Restorative dentistry involves the repair and restoration of damaged and missing teeth. Although Dr. Mitchell Harper, DDS at Harper Dental aims to prevent any complicated problems in your teeth, risk factors like poor oral hygiene, bad diet, poor lifestyle habits, and a history of dental conditions can result in damaged teeth. Our dental restorative services are designed to repair the tooth back to its original form and function and ensure your continued dental health.
Dental fillings are a non-invasive way to restore mild to moderate dental cavities. Most dental fillings are made of silver amalgam and composite resin. Silver amalgam fillings are very strong and durable while composite resin filling can match the shade of your enamel, making them almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
If your tooth has a cavity that has spread infection into the dental pulp, then we have no choice but to resort to root canal therapy. A root canal therapy is designed to remove the decayed and infected dental pulp and nerve from the tooth chamber. The tooth is then filled with a rubber-like material and sealed to prevent re-infection. We will then cap the tooth with an artificial crown to restore its chewing ability.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped device that covers the visible part of a decayed or damaged tooth. Before placing a dental crown, we will first reshape your real tooth to accommodate the prosthetic. Once a portion of the enamel has been shaved off, we will place the dental crown on the tooth with the help of dental cement. Dental crowns can be made from a range of materials including gold, porcelain, porcelain fused with metal, and composite resin.
At Harper Dental, we offer CEREC crowns for our clients which allow them to get a complete smile on the same day. We will first take a digital impression of your tooth and send it to a computer equipped with a CAD/CAM program which will allow us to engineer the crown in minute details. We will then send the 3D image to a connected milling machine which will fabricate a same-day crown from a block of high-grade porcelain.
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement device that typically consists of artificial teeth held aloft with the help of two dental crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap. A dental bridge may also be anchored with the help of two dental implants on either side if you do not have natural teeth. A dental bridge offers many benefits including preventing your remaining teeth from moving out of their correct alignment.
Dentures are one of the most popular and non-invasive ways to replace missing teeth. If you are completely edentulous, we may recommend a pair of complete dentures for you. If you still have some natural teeth remaining, we may design custom-fitted partial dentures for you that can be fitted with metal clasps.
With same day dentures, the waiting period, and the need for temporary dentures is eliminated. Instead, your dentures are waiting for you when you come in for your extractions. This is possible thanks to dental technology. Impressions are taken before your extraction appointment, rather than after your teeth have been removed. As soon as your teeth are removed, your dentures are placed.
Inlays and onlays are indirect fillings that are used if you have large fillings that cannot be easily repaired with a regular filling but do not yet warrant root canal therapy and a dental crown. These indirect fillings are fabricated in dental labs and made exactly according to the shape of your cavity. An inlay covers the pits and fissures of your back teeth while an onlay also extends to the cusps of your teeth.
At Harper Dental, we perform simple and surgical tooth extraction. Simple tooth extraction is done on a fully-erupted tooth that has extensive damage. A surgical extraction, on the other hand, is done on a tooth that has broken off at the gum line or has become impacted. Although it is our goal to save your teeth, in some cases tooth extraction may be necessary to prevent infection, pain, and other complications.
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Restorative dentistry can help you repair your teeth and make them like new again. If you have decayed or damaged teeth, don’t wait for the damage to worsen. Schedule an appointment with us by calling (479) 431-0280 today.
5422 Euper Ln, Fort Smith, AR