Our goal here at our office is for our patients to have beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. We are happy to offer a full range of restorative services to aid our patients in bringing optimal health and function back to teeth that have been compromised due to trauma, decay or infection.
Inlays and Onlays
An inlay is placed in a tooth, and an onlay is placed on the tooth. An onlay is more extensive, as it is used when one or more of the chewing surfaces is included as part of the restoration. Inlays and onlays are necessary when you need more than a filling, but less than a crown. They are both fabricated in a laboratory, and are custom-made for your tooth by using an impression of your teeth that we make in our office.
Root Canal Therapy
This type of treatment is used when a tooth is either cracked or has a deep cavity that has reached the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth that houses nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue). Dr. Oldham will work to remove the nerves and other tissues within the pulp cavity, seal off the inside of the tooth and replace it with a filling. Once the therapy is complete, he will place a crown over the tooth to protect it and restore strength and function to the tooth.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Teeth that are in need of minor repairs are the best candidates for dental fillings. Composite resin fillings are natural looking and are ideal for restoring small areas of the teeth that have been damaged by decay or chipping.
Restoring your tooth to its normal shape and size as well as increasing the strength is accomplished with the use of a crown. Porcelain crowns are fabricated by a lab technician and are used to cover and support a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth structure left to restore the tooth.
This non-removable appliance is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth when you have healthy teeth on either side of the missing teeth. It is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. A bridge consists of two crowns that fit over the two healthy anchoring teeth and is attached to the artificial tooth replacement.
For more information on restorative procedures, please call our Smithfield, NC dentistry office at (919) 934-4909.