The Restoration and Replacement of Teeth
This is certainly the area of treatment requiring the most direct clinical expertise and judgment by Dr. McCoy. He has 30 years of experience treating simple problems to very complex issues. The type of restorations placed on a single tooth can vary from a tooth-colored resin, porcelain veneer laminate, porcelain crown or a porcelain on metal/non-metal substrate. Amalgams (silver-mercury) have not been used in this office since 1987.
Cosmetic Dentistry is very popular today. A beautiful smile can enhance one’s self-esteem as well as provide one with stronger teeth. Improving the smile may be a simple tooth whitening approach or a complicated and costly procedure like porcelain veneers. Lumineers are also provided in certain situations to change tooth shade and contours; these are very thin porcelain veneers that may be fabricated over the unprepared or lightly prepared enamel. This usually means no needles or temporaries are needed.
Teeth that have been compromised over a lifetime with large fillings often need full coverage (crown or “cap”) for predictable long-term success. CEREC crowns (complete in one visit), porcelain-on-gold, porcelain-on-zirconium, or cast gold are all commonly used materials.
Complex restorative treatment is necessary when biting trauma, malaligned teeth, periodontal disease, missing teeth, and damaged teeth need a comprehensive game plan to improve dental health, function, and appearance. These rehabilitations or reconstructions may be completed with a variety of options from dental implants to fixed bridges or even some form of a partial or complete denture. Many times pre-existing pathology such as periodontal disease, bite problems, or malaligned teeth must be corrected prior to the restorative phase.
What Are Dental Implants?
Consider a dental implant to keep your one tooth problem a one tooth problem. A missing tooth can lead to many problems if not treated. Most obvious is the embarrassing smile, but when the neighboring teeth shift, more complicated problems can occur with your bite, causing tooth decay and gum disease. A dental implant is a titanium metal fixture that is accurately and permanently secured in your jawbone.
Most of the time this can be done with a simple technique and no healing discomfort. These titanium implants have been developed for decades and now can be confidently recommended for any type of dental situation, from a single tooth replacement to a full arch reconstruction. The advancements in implant technology and placement have created new excitement in patient care.
What Are Dentures?
We offer many denture options from full to partial in order to fit your budget. From standard to custom high-density dentures, we’ll match you with the best option you can afford, with some options even available the same day.
We can help you with:
- Full or partial dentures
- Customized dentures
- High quality, impact, wear and stain resistant dentures
Restore Your Teeth with Natural-looking Fillings
Tooth-colored composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. There are many advantages to choosing natural-looking composite fillings, including:
- Aesthetics – closely match existing tooth color
- Strength – chemically bonded to existing tooth structure
- Versatility – composite fillings are an excellent choice to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth
- More original tooth structure is spared compared to amalgam fillings
Amalgams (silver-mercury) have NOT been used in this office since 1997.
When Root Canal Therapy is Necessary
Most people associate root canal therapy with pain, however, it doesn’t have to be that way. Generally speaking, the more infected a tooth is, the more difficult, and possibly painful, the root canal treatment may be. Teeth with large old fillings may eventually need root canal therapy. Dr. McCoy uses a modified Sargenti technique that is a simplified yet effective method for providing root canal therapy. Most of the time the treated teeth are quite comfortable during and after root canal therapy.