Whether it’s a matter of health and function or a matter of aesthetics and beauty, you do not have to settle for a set of teeth you are not happy with. Here at The Art of Smile in Florham Park, NJ, Dr. Segal can restore the health, functionality, and appearance of your teeth and gums by providing dental techniques and technologies that are on the cutting-edge of oral health care.
Missing teeth, decayed teeth, crooked teeth, or stained teeth. Whatever is making you unhappy with your smile, or threatening the health of your mouth, can be corrected with restorative dentistry from Dr. Segal. He has the years of training and experience necessary to get your teeth back into shape and have you smiling again.
One of the biggest threats to your oral health, as well as general health, is missing teeth. Not only do they leave unsightly gaps in your smile, but they also make chewing healthy foods harder to do. This is why tooth replacement is an essential component of restorative dentistry.
When it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants give you the security and stability you need to stay healthy. Unlike other forms of tooth replacement, implants restore the root of your tooth, acting as an anchor for a crown, a bridge, or even a full set of dentures.
Inlays and onlays are used to restore a molar that is too decayed for a filling to be effective, but not decayed enough to call for a restorative crown. They can also be used to repair a back tooth that has been fractured or broken by injury.
These restorations are typically made from porcelain, and they are strong and safe alternatives to metal fillings. An inlay is used to repair damage on the inside of your tooth; an onlay repairs both the inside of your tooth as well as the cusps.
If your teeth are healthy but appear chipped or discolored, dental veneers can restore the aesthetic quality of your smile. These porcelain shells are shaped like teeth, and they attach to the front side of your natural teeth
When the crown of your tooth is so badly damaged by injury or decay that it cannot be repaired, yet the root is still healthy enough to be functional, then a porcelain crown can restore the functionality to that tooth. Dental crowns differ from inlays, onlays, and veneers in that they cover the entire tooth above the gumline, not just a portion of the tooth.
Crowns can also be used to replace a missing tooth in the form of a fixed bridge. When there are healthy teeth on both sides of a gap, crowns can be placed over these teeth to support a replacement crown in the middle. This helps bridge the gap left behind by the missing tooth. If there are not two healthy teeth to act as anchors for the bridge, dental implants can be used to support the fixed bridge.
When we catch tooth decay while it is still in its early stages and hasn’t made it past your enamel, it can be repaired with a simple filling. But the last thing you want is for your restoration to distract from the natural beauty of your smile. That is why we use tooth-colored fillings here at The Art of Smile.
If silver fillings from previous dental treatments are ruining your smile, we can safely remove the old silver fillings and replace them with our tooth-colored ones, restoring the natural beauty of your teeth.
If tooth decay has progressed through the layer of enamel to infect the dentin and pulp, a root canal may be the only way to save your tooth. Often, this level of decay will be accompanied by a toothache, but that is not always the case. So be aware of other symptoms of severe tooth decay, like sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, discoloration, or swelling and tenderness in the gums.
The root canal process involves making an opening in the top of the tooth in order to clear out all the decayed material inside. The inside of your tooth will then be filled with a bacteria-resistant resin before a crown is placed on the top of the tooth. This process is fairly simple, and with modern dental technology and sedation options, it can be pain-free.
Simply call 973.845.9955 to schedule an appointment at our The Art of Smile office, or fill out our easy and convenient online form! One of our dental associates will be able to help you determine the best time to come in.