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Your Restorative Dental Options

At Cardinal Family Dentistry

We restore cavities with natural-looking composite fillings for a confident, healthy smile
Our team creates custom crowns that protect your smile and match the color of the rest of your teeth
Skillfully created dental implants are placed by Dr. Barker to replace missing teeth and restore your confidence
Will dental implants work for me?

To determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, Dr. Barker will assess your dental health during a consultation. Since implants are permanently affixed to your gums, treatment requires that a patient have sufficient jawbone and healthy gums to support an implant. If you are missing teeth and wondering if implants are right for you, call Cardinal Family Dentistry today!

What Can I Expect From the Dental Implant Process?

The dental implant process typically takes at least two appointments over a period of about 3-6 months. The number of appointments and the overall time it takes to complete the process varies depending on your oral health and a number of other factors. 

After you’ve been approved for a dental implant and Dr. Barker has created a custom treatment plan, you’ll come in for your first appointment to have your implant placed into your gums and jaw bone. First, Dr. Barker will clean and numb your mouth. Next, she will make a small incision into the gum and bone where your missing tooth used to be, and your dental implant will be placed into this opening. Then, the area will be cleaned, sanitized, and sutured shut. 

Dental implants have the unique ability to “osseointegrate.” Over a period of 3-6 months, your implant will heal and bond permanently with your jaw and gums, becoming an artificial tooth root to which a crown, bridge or denture can be attached.

When your implant has healed and osseointegrated completely, you’ll come back to our office to have your implant restoration placed. In most cases, this is a false tooth (dental crown), but multiple implants can be used to support a bridge or denture for full mouth restorations. At this appointment, your implant restoration will be checked for proper fit and bonded securely into place.

I'm missing multiple teeth. What are my replacement options?

At Cardinal Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing compassionate, judgement-free solutions for our patients. If you are missing multiple teeth, we offer implant supported restorations, as well as full and partial dentures to meet the needs of every patient. Whether you’re looking for a permanent option or removable replacement teeth, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs and your budget. Call us today to get started!

What ARe Dental Crowns and How do They work?

Dental crowns are an option if you have teeth that are chipped, discolored, or damaged. Crowns are cemented onto existing teeth to cover and protect the damaged tooth beneath. If taken care of with proper dental hygiene, crowns can last a lifetime and you’ll be able to smile confidently for years knowing that your tooth beneath is protected and safe.

Do I need a Dental crown?

Dental crowns are usually a good option to treat teeth that have suffered serious damage due to tooth decay or an oral injury. Because dental crowns cover up all of your remaining tooth structure, they can protect your tooth from further damage and ensure that it remains healthy and strong.
If you have a large cavity that can’t be treated with a filling, or you’ve had a root canal, you’ll likely need a dental crown. In most cases, a seriously broken tooth will also require treatment with a crown.

In some cases, though, dental crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes to treat teeth that are very small or misshapen as an alternative to veneers or bonding. During your consultation, Dr. Barker will help you determine if a crown is a good option for cosmetic or restorative treatment, so schedule an appointment today!

How do I know if I need a filling?

Fillings are a common solution for cavities. Symptoms that you may have a cavity or a decaying tooth include tenderness to hot and cold temperatures, pain when chewing, and visible holes or darkening of the tooth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Barker can fill your cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin that will look natural and keep you smiling confidently.

My TOOTH Doesn't Hurt. WHy Should I fix It?

Damaged teeth don’t always hurt. Even a serious oral injury or an infected tooth may not hurt, in some cases. But this doesn’t mean that it’s okay to ignore your tooth. A damaged or decaying tooth will only deteriorate further, over time. If your tooth structure is weakened, it will likely become more damaged, worn-down, or infected in the future.

For this reason, you should always make sure to get treatment for any tooth that you suspect may be decayed. This will ensure that the beauty and functionality of your smile are restored and it will also help you avoid further expenses and dental complications down the road.

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