Restorative Dentistry at Covington Dental Studio
Restorative dentistry focuses on the management and rehabilitation of the structure of the mouth and function of the teeth through dental work. It often involves a patient with one or more missing teeth, or teeth that have been badly damaged, worn, cracked or decayed. Generally, we take into account appearance, so dental restorations are as natural-looking as possible, while addressing the function of the teeth, mouth and gums.
The dentists at Covington Dental Studio can perform all procedures in-house, so you don’t have to manage multiple appointments with various offices. Dr. Benjamin Taylor has education and experience in endodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics, orthodontics and more. This includes courses for CAD/CAM in prosthodontic techniques, advanced operative techniques, and the Augusta University AAID MaxiCourse on implant dentistry. He’s dedicated to providing the quality of dental care each and every patient deserves.
Our office as a whole prioritizes patient health. When it comes to more in-depth restorative procedures, you can rely on Covington Dental Studio for best in class care at affordable prices. We work with you to make sure you receive the care necessary for good oral health. These services include dental fillings, crowns, inlays and onlays, bridges and implants. We also have cost-effective, comfortable dentures for patients, along with endodontic treatments.
Composite dental fillings are one of our most common restorative dentistry services. This type of dental work protects the tooth from further damage or decay. Fillings are minimally invasive and are often used to treat cavities or cracks in the teeth. The tooth-colored composite material has the ability to bond securely to the existing structure of the tooth.
Our team makes sure you’re comfortable with any procedure, from dental fillings to root canal therapies.
A dental crown covers your natural tooth, like a cap being placed over the top of it. We use crowns to restore a tooth to its original size, shape or function after it has been damaged. This treatment is used in addition to other procedures as well. Bridges and implants both include crowns as part of the restorative work.
With dental crowns, patients typically only need to come in for two appointments. Your dentist will consider many factors, but porcelain crowns are often the most popular choice because of their ability to blend in with surrounding teeth.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are what we recommend when you have a tooth that has sustained too much damage for a dental filling to fix, but not enough damage to warrant a dental crown.
After the damage is removed, both methods fill in the area and help to maintain and preserve the structure of the existing tooth. Inlays cover the center of a tooth, while onlays cover a wider area, including the center along with the cusps, or outside points, of a tooth. Onlays are used for more severe damage than inlays, so it will really just depend on how much work your tooth will need. Both are created in a lab and fully customized to fit your tooth.
A dental bridge spans a gap created by one or more missing teeth. It involves using natural teeth or implants as anchors to hold the replacement teeth that form the bridge in place. This procedure usually requires two appointments.
There are four types of dental bridges, but the traditional bridge is our most popular option. All of our dental work is custom-made for your mouth, and your dentist will assess the support and strength necessary for the area when considering which option is right for your treatment plan.
This procedure is performed by a restorative dentist. Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth, making them an ideal choice for anyone who is missing a tooth. They’re also incredibly long-lasting. The titanium post implanted into the jawbone mimics a tooth root, so the bone can then develop around it, creating a stable structure. Once this part is fully healed, we then customize the replacement tooth to your mouth, matching shape, color and size for a cosmetic look that is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
The complexity of dental implantation requires more time and visits to our office, which results in a months-long process, but the majority of that time is made up of healing. Every step of the way, we take the time to assess the fit and function of this restoration.
When patients think of restorative dentistry, dentures are not often their first choice, but today’s dentures have advanced with technology to the point that we can fully recommend them as an ideal option for anyone looking for a non-permanent restoration.
Dentures come as a partial or full set. They are cost-effective, comfortable and fully customized to your mouth.
Root Canal Therapy
We understand many patients find root canals to be intimidating, especially when wondering about pain. Endodontic treatments today, though, are very different than what they once were. The pain you feel prior to the root canal, when the root of the tooth is infected, is oftentimes much worse than anything that happens during or after treatment. The pulp where the damage has occured is full of nerves and vessels, so this procedure is in fact pain-relieving.
Root canal therapy is when the infected pulp of a tooth is removed before the area is cleaned, filled, then sealed with a crown or permanent filling. We work to preserve the natural tooth.
Schedule an Appointment at Covington Dental Studio
Costs vary depending on the work needing to be done, materials required and dentist services, along with a number of other factors. For an accurate estimation of cost, we recommend discussing your individual treatment with our team. Our practice accepts most major insurance providers. With restorative dentistry services, insurance most often considers it medically necessary. For those without insurance, we have a variety of financial options and payment plans, some with no-interest financing, available to help you choose the one that works best for your budget.