North East Dental Arts provides comprehensive restorative dentistry for patients who suffer from common oral health problems that require professional care. Dr. Nuhfer and her staff are experienced professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions effecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (jaw and face) portions of the body.
Common restorative procedures include fillings, root canal therapy, crowns, bridges, implants and dentures. Restorations by Dr. Nuhfer and her staff at North East Dental Arts are designed to look and feel natural, improving your existing appearance.
Filings are the most common type of dental restoration. Teeth can be filled with gold, silver amalgam, or tooth-colored plastic and glass materials called composite resin fillings. The location and extent of the decay, cost of filling material, patients' insurance coverage and Dr. Nuhfer’s recommendation will assist in determining the type of filling best for you.
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth is broken or has very large decay, the nerve, also called dental pulp, can become infected and cause severe pain. Without treatment, the nerve will eventually die and the infection can spread to other teeth. Root canal therapy is a procedure designed to save damaged teeth and restore their strength, function and appearance.
Crowns are a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and appearance. Crowns are cemented into place and fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. A crowned tooth does not require special care but you must continue to follow good hygiene practices of brushing and flossing especially around the area where the gum meets the tooth.
Bridges are false teeth that are designed to "bridge" the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and the false tooth or teeth are placed in between. The false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
An implant is a small post made of metal that is placed into the bone socket where a tooth is missing. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Patients must have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. Dental implants require the same care as real teeth including brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures are made of acrylic resin sometimes combined with metal attachments. Complete dentures replace all the teeth; partial dentures are considered when some natural teeth remain and are retained by metal clasps attached to the natural teeth.
Dr. Nuhfer recommends regular semi-annual dental visits to diagnose and treat oral health problems as soon as possible. With early detection, patients can enjoy many advantages of restorative dental procedures which include improved appearance, speech, comfort and reduced financial cost considerations.
Dr. Nuhfer believes that it is very important for patients to be part of the decision for their dental treatment. She will take the time to explain treatment plans including risks that are associated with undergoing or not undergoing recommended treatment plans.
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