At Norbo Dental, each of us are here to assist you every step of the way with your dental needs. Should you need a restorative dental procedure, you can rest comfortably knowing that you are in the best hands with our team! Having your dental work done at our practice also has the added benefit that many of our procedures can be fully completed on the same day (crowns, veneers, and some bridges). Contact us today to learn more!
Fillings are necessary when tooth decay has compromised a tooth's structure and needs to be removed and replaced with new material. During the procedure, a dentist begins by removing the tooth decay and cleaning the area, and finishes the procedure by filling the void with most commonly composite material. After the procedure is complete, patient's are free to eat and drink as long as they proceed with caution in regards to the numbness caused by the local anesthetic.
When tooth decay has progressed beyond what a filling or inlay/onlay can sufficiently remedy, a crown becomes the best route of treatment for the patient. A crown can also be necessary when a tooth has cracked, or even for cosmetic reasons. Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials including porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and even full gold crowns. To make sure a crown blends in naturally with a patient's existing teeth, the shade can be customized to make for a perfect match.
At Norbo Dental, more often than not getting a crown is simple and efficient for our patients! Having the technology to mill a brand new crown right here in the office helps our patients get back to their daily routine with little to no downtime. We call this same day dentistry.
During the crown procedure, the tooth is reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over the top of the tooth. Once the tooth is reshaped, the tooth is scanned or impressed so that the "mold" of the tooth can be used to design a brand new crown. This scan or mold is then either sent to the mill (in office), or the impression is sent to the lab for fabrication. If you have a crown(s) that needs to be sent to the lab, the process of completing the procedure takes approximately 2-3 weeks and requires a follow-up visit for final installation of the new crown. During this time, you will have a temporary crown that will eventually be replaced by the permanent crown.
Crowns are durable and can last 10-15 years with good home care and routine hygiene appointments. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth, including regular brushing and daily flossing.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth when an implant is not an option. With a dental bridge, your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing or needs to be removed. In today's day and age, most bridges are made from alloys or porcelain to ensure they are strong and durable for years to come.
The process to making a bridge begins by having the two adjacent teeth re contoured to provide a base (or retainer) for the bridge to attach. This means these two teeth will essentially be crowned. After these teeth are re contoured, an impression or scan is taken, and the same process for a crown is followed until the patient receives their permanent bridge.
Bridges are sometimes done in office, and sometimes sent off to the lab for fabrication. If your bridge needs to be sent to the lab to be completed, your dentist will create a temporary bridge so that you remain comfortable during the 2 to 3 weeks time it takes to make the permanent bridge. Regardless, after the final bridge is placed you should allow yourself two to three days to adjust to the new restoration. After that, it should feel just like your natural teeth! As with crowns, good dental hygiene is essential to ensuring your investment is well protected for many years to come.