High-Quality Restorative Dental Services in Pittsford, NY
At Heinle Dental, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile. That’s why we’re committed to providing expert dental care in a relaxed, welcoming office environment, and why our team of Dr. Ronald Heinle and our treatment specialists work with patients individually to create comprehensive, personalized treatment plans. If you’re suffering from missing teeth, tooth damage, or just want to improve the look and function of your smile, restorative dentistry may be the right treatment for you.
Renewing Oral Health & Vitality Through Comprehensive Restorative Dentistry
If you’ve noticed tooth or mouth pain when brushing, chewing, or flossing, blood in the sink after brushing, or any other problem with your teeth or mouth, it’s critical not to ignore it. Symptoms like this may be indicative of a larger problem like dental decay or gum disease, and letting them go unchecked may have major consequences on the health of your teeth.
Through restorative dentistry, we can stop tooth decay and reverse its effects – although the longer you wait for treatment, the more complex of a restorative procedure you’ll need. Whether you’re experiencing toothaches, having trouble chewing, or are missing one or multiple teeth, restorative dentistry can help you regain a complete, healthy smile, and the benefits can last a lifetime.
Through restorative dentistry, we can fix damaged or decaying teeth, add veneers to improve the look and shape of teeth, or even replace your entire set of teeth with natural-looking replacements! No matter what you’re dealing with, we’ll work with you to devise a treatment plan that perfectly fits your needs – and because we use only the latest in dental technologies and highest-quality materials, you can always be assured that your treatment is as safe, effective, and convenient as possible.
Contact Your Pittsford Family Dentist
Restorative dental procedures can be incredibly powerful for restoring a healthy smile, and if you think any of these treatments may be right for you, we’d love to speak with you. Feel free to call us at 585.248.2824, send us an email at email@example.com, or use our easy online form to request an appointment at our Pittsford, NY office. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you reclaim a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts the rest of your life!
Are you missing a tooth (or teeth)? Nothing can take the place of a healthy set of teeth, but when disease or an accident ends in tooth loss, it’s good to know there are options for restoring your smile. Implants have been used for more than a quarter of a century. And more patients are choosing dental implants as a replacement option, according to the American Dental Association. One survey shows that more than 1.5 million dental implants were placed in a recent year and that number is expected to grow. Many patients choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures allowing for more security and freedom for the patient. An implant can also be utilized to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. Also, a benefit of a dental implant is that it can help prevent bone loss in the area of the missing tooth just like a natural root. A dental implant is made from surgical grade titanium, a metal well-accepted by the body and one that forms a strong bond with the natural bone to create a stable foundation. It is surgically implanted in the jaw and after healing, a post is then placed allowing for a full coverage crown to replicate your missing tooth. A dental implant is meant to act as a natural tooth root to replace a missing tooth so that you can eat, speak and smile with confidence. If the missing tooth/teeth are not replaced with implants, your adjacent teeth will shift out of place, forcing your teeth’s biting surface to be misaligned – which can cause breakage of even more teeth.
Prior to dental implants, dental bridges were the only option to repair missing teeth. Crowns were placed on both neighboring teeth even if they were healthy, virgin teeth without history of dental work. A synthetic tooth or pontic was then attached to the two neighboring teeth to form a bridge.
A dental bridge received the biting force that was supposed to be split among three teeth. Those two teeth, which originally had nothing wrong with them, would often shatter under the additional biting force. In addition, it was is nearly impossible to floss dental bridges. A dental bridge may still be the best solution for some patients with bone loss or other alignment or biting conditions.
Dental implants offer a comprehensive solution to missing teeth either from trauma, injury, or congenitally missing teeth. Only the missing tooth/teeth needing restoration are involved in treatment. If the surrounding teeth are healthy, they can remain untouched and their strength and integrity may be maintained. Regular dental visits are essential to the life and long-term success of your implant. And, you can easily floss around a dental implant which is so important to your overall dental health.
A crown is a cover or “cap” a dentist can put over a tooth. This crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. A crown can make a tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
Crowns are made from several types of materials: metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or composite resin. A crown is made with material that closely matches your own natural tooth shade and coloring.
In many cases, a tooth is so damaged by fracture, decay, or is simply too worn-down that a full-coverage crown is required to restore full function and long-term health of the remaining tooth structure. Also, a crown is required on most teeth after root canal therapy as the remaining tooth structure is weakened by that procedure. In addition, a crown may be needed if you have a cavity that is too large for a standard composite filling. A crown also is a great solution to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth to help improve your smile.
Gold crowns are a perfect solution for some teeth needing a crown. Gold is malleable and yet very durable to withstand your natural strong biting forces.
Why is Porcelain a good choice for Dental Crowns?
