For compromised or missing teeth, an old restoration that needs some help, or an infection threatening the health of your tooth, restorative dentistry procedures can bring your smile back to life. Reach out any time—Family Dentistry of Bellevue is here to help!
At Family Dentistry of Bellevue, tooth-colored fillings are the restorative solution of choice for the average small- to medium-sized cavity. Modern composite resin materials are durable, light, and withstand the stress of chewing pressure and temperature changes between hot and cold to allow for comfortable eating and drinking. Composite filling materials also mimic many qualities of natural teeth, such as translucency. Dr. Mack and Dr. Wachter carefully color-match the filling material with your other teeth so your restoration will blend right in for a stronger, more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Trace amounts of mercury content in old metal amalgam fillings have been a matter of debate for years, but the FDA has stated that there is no pressing need for removal unless amalgam fillings are worn, cracked, or have severe decay underneath. Family Dentistry of Bellevue follows IAOMT compliance protocols for the safest, most environmentally friendly mercury filling removal procedures. If aesthetics is your primary concern and you want metal restoration replaced with a more lifelike tooth-colored filling, that is up to you—our concern is your comfort and smile satisfaction.
When a tooth fractures, has been weakened by decay, or sustains other significant damage, a crown may be able to save the tooth. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over any existing tooth structure to strengthen a tooth, building it back to full function and sound health. Crowns also have the ability to improve the appearance, shape, and size of a tooth and are usually constructed of zirconia, porcelain, resin, or composite materials color-matched to your natural teeth for seamless smile aesthetics. Dr. Mack or Dr. Wachter can help you decide which type of crown is best for you.
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A bridge is an artificial tooth or teeth anchored in place by surrounding teeth on either side of the gap left by an absent tooth. There are several different types of dental bridges: traditional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges. A color-matched, custom-fit bridge can allow you to eat, smile, and laugh again with ease. In recent years, implant-supported bridges have become increasingly sought-after for a more secure restorative solution than bridges once allowed. Family Dentistry of Bellevue can explain the different types of bridges and help you choose one to fit your needs.
Partials—sometimes called partial dentures—are removable dental prosthetics that attach to abutment (surrounding) teeth with clasps or precision attachments that enable wearers to remove them. Some dentists feel patient satisfaction levels tend to be higher when a bridge is chosen over a partial, probably because a bridge is not removable and can be cared for like natural teeth. Every dental situation is different, and Family Dentistry of Bellevue will discuss all your options with you to assist you in making your decision.
Dentures can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. When several or all of your teeth are missing, replacing them with dentures can boost your appearance and your health. Dentures also make it easier to eat, speak, and fill out the appearance of your face and profile to keep your facial muscles and bone density intact for a more youthful, natural appearance. Dr. Mack or Dr. Wachter can fit you with a set of implant-supported dentures for a return to the smile you remember, along with secure chewing, laughing, and improved confidence and quality of life.
Root canals have gotten a bad name for decades but are performed so routinely these days that the procedure is more comparable to a simple filling. The purpose of a root canal is to remove an infection from inside the tooth and, in so doing, save that tooth. Dr. Mack or Dr. Wachter will remove the infection, sterilize and seal the chamber of the tooth, and finish the process with a beautiful, natural-looking, tooth-colored crown restoration. This preserves your healthy tooth structure and builds a solid foundation to keep that tooth in your mouth, functioning as it should.