Restorative Dentistry in West Springfield
Would you like to replace your old silver fillings? Are you experiencing the effects of a cavity? At Elm Family Dentistry, our restorative dentists use state-of-the-art composite fillings to restore the health of your tooth.
Using a special composite material, your dentist can fill cavities and reinforce the strength of your tooth. The material we use has a number of benefits:
Your tooth-colored filling procedure begins with our doctor cleaning and numbing the area around the tooth. Next, the composite material is placed into the cavity and shaped to fit your bite. When this is achieved, the material is hardened and polished so you can enjoy a beautiful smile once again!
Two of the most common dental restorations are dental crowns and dental bridges. Each serves a unique purpose and can help restore the function of your smile. At our office, we work with a premier dental lab to create custom-made restorations designed to fit your one-of-a-kind smile.
Crowns: Similar to a cap, a dental crown is used when your tooth is broken, cracked, or compromised due to trauma or decay. The crown is designed to mimic the look of your natural tooth and is placed over the damaged area. This restoration then works as a protection for your tooth and restores the function of your bite.
Bridges: An ideal solution for those who have a missing tooth, dental bridges consist of two crowns bonded either side of an artificial tooth. The bridge is created from impressions taken by your dentist in West Springfield, MA. Our partner lab then designs the bridge to comfortably fill the gap vacated by your missing tooth. The bridge is anchored into place by the crowns and seamlessly blends into your smile.
Both crowns and bridges are durable solutions and can be cared for as you would your natural teeth.
Our patients are increasingly choosing dental implants to restore their smiles. This innovative restorative solution is ideal for those with one or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants can even be used to securely attach existing dentures. Our dentists in West Springfield, MA would be happy to evaluate if you are a candidate for dental implants.
These restorations are specifically devised to sit atop of a dental implant, which mimics your tooth’s root. The implant acts as a permanent foundation for your custom restoration allowing for greater stability and reducing the risk of further dental complications.
‘‘Dr. Cole is a wonderful addition to the staff. He is very knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate. I was very uptight about having to have a tooth extracted but he put my mind at ease by explaining why it was necessary, AND he even called me after it was done to ask how I was doing!’’
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It is an unfortunate truth that on occasion the best option to save your smile is to remove a tooth. It may be that your tooth is beyond repair, is causing orthodontic issues, or perhaps is inciting painful symptoms. When this is the case, our team of dental professionals will explain why we recommend a tooth extraction. We value your comfort and health so we only perform extractions when absolutely necessary.
Our goal is for you to feel confident that the removal is the best decision and fully understand your restorative options post-removal. Once you are ready, our dentist will proceed by cleaning the area and numbing your mouth. The tooth is then prepared and gently removed.
After the removal, we keep the area clean and suture when necessary. We’ll then provide guidelines on how to keep the area clean and provide our recommendations for a restoration (as necessary).
As we age, our teeth can begin to let us down and a replacement set may be the best answer. Perhaps a few teeth are missing or all your teeth are gone from your upper or lower arch. When this is the case, our team is here for you! We offer modern denture options to suit your smile.
Partial Dentures: When only a few teeth are missing a partial denture can be used to fill the gap. Partials are created using impressions of your teeth. Our dental lab then builds the partial to your exact specifications and our dentists will gently place them. We can make any adjustments to ensure the denture fits comfortably and functions to your liking.
Complete Dentures: When all the teeth are missing from an arch, we may recommend complete or full dentures. These removable dentures are created to sit comfortably on your gum line and act as your natural teeth did.
All of our dentures are designed to fit your unique smile and can be adjusted according to your needs. We will provide advice and guidelines on how to use your dentures so you can benefit from your brand new smile.