We use porcelain for dental crowns because it matches the translucent appearance to natural teeth. Each porcelain crown is precision-crafted specifically for each patient’s tooth. Since porcelain crowns appear so life-like, they are best used for anterior or front teeth for a more esthetic result.
Caring for Crowns
Like natural teeth, crowns can sometimes break and the tooth underneath the crown can still get cavities. Continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss between your teeth at least once a day with a fluoride toothpaste. A healthy diet is also very important in maintaining your dental and overall health and the longevity of crowns. Limit sugary and acidic foods in your diet. Also, look for oral care products that have the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, which guarantees that these products meet ADA standards for safety and effectiveness.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy/treatment can save your tooth! Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime but unfortunately can suffer injury or disease. If the pulp inside the root of your tooth becomes infected or the root is injured or cracked, the tooth structure can often be saved by Root Canal Therapy aka Endodontic Treatment. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it dies. The most common causes of this are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, problems with large existing fillings, or serious injury to the tooth. All of these can allow bacteria to enter into the pulp causing infection.
If this affected pulp is not removed, the tissues around the root of the tooth can become infected, resulting in pain and swelling. Even when there is no pain, bacteria can damage the bone that anchors the tooth in the jaw. Without endodontic treatment, the tooth may have to be extracted, compromising the remaining bone structure.
After the affected pulp is removed, the tooth is disinfected and is prepared for a permanent crown as this treated tooth is now fragile. It is always important to save the natural tooth by endodontic therapy – an extracted tooth leaves a space that will cause the remaining teeth to shift causing biting and chewing problems and potential damage to the remaining teeth.
A tooth that has had root canal therapy and permanent restoration can last many years but good dental care is still important to maintain overall dental health.
If you’ve experienced tooth decay, you need to have your tooth cleared of infection and decayed tooth material and the resulting cavity filled. Composite filling material is a mixture of high-grade plastic along with glass ionomers – forged together to make a very strong, esthetically superior, long-lasting filling material. Composite filling material actually bonds to the natural tooth structure rather than just being “filled” in the void a cavity creates.
Not only can cavities can be filled using this natural looking composite material, gaps in teeth can be closed and teeth that are broken, chipped or stained can be corrected using bonding techniques. Also, if you are unhappy with the appearance of your old amalgam “silver” fillings, replacing with composite is an excellent solution. And if you still have any old “silver” fillings, this hard, inflexible material can easily break apart and fracture your remaining natural tooth causing serious damage. Composite filling material is a beneficial and safe alternative to old, outdated “silver” amalgam fillings.View Testimonials
What is our Procedure?
We first find the exact shade of your tooth to make sure the filling matches. Each composite is placed on the tooth in layers, each layer hardening before the next one is added. The material bonds to the teeth, creating extra strength against breakage. The end result is an esthetical pleasing appearance and a fully functional tooth/teeth.
Inlays & Onlays
Tooth decay often affects the biting surface of the teeth. Inlays and onlays are perfect solutions to restoring a tooth with decay or a fractured cusp without having to treat with a full-coverage crown. It’s a more conservative procedure to crowns in that more of the natural tooth is conserved – we make use of inlays and onlays whenever possible.
Onlays and inlays, similar to dental crowns, cover both the grooves and one or more of the cusps. We choose onlays over crowns when most of the tooth structure is sound, but the biting area has been lost to decay.
Do you notice that your gums are irritated, swollen, or perhaps bloody? You may have gum disease, which begins when bacteria builds up around your gum line – a process which is often called Periodontal Disease. The initial stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. This condition causes red, swollen and bleeding gums and can cause bad breath. If you don’t get prompt treatment, Gingivitis left untreated may develop into Periodontal Disease – a permanent infection of your gums leading to receding gums, tooth loss and bone loss which can cause tooth mobility.
Unfortunately, gum disease symptoms aren’t always obvious. To treat gum disease, we offer non-surgical and surgical periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a thorough cleaning of the root surfaces well below the gumline to remove plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets and smooth the tooth root to remove bacteria. We provide anesthesia to numb the target area during the procedure. At its earliest stage known as gingivitis, initial gum disease is treatable and even reversible. Regular dental cleanings and exams are critical to detecting problems early.
Periodontal “Perio” Disease cannot be reversed – only maintained with frequent cleanings, root planing and scaling (deep cleanings using anesthetic) and sometimes application of topical antibiotics are required. Tooth loss is not the only potential problem posed by Perio Disease. Research suggest that it has been associated with more serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-term labor, low birth weight babies, respiratory disease, and some forms of cancer. Researchers are trying to determine if bacteria and inflammation associated with perio disease play a role in affecting these systemic diseases and conditions.