restorative Dentistry

Repair Damage & Smile Again

Restorative Dentist in Sunbury

Damaged teeth can be detrimental to your dental and overall health, as well as your emotional well-being. Whether you have a small cavity that is causing pain and keeping you from enjoying your favorite foods, or you have more extensive issues like an infected or knocked-out tooth, we can help! We offer a wide range of restorative treatments to meet the needs of every patient and give you your smile back. Contact your dentist in Sunbury today if you think you need a restorative treatment!

older couple smiling

Treat Cavities

Composite Fillings

At Shine Dental, we use composite fillings to treat cavities. Composite fillings are made out of a special type of dental resin, and they can be made to match perfectly with your tooth color. They provide a very strong, durable hold, and they look and feel just like a natural part of your tooth. If you have a small cavity, fillings are the best way to stop the decay and protect your tooth’s structure from further damage.

Repair Infected Teeth

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is used to restore infected teeth. Tooth infections can be incredibly painful, and, if left untreated, they can cause many other issues with your dental and overall health. During treatment, a small hole is made in your tooth. Then, the infected nerve and blood supply are removed and the inside of your tooth is disinfected. Once all the damaged tooth material is removed, the empty space is filled with an inert material and protected with a filling or crown.

root canal diagram

Do I Need A Root Canal?

Signs & Symptoms of Tooth Infection

The most common sign that you may need a root canal is a serious, prolonged toothache. Other common symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Uncomfortable pressure when chewing
  • Grayish discoloration around the infected tooth
  • Swelling in your face and cheek

Restore Damaged Teeth

custom-Made Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic which helps to restore a damaged tooth and prevent it from breaking. After any damaged enamel and tooth material are removed, your tooth will be shaped to prepare it to support a crown. A custom crown can be made out of porcelain, zirconia, or gold and crafted to look just like your natural tooth. Next, it is permanently attached to your remaining tooth structure to cover it up all the way down to the gum line. Our dental crowns look and feel just like a natural tooth.

The Benefits Of

Dental Crowns & bridges

Dental crowns are long-lasting, with a lifespan of 15+ years. They also look and feel totally natural, restoring both the function and aesthetics of your smile. Since crowns cover your whole tooth all the way down to the gum line, a crown is often the best way to prevent further complications with a damaged or infected tooth.

Restore Missing Teeth

Partial & Full Dentures

Partial dentures can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of a set of false teeth attached to a metal and plastic framework, and they are designed to attach to your remaining healthy teeth. Full dentures, on the other hand, replace an entire arch of missing teeth. They are placed directly on your gums or can be held in place using dental implants, and require the removal of all your remaining teeth. If you think dentures may be right for you, call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller and discuss your options!

person holding a pair of dentures

Are restorative treatments

covered by insurance?

Restorative dental treatments are one of the major categories covered by dental insurance. While the exact amount that your insurance will cover depends on your specific plan and whether it’s considered medically necessary, most insurance plans will cover half of a restorative treatment. 

Restorative treatments that are usually covered include root canals, dental crowns, extractions, and dental bridges. An instance where insurance may not cover a restorative procedure is if it is being done for purely cosmetic reasons, such as to cover up discoloration. 

When restorative dentistry is used to repair tooth decay, an infection, or replace missing teeth to help you chew, it should be covered by your dental insurance. Contact your insurance provider to find out exactly what they will cover. We never want a lack of insurance to prevent you from getting necessary medical treatment. We offer financing options through CareCredit and GreenSky.

what happens

if I don't get treatment?

Failing to repair damage from dental trauma can result in your tooth breaking apart or a dental infection. Leaving tooth decay untreated will lead to it penetrating deeper into your teeth which will also cause tooth infection.

 A tooth infection is a dental emergency that requires urgent treatment to prevent complications. The tooth will require a root canal as soon as possible before the infection spreads to your other teeth or worse, into your bloodstream. 

Left too late, you may need an extraction. Losing a tooth will lead to bone loss which can cause a lot of issues, including shifting teeth and facial sagging. You will need to have missing teeth replaced to prevent this. Your teeth are very important for maintaining your smile, chewing, and speaking. They also maintain your tooth alignment.

how can I prevent

needing restorative treatments in the future?

It’s all about practicing good oral hygiene and preventing damage to your teeth! Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Brush gently at a 45-degree angle in circular motions. Floss once a day, preferably before brushing your teeth. 

If you grind your teeth or play contact sports, wear a mouthguard. Avoid eating excessive sugar and don’t use your teeth as tools or to chew on your nails. This will prevent your risk of dental trauma and enamel erosion. 

Teeth grinding can chip, crack, or break your teeth from the excessive amount of force placed on your teeth while you’re sleeping. It’s important to wear a mouthguard at night if you suffer from bruxism. 

Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water and attend regular dental cleanings and checkups every 6 months. This will prevent tooth decay and gum disease or at least catch it early enough to reverse it.

Smile Again with restorative Care