Restorative and Cosmetic Dental Care
Drs. David and Allan Minahan understand the reservations many have with dental work and strive to make the process as comfortable as possible for you. If you have any concerns, please feel free to discuss them with Dr. Minahan.
Made of tooth-colored material, composite fillings restore the teeth's natural beauty. Composite fillings can be matched very closely to your natural tooth color and are virtually indistinguishable from non-restored teeth. Composite fillings are excellent options for both front and back teeth. The composites we use have proven to be extremely durable and stain resistant.
A crown is a strong restoration that covers a tooth in order to strengthen it as well as restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown may be used when there is not enough tooth structure left to hold a large filling, when there is little remaining tooth structure, to protect weak teeth from fracturing, to restore fractured or decayed teeth and to hide discolored misaligned teeth. A tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy will require a crown following treatment to provide strength and support to the tooth. We only use materials for crowns that will provide the longest lasting benefits to our patients.
At Minahan Family Dentistry we will always recommend the most conservative treatment possible for your situation. However, there will be times when a crown is necessary. Once Dr. Minahan determines a dental crown is indicated, an appointment will be scheduled for tooth preparation. During the dental crown preparatory visit, Dr. Minahan will:
-Remove any old filling from the tooth
-Remove any decay
-Place build-up material to fill in missing tooth structure or where old filling and decay was removed
-Finish preparation of tooth to allow for crown
-Make impressions of your tooth
-Choose a crown color that matches the color of the surrounding teeth
-Fit you with a temporary crown
About 2 weeks later, you will come in for your second visit, when the temporary is removed and the permanent crown is bonded securely. Most patients do not need anesthesia for the final crown appointment, and you will be able to eat normally after this visit. There is not much difference in recovery after the crown preparation visit than a normal cavity filling visit. In both cases the area around your tooth and gums may be a little sore or sensitive for a day or two.
A fixed bridge, usually made of porcelain fused to gold is one option used to replace missing teeth. A bridge helps to create a normal bite, prevent stress on the dental arch, prevent the drifting and tilting of adjacent teeth, inhibit decay in difficult areas, and slow the onset of periodontal diseases. Bridges are composed of abutments (the teeth on either side acting as supports) and the pontic (artificial teeth attached to the abutments).
Two visits are required to obtain your dental bridge. During the initial visit, the teeth on either side of your missing tooth are prepared to accommodate a crown on each. This involves recontouring the teeth to allow room for the dental crown. Dr. Minahan will also take impressions of your teeth at this time. Next you will be fitted with a temporary dental bridge. Your final bridge is delivered during the second visit approximately two weeks later. Dr. Minahan will ensure proper fit, contour, and esthetics, of your new restoration. If no further detailing is needed they will cement your new bridge that day. Most patients do not need anesthesia for the insertion visit, and can chew and eat normally right away.
Usually customized from porcelain, veneers are thin, semi-translucent facings bonded to the fronts of teeth. Veneers are durable, stain-resistant, and natural looking. They conceal broken, chipped, discolored, crooked, and misshapen teeth, and provide you with the smile you have always wanted.
Inlays and Onlays
When you do not need a full crown, onlays or inlays may be the solution. The inlay/onlay procedure is a restoration in which composite, porcelain or gold is applied to a tooth surface to provide support as a conservative treatment option. These restorations strengthen the remaining tooth structure, which reduces the possibility of future fractures and other difficulties that can result from the natural chewing process.
Dental implants are another option for replacing missing teeth. They support individual crowns, bridges or even complete dentures. With implants, patients no longer experience the slipping, moving, and irritation of dentures. When replacing single teeth they are useful in avoiding the need to involve cutting down adjacent teeth.
Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth because they are made of a metal that is highly compatible with the jaw bone. As a result, the implant is able to fuse easily with the underlying bone. A highly experienced oral surgeon or periodontist recommended by our office will perform the surgical procedure for your implant. Drs. Minahan will partner with your surgeon to follow your treatment through the restorative phase. They will complete the implant procedure by attaching a natural and functional tooth (just like a crown fits on a natural tooth) to the implant components, providing you once again with the comforts and confidence that accompanies a beautiful smile.
OraVerse - Dental Anesthetic Reversing Agent
OraVerse is the first and only product of its kind to rapidly reverse the effects of local dental anesthetic. It is scientifically proven to accelerate the return of normal feeling and function following routine dental procedures.
The average duration of soft tissue numbness following the use of dental anesthetic is 2-3 hours. OraVerse is administered by your dentist immediately following a procedure, rapidly restoring normal function so you can speak, smile and drink normally in approximately half the time!