While cosmetic dentistry aims to improve the aesthetics of your smile, restorative dentistry focuses on reestablishing the health of your teeth and gums. At National Dental Melville, we offer a wide array or treatments to repair or replace decayed, damaged, or missing teeth. From dental fillings to dentures and everything in between, our doctors can meet your unique dental needs and help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Treatments to Repair Teeth
Dental damage can occur for a number of reasons. Perhaps a cavity has compromised the structure of a tooth. Or maybe you sustained trauma and ended up with a fracture. No matter what the reasons, restorative treatments can repair your smile.
Small cavities can be treated using dental fillings. In the past, fillings were made of silver amalgam. While metal fillings are still sometimes used today, most of our patients prefer composite fillings, which are tooth-colored for a lifelike appearance.>> Learn more about dental fillings
Moderate to severe cavities may require a dental crown. This custom-made restoration may also be indicated whenever there is significant dental damage, such as a fracture. Made from metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or ceramic, a crown fits over the entire tooth to reinforce the structure. >> Learn more about dental crowns
Inlays and Onlays
Also referred to as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays can best be described as puzzle pieces. For example, when a tooth is damaged, an inlay or onlay is designed to fit precisely in the void to restore the tooth structure. Indirect fillings are intended to repair the chewing surfaces of the teeth. While inlays are placed between the cusps, onlays cover a larger area, and include at least one cusp.>> Learn more about inlays and onlays
Root Canal Therapy
If dental damage breaches the pulp chamber, the internal tissues of a tooth become inflamed and infected. Once this occurs, intervention is necessary. There are two primary options: the tooth can be extracted, or it can be repaired with root canal therapy. To restore the tooth, your doctor will make a tiny access hole in the tooth and remove the infected tissues, including the nerves and blood vessels. The infection will be cleaned out, and the tooth will be sealed to prevent recontamination. In many cases, your doctor will recommend a crown as well, to protect and strengthen the treated tooth.>> Learn more about root canals
Treatments to Replace Teeth
Like damaged teeth, missing teeth can compromise your oral health. In fact, when teeth are missing, it can cause the adjacent teeth to shift, changing the way your teeth fit together. When the bite changes, it can have a negative impact on your teeth, gums, and jaw joints. Therefore, replacing a missing tooth is almost always recommended.
Individuals who are missing a row of teeth can reestablish their bite with a dental bridge. These restorations can be fabricated from metal or ceramic. However, most patients prefer a tooth-colored option for a lifelike result. With two crowns on either side and artificial teeth in between, a bridge spans the gap and completes your smile. At National Dental Melville, we offer both traditional and implant-supported bridges.>> Learn more about dental bridges
Full and Partial Dentures
Patients who are missing several or even all of their teeth can have a particularly difficult time performing routine tasks, such as eating and speaking. Full dentures can replace an entire arch of missing teeth while partial dentures replace several missing teeth in sporadic locations. In addition to conventional dentures, we also offer implant-supported prostheses.>> Learn more about dentures
SAME DAY DENTURES
No one should have to wait several weeks for their brand-new smile. When you undergo treatment at National Dental Melville, you will receive a temporary denture to wear while your final restoration is being fabricated. >> Learn more about same day dentures
Learn More about Restorative Care
Find out what restorative dentistry at National Dental can do for you. Call us at (631) 816-2277 or contact us online anytime.