We are here to help in the event that you have a dental problem that must be addressed. Following are the types of restorative dental care provided at our Westborough MA dental office.
Fillings – Tooth-colored filling material repairs cracked, broken or decayed teeth, and leaves them looking natural because the fillings aren’t detectable.
Crowns – Teeth that are beyond repair with fillings can be restored with crowns. Our porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are matched to the shade of your natural teeth. They restore shape and size, and they can be used to attach a bridge, help prevent a weakened tooth from breaking, or restore a broken or cracked tooth.
Bridges – A bridge is one option when one or more missing teeth must be replaced. This fixed restoration is cemented onto the teeth on either side of the gap with crowns. Bridges can correct an altered bite, improve chewing capability and improve speech. Your teeth support your facial features, and replacing missing teeth can keep facial features from collapsing and creating an aged appearance.
Partial Dentures – Partial dentures fill the spaces created by several missing teeth. Dentures help keep the natural teeth from shifting out of their proper positions. Dentures make it possible for you to speak and chew food properly after having lost your natural teeth.
Dental Implants – Implants are posts surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone that can replace one or more teeth, or they can support a full set of dentures. They act as the root for missing teeth. Our dentists work with our in house periodontist or oral surgeon, who places the dental implant. Once the implant has integrated itself into the bone, one of our dentists places an abutment and crown on it. You may opt for dental implants instead of a cemented bridge if your goal is keeping your other teeth intact.
Periodontal Treatment – Gum disease requires specialized treatment designed to address your type of the disease and its severity. If the disease is diagnosed in its initial stage when it is gingivitis and there is no damage to the supporting structures beneath the gum line, you might only need a professional cleaning. Our dental team will provide information on how to improve your daily oral hygiene routine to help manage the disease.
Even with these measures, some patients develop more advanced gum disease. Treatment must be stepped up to a special deep cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” This procedure removes plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. The teeth’s root surfaces are smoothed (or planed) to promoting healing of the gum tissue reattachment to the teeth. This treatment may be done during a series of visits, depending on your needs.
Another follow-up visit within several weeks following the final scaling and root planing treatment to observe the gums and gauge the healing process. We will measure the periodontal pockets again, and if they have gotten deeper and supporting bone structure is lost, additional treatment may be required.
We provide referrals to specialists for patients who require root canals and tooth extractions. Once your root canal is complete, we can restore the treated tooth with a crown.