Rossville Family Dentistry | Family Friendly Dentist | Lafayette and Rossville Indiana


RESTORATIVE

Once disease is detected, the appropriate restorative treatment is selected. Based upon the extent of the problem, this may consist of the placement of tooth colored "fillings", the fabrication of a custom crown or endodontic (root canal) therapy. For smaller lesions, particle abrasion may be appropriate...no needles, no drill!

DIRECT RESTORATIONS (FILLINGS)
Restorations or "fillings" may be placed in areas of new decay, to replace worn or cracked restorations, or to protect against sensitivity. Most of the restorations we place are a natural looking, tooth-colored resin. This type of restoration bonds to the tooth and is very esthetic.

AIR ABRASION
Particle abrasion or "air abrasion" is a very conservative way to treat teeth with small areas of new decay. In the past, smaller areas of decay were either "watched" until they got larger or were treated with large fillings. Today, with early detection, we can use particle abrasion to remove only the affected areas of the tooth and place a small, tooth-colored restoration. Because these areas are small, this treatment can comfortably be done without any anesthetic.

CROWNS
A crown is a restoration that covers the tooth to either restore it to its natural shape and size or to improve upon the natural shape and size of the tooth. Crowns are placed for many reasons:

  • • To support a large filling and protect remaining tooth structure
  • • To protect weak teeth from fracturing or to restore a tooth that has already fractured.
  • • To improve esthetics
  • • To cover a dental implant

Crowns may be made of different materials: gold, tooth-colored porcelain with a metal substructure, or all porcelain, depending on the situation.

ENDODONTIC TREATMENT (ROOT CANAL THERAPY)
Years ago, injured or infected teeth were often removed. Today, an injured or infected tooth can usually be saved through endodontic therapy or a root canal. During a root canal, the damaged nerve or pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth (from the canals of the roots of the teeth). The tooth is then cleaned, shaped, and filled to seal the tooth off from its supporting structures and the oral cavity. This procedure is accomplished in one to three visits. After endodontic treatment, most teeth need to have a crown (see above) placed to protect the tooth from fracturing