Creating a beautiful smile. Creating a beautiful smile.
Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function.
Reasons for restorative dentistry:
A︎ Enhance your smile
A︎ Improve or correct an improper bite
A︎ Prevent the loss of a tooth
A︎ Relieve dental pain
A︎ Repair damaged and decayed teeth
A︎ Replace missing teeth
A︎ Restore normal eating and chewing
At Kuribayashi Dental Office, we offer a number of dental restorations including:
Composite filling and porcelain veneer
A︎ Inlay & Onlay Restorations
Comfortite (tooth colored) filling or porcelain veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again.
A︎ Chipped teeth
A︎ Closing the space between two teeth
A︎ Cracked or broken teeth
A︎ Decayed teeth
A︎ Worn teeth
Minor repairs to teeth for chips or breaks. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Shape and function. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your to to this, the special filling will be applied.
Porcelain laminate veneer
The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Porcelain veneers, which are thin shells that fit on the fronts of your teeth, are easy to apply, simple to maintain, and can provide great results with custom-made porcelain veneers. A veneer is a very thin, tooth-colored, piece of porcelain (like a false finger nail) that is bonded on top of your teeth. We can adjust the shape of your veneers to make your teeth overall view longer and longer or closer together.
You can have just one veneer or a whole set, known as a smile makeover.
Inlay & Onlay Restorations
A porcelain inlay and onlay restoration are a custom-made filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.
Onlays have an advantage over crowns in that they look natural but also replace the tooth structure and incorporate the tooth cusp used for chewing.
They are highly durable and will last many many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
A︎ Broken or fractured teeth
A︎ Cosmetic enhancement
A︎ Decayed teeth
A︎ Fractured fillings
A︎ Large fillings
An inlay and onlay procedure only need two appointments, including taking several highly accurate impressions that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.
A temporary filling will then be applied to protect the tooth while is in made in by a dental laboratory. It will also be tooth-colored, giving the restoration a more natural appearance so it fits in with the rest of your teeth.
A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay and onlay.
A crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong for chewing.
Crowns can be fitted to replace discolored fillings to give you a more aesthetic smile. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in your mouth.
Bridges are hard-wearing, they help to strengthen the prepared teeth, and it makes chewing and eating easier. Bridges are fixed and can not come out.
Some bridges can also be fixed to your jaw with dental implants, if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing.
Once you have a bridge fitted, you will have care to your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque-free and that you can prevent bad breath (halitosis).
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
This “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, but they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
A︎ Fill space of missing teeth
A︎ Maintain facial shape
A︎ Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
A︎ Restore chewing and speaking ability
A︎ Restore your smile
A︎ Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be constructed. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, enabling your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive receive care instruction at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
A denture is made from hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance. Your denture will be made to fit snuggly on your gums and you will need to remove it for cleaning.
When you wear a denture for the first time it is important to your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath (halitosis), tooth decay and gum disease. An oral hygienist will be able to show you how to the best take care of your denture and gums and will tell you about specialized brushes you can use to do this.
They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it also prevents other teeth from shifting out of their positions.
A c omplete denture may be be either “conventional” or “immediate”. Immediate dentures are fitted once the tissues shrink and heal, and then adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be re-made, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
A︎ Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch
A︎ Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch
A︎ Enhancing smile and facial tissues
A︎ Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
A︎ What does getting dentures involve?
Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
This will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.