Restorative Dentistry Eugene, OR
Restoring your teeth following decay or damage is important to your oral health. Our staff at College Hill Dental can fix damage and replace missing teeth while improving your ability to chew properly and may even improve your speech. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or are only chewing on the other side, we can help.
Dental prosthetics, including dental veneers, crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures, is a common restoration. We use them to rebuild and restore teeth following damage or loss.
A dental veneer can be placed to hide chips, cracks, and fractures. Veneers are a thin porcelain shell that we adhere to the front surface of your most visible teeth. Besides damage, veneers can be used to cover stains and alter the shape of the tooth.
A dental crown is a customized cap that is designed to surround and encase a single tooth. Crowns are customized to match your original tooth in size and shape, with the same bite so that it works in harmony with neighboring teeth. We use a crown when the strength of the original tooth has been compromised; this may be due to breakage or root canal therapy.
A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. We create a literal bridge with two anchors on either side and a false tooth designed to hover over the gum between. The anchor teeth can either be healthy natural teeth or a surgically implanted post known as a dental implant. There are variations of dental bridges, allowing us to customize the task to your specific needs.
Partial and full dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth. Partials can be customized and stabilized in a variety of ways; they can be made for neighboring missing teeth or scattered missing teeth along the same arch. Full dentures also come with variety in how they are stabilized, traditional loose dentures are an option, as are dentures that are permanently set in place with the assistance of multiple dental implants. Whether you are new to dentures or have been wearing them for years, we can discuss your options for better fit and improved use. Read more about Crowns and Bridges.
Dental implants are rapidly becoming the restoration of choice when a patient is missing a tooth. It is the only method that allows you to replace a tooth with a structure that will operate and feel like your natural tooth. Dental implants are not the tooth at all, but the rebuilding of the base to place a tooth.
We surgically implant a metal rod into the jaw bone, restoring the root of the missing tooth. Once healed, we can then place a dental crown, a bridge, a partial denture or even a full denture, over the implant, or multiple implants depending on the prosthetic being used. A dental implant serves as a rebuilt foundation for a firm hold.
Before a dental implant can be placed, many patients will have first to have their jaw bone bulked up with a simple bone graft procedure. When a patient loses a tooth or multiple teeth, there is an immediate loss of bone through atrophy. The process is simple but can take several months for new bone growth to occur. Patients who are having a denture retained with implants may not require a bone graft because we use longer implants that extend to thicker bone. Read more about Dental Implants.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is used to fix problems associated with the bone or joints. It involves transplanting bone tissue, and in the field of dentistry, it is most commonly completed so that there is enough bone available to support dental implants. Read more about Bone Grafts.
We never take the extraction of a tooth lightly, when possible, we encourage our patients to take steps to save their natural teeth. In the past, dentists and patients extracted teeth as common practice, what they found is that missing teeth caused a cascade of other negative problems. We promote only extracting a tooth when no other option is available. In general, there are two types of tooth extractions, surgical and non-surgical. A non-surgical extraction can quickly turn into a surgical extraction. Read more about Tooth Extractions.
Even tiny imperfections in your teeth can have a huge impact on the quality of your smile. Veneers are a cosmetic solution to these imperfections. They are thin, resembling shells in appearance, and cover the front areas of visible teeth. Once I place, they restore the beauty of your smile. Read more about Teeth Veneers.
Dentures are a "replacement" option for missing teeth. There are two variations of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. Read more about Dentures and Partials.
Root canal therapy is a procedure we perform when the inside pulp portion of a tooth has become infected. Though patients often fear the thought of a root canal procedure, it is the infection they should fear more. Your body is incapable of healing from a pulp infection on its own; the infection will only continue to rage until it kills the tooth and possibly spread to neighboring teeth. The only way to keep the tooth and remove the infection is through root canal therapy. We will open the tooth, remove the source of the infection, cleanse the area and restore the tooth. Read more about Root Canal Therapy.