Restorative Dentistry – State College, PA
Cavities, broken teeth, gum recession or disease, and missing teeth can happen to anyone at any time. While checkups, cleanings and daily brushing and flossing go a long way toward maintaining optimal oral health, our mouths endure significant temperature fluctuations, an onslaught from 600 types of bacteria, and crushing pressure every day. Even people with the most diligent oral healthcare routine may, at some point, need restorative dentistry in State College. To schedule an appointment, contact our office today.
When a cavity forms, Dr. Devlin will want to examine the particular tooth to determine the next best course of action. In most instances, a filling will suffice at filling the cavity and preventing reinfection. Fortunately, there are better alternatives to traditional amalgam nowadays. Instead, he uses tooth-colored or white fillings to blend in with your smile. This non-toxic, biocompatible solution makes it possible to effectively fill a tooth, seal it, and make it possible so that no one can notice your dental work.
If your tooth is too severely decayed or damaged and a filling will not be enough to provide the protection your tooth needs, it is likely that the next best step will be to place a porcelain crown over your weakened tooth. Our porcelain crowns are strong and durable, and they are matched to your natural tooth color, size, and shape. By removing the decayed portion of the tooth, cleaning it, and placing a porcelain crown over it, your regular tooth will not only stay intact but have the ability to strengthen without the worry of reinfection or additional damage.
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If you have a tooth that is missing and needs replacing, a traditional dental bridge is a safe and effective method of treatment, especially for patients who prefer a non-surgical solution. With a dental bridge, our team will use your healthy, natural teeth on either side of the gap as anchors for your custom-made dental prosthetic. By filing down these teeth to ensure a proper fit, your dentist in State College will place the bridge over your natural teeth while the remaining crown sits on top of your gum tissue to restore the look of your smile.
Full & Partial Dentures
Whether you have more than one nonconsecutive missing teeth or all your teeth are missing along an arch, full or partial dentures might be the solution for you. Creating using a gum-colored base and artificial teeth, both tooth replacements solutions offer functionality and improved appearance because of their ability to restore your smile. The only difference is that a partial denture uses clasps or clips to hold it in place while a full denture uses your natural suction with the help of additional dental adhesive, should you choose.
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No matter if you have one, two, or an entire arch of missing teeth, dental implants offer greater stability, functionality, longevity, and durability. This tooth replacement solution does require a surgical procedure to place the implants; however, once in place, they can last 30 years or longer with proper care and maintenance. Dental implants are considered to be the superior restorative method for replacing missing teeth.
Root Canal Therapy
If you have a severe toothache that won’t subside, you may be in need of a root canal. This procedure involves making a hole in the tooth to clear out the damaged and decayed pulp and nerve before sealing the canal with a filling material. While this procedure has a negative reputation for being painful, with modern dental techniques and technology, it can actually relieve your pain! Ultimately a root canal can save your damaged tooth from being extracted later on.
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