Making Chicago Smiles Healthy Again with Restorative Dentistry
Lakefront Dental Expertly Repairs Damaged Smiles
Any number of things can lead to tooth decay–too many sweets, poor brushing, or an old filling that chips or cracks and allows bacterial invasion into the tooth and exposes inner tooth structures to acidic substances are just some of the possibilities. Lakefront Dental uses conservative restorative dentistry methods to remove decay and retain as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
Once tooth decay is removed, we restore your tooth to health using high-quality composite or porcelain materials. These tooth-colored restorations allow for a strong tooth that blends seamlessly with your smile. Depending on the severity of the decay, we may repair you tooth using a filling, inlay, onlay, porcelain crown, or porcelain veneers.
Some restorative dentistry procedures may take just one office appointment, while others may require more than one visit. If you desire restorations of proven longevity, Lakefront Dental can restore your teeth with amalgam fillings, cast gold restorations, gold crowns, or porcelain-fused-to-gold alloy crowns. Although these materials may not be as cosmetically attractive, they deliver strength and durability that are often unmatched.
Restorative Dentistry Services in Chicago
We’re happy to offer patients advanced restorative dentistry services to repair damaged teeth, renew oral health, and leave them with flawless smiles. It’s always our goal to provide the most conservative solutions, so we encourage patients to contact us right away, if they experience decay, damage, or toothache. We’ll work hard to relieve pain and repair your smile comfortably and effectively. Contact Lakefront Dental to find out more or schedule an appointment with our caring team today.
A dental crown is often referred to as a cap. Crowns are used when a tooth is too compromised by decay to restore with a filling. Once the decay is removed, the crown fits snugly over the remaining tooth structure returning its shape and size. A crown can be used to protect a weak tooth, or to restore a tooth that has already been broken. Crowns are also an excellent option to cover discolored or badly shaped teeth.
Crown and Bridgework
A missing tooth can have many effects on your smile from health impacts to self-consciousness. Lakefront Dental may use a natural looking bridge to replace the gap in your smile. This common procedure bridges the space where one or more teeth were missing. Also called a fixed partial denture, crown and bridgework helps to reduce the stress on your bite and stops adjacent teeth from shifting.
Lakefront Dental will use crowns to anchor the immediate surrounding teeth. The replacement bridge then attaches with the crowns to create a strong restoration. The materials used for restoring your smile can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
You may have additional options for replacing one or more missing teeth, such as dentures or dental implants. Book your consultation with Lakefront Dental’s Chicago dental practice today.
Traditionally, dentists used amalgam, metal fillings to repair minor tooth decay, cracks, and other flaws. In fact, many of our patients still have these durable restorations in their smiles. Today, there have been innovations in the field that make tooth-colored, composite resin fillings a preferable solution for many patients. Unlike the amalgam metal fillings, composites can be shaded to blend naturally into the smile line. In addition to their cosmetic superiority, tooth-colored fillings have some other advantages over amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings require the removal of more healthy tooth structure in order to shape the filling in a manner that ensures it can stay in place. Composite restorations can be drilled more conservatively, often requiring only enough drilling to remove the decay, with little additional drilling to create a specific retentive shape. Once the composite filling is in place, we use a curing light to harden the restoration, leaving patients with flawlessly repaired smiles.
Dentures & Partials
Partial and full dentures are recommended for those patients who have more extensive tooth loss. Partial dentures are a less costly and quicker treatment option than implants and fixed bridges. A partial denture can replace all the missing teeth in an arch with one prosthetic appliance, whereas that same patient who has multiple missing teeth might otherwise need multiple implants and fixed bridges to restore their mouth back to a full complement of teeth. Partials fill the gaps between teeth, and are held in position by clear or metal clasps connected to healthy teeth. Full dentures are made with a gum colored base supporting a full row of replacement teeth. The denture is held in position by natural suction between the base and gums.
If you’re interested in a more natural looking and feeling denture, we may recommend a dental implant supported overdenture. These solutions are removable denture options that are supported by implants rather than through suction between the denture base and the gums. This offers the comfort of a removable prosthetic with the increased stability of a fixed restoration.