Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

Improving the Health of Each Patient

At Clackamas Smiles Family Dental, Dr. Suess and the rest of our staff strive to provide our patients with the outstanding dental care they need to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Unfortunately, a lifetime of wear and tear and cause even the healthiest of smiles to suffer permanent damage that requires advanced treatment options to correct. If you’ve suffered from a cracked, broken, or chipped tooth; if you’re missing one or more teeth; or if you suffer from the effects of gum disease, Dr. Suess offers a comprehensive range of restorative dental care services designed to help restore the form and function back to your smile.

CEREC Crowns

CEREC technology utilizes advanced computer-assisted design and manufacturing technology to allow Dr. Suess to provide patients with custom-made crowns during just one visit to our Clackamas family dental practice. By creating a detailed scan of a patient’s mouth, Dr. Suess can custom fabricate a dental crown while you wait, eliminating the need for multiple office visits or temporary placements to fit a crown and restore your smile back to health.

At Clackamas Smiles, Dr. Suess begins the CEREC crown placement process by taking 3D images of a tooth damaged by decay or trauma. Dr. Suess will then use these images to create a custom impression used in the creation of a crown. Using this advanced technology, your porcelain crown is created to blend seamless into the natural appearance of your smile. Once Dr. Suess has created a final design, our in-office manufacturing machine will create your one-of-a-kind crown which can then be used to restore your tooth back to health.

CEREC same-day crowns offer patients a number of advantages, including:

  • Same-day treatment
  • A natural looking crown that matches your surrounding teeth
  • No need for temporary crowns or placements that extend treatment times and require multiple office visits
  • No need for the use of messy silicone impressions that can cause the placement of a crown to be an uncomfortable experience
  • No metal is used in the creation of your crown

Get the smile you want by scheduling a CEREC consultation with Dr. Suess today!

Dental Bridges

An increased risk of gum disease ranks as one of the most serious consequences for patients missing teeth. Fortunately, dental bridges offer an effective solution that works to diminish this risk by replacing missing teeth with the attachment of artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth.

Fitting a dental bridge usually takes two appointments to complete. Dr. Suess will first prepare the teeth on either side of the space, then precisely fit and construct the bridge to guarantee the correct bite. In order to make sure that a bridge will fit your individual needs, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab. Between appointments, Dr. Suess will place a temporary bridge that will help to protect your teeth during this transition.

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean and healthy for a lifetime. Good dental care of these teeth is critically important, as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support. If you are looking for the best in Clackamas Oregon for dental bridges, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a convenient and popular way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are fixtures of titanium that are surgically placed into your jaw bone. The implant then acts as an anchor for a crown or denture to fit over.

Because implants fuse directly into the jawbone, they can provide incredible support for a full range of artificial teeth, including dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Using an implant for support will prevent bridges and dentures from slipping in a patient’s mouth. This type of secure fit helps to make bridges and dentures feel far more natural when compared to conventional dentures and bridges, while also having the added benefit of providing the wearer with the confidence that their smile will always look its best.

Dental implants offer patients a number of benefits, including:

  • Improved appearance. Dental crowns look and feel just like natural teeth, and dental implants make the ideal support structure for the placement of a crown.
  • Improved speech. By providing a firm anchor for the support of dental bridges and dentures, implants eliminate the worry that comes from dentures slipping to improve speech and confidence.
  • Improved comfort. A secure fit for dentures and bridges can make all the difference when it comes to improving the fit and feel of any restorative device.
  • Better oral health. Missing teeth increase a patient’s risk of developing a range of chronic oral health problems. Implants can help to effectively restore a smile back to health, now and into the future.

Dentures

At Clackamas Smiles, Dr. Suess recommends adding dental implants underneath dentures to significantly improve their comfort and function. Depending on your personal needs, there are different types of dentures to choose from.

  • Traditional Complete Dentures – This type of denture replaces all of the upper and/or lower teeth.  They are held in place by the natural anatomy of the mouth.
  • Overdentures – Giving dentures more stability and better fit, an overdenture is a type of denture that is placed over dental implants and typically “snaps” onto the implants.
  • Partial Dentures – A removable partial denture attaches to your natural teeth with clasps that keep them in place, completing your smile by filling out the spaces created by missing teeth. Partial dentures are constructed of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases connected by a metal framework. Your natural teeth are used as stable supports for removable partial dentures instead of dental implants.

The alignment of your jaw will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges shrink due to teeth extraction. All types of dentures will experience wear over time, and will need to be replaced or realigned in order to maintain proper jaw alignment. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for any changes or potential gum disease.

Root Canal Therapy

No treatment can replace the benefits of a natural tooth. However, your tooth may need root canal (endodontic) treatment for it to remain a healthy part of your mouth.

A tooth is made of pulp (also known as nerve tissue) on the inside and enamel and dentin on the outside. A root canal is necessary when the pulp develops infection. The infection can have a variety of causes, including a crack in the tooth, repeated dental work, or deep decay. Without treatment, pulp infection can result in pain or lead to an abscess.

A root canal is a treatment that will save your damaged tooth. In this situation, a tooth is restored through removing the infected nerve tissue, treating any remaining infection, and filling the empty root canals with medicated dental materials. Antibiotic treatment may also be required in conjunction with root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy usually involves one office visit for Dr. Suess to complete. Afterwards, it is essential that you return to have a crown or other restoration placed over the tooth to protect it. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, but any pain can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications as needed.

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