final front teeth are removed. Due to natural changes during the healing process, these dentures often need to be adjusted and re-fit during the first year
  • Partial dentures: an efficient way of replacing multiple teeth at once, using remaining healthy teeth as supports
  • Implant-supported dentures (overdenture): this denture is snapped down over several dental implants to improve comfort, support, and stability. Though the process takes more time, it can tremendously improve the usability of lower complete dentures, upper complete dentures for people with a strong gag reflex, or advanced dry mouth

Once your dentures have been fitted and you are wearing them, it is important that you care for your mouth, tongue and gums, in addition to cleaning your dentures so that you are maximizing your oral health.

Learn more about: Dentures

Dental Implants

Your dental health is an important component to your overall health and wellbeing. For many, dental implants are the best solution for properly restoring broken and/or missing teeth, caused by injury or decay. They are a secure, stable and natural-looking replacement that should last the rest of your life.

The best candidates for dental implants are generally in good health, have healthy gums and do not use tobacco. Following the procedures, our patients enjoy being able to eat anything, speak naturally and sport a smile that is supported by the bone structure nature intended.

Ask for a free consultation.

If you are considering dental implants, Dr. Duffy offers a free consultation where he will fully explain the process with you, as well as review other options you might consider before making a final decision. He will also explain what to expect, review any risks and answer any further questions. Depending upon your final decision we may refer you to a periodontal specialist for the seating of the implants. After all, it is an investment in time, energy and financial resource. Our priority for you is that you love your results!

Dental implants—a three-part process

Unlike the implications of some advertisements, the true dental implant process takes more than a day. It consists of three parts:

  • Step one is to evaluate the quality and health of the bone the implant is to be placed in. Dr. Duffy or the specialist will take a 3D scan of your jaw, and if needed, grow new bone in the area to provide a solid, healthy foundation. This step may require several months of healing prior to implant placement but is not always required.
  • The actual “implant” is a titanium or zirconia screw which is placed surgically into the jaw bone. The screw acts as the replacement root for your new teeth. You may have one or several of these implants placed into your jaws, depending upon if you require single tooth for tooth replacements, or support for a longer multi-tooth solution. Surgical healing from this process takes approximately four to six months because your bone needs to grow around the screw and heal enough to hold the implant in place. (Scientific evidence has shown that titanium and bone have a unique ability to fuse together, creating a strong foundation.)
  • In the final stage, we develop your new crown or bridge which will be permanently attached to your implants, or the adaptation of your new or existing denture to them. These require an “abutment” at the top of each implant screw. The abutments will shape the gums for better health and appearance, and connect to and hold the crowns, bridges, or dentures in place. So the “dental implant” is itself also three parts: implant, abutment, and restoration.

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