Restorative Dentistry in Asheboro – Repairing and Renewing Your Smile
The most effective restorative dentistry should be strong, durable, and natural in appearance. Drs. Amy and Brandon Williams accomplish this with customized treatments that range from filling cavities to full mouth restorations, where every tooth might require some form of dental restoration.
At Williams Dentistry, we fill cavities with a variety of filling materials, depending on which is most appropriate for you. Tooth-colored fillings can be made of a composite resin material or of porcelain. While composites are placed directly in a tooth in one visit, porcelain inlays or onlays require a second appointment. All of our filling materials are strong and durable and can blend in with your smile!
Inlays and onlays are conservative tooth restorations that can be used to repair a cavity or to replace an existing filling that has failed. An inlay is a smaller restoration and can restore inside the cusps (points) of your tooth. An onlay is usually a larger restoration that covers one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Sometimes referred to as “caps” from the way they fit completely over your tooth, dental crowns can restore damaged, cracked or decayed teeth with a stronger, custom-designed material. Many times a crown is necessary to protect a tooth that has required root canal therapy.
A crown can be made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal to provide strength, durability and a natural appearance. For non-esthetic applications, and areas that are exposed to severe stress, a full gold crown may be your best option.
Every restoration has the same goal: to protect and save your natural tooth. But when your natural tooth is lost, one method to replace it is with a bridge – a false tooth attached to a crown on either side. When it’s well-fit and custom-colored, it should look no different than your own tooth.
A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and surrounding tissues. While a full denture replaces all of your teeth, a partial denture can be used when only some teeth are missing. We take the time to create dentures that restore your smile, and enhance your appearance. They fit well, allowing you to speak and eat comfortably.
Root canal therapy is necessary when the nerves of the tooth are diseased or die. We fill the canals to replace the nerves so that your jaw bone receives the stimulation it needs from biting and chewing. For more complex teeth and situations, we work closely with an endodontist, a dentist that specializes in performing root canals.
For minor tooth extractions, we offer gentle care in the comfort of our office. More extensive extractions, such as wisdom teeth, are referred to a colleague who specializes in wisdom teeth removal.
This tooth replacement method is a surgically placed implant topped with a crown. The implant replaces the root and nerves of the tooth, giving your jaw bone the stimulation it needs to remain strong and intact. Read more about this advanced dental restoration on our Dental Implant page.
There are occasions when most or all of a patient’s teeth require some form of restoration and repair. Dr. Amy and Dr. Brandon draw on all of their extensive training to bring the patient’s smile back to health and beauty. The problem may start with the position of your jaw. If the jaw is out of alignment, everything is out of balance. The jaw joints, muscles and teeth do not work in harmony, causing the teeth to not meet properly. This can result in teeth wearing down, chipping, breaking, and potentially becoming loose. We can return your jaw to its physically healthy position and relieve the strain on your jaw joints and muscles. From there, we can address the teeth predictably.
One problem our advanced exams and imaging can reveal is if your bite is misaligned. Having a misaligned bite can cause many issues, such as head, neck and jaw pain. Often we utilize occlusal analysis, a method of recording your biting and chewing motion on a device called an articulator, which simulates your actual jaw movements. From this valuable information, we can properly assess the bite and function of your teeth and jaw.