At Mid Valley Family Dental, our goal is to prevent dental problems before they occur. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to poor oral hygiene, genetics, infrequent checkups, and other risk factors. This is why we also specialize in restorative dentistry. Our restorative services are designed to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile, as well as your overall oral health.
Dental fillings are the best way to restore minor to moderate instances of tooth decay. Most fillings these days consist of a material known as composite resin. Composite resin is an aesthetically-pleasing material that we color-match to the existing shade of your enamel. For this reason, a composite filling is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the structure and cosmetics of a damaged or decayed tooth. During the procedure, your tooth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the shape of the crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, we will permanently bond the crown to the enamel using a special adhesive. Many crowns are fabricated these days with porcelain, due to its unmatched aesthetics.
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement that typically consists of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic, or false tooth. A traditional bridge is supported by the two surrounding teeth, known as abutment teeth, that we reshape to receive the crowns. A bridge can also be supported by a series of dental implants if multiple adjacent teeth are missing. If you are missing a tooth, a bridge will prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper position.
Dental Implants can be used to permanently anchor one or all of the missing teeth into the jaw. Implants are the most natural feeling, longest lasting way to replace missing teeth. If you’re suffering from tooth loss, talk with Dr. Horn to see if dental implants are an option for you. With dental implants, you get a perfect fit, and they will look and feel as good as (or better than!) your original teeth. You may also want to consider dental implants if dentures don’t work for you. We refer an excellent doctor for insertion of dental implants!
Dentures can cause wearers to look older than they really are and can cause pain when chewing. Dr. Horn can replace worn out dentures with custom made, state-of-the-art dentures that blend with your skin, hair and even eye color. Your dentures will look as natural as possible, down to the fillings. With so many advances in modern dentistry, fewer people need to wear full dentures. If you have older dentures or think you may need dentures, you are in luck; denture technology right here at Mid Valley Family Dental has never been better!
Partial dentures are a traditional treatment for replacing a section of missing teeth. It is a removable device that consists of an acrylic base that holds acrylic resin teeth. The teeth are designed to look exactly like natural teeth, and the base is colored to match your natural gum tissue. These features provide a much more natural appearance than older styles of dentures. The base is made to rest directly on your gums, which provide support for your new teeth. Partial dentures also have metal clasps that attach to your healthy teeth, providing you with additional support.
Inlays and onlays are ideal for areas of decay too large for a filling, but not large enough to require the placement of a dental crown. The restoration is considered an inlay if it is placed within the occlusal (bite) surface of a tooth. The restoration is considered an onlay if it extends beyond one or more of the occlusal cusps.
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. We perform a simple extraction on a tooth that has already erupted above the gumline. We perform a surgical extraction on a tooth that has become impacted, or has yet to erupt, such as wisdom teeth. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and other complications.
A root canal is a last-ditch effort to save a tooth from extraction. We may recommend a root canal if an infection has spread to the "pulpy" center of the tooth that contains nerve endings and other connective tissues. Once the infection has been removed, we fill the canals with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. A tooth that has received root canal treatment typically needs to be capped with a crown.
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