Restorative Dentistry

The overwhelming majority of people will need restorative dentistry services at least once or twice in their lifetime. Receiving restorations will extend the life of broken and damaged teeth so that patients can avoid the need for extractions and prosthetics. Moreover, today’s restorations can be made from lifelike materials so that our guests enjoy discreet dental work that won’t distract from their appearance. Evers & Gardner Dental is proud to offer high-quality restorative services to members of the Northland Kansas City area.

Fillings

One of the most commonly placed restorations is a filling. This small restoration is used to address tooth decay. A filling is placed over the decayed area of a tooth to fill in the depression left behind by a cavity and reinforce damaged tooth structure. Today’s fillings are tooth-colored and look incredibly natural. Fillings will prevent cavities from worsening so that more extensive restorations are not needed. Receiving a filling is not overly invasive and only local anesthetic is needed to maintain a person’s comfort.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are one of the more extensive restorations available. These restorations cover the biting surfaces and sides of teeth by fitting over biological tooth structure like a cap. Crowns are excellent restorations for cracked and badly worn teeth. Since crowns must fit over an individual’s tooth, they must be made to very exact measurements. These restorations can be made from metal, porcelain, or a combination of porcelain fused to metal.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are common custom restorations used to protect damaged teeth. An inlay is placed between the cusps of a tooth on its biting surfaces. Inlays make for great restorations for molars that have been worn by bruxism or affected by caries. Onlays, like inlays, are made for very specific parts of a tooth. An onlay is made to fit over the cusp of a tooth and extend down its side. Like crowns, inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of materials including metals and porcelain.

We offer comfortable restorative care and are currently accepting new patients. If you have questions about restorative dental work, call Evers & Gardner Dental to reserve a consultation with one of our dentists.

FAQ:

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is a wonderful way to extend the life of damaged biological teeth. It is important to retain our biological teeth as long as possible. Tooth loss contributes to a myriad of oral health issues including malocclusions, bone loss, reduced oral function, and additional tooth loss.

Common restorations include fillings, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns. Some restorations are custom made in dental laboratories because they need to fit perfectly over a person’s unique tooth structure. Restorations essentially restore teeth to their rightful size and shape after developing permanent damage. A restoration will improve oral function, protect a diseased tooth, and support adjacent teeth.

What materials are used for restorations?

Restorations are made from a variety of materials. Fillings, for example, are typically made from a compound called composite resin. This compound is tooth-colored and applied to teeth in liquid form. Composite resin is then hardened with a curing light to form a durable, long-lasting restoration.

Other restorations might be made from metal or porcelain. For instance, dental crowns, inlays, and onlays can all be made from metals like gold and silver as well as porcelain. Metals make for very durable restorations – especially for teeth at the back of the mouth. Those who want a natural looking, discreet restoration typically choose all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal as their restorations’ materials.

What is the cost of restorative dental treatment?

The cost of restorations can vary substantially from person to person. This is because different restorations require more time than others to create. Moreover, the materials chosen for restorations vary in price as well. Sometimes, patients may need multiple restorations for full-mouth rehabilitation. The amount of dental work needed will obviously affect the price as well. Dental insurance policies typically provide coverage for restorations but if a person exceeds their yearly maximum coverage, he or she will need to pay out of pocket for any additional costs not covered by their insurance provider.

When it comes to questions about the projected cost of treatment, we recommend speaking with our staff after consulting with our dentists. Once our doctors make treatment recommendations, we can provide cost estimates.

What are my tooth restoration options?

At Evers & Gardner, your restorative options are abundant. We are proud to offer our community a wide range of restorative dentistry treatment options as well as diverse materials from which restorations can be made. Many dental restorations are custom made. This means that a dental crown or inlay, for example, is made to very exact measurements so that it will fit comfortably in your mouth and properly over the treated area. If you have questions about your treatment options, call Evers & Gardner to schedule a consultation.