What are Restorative Treatments?Simply put they repair or replace teeth, but the reality is they are much more. Dental restorations can not only restore function and aesthetics, they also prevent further damage to one’s oral and systemic health. Remember an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure and this holds true when completing your dental restorative treatment. By taking immediate action and completing all your recommended dental treatment you will not only prevent further deterioration of your remaining teeth, but you will actually save time and money. Most importantly avoiding tooth related infection and subsequent pain.
Some of the restorative treatments that Dr. Drew provides include:
- Direct Composite Restorations (aka “Fillings”) – The most common restorative treatment in dentistry. After decayed and infected tooth structure is removed, a tooth colored composite resin is carefully matched to your existing tooth shade and used to replace the missing tooth structure. We also have “BPA free” options for composite resins as well, please scroll to the bottom of the page for more information.
- Crowns (aka “Cap”) – A crown is an indirect all-ceramic tooth colored restoration that is custom fabricated in a lab and cemented permanently on the prepped tooth. Crowns are used when a filling cannot restore a tooth due to the lack of support from the remaining tooth structure; a dental crown is then used to restore the tooth. They can even be used to fix a cracked tooth.
- Onlays – These restorations are also indirect all-ceramic tooth colored restorations custom fabricated in a lab. However, they are less aggressive than crowns and used when a restoration is needed that requires more strength than a filling.
- Fixed Partial Denture (aka “Dental Bridge”) – When you are missing one tooth, or multiple teeth, a bridge can fix the problem. The missing tooth, or teeth, must be between two existing teeth. These existing teeth next to the space will be crowned and a pontic (false tooth) connected to each crown will span the space missing the tooth. A bridge can also be anchored using dental implants. Please refer to the implant section for more information.
- Dental Implants – These are the best option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Unlike dental bridges, dental implants do not utilize or need to have teeth on both sides of it. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone. After the site heals, the implant is restored with a lab fabricated custom all-ceramic tooth colored crown. Please refer to the implant section for more information.
- Hybrid Denture – This is a prosthesis is custom fabricated in a lab and that requires placement of dental implants and replaces all teeth.
- Full Dentures and Partial Dentures – This is a budget friendly option for people missing multiple teeth or all their teeth or are having multiple or all their teeth removed due to poor prognosis for restorability. Both full and partial dentures are custom fabricated removable prostheses and can be stabilized or fixed permanently with implants. Please refer to the implant section for more information.
- Implant Over-Denture – dentures can be stabilized by placing dental implants into the jawbone and adding attachments to the prosthesis that allow it to be anchored to the implants.
Concerned about BPA in Tooth Colored Fillings?
Modern dental composite resins do NOT contain pure BPA.¹,² BPA-derivatives may contain a trace amount (ppm or ppb level) of BPA because they are synthesized from BPA.² “Some BPA-derivatives with ester bond linking BPA molecule to resin, such as BisDMA and polycarbonate, have been shown to hydrolyze into BPA. However, the BPA-derivatives with ether linkage, such as BisGMA and BisEMA, do not undergo this type of hydrolysis reaction to form BPA. The amount of BPA from the impurity of BPA derivatives (such as BisGMA or BisEMA) is usually very low and not detectable (<2 ppm).”¹,²
A typical dental restoration using modern dental composites is approximately 0.25 gram of material and contains less than 500 ng.² “Even if all of the BPA is leached out in 1 year, the annual release is still less than 1% or 0.1% of the baseline of BPA intake in the United States (from air, dust, water, and food), and is 100,000 ~ 1,000,000 times lower than the EPA maximum safe dose of BPA.”²
- Dursun, E., Fron-Chabouis, H., Attal, J. P., & Raskin, A. (2016). Bisphenol A Release: Survey of the Composition of Dental Composite Resins. The open dentistry journal, 10, 446–453. https://doi.org/10.2174/1874210601610010446
- Chen, L., & Suh, B.I. (2014). Bisphenol A in Dental Materials : A Review.
At St. Johns Smile Care, we provide our patients with high-quality care in a friendly, supportive environment. Our services range from preventative screening and exams to restorative and surgical care. We offer the best care for your oral health and we want you satisfied!