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Restorative Dentistry

We at Bauer and Howard Dental Care provide comprehensive restorative dentistry for patients who suffer from oral health problems that require necessary care. Restorative dental services include fillings, crowns, crown & bridge, dental implants, inlays and onlays. Having a dazzling and healthy smile will make a significant difference in your life.

Composite (White) Fillings

Fillings are the most common restorative procedure used to replace the space left behind after  decay is removed from a tooth.

Composite or white, tooth colored fillings are used most often because they are both attractive and durable. Composites are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size restorations that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing.  They are generally used on either front or back teeth.

When using a composite filling, less of the tooth structure is removed because the composite is "bonded" into place. This can allow Dr. Bauer or Dr. Howard to make a more conservative repair to your tooth.

Crowns

Crowns (or caps) are an important part of Restorative Dentistry.  They help save many teeth that would other wise have to be extracted because of fractures or large cavities.  Crowns are recommended when:

-too much of the tooth is lost to decay and a filling can not properly restore the tooth

-the tooth is cracked causing pain when chewing

-the tooth is especially sensitive

-the tooth needs to be strengthened and covered after root canal therapy.

A crown fits over the top of the tooth to cover, protect, seal and strengthen it. Dr. Bauer and Dr. Howard  use crowns made of gold, white porcelain, or porcelain fused to gold.

CAD-CAM Crowns (In-Office Lab)

Our E4D Dental System is at the forefront of dental technology.  It allows us to digitally scan a patient’s tooth or model and design and create a custom porcelain restoration in the dental office

We continue to make most of our crowns and seat them in two appointments, but if requested, we can have the crown completed in a single day.  When a second appointment is required, you will usually be seen in 2-4 working days, instead of the standard 2 weeks.

A 3D model of the tooth is created and Dr. Bauer's team will customize the crown to fit the patient’s unique characteristics. Our in-office milling unit creates a natural-looking restoration that matches the surrounding teeth, making the crown virtually undetectable.

Crown & Bridge

A crown & bridge procedure corrects and protects the tooth, while protecting function and normal bite for the jaw joint. A permanent bridge is usually anchored to the teeth on both sides of the space from the missing tooth, to give the bridge strong support. Brushing a bridge is no different than brushing natural teeth, but special flossing instructions are given to keep the bridge and surrounding tissue healthy. A removable bridge may also be used if this is a better or preferred option.

Dental Implant Restorations

A Dental Implant involves surgically placing a post in the jaw, followed by an attaching artificial tooth prosthesis. We work cooperatively with an Oral Surgeon, who completes the surgical portion of the procedure. The restorative phase is then completed in our office. Mini-implants can be used in some situations. Dental Implants are basically used as an artificial root for a single root replacement, or as an anchor for a fixed or removable prosthesis to replace multiple teeth.

With the exception of your natural teeth, nothing looks more natural than an implant. An added bonus is that they slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue from the area of the missing tooth, thus preventing premature aging.

Dental Implants are the most advanced tooth replacement system ever devised, with nine out of 10 implants lasting longer than 15 years. They never decay or require root canals, they preserve the jawbone, and have been done in patients as old as 90!

Inlays & Onlays

White porcelain or resin inlays or onlays are used when a cavity is too big for a filling, yet not big  enough to require a crown. An inlay is a filling within the cusp tips of the tooth. Onlays (or overlays, as they are also called) overlay one or more cusps to protect or strengthen the tooth. Inlays or onlays may also be made of gold.