We are here to help in the event that you have a dental problem that must be addressed. Following are the types of restorative dental care provided at our Hopkinton MA dental office.
Fillings – White filling material is used to repair cracked, broken or decayed teeth. This leaves teeth looking natural and fillings unnoticeable.
Crowns – Teeth that are too damaged to be repaired with fillings can be restored with crowns. Our porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are matched to the shade of your natural teeth. They restore shape and size, and they can be used to attach a bridge, help prevent a weakened tooth from breaking, or restore a broken or cracked tooth.
Bridges – A bridge is an option when you must replace one or more missing teeth. This fixed restoration is cemented onto the teeth on either side of the space by crowns. Bridges are useful in correcting an altered bite, improving chewing capability and improving speech. Your teeth support your facial features, and replacing missing teeth can prevent facial features from collapsing and creating an aged appearance.
Dentures – Complete dentures replace all teeth, and partial dentures can fill the spaces left by several missing teeth. Dentures help prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper positions. Dentures enable you to speak and chew food properly after having lost your natural teeth.
Dental Implants – Many people choose implants to replace a single tooth or several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are posts surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. They replace the root of one or more missing teeth. The surgical placement is performed in conjunction with a periodontist or oral surgeon in the area. The treatment is completed in our office by placing an abutment and crown on the implant. You may choose dental implants as opposed to a cemented bridge if you want to keep your other teeth intact.
Periodontal Treatment – Periodontal disease is also called gum disease. Periodontal treatments depend on the type of gum disease and how severe it is. If the disease is caught early (when it is gingivitis), and no damage has been done to the supporting structures under the teeth, you may simply need a professional cleaning. Our dental team can give you tips for improving your daily oral hygiene.
Even with these measures, some patients develop more severe periodontal disease. The first step in treating the disease usually involves a special deep cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” In this treatment, the dentist removes plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. The root surfaces of the teeth are then smoothed (or planed) to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth. This treatment may be done over several visits, depending on your needs.
Another dental visit will be scheduled within a few weeks or months after your last scaling and root planing treatment. At this visit, your dentist or hygienist will look at your gums to see how they have healed. He or she will measure the periodontal pockets again. If the pockets have gotten deeper and the supporting bone is lost, more treatment may be needed.
We provide referrals for patients who require root canals and tooth extractions. Once your root canal is complete, we can restore your tooth with a crown.