Restorative Dentistry in Longview
When our best efforts to protect your smile from damage fail, we offer restorative dentistry solutions to repair damaged structures and renew oral health. Our goal is always to provide conservative dental care. That means we recommend restorative treatment that preserves the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while fully repairing your smile. If you’re in need of restorative dental care, don’t hesitate to contact Longview Dental Center. We welcome patients from Longview and surrounding communities throughout East Texas.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are two of our most reliable restorative dentistry services. They allow us to fully repair even severely damaged smiles and replace missing teeth. We offer dental crowns and fixed bridges crafted from a variety of high quality materials to ensure completely flawless results. Both crown and bridge restoration are completed in two visits. During the initial visit, we prepare the tooth and design your restoration. Once we receive the final crown or bridge, you’ll return to replace the temporary with your custom restoration.
Dentures Lab for Dentures & Partial Dentures
When patients drop their denture or bend their partial out of shape, a traditional dentist has to rely on a dental lab that can be miles away to repair the prosthetic. This means patients may go days or weeks without their dentures. In our on-site dentures lab, we can repair dentures in just one day. That means your smile is back in place quickly, and we can make even the most minute adjustments in-office to ensure complete comfort.
Root Canal Therapy
When dental damage or decay reaches the tooth nerve, patients may need root canal therapy to repair their smiles. Though the phrase root canal has a negative connotation, patients typically feel better almost immediately following this procedure. The process is simple. We drill a small access hole from the top of the tooth to the pulp layer where the nerve is housed. Then, we remove the pulp and nerve and refill the tooth. Finally, the access hole is resealed, and in most cases, we place a dental crown to protect the root canal treated tooth.
In most cases, the goal of restorative dentistry is to preserve a tooth. However, there are situations where the best thing for a patient’s oral health is to have one or more teeth extracted. We will try to avoid the need for extraction, but when it happens, we can help. Some of the situations where tooth extraction is necessary include:
- Severe decay or damage that renders the remaining tooth structure incapable of supporting a dental restoration
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment where crowding is a concern
- Preparation for partial or full denture placement where weakened teeth may compromise the longevity of the prosthetic
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The third molars, more often referred to as wisdom teeth, are the most often extracted teeth. When these teeth erupt during the late teens or early twenties, patients often do not have adequate space in their jaw line to accommodate an additional set of molars. This can cause crowding that makes teeth difficult to clean, shift teeth out of alignment, or prevent the wisdom teeth from erupting. If we determine that any of these issues are likely to occur, we will typically recommend extraction.