Restore Your Smile with Restorative Dentistry at Agate Dental

At Agate Dental, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile. Our restorative dentistry services are designed to help you regain the function, comfort, and aesthetics of your teeth, whether you're dealing with missing teeth, damaged teeth, or other dental issues. With our expert team and state-of-the-art techniques, you can trust us to restore your smile and improve your overall oral health.

If you have a tooth that is missing or weakened due to trauma or decay, the team at Agate Dental is here to help. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

Dentures and Partials

Are you missing teeth? Don't worry; we have a solution for you.

Dentures are removable dental appliances that are custom-made to replace missing teeth. Whether you've lost all your teeth or only a few, dentures can help you regain your ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Our skilled dental professionals at Agate Dental offer two main types of dentures:

Complete Dentures: These are used when all teeth are missing in either the upper or lower arch. Complete dentures rest on the gums and are held in place by suction or adhesive.

Partial Dentures: If you have some natural teeth remaining, partial dentures are the solution. These dentures are designed to fill in the gaps created by missing teeth and are attached to your remaining teeth for stability.

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Restorative Dentistry in Mechanicsburg, PA - Agate Dental

Fillings and Bonding

These procedures are commonly used to repair teeth affected by cavities or minor damage. Dental fillings involve removing decayed material and filling the cavity with a restorative material, such as composite resin or amalgam. Bonding, on the other hand, uses tooth-colored resin to repair chips, cracks, or gaps and improve the overall appearance of teeth.

Dental Bridges: Replace a Missing Tooth Without Breaking Your Budget

Dental bridges are often used to replace a missing tooth (or even several teeth in a row). A dental bridge involves two dental crowns, which are placed on two healthy teeth on opposite sides of the gap. There is also the pontic, which is the artificial tooth used to replace the missing tooth. Many dental bridges also contain a metal bar to give the restoration additional strength and rigidity.

According to a recent retrospective study looking at 229 patients, 91% of dental bridges lasted at least five years. 68% of dental bridges lasted 10 years, and 34% of dental bridges lasted through 15 years. What the study also demonstrates is that the longer the span of the bridge, the more susceptible the restoration is to failure. In addition to the length of the bridge, there are a number of factors that can affect the longevity of a dental bridge, such as where it is placed and how well you maintain your oral health.

If you are considering dental bridges, we would be happy to discuss your options and make recommendations during an in-person consultation.

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Dental Implants: A Better Tooth Replacement Option

Currently, dental implants are considered the best option in the replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone and actually fuse with the bone material to deliver exceptional strength and stability. After a healing period of several months, the dental implant is fitted with a restoration such as a dental crown to restore the function and appearance of the original tooth. 

Dental implant treatments can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full arch of teeth.

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Dental Crowns: Cap and Protect Weakened Teeth

Dental crowns are recommended in cases where a tooth is compromised. Some common examples of indications where a dental crown may be recommended include:

• Strengthening a tooth after root canal therapy

• Restoring a fractured or chipped tooth

• Cosmetically correcting an irreversibly stained tooth

• Restoring a tooth after extensive decay

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Inlays and Onlays: Restoring Complex Cavities | Restorative Dentistry in Mechanicsburg, PA - Agate Dental

Inlays and Onlays: Restoring Complex Cavities

When a cavity is too large to be treated with a filling but not quite extensive to warrant a full dental crown, an onlay or inlay may be recommended. Inlays and onlays are crafted on a case-by-case basis to correct the tooth defect. 

While they may go by different names, the purpose is essentially the same. Inlays are applied to areas between the cusps of the teeth, while onlays are used to correct at least one cusp defect.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is restorative dentistry, and why is it important?

Restorative dentistry is a branch of dental care that focuses on repairing and restoring damaged or missing teeth. It is essential because it helps improve oral health, functionality, and aesthetics. Restorative procedures can address issues like cavities, tooth decay, broken or chipped teeth, and missing teeth, allowing patients to regain their confidence and enjoy a better quality of life.

What are the common restorative dentistry procedures available?

Restorative dentistry offers a wide range of procedures to address various dental issues. Some common restorative treatments include dental fillings, dental crowns, bridges, dental implants, dentures, and root canal therapy. The choice of procedure depends on the patient's specific dental condition and goals.

How long does it take to complete a restorative dental treatment?

The duration of a restorative dental treatment varies depending on the type and complexity of the procedure. Some treatments, like dental fillings, can be completed in a single visit, while others, such as dental implant placement, may require multiple appointments over several months. During your consultation, your dentist will provide a timeline for your specific treatment plan, allowing you to plan accordingly.

Are dental fillings and bonding painful procedures?

Both dental fillings and bonding are typically performed with local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. You may experience some mild discomfort afterward, but it is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How long do dental fillings and bonding last?

The lifespan of dental fillings and bonding materials can vary depending on factors like your oral hygiene and the type of material used. Composite resin fillings and bonding can last for several years with proper care.

Let’s Bring Back Your Smile

At Agate Dental, our commitment to restorative dentistry means we have the expertise and technology to provide you with the highest standard of care. Whether you need fillings, crowns, bridges, dental implants, or other restorative treatments, we're here to help you achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.

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