In addition to enhancing the patient’s oral health, restorative dentistry is designed to be in harmony with the esthetic state of your smile. We want you to look and feel your best, and that’s why our natural-looking restorations are right for you as they protect your oral health.
Dr. Heffelfinger and our team at Smiles for Life want to help improve both the health and beauty of your teeth, gums, and jaw. With our restorative dental treatment, our patients are able to feel confident in their smile again, while also attaining proper function, like eating, with their teeth.
Learn more about the different types of restorative treatments below.
Tooth-Colored Fillings & Onlays
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.
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. The end result is a beautiful, natural-looking restoration.
Partials and Full Arch Dentures
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.
Restorative Dentistry FAQs
Yes, dental implants are restorative. They’re a beautiful 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.
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.
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 a small restoration with a cavity filling or replace large parts of teeth if you’ve had significant cavities. Dr. Heffelfinger can also replace entire teeth and multiple teeth with natural-looking options that can fully restore your smile.
Restorative procedures are aimed at making your smile whole again by repairing or replacing teeth. These procedures include dental fillings, inlays, onlays, and tooth replacement options such as dental implants.
Dr. Heffelfinger can 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 part of a restorative procedure’s goals.
Most dental insurance plans do cover at least a portion of the cost of restorative dental treatment. While routine restorations like dental bonding are often covered at a higher rate, major restorative work may be covered at 50 percent or less.
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.