Renew the Strength, Look, and Function of a Damaged Smile with Restorative Dentistry
In the past, doctors had to use fillings made of metal amalgam to restore the strength of a tooth after treating decay. While effective, metal fillings can detract from the beauty of a smile and expand or contract with temperature changes. At Windermere Dental Group, we only utilize tooth-colored fillings, which offer several benefits over traditional types. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a special composite material that can be custom-matched to the shade of your enamel in order to blend discreetly with your smile. In addition, tooth-colored fillings are more durable than metal types and bond more securely with teeth.
For patients who have a damaged tooth or a few missing teeth, dental crowns and bridges offer a safe and trusted way to restore the look and function of their smiles. A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is used to completely cover the exposed surfaces of a chipped, cracked, or badly decayed tooth. If you are missing up to three consecutive teeth, Dr. Susana Moncada can use a dental bridge — which is made of multiple crowns that have been fused together — to fill in the gap in your smile and bring balance to your bite. In addition to working with an outstanding dental lab, we have an in-office CEREC® (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) machine that allows us to provide patients with same-day crowns in many cases. We also offer implant-supported bridges for added stability.
No matter if you are missing a few teeth or an entire row, dental implants offer the best way to restore your smile. Dental implants are small metal posts that are placed directly in the jaw to serve as artificial tooth roots. Over the course of several months, the metal posts fuse with the surrounding bone, allowing Dr. Moncada to secure a bridge or denture with an unparalleled level of strength. Unlike many other dentists, Dr. Moncada will place your implants and permanent restoration herself after using advanced technology to create a personalized treatment plan. Dental implants also help to halt bone recession that naturally occurs after tooth loss.
Dentures have helped millions of patients achieve attractive, functional smiles after extensive tooth loss. At Windermere Dental Group, we offer both traditional and implant-supported dentures to meet the diverse needs of our patients. Traditional dentures are held in place by clasps or adhesives and they offer greater affordability. If you are seeking the most secure type of denture, we can use dental implants to ensure your prosthesis will never slip out of place. Regardless of the type you select, your denture will be custom-crafted at an advanced dental lab based on impressions of your smile. With proper care, dentures can last for many years to come.
In some cases, a filling cannot adequately restore a tooth after treatment for decay. Rather than reshaping the tooth and covering it with a dental crown, which would likely be excessive, Dr. Moncada can use an inlay or onlay to effectively renew its strength and appearance. An inlay is used to cover the biting surfaces of a tooth, whereas an onlay extends beyond the pointed cusps of a tooth and down its sides. Before placing your inlay or onlay, Dr. Moncada will use a shade guide to ensure a natural-looking result. In addition to offering inlays and onlays made at our partner dental lab, we can also use our advanced CEREC machine to provide same-day inlays and onlays in many cases.
Patients in need of multiple restorative treatments, including crowns, bridges, implants, or root canal therapy, can choose full mouth reconstruction for a comprehensive, time-saving treatment. The goals of full mouth reconstruction are to return function to your bite and restore your oral health. During your personal consultation, Dr. Moncada will work with you to plan a unique treatment plan that meets all of your individual needs.