The old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true more often than not. But, let’s face it—at some time or another, we all need a cure. When that time comes regarding a dental concern, the cure is restorative dentistry. This branch of dentistry encompasses a number of services that typically require the attention of a dental specialist. Dr. Lance Anderson, however, is the general dentist Lovell can depend on for exceptional restorative dental care. He can handle a run-of-the-mill dental filling and even extract wisdom teeth. There’s no need for you to go anywhere other than Lovell Dental when your smile needs a little help.
Our comprehensive menu of restorative dentistry solutions of course includes dental crowns. Custom-designed and fabricated from tooth-colored composite materials, crowns fully encapsulate a tooth that has been damaged from severe decay, injury, or natural wear and tear to fully restore its strength and appearance at the same time. We can even use two of them bonded to prosthetic teeth to fill in the gap in someone’s smile, forming a dental bridge.
Lovell Dental provides a number of restorative dentistry services. The most common is probably a dental filling, which restores a tooth with decay to its proper functionality. But, did you know that at the same time that Dr. Anderson renews your tooth’s function, he can also maintain its natural appearance? Today, there are tooth-colored composite resin fillings that are stronger and so much more attractive than the old-fashion amalgam fillings. Furthermore, composite fillings have the advantage of not containing any metals, which can cause sensitivity or leave a metal taste in the mouth for a time after treatment.
People who are missing a significant amount of teeth face a multitude of problems every day, but with full and partial dentures, we can make them all quickly go away. Modern-day dentures consist of ceramic teeth attached to a realistic-looking gum-colored base that comfortably fits within the mouth. Partial dentures can be used to replace a few missing teeth while fitting in seamlessly with the remaining ones, while a full denture can restore an entire row of teeth, top or bottom.
Every single tooth has a bit of soft tissue inside it called the dental pulp, which contains the nerve of a tooth. Whether due to decay or an injury, this pulp can sometimes become infected and even die, causing an extremely severe toothache. Dr. Anderson can remove this tissue and relieve the pain using root canal therapy. Thanks to modern dental techniques, we can promise that this often feared procedure will only be the solution to your pain and never the cause.
Tooth extractions are usually the last resort after we have exhausted all other treatment options. In an ideal world, we would be able to help you keep all of your natural teeth for a lifetime, but sometimes, life just gets in the way. Typically, an extraction is used to remove a tooth that is too damaged to be restored or in order to make room for either a denture or orthodontic treatment. For this, we simply numb the area around the tooth, gently rock it back and forth, and the tooth usually slips out on its own.
In the case of the wisdom teeth, however, we usually need to remove them before they actually erupt. This is because most people just don’t have enough room to fit these teeth in their mouth, so when they start to come it, they often cause pain and even shift the other teeth around. For these, a surgical extraction is needed. We’ll put you under a gentler form of general anesthesia, and then we’ll make a small incision in your gums to reach the teeth. They’ll be removed, and then we’ll close the area with dissolvable sutures. You’ll sleep through the entire procedure. After a week or so or recovery, you should be able to go back to your normal diet and schedule.