Restoring Your Smile For Your Overall Health
If you have damaged or missing teeth, Dr. Heffelfinger has solutions to make your smile look and feel like new with our restorative dentistry services. Restorative dentistry is aimed at making your smile whole again by repairing or replacing teeth. These procedures are designed to restore your oral health to full function so your smile can work the way it’s supposed to. Additionally, 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.
If the damage to your smile is extensive, Dr. Heffelfinger can even provide full mouth rehabilitation, meaning he can fix multiple smile issues in a comprehensive treatment plan. Giving you a smile you can be proud of is a major goal of any restorative dentistry procedure.
Our Solutions For Damaged Teeth
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. Depending on the extent of the damage, Dr. Heffelfinger will recommend the best solution for you. Thanks to our advanced technology, all of these solutions are color-matched to your natural tooth and installation can be completed in just one office visit.
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 remove any decayed tissue and restore the tooth by filling the space using a tooth-colored filling. By filling in the hollow space, your tooth now has full protection against cavities once again.
If cavities are left untreated, they will continue to eat away at your teeth, causing as much damage as they can. If this damage has extended to the raised parts of your teeth (the cusps) Dr. Heffelfinger may elect to restore it using an onlay. The cusps of your teeth assist with breaking down food. By restoring the cusps, you not only have protection against tooth decay but also your ability to break down food efficiently will be restored.
A dental crown (or tooth cap) is a porcelain cap that’s placed over the entire surface of the affected tooth. They can be used to protect and reinforce the strength of teeth that can’t be restored with fillings or onlays but the benefits don’t stop there. Dental crowns can be used cosmetically to make your smile more uniform and they can also be used in tandem with other dental restorations and procedures, such as dental bridges and root canals, to provide additional stability and support.
Our Tooth Loss Solutions
Missing teeth can be detrimental to your oral health and overall wellness if left alone. If tooth decay or dental trauma has led to tooth loss, Smiles for Life can help. Whether you’re looking to restore one tooth, multiple teeth, or even a whole arch, Dr. Heffelfinger has an implant solution for you including dental bridges, dental implants, and 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, called pontics. The pontics are held in place by dental crowns that anchor the bridge to the adjacent 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.
Dental implants are a beautiful, permanent, and natural-feeling tooth replacement option. There are several implant options available depending on how many teeth you need replacements for including a single implant, an implant-supported bridge, and a full-arch replacement.
Our natural-looking dental implants are designed to replace the full tooth from root to crown and are surgically attached to your jawbone by Dr. Heffelfinger, providing remarkable comfort and superior hold. They never have to be removed and with proper care can last a lifetime. Additionally, dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth so you can maintain them the same. Dental implants don’t just replace your teeth, though. They’re the only tooth replacement option that keeps your jawbone strong and can restore your jawbone strength.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your teeth fit together in a way that helps you break down food efficiently. Even a single missing tooth can throw things off. Gaps in your smile allow bacteria easier access to your gums and surrounding teeth, which means you’re at a higher risk of developing cavities, oral infections such as periodontal (gum disease), heart disease, and more. Additionally, missing teeth can put a strain on the muscles and joints responsible for chewing, which can mean the development of TMJ issues if left unaddressed.
Your natural teeth roots also ensure your jawbone is properly stimulated and without them, jawbone deterioration can occur. Loss of jawbone tissue can lead to a sunken facial appearance, further tooth loss, and a host of other oral health issues that can go on to affect the rest of your body. Restoring your smile to full function can not only improve the aesthetics of your smile but can also offer protection against more serious issues associated with tooth loss.
While your natural teeth can’t be regrown, dentistry can restore your teeth so they’re strong and protected. There are several ways we can restore your teeth, depending on how much of your tooth needs to be rebuilt.
We can provide small and large restorations for teeth that have suffered cavities using fillings, onlays, and crowns. Dr. Heffelfinger can also replace entire teeth and multiple teeth with natural-looking implants and non-implant restoration options that can fully restore your smile.
Your back teeth (called premolars and molars) are the most susceptible to getting cavities. This is because they have grooves and depressions otherwise known as pits and fissures in them which help you grind down your food during eating. The problem is that they can also be the perfect place for bacteria to accumulate and cause damage. Daily brushing and rinsing after meals can prevent food and sugar from staying in those fissures too long.
Most dental insurance plans do cover at least a portion of the cost of restorative dental treatment. Each insurance plan is different. We work with each patient to maximize the benefits of his or her plan, and also offer a number of payment and financing options to help make sure you get the care you need.