Restorative dentistry involves repairing damaged teeth to bring mouths back into use by providing a wide range of procedures such as tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges and dental implants. In addition to negatively affecting oral health and comfort, damaged teeth can reduce self-confidence when they affect appearance. When a tooth is lost, nothing is ever the same. The entire balance of a healthy mouth is lost. We can help you restore your damaged teeth and improve your quality of life.
Tooth Colored Fillings
When a tooth is damaged by decay or trauma, it can be repaired with a composite material that mimic the look, feel and function of a natural tooth. The tooth-colored composite material is safe and predictable, but most important feature, a tooth is restored to the look of its natural state.
Dental porcelain can be sculpted to closely replicated the look of a natural tooth. Advances in the strength and appearance of porcelain crowns made them an excellent choice when recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth that is heavily restored, root canal treated, largely decayed, heavy wear and fractured prone. When a tooth needs 360 degree of coverage, a porcelain crown will provide strength and resilience.
A fixed porcelain bridge is an option to replace a lost tooth by using adjacent teeth to replicate both the form and function of original teeth. A porcelain bridge can improve the original appearance of adjacent teeth and create a flawless replacement for the missing tooth. If a patient receive a fixed bridge, good oral hygiene techniques are a must to maintain its longevity. Please consult Dr Yen if this is the right option for you.
Root Canal Therapy
You are not alone if these words make you cringe. Root canal therapy has received a bad reputation, but it is a great option to save a tooth if it has become severely infected or decayed by removing the nerve within the tooth. A root canal therapy tooth will later need a porcelain crown coverage. Dr Yen and our team will walk you through the entire process. Your comfort is our utmost priority!
When a tooth is determined as non-restorable, it will need to be taken out of the mouth. Some teeth are extracted due to the following reasons: wisdom teeth, preparation for orthodontics, severely decayed tooth, broken teeth beyond repair or mobile teeth from advanced gum disease. Dr Yen’s gentle hands will make this process as smooth and forgettable as possible. Please consult our office for pre and post operative instructions for this procedure.
Dental implants restore teeth that are lost. At Union Street Dental, your dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can “Smile with Confidence!”, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants we use are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dentures are prosthetic devices designed to help patients without teeth chew food and improve speaking habits. Additionally, dentures improve the patient’s facial aesthetics and self-esteem. The absence of teeth can lead to a sunken, collapsed appearance to the mouth-area; by restoring the physical presence of teeth, this malformation is corrected. Our dentures are made from the highest-quality materials, so they are both beautiful and durable. They are also exceptionally comfortable, and are made to fit with exacting precision over your gums or dental implants.
Night guards help to protect your teeth from moderate-severe nighttime grinding or bruxism. Those who grind their teeth at night are more susceptible to significant tooth damage and decay and their teeth typically have a shorter life expectancy.
By providing a barrier between your lower and upper teeth, night guards will help protect your teeth against nighttime grinding. In addition, consistent use of your night guard may help you avoid paying unnecessary dental restoration costs and ensure that your teeth remain healthy and strong. Dentists at Union Street Dental will customize your night guard to perfectly fit the dimensions of your mouth and teeth. This custom-made guard will remain comfortably in your mouth and make it easier for you to breathe while you are sleeping.
Sports mouthguards are prescribed for both professional and amateur athletes because they offer the highest level of protection during sports activity. When worn properly, they can prevent dental trauma, such as fractured teeth. They are also indicated for patients with an orthodontic situation, such as braces, who must wear a mouthguard for preventive measures. There are several types of mouthguards to choose from, and our doctor can help you choose the best one for your particular needs.