Restorative Dentistry

We offer a variety of services to restore teeth to optimal health, function, and beauty. Our services include multiple types of fillings, crowns, implant restorations, and prosthetics such as dentures or partial dentures. Our dental team will discuss your specific concerns and formulate a custom plan to create the smile you deserve.
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Restoration of Decay Crown and Bridge Restorations Implant Restorations Dentures and Partial Dentures Endodontics
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Restoration of Decay

Cavities

Dental Caries or tooth decay is a disease caused by bacteria naturally found in the mouth. In the presence of sugar, this bacteria grows very quickly, producing a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque contains many harmful substances that demineralize the tooth structure and create holes called cavities. If caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly with fillings. Regular check-ups and x-rays are recommended to diagnose and treat cavities early before they can progress and cause pain or infection.
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Crown and Bridge Restorations

Crowns

Crowns are made from gold, zirconia, porcelain, or a combination of precious metal and porcelain and are designed to strengthen teeth and keep them from breaking. Teeth that have large fillings, visible cracks, or root canal treatments will become weaker with time and use. A crown may be recommended to prevent further damage to the tooth. Crowns are usually prepared in 2 dental visits.

Visit 1: The tooth is shaped on all sides and on top to make room for the new crown. Only about 1-2 mm of tooth structure is actually removed during this shaping process. A mold will be taken of the newly shaped tooth and sent to a dental lab so that a custom crown can be made. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth.

Visit 2: The temporary crown is removed and the new custom crown is seated on your tooth.

Bridge

A bridge is one option available to permanently replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth in the mouth. A bridge is made up of crowns and fake teeth that are “bridged” together and cemented in the mouth.
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Implant Restorations

An implant is a true prosthetic tooth that can be used in a single area or to replace multiple missing teeth. Typically, the titanium root portion of the implant is placed by an oral surgeon or periodontist, and a small healing cap closes the gums. The area is allowed to heal for 3-6 months so that the bone can fully stabilize the implant. After the implant is fully healed, the dentist will take impressions so that the prosthetic tooth can be custom made by a dental lab. The final piece called an abutment and the crown are attached to the implant in the final appointment. Implants usually are slightly more expensive than bridges, but offer a tooth replacement that doesn’t affect any other teeth. Even if the teeth next to your implant are lost due to cavities or gum disease, the implant will still function as a single tooth.
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Dentures and Partial Dentures

Metzger Family Dental PLLC offers a variety of options to replace single or multiple missing teeth. There are several types of removable, partial and full, denture options that can accommodate your treatment needs as well as your budget.
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Endodontics

A root canal is necessary when the nerve tissue of a tooth becomes damaged. This usually occurs from trauma or infection due to decay. When the nerve becomes damaged or infected, the inside of the tooth needs to be cleaned, shaped, and disinfected. The hollow tooth is then re-filled and a new permanent filling is placed in the top of the tooth. After a root canal, the tooth is no longer living and can become very brittle. A crown is recommended after all root canals to protect the tooth from fracture.

Signs and Symptoms that a root canal may be needed:

Hot or cold sensitivity

Pain with biting

Swelling in the gums or cheek

Spontaneous pain in the tooth

Throbbing pain