Rejuvenate Your Smile with Restorative Dentistry in Plano
We work hard to help patients maintain their healthiest smiles, but when dental decay or damage occurs, Dr. Bita Kamali and her Plano dentistry team offer advanced restorative dentistry options to renew oral health following even the most severe dental damage. From dental crowns to tooth replacement and root canal therapy, we offer a wide array of dental care to repair damaged teeth and keep patients smiling. Contact our team right away if you experience dental damage or decay, the sooner we begin treatment the better.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
The most frequently used restorations may be dental crowns. These restorative solutions fit completely over the top of damaged teeth, repairing the full shape of the tooth and function of the bite. We provide all-ceramic, metal-free dental crowns for our patients. The all-ceramic crowns also offer cosmetically superior results. Crafted from a block of ceramic shaded to match patients’ natural dental structures, these restorations retain their natural appearance even after years of wear. Dental crowns are used to repair smiles in a number of situations including:
- Severe decay or cosmetic flaws that make more conservative treatments ineffective
- To protect root canal treated teeth and restore their lost strength or structure
- To replace a filling that has broken away or been lost
- To support a fixed bridge tooth replacement, two dental crowns may be affixed to the teeth on either side of the vacant socket
- A single tooth can be replaced by attaching a dental crown to an implant post
Tooth-Colored Resin Fillings
In the past, whenever a tooth was damaged from decay or injury, it was repaired with an amalgam filling. These fillings not only required that a large portion of your tooth be removed, but they were a dark metal color, sticking out in your smile. Tooth-colored resin fillings enable Dr. Kamali to restore your damaged tooth both securely and aesthetically. The resin not only requires less of your tooth to be removed, but can also be shaded to blend perfectly with the rest of your smile.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is necessary when dental decay or damage accesses the soft tissue inside the tooth. Known as the pulp, this innermost layer of dental structure contains the entire nerve system of the tooth, making any decay or damage that accesses the pulp extremely painful. Thus, root canals have gotten a bad reputation, but actually, root canal therapy significantly relieves the toothache pain that necessitates the treatment. The process is relatively straightforward. We drill an access hole from the top of the tooth to the pulp layer. Then, we carefully extract all of the damaged pulp and nerve and refill the tooth with a comparable substance. In some cases, we’re simply able to finalize treatment by resealing the tooth, but for many patients, we recommend a dental crown be placed in order to fortify the treated tooth.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Typically, our goal is to help patients maintain their natural smiles, but sometimes, extraction is the best way to ensure patients maintain their optimal level of oral health. We do everything we can to help patients preserve healthy, natural dental structure, but some situations in which extraction may benefit overall oral health include:
- Severe tooth decay that may cause surrounding teeth to be damaged
- Prior to orthodontic treatment, we may recommend the extraction of one or more teeth to allow for unimpeded movement of teeth
- Before creating and placing dentures, one or more teeth may need to be extracted
The most commonly extracted teeth are the last to erupt in the smile. Wisdom teeth or third molars may cause a number of concerns including crowding, misalignment, and impaction (inability of the tooth to erupt from the gum line). We will evaluate these teeth as they develop and recommend preventive extraction whenever necessary.
Despite the best efforts of the team at Parkway Vista Dental, sometimes a tooth can be so damaged that the only solution is to remove it. Tooth extractions may also be used if a tooth is preventing other teeth from coming in, if a baby tooth refuses to fall out, or to relieve crowding. Tooth extractions may cause anxiety in some patients, so we take extra care to make sure you are both informed and calm during the procedure. You will be given local anesthesia in order to make the procedure practically painless.
Dentures & Partials
Partial and full dentures are the traditional method of restoring patients’ smiles following extensive tooth loss. Partial dentures, often referred to simply as partials, fill gaps in patients’ smiles when there are still healthy teeth remaining. A gum colored base is molded to fit between existing teeth, and prosthetic teeth are set into the base restoring the smile. We use Valplast partials for a more pleasing, natural aesthetic result. Full dentures are also composed of replacement teeth set into a gum colored base. However, as there are no remaining teeth to support the prosthetic, the base is molded to the gum line to create suction to hold the denture in place. Patients interested in improved stability may want to consider dental implant supported tooth replacement options.