Restorative dentistry means rebuilding your smile and enhancing its health. Dr. Goldston implements minimally invasive and cosmetic approaches to care in each of her restoration procedures.
Dental Fillings to Restore Your Teeth
When you have a small cavity, tooth fillings are the restorative option of choice. Fillings are traditionally made of an alloy material, but less invasive versions are typically made of a tooth colored composite. The white tooth filling is matched to your specific tooth color to allow it to blend in against your smile.
How Do I Tell If I Need One?
How can you tell if you have a cavity? Even though some cavities never hurt whatsoever, you may first discover that you have a problem by experiencing:
- Pain on biting or chewing
- Food packing between the teeth
- Sensitivity to sweet foods or drinks
- Sensitivity to temperature changes
- Something feeling “odd” around the tooth
We will perform a thorough exam and take any necessary x-rays to pinpoint how large or deep your cavity is. Some cavities are not visible during an exam, as they start between the teeth. Digital x-rays are essential to identifying these lesions before they become so large that they need a crown or root canal.
Full Coverage Tooth Repair with a Dental Crown
Crowns are “full coverage” restorations that repair badly damaged teeth. The entire surface of the tooth above the gumlines is encased inside of the crown, to preserve regular function and prevent additional damage. We use crowns on teeth that have been impacted by conditions like:
- Deep Cavities
- Large, Failing Fillings
- Fractured or Worn Enamel
- Root Canal Therapy
Crowns usually take two visits to our Greenville office to complete. They can also be used to restore dental implants. Find out about the crown treatments that we have available by calling Greenville Family Smiles today!
What is a dental bridge? Bridges are restorations that are supported by healthy teeth to replace a tooth that is missing. Like a dental crown, each end of the bridge fits over the support tooth. Fused between the two is a false crown. The color, shape and design of the bridge is made to resemble the teeth around it, minimizing the impact on your smile’s function and appearance.
A bridge is an ideal restoration for people with one or two missing teeth – that is, when a healthy tooth is present on either side. Without healthy support teeth, a bridge cannot be anchored into place. However, a bridge can also be supported by dental implants to replace up to 3 or 4 teeth at a time.
Need to replace several teeth at once, but want a different option than dental implants or a dental bridge? Partial dentures are removable prosthesis that can replace your missing teeth while helping you preserve the healthy ones.
A full removable denture replaces all of your teeth at once. Your new prosthesis will fit directly along your jaw and be secured by suction between the denture and your gum tissues.
Relines and Repair
As we age, lose weight, or experiences changes in our bone, it may be necessary to adjust our dentures for a secure fit. If your denture feels loose or needs to be repaired, we can help. Dr. Goldston can adjust, reline, or fix your denture so that you can continue to wear it.
What Dental Treatment Do I Need?
It’s perfectly normal to come in to our office thinking that you need a filling or crown, only to change your mind and select something different. Dr. Goldston will walk you through each of her findings to help you select the most appropriate and therapeutic care option for your smile. Call our Greenville dental office today to schedule your new patient exam!