Quality Dental Restorations in Medina
Every day your teeth are put to the test as you go about your normal activities. They are designed to be strong enough to withstand the intense pressure they experience every time you take a bite or chew. When properly cared for, healthy teeth can last well into your golden years. But if your oral health is suffering from tooth decay, damage, missing teeth, or gum disease, you are at risk of losing your healthy smile. This is why at Medina Dental Arts we provide restorations using proven treatments and the highest quality body-safe materials.
No matter the severity of your dental and oral health situation, our team has the experience, advanced in-office technology, and comprehensive services to get your smile back on track. We proudly serve individuals and families of every age throughout Mentor and Lake County and tailor our care to meet your unique needs.
We also offer same-day emergency appointments to provide immediate treatment in the case of an injury or serious dental issue. We understand that no one plans to be faced with the unexpected, so we make every effort to see you as soon as possible. Call Medina Dental Arts at (440) 974-9330 to schedule your appointment today!
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The Value of Restorative Dentistry
The healthiest teeth may still need restorative care even when paired with good oral hygiene and dental health habits. Teeth are strong, but they can still chip, decay, fracture, and become loose. Teeth that are damaged are more vulnerable to future problems that could cause infection, pain, and additional damage to their structure.
Repairing even minor damage helps restore your smile to its optimal function. Thanks to the modern restorative dental treatments offered at our practice, we can treat teeth even after experiencing a dental emergency or trauma.
Whether your tooth loss is the result of severe decay, trauma, advanced gum disease, or extraction, prolonged missing teeth can have a serious impact on your oral health and overall well-being. Replacing missing teeth effectively can restore your smile to its function and health and renew your confidence.
What Dental Restoration Services Do You Provide?
Our practice offers a full range of restorative dental services for your entire family. No matter how long it has been since you have seen the dentist, we can help you get back to total dental health. Our available services for smile restoration include:
In addition to providing dental restorations that are amalgam-free and completely safe for the body, we also offer nitrous oxide sedation if you or a family member are feeling nervous about your treatment. To discover if this customizable form of relaxation is the right fit for your needs, contact us today to discuss your treatment options!
Do My Gums Also Need Care?
Gums free of infection are crucial for maintaining strong oral health and functional, beautiful teeth. Periodontal treatments are designed to help eliminate gum disease, which is an oral infection that attacks the gum tissues, and other ligaments responsible for holding teeth in place. If not treated promptly, gum disease can eventually destroy supportive gum tissues and severely weaken the jawbone. Any form of gum disease must be treated before restorative procedures can be done to replace missing teeth.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and sometimes has no symptoms or can be accompanied by swollen and tender gums. When caught early, gingivitis can be treated with professional dental cleanings and improved oral health habits. Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease which is accompanied by pockets of infection below the gum line, severe gum inflammation, and receding gums. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to more serious problems and eventually tooth loss.
Restoring Gum Health with Periodontal Treatment
At Medina Dental Arts, we provide a variety of treatments designed to eliminate gum infection so you can enjoy a healthy smile once more.
Scaling and root planing is a deep-cleaning process typically recommended if you have gingivitis. Tooth scaling involves removing bacteria and infection in the pockets formed below the gum line. With planing, tartar, also called calculus, is removed from the roots of the affected teeth to prevent further infection and encourage gums to reattach.
After scaling and root planning, we often recommend visiting our office for maintenance care. This involves more frequent appointments to our practice so we can examine your gums, check pocket depths, determine if your gums have healed properly, and to help prevent the infection from returning.
Depending on your situation and stage of gum disease, we may recommend that you increase your dental cleanings from once every six months to every three to catch any reinfection at its earliest stages.
Dental Implant Placement & Restoration
Dental implants are a more permanent method to replace missing teeth. They are body-safe titanium posts that serve as artificial tooth roots once surgically placed into your jawbone. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care and a strong oral hygiene routine.
The dental implant process is accomplished over several visits and can be used to replace one to all missing teeth in your smile. Once living tissue and bone have healed around your implant(s) in a process known as osseointegration, we will attach your custom crown, bridge, or denture restoration, renewing your smile and confidence.
Which Restoration is Right for Me?
Crowns supported by dental implants are ideal for replacing a single missing tooth from root to crown. One implant post is all that is needed to restore a missing tooth and complete your smile once more.
A fixed bridge is used to replace two or more adjacent missing teeth. It consists of porcelain crowns that can either use natural teeth on either side of the gap for support or be attached to two dental implants for lasting security. Bridges can improve biting and chewing abilities, positively impacting overall digestion.
Dentures are removable appliances that are used to replace multiple to all teeth missing in your smile. They are custom-made to mimic your natural dentition and can either use natural suction or special adhesives for support. Dentures can be attached to four dental implants or more for a customized fit. Full dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. A partial denture is used to fill in empty spaces and prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting when some natural teeth remain.
Versatile Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns work by covering the entire structure of a severely damaged or worn tooth to restore its original shape, size, and strength. Your crown is crafted from beautiful and durable porcelain and color-matched to your natural teeth, allowing for personalized and reliable treatment. These lifelike restorations can be used alone or with many other procedures to help renew your smile’s health, function, and beauty. Crowns can:
- Repair a chipped, cracked, fractured, or broken tooth
- Cosmetically enhance the shape and shade of a tooth
- Protect a worn-down tooth
- Preserve a tooth after a root canal procedure
- Cover a tooth after decay removal
White, Composite Fillings for Quick Smile Repair
White, composite fillings can be used to fill spaces left on teeth after decay removal and repair minor amounts of damage to the enamel. Made from an acrylic resin, it can be colored to match the natural shade of your tooth. They can also be used to treat any tooth in the smile, regardless if it’s in the front of your smile or a back molar.
Composites materials are safe for the body and often require less removal of your tooth structure, thus preserving more of your natural smile.
I Have Tooth Pain - Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
When the inner nerves, blood vessels, and tissues of your tooth, also known as the pulp, become infected, we may recommend a root canal. Contrary to its stigma, root canal therapy is designed to alleviate the pain caused by infection, not add to it. This procedure involves removing the pulp and bacteria from the root canal inside the affected tooth. Then we thoroughly clean and medicate the tooth before sealing the canal with an antibacterial material. The tooth is capped with a custom crown to persevere your tooth structure and protect it from future infection.
The purpose of restorative dentistry is to provide treatments to prevent the need to remove a tooth. However, in some cases, your tooth may be too damaged or infected to be saved. If so, a simple extraction is your best option for helping preserve your oral health. Our dentists work with you to discuss your options for restoring your missing tooth after an extraction.
Renew Your Smile’s Function, Health, and Beauty Today!
Your oral health and comfort are very important to us. It is our top priority to deliver dentistry designed to establish or restore strong, lasting foundations of excellent oral health. Our caring team at Medina Dental Arts is committed to providing patients of all ages with excellent dental care. If your teeth need restorative treatment, call our office in Mentor today!
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