Repair and Renewal for Damaged Teeth
Some patients are lucky throughout their lifetime, needing only regular checkups to make sure their teeth are in good shape. But most of us at some point will need some kind of restoration—fillings, crowns, dentures, etc. We’re proud of the work we do, but the less visible your restoration, the better! Your restorations should look exactly like the rest of your teeth, not be obvious that you’ve had dental work.
If you’ve had fillings in the past, you’ve probably had dark, metal fillings— called amalgams—used to fill cavities. Amalgams are effective, but can release harmful mercury into your system. They expand and contract with heat and cold over time and can deteriorate. At Long Grove Dental Studio, Dr. DeMars uses tooth-colored fillings made of a composite resin that chemically bonds to your teeth for strong, durable restorations! Wouldn’t it be great to laugh and show nothing but beautiful white teeth?
Porcelain Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns
Inlays are used when the top of your tooth needs to be filled up to the cusps, or points of the tooth. An onlay is the same thing, but covers one or more of the cusps.
A crown is an artificial tooth that is cemented on top of a prepared natural tooth that is too damaged to be restored with dental bonding or other methods of restoration.
Bridges, Partial and Full Dentures
A dental bridge is a false tooth that fills the space where you’ve lost a tooth. It’s set in between crowns that are placed as one unit on the teeth on either side of the false tooth.
Dentures are false teeth used when a patient has lost all or large sections of his or her teeth. They can be the traditional type of denture where an adhesive is used to hold them onto your gums. Dr. DeMars is also trained to place All on 4 dental implant-supported dentures, which give you much better security and function. Read more about them on our Dental Implant section.
We do everything we can to keep a natural tooth in place. But if any of your teeth need to come out, Dr. Nichole is trained in oral surgery and can extract them, then fit you with the appropriate restoration.