Fixing Smiles with Restorative Dentistry
Because your teeth are in use nearly every second of every day, it is not surprising the amount of wear and trauma they endure over the years. Even with good at-home dental hygiene, you may still need dental work. Through restorative dentistry, Dr. Foster can return your teeth back to optimal health, function, and beauty using state-of-the-art restorative techniques and materials.
Crowns can make teeth stronger and improve their general appearance when structural damage has gone beyond what a filling can repair. They are harder than fillings and cover the entire tooth. There are several types of crowns you can choose from, including:
- All-ceramic (used for front teeth)
- Metal (used for back teeth)
- PFM (porcelain fused to metal)
- Zirconia, (looks like a natural tooth)
- CEREC (made from ceramic, we are able to complete these crowns in just one visit)
Once a cavity begins to form, a filling must be placed in the empty hole the cavity creates so the tooth will not decay any further. Dr. Foster only places composite fillings that contain no metal. He does not use amalgam, which is known to be unsafe for children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Composite fillings match a tooth’s natural color and create an extremely strong bond with the tooth.
Root Canal Therapy (RCT)
Root canal therapy (RCT) effectively removes infected tissue from within the inner chamber (the “root canal”) of a decaying tooth. After removing all signs of decay and infection, Dr. Foster will fill the inner chamber with a flexible, rubber-like substance called gutta percha, then seal the tooth with a filling or crown. RCT is performed using local anesthesia, and for patients who feel nervous, Dr. Foster can provide a number of dental sedation options.
Before a tooth extraction, the area around the tooth is numbed. As a result, most patients report that they only feel pressure during the extraction procedure. If required, we can also provide dental sedation to help you feel more comfortable. Dr. Foster performs simple extractions and will gladly refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for surgical extractions and wisdom tooth removal.
Which Restorative Option Is Best for You?
Your teeth can’t heal themselves, but Dr. Foster can repair them and give your smile a second chance with a personalized restorative dentistry treatment. To learn more, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384. Since 1985, we’ve proudly served patients living in Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Hohenwald, Centerville, Pulaski, and all surrounding communities.