Restorative Dentistry

In dentistry, extensive procedures can be completed to restore or replace natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. This discipline is known as restorative dentistry. Once Drs. Hoover & Yanda have examined your teeth and evaluated your dental and medical history, they will be ready to provide a diagnosis and treatment options.

A ceramic crown  is the best treatment route in a variety of situations. This includes restoring a tooth to its original size and shape, supplying additional physical support for a certain tooth, and completely “making over” an affected tooth. Crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth, which is why they are sometimes referred to as “caps.” A part of your tooth remains but is essentially “rebuilt” to resemble the tooth at its exterior best.

In the case of our beautiful, ceramic crowns, we utilize state-of-the-art technology and materials, including Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing design and fabrication. We fabricate all of our crowns here in our own on-site dental laboratory, never an overseas lab. Staffing in-house laboratory technicians allows us to custom design and match our crowns to your tooth shape and color.

While porcelain crowns certainly can improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, it is recommended only in conjunction with prior repair of the tooth (bridge), not simply for cosmetic purposes.

Dental bridges  are used to replace missing a wholly missing tooth. One or more missing teeth can have a serious effect not only on your smile, but also on your dental health. Missing teeth can cause a plethora of problems.

  • A shift in the alignment of your teeth
  • Greater probability of periodontal disease
  • Increased risk of tooth decay
  • Loss of adjacent teeth
  • Speech disorders
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

Dental bridges are used to literally bridge the gap in your mouth. Like dental implants, dental bridges are used to replace missing a missing tooth, with the difference being that bridges are supported by the teeth on either side, called abutment teeth. Like many cosmetic dental procedures, placing bridges also serves a restorative purpose. A dental bridge will improve your ability to chew and speak, as well as your smile. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, dental bridges were shown to dramatically reduce the risk of losing teeth that are adjacent to a missing tooth. In addition, dental bridges can help keep your jaw and face from changing shape, as is common in a person who has missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges and each functions differently.

Cantilever bridges – Used to replace a tooth that does not have supporting teeth on both sides of the affected area

Maryland bonded bridges – Artificial teeth and gums are held in place by a metal frame

Traditional bridges – The most common variety, which occupies a gap of an empty tooth space. Crowns on adjacent teeth hold false tooth in place.

To find out more about restorative dentistry or to schedule a consultation, call our Hudson office today!