The right restorative procedures at the right time can reduce the need for additional dental work in the future.
With restorative dental treatments, we can restore both function and appearance to damaged teeth. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Valente prioritizes using advanced materials that help patients achieve a natural looking smile.
Dr. Valente provides the following restorative procedures:
Inlays and Onlays
The difference between a crown and an inlay or onlay is that a crown replaces an entire tooth structure, but inlays and onlays replace only the damaged portion of the tooth, leaving the rest intact. When neither composite fillings nor full crowns are a solution, inlays and onlays are likely to be used. To ensure that your restoration looks natural, we use tooth-colored material that matches the shade of the rest of your tooth.
Rather than using amalgam (metal) fillings, our office uses mercury-free, metal-free composite material to restore damage from tooth decay. This material is matched to the rest of your tooth, then cured with a special ultraviolet light to harden it within seconds.
When fillings, inlays, and onlays are not an option, a dental crown can completely cover a tooth, restoring its function and, in many cases, its appearance. There are several material options for dental crowns and Dr. Valente can help you choose which is right for you.
Dental implants are the standard of care for the long-term replacement of missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
A bridge replaces two or more adjacent missing teeth without the use of dentures or implants. Although there are a few different options for bridges, in the most common type, crowns are placed on two surrounding teeth to hold the bridge, or the artificial teeth, in place.
Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for centuries, but their form and function has vastly improved over time. Dentures can be full, replacing all teeth on an arch, or partial, only replacing some teeth. Prosthodontists are trained in creating dentures that look realistic and natural.