Life happens, and your teeth suffer. Teeth are designed to be tough and resilient, but they are not invincible. They are prone to decay, chipping, breakage, and even coming out altogether!
This, of course, can be a huge blow to your confidence. You may become hesitant to smile, begin to avoid parties and other social situations, and come off as awkward or bumbling in job interviews.
We have some good news for you. Restorative dentistry can give you your beautiful, unblemished smile back.
At Family Dental of Spokane Valley, we have the restorative procedures you need. Call our office in Spokane Valley, WA at 509-850-3217 to request an appointment.
If you’ve ever had a cavity, you probably had to have it filled. Getting a filling placed is an extremely common and simple dental procedure that brings a decayed tooth back to health. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia to ensure you remain comfortable and free of pain.
After the affected part of your mouth is thoroughly numb, Dr. Ellsworth will remove the all of the decayed tissue. Once he’s sure it’s all gone, he will clean the area to rid it of any lingering debris and bacteria.
At Family Dental of Spokane Valley, we do offer amalgam fillings, which are silver colored and best for back teeth where they won’t be as obvious. A more discrete and increasingly popular option (especially for more visible parts of the mouth) is composite resin. This plastic-like substance is matched perfectly to your tooth color, so no one will even know you have a cavity! We can also replace your old metal restorations with the more aesthetically pleasing composite material.
If you have an abscess or infection in the tooth pulp, you may need a root canal. But don’t worry, most patients say the process is no more unpleasant than getting a standard filling. In fact, if you need one, you may already be suffering. Root canal therapy will stop your pain, save your tooth, and prevent the infection from spreading — a potentially deadly complication.
When you come in for your treatment, we will take digital X-rays to get a look at the inner structure of your tooth and determine the extent of the infection. We will numb your mouth with local anesthesia. A rubber sheet called a dental dam will isolate the area and keep it dry while we work.
Dr. Ellsworth will drill a hole into the infected tooth, and through that remove every bit of diseased and decayed pulp. He will then thoroughly clean out the inside of the cavity.
Your clean tooth will be filled with an inert material, and will likely need a crown placed to strengthen and protect it.
This is a versatile restoration that slips over the entire tooth, covering it from the gumline up. It may be necessary if your pearly white is broken, cracked, weakened by decay or a filling, misshapen, discolored, or worn down. Crowns are also used after root canals and placed over healthy teeth to support dental bridges.
- First, we will take digital X-rays to visualize the tooth and surrounding area.
- Dr. Ellsworth may need to file down or build up the tooth in preparation for treatment. He can place a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your permanent one is ready.
- He will take precise impressions of the tooth and send them off to a dental lab, where the restoration will be custom crafted.
- Once your dental crown arrives at our office, we will have you come in for final placement.
A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces a missing tooth and closes that unsightly hole in your smile! It consists of two dental crowns that are placed on the healthy teeth adjoining the gap. The teeth will need to be shaved down slightly beforehand. The crown-capped teeth, called “abutments,” support an artificial tooth, or “pontic” in the empty space. We can also create dental bridges to replace multiple adjacent missing teeth. Finally, your smile will be complete once again!
These are a few of the restorative techniques we provide at Family Dental of Spokane Valley. We also offer dentures, dental implants, mini dental implants. Dental veneers are generally thought of as a cosmetic dentistry procedures, but they can be restorative as well, protecting teeth and strengthening them.