Restorative DentistrY – Bend, OR
Renewing Healthy, Happy Smiles
No matter how well you brush and floss, patients of all stripes are vulnerable to tooth decay and injury. Fortunately, from routine fillings to root canals and tooth replacement, Dr. Joshua Prentice and our team offer a full list of restorative treatments to get your smile back to its good health. Families and individuals in Bend, Redmond, and Sisters, OR can count on our comfortable restorative approach — contact us to get started on your treatment plan today.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges repair and replace severely damaged or missing teeth. A dental crown is placed over a tooth that has been reshaped to accommodate the new restoration. Crowns are commonly used to repair broken teeth, restore decayed teeth, as the final step in root canal therapy, or to make cosmetic improvements to severely damaged teeth.
Crowns can also be used in tooth replacement. Three or more crowns are affixed together make up a dental bridge, which works using the two natural teeth surrounding the gap as anchors for the prosthetic teeth that form a literal bridge over the empty space.
Dental crowns and traditional bridges are both placed over two to three visits to Ponderosa Dental Care. In the first appointment, the tooth or teeth are prepared for the new crown(s). Digital x-rays and images are captured and included with your treatment plan. Dr. Prentice will apply a temporary crown, which you wear while your permanent restoration is crafted in our trusted lab. After the crown or bridge is ready, you return to our dental office for a quality check. After any necessary adjustments have been made, the restoration is securely placed in the smile.
Many adults wear visible evidence of past cavities in the form of one or more silver fillings. But these days, there is a better option for restoring cavities. Tooth-colored fillings fill the hole left by a cavity without marring the smile with a noticeable gray spot. The method uses composite resin, which is a biocompatible mixture made of smooth glass and plastic particles. Composite resin comes with a precise color-matching guide to ensure your tooth-colored filling blends perfectly with the surrounding tooth enamel. In addition to being more esthetically appealing, the composite resin used in tooth-colored fillings is also less sensitive to heat and cold, and completely metal-free.
The benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:
- Completely metal-free
- Zero risk of mercury exposure
- Blend seamlessly with surrounding tooth enamel
- Dry within minutes under a high-powered light
- More natural tooth structure is left intact
- Restore up to 85 percent of chewing strength
- Long-lasting solution
- Less expansion and contraction reduces stress on tooth structure
Tooth-colored fillings can repair new cavities or replace old gray dental work. Your dentist can also use the bonding material to make minor cosmetic improvements that have a big impact on the appearance of your smile.
Full & Partial Dentures
Dentures and partials provide an effective tooth replacement following the loss of several teeth or a full row of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Dentures are a set of prosthetic teeth attached to a plastic base that closely resembles the gum tissue, and they effectively restore patients’ ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease. Partial dentures click into place like a missing puzzle piece, while full dentures are secured with suction and a denture adhesive, as needed.
When tooth decay reaches the inside of the tooth, the pulp (the part we often refer to as the “nerve”) becomes infected. A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is likely the recommended solution. While they have the reputation of being extremely painful, there is nothing to fear from a modern root canal procedure. Dr. Prentice performs most root canals using relaxing sedation and local anesthesia from the comfort of our dental office.
While our first focus is on saving your natural teeth whenever possible, there are times when tooth extraction is the best option for your overall smile health. Excess teeth may need extracting to solve tooth crowding, or in advance of orthodontic treatment. Wisdom teeth, the third molars that often erupt between ages 15 and 22, often become impacted and infected, requiring prompt removal. Dr. Prentice performs comfortable tooth extractions as necessary for patients of all ages.