There are a number of dental procedures meant to restore the patient’s oral health to full function so your smile can work the way it’s supposed to. This is referred to as restorative dentistry.
In addition to enhancing the patient’s oral health, restorative dentistry is also designed to be in harmony with the esthetic state of your smile. In other words, we want you to look and feel your best with natural-looking restorations that protect your oral health.
Tooth-Colored Fillings, Onlays, and Crowns
When a tooth is damaged by physical trauma or tooth decay, Dr. Heffelfinger will do everything he can to save the tooth and restore it so it looks and feels like new. We feature three types of tooth-colored restorations to repair a damaged tooth: fillings, onlays, and crowns.
Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that eats away at the enamel in your teeth, leaving a hollow space called a cavity. If Dr. Heffelfinger discovers your cavity before it gets too large, he can fill the space and restore the tooth using a tooth-colored filling. This procedure is performed in just one office visit, and it’s nearly impossible to detect.
If the damage to the tooth is more extensive, Dr. Heffelfinger may elect to restore it using an onlay or a crown. Thanks to our advanced technology, both of these restorations can be completed in just one office visit.
All of our crowns and inlays are designed to blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile as they protect the tooth and restore its regular function.
Our natural-looking dental implants are surgically attached to your jawbone by Dr. Heffelfinger, providing remarkable comfort and a firm hold. They also improve your oral health by stimulating essential jawbone growth.
Whether you’re looking to restore one tooth, multiple teeth, or even a whole arch, Dr. Heffelfinger has an implant solution for you.
Bridges, Partials, and Full Arch Dentures
Dr. Heffelfinger features additional solutions for restoring missing teeth, including bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures from Zircobite.
A dental bridge is a viable option when the patient wants to restore one or more adjacent missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of one or more attractive prosthetic teeth that are held in place by anchoring the bridge to the natural teeth at each end of the gap.
Partial dentures, commonly referred to as partials, can be used to restore one or more missing teeth. They’re designed to match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth, and they’re easy to remove for cleaning.
For patients who are missing a full arch of teeth, Dr. Heffelfinger is happy to provide his patented Zircobite® dentures. Recognizing a need for a better denture, Dr. Heffelfinger teamed up with Stoller Dental Lab to create this denture system that doesn’t wear down as quickly as traditional acrylic dentures.
Zircobite® uses high-quality zirconium, which is much stronger than acrylic. Many patients who get a Zircobite® denture say they can eat foods that were too difficult to eat before treatment.
Patients also report that Zircobite® dentures look and feel much more like natural teeth and they don’t wear down as quickly compared to their traditional dentures.