At some point in your life, you may require some type of restorative dentistry to restore strength and function to worn or damaged teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture.
Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury or some other reason.
- A single tooth – implant anchored crown
- Multiple teeth – import anchored bridge
- All teeth – implant anchored denture
Dr. Matthew Word uses GALILEOS™ state-of-the art cone beam technology to generate 3-D images that allow him to quickly determine appropriate treatment.
Crowns are a porcelain or ceramic replication of a tooth, which is fitted over a damaged tooth or attached to an implant to replace a missing tooth. Crowns can be used to reinforce damaged teeth and to improve shape, function and appearance.
Dentures are used to restore aesthetics and function when all teeth are missing. Dr. Matthew Word offers snap-in dentures, which are secured with interosseous dental implants.
Snap-in dentures prevent slippage, reduce gum irritation, and most importantly, reduce the progression of irreversible bone loss. Without interosseous stimulation by a tooth root or implant, the jawbone slowly deteriorates and ages the faces of even young patients.
Composite and amalgam fillings
Amalgam and composite fillings are two options for restoring strength to weak teeth. Amalgam has been used for years for its superior retentive qualities and its malleable nature.
Unlike silver-colored amalgam, composite fillings are enamel colored and provide a natural-looking solution for filling cracks and cavities.
Are you are a patient in need of extensive restorative work, or you have extreme dental anxieties? If so, you are in luck. We offer several types of sedation dentistry to make your dental appointment painless and anxiety-free.
- Nitrous oxide – Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a conscious inhalation sedation that induces a deep state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered for pain if needed.
- Local anesthetics – Numbing agents such as Lidocaine are injected into cheeks or gums so patients do not feel pain during their procedure. Nitrous oxide or an oral sedative can be used in conjunction with local anesthetics for patients who also have a fear of needles.
- Oral sedatives – Oral sedatives can be administered anywhere from the night preceding your appointment, until 30 minutes prior, depending on your level of anxiety. Local anesthetics will most likely accompany oral sedatives prior to treatment.