Do you have one or more teeth in need of a little help? If so, then it’s nothing to be embarrassed about! Whether due to decay, physical trauma, or just normal wear and tear, pretty much everyone you know has had or will require restorative dentistry at one point. For patients in need of high-quality smile repair in Covington, they’ll find it right here at Dean Dental Care. Dr. Dean can combine his artistic eye with the most advanced materials to create a restoration that looks great, functions perfectly, and can be trusted to stand the test of time.
When it comes to fixing large cavities or putting severely broken teeth back together, nothing does it better than a dental crown. These restorations literally fit over the top of damaged teeth like a protective helmet, and they’re shaped to look and function just like real teeth. They can be made from a variety of materials, but at Dean Dental Care, we prefer to use all-porcelain crowns because they have the most natural appearance.
Dr. Dean can make minor cavities practically disappear using tooth-colored fillings. As opposed to gray metal that instantly sticks out in the smile, these fillings are made of a composite resin material that can be matched to any patient’s shade of enamel. Once in place, the restoration ends up blending perfectly with the rest of the tooth. The resin also bonds directly to the enamel unlike a traditional silver filling, enabling Dr. Dean to preserve more of a tooth while fixing it, which is always best.
In the past, getting a dental crown to repair a decayed or broken tooth used to be a real hassle. A patient would need to attend at least two appointments, get a messy dental impression taken, and spend at least a week with a temporary crown that was bound to crack or fall out. Thankfully, CEREC solves all of these problems! Now, Dr. Dean can use advanced technology to design, make, and place a custom-made dental crown in just one easy appointment. From beginning to end, the entire process only takes about an hour, making it much easier for patients to get the care they need.
For patients missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge can do exactly what its name indicates—bridge the gap. Dental crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the absent ones, and these are used to hold the prosthetic in place. Not only can bridges improve someone’s appearance, but they also renew a patient’s ability to chew, plus they prevent the neighboring teeth from drifting into the space.
Today’s modern dentures are smaller, more natural-looking, and more comfortable than ever before. Now, they are made of ceramic teeth attached to a gum-colored base that can be custom-shaped to fit among the remaining teeth or directly on the gums. Dr. Dean can provide both partial and full dentures, and patients have the option of getting a traditional removable prosthetic or one secured with dental implants. In any case, our dentures are guaranteed to dramatically enhance a person’s oral function and appearance at the same time.
Does one of your teeth hurt so bad that you can’t even go to work or school? Or, has one of your teeth suddenly turned gray? If so, then it may have damage to the dental pulp, which is the interior nerve found in every tooth. To stop any discomfort and save the tooth from extraction, Dr. Dean can perform root canal therapy. Thanks to modern-day techniques including sedation dentistry, this often-feared procedure is now completely safe, effective, and one of the best tools for stopping severe dental pain, not causing it!
Nothing is better than the teeth you are born with, which is why Dr. Dean tries to preserve patients’ natural smiles for as long as possible. However, there are some situations in which the best decision is to remove a problem tooth: