Restorative Dentistry by Dr. Moorhouse at our West Palm Beach Dentist office can provide patients in the West Palm Beach and nearby areas the freedom to live their lives without worry. Whatever procedure you need, from inlays to full mouth restorations, you can achieve beautifully natural results that last for a long time and offer strength and durability. Dr. Moorhouse can discuss with you which procedure is best suited to your needs and wishes as well as what goes in to each process.
We understand that your smile is often the first thing people notice about you and we want to give you the confidence you deserve. Some of our patients are looking for cosmetic results through our Cosmetic Dentistry procedures while others need procedures to reduce their pain, either from an accident or tooth decay. Missing, cracked, or broken teeth can be restored whether it’s a single tooth, several teeth, or all of them. Let our West Palm Beach Dental office restore your teeth and give you something to smile about.
Some of the most common procedures
Composite Fillings: Composite fillings are one of the most common procedures done and can help recover the look and strength of your natural teeth. If damage or decay has occurred, composite fillings can match both the color of your natural teeth as well as the shape. They are a composite of glass and plastic resin and are resistant to corrosion. Composite fillings are typically done when the damage is not extensive enough to warrant an inlay or onlay.
Inlays & Onlays: Inlays and onlays are cavity fillings that are used to repair damage done to your tooth from either damage or decay and are crafted from either gold or porcelain. They are typically used if the damage does not require a crown. Inlays and onlays can restore the strength of your bite and the attractiveness of your smile. Onlays go over the cusp of the affected tooth while inlays do not extend over the cusp of the tooth and are used when the damage doesn’t require an onlay. They are durable, comfortable, and attractive, matching the color of your natural teeth.
Dental Crowns: Crowns bond to your tooth and cover it entirely and are used if the damage is more than an inlay or onlay could repair. Porcelain is one of the best materials used to achieve both form and function with crowns. The damage to your tooth is completely hidden and strengthened, replaced with a durable and attractive porcelain cap. These crowns are color-matched and shaped so as to be indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The porcelain crown is chip and stain resistant and comfortable to wear.
Dental Bridges: Bridges bond to your teeth or are affixed to dental implants and are designed to replace two or more missing teeth. If bonded to existing teeth it is done through crowns (caps). The dental implant offers a more secure attachment and is very durable. Dental bridges give you the strength you once had with your natural teeth. In addition, porcelain dental bridges are color-matched and fashioned so as to give you an attractive and natural looking smile.
Full Arch Replacement: Similar to a bridge, full arch replacements are used if you are missing all of the teeth on your upper or lower jaw. The most secure full arch replacement is anchored to dental implants and provides an extremely durable and long lasting solution. This procedure can have a profound effect on your quality of life, improving your appearance, confidence, and performance.
What materials are used in dental restorations?
Various materials can be used to fabricate your dental restoration and each one may have benefits as well as drawbacks. Your specific needs and wishes can determine which material is best suited. Consult with Dr. Moorhouse to find the best material for your particular situation and procedure.
Metal Alloys: Typically used for dentures, crowns, and bridges. It is silver in color and is chip resistant.
Gold Alloy: Typically used for inlays & onlays, crowns, and bridges and comprised mostly of gold and copper. They offer good function though are not as attractive as materials that can be color-matched.
Porcelain: Typically used for veneers, inlays & onlays, and crowns. They are crafted from various porcelain or ceramic materials and offer superior attractiveness through color-matching to your natural teeth. They are also chip and stain resistant.
Porcelain fused to metal: Typically used for rear crowns and bridges. Patients get the attractiveness of porcelain and the added strength of metal.
What to expect from your dental restoration procedure
You will usually begin the process by discussing with Dr. Moorhouse at our West Palm Beach Dentist office about which procedure and material is best for you. After this, your teeth will be prepared. This includes a thorough examination of the area. The area will be cleaned and any decay or debris will be taken out. If your procedure requires your existing teeth to be shaved or shaped to accommodate the restoration, that will also be done at this time.
Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth so that your custom-made restoration can be fabricated. This allows for a perfect fit and ensures there are no spaces or slipping. If the material you chose can be color-matched, Dr. Moorhouse will go over what shade you prefer or need for your new restoration. While you wait for your restoration to be made, you will often be given a temporary fitting. This is done so that you can continue to perform regularly while you wait. The wait time depends on the procedure done but typically takes between 2-3 weeks.
If your restoration requires dental implants to securely anchor them, then you will begin the process of having them placed. Installing your dental implant can usually be done in one visit to our West Palm Beach office. An anesthesia will be provided to keep the process comfortable. You may need to wait a few months for the bone to fully fuse to the implant before your restoration can be attached.
Once the restoration is fabricated you will come back into the office to have it installed. Some tenderness is common shortly after some procedures but usually diminishes quickly. Even with some of the most intensive procedures patients can return to work or their daily activities within 24 hours.
There are several things that can play a role in the final outcome of your dental restoration. The health of your teeth and gums, as well as your overall health, can have an effect on the procedure as well as the end result. The choice of material and the procedure chosen can also play a factor. Your after care, including proper oral hygiene and follow-up cleanings, can greatly improve your final results.
If you have any questions about the dental restorations offered by our West Palm Beach Dental office or if you would like to schedule a consultation or appointment with Dr. Moorhouse, please give us a call.